Trekking at Norbhu Valley, Ladakh

Lamdik Eco Ventures
  • 16 days
  • Moderate
  • 4.9
  • Hilly

Trekking at Norbhu Valley, Ladakh By Lamdik Eco Ventures


For nearly 900 years, from the middle of the 10th century, Ladakh was an independent kingdom, its ruling dynasties descending from the kings of old Tibet. The kingdom attained its greatest geographical extent and glory in the early 17th century under the famous king Singge Namgyal, whose domain extended across Spiti and western Tibet right up to the Mayum-la, beyond the sacred sites of Mount Kailash and Lake Mansarovar. Gradually, perhaps partly due to the fact that it was politically stable, Ladakh became recognized as the best trade route between the Punjab and Central Asia. For centuries it was traversed by caravans carrying textiles, spices, raw silk, carpets, dyestuffs, narcotics, etc. Heedless of the land’s rugged terrain and apparent remoteness, merchants entrusted their goods to relays of pony transporters who took about two months to carry them from Amritsar to the Central Asian towns of Yarkand and Khotan. On this long route, Leh was the midway stop, and developed into a bustling entrepot, its bazars thronged with merchants from distant countries. The famous pashmina (better known as cashmere) also came down from the high-altitude plateaux of eastern Ladakh and western Tibet, through Leh, to Srinagar, where skilled artisans transformed it into shawls known the world over for their softness and warmth. Ironically, it was this lucrative trade that finally spelt the doom of the independent kingdom. It attracted the covetous attention of Gulab Singh, the ruler of Jammu in the early 19th century, who sent his general Zorawar Singh to invade Ladakh in 1834 AD. There followed a decade of war and turmoil, which ended with the emergence of the British as the paramount power in north India. Ladakh, together with the neighbouring province of Baltistan, was incorporated into the newly created state of Jammu & Kashmir. Just over a century later, this union was disturbed by the partition of India, as a result of which Baltistan became part of Pakistan, while Ladakh remained in India as part of the State of Jammu & Kashmir.


  • Day 1

    On your Arrival in Delhi you will be received by company officials and taken to catch the early morning flight to Leh.

  • Day 2

    Upon reaching Leh you will be taken for a Tour of Leh city, including the 17th century palace and gompa.

  • Day 3 and Day 4

    Next few days you will be busy touring the monasteries and palaces of the Indus valley

  • Day 5

    After a morning stroll you leave for Sankar Gompa, then to the nearby village of Sabu. Overnight stay will be in Sabu.

  • Day 6

    In Sabu, you meet your horses and begin the much-awaited trek. Your first day will take you through lovely grazing areas to the campsite at Polu Digar. From this vantage point, the Stok Mountains appear to float majestically above the Indus valley.

  • Day 7

    The following day also you continue upward to the Digar La base camp, short days to aid acclimatize.

  • Day 8

    You make an early start to cross the 17,230 ft. Digar La. From the top, views stretch south to the Zanskar range and north to the Saser range, Ladakh's highest peaks. The descent is steady and you camp by a lovely meandering stream at Chumik Yogma.

  • Day 9

    You continue down through the village of Digar to the tiny settlement of Aghyam.

  • Day 10

    The next day is followed by trek to Tangyar, a prosperous village in a remarkable location.

  • Day 11

    Continue you trekking upward to Dhungle, our base camp for the pass.

  • Day 12

    You reach your second pass! Ascend the 17,061-foot Wuri La for views all the way to the Karakoram in Pakistan! Descend to camp at Zule Tokpo.

  • Day 13

    Finish the trek with a short walk out to the village of Sabu, and the TakTok gompa, an ancient shrine built within an impressive cave. Travel by jeep over 18,000 foot plus Chang La to the village of Tangtse, where you camp amongst idyllic meadows.

  • Day 14

    You explore the shoreline of the brilliant turquoise and azure Pangong Lake, Ladakh's largest and one of the great salt lakes of Central Asia. Proximity to the Chinese border prevents us from penetrating much beyond the western shore or camping at the lakeside, but the views are stupendous. Our return to Leh takes us back over Chang La, the second highest motorable road on earth. Back in the Indus valley, we visit the little-known gompa of Chemrey before returning to Leh that evening.

  • Day 15

    The next morning leave for Delhi with unforgettable memories of your Nubra Valley Trek with Leh Ladakh India. On arrival in Delhi check in to a Hotel for overnight stay.

  • Day 16

    Depart from Delhi and get Transfers to airport for flight to onwards journey


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