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7 days
Nubra and Changthang Valley

Embark on the same journey the Silk Route traders used to take back in time

Wear Silk Route Trader’s hat and take the same journey as they did back in time

Why this experience is unique?

  • Walk on the Silk Route trails
  • Nubra's sacred lake - Yarab Tso
  • Flavorful authentic local meals
  • Last village before Siachen Glacier
Experience Details

Embark on a journey from Sand Dunes to the last village of India before Siachen Glacier. This is the same route all the Iranians and Chinese traders took in the 14th Century. The route opened doors for eastern goods to the western world. Traders used camel or horse caravans and stayed in guest houses or inns along the way. They travelled along the Siachen River. These trading activities attracted people to come and settles down here. That’s how the settlements like Sumur, Hundar, Changlung, and many such villages were established. These villages are still holding onto these cultural roots and villagers show the traces of that golden era when you visit them. Around this path, there are hidden lakes, natural hot springs, ramparts, rock art sites that are truly well-kept secrets of Ladakh. Take this same route and travel until Warshi Village that has got new significance in current times. It is the last village before the world’s highest battlefield and home to only one family. See and do things in Nubra Valley that are still unexplored! 

Your Day by Day Journey
Day 1 to 2: Sight-seeing around Leh
  • Arrive at 11,562 ft
  • Acclimatize at high altitude
  • Explore Leh town

Day 1Acclimatization at Leh

We will pick you up from the Leh airport and transfer you to your hotel in Leh (11,500ft). You will be resting today and acclimatizing yourself to the High-Altitude environment amidst the picturesque Himalayan landscape. This day is called the Acclimatization day and is required to adjust your body to the low oxygen levels of this altitude.

Day 2Sight-seeing in Leh

After breakfast, head out to tour the monasteries here. Take a visit to Shanti Stupa to enjoy the panoramic view of Leh city. In the evening, spend some peaceful moments at the Phyang Gompa watching the beautiful sun going behind the ghostly mountains and attending the exclusive evening prayer with the monks.

Day 3Drive to Lamayuru via Alchi

Visit the one of the oldest Monasteries in Ladakh belonging to the Dri-gung-pa lineage of Buddhism at Lamayuru. Lamayuru is also famous for its Moonland created naturally from nearby mountain ranges. On the way back have lunch at the Alchi village, one of the oldest villages of Ladakh where the traditions are still followed. Have a gastronomical experience with local Ladakhi food. Take a tour of the monastery and return back to your hotel at Leh.

Day 4 and 5: On to Silk Route journey
  • First village on Silk Route
  • Stay at Last Frontier Homestay
  • Ladakh's Sacred Lake - Yarab Tso

Day 4Drive to Ayee via Khardung La

Post breakfast in your hotel in Leh, you will be crossing the 17,582 ft Khardung la pass – known to be one of the highest motorable roads in the world. From Khardung it will take a couple of hours for Sumoor that marks the first step on the silk trail. It used to be the prime stop for the traders. Upon arrival, visit the Col Chewang Rigzin Museum to witness the valour of the Indian Armed Forces. Conclude your day at Last Frontier Homestay at Ayee that is known to serve authentic, organic Ladakhi meals.

Day 5Drive to Changlung via Yarab Tso

Wake up to a mountain view and enjoy your breakfast. Post breakfast, depart towards the Changlung village. En route, take a short hike to the picturesque hidden lake of Yarab Tso. This sacredness of this lake maintained amongst locals has kept the water crystal clear. This is one of those Instagrammable sites of Ladakh. Come to Changlung village and settle in Silk Route Homestay. Your homestay is overlooking the Silk Route on which wagons of Silk, Tea, and many such goods used to be transported from China to Europe and vice versa. Conclude the day here and plan to wake up early for a quick morning walk on the route going through the village.

Day 6 to 8: Wildlife Trail of Shyok
  • Spot the Local Wildlife
  • Stargazing at 14000ft
  • Evening in Leh's cozy cafe

Day 6Drive to Agyam Village

Located right between the Nubra valley and the sacred Pangong Lake, Agyam village is a hidden paradise. Disconnected from the outside world, trek through the vast mountain of Shyok and spot the local wildlife at tha Agyam village. In the evening have scrumptious meals straight from the farm behind at a comfortable farmstay at Agyam village.

Day 7Drive to Pangong Tso

After enjoying the breathtaking views Nubra, drive to the sacred lake of Pangong Tso, known to change colors often and the blue water body. Stay at a comfortable homestay at Maan village and experience the night sky with local astronomers at 14000ft above sea level. In the evening eat food straight from farm to table at your homestay.

Day 8Back to Leh

After a refreshing stay in Panamik Homestay, head back to Leh. After almost a 5-6 hours drive, you will be back in Leh where you can plan your spending a nice evening in one of the cafes of Leh. Your journey will be concluded after arriving in Leh.

What it includes?

– 2 nights in a best quality hotel in Leh
– 4 nights in village family homestay
– Responsible Traveller’s Kit
– Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner – Mix of Ladakhi & Standard Indian Meals
– Tour Guide
– Entrance Fees
– All transportation in the destination location

What it excludes?

– Air fare
– Travel visa and insurance
– Bottled water
– Room service
– Any private expenses
– Any travel beyond itinerary

Is this Experience right for you?

Are you travelling because you need some time away from your urban life? Does living a village life in the mud house in the mountains excite you? Are you ready to truly live the local lifestyle? If your answer is yes, take up this experience that will transport you to a different world. You might not get the internet here but you will also not feel the need for it as you will be busy exploring the unique sites, mountain views, and village life. The luxury here is living at the beautiful mountain destination, getting freshly cooked organic food at every meal, and having happy locals offering their warm hospitality.

Hear from communities

  • Guests like to eat our Ladakhi food. They say it is delicious, even when it is prepared by an elderly ama (mother) like me. I always make sure I serve them the cleanest and healthiest food. My husband is a copper artist. When guests leave us, they say ‘Julley’, and hug us. It makes us feel happy.

    Tsering Dolkar
    Mountain Homestay Host
  • I became a Mountain Homestay Host in 2018, and I have hosted many travellers since then. Running a homestay has helped me and my family a lot. Not only is the solar set up in our house useful for us, but even travellers prefer to stay in our homestay because of it.

    Rigzin Dolkar
    Mountain Homestay Host
  • The training we got in astronomy turned out to be a life-changing experience for our village. I felt happy and proud while mapping the position of the planets and sharing the secrets of the universe with the tourists. Tourists told me that even they didn’t know so much about the dark skies!

    Tsewang Dorjey
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