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Journey to Nubra Valley north of Leh is special for several reasons. First it is accessed by the highest motor able road in the world traversing the stunning Kardung La at the thin air of 5600m above sea level with views of the Saser Spur, the easternmost outcrop of the Karakoram further north and the Zanskar range and the principal chain of the Himalayas to the south. Second, from the awesome highs we descend to a picturesque valley with an average altitude of 3000 meters and thus a milder climate than the rest of Ladakh. And third, this valley once constituted the last staging ground for the caravan trade with Central Asia. Here started the route taken by the trade caravans, and Panamik, the last village on this circuit, today a sleepy outpost but at that time a busy center, the last major settlement before the caravans plunged into the mountains of the Karakoram and the Kun-Lun on their way to Yarkand, Kashgar and other parts of Chinese Turkestan and Tibet. Today a reminder of this bygone era is the small population of Bactrian camels ( Bactria, a satrapy of the ancient Persian empire ), double-humped animals, which in the old days were used as pack animals on the Central Asian trade routes when up to 10,000 horses and camels a year are said to have traversed the district.

Day 01: Arrive Delhi :
Transfer to the hotel, sightseeing Tour of Delhi / New Delhi.

Day 02: Delhi - Leh :
Flight to Leh, transfer to hotel and rest for acclimatization at 3,500mts.

Day 03: Leh :
Morning after breakfast proceed for halfday city tour includes visit to Sankar Monastery which is located close to city centre followed by Shanti Stupa a peace pagoda located over a hill top which offers panoramic view of the whole Leh township. Lter while coming back to the Hotel stop at Changspa Chorten. Afternoon free at leisure. Overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 04: Leh - Panamic (3200 m) :
Leave Leh in the morning for 145 kmdrive through Gangles village (4200m) - the highest village in the Leh valley. The road then rises to reach Khardong La (5,600m), the world's highest motorable road. Bird's eye view can be had of Leh town. Another 35km drive takes us to Khalsar at Shyok valley, where the scenery is enchanting all around. The road after crossing Khalsar Bridge at Shyok river enters the Nubra valley and then proceeds along the Nubra river. Overnight camp near the Hot Springs.

Day 05: Panamic - Ansa - Panamic (14 km drive / 1 hrs walk) :
Morning drive to Ansa monastery on a hilltop across the Nubra river in the middle of the valley, drive for 7 km and then walk for about half-hour to arrive. Visit Panamic village considered to be the largest camping ground for caravans in the Nubra valley. Visit the hot spring of Panamic, which is known for curing skin disease and rheumatism. Enjoy 2-3 hr camel ride on double humped Bactrian camel at Panamic.

Day 06: Panamic - Kyagar - Samstanling - Sumur - Deskit :
Drive to Deskit enroute visiting Samstanling monastery, old castle and temple of Kyagar . Also visit Sumur monastery which is 265 years old. Driving for another 30 km takes us to Khalsar Bridge. Deskit can be approached by driving parallel to the Shyok river for 20 km. Overnight camp at Deskit.

Day 07: Deskit - Hunder - Deskit :
Deskit is the headquarters of the present administrative setup of the Nubra valley it is famous for its 515 years old Buddhist monastery, situated on the top of a hill, facing the entire valley; the breathtaking view from the top of almost the entire valley is a lifetime experience, visit Hunder and its temple at a distance of 5 km from Deskit. Overnight at Deskit Camp.

Day 08: Diskit - Leh :
After breakfast drive back to Leh. Arrive by evening and checkin at the hotel for overnight stay.

Day 09: Leh - Delhi :
Morning after breakfast transfer to domestic airport to borad flight to Delhi. Met on arrival and tarnsfer to hotel.