Probably priority number 1 on any trip to Ladakh, this valley has mountains, rivers, incredible rock formations all along the way, sand dunes (!), etc, etc… to see.
To access the valley, you will go up to more than 5000m (18000ft), crossing the Khardung La pass
We wanted to go all the way to Turtuk, one big and a bit exhausting car drive day away, but the road was closed upon arrival, so we stayed in Hunder instead.
Hunder is famous for its unexpected sand dunes. You will see them from the road, and if you want to take a closer look, you can also ride camels into this 3000m altitude “desert”, surrounded by moutains.
You can also climb up the mountain from behind the village, it will take you a couple hours, and it’s easier than it looks. At the top, great views on the valley and canyon formations hidden behind the moutain.
In Hunder, you won’t find any restaurants, so you’ll have to order food from your chosen guesthouse.
We stayed at the Goba Guesthouse, big rooms with many beds (if you’re in a group, that’s practical), a garden, held by a nice family which cooks good classic food.
800 INR / person, all inclusive.
Allow at least 3 days for the excursion, 1 day for each trip, and a day on site, to trek up the moutain in Hunder or visit a monastery in Diskit or Sumoor, depending on your taste.
In order to visit Nubra Valley (and Pangong Tso), as it is close to the chinese border, you’ll need to have an innerline permit issued. For this, it is mandatory you go through one of the agencies in Leh, the Deputy Commissioner’s Office won’t take individuals enquiries anymore. The charging price is 500INRs per person.
The 2 day trip to Turtuk, end of the line, and back, was 12000INR per jeep, to share between all the participants. Guesthouse and food are not included, but you’ll find anything you need on sight. Taxis have fixed rates, determined by the local union, so bargaining is not much of an option, and agencies will all charge you seemingly identical rates.