Whether you are an avid traveler, an adventure seeker or a photography fanatic just like me, Nubra valley Ladakh is sure to enthrall you with her perpetual natural beauty and topographical charm. Nubra valley can conjure somewhere something incredible with her mystic terrains, incredible light and shadow play and skies with cloudscapes you have never witnessed before. The entire journey to Nubra valley Ladakh in an adventure in itself.
The valley like most of Ladakh is a high altitude cold desert with extremely rare precipitation and scanty vegetation except for the river banks. Nubra was originally known as Ldumra meaning the valley of flowers. The valley located at an altitude of over 10000ft above sea level is the convergent point of river Shyok with the Nubra or Siachen river forming the valley that separates the Ladakh from the Karakoram mountain ranges. The old silk route is known to pass through the valley. The uniqueness of Nubra lies in the coexistence of barren mountain ranges with distant snow peaks, gurgling rivers and the amazing Hunder sand dunes, all sewed into a picture perfect setup.
Myself along with two of my friends teemed up with another group of seven for a trip to Ladakh in the month of October, 2011. In this blog post I would be covering mainly our trip to the Nubra valley Ladakh. Our journey from Leh to Nubra via the Khardung La Pass was equally breathtaking as the place itself with zig zag mountain roads snaking through several mountains, valleys and ravines. The road to Nubra was more of a see saw effect, initially climbing up to a height of over 18000 ft to Khardung la top and then dropping down to the valley at around 10000 ft. The road was well paved to an altitude of 16000 ft beyond which the terrain got rough and rocky from frequent landslides enough to conjure up a nerve wracking experience. Moreover due to high altitudes the roads were covered with snow and we could feel our car slip and drift laterally time and again. Although scary, we felt the best option would be to focus our attention on the astounding views that unfurled in front of our eyes and leave the rest in the hands of our skilled driver and the Almighty.