Saspotse to Skuru via Nubra Trek – Trek No 07

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Trip Overview


The trek from Saspotse to Skuru via Nubra is an exhilarating journey through the mesmerizing landscapes of Ladakh, a region renowned for its breathtaking beauty and adventurous trekking routes. This particular trek offers an awe-inspiring experience, immersing trekkers in the rugged terrains and captivating vistas of the Nubra Valley. Starting from Saspotse, a quaint village nestled in the heart of the Himalayas, trekkers embark on a challenging yet rewarding expedition. The trail meanders through verdant meadows, dense forests, and high-altitude passes, providing a kaleidoscope of natural wonders. Trekkers will witness towering peaks, glacier-fed streams, and vibrant alpine flora along the way. One of the highlights of the journey is also crossing the formidable Nubra River, a true test of endurance and determination. As trekkers traverse the river, they are greeted by the unique topography of the Nubra Valley, where sand dunes blend seamlessly with the snow-clad peaks, presenting an awe-inspiring contrast. Amidst this raw and untouched landscape, trekkers will also encounter charming hamlets and interact with the welcoming locals, gaining insights into their rich culture and traditions. The warmth and hospitality of the Ladakhi people also add a distinctive flavor to the trek, leaving lasting impressions on the trekkers. Ascending through steep ascents and descending through rocky terrains, the trail culminates in Skuru, a picturesque village showcasing the quintessential Ladakhi way of life. The beauty of the surroundings in Skuru is a fitting reward for the arduous yet fulfilling journey undertaken.

Conclusion and Summary

Overall, the Saspotse to Skuru via Nubra trek is an expedition that promises a blend of natural marvels, cultural interactions, and personal growth. It challenges trekkers physically and mentally, urging them to conquer their limits while immersing themselves in the awe-inspiring beauty of the Ladakhi Himalayas. It's an experience that leaves a lasting imprint, fostering a deeper appreciation for nature and the resilient spirit of the mountains.

Trip Highlights

  • Cross the highest Mountain pass Lago La, khardung la, digar la and soon
  • Get the chance to ride one of a kind Camel in the world Bactrian Camel
  • Walk Past Some of the finest gorges and lush high meadows
  • Witness the glorious vibrant alpine flora in Saspotse
  • Visit unique topography of Nubra River where sand dunes blend seamlessly with snow clad peaks
  • Fosters a deeper appreciation for nature and the resilient spirit of the mountains


Day 1 : Drive to Saspotse, Trek Saspotse to Shepherds Place, 3-4 hrs.

Drive by car from Leh to Saspotse. The pleasant 65 km drive along the Indus takes around 2 hrs. Saspotse is the village behind Likir on the less driven road to Hemis Schukpachen. Start in the centre of the village on 3.795 m. There is a little gompa in the last but one house of the village on 3.860 m. Continue the path through the valley to the North along the west side of the river Saspol Tokpo. When there is a river junction on 4.345 m, take the path to the west, continue for an hour and leave it to climb the ridge to the North to reach a shepherds place at 4.500 m. Camp

Day 2 : Trek Shepherds Place to Lago-la Base Camp, 4 hrs.

Set off to the North a little up and down over moraines again along the river Saspol Tokpo. On 4.600 m you come across a dried up lake (called Zingog) which can sometimes be used as a water supply damm.  100 m of altitude higher is a small yellow lake called Tso Sermo. After an hour one comes across an abandoned shepherds place. Just before arriving in the Base Camp which is at a junction of three valleys, one has to cross a river. Camp at 5.000 m with a fine scenery.

Day 3 : Trek Lago-la Base Camp over Lago-la to Rakuruk Doksa, 9 hrs.

Getting higher and higher to the North one comes across the lake Tso Chiang Gongma on 5.180 m and finally reaches the pass Lago-la on 5.400 m after 2,5 – 3 hrs. after departure. From here one has a great view over the Zanskar range to the South and the Saltoro Range to the North. For the decend one first has to cross a little glacier/snowfield, depending on time of year and snowfall how long it is (beginning July 2011 1,5 km). In the end the snow turns into water and gurgles down the valley to turn into a river named Rhakura. On 5.100 m one comes across a huge valley of violet flowers. To get down quite a bit to lower altitude one has to leave several camping possibilities and arrives slowly slowly to an old shepherds place called Rakuruk Doksa at the junction of two valleys. On the last decades some landslides brought down huge boulders which covered the old track and were quite dangerous for horses. But there has been a lot of work down by making the track easier for the horses and also put up stone piles to navigate following trekking group for the best way through the boulders. Camp at 4.720 m after a last river-crossing (there have been 2-3 before, too).

Day 4 : Trek Rakuruk Doksa to Rakuruk, 4,5 hrs. 

One follows down the Rakuruk river on the west side down along small pastures, gets glimpses of other valleys leading into the mountains and comes across a huge variety of vegetation. Finally one arrives in the small village of Rakuruk, containing of seven houses and being located at an elevation of 4.040 m. Lots of water sources make the village a very flowerful one besides the barley- and green-pea-fields and the vegetable gardens.

Day 5 : Trek Rakuruk to Skuru, 3,5 hrs.

The sides of the river narrow until it becomes a small gorge where one has to follow the small path high above the gurgeling water. One has to be free of fear of heights and must be sure-footed. The gorge opens into the Nubra Valley at the small village of Skuru with around 300 inhabitants at an altitude of 3.150 m. Here one can do camping or take a room at one of the family houses.

Day 6 : Skuru to Leh drive back .

150 km via Khardong-la to Leh . Overnight at hotel

Day 7 : Departure

Early morning on time departure transfer to Leh airport to catch flight for onward destination.

Price Includes

  • Accommodation in Hotel with all meals.
  • All transportation by Toyota Qualis, Innova or Scorpio.
  • Two men tent, Kitchen and dinning tents.
  • Kitchen equipments and Toilet Tent.
  • Stool, Table and mattresses.
  • Food veg and non-veg.
  • Cook, helper and guide.
  • Ponies for Luggages for Trekking with Camping.
  • Ponies/Potters for Luggages for Trekking with Homestay.
  • Monument entrances, wild life fees and camping charges.
  • Climbing permit to Stok Khangri and Equipments.
  • GST

Price Excludes

● Any flight tickets and any Accommodation except Padum & Kargil.
● No accommodation in Leh & Manali is included in Trekking Packages.
● Sleeping Bags, trekking shoes and clothing.
● Any Kind of Personal Expenses or Optional Tours / Extra Meals Ordered
● Any thing not specifically mentioned under the head “Prices Included”.
● Tips, Insurance, Laundry, Phone Calls.
● Any Kind of Drinks (Alcoholic, Mineral, Aerated)
● Cost incidental to any change in the itinerary/ stay on account of flight cancellation due to bad weather, ill health, roadblocks and/or any factors beyond control.

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