Walks in Nubra
Nubra is a region with a rich and varied culture, and with a long history. It was an important place on the Trans-Himalayan trade routes, and the village of Charasa was once the King of Ladakh’s winter capital. Music, folklore, crafts such as weaving and basket-making were common here and, in some areas, continue to be. Vernacular architecture had regional influences, richly carved wooden balconies and screens can be seen alongside kitchens adorned with brass and copper utensils and densely painted interiors of Buddhist temples. The first ‘Walks in Nubra’ series covers the villages along the Siachen River, starting from Rongdo and continuing all the way to Yarma, the last village just before the Siachen Glacier. Here you will encounter weather beaten rocks inscribed with centuries old petroglyphs, shrines dedicated to protective deities, graveyards of long-forgotten travellers on the ancient Silk Route and ruins of early settlements. You will also venture into the more familiar monasteries and mosques, as well as community spaces and sacred water-bodies. Stories from the past, of flying hermits and demon kings, will unfold as you explore villages along the banks of the Siachen River.
These ‘Walks in Nubra’ have been compiled in collaboration with the Himalayan Cultural Heritage Foundation (HCHF), and are supported by Royal Enfield.
1. RONGDO TO KYAGAR
Rongdo is the first village one encounters when starting the walk up the Siachen River. The walk covers six villages, from Rongdo to Tsati, Tirith, Lakjung, Sumoor, and Kyagar.
3. MURGI TO BURMA
The third walk starts at Murgi, where there is an important limestone reserve. Limestone is widely used in Ladakh for whitewashing homes and sacred architecture. This walk takes you to four villages, beginning from Murgi to Kuri, Charasa and Burma.
2. PINCHIMIK TO PHUKPOCHE
The second walk starts from Pinchimik, it was here the king of Ladakh and his entourage would stop for a rest as they made their way from Leh to Charasa Palace. The walk takes you to six villages, ending at Phukpoche.
4. HARGAM TO YARMA
This is the longest walk along the Siachen River, covering 14 villages, it begins at Hargam and ends at Yarma. Hargam was an important rest stop for traders coming in from Central Asia, after crossing the treacherous Despang Plains.