Below is a detailed Leh to Nubra valley road map; listing the various towns/villages on the route; distance in kilometers and routes that you can take from Leh to reach the valley. Only the area from Khalsar to Turtuk and Warshi is the Nubra valley. Region towards Agham, Karu, Sakti, Shyok Village, Wari La is not a part of Nubra; but I included this in the map only to highlight an alternate route that you can take to visit there.
Leh to Nubra Valley Road Map
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Diskit is the capital of Nubra valley and is about 120 kms from Leh. Shyok River confluences with Nubra River (also known as Siachen river) to form Nubra Valley; that separates the mountain ranges of Ladakh and Karakoram. Average altitude of the valley is about 10,000 ft (3048 meters) which actually puts it at a lower altitude than even the town of Leh.
Inner Line Permits for Indian Citizens to visit Nubra valley. Please read How to Obtain Inner Line Permit for Ladakh for details on how to get this permit and related charges.
There are three routes that you can take to reach Nubra valley from Leh, as shown in the map.
Leh to Nubra Valley via Khardung La
This is the most known, popular, easiest and quickest one. 99% of the tourists take this route to reach Nubra valley. You take the road from Leh towards Khardung La, reach Khalsar crossing the village of Khardung and continue towards Nubra valley. Read the below article for more details on the route.
Leh to Nubra via Wari La
This route will come second in terms of difficulty, distance and time taken. Off-late, this route is gaining popularity among the adventurous types due to the difficulty it presents. Some people chose to reach Nubra via Khardung La and return via Wari La. It is however not an easy road and crossing Wari La will be a challenge for both you and your vehicle.
Leh to Nubra Valley via Agham Shyok Road
This one is probably the most difficult route. The reason why I highlighted the section of road between Agham and Shyok in red is because it is no road at all. It is just a dirt track with rocks and lose gravel all around. It is not really wrong to tag this road as “Dangerous” and to put it last in recommended roads list. The only time people travel on this road is to reach Pangong Tso directly from Nubra Valley; or vice versa because the travel time via this road between both the places is merely 6 hours.
Please click on the link below to read more in details on all these three routes.
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