Ladak Ice Climbing

Nubra Valley Ladak
Nubra is a Indian territory of Ladakh. . Its Tibetan name Ldumra means “the valley of flowers”. Demands have been The Nubra Valley is about 150 km north fromLeh , the capital of Ladakh.It is drivable in one day. The  Nubra River (or Siachan River) is a large valley that separates the Ladak and Karakorum Ranges. The average altitude of the valley is more than 3,000 m above the sea level. The common way to access this valley is to travel over the Khardung La pass from Leh.
Foreign nationals are required to get a Protected Area Permit to visit Nubra. This can be got in person from Leh.

Like the rest of the Tibetan Plateau , Nubra is a high altitude cold desert with rare precipitation and scant vegetation except along river beds. The villages are irrigated and fertile, producing wheat, barley, peas, mustard and a variety of fruits and nuts, including blood apples, walnuts, apricots and even a few almond trees. Most of Nubra is inhabited by Nubra dialect or Nubra Skat speakers. The majority are Buddhists.
It is the perfect blend of many colors and cultures. You will find dusty hills, snow-capped peaks, a clear blue sky, green patches, white sand dunes, emerald-colored river, and colorful monasteries, all in the same place.

Ice Climbing in the Nubra Valley
Ice Climbing in the valley is a relative new sport. To date there have been 13 seperate ice climbs discovered but the scope is endless. From the main Nubra valley there are many sub valleys feeding into it. All of these valleys hold water courses to explore. Travel along the vallex floor can be made by vehicle and then easy walking intio the side valleys to climb. The low snowfall can make walking around reasonably easy. The team may use snowshoes at some point.

The aim is to climb some classic ice falls and explore the potential of the area of new climbs. Most of the climbs will be descended by abseiling and the use of ice threads. Rock anchors wikll be used also when appropriate.

We will stay for one possibly two nights in Leh on arrival in a Hotel in town. We can explore the cultural sites and obtain the permit required to travel to the area. There is ice climbing at an alititude of 4000m nearby which would be a good idea for acclimatisation. In the Nubra Valley we will be staying close to the ice climbing in amore basic Homestay accommodation but not far away ,1 hr drive, is a Hotel with Hot springs for a change of scene and comfort. We will decide on accommodation how and when the team feel they want a change.