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Sands of the Nubra Valley

The northern most part of accessible Ladakh - The Nubra Valley is a mix of desert sand dunes and lush green villages surrounded by some of the worlds highest mountain ranges.
In the valley, interspersed with the spectacylar landscape, herds of Yak, double humped Bactrian camels, lofty high peaks and mountain passes, flowing rivers and the occasional whirwind of dust.
Local scholars say that its original name was Ldumra (the valley of flowers). The Shyok River meets the Nubra or Siachen River to form the valley that separates the Ladakh and the Karakoram Ranges. The average altitude is about 10,000 ft and the villages are irrigated and fertile, producing wheat, barley, peas, mustard for oil, and a variety of fruits and nuts, including apple, walnut, apricot and even a few almond trees. Most of the valley is inhabited by Ladakhis; the majority of them are Buddhist, with a minority of Shia and Sunni Muslims. In the western or lowest altitude end of Nubra Valley, along the Shyok River, the inhabitants are Balti, speak Balti, and are Shia and Sufia Nurbakhshia Muslims. Siachen Glacier lies to the north, the Sasser Pass and the famous Karakoram Pass to the northwest and connect Nubra with Xinjiang. Previously there was much trade passing through the area with East Turkestan and Central Asia.
The common way to access this valley is to travel over the Khardung La from Leh, which is known as one of the highest mountain passes in the world. Visitors require an Inner Line Permit (easily obtained in Leh) to enter.
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