Sand dunes of the Shyok valley and the bactrian camel rides in the sand dunes is very popular amongst tourists visiting Leh. Diskit and Hunder are two villages which are accesible to tourists near the Shyok river.
Originating from the Rimo Glacier, one of the tongues of Siachen Glacier, Shyok River spans a distance of approximately 550 kms in the northern part of Leh eventually meeting the Indus river at Keris to the east of the town of Skardu.
The Shyok, which flows generally northwest direstion, is fed by the numerous glaciers on its journey through the range. At times the Chong Kumdan Glacier dams the river, causing serious floods in nearby areas. The Shyok river forms the Shyok valley which is close to thye Nubra valley. Khardung la is the gateway to the Shyok valley.