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Sham Valley Trek 1 (LONG DURATION)

PACKAGE CODE  : L006
DURATION  : 09 NIGHTS / 10 DAYS (05 DAYS OF TREKKING)
BEST TIME  :  MAY TO OCTOBER
ACCOMMODATION  : 05 NIGHTS IN HOTEL, 04 NIGHTS IN TENTS
MINIMUM PEOPLE REQUIRED  : TWO

LEVEL OF ENDURANCE : HIGH moderate



INTRODUCTION:

The Sham Valley trek is also known as ‘Baby trek’ due to the comparatively lower altitude, lesser number of passes and less walking hours. During this trek you can visit monasteries of Likir, Rizong, Lamayuru, Alchi and Palace of Temisgam. This is a village to village trek and you can see some typical Ladakhi villages with few houses.

 

Itinerary:

Day 01: Arrive Leh
On your arrival at Leh, a representative from Nomadier will meet, greet, assist and transfer you to your hotel in Leh. Remainder of the day would be for you to rest and acclimatize to the high altitude of Ladakh. Overnight stay would be at a hotel in Leh.

 

Day 02: Sightseeing around Leh

Morning at leisure or explore the nearby places on foot. Post lunch a visit to Shanti Stupa, Leh Palace, Jokhang and Local Bazaar would be scheduled. Overnight stay would be at a hotel in Leh.

 

Shanti Stupa (Japanese Peace Pagoda)Shanti Stupa (Japanese Peace Pagoda)

Shanti Stupa/Japanese Peace Pagoda was built by a Japanese religious organization headed by Head monk Nakamura with, help from organization and local people. It is situated at a hill top in Cahngspa village providing a bird's eye view of the Leh town and the surrounding mountain peaks. Architecturally it has the Japanese touch with small clean rooms on the side for meditators and the main Japanese shrine at the entrance.

 

Leh PalaceLeh Palace
The Namgyal Tsemo (Victory Peak) was built by King Tashi Namgyal after the reunification of upper and lower Ladakh and victory over Hor whose bodies are placed under an image of Mahakala, the guardian deity to stop further invasion of Hor. The Leh Palace known as 'Lechen Palkhar' was built by Singay Namgyal at the beginning of 17th Century A.D. The nine-storied palace is now deserted, and the ASI (Archeological Survey of India) has taken up the renovation work.

 

JokhangJokhang
The Ladakh Buddhist Association, in 1957, built the small Gonpa known as Jokhang in the main bazaar, which is open throughout the day for visitors. The Gonpa contains statue of Joyo Rinpoche (crowned Buddha).

 

Day 03: Likir to Yangthang (3,700 mts.)
Early morning after breakfast at the camp, you would start the trek towards the south through the trail behind the monastery, amidst wheat fields. After a walk for 20 minutes, you come down to the rough motorable road to Hemis Shukpachan. Ignore the road and walk through the trail down the road along with Stupas west ward.

 

The easy ascent starts from here which leads you to the top of the small pass Chagatse La (3,700 mts.). Again, leave the road on your right and walk through the trail down and up to the road. From here you can have the view of a hamlet called Saspotse. Walk towards the village leaving the road on your right hand side. You would reach the village after crossing a river. Take the trail behind the village through a small gorge which takes you to Phobe La pass (3,849 mts.). You can have the view of Yangthang village from here.

 

After a walk for 10 minutes through the road you will arrive at the camping site. There are two camping sites; one near the school which has a good view of the village and the peak and has toilet facilities. The next one is near the river amidst poplar plantation without a toilet.

 

Day 04: Yangthang to Rizong to Yangthang (06 Hrs)

The day starts with a trek through village houses and along the river through the gorge with plantations of Apricot and Apple. After a walk for an hour through the gorge, you would reach a rough motorable road which enters into another gorge to your right hand side. It would take around 30 minutes before you have the view of Rizong monastery. Rizong is the most isolated monastery of all the monasteries in Ladakh. There is no entry fee in this monastery; you can offer whatever you wish. After the visit of the monastery, you can also visit the monastery kitchen and have a cup of butter tea. After the visit, your trek back to Yangthang begins. The way back to Yangthang is the same. There is a short cut to get to Hemis Shukpachan from behind the monastery through a steep pass.

 

Day 05: Yangthang to Hemis Shukpachan (3596 mts.) - 02 hrsYangthang to Hemis Shukpachan

Today is a shorter walk if you want to camp at Hemis Shukpachan village. You can also walk up to Temisgam or viilage of Ang before Temisgam which takes around 6-7 hrs. As soon as you cross the river, the climb of the Phobe La (4,000 mts.) would start. It would take around 01 hour to reach the top of the pass. After another hour or a half you would reach Hemis Shukpachan where you would camp for the night.

 

Day 06: Hemis Shukpachan to Temisgam (5-6 Hrs.)

After an easy walk for an hour you will start climbing Meptak La. After the pass you would reach Ang Village near the river. After crossing the river you can walk down to Temisgam village. From here you will drive to Lamayuru moonland and then back to Leh via the Ladakh Hall of Fame, Spituk Monastery, Confluence of Indus and Zanskar Rivers, Gurudwara Shri Patthar Sahib and Magnetic Hill.

 

Day 07: Temisgam to Khalse (2-3 Hrs.)

After walking towards Tia along the road for sometime, cross the river. After walking for a few more minutes you will start climbing the Bongbong La. Then you would reach the Leh-Srinagar highway. You can walk up to Khalse along the road otherwise your trek finishes here. You can then drive to Leh.

 

Day 08: Excursion to Pangong Lake (280 km round trip)
Morning after the breakfast you would drive to Pangong Lake on the Indo-China border. After the trip you would return back to the hotel in Leh for dinner and overnight rest.

 

Pangong LakePangong Lake
The Pangong Lake, situated at 14,000 ft. is a long narrow basin of inland drainage, nearly 6-7 km at its widest point. Visitors are permitted to only around 7 km along the southern shore from the head of the lake as part of Pangong lies in China. Standing there offers stunning views of the mountains of the Changchenmo range to the north, their reflection shimmering in the ever-changing blues and greens of the lake’s brackish water. Also visible above Spangmik are the glacier and snow-capped peaks of the Pangong range.

 

Day 09: Day free at LehDay free at Leh

Today is a day to relax and enjoy the natural beauty of the Leh town. You may want to walk down to the local bazaar to buy souvenirs which will remind you of your small rendezvous with Ladakh.

 

Day 10: Airport Departure
Nomadier provides assistance in your transfer to the Airport and wishes you goodbye.