Sham Valley Trek

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Sham Valley Trek
Sham Valley Trek

Introduction

Sham trek is a mild trek; convenient for easy hiker groups and it appeals to a lot of people who look forward to a sight-seeing trek. There are many villages and monasteries on this trek. This is the only trek that can be done throughout the year, as there are no high passes. This trek passes through many small villages. Sham Valley Trek is specially designed for people of all ages and the physical challenges are comparatively mild in this trek.

Facts

Closest Airport: Leh (connected to all major cities of India)
Best time to visit: May-September
Good For: Trekking, sight-seeing, home-stay, holidays.

Trip Highlights

* Length of tour – 11 nights & 12 days with 03 days trek.
* Physical challenge of trek – Easy
* Sham valley trek amidst the apricot orchard villages.
* Visit Pangong lake, world’s highest brackish lake, ¾ in China.
* Drive on the world’s first and third highest motorable pass, Khardongla pass (5,600 m) Changla pass (5,300 m)
* Camel ride on the double humped Bactrian camel at Nubra sand dunes.
* Drive through the moon landscape at Lamayuru.
* Visit Ladakh’s most famous and largest Hemis monastery.
* Visit 11th century Alchi monastery.
* Chances of touching snow at the passes!

Detailed Itinerary

Day 01: Delhi – Leh arrival
After an exciting flight from Delhi to Leh, we receive you at Kushok Bakula Rinpochey airport-Leh and transfer to Hotel. Take complete rest for the day for Acclimatization. Late evening take a walk around Leh Town. Overnight at guest house.

Day 02: Around Leh- Shanti Stupa – Leh Palace  
After a leisure breakfast you will be doing short sight seeing around upper Leh. Shanti Stupa, built by Japanese master in 1995, and inaugurated by H.H.Dalai Lama of Tibet, from here you can have the panoramic views of Leh and surrounding areas of Indus valley. Leh Palace is in nine storey built in 17th century by Ladakhi famous King Senge Namgyal. Now it is taken care of by the Archaeological Survey of India. Overnight at guest house.

Day 03: Stok palace – Shey – Thiksey – Hemis
After breakfast leave by car to visit Stok royal Palace, the present home of royal family of Ladakh and you can visit the most beautiful royal museum for ancient ornaments, Jewelleries, Crown of the King and the queen. Shey – The ancient capital of Ladakh, 17th century copper gilted statue of historical Buddha Sakyamuni. Thiksey, the most beautiful Gelukpa monastery where the monastery boasts a 45ft Maiterya Buddha statue as one of its attractions. Hemis, The Drukpa monastery located on the other side of the river Indus is the biggest Drukpa Monastery and is well known for the world famous Hemis Festival and the auspicious Thanka Painting, opened to public once in 12 years attracting world over tourists. Overnight at guest house.

Day 04: Leh – Likir –  Yangthang (4-5hrs) 
We start the day early in the morning from the Leh. It is 2 hours drive from Leh to Likir following the Indus River . After visiting the famous Likir monastery we begin our trek below a mountain nearby the monastery. The trail goes steadily upwards till you get to
Chagatse La (3630m). Across the pass is the village of Yangthang where you spend the night. Overnight at home stay.

Day 05: Yangthang – Hemis Shukpachan Via Rizong (3-4 hrs)
Today our trek is pretty long. We walk alongside the river and trees amidst the gorge to the Rizong monastery. It is worth visiting Rizong Monastery, which is an isolated at the back of a natural amphitheatre and has three main rooms to visit, two with large Buddhas and third with a large stupa. After visiting the gompa, we ascend gradually to the Shushut pass 4000 m. From the pass we have a view of Hemis Shukpachan as well as surrounding peaks. An easy descent towards our camp at Hemis Shukpachan takes a couple of hours. It is one of the major villages of Sham, and the name of the village is derived from the conifers (shukpa= cedar or juniper). Overnight at home stay.

Day 06: Hemis Shukpachan – Tingmosgam (4 hrs)
From Hemis Shukpachan we go onto a flat ground as far as ill-defined pass alongside the Chortens (stupas). A steep descent will lead us to the right side of the mountains and climb steadily on the slope towards the Mebtak La 3720 m. After taking short rest and enjoying the view from the pass, we head down to the village of Ang. From Ang, we head towards the south on the dusty jeep road to the village of Tingmosgam . Tingmosgam is well famed for its monastery, and is perhaps the most affluent village in the sham valley for its apricots, apples, nuts and beautiful houses. Overnight at home stay.

Day 07: Tingmosgam – Lamayuru  – Alchi – Leh (150 kms / 5 – 6 hrs)
After a night at Temisgam, we drive to Lamayuru.  The famous monastery of Lamayuru(one of the oldest monasteries of Ladakh). Visit the Yurdung Gonpa(another name for the Lamayuru monastery), and enjoy the scenic view of the moon-land (landscape similar to that on moon). Later trace back the route you came from towards Leh. En-route visit Alchi Choskor (religious monument, oldest of its type in Ladakh). Alchi Choskor, built in the 11th century by Lama Lotsava Rinchen Zangpo, has fabulous paintings and architecture. Alchi monastery, the only monastery in Ladakh built on flat ground, well known for its peerless wall paintings Take a village walk and get down to the river Indus to spend some quiet time here. Reach Leh by evening. Overnight at guest house.

Day 08: Leh – Pangong Lake (160 kms / 05 – 06 hrs)
Early morning drive to Pangong Lake. The Pangong Lake is 160 km from Leh, with spectacular views, colourful mountains and the Changla pass. The scenic view of colourful mountains throughout the journey makes your trip memorable. The drive begins with the spectacular view of Thiksey monastery. Beyond this village, you will drive towards the Changla pass (5,300 m), leaving the Leh Manali road on your right hand side. The long easy ascent takes you to Changla pass through its winding roads passing through Sakti Village. Stop at the Changla Pass for a quick photograph session and drive down to the village of Tangtse, where you can relax for a cup of tea. Leaving Tangtse for Pangong you pass through few small villages of Changthang and finally you can have a sudden view of the lake. The Pangong Lake view is dramatic, surrounded by colourful mountains and it’s reflection makes the lake beautiful. The colour of the lake changes into different colour throughout the day. The division of lake between India and China makes it different than the other Lake. Therefore you are not allowed to go beyond a certain point. Overnight halt at deluxe camp.

Day 09: Pangong lake – Leh
After a leisure breakfast, drive back to Leh by the same route you came yesterday. Reach Leh by evening. Overnight at guest house.

Day 10: Nubra Valley – Khardong – Khalsar – Disket – Hunder (118 km / 08 – 09 hrs )
Early morning drive to Nubra Valley, Of all the valleys in Ladakh, Nubra is the most luxuriant and fertile lays North of Leh with the mighty Karakoram Range forming its northern boundary and the Ladakh range on its south. The valley is lush green as far as the eye can see with glaciated peaks all round it. The route from Leh takes the travel far over the Khardongla pass (5,600 m) the highest motorable road in the world. The view from the top is amazing. One can see all the way south over the Indus valley to the seemingly endless peaks and ridges of the Zanskar range. Diskit is the main village of Nubra division with Diskit monastery on a sheer rock cliff, built in 16th century. 7 km from Diskit is Hunder village where the shaggy double humped Bactrian camel is found. Overnight at guest house in Hundar village.

Day 11: Hundar – Sumoor – Leh
After breakfast visit the famous Samstangling monastery, (132 year old, founded by Lama Tsultim Nima). Later trace back the road that you came from. Reach Leh by evening and spend the rest of the day shopping and for relaxing. Overnight at guest house.

Day 12:  Leh to Delhi departure
Early morning the vehicle will transfer you to the airport, to catch your flight back to Delhi.

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 The total cost for the above tour is Rs. 25000 per head for 6 pax

The above costing include:-
1. Accommodation in Leh at Raku guest house (deluxe guest house) on double occupancy and on MAP bases (bed, breakfast and dinner).Accommodation in Nubra and Pangong lake at deluxe camping also on MAP bases. Accommodation during the trek at home stays with all three meals. Lunch will be packed.
2. All transportation as mentioned in the itinerary in Innova/Xylo/Scorpio.
3. Mountain guide during the Sham trek.
4. All Innerline permits and wildlife fee.

Does not include:-
1. Airfare
2. Alcohol of any type, soft drinks and mineral water.
3. Staff tips.
4. Camel ride fees at Nubra.
5. Monastery and monumental fees.
6. Any that is not mentioned under “includes”