General Information About SHAM TREK
This is one of the easier treks in Ladakh region. It runs through western part of Leh Sham. The Sham area of Ladakh is quite dry and hot. The trek will give you a great opportunity to see several ancient monasteries and villages rich in culture and agriculture, one of the best treks to see nice landscape and life-style of Ladakhis. Founded between the 12th and 13th centuries, the Likir Gompa was the first associated with the Kadampa order of Tibeten Buddhism. In 15th century, it was taken over by the newest Tibeten school, the Gelugpa (Yellow Hats) and today belongs to the Dalai Lama’s younger brother, Nagri Rinpoche.
Day 1 :Delhi to Leh by flight
The early morning flight from Delhi gets to Leh in less than two hours. From the airport guests would be transferred to a city hotel where they would be housed on full board. Leh is at an altitude of 3500 mts. And all guests are advised to rest for the entire day. A successful trek in Ladakh requires you to acclimatize well.
Day 2 :Leh Acclimatization & Local Site Seeing
Free day in Leh to acclimatization. Drive to the Leh Palace, which houses old relics that belong to the sixteenth century ruler of Ladak. Optional trip to the monasteries at Shey, and Thiksey later in the day.
Day 3 :Likir to Yangthang across Phobe La (58Kms by Jeep)
Trek distance : 9 kms 4 to 5 hrs
After breakfast, the group drive to Likir Village (3650 mts.) which is the starting point of our trek. The distance is short, but the route is warm, without any shade or water and we need to traverse two passes. From Likir the route heads west up to Phobe La (3580m) and beyond this lies Sumdo village. The trail goes steadily upwards till you get to Chagatse La (3630m). Across the pass is the village of Yangthang (3630m) where we camp for the night, next to a stream. The Ridzong Monastery lies about an hour south of Yangthang. This quite, secluded gompa is over a hundred years old and nestles in a narrow gauge.
Day 4 :Yangthang to Hemis Shukpachen across Tsermangchen La
Trek Distance:8 kms. 2-3 hours
It is an easy walk, today despite the pass because both the approach and the descent are of gentle gradients. The trail heads north, descending for a bit, crossing a stream before climbing up west again to Tsermangchen La (3750m). After a short rest at the pass we head down to Hemis Shukpachen. The village, named after the grove of cedars, is one of Ladakh’s prettiest. There are many sparkling streams surrounded by shady willows and large barley fields that provide a touch of green to the otherwise desolate, rocky mountains.
Day 5 :Hemis Shukpachen to Ang across Mebtak La
Trek Distance :10 kms. 3-4 hours
It is again a fairly easy day and the trail goes upward between two hillocks west of the village upwards until it veers south and climbs steeply up to the Mebtak La (3750m) marked by prayer flags. From the pass we head down the gorge to Ang, a charming village with apricot orchards, where we camp for the night.
Day 6 :Ang to Temisgam and Nurla (8 km; 3 hrs.)
Today is the last day and very easy as it’s downhill all the way on to the main road. From Temisgam, our representative would be there to pick you back to Leh.
Day 7 :Leh to Delhi
Depart for Delhi by the morning flight.
|TREK DAYS||7 DAYS|
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