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The Sham Valley Trek is an incredible journey through the lush lowlands of Ladakh. It’s a perfect opportunity to explore the locals’ villages, culture, and everyday life and experience the rich and vivid nature around you.
This trek can be done any time of the year, so if you’re looking for adventure, this is a perfect choice! On your way back, visit the beautiful Alchi monastery, one of Ladakh’s most renowned and grandest monasteries. The Alchi Monastery, dating back to the 11th century and founded by Rinchen Zangpo, has become a haven for those seeking to admire ancient paintings and sculptures depicting Kashmiri Buddhist art. Its ancient architecture and breathtaking interior will keep you mesmerized for hours as you explore its rich heritage.
The Sham Valley Trek is a fantastic experience that will bring you to a new world of beauty and serenity. This easy trekking route is perfect for novices and families alike, with its beautiful Sham Valley transformed by an enchanting stream, which brings the area to life in an awe-inspiring way. The tranquil setting and majestic views make this a must-see destination for any trekker or nature enthusiast.
This trek is a unique opportunity to explore the majestic landscapes of Ladakh, with its villages and monasteries frozen in time. As you ascend to an altitude of 3900 meters, you will be taken on a journey through the traditional culture, customs, and rituals practiced by locals for centuries and remain mostly unchanged today.
It is a perfect trek for those wishing to discover Ladakh’s historical wonders without previous mountaineering experience. Trekkers will be mesmerized by the beautiful views of alpine meadows and snow-capped peaks and the chance to meet friendly locals and learn about their way of life.
Altitude: 3,524 m (11,562 ft)
The first day of the Sham Valley Trek begins with an arrival at Leh, a vibrant and charming city located in the foothills of the Himalayas. Leh offers stunning views of snow-covered mountains, monasteries, and traditional Ladakhi villages. You can spend the evening exploring the city, visiting local markets and restaurants, or taking a relaxing stroll around the town.
Make sure to drink a lot of water today and acclimatize to the high altitude. In the evening, you will be briefed about the trek and do’s and don’ts for the next few days.
The night will be spent in a hotel in Leh. In the evening, you can dine out in the local restaurants and sample some delicious local cuisine.
Distance: 10 km
Time Taken: 6 hours
Max Altitude: 3,720 m (12,205 ft)
In the morning, after a delicious breakfast, we will travel by taxi to the starting point of the Sham Valley trek – Likir Village. This small town is situated at an altitude of 3700 meters and is only 55 kilometers away from Leh. You will be mesmerized by the picturesque scenery of this place.
The journey may be short, but it is still going to be a warm one. The breathtaking scenery that greets us here is one that dreams are made of! You will pass via some of Ladakh’s most famous landmarks, including the Sangam, Magnetic Hill, and the Pathar Sahib Gurudwara.
Once we reach Likir, the actual trek will begin at Sham Valley. We will make our way up to the Phobe La Pass at an altitude of 3590 meters. With determined steps and a lot of courage, we will go further up to the Chagatse La Pass (3720 meters). From here, the view is simply breathtaking!
We will pitch our tents near a stream in Yangthang village in the evening. This small village (3630 meters) is the perfect place to rest and recharge before going further up the next day.
We will have dinner and enjoy the peacefulness of the night.
Distance: 10 km
Time Taken: 5 hours
Max Altitude: 3,880 m (12,730 ft)
Today is an invigorating experience for trekkers as the gradient between the ascent and descent of Yangthang to Hemis Shukpachan is gentle, making it a relatively easy trek.
The trail takes you northwards, firstly downhill across a stream before eventually heading west towards Tsermangchan La (3880 m). After a short break at the pass, you begin to descend towards Hemis Shukpachan.
Hemis Shukpachan is a sight for sore eyes; named after a grove of cedars, it is one of Ladakh’s most stunning villages. The landscape surrounding you is sparkling streams, willowy trees, and large barley fields – the only color amongst a desolate rocky mountain.
The scene that greets trekkers here is nothing short of mesmerizing. The water running through the streams creates a soothing sound; the barley fields look like an array of tiny green islands in a sea of grey rocks. The sound of the wind whistling through the trees creates a dreamy atmosphere, and the fresh scent of cedars wafting in the air is a refreshing experience.
Trekkers will feel relaxed and energized simultaneously – perfect for continuing on with the rest of Sham Valley Trek!
Distance: 12 km
Time Taken: 7 hours
Max Altitude: 3,790 m (12,435 ft)
The Sham Valley Trek on the fourth day is easy, taking trekkers up between two hillocks to the Mebtak La at 3,790 meters above sea level. On the way, they will pass vibrant prayer flags marking their ascent and be treated to breathtaking views of the valley below.
At the top of the mountain, trekkers can take a break and be in awe of nature’s beauty. The snow-capped peaks, crystal clear rivers winding through the valleys, and lush green forests are a sight to behold.
As they continue down the gorge, they will reach Ang, a picturesque village with apricot orchards. Trekkers can take a moment to rest and feel at home in the peaceful surroundings.
Finally, after reaching Temisgam on the highway, trekkers will be able to look back proudly on what they have achieved during their journey. They will also feel happy returning to Leh, where they can reflect on their adventure and all the magical memories they have made on the Sham Valley Trek.
Altitude: 3,524 m (11,562 ft)
The time has come to bid farewell to Leh. On the last day of their five-day trek, trekkers should take some time to explore and appreciate the beauty of this region before they depart.
Leh is a fascinating place with so much history and cultural significance; trekkers will surely gain an insight into the area’s culture and traditions.
After spending some time at the local markets, taking in the sights of Leh’s architecture, and visiting a few of its famous monasteries, such as Thiksey Monastery and Shey Palace, trekkers can then make their way back home with an overwhelming feeling of accomplishment.
The best time to do the Sham Valley Trek is April-June and September-October. During these months, temperatures are milder, and there is less chance of rain or snowfall.
The temperature in Ladakh can be freezing during winter (December-January), making it challenging to trek at high altitudes.
The summer months (May-September) can also be quite hot, making it difficult for some people to trek in the daytime.
When trekking, it is important to ensure that you are prepared for the weather and take all necessary precautions.
All participants are expected to be confident that they are physically and mentally fit and able to complete the itinerary of their chosen event as defined in the itinerary.
Any minors between 10 and 17 years of age must accompany their parent or guardian who assumes full responsibility for them to participate in the adventure activity or event. Any unaccompanied, underage minor will not be allowed to participate in the adventure activity.
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