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Sham Valley Trek

The easiest and beautiful trek for beginners in Ladakh

Sham Valley Trek - Quick Informations

  • 📅 Duration: 7 Days, 6 Nights
  • 🔼 Highest Altitude: 3900m
  • 🛑 Grade: Moderate ( know trek grades )
  • 👍 Best Time: Jan - Dec
  • 🏃 Activity Type: Trek
  • 🔄 Trail Type: Same Exit Entry Point
  • 🚩 Starts From: Leh
  • 🚩 Ends In: Leh
  • 🌏 Region: India - Ladakh
  • 🎌 Country: India
  • 🛪  Nearest Airport: Leh, Kushok Bakula Rimpochee Airport ( IXL)
  • 🚉 Nearest Rail Head: Katra, (KEA), Jammu Tawi ( JAT)

Sham Valley Trek - Key Geographical Highlights

Sham Valley Trek - Elevation Profile & Itinerary Overview

Day 1
D1Delhi
Day 2
D2Leh
Day 2
Leh
Day 2
Shanti Stupa, Tsemo Monastery
Day 3
D3Leh
Day 3
Likir Monastery
Day 3
Phobe La
Day 4
D4Yangthang
Day 4
Tsermangchen La
Day 5
D5Hemis Shukpachen
Day 5
Mebtak La
Day 6
D6Ang
Day 6
Temisgam
Day 6
Alchi Monastery
Day 7
D7Leh
Day 8
Delhi

Sham Valley Trek Daywise Itinerary

Day 1Arrival In Leh

Activity: Fly In Day
Overnight In: Leh (3500m )
Accommodation: Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Cost Of Transport Included: YES ( Leh Airport to Hotel)

Arrive in Leh airport. Our team meets you in the airport and drives you to the hotel for checkin. Owing the altitude of Leh which is above 3500 meters, we should rest the complete day today and monitor our health properly. Our guide will meet you in the evening and brief you about the upcoming days.

Day 2

Acclimatization Day


Explore Shanti Stupa, Tsemo Monastery & Nearby. ( 5 Kms,3 hours )

Day 2
3500 - Leh
Day 2
3500 - Leh
Day 2
3600 - Shanti Stupa, Tsemo Monastery
Day 2
3500 - Leh


5Km, 3hrs.

Activity: City Walk Day
Overnight In: Leh (3500m )
Accommodation: Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Today we take a monitored soft walk arounf the higher points if the Leh city to acclimatize as well as to experience the beauty of the beautiful capital city of Ladakh. IN the morning we walk up to the Tsemo Monastery hovering over Leh and the Leh Palace. We finish in the Leh main market where we stop for shopping and lunch. We need some rest after that. IN the evcening we meet again to walk up to the iconic Shanti Stupa situated in a hillock above the Leh city. We can even meditate there. The view of the sunset from Shanti Stupa and the peace around will make up your day. We then come back to our hotel and prepare for our trek tomorrow.

Day 3

Pass Crossing Day


Cross Likir Monastery And Reach Yangthang via Phobe La ( 10 Kms,4 hours )

Day 3
3500 - Leh
Day 3
3650 - Likir Monastery
Day 3
3800 - Phobe La
Day 3
3670 - Yangthang


10Km, 4hrs.

Activity: Drive, Trek Day
Overnight In: Yangthang (3670m )
Accommodation: Homestay
Meals Included: All Meals

After breakfast, we drive to Likir which is the starting point of the trek. We take some time out to visit the iconic monastery before we start our simple walk accross the beautiful Sham Valley of Ladakh. The walk is more-or-less even and simple.

Day 4From Yangthang To Hemis Shukpachen, Via - Tsermangchen La ( 10 Kms,3-4 hours )

Day 4
3670 - Yangthang
Day 4
3900 - Tsermangchen La
Day 4
3650 - Hemis Shukpachen


10Km, 3-4hrs.

Activity: Trek Day
Overnight In: Hemis Shukpachen (3650m )
Accommodation: Homestay
Meals Included: All Meals

Today our walk is similar to the previous day, however with an elevated degree of beautiful and merriness as we get further deep into the heart of the Sham Valley. The odd shades of green in an otherwise pale valley owing to the hard work of the locals makes adds to the beauty of the valley.

Day 5

Pass Crossing Day


Cross Mebtak La And Reach Ang ( 10 Kms,3-4 hours )

Day 5
3650 - Hemis Shukpachen
Day 5
3800 - Mebtak La
Day 5
3400 - Ang


10Km, 3-4hrs.

Activity: Trek Day
Overnight In: Ang (3400m )
Accommodation: Homestay/Tents
Meals Included: All Meals

Today we walk into one of the most beautiful vollage in Sham Valley

Day 6From Ang To Leh, Via - Temisgam, Alchi Monastery ( 2 Kms,4 -5 hours )

Day 6
3400 - Ang
Day 6
3250 - Temisgam
Day 6
3100 - Alchi Monastery
Day 6
3500 - Leh


2Km, 4 -5hrs.

Activity: Trek, Drive Day
Overnight In: Leh (3500m )
Accommodation: Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

We finish the trek in Temisgam and then drive back to Leh. Enroute Leh, we visit the famous Alchi monastery

Sham Valley Trek - An Elaborate Description

Sham Valley Trek LAdakh
Sham Valley Trek In Winters

Sham Valley Trek in Ladakh is perhaps the easiest yet so beautiful trek to be done in the land of high passes. The altitude of the trek stays within the limits of 4000 meters and involves a few mountain pass crossings which are very easy. 

Starting from Leh, the drive to the road head for the trek itself is such a beautiful experience on the winding roads of the magical valley. Passing by the Gurudwara Patthar Sahib, Magnetic hill, Sangam ( Confluence point of Indus and Zanskar rivers ) and the historically important village of Basgo on the Leh - Srinagar Highway. The Sham Valley trek starts from Likir.

Likir hosts one of the ancient monasteries of Ladakh and holds a significant place in the religious faith of Tibetan Buddhism. Before we start our day's trek, we visit the monastery and offer prayers in the traditional way. Likir monastery also has a small school of monks and spending some time with the little kids will be one of the most treasured and enlightening experiences of your travel plan.

The Sham Valley trek is a short one and one can finish it in 4 days at leisure. The trek route passes touches some of the most beautiful villages and monasteries of Ladakh. Passing by the photogenic villages of Hemis Shukpachen, Ang and Temisgam, this trek can even be done on homestays. Probably, homestays are the best ways to do this trek as it involves you much more with the locals exposing you to an in-depth cultural understanding and exchange of knowledge.

The trek is very interesting with continuously changing landscapes and villages. The scene alters frequently between greens valley and barren mountains. While on the trek, you sight with few houses, old monasteries and very fertile fields growing spinach, carrots, cabbage, potatoes, coriander, onions, apricot trees, and walnut trees guarded by the tall poplar trees. On the other end, you witness the barren mountains of the Ladakh Himalayas too, which have their own colour and charm.

Staying in homestays will allow you to stay with the local family and their way of life. The most important room of any household is the kitchen which will house a few traditional Tibetan vessels and a Bukhari (firewood container ) right in the centre of the kitchen. It's the place where delicious meals are cooked and stories of the day are shared. 

Sham Valley is also popular for sighting the mighty Snow Leopard and other wildlife of the region, especially Lynx and red fox.

The trek is extremely beautiful and is a photographer's delight, as most of the places in Ladakh are. If you are trekking here, do not forget your cameras, especially some portrait and wide-angle lenses.

Sham Valley Trek LAdakh
Beautiful green farmlands of Ladakh

Sham Valley Trek Frequently Asked Questions

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Which Is The Best Time To Do The Sham Valley Trek?

It can be done any time of the year. However the best times are during the summers as well as snowy covered winters

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Can Novice Trekkers Do The Sham Valley Trek?

This trek is easier for beginners and they can undertake it under the supervision of a good support team

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How Safe Is The Sham Valley Trek?

This trek is safe both from altitude (provided taken basic prevention methods ) as well as the trekking route is very simple and easy

Sham Valley Trek Package Cost Details

** click on the DayNumber to read detailed itinerary for the day

  • Day 1

    Fly In

    Arrival Day
    Arrive In Leh (3500m )
    Overnight In: Leh (3500m )
    Accommodation: Hotel
    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
    Cost Of Transport Included: YES ( Leh Airport to Hotel)
  • Day 2

    Rest / Acclimatization / Local Exploration Day

    Excursion to Shanti Stupa, Tsemo Monastery (3600m )3 Hrs. 5 Kms
    Overnight In: Leh (3500m )
    Accommodation: Hotel
    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
  • Day 3

    Pass Crossing Day.

    From Leh (3500m ) To Yangthang (3670m ), Via - Likir Monastery (3650m ), Phobe La (3800m ). 4 Hrs. 10 Kms
    Overnight In: Yangthang (3670m )
    Accommodation: Homestay
    Meals Included: All Meals
  • Day 4

    Trek

    From Yangthang (3670m ) To Hemis Shukpachen (3650m ), Via - Tsermangchen La (3900m ) . 3-4 Hrs. 10 Kms
    Overnight In: Hemis Shukpachen (3650m )
    Accommodation: Homestay
    Meals Included: All Meals
  • Day 5

    Pass Crossing Day.

    From Hemis Shukpachen (3650m ) To Ang (3400m ), Via - Mebtak La (3800m ) . 3-4 Hrs. 10 Kms
    Overnight In: Ang (3400m )
    Accommodation: Homestay/Tents
    Meals Included: All Meals
  • Day 6

    Trek, Drive

    From Ang (3400m ) To Leh (3500m ), Via - Temisgam (3250m ), Alchi Monastery (3100m ). 4 -5 Hrs. 2 Kms
    Overnight In: Leh (3500m )
    Accommodation: Hotel
    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
  • Day 7 Departure Day
    From Leh (3500m ) To Delhi (216m ) . 2 Hrs.
    Accommodation: None
    Meals Included: Breakfast
    Cost Of Transport Included: YES
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We typically get booked about 2 - 5 months in advance. It is advisable to book this much in advance as you get early bird discounts and also your travel costs like flights/hotels/trains etc are much cheaper and confirmed if you book well in advance.


Rules Of Cancellation: 

  1. Up to 10 days or more before the trek start date  - Full Refund of the total paid amount
  2. Between 10 days to 0 days before the trek start date - No refund. Free rescheduling or transfer of slot is allowed.
  3. Transfer Of Seat to Different Batch/ Trek: No Loss Of Money, valid up to 1 year from Invoice date. It can be availed up to 5 days before Trek Start Date by sending an email.
  4. Transfer of Seat to Friend/ Family: No Loss Of Money, valid up to 1 year from Invoice date. It can be availed up to 5 days before Trek Start Date by sending an email.
  5. Validity: This rule is only applicable for treks below 4000 meters and not graded as Challenging or Challenging+

 

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