This trek is probably the easiest one around Leh but its enjoyable as one comes across villages on the way that give insights into the ladakhi village life. One will notice how a stream of glacial water has led to an oasis of life amidst barren wilderness, not tomention the smiles on the faces of people living there. Among the tourists this is popularly known as “baby trek” for its relatively easy walk which is soothing.
Sham Valley Trek
Day 01: Fly Delhi to Leh(3500m)
Day 02: Sightseeing in and around Leh.
Visit the different monasteries around Leh and the interesting Leh Market in the evening.
Day 03: Drive Leh to Likir and trek to Yangthang(3700m) 1.5 hrs drive & 5 hrs walk.
It’s about 1.5 hrs drive to Likir from where we start the walk which goes parallel to a motorable road that ascends to Phobe La (3580m). From the pass we leave the road to take a descending track leading to a gorge which finally takes us back on the road. At this point one can view Sumdo village with its few houses. we leave the road again to climb up to Chagatse La (3630m) after crossing the stream on a wooden bridge. One starts seeing the Yangthang village where we camp for the night.
Day 04: Trek Yangthang to Rizong Gompa and back to Yangthang (6 to 7 hrs)
The day walk to Rizong monastery is not too tough but a bit tiring. Its a walk through the village descending to the stream from where one enters a narrow gorge that leads to the monastery, known for its monastic discipline.
Day 05: Trek Yangthang to Hemisshukpachan (3600m) (2 to 3 hrs )
Its a relatively short walk to Hemis Shukpachen village. We cross Tsermangchan La (3720m) to get to the village, which has its own beauty with a rich cultural background, myths and mysteries. There is a bunch of juniper trees on one side, which is not disturbed by the villagers for a superstitious belief they attach with it. There are a couple of guest houses and homestays too in the village.
Day 06: Trek Hemisshukpachan to Tingmoszang(3650m) (4 to 5 hrs)
This trek involves crossing a pass called Meptak La (3980m) after which we reach the Ang village. A half an hour from this village gets us to Tingmoszang which is a relatively larger village.
Day 07: Drive Tingmoszang to Leh (3 hrs). Visit Alchi Gompa enroute.
The trek continues towards Tia village in the west. An easy ascent towards south after crossing the bridge brings us to Bongbong La (3600m). Half an hour walk from here brings us to the road. We visit Alchi monastery on our way back to Leh.
Day 08: Fly Leh – Delhi