Sham Valley Trek
Ladakh | 6D/5N | 12,715 Ft.
Round the Year
(Above mentioned cost is for a fixed departure)
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- Vacation Style High Altitude Trek
- Activity Level Easy
- Group Size Medium Group
More commonly referred to as the ‘baby trek’ of Ladakh, owing to its duration, the Sham Valley trek dips into the lower region of Ladakh, the Sham region. Sham Valley is also known as the Apricot Valley as it is dotted throughout with an array of Apricot flowers. This trek takes you through some of the remotest villages and nooks of Ladakh and brings you a stunning portrayal of life in those rustic hamlets. The trail follows beautiful mountain passes, pristine forests, gurgling streams, swaying fields, and Ladakhi hamlets. Despite its short duration, the trek packs great adventure and thrill for beginners as well as the experienced. Witness a conflux of the Indian and Tibetan culture here, while the surrounding beauty takes your breath away, literally! The best part about the trek is that it may be done throughout the year, even during winters when several treks become inaccessible in Ladakh.
Max Altitude – 3,876 meters
Duration – 6 days
Level – Moderate
1. Experience the beautiful blend of Indian, Tibetan and Ladakhi cultures that find a junction in the Sham Valley region of Ladakh.
2. The trek is also accessible during winters when most of the treks in Ladakh become inaccessible, and several parts take to hibernating.
3. Despite the short duration, the trek encompasses the experience of a full-fledged Himalayan trek.
Day 1 Arrive at Leh
Reach Leh and spend the rest of the day exploring around. Overnight stay in Leh.
Day 2 Drive to Likir; Trek to Phobe La
We drive to Likir after breakfast, a journey of about 58 km. This marks the beginning of our trek. The day is short and quite easy and takes us through two stunning pass Phobe La, and Chagatse La. We also trek past the quaint little village of Sumdo, from where the path to Chagatse La opens up. Once through the pass, the Yangthang village awaits us, and is our campsite for the night, right beside a gurgling stream. Sleep to the mellifluous sounds of the surrounding beauty.
Altitude at Pass: 3,850 m
Altitude at Campsite: 3,630 m
Trekking Distance: 9 km
Time Taken: 4 hrs
Day 3 Trek from Yangthang to Hemis Shukpachan via Tsermangchan La
The trail is easy and gradual, over mild incline. We begin trekking northwards, and soon the trail descends to cross a small stream. From here, the ascent to Tsermangchan La begins, over a gentle slope. Once we cross the pass, we begin ascending yet again to Hemis Shukpachan, one of the loveliest Ladakhi villages. Admire the raging streams that await you, along with expansive fields of barley, adding a dash of greenery as a contrast to the robust mountains that surround you.
Altitude: 3,875 m
Distance: 10 km
Time Taken: 3 – 4 hrs
Day 4 Trek from Hemis Shukpachan to Ang via Mebtak La
Another short, easy day as we begin an uphill climb, which soon swerves south. The trail becomes steep and ascends to Mebtak La at 3,750 m, where many Tibetan prayer flags can be seen fluttering. The trek now follows a descend, right up to Ang village, above of sweeping apricot orchards. Camp overnight at Ang.
Altitude: 3,750 m
Distance: 10 km
Time Taken: 3.5 hrs
Day 5 Trek from Ang to Temisgam and Nurla
The last day of our trek follows a descending trail all the way to the main road leading to Temisgam, where vehicles will be arranged to drive you back to Leh.
Distance: 8 km
Time Taken: 3 hrs
Day 6 Depart from Leh
This marks the end of your trek.
- All accommodation during the trek on sharing basis in tents/homestays
- All meals during the trek – Vegetarian
- Tents, Sleeping bags and all other Camping Gear (Dining Tent, Tiolet Tent etc)
- Safety Equipment (Medical kit, Oxygen Cylinders, Oximeter etc.)
- Services of our expert Trek Leader
- Services of an Expert Trekking Team (Guides, Cooks, Helpers, Porters/Mules)
- Trekking Permits and Forest Camping Charges (For Indians Only)
- A Life Changing Experience
- GST and Other Taxes (As applicable, Subjected to change according to Govt. Rules)
- Food in Leh
- Trekking Permits and Forest Camping charges for Foreigner’s (If extra compared for Indian Citizens)
- Backpack Offloading Charges (Portage of Personal Bags)
- Personal Trekking Gear
- Travel Expenses to and fro Leh from home city
- Tips for local team
- Expenses of personal nature like Laundry, Phone Calls, Alcohol, Cigarettes, Camera Fee, Bottled Water etc
- Any Requirement for Single Room/Single Tent Accommodation
- Travel Insurance and other Emergency Expenses
- Any costs arising out of unforeseen circumstances such as bad weather, landslides, road conditions and any other circumstances beyond our control
- Anything which is not mentioned in Inclusions
Whom is the trek for?
The level of this trek leans more towards the easy level of difficulty, which naturally demands exceptional physical fitness, stamina, and endurance. It is strongly advisable to have prior trekking experience of scaling at least 3,500 meters before you approach this trek, which means beginners should stay away. Also, proper acclimatization is key for successful completion of the trek. If you’re a very fit beginner though, you can attempt the trek.
Which is the best season to attempt this trek?
The trek can be done throughout the year, but winters are the best to experience the untouched beauty of Leh when other trails close down and there are few trekkers around.
How to reach Leh?
By Air You can take a direct flight to Leh from Delhi, Mumbai, and Srinagar. Take a cab to the base camp from Leh Airport. By Road You can reach Leh by road either from Srinagar or from Manali, although the Srinagar route is widely preferred over the Manali route. By Rail Jammu Tawi is the nearest railways station to Leh and is well connected to most major cities like Delhi, Mumbai, and Chennai.
What things are needed to be carried?
Rucksack, high ankle trekking shoes, one fleece jacket, one down feather / hollofil jacket, 3 pairs of quick dry T-shirts and trek pants, 5-6 pairs of socks, balaclava, a day pack, sunscreen SPF 50+, scarf, towel, lip balm, headlamp / torch, 2 water bottles of 1 litre, and personal medicines.