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
All about the Sham Valley Trek.
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.
- Accommodation: All accommodation on the trek will be on twin sharing basis in Tents or Homestays. Any accommodation in a hotel/guest house/hostel (if mentioned in the itinerary and not mentioned in exclusions) will be in a 2-3 star accommodation unless mentioned otherwise. Accommodation in Leh is included in the package.
- Trek Leader and Guides: A team of an experienced and certified Trek Leader, as well as a professional guide, will accompany you for the trek.
- Services of a Professional Trekking Team: A team of an experienced Cook, Camp Staff, Porters/Mules will accompany you for all the arrangements on the trek.
- Meals: All Meals on the Trek are included. We will serve Vegetarian Indian food on the trek which will be cooked by our high altitude chefs. It will be a five meal plan including Morning Tea, Breakfast, Lunch, Snacks and Dinner. You will be provided with clean mountain water from the streams to drink. You can carry water purification tablets if you deem necessary but we advise otherwise.
- Trekking and Safety Equipment: All the camping equipment such as Tents, Sleeping bags, Toilet Tents, Dining Tent, Mattresses, and other things will be provided by us and we guarantee the quality. Safety Equipment including Medical kit, Oxygen Cylinder, Oximeter, Crampons & Gaiters(if required) will be provided by us. We recommend you to bring your own sleeping bags if possible.
- Permits and Forest Camping Charges: Only for Indian Clients, All the applicable trekking permits, Camping Charges, Forest Entry Fee etc will be paid by us. Foreigners have to pay these charges if not mentioned.
- A Life Changing Experience: We assure you that by trekking in the Himalayas you will have a life changing experience and we will do everything we can to provide you with the best services and make your venture in the wild an unforgettable one.
- GST and Other Taxes: The goods and services tax is not included in the price mentioned with the trek. They will be charged once you add the trek in your cart. They are subjected to change according to government rules of India.
- Food in Leh: Food in Leh is not included in the package. We can recommend a few good options.
- Flights and Transportation: Flights or other means of transport is not included in the package. Transportation from home to Leh and vice versa is not included in the package. We can arrange a cab for you according to your requirements but you will be liable to pay for the same. Any expenses occurred during the journey are not included in the package cost.
- Personal Trekking Equipment: Your Rucksack, personal clothing, shoes, trek poles, and other personal trekking gear is not included in this package. You have to bring your own gear according to that weather and difficulty of the trek.
- Portage of Personal Bags(Offloading): We highly advise you to carry your own burden (your rucksack) but due to any reason if you wish to not carry your rucksack, we can arrange for a porter/mule to carry it. For this service, you will be charged over and above the trek cost. The charges for offloading vary with every trek.
- Travel Insurance: Travel Insurance is not included in this package. We recommend you to have travel insurance before opting for such adventures.
- Personal Expenses: Any personal expenses incurred (laundry, Bottled Water, Beverages, snacks, orders tea houses or dhabas, Tips for guides etc) are not included in the package.
- Emergency Expenses: Any costs arising out of unforeseen circumstances such as accidents, bad weather, landslides, road conditions and any other circumstances beyond our control are not included in the package.
- Anything not mentioned in Inclusions of the package.
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. For a complete checklist, download the checklist from the footer.