The Sham Valley trekalso known as the Baby Trekis a short 3-day trek perfect for beginners, or those hoping to do a bit of warm up before a more strenuous adventure. Dont let the name deter you; though one of the easier treks in Ladakh, the Sham Valley trek is tiring at times due to the altitude, and youll certainly break a sweat. A basic level of fitness is still required, but we highly recommend it for anyone looking for a short or beginner trek in Ladakh.
.Day 01: Drive from Leh to Likir (58km).Trek from Likir to Yangthang (04-05hrs)
Morning after breakfast you will be driven by taxi to Likir which is just 58 kms away. Likir Village (3650 mts.) is the starting point of our trek. Although the distance is short, the route is warm, without any shade or water and we need to traverse two passes. From Likir the route heads west up to Phobe La (3580m) and beyond this lies Sumdo village. The trail goes steadily upwards till you get to Chagatse La (3630m). The Ridzong Monastery lies about an hour south of Yangthang. Night stay at a Homestay in Yangthang .
Day 02 : Yangthang to Hemis Shukpachen across Tsermang-chen La (8 km.; 2/3 hours)
Today is an easy walk despite the pass because both the approach and the descent are of gentle gradients. The trail heads north, descending for a bit, crossing a stream before climbing up west again to Tsermangchen La (3750m). After a short rest at the pass we head down to Hemis Shukpachen. The village, named after the grove of cedars, is one of Ladakhs prettiest. There are several sparkling streams surrounded by shady willows and large barley fields that provide a touch of green to the otherwise desolate, Rocky Mountains. Night stay at a Homestay in Hemis Shukpachen.
Day 03: Hemis Shukpachen to Temisgam across Mebtak La (10 km. 3 hrs)
Again this is a fairly easy day. The trail goes upward between two hillocks west of the village upwards until it veers south and climbs steeply up to the Mebtak La (3750m) marked by prayer flags. From the pass we head down the gorge to Ang village. Our driver will meet you in And and will drive you back to Leh. End of tour.
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