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Sham Valley Trek

Area : Ladakh Himalaya

Duration : 07 Days (3 days travel/4 days trekking)

Best Season : May - October

Grade :

Easy
These treks are 3 to 5 days long and involve walking for about 3/4 hrs daily. The trail on such treks is well defined but not always flat. These are great for families and first timers.

Altitude : 3750 mts.

Total Trekking : 58 K.M

About Sham Valley

The Sham Valley, which is also known as the "Apricot Valley", being the abode of Apricot Flower that blossoms in the valley during the winters, is one of the easiest treks in Ladakh region. The trek is suitable for beginners as well as families. Often dubbed as a 'baby Trek', the Sham Valley Trek tempts you with on-offer pleasurable walks to some of the remote villages in the Ladakh region passing through small mountain passes, streams, shady willows and barley fields. The contrasting landscape and wild nature offer trekkers and hikers with opportunity for several clicks of natural views. The trek starts from Likir, stretching from an altitude of 3500 meters to Hemis Shukpachen at 3700 meters. En route it has few highland drifts, the Phobe La at 3580 meters, Mebtak La at 3750 meters and Tsermangchen La perched at 3750meters upholding a uniform elevation, and making it desirable for beginners as well as promoting family adventure activities in Ladakh.

Sham Valley Trek

The Sham Valley Trek allows one to acquaint himself with the simple life of the Indo-Tibetans – cuisine, rituals, festivals and hospitality. The trek trail passes through the serene hamlets of Hemis Shukpachen, Ridzong, Temisgang and Ang and offers trekkers a stay at local houses that are appointed for village homestay to experience the unique Indo-Tibetan culture. Enclosed within the barren hillocks, these villages spray traditional essence leaving one to step into a blissful world.

Sham Valley Trekking Tour Highlights

  • Explore the vibrant Leh Bazaar on a walking tour.
  • Visit to the old Summer Retreat and to some of the biggest monasteries of Ladakh
  • Experience the beauty of nature at Ang Village, a charming village with apricot orchards
  • Walk past the beautiful villages of Hemis Shukpachan and Tingmosgam
  • Experience the car roll uphill on its own at Magnetic Hill
  • Homestay at some of the beautiful remote villages of Ladakh

Best Time to Visit Sham Valley Trek

The best time to visit this trek is between May and mid-October. During this time, the weather in Ladakh is pleasant and the average temperature ranges between 20 and 30°C in the daytime. July and August are the ideal months for Sham Valley trek as during these months Manali-Leh and Srinagar-Leh highways also opens for private vehicles.

Where is the Sham Valley?

Sham Valley or Apricot Valley is situated at a short distance from Likir, towards Khaltsey village. Arrive at Likir monastery, where the track to Likir monastery meets in between Saspol – Bazgo, it is hardly an hour walks from the road.

How to Reach?

By Air: Leh Kushok Bakula Rimpochee Airport is the main airport in Leh City. It has a number of flights that connect Leh with Delhi as well as with few major cities of India.

By Road: Leh is connected to the rest of India by two highways: NH 1D (Srinagar-Leh Highway) and Manali-Leh Highway. The Srinagar-Leh Highway passes through Kargil and Zoji-La (3505m), whereas Leh-Manali Highway passes through famed Rohtang Pass and Tanglang La (5325m). It also passes through the upland desert plateau of Rupshu whose altitude ranges from 3,660 m to 4,570 m.

Sham Valley Trek (Detailed Itinerary)

Day 01: Delhi – Leh (Complete Rest in Leh for acclimatization)

In the morning, fly from Delhi to Leh. On arrival at Ladakh, meet our representative. Check-in to the pre-booked hotel. Take rest and be acclimatized. Visit the local market of Leh in the evening. Overnight stay in the hotel.

Day 02: Leh – Shey – Thiksey – Hemis

Today, we shall go on a sightseeing tour to some important monasteries in the area. We will be visiting Shey Gompa, which was once the summer capital of Ladakh kings; Thiksey Gompa, which is said to be one of the most beautiful structures in Ladakh and the famed Hemis Monastery belonging to Drukpa Order. Overnight stay at the guest house.

Day 03: Leh - Likir - Yangthang across Phobe La (9 kms/4 to 5 hrs.)

Post breakfast, we will drive to Likir, which is 58 kilometers away. It is the beginning point of our trek. We will trek today to cover a short distance. We will pass through two passes: Phobe La (3580 meters) and Chagatse La (3630 meters). The village of Yangthang is across the Chagatse pass. We shall camp at Yangthang for the night next to a stream.

Day 04: Yangthang - Hemis Shukpachan across Tsermangchan La (8 kms 2/3 hours)

Our trek for today will be easy, despite the fact that it involves climbing up to a pass. Both ascent and descent will be on gentle slopes. We will trek to north, dipping down a bit and then crossing a stream ascending west to Tsermangchan La (3750 meters). We will climb down to Hemis Shukpachan after crossing the pass. There are several streams bordered by shady willows and large barley fields.

Day 05: Hemis Shukpachan - Ang across Mebtak La (10 kms/ 3 hrs)

A fairly easy day trekking day as well. We will trek upward between two hillocks in the west of village located upwards until it heads south and ascends up to Mebtak La (3750 meters). This valley is marked by prayer flags. We will proceed further down the gorge to Ang from the pass. Ang is a beautiful village with apricot orchards. We will camp at Ang for overnight stay.

Day 06: Ang -Temisgam and Nurla (8 km/ 3 hrs) – Leh

On the last day of the trek, we will again go for an easy trek downhill all the way on the main road. There would be a taxi waiting at Temisgam. This taxi will take us to Leh.

Day 07: Leh – Delhi

Reach the airport to catch flight to Delhi.

Tour & Services End.

Things to Carry for Sham Valley Trek

  • Duffel bag Down/synthetic camp booties
  • Sunglasses, Light gloves
  • Sleeping bag
  •  Flashlight/Headlamp with extra batteries
  • Daypack
  • One liter water bottles wide mouthed
  • Trekking Boots
  • Water purification/filter
  • Camp shoes/sneakers
  • Walking stick/Trekking pole
  • Cotton socks
  • Note book with pens and pencils
  • Gore-Tex jacket
  • Lip balm
  • Light wind jacket Sunscreen / Moisturiser
  • Down jacket/vest
  • Camp towel/towel/sarong
  • Fleece jacket/vest
  • Personal toiletries
  • T-shirts
  • Personal medicines
  • Underwear
  • Money pouch/belt
  • Trekking pants
  • Energy bars
  • Thermal tops
  • Vitamin tablets
  • Thermal bottom
  • Extra passport photos
  • Warm hat and Bandana/scarf
  • Sun hat/baseball cap
  • Wind- and rain-gear with hood
  • Swiss Army Knives (Classic pocket tool)
  • One pair cotton trousers or shorts
  • Two cotton shirts/T-Shirts One warmer (jacket with hood)

Booking Terms and Conditions:

Please read the booking terms as set out with your agreement with Tour My India Pvt. Ltd. A Noida based Tour operator herein called TMI. For More Click Here...

When to book Sham Valley Trek?

You should book Sham Valley trekking two months in advance so that you get ample amount of time to prepare for the trek.

Who will carry my backpack?
What will be the weight of the backpack?

Once you book your trek with us we will provide you a list of things to carry, which should not weigh more than 12 Kgs.

Where to meet us?

Our pick up and drop point for Sham Valley Trek is at Leh airport. From airport, our guide will pick you and then assist you through the expedition.

How we run the trek?

We have an experienced trekking guide who leads the trek.

What is the batch size?

Our group size is minimum 2 people and maximum 18 people with mix of men and women.

What is minimum age required for Sham Valley Trek?

Sham Valley trek is an easy trek with a maximum altitude of 12300ft (3750m), so the minimum age required is 10 years.

What will be the minimum temperature during Sham Valley Trek?

Between the months of June and mid-October, the temperature during the trek can go as low as 8 Degree Celsius during the night and by the day time it remains between 20 and 30 Degree Celsius.

How long we trek during Sham Valley Trek?

We plan our treks in a way that after 4 – 5 hours of trekking we can reach next camp around the lunch time. Normally, 7-10kms per day of trekking is required.

How monsoon affects the Sham Valley Trek?

Sham Valley trek is only conducted between the months of June and mid-October, which are the monsoon months; however, the area of Ladakh does not get affected by this rainy season.

Can I take Diamox?

Diamox is indeed helpful when you have little time for acclimatization but we strongly advise to consult the doctor before taking Diamox.

What will happen if a trek is extended because of landslides or any other reasons?

If we have to extend the trek due to the reasons which are beyond our control then additional charge may apply for hotel stay and food.

What kind of shoes will be required?

Trekking shoes with ankle support are a must for any trek in the Himalayas. Quechua Forlclaz 500, Hi-Tec Colman and Salomon are good shoes with value for money.

What kind of food is served during the trek?

We serve nutritious simple vegetarian food during the trek. We maintain variety in lentils, vegetable and breakfast. At times, we also treat our trekkers in the Himalayas with delicacies like Thukpa, local dishes etc.

Is it safe to drink water from the stream?

Himalayan stream water is safe to drink as well as for cooking but we also have water filters, and chlorine tablets in case of an emergency.

Which vehicle do we use for transportations?

Most of the Himalayan roads towards the trek are in bad shape, so vehicle with high ground clearance like Mahindra Bolero, Tata Sumo, Scorpio, Max, Tempo Traveller etc are used for transportation.

Are your fixed departures dates are definite?

We guarantee that even if that there will be only one trekker, we will head out on that particular date.

How do you deal with emergency situation?

Our trek leaders are certified mountaineers with knowledge of first aid in wilderness and they carry necessary first aid kit. At each camp they asses your condition and can take relevant and prompt action in case a rescue is required. Please note in the case of a rescue, all the additional cost will be borne by the trekker.

How to book the trek

Register for the trek and we will send you the details of the booking procedure.

Fixed Departure with Dates 2016

29 April 2016 06 May 2016 20 May 2016
03 June 2016 17 June 2016 15 July 2016
22 July 2016 29 July 2016 05 Aug 2016
12 Aug 2016 26 Aug 2016 09 Sept 2016
23 Sept 2016 07 Oct 2016  

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