Sham Valley Trek
The stark landscapes of Ladakh in northern India draw all kinds of travelers. Some are happy simply walking around Leh, while others spend weeks traversing some of India’s toughest terrain.We fall… somewhere in between. We’re far from expert mountaineers—the only mountainous expertise we have is getting lost—but we did spend a smidgeon of time trekking in Ladakh before our unexpectedly early departure.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Leh – Delhi
Reach the airport to catch flight to Delhi.
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.
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?
There shall be pony/porter that will carry your backpack while on trek; you only need to carry small knapsack
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.
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