Sham Valley Trek

Day 01: Delhi – Leh (3500 m)
Morning; transfer to the airport to board a flight to Leh. On arrival in Leh; transfer to the hotel. Rest of the day is free to take complete rest to acclimatize you according to the weather. It is highly recommended because of the high altitude. Stay overnight.
Day 02: Discovery of the Indus Valley
Morning; take a visit of Leh and the main part of Indus valley visiting the monasteries of Shey, Thiksey and Hemis. Stay overnight at the hotel in Leh.
Day 03: TREK Leh – Phyang [4/5 H of walk]
Morning; start trekking with a gradual ascent to a small pass (3800 m). Further; an easy slope down to the village of phyang and visit the village, its monastery and school. Evening; return back to Leh by a private vehicle. Stay overnight at the hotel.
Day 04: Rafting in the Indus valley (3500 m)
Morning; transfer to Spituk to start rafting on the Indus river. Arrive at Spituk and raft towards Basgo which is an easy rafting (3 hrs). Arrive at Basgo village by rafts after crossing the confluence of Zanskar and Indus rivers. Afternoon is free to walk inside the traditional village of Basgo. Stay overnight at the camps on the edge of the river at Basgo (3500 m).
Day 05: TREK Basgo – Likir (3550 m) – Yangtang (3550 m) [3/4 H of walk]
Morning; depart by road towards Likir monastery. Visit the monastery and start mounting up to the Pobe-La pass (3600 m) before going down to the village of Sumdo. Further, mount up to the Charatse-La pass (3650 m) before going down to the Yangtang village. Stay overnight at the camps next to the village.
Day 06: TREK Yangtang
Day is free to relax at the camps or optional walks to the Rizong monastery or to the mountain pastures of Ulle. Stay overnight at the camps.
Day 07: TREK Yangtang – Tsermangchan La (3750m) – Hemis Skupachan (3700 m) [3/4 H of walk]
Morning; start mounting up towards Tsermangchan-La pass (3750 m) and further slope down to the magnificent village of Hemis Skupachan (3700 m). Later, visit the village and its school. Stay overnight at the camps.
Day 08: TREK Hemis Skupachan – Mebtak La (3720 m) – Temisgam (3600 m) [4/5 H of walk]
Morning; start climbing up gradually to Mebtak-La pass (3720 m) and slope down to the Dangdong Tokpo valley and Ang village. On arrival at Temisgam; take a visit of the village and stay overnight at the camps.
Day 09: Temisgam – Leh (3500 m)
Morning; drive back to Leh by private car visiting the monastery of Alchi. Stay overnight at the hotel in Leh.
Day 10: Leh (3500 m)
Day is at leisure. Stay overnight at the hotel.
Day 11: Leh – Delhi
Early morning; transfer to the airport to board a flight to Delhi

Sham valley trek is an easy trek with the highest point at Tsermangchan La (3750m). You trek through 4 interesting villages in the sham region. In terms of physical challenges, this is a moderate trek and even families can enjoy without much trouble.

Duration 11 days
Best Time Round the year
Highest Point Tsermangchan La (3750m)
Highlight Rafting on the Indus river, Easy family trekking
Physical Challenge Moderate

Suitable for most hill walkers and generally involving shorter days at moderate altitude, on good paths and tracks. However, a reasonable level of fitness is required as these treks can involve considerable amounts of ascent and descent and the occasional difficult day. The first day has been kept free for getting acclimatized to the low level of oxygen in Ladakh. We will do short visits to places around in a vehicle and also take short walks around the town. The short (5 days) and easy (the altitude won’t be more than 4000 m) trekking leads on one of the most mythic part of the Silk road through many villages, real green spots in the middle of a lunar world with monasteries perched on rocky promontory, smiling children and barley fields surrounded by majestic snowy mountains. Every night we will establish our camp next to a village. A mule is planned for each child when he/she would be too tired of the walk.

COST INCLUDES
Assistance on arrival and departure
Transport in Non Ac car
A Class Hotel accommodation on twin sharing basis in Leh
Tented accommodation during treks on twin sharing basis
Rafting in Indus – 3 hrs
All meals beginning with lunch on first day till breakfast on last day
Professional and experienced trekking and monastery guide
Cook, porters & other service staff
Ponies
Trekking fees / Monastery entrance fees

Camping equipment provided on the trek
2 Men Expedition Tents
Sleeping bags
Insulated Mattresses
Kitchen Tent
Dining Tent
Toilet tent
Basic Medical kit

COST DOES NOT INCLUDE
Airfare
Any meals/services not mentioned above
Any charges for video cameras, still cameras, etc.
Liquor, soft drinks, beverages, etc.
Personal expenses like tips, telephone calls, laundry, etc.
Expenses arising from unexpected fuel hikes, and any costs arising out of unforeseen circumstances such as bad weather, landslides, road conditions and any other circumstances beyond our control.
Medical or Travel Insurance
Costs towards evacuation of customers for medical or any other reason

Ladakh Safari reserves the right to change, alter or cancel a trip due to any reason which might not be in the best interest of your safety, like dangerous water levels, landslides and extreme weather conditions etc.

TRIP LEADERS
Our trip leaders have a vast experience of trekking & camping in the Himalayas. They are fluent in English language and are always forthcoming with interesting lore and information on local history, culture and practices. All our trip leaders have knowledge of First-Aid.

CAMPING
We believe that camping is an art – all about providing a safe and comfortable stay. We maintain very high standards of camping and with constant innovations try to hone our skills. We lay a lot of emphasis on site selection with camping sites on most of the treks being pre-decided and used previously by our team.

MEALS ON OUR TREKS
On all our treks we provide food that’s tasty, hygienic and nutritious. Our chefs are experts at keeping the team’s batteries charged with mouth-watering watering multi-cuisine meals, at times under difficult conditions. Cuisine is decided keeping in mind the profile of the group. Also on most of our treks our clients get the option of trying out the local dishes.

Trekking Gear
The following list only mentions the essential elements. You have to prepare a list of clothes and small personal articles you will need during the trek:

  • Sleeping bag
  • Boots
  • Camp shoes/sneakers / sandals
  • Socks
  • Light wind jacket
  • Down jacket/vest
  • Fleece jacket/vest
  • T-shirts
  • Trekking pants
  • Thermal tops
  • Thermal bottom
  • Warm hat
  • Sun hat/baseball cap
  • Light gloves
  • Duffel bag
  • Sunglasses
  • Torch/Headlamp
  • Camera and batteries
  • Books
  • Lip balm
  • Sunscreen
  • Towel/sarong
  • Toiletries
  • Personal medicines
  • Money pouch/belt
  • Bandana/scarf