sham valley trek - ITINERARY

NOTE: This trek is at high altitude and needs sufficient acclimatisation time before starting the trek.  Please ask us for options before and after the trek.

DAY 1

Leh to Likir and trek to Yangthang:  After breakfast drive approximately one hour to Likir.   Start your trek from Likir,  as you enter a arid moonscape of giant boulders strewn along the hillsides.   Come to the green oasis of Sumdo village, after which we begin the ascent of a dry, imposing, barren valley taking us to the top of the Charatse La at 3,650 m.  Then descend to the prosperous and beautifully situated village of Yangthang where we spend the night with great views over the Zanskar range behind.    
Overnight: Camp, Yangthang Village.
Camp altitude:  3,560 m
Walking time: 4-5 hours

DAY 2

Yangthang to Rizong Gonpa toYangthang:  Today we head down from Yangthang through a narrow  river valley surrounded by towering mountains either side .  The trail brings us to a nunnery and then the remote monastery of Rizong, perched high on the mountainside in a side valley with breathtaking views over the Zanskar mountains.  We retrace our steps to finish our day back in Yangthang.
Overnight: Camp, Yangthang Village.
Camp altitude:  3,560 m
Walking time: 6-7 hours

DAY 3

Yangthang to Hemis Shukpachan:   Today we tackle the Sarmanchen pass (3,750 m), on our way to Hemis Shukpachan. Our trek zigzags up the mountainside , with great views of an arid lunar landscape around us. The village of Hemis Shukpachan has a small gompa and an oasis of green pastures in an otherwise stark landscape.
Overnight:  Camp, Hemis Shukpachan
Camp altitude:  3,600 m
Walking time: 2-3 hours

day 4

Hemis Shukpachan to Temisgang:      We start the day by crossing a small pass, the Lago la (3750 m) with magnificent views over the south side of the Indus valley. We then descend to the village of Ang and as we head further west the villages become more prosperous and fertile. Our end point for today is Temisgang, once a very prosperous village which controlled a large part of Ladakh. Our campsite is set amongst orchards and fertile fields and is overlooked by a ruined castle.
Overnight:  Camp, Temisgang
Camp altitude:  3,200 m
Walking time: 6-7 hours

DAY 5

Temisgang to Leh:  After breakfast, drive to Leh.  On the way visit the famous temples at Alchi.   Arrive back in Leh by late afternoon.  
Driving time: 2 hours