Sham and Indus Valley Trek
The Sham and Indus Valley Trek is actually trekking through the famous Apricot Valley of Ladakh. Trekking across these regions is actually entailed for getting closer to the Sham Valley and the kingdom of Sham to discover some of the astounding monasteries of the region like Shey, Thiksey, Hemis, Spituk, Phyang, Lamayuru and Alchi for a magnanimous Ladakhi and Tibetan religious tour via trekking.
Quite easily, these regions are accessible through roads; and trekking along these regions demands a moderate kind of trekking. Some of the fascinating trekking routes are Temisgang, Ridzong and Likir line where the paths do not cross the altitude more than 4200 mts. So, quite comfortable for the beginners too, trekking around the regions of Sham and Indus Valley includes numerous villages for sustaining the Tibetan traditions and customs. The trekkers can salubriously find the exotic century old Buddhist monasteries and magnificent murals and paintings of Tibetan Buddhism at the best timings of the months of April to November.
DAY 01 : Delhi – Leh (3500m) by plane
In the morning catch a flight for Leh. On arrival at Leh meet our representative and transfer to pre booked hotel. The day is for acclimatisation. Afternoon at leisure in Leh, where we can take a walk to the colorful bazaar. Overnight stay at hotel.
DAY 02 : Visit of the high Indus valley monasteries
Shey houses the old summer palace of the kings of Ladakh. Its Gompa shelters an amazing Buddha, 12m high. The picturesque Thiksey monastery is perched on top of the hill overhanging the Indus. The Hemis Gompa is one of the largest in Ladakh. Overnight stay at hotel.
DAY 03 : Leh – Phyang (3600m) by bus (1h) and walk towards Taru (3700m)
We visit the Phyang monastery and continue onwards with a pleasant walk. A short day necessary for our acclimatization. Overnight stay in tent.
DAY 04 : Taru – Taru La (4200m) – Nyemo (3700m)
The trail climbs steeply towards the first pass of the trek, and descends to the Nyemo village. Overnight stay in tent.
DAY 05 : Nyemo – Nie (3800m)
The route traverses Basgo, dominated by impressive ruined fortresses. A quite stricking succession of shortens, sanctuaries and a palace line the path. Overnight stay in tent.
DAY 06 : Nie – Likir (3600m)
We enter an arid and bare landscape. Visit of the Likir monastery, one of the oldest in Ladakh. Overnight stay in tent.
DAY 07 : Likir – Yangthang (3600m)
The route goes through two low passes, the Phobe La (3700m) and the Charatse La (3800m), opening to beautiful views of the surrounding mountains. Overnight stay in tent.
DAY 08 : Yangthang – Hemis Shukpachan (3600m)
En route, visit of the Ridzong monastery, which is set in stunning surroundings and hidden amongst the hills. After a tiny pass, we descend towards Hemis Shukpachan. Overnight stay in tent.
DAY 09 : Hemis Shukpachan – Temisgang (3700m)
This part of the trail has been carved out from the ochre rocks into a balcony. We climb towards two passes at 4000m and arrive at Ang. Then on to Temisgang, ancient capital of the Sham Kingdom, and its monastery. Overnight stay in tent.
DAY 10 : Temisgang – Lamayuru – Leh by bus.
En route, visit of the Lamayuru and Alchi monasteries. Overnight stay in hotel.
DAY 11 : Leh – Delhi by plane
Morning transfer to the Airport to catch the flight for Delhi.
Trip & Services Ends Here.