Overview
Overview

The Sham Valley Trek, also known as the "Baby Trek" of Ladakh, is an excellent introduction to trekking in the Himalayas. It offers a perfect blend of natural beauty, cultural richness, and moderate trekking challenges, making it suitable for beginners, families, and experienced trekkers looking for a serene adventure. The trek takes you through picturesque villages, ancient monasteries, and lush green valleys, all set against the stunning backdrop of the majestic Himalayas.

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Diverse and Captivating Landscapes

The Sham Valley Trek is characterized by its diverse and captivating landscapes. The trek begins in the Indus Valley, where the terrain is a mix of arid mountains, fertile valleys, and traditional Ladakhi villages. As you progress, you'll traverse lush green meadows, rugged mountain paths, and small passes that offer panoramic views of the surrounding peaks and valleys.

  • Village Pathways: The trek leads you through charming villages like Likir, Yangthang, and Hemis Shukpachan. These villages are surrounded by terraced fields, apricot orchards, and willow groves, providing a stark contrast to the barren, rocky mountains.
  • Rivers and Streams: The trek crosses several rivers and streams, offering refreshing breaks and scenic spots for rest.
  • Mountain Passes: You'll trek over gentle passes such as Chagatse La and Tsermangchan La, which are relatively easy compared to other Himalayan treks but still provide a sense of accomplishment and adventure.

Majestic Mountain Ranges and Peaks

The Sham Valley Trek is part of the larger Ladakh Range in the Himalayas. Although this trek doesn't take you to the high-altitude peaks like some of the more challenging treks, it still offers spectacular views of several prominent mountains and ranges.

  • Stok Kangri Range: One of the highlights of the trek is the view of the Stok Kangri range, which includes the famous Stok Kangri peak (6,153m). On clear days, trekkers can enjoy breathtaking views of this majestic peak from various points along the trail.
  • Zanskar Range: Another significant range visible during the trek is the Zanskar Range. Known for its rugged and imposing mountains, the Zanskar Range adds to the dramatic scenery of the trek.

Rich Flora and Fauna of Sham Valley

The Sham Valley Trek is not only about stunning landscapes and cultural experiences; it also offers a chance to witness the rich biodiversity of the region. The flora of the Sham Valley is diverse and varies with altitude and terrain:

  • Apricot and Apple Orchards: The lower valleys and villages are adorned with apricot and apple orchards. The blooming apricot trees in spring add a splash of color to the landscape.
  • Willow and Poplar Trees: These trees are commonly found along the rivers and streams, providing shade and a serene atmosphere.
  • Alpine Flowers and Grasses: As you ascend, you'll encounter alpine meadows dotted with colorful wildflowers and grasses. These meadows are particularly vibrant during the summer months.

The region is home to various species of wildlife, some of which you might spot during the trek:

  • Himalayan Marmot: These large, ground-dwelling squirrels are often seen in the higher meadows, especially in the early morning or late afternoon.
  • Blue Sheep (Bharal): Agile and well-camouflaged, blue sheep can sometimes be spotted on the rocky slopes.
  • Birds: The area is rich in birdlife, including golden eagles, lammergeiers (bearded vultures), Himalayan griffon vultures, and various species of finches and buntings.

An Enriching Trekking Experience

The Sham Valley Trek offers a serene and enriching trekking experience through one of the most beautiful regions of Ladakh. With its combination of stunning landscapes, cultural immersion, and moderate trekking challenges, it is an ideal trek for those looking to explore the Himalayas without the extreme altitudes and difficulties of higher treks. Whether you're a beginner or an experienced trekker, the Sham Valley Trek promises an adventure filled with unforgettable memories, breathtaking views, and a deep connection to the natural and cultural beauty of Ladakh.

Experience the Majestic Chadar Trek

Ladakh is home to numerous natural wonders, but the most precious gift bestowed upon this magical land is the Chadar Trek. The trek is all about persistence and survival – learning to survive in the harsh terrains at sub-zero temperatures, interacting with the locals, and understanding their way of living, especially in one of the most inhabitable regions in the world. Trek across a dramatic gorge with frozen waterfalls on the frozen trail of Zanskar, spanned out like a "Chadar" acting as a mirror for the sky.

Explore the Enchanting Town of Leh

Leh is located in the northernmost parts of the country. It is traveler-friendly, enchanting, and a hassle-free fun town lapped in the snow-covered fringes of the Himalayas. You can explore the bustling local bazaar and enjoy delicious food ranging from local cuisine to Mughlai, Tibetan, Chinese, and Italian. Narrow footpaths, sturdy walls, and views of snow-covered mountains make you fall in love with the place instantly. There are numerous interesting places and monasteries to visit in and around Leh, such as Shanti Stupa, The Leh Palace, the monasteries of Shey, Hemis, Alchi, Thiksey, and Lamayuru, the Armed Forces Hall of Fame, and much more!

6 Nights 7 Days 27 Jul, 03 Aug, 10 Aug, and more Leh
Highlights
Highlights of the Trek
  • Beginner-Friendly: Perfect for first-time trekkers or families with children due to its moderate difficulty level.
  • Monastic Heritage: Exploration of historical monasteries, offering insights into Buddhist culture and architecture.
  • Diverse Flora: Traverse landscapes dotted with unique high-altitude flora and traditional agricultural practices.
  • Panoramic Views: Offers breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains and valleys typical of the Ladakh region.
  • Rich Biodiversity: Opportunity to observe local wildlife and bird species in their natural habitat.
  • Culinary Experience: Taste traditional Ladakhi cuisine and learn about local food practices in the village homestays.
  • Village Life: Engage directly with the life of rural Ladakh through overnight stays in village guesthouses.
  • Sustainable Travel: Opportunities for responsible and sustainable travel, contributing to the local economy without impacting the environment.
Itinerary
Short Itinerary

​Short Itinerary:

  • Day 1: Arrival in Leh - Transfer to Hotel
  • Day 2: Acclimatization Hike to Shanti Stupa and Leh Mountain (3,500m)
  • Day 3: Drive from Leh to Likir; Trek to Yangthang (3,700m)
  • Day 4: Trek from Yangthang to Hemis Shukpachan (3,600m)
  • Day 5: Trek from Hemis Shukpachan to Temisgam and Drive to Leh
  • Day 6: Leh Sightseeing Day
  • Day 7: Departure - Fly Back

Detailed Itinerary of Sham Valley Trek:

Day 1: Arrival in Leh

  • Altitude: 3,500m

Arrive at Leh airport and transfer to your hotel. Spend the day resting to acclimatize to the high altitude. Leh is a beautiful town located in the heart of the Himalayas, known for its stunning landscapes and vibrant culture.

Day 2: Acclimatization Hike to Shanti Stupa and Leh Mountain

  • Altitude: 3,500m
  • Trek Distance: 3 km
  • Trek Duration: 2-3 hours

Begin your day with a leisurely hike to Shanti Stupa, a beautiful white-domed Buddhist monument that offers panoramic views of Leh and the surrounding mountains. Continue to Leh Mountain for further acclimatization. This hike helps your body adjust to the altitude while offering spectacular views of the Indus Valley and the Stok Kangri range.

Day 3: Drive from Leh to Likir; Trek to Yangthang

  • Altitude: 3,500m to 3,700m
  • Drive Distance: 58 km
  • Trek Distance: 10 km
  • Trek Duration: 4-5 hours

Drive from Leh to the village of Likir, known for its ancient monastery. Start your trek from Likir, passing through charming villages and scenic landscapes. The trail ascends gradually to Yangthang, a quaint village surrounded by rugged mountains and green fields.

Day 4: Trek from Yangthang to Hemis Shukpachan

  • Altitude: 3,700m to 3,600m
  • Trek Distance: 10 km
  • Trek Duration: 5-6 hours

Trek through the beautiful villages of Hemis and Shukpachan, traversing over small passes and enjoying the serene environment. The trail offers stunning views of the snow-capped peaks and lush green valleys. Hemis Shukpachan is known for its apricot orchards and beautiful landscape.

Day 5: Trek from Hemis Shukpachan to Temisgam and Drive to Leh

  • Altitude: 3,600m to 3,300m
  • Trek Distance: 8 km
  • Trek Duration: 3-4 hours
  • Drive Distance: 85 km

Descend from Hemis Shukpachan to Temisgam, a historic village with a beautiful monastery and palace ruins. After exploring Temisgam, drive back to Leh, enjoying the scenic drive through the Indus Valley.

Day 6: Leh Sightseeing Day

Spend the day exploring the cultural and historical sites of Leh. Visit the Leh Palace, Shey Palace, Thiksey Monastery, and the bustling Leh Market. This day provides a deeper insight into the rich heritage of the region.

Day 7: Departure

After breakfast, transfer to Leh airport for your flight back home, carrying memories of a remarkable adventure in the Himalayas.
 

Risk and Liability 

We will endeavour to make your program smooth and as pleasant as possible. However, the entire course of trekking depends on the ranges of the mighty mountains, physical health, and environmental conditions. Therefore, TrekNomads shall not be responsible for any changes in the itineraries due to unavoidable circumstances and natural disasters such as landslides, road blockages, floods, snowing, cancellations of flights and delays, or any type of sickness including altitude sickness.

Do’s and Don’ts:

  • We believe in leaving the mountains in a better condition, which is why we follow a no-litter policy on our treks. Each trekker will have to bring back the waste that is created during the trek.
  • Trekking is best enjoyed when you’ve worn comfortable clothes. Try and avoid wearing Jeans, bright colours and heavy apparel as much as possible.
  • A lighter backpack always helps you have a better trek, try and carry just as much as needed.
  • Always be in sight of your trek lead, if you feel the need to stop for any reason at all, please keep the trek lead informed.
  • If you do come across any reptiles, animals or even insects during the trek, please keep your calm and let it patiently pass by. Any kind of noise and panic will scare them as well.
  • Do not venture out into the forest/waterfalls on your own as it may be dangerous.
  • Trekking is a good adventure, having said that, it is our primary responsibility to take good care of ourselves and be compassionate towards fellow trekkers
  • If, at any point, during the trek, you feel uneasy or unwell, please inform the trek lead immediately
  • Tune in to the sounds of nature while on a trek and avoid carrying speakers or playing music during the course of the trek
  • To help you enjoy the trek to the fullest, we avoid smoking and consumption of alcohol, and other intoxicants during the course of the trek
Inclusions
Inclusions & Exclusions

What is included in the tour

  • 04 nights accommodation at a Deluxe Hotel in Leh on a double or triple sharing basis with dinner and breakfast 
  • 02 nights of homestay accommodation on a double or triple-sharing basis during the trek
  • Meals: Dinner on Day 1, (BF/Dinner) meals on Day 2, (BF/Lunch/Dinner) meals from Day 3 to Day 6 and BF on Day 7
  • Standard vegetarian food (plus eggs) for breakfast, lunch and dinner during the trek 
  • Hot drinking water facility during the trekking days
  • Transportation as per the itinerary by NAC Vehicle, Leh to Likir (Day 3) & Temisgam to Leh (Day 6)
  • Porter for personal luggage during the trek up to 10 kg
  • 1 Mountaineering qualified & professional trek guide
  • Insurance, meals, transportation daily salary of guide & porter
  • Basic First aid Kit with a portable oxygen cylinder
  • Personal accident insurance
  • All government, local taxes and service charges
  • TrekNomads Fee, Trek Captain support and expertise
  • 15% discount coupon on Gokyo Trek Apparel and Gear
  • ~15% discount on Fast&Up products
  • 15% discount on BMore products 
  • Personalized Dri-Fit T-shirt and Cap
  • TrekNomads goodies

What is NOT included in the tour

  • The cost to reach Leh and back
  • Single room occupancy at Leh
  • Individual Tent & Porter (available at extra cost)
  • Personal accident and travel insurance
  • Medical, Emergency Rescue and Evacuation cost
  • Personal trekking gear
  • Tips for guide, chef, porter, etc
  • Local sightseeing and monastery entrance fee, camera fee, etc
  • Transportation is not on a disposal basis. It is strictly as per the program, any extra running will be charged extra. 
  • Any other expenses incurred apart from inclusions
  • All personal and medical expenses, emergency expenses like extra day stay or vehicle charges due to delays, natural calamities (landslides, floods), flight delays/rescheduling/cancellations, any accidents / medical evacuations, riots/strikes & etc. 
Type of Trek
Himalayan Treks
Trek Gradient
Easy
Treknical Details
Treknical Details
  • Trek Gradient: Easy
  • Trek Duration: 6 Nights/7 Days
  • Trek Distance: 32 Km
  • Max Elevation: 3,847 m
  • FAQ's

    Sham Valley Trek FAQs

    1. What is the Sham Valley Trek?
      The Sham Valley Trek, also known as the "Baby Trek" of Ladakh, is a moderate trek through picturesque villages, lush valleys, and ancient monasteries in the Sham region of Ladakh.

    2. Who is the Sham Valley Trek suitable for?
      This trek is ideal for beginners, families, and anyone looking to experience the beauty of Ladakh without the extreme altitudes and challenges of more demanding treks.

    3. What is the best time to do the Sham Valley Trek?
      The best time to undertake the Sham Valley Trek is from May to October when the weather is pleasant and the trails are accessible.

    4. How long is the Sham Valley Trek?
      The Sham Valley Trek typically spans 7 days, including acclimatization and sightseeing days in Leh.

    5. What is the altitude range of the Sham Valley Trek?
      The trek ranges from 3,300 meters to 3,700 meters above sea level.

    6. What are the main highlights of the Sham Valley Trek?
      The trek includes visits to picturesque villages, ancient monasteries, beautiful meadows, and panoramic views of the Stok Kangri and Zanskar ranges.

    7. What kind of physical fitness is required for the Sham Valley Trek?
      Moderate physical fitness is required. The trek involves daily walks of 4-6 hours, with some gradual ascents and descents.

    8. What should I pack for the Sham Valley Trek?
      Essential items include sturdy trekking shoes, warm clothing, a waterproof jacket, a hat, sunscreen, a water bottle, and personal medication.

    9. Are there any altitude sickness concerns on the Sham Valley Trek?
      Altitude sickness is a possibility. Proper acclimatization is essential, which is why the itinerary includes rest days in Leh.

    10. What kind of accommodation is provided during the trek?
      Accommodation includes hotels in Leh and homestays or guesthouses in the villages along the trekking route.

    11. Are meals provided during the trek?
      Yes, all meals are provided during the trek, including breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

    12. What kind of food is available during the trek?
      The food includes a mix of local Ladakhi cuisine and common Indian dishes, with options for vegetarians.

    13. Do I need any permits for the Sham Valley Trek?
      Yes, trekking permits are required and will be arranged by TrekNomads.

    14. Is there mobile network coverage during the trek?
      Mobile network coverage is limited and unreliable during the trek. It's best to inform family and friends about limited connectivity.

    15. What is the group size for the Sham Valley Trek?
      Group sizes are typically between 6 to 12 trekkers to ensure a personalized experience and adequate support.

    16. What should I do in case of a medical emergency during the trek?
      Our trek leaders are trained in first aid and carry a medical kit. In case of serious medical issues, evacuation plans are in place.

    17. Can I join the trek solo or do I need to be part of a group?
      Solo trekkers are welcome and will be part of a group organized by TrekNomads.

    18. What is the cancellation policy for the trek?
      The cancellation policy can be checked here.

    19. How do I book the Sham Valley Trek?
      You can book the trek through our website by clicking the "Book Now" button and following the instructions. For any queries, contact our support team.

    20. What makes the Sham Valley Trek unique with TrekNomads?
      TrekNomads offers expertly curated itineraries, experienced guides, comprehensive safety measures, and a commitment to providing a memorable and enriching trekking experience.

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