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Sham Valley Trek

Sham Valley is also known as the “Apricot Valley”. The apricot flowers blossom in the valley during the winters. The trek is suitable for beginners as well as groups of students. The Sham Valley Trek leads you through remote villages in Ladakh as you cross mountain passes, streams, shady willows and barley fields. The stark landscape against the wild green nature offers trekkers and hikers tempting opportunities for taking beautiful pictures. Possible throughout the year The trek starts from Likir at 3500 meters to Hemis Shukpachen at 3700 meters. En route it has few highland drifts, the Phobe La at 3580 meters, Mebtak La at 3750 meters and Tsermangchen La perched up at 3750 meters, upholding a uniform elevation, and making it desirable for amateur trekkers and adventure enthusiasts.

5 nights/ 6 days   Ladakh Download PDF
8+ Age
  • Tour Starts
  • Tour Ends
  • Style of Tour
    Trekking (3 days)
  • Max Altitude
  • Approx Trekking
    30 kms
  • Trek Difficulty
  • No of Passes
  • Best Season
    Throughout the year
  • Stays
    Hotels/Homestays on trek
  • Meals
    Hotels/Homestays on trek
Day 1 :- Arrive at leh (Rest/ Acclimatisation day)
  • Arrive at Leh
  • It is advisable to take rest on the day of arrival and get acclimatized.
  • Spend the evening at leisure, visit some local cafes.
  • Overnight will be spent at the hotel in Leh.
Day 2 :- Leh Monasteries Tour
  • Today, we’ll go visit to some old monasteries in the area.
  • We will visit Shey Gompa, which was once the summer capital of Ladakhi kings; Thiksey Gompa, which is said to be one of the most beautiful structures in Ladakh and the famous Hemis Monastery belonging to the Drukpa Order.
  • Overnight stay at the hotel.
Day 3: Drive from Leh to Likir (3500m) and trek to Yangthang (3680m) across Phobe La (3850m)
Distance/Duration: 10 kms/3 to 4 hours
  • Post breakfast, we will drive to Likir, which is 58 kilometers about 1 and a half kilometers away from Leh
  • It is the starting point of our trek.
  • On the trail, we will cross 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.
Day 4: Trek from Yangthang to Hemis Shukpachan (3700m) across Tsermangchan La (3750m)
  Distance/Duration: 10 kms / 3 to 4 hours
  • Our trek for today will be easy, despite the fact that it involves climbing to the top of 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 then, climb down to Hemis Shukpachan after crossing the pass.
  • There you’ll perceive several streams bordered by shady willows and large barley fields.
  • Spend the night in tents at Hemis Shukpachan.
Day 5: Trek from Hemis Shukpachan to Temisgam (3230m) across Mebtak La (3750m). Drive to Leh
Trek Distance/Duration: 11 kms/ 3 to 4 hours Drive distance/duration: 75 kms/ 2 hours
  • Expect another fairly easy trekking day.
  • We will trek upward between two hillocks in the west side of the 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 filled with apricot orchards.
  • Follow the trail to Temisgam, If time permits, we can visit the fort ruins and monastery in Temisgam.
  • A taxi will be waiting for us at Temisgam.
  • This taxi will take us to Leh by early evening.
  • Spend the night at a hotel in Leh.
Day 7: Departure from Leh
  • Early morning airport transfer
  • End of Journey
  • Airport transfers
  • Trek point transfers
  • Transport for sightseeing
  • Breakfast and dinner at hotel in Leh
  • All meals on the trek (Freshly prepared vegetarian food)
  • Twin sharing rooms at hotel in Leh
  • Homestays on trek
Medical Services:
  • Onsite first aid
  • Trained and experienced guide/trek leader
  • Trekking permits
Cost Excludes:
  • Single room accommodation
  • Lunch during stay in Leh
  • Personal equipment such as walking sticks, rain coats, gloves etc
  • International & Domestic flight fares, visa charges
  • Monument/monastery and Museum visit fee
  • Any expenses of personal nature such as mineral water, laundry.
  • Cost incurred due to emergency evacuation
  • Any kind of insurance, such as accident, theft, medical, evacuation etc.
  • Personal Mules & porters. You can request for one in advance while booking
  • Tips to porters, camping team, driver, guide, etc.
  • Cost incurred due to change / extension in the itinerary due to roadblocks, bad weather condition, flight delays, vehicle breakdowns, etc.
Mountain Ethics
  • We have a zero trash tolerance policy. We always clean up after ourselves on all hikes and trips
  • We use portable T3 tents and portable toilets and wash basins at our campsite which are cleared and wrapped up at the end of each journey.
  • Our camp locations are temporary and we don’t keep any permanent fixtures at the location. We say no to plastics
  • Be Local – there is no harm learning at few local words while you are there. It always helps in building a rapport with the locals and blend in. Try to eat and buy locally. Carry your own water bottles.
Equipment & Safety
  • We use comfortable mattresses with -10degree sleeping bags
  • There is no electricity at most of our campsites as they are at remote locations. We use solar powered tent lamps.
  • Our trips require a moderate level of fitness.
  • The maximum altitude for treks can go upto 6100m
  • Drink lot of water to stay hydrated and to avoid mountain sickness
  • We always carry a first aid kid and a portable oxygen canisters for emergencies
  • Average of two guides are provided for a group of 10 people
Creating “Shared Value”
  • We respect the local traditions and customs. We will always brief you regarding these each time you travel to a different location. We encourage you to be open and free while travelling to these locations and invite you to explore the region in its true sense.
  • We focus on engaging local communities in our work to create livelihoods locally. Most of our camps/homestays are managed by the local villagers and local youth is engaged as guides/hosts
  • We organize workshops to train local communities and youth for technical training in mountain guiding, hospitality and responsible tourism. If you are interested in contributing, do let us know.
What to carry?
  • Valid ID proof (Passport/Voter ID/Drivers Licence)
  • No suitcases. Opt for 70 to 90 litre backpacks
  • Water-proof trekking shoes
  • One down jacket or warmer for chilly nights
  • Rain poncho or jacket/windcheater (a must!)
  • Thermal inner (not advisable to wear it while trekking)
  • Trekking pants (one spare)
  • Sun block
  • Hat
  • Sun goggles
  • Trekking pole
  • Spare under garments and socks (three pairs max)
  • Flashlight with extra batteries (preferably wearable)
  • Water bottle, preferably wide mouthed, with at least one litre capacity
  • Personal toiletries,/li>
  • Power bank (if you want to use phone camera)
  • That book you’ve been meaning to read
Fine Print & Trip Specific Important Information:   By signing up for a trip with Roots, you acknowledge that you have voluntarily applied to participate in this trip and that you have read the description of the trip as it appears on the website and the information below:
  • You are expected to carry your own luggage. If you need a porter/mule during treks please inform us in advance.
  • Delays are expected on account of roadblock & weather conditions. Our effort will be to continue with the trip as per the schedule & make you as comfortable as possible. But in such situations we may have to compromise on the campsite & adjust to these situations then & there. The final call will be taken by our Lead Guide on location.
  • The itinerary should be viewed as ideal & we may have to make some spot changes due various unavoidable reasons.
  • The distances & altitude mentioned in the above itinerary are to the best of our knowledge & information; marginal variance in the actual distances & altitudes is possible.
  • You are expected to be in reasonable shape and fitness, being able to walk for several hours at a normal pace as well as to take care of your own equipment.
  • The minimum age restriction for this trip is 18
  • All outdoor related activities involve a certain level of risk. You are expected to sign an Indemnity Form in agreement to the risks involved through part taking in such outdoor activities.
  • Roots Ladakh  reserves the right and permission to use photographs of individuals and photographs submitted by them on tour for use in promotional and publicity purposes