The valley of Sham in the lower part of Ladakh, is celebrated for its beauty and richness during the harvesting season. This trek follows the old caravan route to Lamayuru which diverges from the Kargil-Leh road at the Phatu La. According to legend, Lamayuru was once a lake, which miraculously disappeared by the hand of Lotsawa Naropa. The monastery at Lamayuru built in the 10th century is one of the oldest in Ladakh, and belongs to the Kargyu sect of Tibetan Buddhism. This trek offers not only view of the many natural beauties of Ladakh, but also some of its most famous monasteries and the traditional lifestyle of the natives.
This trek is suitable for most hill walkers and generally involves trekking at moderate altitude, on good paths and tracks. It is a great introductory trek in the high Himalayas for anyone looking for the same. Our professional guides will guide you all the way and will provide you the information and tips you need for the trek. There is fair bit of walking to be done every day, and we would encourage you to do a bit of walking/running and breathing exercises to enjoy this trek. A fair level of fitness will be required and help you enjoy the holiday more.
Meet at the group hotel in Leh. A single group transfer at 10.30 am from Leh Airport to the group hotel is provided. The first day is reserved for acclimatization and you will be advised to rest and drink water as much as possible.
Today, we will stay in Leh to acclimatize to the thin air. We will make an early start after tea and breakfast and go cycling around Leh. Cycling around Spituk Monastery, we make our way through small back lanes towards Shey. A support truck will follow the group, to manage our cycles and anyone wanting a rest. Snacks and juices will be provided. Lunch will either be packed or at a restaurant on the way. After lunch, we rest a bit and can visit the Shey Palace and surrounding areas if the group is up for it. You will be given sometime to yourself where you can explore the palace on your own. In the evening we can visit the Shanti Stupa and head back to the hotel for dinner. It is vital that you keep yourself hydrated, eat well and not exert yourself too much.
We will leave Leh by taxi in the morning for Lamayuru following the Indus River through Sham Valley. After visiting Lamayuru monastery we will pack our backpacks and set off for our first day's adventure. We will follow a stream for a time, and gradually climb up to the pass of Prinkti La (3750m). We will later pass through the small village of Shilla (3700 m) before reaching our campsite at Wanla (3250m),where we will spend the afternoon either relaxing in the sun or visiting the monastery.
Following a dusty road we will reach the small village of Phenjilla (3410 m) and the scattered village of Uri .We will then walk through a narrow gorge until we reach a traditional 'Rangthak' (flour mill) at the far end of the village. The trail will then cut through the village of Hinju (3720 m) ,roughly 2 km below our campsite is a yak herder 's encampment.
From the encampment we will continue along the trail and ascend the ridge below Kongskil La (4950m). If lucky we will get glimpses of some wild life. We will then climb gradually until we reach Kongskil La where we will be surrounded by dizzying views of the Karakoram and Stok ranges. The descent down the trail is quite steep with loose moraine causing the difficulty--so be careful! The trail then follows the left side of valley floor, passing yak herders ' hut (4500m), before we reach our campsite. This valley is occupied mainly by the villagers of Sumda Chenmo.
After a short walk and a few river crossings, we will reach the village of Sumda Chenmo. From there we head towards the true left side of the valley, which provides a beautiful view of the village with its lush greenery. Further on the trail cuts through the valley 's wild rose bushes and leads us to another river crossing (this stream originates from the high snow- capped peaks of Photoksar (5685m)).Before making a steep challenging ascent over Lanak, we will see Edelweiss and some of the other rare wild flowers of Ladakh. From the campsite, there is a splendid view of Konskila.
We will begin the day with a straightforward climb to Dung dung Chan La (4820m), which offers views of the beautiful vistas of the Stok Range in the east and the Zanskar Range in the south. From the pass the trail gradually descends down a ridge toward the valley continually tapering before reaching the village of Chiling. It is the only village in Ladakh that has provided metal works such as copper, bronze, tin, silver and iron to the Leh market through the centuries. We will camp at Chiling, possibly near the river, for our last night out camping. A celebratory barbeque dinner will be organized to end the trek.
After an early breakfast we transfer by private vehicle to from Chiling to Leh. We will drive for about 3 hours along the Zanskar River , crossing its confluence with the River Indus and the easy road back to Leh. We will reach Leh by afternoon and after checking in at the hotel , you can explore Leh town and market. Evening will be at leisure.
After an early breakfast we transfer by private vehicle to the Leh Airport for your onward journey. However, if you would like to extend your visit in Leh to visit the Pangong Tso, Nubra Valley or any other areas, please contact our team of adventure travel consultants