Sham valley trek

list of treks


Duration: 3 days
Difficulty: level 1
Distance: 32 km
Max elevation: 3874m
Elevation gain / loss: +981m / -1271m


This easy trek (also known as “baby trek”) goes through the Sham region, the lower part of Ladakh. The trek can be done throughout the year; it is a great opportunity to discover the villages and the everyday life of Ladakhis during your homestays. There are options to extend this trek to 4 or 5 days by hiking to Rizong monastery from Yangthang and/or walking from Temisgam to Khaltse. Contact us for more details.




Sham trek map



Sham trek elevation profile, altitude gain loss



Sham valley trek in Ladakh






Day 1: Likir - Yangthang


Time: 3-4 hrs
Distance: 10.1 km
Elevation gain / loss: +431m / -274m


- visit Likir monastery before the trek
- follow the trail that leads to the Phobe La, beyond the pass lies Sumdo village
- the trail goes steadily upward to the Chagatse La and then down to the village of Yangthang
- homestay possibility in Yangthang



Likir - Yangthang



Day 2: Yangthang - Tsermangchen La - Hemis Shukpachen


Time: 3-4 hrs
Distance: 10.4 km
Elevation gain / loss: +238m / -283m


- cross the Tsermangchen La which can be seen right from the village of Yangthang
- enjoy the panoramic landscape from the pass
- descend towards the charming village of Hemis Shukpachen
- homestay possibility in Hemis Shukpachen



Yangthang - Tsermangchen La - Hemis Shukpachen



Day 3: Hemis Shukpachen - Temisgam


Time: 4 hrs
Distance: 11.3 km
Elevation gain / loss: +312m / -714m


- cross the Mebtak La and walk down to the village of Ang
- follow the trail to Temisgam, visit the palace and monastery built on a hillock
- homestay possibility in Temisgam



Hemis Shukpachen - Temisgam



Getting to / from the trek


- it takes one hour and a half to drive from Leh to Likir (60 km)
- it takes 2 hours and a half to drive from Temisgam to Leh (90 km)


It is worth taking some extra time to stop and visit the highlights in the area, check the Indus valley tour to Lamayuru for more details.



All the itineraries can be customized to suit your own special interests, preferences and abilities. Please contact us for more information.

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