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Sham valley trek, baby trek, Ladakh
Likir monastery, Sham valley trek, Ladakh

Sham valley trek (baby trek)

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.