Sham Valley trek, Ladakh, India

About Sham valley

Sham valley, famously known as the ‘Apricot valley’ is located at a brief distance from Likir, Leh. The Likir monastery can be used as a landmark to find the base camp and various other locations in and around Sham Valley. During the winter, apricot flowers blossom in the area, this is where its name originates from. The Sham Valley trek is laden with apricot trees, small mountain passes, streams, fields and willow trees. Trekkers are offered a wildly contrasting landscape in a glorious natural setting.

About the Sham Valley trek

The Sham Valley trek in Ladakh is one of the easier treks in the north. It requires little to no past experience in trekking, which makes it suitable for first-time trekkers and families with children. The only real requirement is that you arrive a day or two early to ensure you are fully acclimatized. On the Sham Valley trek, you can expect to do lots of sightseeing, visit remote villages, interact with the locals, and witness the peace and serenity of a Buddhist culture against this picturesque background.

Route of the Sham Valley trek

The Sham Valley trek usually extends over 6 to 7 days. Most itineraries provide for a day of acclimatizing in Leh before setting off. This first day can be spent visiting Leh Market and the Shanti Stupa. On the second day of the Sham Valley trek, you’ll go to nearby monasteries including Shey, Hemis, and Thiksey. The ascent on the third day is minimal, through the Chagatse La pass. You’ll walk through enchanting villages and make your way through the Phobe La pass to the Yangthang village, where you can camp for the night near a river along a poplar plantation. Next day, you’ll head to the isolated Rizong Monastery and gradually hike into Hemis Shukpachan, where you can pitch your tents for the night. Walk up to Temisgam through the village of Ang the next day and enjoy staying there for the night. The following day, hike for a short distance through Meptak La and walk towards Tia, crossing a beautiful stream. Make your way through Bongbong La and reach the Leh-Kashmir highway. You’ll walk up to Khalse and drive back to Leh. Your Sham Valley trek ends here, and you’re free to depart from your trip the next day.

Best time for the Sham Valley trek

The average temperature of Sham Valley ranges from 20 to 30°C. The pleasant climate of Leh makes the Sham Valley trek a convenient and easy expedition. The best time to go on a Sham Valley trek is between the months of May and September. During these months, the highways of Manali to Leh and Srinagar to Leh do not see a lot of traffic and are available for private vehicles.

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Markha Valley Trek
Leh, Jammu Kashmir
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If you're looking for dramatic landscapes and a unique adventure, the Markha valley trek is the one for you. The trail takes you through enchanting villages with ochre mud houses and Tibetan Buddhist heritage, all located in the stark Ladakhi desert.

The ranges of mountains and plateaus in different shades of red, brown and purple are dotted with sporadic tufts of shrubbery, but the warmth of the Ladakh villages proves to be the highlight.
    Inclusions
  • Camping tents
  • Kitchen tent and dining tent
  • Sleeping bags (Hollofil) and karimats
  • Meals as specified
  • Guide, cook and camp helpers
  • Transport to and from the road head - Leh to Chilling and return from Shang Sumdo to Leh
  • Horses/porters to carry all camping gear on the route. (Participants are expected to carry their own packs with their personal belongings for the whole trek)
    Exclusions
  • Any expenses of a personal nature like phone calls etc.
  • Any hotel accommodations
  • Accommodation or any other expenses on the first day and last day of the trek
  • In case you wish to have your personal pack carried on a horse/porter, an extra charge of is INR 1000 per pack (8 kg limit per pack) will be levied.
  • Any services or cost not mentioned in the inclusions
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Trek to Markha Valley
Leh, Ladakh
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The Markha valley trek has been one of the most popular treks in Ladakh. The hamelt of Markha seems like a little oasis in the arid terrain of Ladakh, where participants can trek through remote gorges and vast undulating grazing grounds, cross several streams and rivers, and experience Ladakhi culture and way of life. A moderately challenging trek, participants get to climb two very high passes - Gandala la (4800 m) and Kongmaru La (5150 m) offering stunning views from the top. This trek is perfect for fit first timers and seasoned trekkers alike.
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  • Transport to and from Leh as per the itinerary
  • 2 guides for 15 trekkers
  • Accommodation in twin sharing tents while camping
  • Accommodation in twin sharing standard rooms in a family-run guesthouse in Leh
  • High quality camping equipment
  • Meals as specified
  • Porter/mule charges for carrying camping equipment and rations
  • Personal porter/mule charges for your bag
  • Forest entry charges, permits and camping fee (if any)
  • First- aid kit
  • Service tax
    Exclusions
  • Any meals/services not mentioned in the inclusions
  • Any charges for video cameras, still cameras, etc.
  • Alcohol, soft drinks, beverages, etc.
  • Personal expenses like tips, telephone calls, laundry, etc.
  • Any costs arising out of unforeseen circumstances like landslides, road blocks, bad weather, etc.
  • Insurance
  • Jain food can be arranged on special notice