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Sham Valley Trek 1 (Short Trek)



Day 01: Arrive LehLeh
On your arrival at Leh, a representative from Nomadier will meet, greet, assist and transfer you to your hotel in Leh. Remainder of the day would be for you to rest and acclimatize to the high altitude of Ladakh. Overnight stay would be at a hotel in Leh.


Day 02: Sightseeing around Leh

Morning at leisure or explore the nearby places on foot. Post lunch a visit to Shanti Stupa, Leh Palace, Jokhang and Local Bazaar would be scheduled. Overnight stay would be at a hotel in Leh.


Shanti Stupa (Japanese Peace Pagoda)Shanti Stupa (Japanese Peace Pagoda)

Shanti Stupa/Japanese Peace Pagoda was built by a Japanese religious organization headed by Head monk Nakamura with, help from organization and local people. It is situated at a hill top in Cahngspa village providing a bird's eye view of the Leh town and the surrounding mountain peaks. Architecturally it has the Japanese touch with small clean rooms on the side for meditators and the main Japanese shrine at the entrance.


Leh PalaceLeh Palace
The Namgyal Tsemo (Victory Peak) was built by King Tashi Namgyal after the reunification of upper and lower Ladakh and victory over Hor whose bodies are placed under an image of Mahakala, the guardian deity stop further invasion of Hor. The Leh Palace known as 'Lechen Palkhar' was built by Singay Namgyal at the beginning of 17th Century A.D. The nine-storied palace is now deserted, and the ASI (Archeological Survey of India) has taken up the renovation work.


The Ladakh Buddhist Association, in 1957, built the small Gonpa known as Jokhang in the main bazaar, which is open throughout the day for visitors. The Gonpa contains statue of Joyo Rinpoche (crowned Buddha).


Day 03: Leh - Likir to Yangthang (3,700 mts.)
Early morning after breakfast at the camp, you would start the trek towards the south through the trail behind the monastery, amidst wheat fields. After a walk for 20 minutes, you come down to the rough motorable road to Hemis Shukpachan. Ignore the road and walk through the trail down the road along with Stupas west word.

The easy ascent starts, from here which leads you to the top of the small pass Chagatse La (3,700 mts.).


Again, leave the road on your right and walk through the trail down and up to the road. From here you can have the view of a hamlet called Saspotse. Walk towards the village leaving the road on your right hand side. You would reach the village after crossing a river. Take the trail behind the village through a small gorge which takes you to Phobe La pass (3,849 mts.). You can have the view of Yangthang village from here.


After a walk for 10 minutes through the road you will arrive at the camping site. There are two camping sites; one near the school which has a good view of the village and the peak and has toilet facilities. The next one is near the river amidst poplar plantation without a toilet.


Day 04: Yangthang – Rizong - Moonland - Leh (03 hrs trek / 4 hrs drive)

The day starts with a trek through village houses and along the river through the gorge with plantations of apricot and apple. After a walk for an hour through the gorge, you would reach a rough motorable road which enters into another gorge to your right hand side. It would take around 30 minutes before you have the view of Rizong monastery. Rizong is the most isolated monastery of all the monasteries in Ladakh. There is no entry fee in this monastery; you can offer whatever you wish.  From here you will drive to Lamayuru moonland and then back to Leh via the Ladakh Hall of Fame, Spituk Monastery, Confluence of Indus and Zanskar Rivers, Gurudwara Shri Patthar Sahib and Magnetic Hill.


Lamayuru – The Moon LandLamayuru – The Moon Land
At Lamayuru, the formation of land is exactly like on the moon with craters & hills and hence the name moonland. The snow rising in the backdrop of this sandy script reminds you that you are in Ladakh and the landscape around Lamayuru monastery is one of most spectacular sights one can see on earth.


Ladakh Hall of FameLadakh Hall of Fame
The Hall of Fame is a glorious museum constructed by the Indian Army. It is worth a visit for everyone to see defense memorabilia, biographies of eminent soldiers and images of the Kargil War along with a display of the weapons and gallantry awards.


Gurudwara Shri Patthar SahibGurudwara Shri Patthar Sahib
The Gurdwara Shri Patthar Sahib is around 25 km away from Leh town on the Leh-Srinagar road. It is built in memory of Shri Guru Nanak Deve Ji, the great prophet who visited here in 1517 while on his second missionary tour (2nd Udassi 1515-1518). In folklore, there lived a wicked demon that terrorized the people in the area. As their miseries became unbearable they prayed for divine intervention and the great prophet came to their rescue. The prophet settled on the bank of the river flowing nearby and was called Nanak Lama by the locals. One morning, when the prophet was in meditation, the demon rolled down a big boulder from the hilltop on him but remarkably at the very touch of his body, the solid rock melted like wax with his back embedded in it. The prophet kept on sitting in meditation undisturbed. Thinking that the prophet must have been killed, the demon came down but was taken aback on seeing the prophet in meditation, undisturbed. In a rage of anger, he tried to push the rock with his right foot but the rock had already become like wax and even his foot was now embedded in it. The demon realized his folly and powerlessness as compared to the spiritual power of the great prophet. He fell on his feet and prayed to be pardoned. The prophet advised him to get rid of his wickedness and lead the life of a noble person, in the service of humanity. This changed the demon and he started serving the people. The prophet then continued his Holy journey towards Srinagar and Kashmir via Kargil. The boulder having the imprint of the prophet’s back is seen in the Gurdwara to this day.


Magnetic HillMagnetic Hill
Defying the laws of gravity is Magnetic Hill, a gravity hill that has been known to pull vehicles towards itself if they are left in neutral! Even aircrafts sometimes increase their altitude when in vicinity to avoid magnetic interference.


Spituk GompaSpituk Gompa
The Spituk Gompa, 8 km from Leh, stands prominently on the top of a hillock and offers a panoramic view of the Indus Valley for miles together. Many icons of Buddha and fine Thankas are to be found in this 15th century Gompa. The Gompa also houses a collection of ancient masks, antique arms, and an awe-inspiring image of Mahakaal. The face of the Kali image is kept covered and is revealed only at the annual function in January every year.


Confluence of the Zanskar & IndusConfluence of the Zanskar & Indus
On your way to Sham Valley before Nimmu Village, you’ll have a magnificent view of these two great rivers in wedlock. What will amaze you most here is the stark contrast in the colors of the two rivers.


Day 05: Excursion to Pangong Lake (280 km round trip)
Departure in the morning after breakfast to Pangong Lake on the Indo China border with the route taking you past the picturesque villages of Shey and Thikse, and turning off the Indus valley by the side valley of Chemrey and Sakti. The Ladakh range is crossed through Chang-la Pass (18,000 ft.), which despite its great elevation is one of the easier passes, remaining open for much of the year, even in winter, apart from periods of actual snowfall. Overnight stay in Hotel in Leh.


Pangong LakePangong Lake
The Pangong Lake, situated at 14,000 ft. is a long narrow basin of inland drainage, nearly 6 to 7 km at its widest point. Visitors are permitted to only around 7 km along the southern shore from the head of the lake as part of Pangong lies in China. Standing there offers stunning views of the mountains of the Changchenmo range to the north, their reflection shimmering in the ever-changing blues and greens of the lake’s brackish water. Also visible above Spangmik are the glacier and snow-capped peaks of the Pangong range.


Day 06: Day free at LehDay free at Leh
Today is a day to relax and enjoy the natural beauty of the Leh town. You may want to walk down to the local bazaar to buy souvenirs which will remind you of your small rendezvous with Ladakh.


Day 07: Airport Departure
Nomadier provides assistance in your transfer to the Airport and wishes you goodbye.