Sham Valley trek.
Arrive at Leh airport, received by our representative and transfer to Hotel. Complete rest for the first half. After lunch if you are suitable visit Leh Palace built by King Singgee Namgyal around the beginning of 17th century A.D. This deserted nine-storied Palace is now taken under by ASI (Archaeological Survey on India) for restoration. Namgyal Tsemo built by King Tashi Namgyal after the victory over Hor (Central Asian Invaders), visit Shanti Stupa (a Japanese Pagoda built for world peace by Indian based Japanese monks and was inaugurated by His Holiness Dalai Lama in 1985). Dinner and overnight at Hotel in Leh.
Full day sight seeing at Leh covering Hemis, Shey and Thiksey Monastery. Shey Gompa is about 15 kms from Leh. It used to be the summer palace of the kings of Ladakh. There are lots of Stupas and Gompas built around the palace. Shey palace was built by Deldan Namgyal in the beginning of 17th century AD. Main attraction in Shey is the 12m Shakyamuni Buddha statue inside the Dresthang Gompa. Thiksey Gompa, close to Shey is about 17 kms from Leh. The monastery is considered to be one of the most beautiful in Ladakh and belongs to the Gelukpa order. Hemis, about 45 kms south of Leh it is one of the most famous and largest monastery in Ladakh. It belongs to the Drukpa order and was founded in the early 17Th century. The setting is perfect with the monastery cradled in a lovely valley, surrounded by streams and fronted by long Mani walls. Overnight stay at the guest house. Dinner and overnight at Hotel in Leh.
After early breakfast leave for Pangong Lake (14,500ft), 4-5 hrs drive one way through Changla Pass (17,350ft) third highest motorable road in the world. This famous blue brackish salt water lake is 5-6 kms in width and around 134 kms in length with 75 percent of its running the other side of the Indo China Border. Packed lunch will be provided (optional), drive back to Leh via same route. Dinner and overnight at Hotel in Leh.
After breakfast drive to Khardongla Pass (18,380ft) the world’s highest motorable road and gateway to Siachen Glacier, the views from the top of the pass are amazing. Packed lunch will be provided (optional), post lunch free to explore the local markets of Leh. Dinner and overnight at Hotel in Leh.
Likir Monastery (55kms) founded in 1065 A.D by Lama Duwang Chosje belongs to Gelugpa order Early morning after breakfast at the camp, start the trek towards south through 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” (3,700M). 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. The village is reached after crossing a river. Take the trail behind the village through a small gorge which takes you to “Phobe la” pass (3,849M). You can have the view of Yangthang village from here. After a walk for 10 minutes through the road you arrive to the camping site. There are two Camping site; one near the school which has good view of the village and the peak and has toilet facilities. The next one is near the river amidst poplar plantation without toilet. Overnight at Camp.
(06 Hrs): Start the trek walking through village houses and along the river through the gorge with plantation of Apricot and Apple. After walk for an hour through the gorge, you reach on a rough Motorable road which enters into another gorge to your right hand side. It takes around 30 minutes before you will have the view of Rizong monastery. Rizong is the most isolated monastery of all the monastery of Ladakh. There is no entry fee in this monastery, you can offer whatever you can. After the visit of the monastery, you can also visit the monastery kitchen and have a cup of butter tea After the visit trek back to Yangthang. The way back to Yangthang is the same. There is a short way to go to Hemis Shukpachan from behind the monastery through a steep pass. Overnight at Camp.
Today is a shorter walk if you want to camp at Hemis Shukpachan village. As soon as you cross the river, the climb of the Phobe La (4,000 M) starts, which takes around 01 hour to reach the top of the pass. After another hour or half you reach Hemis Shukpachan. Overnight at Camp.
After an easy walk for an hour you will start climbing Meptak La. After the pass you reach Ang village near the river. After crossing the river you can walk down to Temisgam village. The camp is near the road. We can visit the Temisgam Palace, monastery and Nunnery. Overnight at Camp.
Walk towards Tia along the road for sometimes and then cross the river. After walking for a few minutes you will start climbing the Bongbong La. Then you reach the Leh-Srinagar highway. You can walk upto Khalse along the road otherwise your trek finishes here. Evening free to explore Leh Market for shopping. Drive to Leh.
Early morning transfer to airport to catch your onward flight back home with sweet memories of Ladakh.