Sham trek is one of the easiest treks and the road next to the trail makes it much easier as many tourists feel reluctant to walk on the trail and prefer to drive. Leh and Shey have been the capitals of the historic kingdom of Tibet. But no doubt, trekking is a far better choice than the bumby drive. The trail starts with centuries old monasteries and later courses through villages. This trek offers a lot in a limited time frame and perfect for the beginners - from the cultural interaction, homestays to the best landscapes. Most of the time you walk on barren land and suddenly the views open with lush green poplar trees. Extensions on the end to Pangong Tso or Nubra valley can be done along this trek as the duration of the trek is less than a week.
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Day 01: Arrive Delhi & Fly Delhi to Leh (3500m)
Arrive Leh early morning and transfer to hotel. Spend the rest of the day at leisure & acclimatise. Explore the Leh market in the evening. Overnight hotel in Leh.
Day 02: Sightseeing in and around Leh.
Sightseeing around Leh. Drive to Shey and Thiksey monasteries and later rest in hotel as an acclimatisation process. Overnight hotel in Leh.
Day 03: Drive Leh to Likir and trek to Yangthang(3720m)
The drive to Likir is short and it begins with an ancient monastery before we start walking to Yangthang. The trail goes parallel to a motorable road and later it ascends to Phobe La (3580m). We can see Yangthang from Chagatse La (3630m) after crossing the stream. Overnight homestay.
Day 04: Trek Yangthang to Hemisshukpachan (3600m)
It's a short walk for about 2.5 hrs to the village of Hemis Shukpachen (3596m). We cross Tsermangchan La at 3750m and then the trail descends gently to Hemisshukpachan. Overnight homestay.
Day 05: Trek Hemisshukpachan to Tingmosgang (3200m) and drive to Leh
Intially the trail is gentle and after crossing the Meptak La pass (3720m) we descend to the village of Ang and further to Tingmosgang (3200m) which was once the ancient capital of Ladakh. The place is full of homestays and one can witness the ruins of the Palace. Later drive to Leh, enroute visit the 1000 year old miniature paintings of Alchi monastery considered one of the best Buddhist paintings in the Himalayan region. Overnight hotel in Leh.
Day 06: Fly Leh-Delhi
Early morning transfer to airport to board the Leh-Delhi flight.
LEH TO LEH
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