"Leh (3505 m / pop: 28,000), the capital of Ladakh is a veritable kaleidoscope of sights and sounds. A quaint town nestling along the rugged slopes of the Ladakh range, it cradles a cultural legacy shaped at the crossroads of Asia on the Sub-continental Silk Route."
"Leh has many historic monuments, including the 17th century Leh Palace built by King Singe Namgyal on the hill overlooking the town. Higher up the hill called Namyal Tsemo, are the ruins of the earliest fort dating from 16th century."
"The Buddhist monasteries or Gompas constitute major cultural attractions of Ladakh. Out of the over dozen major monasteries situated on or near the Indus, the most famous from the heritage view point is that of Alchi, called Alchi Choskor on account of its ancient wall frescoes and other artistic elements dating from the 11th& 12th centuries, which pre-date the Tibetan style of paintings and art style seen in the other monasteries."
"Ladakh also boasts of high altitude lakes among which. Pangong Lake (a0 kms. from Leh) has the most dramatic setting. Located at an altitude of 14,500 ft / 4,267 M in, It is a long, narrow basin of inland water body, about 5-6 kms wide and about 140 kms long, one - third of which lies in India while the rest lies on the Tibet side of the border."
"Ladakh offers many options for adventure tourism amidst landscape of breathtaking natural beauty. These include jeep safaris, trekking & camping in the wilderness. The most popular activity, however, is rafting on the Indus & Zanskar Rivers which offers options for both amateurs and professionals."
"Kashmir is a destination of many hues and moods. Inspring and summer, the abundant orchards, rippling lakes and salubrious climate beckon all to experience the Valley's numerousdelights. Golfing in the picturesque courses, water-skiing in the lakes and angling for rainbow trout in the mountain streams-these are but some of the many pleasures you could indulge in on a Kashmir holiday."

SHAM VALLEY TREK (LIKIR - KHALATSE)


Duration : 7 days  ( 4 days of trekking)
Best Time :  June through October
Highest Point : Tsermangchan-La (3750m)
Trek Highlight : Remote villages, culture sites & rural life, people, mountain routes & passes.
Trek Category : Easy

This short trek is soft and convenient enough for amateurs desirous of hiking through remote villages combined with sightseeing and visits to cultural sites. Many villages and several historic monasteries fall along this trek. As the route passes through many habitations, accommodation is possible in homestay facilities, if camping is not preferred.

Day-1 Arrival Leh (Alt: 11500 / 3505 M) - Acclimatization / Orientation.

Arrive Leh and transfer to the hotel. Take complete rest for acclimatization to the high altitude. In the late afternoon visit the city centre and take leisurely walk in the main market for general orientation. Overnight at Leh.

Day-2 In Leh: Visit Monasteries & Palaces / 110 kms / 4 hours

After breakfast, proceed on sightseeing tour of Shey Palace, Thiksey M onastery, Hemis Monastery & Stok Palace Museum. Overnight at Leh.

Day-3 Likir -Yangthang : 4 to 5 hours.

After breakfast drive to Likir village (58 kms. from Leh) which is the starting point of the trek. Before starting the trek, you may like to visit the Likir monastery . The first day's trek involves crossing of the Phobe La (3580m) to reach Sumdo village and then crossing of the Chagatse La pass (3630 m) to reach the Yangthang village. Overnight in camp or Homestay.

Day-4 Yangthang -Tsermangchen la (3750 m) -Hemis Shukpachen : 2-3 hours:

The trek out of Yangthang leads northwards up and across the Tsermangchen La and descend to the pretty village of Hemis Shukpa-chan . Camp overnight near the streams amidst shady willows or stay at a Homestay in the village.

Day-5 Hemis Shukpachen - Mebtak La (3750m) -Ang / Temisgam: 3-5 hours:

Today's trek leads to the charming village of Ang after crossing the steep Mebtak La pass and walking through a gorge. Camp here for the night or check-in at a Homestay. Alternatively, one can trek for another couple of hours along downhill trail to reach Temsigam. Overnight in camp or Homestay.

Day-6 Ang / Temisgam to Nurla to Leh: 3 hours:

At Temisgam, transport will be waiting for the journey to the highway and on to Leh, en-route visiting the 11 th century Alchi-Choskor , oldest surviving monastic complex of Ladakh. Overnight at Leh.

Day-7 At Leh:

Leisurely day at Leh for rest after the trek. In the afternoon drive to visit Shanti Stupa & Leh Palace and then explore the markets on your own. Overnight at Leh.

Day-8 Depart Leh.

Early morning transfer to the airport for taking the flight back home.

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