Thursday, May 7, 2009

SHAM VALLEY TREK IN LADHAK

SHAM VALLEY TREK


Period of Operation : June to October

Rating : Easy

Highest Altitude : Phobe La (4,000 M)

Duration : Total 07 days with 05 Days Trekking.


Known as “Baby trek” due to lower altitude or the passes and less walking hours comparatively. During this trek you can visit monasteries of Likir, Rizong, Lamayuru, Alchi and Palace of Temisgam. This is a village to village trek and you can see some typical Ladakhi villages with few houses.

Day 01 : Arrival Leh.
Arrival Leh, our representative will meet, greet, assist and transfer you to Hotel in Leh. Rest of the day free to acclimatize to the high altitude of Ladakh. Overnight at Hotel in Leh.

Day 02 : Leh Sight seeing.
Morning after breakfast visit Shey Monastery, proceed to visit Thiksey and Hemis monasteries. Overnight at hotel in Leh.

SHEY PALACE AND GOMPA: Situated on a hillock 15 Kms upstream from Leh, it was once the residence of the royal family. According to tradition, it was the seat of power of the pre-Tibetan kinds. A 7.5 mts high copper statue of Buddha, plated with gold and the largest of its kind, is installed here.

THIKSEY GOMPA: 19 Kms from Leh, spectacularly sited, Thiksey is one of the largest and architecturally most impressive Gompas. There are several temples in this Gompas, containing images, stupas and wall paintings of Buddha, which are exquisite.

HEMIS GOMPA: 40 Kms from Leh, it is the wealthiest, best known and biggest Gompa of Ladakh. Its popularity stems from the major annual festival held here in summer. The festival is in honor of Guru Padma Sambhava’s birth anniversary. It also has the largest Thanka in Ladakh which is unfurled once in 12 years (nest in 2004) Hemis was built in 1630 during the reign of Singge Namgyal, an illustrious ruler of Ladakh. It flourished under the Namgyal Dynasty for the royalty favored the Drugpa sect, which is managed the monastery. It is divided into two, the assembly hall on the right and the main temple on the left. The hall (Dukhang) is also used as “green room” by the dancers during the festival. The temple is known as Tshogkhang. The verandahs have a surfeit of frescoes, among them the Buddhist “Wheel Of Life” (Kalachakra) and the lords of the four quarters, besides the prayer wheel.



Day 03 : Drive to Likir and Trek to Yangthang (3,700M) 05:30 Hrs.:
Early morning after breakfast at the Hotel drive to Likir and 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.

Day 04: Yangthang to Hemis Shukpachan (3596 M)-02 Hrs. Today is a shorter walk if you want to camp at Hemis Shukpachan village. Yu can also walk upto Temisgam or viilage of Ang before Temisgam which takes around6-7 hrs. 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 camp.

Day 05: Hemis Shukpachan to Temisgam 5-6 Hrs: 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 camp.

Day 06: Temisgam to Khalse 2-3 Hrs. 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. Our vehicles will be waiting for you’re here. Drive back to Leh for dinner and overnight.

Day 07 : Airport Departure.
Leave on time for Leh airport to board your flight to Delhi.

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