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If you are new to trekking, there is no other trek better suited than the Sham Valley Trek. A short trek which includes all that you can expect from more strenuous treks out there. It has short ascends, high altitude and rocky terrain as its elements. This is the reason why this trek is called the Baby Trek in Ladakh. A basic level of fitness will ensure you complete this four- day trek without much difficulty but at the same time enjoying the beautiful views along the way.


This trek covers Hemis Shukpachan, a village located in the middle of a cedar tree forest, Khaltse, Lamayuru Monastry before taking you back to Leh. At the highest point in your trek, you reach a maximum altitude of 13,100 ft, trekking along streams of water icy enough to chill you to the bones. Discover ancient monasteries like the Shey, Hemis, Thiksey, Spituk, Alchi etc. along the way with slight detours.


The highlight of this trek would be the opportunity to mingle with the locals who are very friendly. You can stay at the many local homestays which are well maintained and cosy, giving you a rich local feeling. Be sure to capture the beautiful sceneries, Tibetan customs and rituals on your camera for everlasting memories.

Day 1

Enjoy the day at Manali, shopping or site seeing nearby. Make sure to get all your trekking equipment’s today.

Day 2

The first day of the trek begins with a drive down to Udaipur via the Rohtang Pass situated at an altitude of 3950m above mean sea level. Enjoy the lushness of the valleys painted green in Manali before the landscape turns arid and rocky when we reach the Lahoul valley. Further drive down the Chandra river to reach Tandi and from there further down to reach Udiapur by late evening. Enjoy the night at some guesthouse.

Day 3

The drive to Khanjer begins just after breakfast. Enroute we can enjoy the fields of potatoes and several stupas. Drive down till we reach the village of Khanjer from where the actual walk begins. Following the ups and downs of our trail, we tred along the beautiful valley filled with bright flowers full of nectare to reach the top of a ridge marked by a Stupa. Crossing the lush meadows and the mighty rivers to reach our campsite in Khanjer.

Day 4

The morning begins with a climb through meadows crossing several streams. As we move further into the valley, the lush greenness gives way to barren lands. Continue trekking till we reach Alyas and camp for the night under the pitch dark sky.

Day 5

A day to rejuvenate our tired body and souls.

Day 6

The most treacherous part of our trek begins today. We start early as the progress would be slow. Crossing the freezing rivers, we start the dangerous climb up the moraines. Be careful of the steep slopes and the risky terrain. The climb ends at out campsite where we will rest for the night under the night sky.

Day 7

The day starts early as we move from the moraines into the glacier fields. This is where we have to be very careful about open crevasses. Climbing throughout the day will bring us onto our base camp at Kang La. Enjoy the beautiful Himalayas and tuck into your warm clothes at night as the temperatures drop quickly into the minus regions.

Day 8

Again we start early to avoid bad weather over the Kang La pass where visibility quickly drops to zero and the threat of deep crevasses very much exists. The climb becomes more and more tough and only a strong will power would help us conquer the pass at Kang La. A few hours of tough climb till we reach the top of the pass and enjoy the beautiful views all around. After some rest, we begin our climb down to reach our 3rd camp site near the Tema river.

Day 9

After a proper night sleep, we start following the Tema river downhill. Enjoy the beautiful meadows of wild flowers before the landscape turns into arid and desolate in Zanskar valley. Continue trekking to reach the rough road that leads to Bardan Gompa where we will set up for the night in camps.

Day 10

Drive back to Leh. Enroute enjoy the beautiful and historic Kargil Valley. On reaching Leh, check into a proper hotel for the night.

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