Liker to Khaltse (Sham Trek)

 
On this trek there are several villages among the richest in Ladakh. This trekking is known as Sham valley or Apricot valley trek. Arrive at Likir monastery, where the track to Likir monastery meats in between Saspol – Bazgo, it is hardly an hour walks from the road. Through the Indus valley and the ancient kingdom of Sham , we will discover the main Ladakhi monasteries and the wonderful sites surrounding them: Lamayuru and Alchi are all accessible by road, andTemisgang, Ridzong and Likir line the trekking route. This itinerary is of moderate difficulty and the path does not rise above 4500m. The trail crosses numerous villages where the people have kept their Ladakhi ways and customs.

Day 01: Arrive Delhi

On arrival meeting and assistance at the Airport followed by the traditional welcome by garlanding and then escorted transfer to your hotel . Rest of the day at leisure. Overnight at hotel.

Day 02: Delhi - Leh (Complete Rest in Leh for acclimatisation)

Take the morning flight for Leh. Check into the guest house and relax the whole day. This is necessary for getting acclimatised. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 03: Leh - Shey - Thiksey – Hemis - Leh

On this day you will go a sightseeing trip to some ancient monasteries in this area. 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 17'Th 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 Gelukspa 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 17'Th 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 hotel.

Day 04: Likir to Yangthang across Phobe La (9 kms/4 to 5 hrs.)

Morning after breakfast you will be driven by taxi to Likir which is just 58 kms. Away. Liker Village (3650 mts.) is the starting point of our trek.. The Ridzong Monastery lies about an hour south of Yangthang.

Day 05: Yangthang to Hemis Shukpachen across Tsermangchen La (8 kms 2/3 hours)

Today is an easy walk despite the pass because both the approach and the descent are of gentle gradients. The trail heads north,descending for a bit, crossing a stream before climbing up west again to Tsermangchen La (3750m). After a short rest at the pass we head down to Hemis Shukpachen.

Day 06: Hemis Shukpachen to Ang across Mebtak La (10 kms/ 3 hrs)

Again this is a fairly easy day. The trail goes upward between two hillocks west of the village upwards until it veers south and climbs steeply up to the Mebtak La (3750m) marked by prayer flags. From the pass we head down the gorge to Ang, a charming village with apricot orchards, where we camp for the night.

Day 08: Leh – Delhi - Departure

Morning after breakfast, transfer to domestic airport to catch the flight for Delhi . Upon arrival in Delhi , transfer to International airport to catch the flight to onward destination.

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