Sham and Indus Valley Trek in Ladakh tours

Adventure Destinations | | January 12, 2012 at 12:05 am


Located in the confluence of the Indus Shyok and the Zanskar range, Ladakh is rightly called paradise on earth and is also sometimes known as “Little Tibet”.

Today Ladakh tours involve a lot of ideal adventure spots for all those who want to have the best trekking experiences. So enjoy these tours which take you to the soul enriching monasteries and the fascinating treks.

The ancient kingdom of Sham and Indus Valley regions offer the best trekking experience here in Ladakh. Get the ideal travel memories here as you cross the monasteries and the related sites around. So you could reach Hemis, Thikse, Shey, Alchi, Lamayuru, Phyang, and Spituk and enjoy all these magnificent trekking routes. It is slightly difficult to go up this path and at a height of around 4500 m this trek is quite exciting in Ladakh tours. Cross the innumerable villages and see the customs and ways of the local Tibetans who are generally warm, wild and colourful.

Sham and Indus Valley

Take a walk in the colourful bazaar in Leh and enjoy these surroundings very well. Visit the monasteries here in Shjey where the old summer palace of the Ladakh kings is there. There is a Gompa here which houses the 12m high Buddha which really looks amazing. Then there is the Thikse monastery that is perched on a hill that lies near the Indus. Ladakh has the Hemis Gompa which is the largest gompa here in this region.

Then the trek would take you to the Stok royal Palace the next day and also to the Tibetan Camp of Choglamsar and the Spituk Monastery. Come back and rest for the night.

Tibetan Camp of Choglamsar

The next morning you could go to the Phyang monastery and you would certainly enjoy the walk that you can have here. This is a short day trek and is really needed for us to get used to the entire region.

As the trail goes upwards steeply you would find yourself headed towards the TAru la pass which is incidentally the first pass of the trek. Then you would descend to the Nyemo village which is a great attraction.

The trekking route then takes you to Nyemo – Nie as it crosses the Basgo region, where you would find some of the most interesting fortresses. Here you would also find many sanctuaries and also a palace. You can halt here and take a look as long as you want.

Then go to the bare terrain of the Nie Likir region. Here you would get to see the Likir monastery which is the oldest of its kind in Ladakh.

The next day takes you to a place called Yangthang and you would cross two passes the Charatse La and the Phobe La as you walk along this road. The view of the landscape here is excellent and it is enigmatic that the whole of the region is filled with beautiful scenic sights.


From Yangthang you would go to Hemis Shukpachan which is reached by crossing the Ridzong monastery which has the most beautiful surroundings and looks beautiful ensconced in the hills of this region.

From the Hemis Shukpachan the next day you could go to the Temisgang and the trail looks magnificent here with the ochre rocks that are found here. Temisgang was the Sham Kingdom capital in ancient times.

Come back to Leh via the Lamayuru and the Alchi monasteries and you complete this Sham and Indus Valley trek in Ladakh tours.


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