My traveling expeditions have been so grand and fun that I can’t help but recall the sweet memories every now and then. Trekking is a fun-filled experience and every time I have been on an exciting trekking trail, the beauty of the places has given me an unmatched amount of happiness. I still consider Ladakh to be a premier trekking destination and the trails that go out of Ladakh are blessed with an unparallel beauty of Mother Nature. While I planned on covering the Sham Valley Trek, I had no clue that the place can reward me with such magnificent memories.
It was a very small trekking journey lasting just over four days, but the thrill and excitement were above par. I remember walking up to an elevation of 4000m which was quite astounding and the places I traveled through was tremendously beautiful. From the Rugged landscapes of Ladakh to the incredible beautiful villages of Hemis Sukhpachen and Ang, the walk was a stupendous experience satisfying all my taste buds. Along the way, I also visited some famous monasteries like the Lamayuru Monastery, and the journeying on the Leh-Kargil Highway was an incomparable experience.
Along the journey I was not limited to only thrill and adventure, the walk also presented me a deeper insight into the lifestyle and culture of the locals. The raw form of nature I witnessed during the journey was truly brilliant and each day was perfectly carved out to deliver a breathtaking experience.
The first couple of days I dedicated to the exploration of the Leh. It was such a commanding experience that I still vividly remember how I hoped along from one place to another and was hugely surprised each time. While I was staying in Leh, I visited the famous Shanti Stupa and extremely impressed with the enchanting setting of the place. I also visited the popular spots like Hemis Monastery, Thiksey Monastery, Shey Palace, Stok Palace, and the incredibly beautiful Lamayuru Monastery. The Mani walls in Hemis Monastery were really fascinating.
From Leh, I started my trek towards Yangthang on the first day and it was quite a tiring yet exciting journey. The journey comprised of a drive of about 59 km to Likir Village and from there a thrilling trek to Yangthang. The walk was extremely enticing and I had to cross two passes, the Phobe La pass, and Chagatse La Pass and get to Yangthang. In here I visited the famous Ridzog Monastery.
Another thrilling trail awaited as I walked to Hemis Sukhpachen. Though the walk was fairly easy the crossing of the Tsenmarchen La added heavily to the adventure part. The Hemis Sukhpachen was an extensively beautiful village. The dense Cedar Trees, sparkling streams, and the endless barley fields was such a treat to the eyes.
I was nearing the end of the journey and today I was walking to Ang. On the way I crossed the bewildering Meblak La Pass. I was totally enthralled by the surrounding sights from the top of the pass and the colorful prayer flags were complimenting the beauty so well. The beauty of the Ang Village lies in the outstanding Apricot orchards.
On the very last day of the walk, I traveled back to Leh, through another famous spot called the Temisgam. After enjoying the nature’s brilliance in Temisgam I started on the final commanding drive back to Leh.
The whole journey of Sham valley was truly wonderful and the short and crisp routine added to the excitement even more. If you wish to extract the best out of Leh in 4 days, this is an ideal journey.