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Sham & Indus Valley Trekking

13 Nights/14 Days
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Duration
14 Days
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Trip Overview

Through the Indus valley and the ancient kingdom of Sham, we will discover the main Ladakhi monasteries and the wonderful sites surrounding them: Shey, Thikse, Hemis, Spituk, Phyang, Lamayuru and Alchi are all accessible by road, and Temisgang, 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 Tibetan ways and customs.

Proposed Itinerary

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    Day 1

    Arrive Delhi, where you will be met and transfered to your hotel.

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    Day 2

    Delhi - Leh (3500m) by plane

    Afternoon at leisure in Leh, where we can take a walk to the colorful bazaar.

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    Day 3

    Visit of the high Indus valley monasteries

    Shey houses the old summer palace of the kings of Ladakh. Its gompa shelters an amazing Buddha, 12m high. The picturesque Thikse monastery is perched on top of the hill overhanging the Indus. The Hemis gompa is one of the largest in Ladakh.

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    Day 4

    Visit Stok royal palace, Spituk monastery and the Tibetan Camp of Choglamsar.

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    Day 5

    Leh - Phyang (3600m) by bus (1h) and walk towards Taru (3700m)

    We visit the Phyang monastery and continue onwards with a pleasant walk. A short day necessary for our acclimatization.

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    Day 6

    Taru - Taru La (4200m) - Nyemo (3700m)

    The trail climbs steeply towards the first pass of the trek, and descends to the Nyemo village.

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    Day 7

    Nyemo - Nie (3800m)

    The route traverses Basgo, dominated by impressive ruined fortresses. A quite stricking succession of shortens, sanctuaries and a palace line the path.

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    Day 8

    Nie - Likir (3600m)

    We enter an arid and bare landscape. Visit of the Likir monastery, one of the oldest in Ladakh.

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    Day 9

    Likir - Yangthang (3600m)

    The route goes through two low passes, the Phobe La (3700m) and the Charatse La (3800m), opening to beautiful views of the surrounding mountains.

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    Day 10

    Yangthang - Hemis Shukpachan (3600m)

    En route, visit of the Ridzong monastery, which is set in stunning surroundings and hidden amongst the hills. After a tiny pass, we descend towards Hemis Shukpachan.

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    Day 11

    Hemis Shukpachan - Temisgang (3700m)

    This part of the trail has been carved out from the ochre rocks into a balcony. We climb towards two passes at 4000m and arrive at Ang. Then on to Temisgang, ancient capital of the Syham Kingdom, and its monastery.

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    Day 12

    Temisgang - Lamayuru - Leh by bus.

    En route, visit of the Lamayuru and Alchi monasteries

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    Day 13

    Leh - Delhi by plane

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    Day 14

    Transfer to airport and fly back home.

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