SHAM VALLEY

Sham valley is situated in lower Ladakh or western part of Leh with beautiful landscape, villages and monasteries. The trek along this valley is a soft trek as the highest elevation does not rise above 4100m unlike other part of Ladakh, and the walking hour is comparatively less and there would be ample time to explore Buddhist culture and monasteries during and after the trek. The trail crosses numerous villages some among the richest in Ladakh in terms of agriculture produce and resources where the people have kept their Ladakhi ways of custom and tradition intact. This valley is also known as Apricot valley due the presence of apricot orchards in abundance. Sham valley starts from Sneymo ( Nimmo) village and stretches up to Lamayuru. En route some famous villages and monasteries of Ladakh like Bazgo, Likir, Saspol, Alchi, Ridzong, Mangue, Temisgang, Wanla can be found and almost all of them are accessible by road, and some by trekking and hiking. Each monastery in Ladakh is distinct in itself and for those who wish to experience the uniqueness of Ladakhi monasteries- repository of age old Tibetan Buddhism, this trek is an ideal opportunity. Not only this you also have the option of staying in a local house during this trek as a part of our special service called village home stay, where you can experience the Ladakhi way of living and taste some of the homemade local delicacies.

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INDUS VALLEY

Indus valley situated at the altitude of 3500 to 3600 meters above sea level is located within the radius of 15 to 70 kms of Leh city. It has Changthang Nomadic Highland on it east and Zanskar in the south-west, Sham valley & Aryan valley on West and Nubra valley on the north. This valley is the widest in the whole Ladakh with Indus River meandering almost through the whole region with an altitude of 3500 meters above sea level and is one of the most beautiful regions in whole Ladakh, famous for its vibrant beauty. Historically from the period of Namgyal dynasty, this valley always remained as the backbone of Ladakh. All the major sites connected with the former dynastic history are here, starting from Leh, where the nine storey Grand Leh palace is located, a few kilometers away up the Indus valley is Shey, the ancient capital with its magnificent Palace and Monastery. Stok, just across the Indus River, is the village with which the disposed royal family was compensated for the throne. Its palace houses a museum of artifacts associated with the dynasty. This area has also the greatest concentration of monasteries partly as a result of the royal patronage under Namgyal kings. Shey palace shrine, Thiksay monastery, Stakna monastery, Takdok monastery, Chemrey monastery, Hemis monastery, Matho monastery, Stok palace shrine , Spituk monastery and Phyang monastery are the notable ones. All these monasteries are some of the biggest and richest in Ladakh, housing hundred of monks and are affiliated to the four major schools of Tibetan-Buddhism namely Gelukpa, Nyigmapa, Sakyapa and Kargyudpa. Besides these there are small monasteries scattered in every villages of this region which are under the jurisdictions of these monastery. Sightseeing to all these ancient monasteries can be done in a trip of day or two mostly as a part of acclimatization process, in addition to this, there is ample scope for hiking in Indus valley to explore the charm and daily activities of the beautiful villages of Indus valley. Rafting of 1st grade is also done on Indus-river from Karu to Spituk village and Hemis to Choglamsar, which is an ideal option for amateur rafters.

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ARYAN VALLEY

Inhabitants of Aryan valley of Ladakh are regarded as pure Indo-Aryan race by modern scholars and historians of world. Some historian believed that they are descendents of the wandering troops of Alexander of Macedonia. They are known to Ladakhi by Brokpa. The physical features of Brokpas are different from rest of Ladakhi, they are tall, well built and fair complexioned, a few blond hair and blues eyes and their traditional dress is also very distinctive. Their traditions, culture and Language are fully different from the rest of the Ladakh which they have preserved since ages. Only influence they have got from the rest of Ladakh is their belief in Tibetan Buddhism, besides that they also follow some of their ancestral belief like Bonchos(Animistic). Brokpas are lover of songs and dance, they have a various folk songs and dance which throw light on their history, distinct culture and well preserved identity.

Brokpas valley, have five villages, Hanu, Biama, Garkon and Darchig is situated west of Ladakh. It's 163 kms from Leh Town and can be reached passing through beautiful villages of Sham valley, Nimu, Basgo, Likir, Saspol, Alchi, Kaltse, Domkhar, Skurbuchan and Achinathang.

Aryan valley can be explored along with Sham valley jeep safari tour along with Pangong Lake and Sham valley trek. For tailor made itinerary for Aryan valley tour mail to us.

Itinerary for Aryan valley:
EXPLORE ARYAN VALLEY WITH PANGONG LAKE JEEP SAFARI TOURS.

Day 01 : Delhi to Leh by flight. Welcome at Kushok Bakula Airport and transfer to Hotel. Full day acclimatization rest at Hotel as it is very important at the height of Ladakh. Overnight at Hotel.

Day 02 : Full day sightseeing to Leh town including Samkar Gompa, 14th century Namgyal Tsemo Gompa and 17th century Leh palace and Central Asian Caravan Museum. Hot Lunch at Hotel. Afternoon sun set view of entire Leh Town and Stok and Motho Glacier peak from Shanti Stupa. Hike around busy Leh market in the evening. Overnight halt At Leh.

Day 03 : Full day sightseeing to Famous monasteries of Thiksay, Hemis, Spituk and16th century Shey palace , Royal palace museum of Stok village. With picnic Lunch. This day if you like to attend Morning Prayer of thiksay monastery leaves at 5:30 am, breakfast at Thiksay monastery restaurant.

Day 04 : After breakfast embark on a journey towards Aryan valley enroute visit Likir, Basgo and Nunnery and Rizong monastery at Rizong. After lunch at head towards Alchi Village, our last stop for the day, where you can visit 11th century old Alchi Choskor Gompa. Overnight stay in a Camp or Guest house .

Day 05 : After breakfast head towards Aryan valley from Alchi, enroute beautiful villages of Kaltse, Domkhar, Skurbuchan and Achinathang could be seen. Arrive at Aryan valley in the noon, after lunch hike around village, interact with the villagers, and wear their dress and takes photos with them. Evening folk dance show of Brokpas . Overnight at Aryan valley in a Camp/tent.

Day 05 : After breakfast return to Leh. Enroute visit famous ancient Lamayuru monastery, which has distinctive landscape, popularly known as moon landscape among tourist, geologist believed that it is the remnant of a lake which existed thousand years ago. Hot Lunch at Kaltse Garden restaurant. Reach Leh at late afternoon. Check in Hotel for overnight.

Day 07 : After breakfast leave to Pangong Lake at Nomadic region of Changthang valley. Check in camp and hot lunch in Camp. Afternoon hike around the lake.

Day 08 : After breakfast before leave to Leh after witnessing spectacular view of sunrise at the lake. Enroute visit 15th century Chemrey monastery, which has fascinating old and recently painted frescos painting and museum with good collection of Thankas. Reach Leh at early evening. Check in to Hotel for overnight stay.

Day 09 : After breakfast visit Himalayan Cultural Heritage Foundation's office at Lonpo House in Leh town, Women alliance office at Chubi village, and explore the heritage of Ladakh. These places are on a walking distance from your Hotel, so hike up to these places and hike around Leh market and visit Local Ladakhi traditional home and have local traditional Lunch.Overnight At hotel.

Day 10 : Transfer to Kushok Bakula Airport with assistance from Hotel/guesthouse, followed by an hour flight to Delhi. Your memorable Ladakh tour end.

EXPLORE ARYAN VALLEY WITH SHAM VALLEY TREK.

Day 01 : Delhi to Leh by flight. Welcome at Kushok Bakula Airport and transfer to Hotel. Full day acclimatization's rest at Hotel as it is very important at the height of Ladakh.

Day 02 : Breakfast, sightseeing to Samkar Gompa, 14th century Namgyal Tsemo Gompa and 17th century Leh palace by hiking as it prepares you for the for the trek. Hot Lunch at Hotel. Evening enjoy sun-set view of Leh town from picturesque Shanti Stupa. Overnight at Leh.

Day 03 : Full day sightseeing to Famous monasteries of Ladakh, Thiksay, Hemis and Spituk. And 16th century Shey palace and Royal palace museum at Stok village. This day if you like to attend Morning Prayer at Thiksay monastery, you leave at 5:30 am, breakfast at Thiksay monastery restaurant. Overnight stay in Leh.

Day 04 : Leave to Likir village, visit Likir monastery and trek begin at Likir village to Yangthang. The route goes through two low passes, the Phobe La (3700m) and the Charatse La (3800m), opening to beautiful view of Yangthang village surrounded by mountains, our destination for the day where we camp for the night, next to a stream.

Day 05 : Yangthang to Hemis Shukpachan. starting from Yangthang, on the trekking route we can visit Ridzong monastery, which is set in stunning surroundings and hidden amongst the hills. The trail heads north afterwards, descending for a bit, crossing a stream before climbing up west again to Tsermangchan La (3750m). After a short rest at the pass we head down to Hemis Shukpachan. The village, named after the grove of cedars, is one of Ladakh's prettiest villages. There are several sparkling streams surrounded by shady willows and large barley fields that provide a touch of green to the otherwise desolate, Rocky Mountains. Overnight stay in a camp.

Day 06 : Hemis Shukpachan to Tingmosgang. Starting from Hemis Shukpachan, 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 07 : After breakfast by jeep leave to Aryan valley. Hike around Aryan valley villages; interact with the villagers, and wear their dress and takes photos with them. Hot Lunch served at Camp. Evening along with dinner enjoy folk dance show of Brokpas.

Day 08 : Return to Leh. Enroute visit famous ancient Lamayuru monastery and famous 11th century Alchi choskar Gompa. Hot Lunch at Zimkhang Garden restaurant at Alchi village. Overnight at Leh in Hotel.

Day 09 : Free day for rest, in the evening stroll around colourful Leh bazaar (Sham bazaar) for shopping and trying local delicacies.

Day 10 : Transfer to Kushok Bakula Airport with assistance from Hotel/guesthouse, followed by an hour flight to Delhi. Your memorable Ladakh tour end.

NUBRA VALLEY

Nubra Valley locally known as ldumra, means the valley of flowers, is about 150 km north of Leh, the capital town of Ladakh. Nubra Valley lies in the old Silk Route from South to Central Asia. Traders and their caravans used to traverse this route from areas in Ladakh and Kashmir to Central Asian places like Yarkand and Baltistan . The average altitude of the valley is about 10,000 ft. above the sea level. The common way to access this valley is to travel over the Khardung La( 18,380 ft above sea level) from Leh. The fertile land of the Nubra valley, used for the cultivation of grains and fruits, is nurtured by the Shayok and Nubra Rivers drained by Siachen glacier. On the Shayok River, the main village, Diskit, is home to the dramatically positioned Diskit Monastery the oldest and largest Buddhist monastery (gompa) in the Nubra Valley built in 14th century AD . Second most important being the Hundar village, which was the capital of the erstwhile Nubra kingdom in the 17th century, and is home to the Chamba Gompa. Between Hundar and Diskit lie several kilometres of sand dunes, and (double humped) bactrian camels grazing in the neighbouring forests of seabuckthorns. Along the Nubra or Siachan River lie the villages of Sumur, Kyagar, Tirith, Panamik and many more villages and hamlets. Samstanling monastery is between Kyagar and Sumur villages, and Panamik is noted for its hot springs. Across the Nubra or Siachan River at Panamik, is the isolated Ensa Gompa.Popularly called the orchard of Ladakh, Nubra valley offers a graceful view of yellow and pink wild roses in summer and a carpet of wild lavender in the post-monsoon season. The valley is relatively warm during summers but temperature goes down to -30 degrees Celsius during winters.

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