Posted by: yhaindia | October 23, 2010

Extreme Adventure Lamayuru (Sham Valley)

Around 125kms.West of Leh, on a spectacularly beautiful road, lies the earliest surviving monastery of Ladakh, known as Yung – drung or the Swastika. On this trek there are several villages which stand among the richest in Ladakh. This particular terrain is known as Sham valley or Apricot valley. It is one of the oldest in Ladakh, and belongs to the Kargyu sect of Tibetan Buddhism. For that extra adrenaline rush one can enjoy thrilling and adventurous biking from Tsokar to Tsomoriri Lake. To top it up one could enjoy white water rafting along the Zanskar River right from Chilling to Nimo.

It is known as “Baby trek”. The name is due to its lower altitude and the passes and comparatively less walking hours. One will notice how a stream of chilly water has led to an oasis of life amidst barren wilderness. Through the sham valley and the ancient kingdom of Sham, we 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. The paths are of moderate difficulty and it does not rise above 4500m. The track crosses numerous villages where the people have kept their Tibetan ways and customs. A camera is a must for this tour and one can take it as a Photography trip also and shoot the landscape as well as people. We also have the option of staying in a local house during this trek as it traverses through some houses; specially appointed for village Homestay.

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