This short trek runs through Sham, the lower part of the Ladakhi Valley .The trek will give you a great opportunity to see several villages that are rich in agriculture, especially fruit. It will also give you a great opportunity to see several ancient monasteries. The Likir-Tingmosgam trek is one of the easiest treks to acclimatize to, as the trail rarely rises above 4000m.
Day 1: Leh – Likir – Yangthang ( 5 - 6 hrs )
Day 1: Leh – Likir – Yangthang
We start the day early in the morning from the Leh. It is 2 hours drive from Leh to Likir following the Indus River on the left side. Here we can realize why this place is called Sham, as we descend on the way and the temperature rises. After meeting our trekking staff, we head for the famous Likir monastery. We can have an amazing view of the Maitreya Buddha (future Buddha) from faraway with its majestic position towards east .It is the largest outside Buddha ever in Ladakh. Here we visit the monastery and begin our trek below a mountain nearby the monastery. After climbing gradually to the Chagatse La 3580 m, we will go down to the village of Sumdo for a lunch and short break. We continue to the Phobe La 3630 m. From the pass we can view Yangthang oasis and will reach our campsite in 30 min.
Day 2: Yangthang – Hemis Shukpachan Via Rizong (6-7 hrs)
Today our trek is pretty long. We walk alongside the river and trees amidst the gorge to the Rizong monastery for 2 hours. It is worth visiting Rizong Monastery, which is an isolated at the back of a natural amphitheatre and has three main rooms to visit, two with large Buddhas and third with a large stupa. After visiting the gompa, we ascend gradually to the Shushut pass 4000 m. From the pass we have a view of Hemis Shukpachan as well as surrounding peaks. An easy descent towards our camp at Hemis Shukpachan takes a couple of hours. It is one of the major villages of Sham, and the name of the village is derived from the conifers (shukpa= cedar or juniper).
Day 3: Hemis Shukpachan – Tingmosgam (4 hrs)
From Hemis Shukpachan we go onto a flat ground as far as ill-defined pass alongside the Chortens (stupas). A steep descent will lead us to the right side of the mountains and climb steadily on the slope towards the Mebtak La 3720 m. After taking short rest and enjoying the view from the pass, we head down to the village of Ang. From Ang, we head towards the south on the dusty jeep road to the village of Tingmosgam. Tingmosgam is well famed for its monastery, and is perhaps the most affluent village in the sham valley for its apricots, apples, nuts and beautiful houses.
Day 4: Tingmosgam – Leh (3 hrs)
After a night at Temisgam, we drive back to Leh en route visiting Alchi monastery, the only monastery in Ladakh built on flat ground, well known for its peerless wall painting.