Following a high trail parallel and north of the Leh-Lamayuru – Kargil – Srinagar Highway, this fascinating trek goes through ancient villages and monasteries and over small mountain passes to end at the ancient capital of the Sham kingdom – Temisgam.
Day 1: Nie – Likir – 3600m / 11,810ft. 4 ½ hours. The trail now enters a desolate and barren landscape as we head towards the small spread out village of Likir with its well maintained and ancient Gompa built on a hillside. The views are quite impressive as we near the village and green terraced fields appear. Camp near the village.
Day 2: Likir – Yangthang – 3600m / 11,810ft. 5 hours. The trail now steadily climbs towards two mountain passes through an arid and moonscape terrain – Pobe La at 3700m / 12,136ft and the Charatse La at 3800m / 12,464ft. Both these passes afford extensive views of the Shyok ranges to the north and the Zanskar range to the south. Yangthang is quite a well to do village with green fields and a primary school. Camp a little ahead of the primary school.
Day 3: Yangthang – Hemis Shukpachu -3600m / 11,810ft. 5 hours. Taking a diversion from the trail a bit ahead of Yangthang we visit the ancient Ridzong monastery hidden among the hills and one of the more isolated monasteries in the region. Returning to the main trail we head on to Tsermanchen La at 3850m / 12,628ft and crossing it descend to the serene village of Shukpachu. This peaceful village has a small Gompa and rich fields with sparkling brooks and mature cedar trees (shukpa means cedar ). Camp overnight in this enchanting setting.
Day 4: Hemis Shukpachan – Temisgan – 3700m / 12,136ft. 5 hours. The trail goes through an amazing balcony like path carved out from the ochre rocks. Crossing two passes at 3710m / 12,170ft and 4000m / 13,120ft, we reach the fertile village of Ang. The trail now goes over a bridge and turns into a regular path till it reaches the spread out village of Temisgam with its large white washed houses ringed in by green fields. Camp near the village
Duration: 4 Days