Sham Valley Map: This is a road map of Leh to Sham Valley with all the major towns or villages, tourist attractions and distance in between. Please click on the map to view it in full size or download and save it to your hard drive.
In order to reach Sham Valley, you need to start from Leh on Srinagar Leh highway. There are some major tourist attractions that you can see like Magnetic Hills, Gurudwara Patthar Sahib and Indus&Zanskar river confluence. About 10 kilometers before Saspul, you leave the main highway and take the road towards Hemis Shukpachan, thus entering the beautiful Sham valley. Contrary to common belief, it is actually after you leave the highway here that you enter Sham Valley.
Another way to enter the valley is from Nurla, taking the small road towards Ang. If you however are in a mood to track, you can start from Likir and walk through the valley, thus experiencing the local Ladakh culture and crossing 5 high altitude passes on the way. It is a relatively easy trek considered perfect for beginners.
If you are planning a trip to Ladakh, a day journey to Sham valley is highly recommended. Distance to Sham valley is about 200 kilometers from both Leh and Kargil and a return journey can easily be done in a day. If you are returning to Srinagar, then you can add a day to your return journey and stay at the village of Hemis Shukpachan and then continue towards Kargil the day after. Please click on the link below to take you to the next part of this article detailing on how to plan a journey to Sham Valley, both by road and trek.
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