Hemis Shukpachan


Hemis Shukpachan is a small traditional village in Sham valley in Ladakh.

Hemis Shukpachan could be a close contender for the mythical Shangri-La.

Hemis Shukpachan is a beautiful traditional village far from the crowds of Ladakh. It has a few home stays where one can stay for a taste of traditional Ladakhi village life. Several treks are possible from and to Hemis Shukpachan to Lamayuru monastery via Ang village, and to Likir Monastery.

The classic off the beaten path trek from Likir Monastery to Temisgam via Yangthang, Hemis Shukpachan and Ang is known as the Sham valley trek and is a gentle, easy and comfortable 3 days trek which takes one through traditional Ladakhi villages.

Hemis Shukpachan is traditional and classic Ladakh at its best. Summers are warm, dry and sunny, the people hospitable, and the crowds non-existent.

There is also the Hemis Monastery with its similar sounding name!

Yangthang village on the way to Hemis Shukpachan


Yangthang village on the way to Hemis Shukpachan

Traditional house at Hemis Shukpachan village

Hemis Shukpachan

Traditional Ladakhi house at Hemis Shukpachan village

Hemis Shukpachan homestay

Hemis Shukpachan homestay

Enjoy homestay at traditional Ladakhi home in Hemis Sukhpachan

Hemis Shukpachan Things to see and do

Hemis Shukpachan is a photogenic village where people live a traditional Ladakhi way of life.

Enjoy walking around the village, see the water management system in place sued for fair distribution of precious water, taste some of the finest apricots in the world, see Ladakhis making Chang (Barley beer) and see people working in the fields.

Hemis Shukpachan people working in the fields

Hemis Shukpachan

People working in the fields

Hemis Shukpachan sheep skull

Hemis Shukpachan

Sheep Skull on display

Hemis Shukpachan sights

Hemis Shukpachan

Sights of Hemis Shukpachan

Sham valley trek (Likir to Temisgam via Yangthang, Hemis Shukpachan and Ang)

Hemis Shukpachan is right in the middle of the popular Likir to Yangthang and Temisgam trek. This is a 3 day trek popularly known as the Sham valley trek and also as 'baby trek'. It is a gentle introduction to trekking in Ladakh.

Sham valley trek (Likir to Yangthang and on to Hemis Shukpachan, Ang and Temisgam
   A gentle introduction to trekking in Ladakh. Can be done in 3-4 days.
Day 1 2 hour drive from Leh to Likir monastery and then 4 hour trek from Likir monastery to Yangthang village.
Day 2 Yangthang village to Hemis Shukpachan village over the Tsermanchan-La Pass.
Day 3 Hemis Shukpachan to Temisgam via Ang village. Drive back to Leh.

Hemis Shukpachan Water distribution

Hemis Shukpachan demonstrates the Ladakhi system of water distribution. Glacial melt water is distributed to the fields via a network of channels. Water is fairly distributed to the fields of all farmers to ensure everyone gets a fair share. Rolling dice is sometimes used to decide who gets water when!

Hemis Shukpachan water distribution

Water distribution

A network of channels are used to ensure fair distribution of water

Hemis Shukpachan where to stay

Hemis Shukpachan is a small traditional village with a few home stays. These home stays give the visitor to spend time with the Ladakhi family and immerse in Ladakhi culture.

Hemis Shukpachan home stay

In the kitchen at a home stay

Hemis Shukpachan home stay

Visiting Hemis Shukpachan

Hemis Shukpachan is well connected by road. The road is in good condition and it is a comfortable pleasant 3 hour drive from Leh.

The trek route from Likir monastery to Hemis Shukpachan runs parallel to the road.

Budget plenty of time to enjoy the journey! The views from the Tsermanchan-La Pass are spectacular and there are plenty of Apricot orchards and beautiful villages on the way.

Hemis Shukpachan practical info


Ascend to high altitude slowly

Ascending quickly (e.g. on a flight or trying to reach Ladakh in 1 day) will lead to shortness of breath and even acute altitude sickness. When on a tour with Himalayan Ecotourism, you will ascend at a pace which is comfortable and avoids altitude sickness.


Extremes of weather

It can get hot and cold within a matter of minutes. Wear layers of clothing.


No public transport

There is no public transport around Hemis Shukpachan even though it is connected by a well maintained road.

Hemis Shukpachan notes

You will be genuinely touched by the beauty and charm of Hemis Shukpachan!
It has the right balance of adventure, exotic feel, and traditional Ladakhi charm.
It feels like a real Shangri-La. It is a village of abundance.
As it is located in the Sham valley at a slightly lower altitude than Ladakh valley, it is a little warmer here than rest of Ladakh.

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