Welcome to Sham
The 'Sham baby trek' is popularly used as a three-day acclimatisation warm-up hike. Its big advantages are a lack of high passes, ample homestays and the fact that you can choose to stop at any stage and still have a relatively painless way to get back to Leh. Downsides include lack of shade and the fact that the route parallels, and partly follows, the Likir–Yangthang–Hemis Shukpachan road, which will soon extend to Timishgan. Although typically started from Likir, the longer Likir–Yangthang leg could easily be skipped without great loss. In fact an interesting alternative is to walk Timishgan–Hemis Shukpachan–Yangthang then descend via Rizong Gompa to the NH1 at Uletokpo.
While generally visited as part of such hikes, all villages en route have their own particular charm. Timishgan, a former Ladakhi capital just 4km off the NH1, is a particularly worthy destination in its own right.