Trekking from Yangthang to Hemis Shukpachan is a short three-hour trek with beautiful views. During the initial part of the trek, you make your way up to Tsermanchang La pass (3750 m) and then descend into the idyllic greenery of Hemis Shukpachan village. Hemis Shukpachan is one of my favourite stops from the trek and I would like to write a separate blog on it.
Stanzin(my guide) also mentioned that these villages are closely surrounded by mountain peaks and hence, there are good chances of spotting wildlife.We started our climb to cross the first pass. First we spotted a mountain hare, which went as far as it could from us.
Hemis Shukpachan:The most beautiful and broad valley I have been to. The village boasts of being the low valley with good water supply and is relatively warmer. There a many home stay options here and some can be booked through Airbnb. Seemed like a village with modern touches. The name of the village comes from the Juniper trees that occur in abundance here. Try local salt tea, prepared with butter.
We reached Nurboo's house in the evening and received a warm welcome. Nurboo is an expert snow leopard tracker and works with conservation actively. I felt fortunate enough to stay at his beautiful house which was very old and charming.