The Parang La is a high mountain pass located at Spiti Region, in the Indian State of Himachal Pradesh. Via Parang La, a trekking route leads from Spiti to the upper reaches of Parechu and on to Lake Tsomoriri in Ladakh. This classic Trans-Himalayan trek retraces the historical trade route between Spiti, Changthang and Tibet. The trek begins in Kibber at Spiti valley, a high village popular for spotting of the highly enigmatic and elusive snow leopard. The trail descends the Kibber gorge and then climbs over the Parang la (5600 mtrs), the source of the Pare Chu River, the only one of its kind that originates from India, flows into Tibet and re-enters India again and merge in Spiti river. Across the pass, we witness an incredible change of scenery as we walk towards the Rupshu plains of Changthang plateau (the eastern-most tip of the Tibetan Plateau), known for the a very high population of Kiangs (Tibetan Wild Ass).For the last two days, we camp by the breathtaking campsites, one of them being located on the southern edge of the Tso Moriri Lake at 15,000ft.msl which is 27 kms long and nearly 8 km wide. A fairly demanding trek across harsh terrain, this trip offers a variety of landscape from the narrow reddened gorges of Spiti to the massive open spaces of Changthang, to expansive lakes set in the high plateaus with views of mountains far into Tibet.
Name – Parang La Trek
Trek Starting Point – Kibber Village, Spiti Valley, Himachal Pradesh
Ending Point – Karzok Village, Ladakh
Duration – 09 nights/10 days
Maximum Altitude – 5600 m
Walking distance – n/a
Grade – Moderate – Moderate to Difficult
Important Links –
- Essentials for the trek.
- Fitness & Preparation for the trek.
- Risks and Precautions.
- Upcoming Fixed Departure Dates.
This trek is for experienced trekkers as it involves crossing a high Himalayan pass and previous experience of camping at around 4500 -5000m will help.
Day wise Itinerary:-
Day 01: Manali – Kibber (300 kms/8-10 hrs)
Start early morning from Manali around 05:00 am in a pre booked cab to Kaza. We will pass through Rohtang Pass and Kunzum Pass. Reach Kibber and transfer to pre booked homestead/guest house. Later explore the village to get acclimatize.
Evening snacks will served. Dinner and Overnight Stay.
Day 02: Acclimatization day
We rest today for better acclimatization. One can explore the local market, do some last minute shopping and also take a short tour to the famous Ki monastery which will be followed by an acclimatization hike. Overnight in a hotel/Guesthouse.
Day 03: Kibber — Dumla (7km/4hrs)
In morning Start from Kibber(one can visit the monastery here to Kibber village at 4205m, is one of the highest inhabited settlements in India. Kibber to Dumla is a short hike through rough terrain of spiti region Cross several river gorges before reaching campsite. Evening snacks, tea will be served. Dinner and Overnight stay at Dumla.
Day 04: Dumla – Thaltak Meadow 4875M (7kms/5hrs)
Descend to the gorge bed and start the climb towards the pass, a steep walk to Thaltak Meadow where you camp for the night. The scenery is wild and the gorge is deep. Even at this height the sunlight reflected from the walls of the gorge causes the temperature to soar.
Day 05: Thaltak – Jagtha – Bongrojen 5180M (14kms/7hrs)
This is a long and strenuous day walking to Jagtha – 8kms at 15,700 ft. and then 6kms to Bongrojen at 17,000ft. Campsite in Bonrojen.
Day 06: Bongrojen – Dak Karzong 4940M (10 kms/5hrs)
Leave early for the pass. The final 4 kms is a steep 2-hour climb to Parang La at 18,300 ft. The pass lies on the trade route between Ladkah and the Spiti valley. There are some great views of the Spiti and the Changthang valleys from the pass. Parilungi, a conical peak, is the first Ladakhi peak visible from Spiti. From the pass, we descend to the source of the Pare Chu river. After the pass, the landscape changes dramatically from steep gorges to broad plains. Campsite at Dak Karzong.
Day 07: Dak Karzong – Datang Yongma 4725M (12kms/5hrs)
The route for the next 3 days is in a fairly open valley with a well-marked trail on the left bank of the Pare Chu. Campsite at Datang Yongma.
Day 08: Datang Yongma – Chumik Shilde (16kms/5-6 hrs)
Today we follow the trail to Racholemo (14000 ft.) then Norbu Sumdo (14400 ft.) and across to Chumik Shilde. Start early, as the winds can be strong in the afternoons. Campsite in Chumik Shilde.
Day 09: Chumik Shilde – Kiangdom 4510M (14kms/5hrs)
Today we walk across the plains to the southern edge of the oval-shaped Tso Moriri at Kiangdom, named after the kiangs (wild Tibetan asses) which roam here freely. The lake breaks into several channels here to create a vast wetland, the breeding ground of several rare species of birds.
Day 10: Kiangdom – Karzog 4527M (15 kms/6-7hrs)
The last day of the trek passes along the shore of Tso Moriri . The view of the lake with Lungser Kangri (6666m/21,871ft.) in the background is absolutely unbeatable. The walk is longer than it looks and with the afternoon winds you will be tired when you reach Karzog. Visit the ancient monastery in Karzog, where the Changpas roam the pastures with their flocks of pashmina goats and still live in yak-skin yurts.
Day 11: Karzog – Leh (213 kms/8-9 hrs)
After breakfast drive to Leh. This is an enjoyable drive and will take about 7 hrs. Our trip ends here
Please Note: If any bookings need to be arranged for accommodation at Leh we can organize it. Sightseeing can also be organized here.
Trek Ends with Life time memories and friends.
- Transportation from Manali to Kibber & Korzok Village to Leh.
- Accommodation:- Comfortable camps with – degree sleeping bags & mattress.
- High altitude trek guide, Cook, helpers, porters.
- Mules to carry the camping & kitchen equipments, rations, general supplies.
- Breakfast- Packed Lunch- Dinner (Vegetarian). Major meals starting from the dinner at day 01 in Kibber and breakfast on the last day.
- Snacks, soup, Tea, essential food Materials for Trekking in High Altitude.
- Medical Kit, Oxygen Cyliner.
- 5% GST charges.
- Travel Insurance.
- Portage of personal backpack/bags/luggage during the trek.
- Any expense of personal nature.
- Any service not mentioned in the inclusions section.
- Normally HTH expect to carry your personal luggage on your own, if you wish to offload your backpack, you can give it to Mule/porter.
- Charges of offloading backpack can directly pay at village on arrival.
- The backpack cannot weigh more than 11 kgs. Backpack should have waterproof cover.
- Suitcases/strolleys/ bags will not be allowed.