Tour overview

Parang La trek takes you through the verdant beauty of Spiti Valley. Here is a nine-day long adventure expedition to Parang La from Kaza, the beautiful starting point which is really suitable for a perfect commencement of such an expedition. In the first lap of the trek, Kibber at an altitude of 14000 feet and centuries old Ki monastery will be the ideal place to explore and after crossing many narrow river gorges you will reach Dumla. The quite tough and demanding phase of the trek comes when you move from Thaltak Meadow to Jagtha and from there to Bomgrojen.

The fourth day of the trek sees the main stretches of this exciting adventure when you prepare to climb the summit up. From the top, you may find the impressive beauty of Spiti Valley highly influential on your self. From the top, with the glimpses of the verdant valley, walk down to the famous Pare Chu River and from there, you will move enthusiastically toward Dak Karzong. As you continue the trek, you will come to conquer the flat paths reaching up to Racholamo Valley and from then onward, there will be easy downhill ways to reach Norbu Sumdo. You will get to cross a river beyond Norbu Sumdo to reach Chumik Shilde.

Tso Moriri Lake and a walk across the banks of it would be the most extravagant highlight of this trek. Then you will visit the beautiful old, Korzok Monastery too before you wind up the undeniable trails of Parang La. This trek can be one of the superb ways of rediscovering the untouched valleys of Spiti and Himalayas.

Included

  • Highly knowledgeable and experienced English-speaking local guides and porters
  • Mule drivers and mules during the trekking
  • Services of a reliable English-speaking local driver adept at driving on Spiti's terrain
  • Service Tax and all applicable taxes

Day 01: Manali – Rothang pass – Batal – Chandrataal Lake.

Driving duration: 5 – 6 hour.
Today leaving the greener Himalaya we enter the cold Himalayan desert. After early breakfast, set out for an adventurous drive over one of the highest motorable passes of Himachal Pradesh.
Leave, Manali to drive over Rothang Pass. At an elevation of 3, 919 m, a geologic puzzle, where two important Himalayan ranges, Dhauladhar range and Pir –Panja, respectively, intersect each other. The pass cuts the road connections for seven months in a year, to the tribal districts of Himachal Pradesh and Ladakh.
From Rothang pass, continue driving down to the bed of River Chandra, the drive ascends ascend further up to Chandra Taal Lake (The Moon Lake).
Camp overnight at Chandrataal.

Day 02: Chandrataal – Kunzum pass – Losar – Kaza.

Driving duration: 4 – 5 hour.
Enjoy a morning walk ahead of the lake. Post breakfast, drive to Kaza over Kunzum pass (4551m). Check into your hotel at Kaza.
Later, drive to visit Kee monastery. Drive back to the hotel.
Overnight at hotel.

Day 03: Kaza – Kee - Comic – Langza – Kaza.

Driving duration: 3 hour.
Today, we drive to village Comic, en-route visit Kee monastery, the complex present an example of fortified monasteries which were built against the threat of possible invasions.
From here, one can admire descend of Spiti valley and as it rises, up to Kunzum pass.
Continue, driving to Comic, situated at an elevation of 4500m, visit the village monastery and feel high above the clouds!
We now drive back to visit village Langza, with a stunning views of Mount Chou Chou Khang (6000m). Walk down to the gigantic statue of mediating Buddha with a closer look to the lifestyle of Himalayan people.
For evening, drive back to Kaza,

Day 04: Kaza — Kibber

Driving duration: 1 hour.
In the morning after breakfast, explore the local markets of Kaza. Try looking for if you haven’t missed anything! After visiting the newly built monastery at Kaza drive up to Kibber village.
Free time to sort you backpacks and material to be carried by horses.
Overnight at guest house.

Day 05: Kibber - Dumla – Thaltak Meadow

Walking duration: 4 – 5 hour.
In the morning, post breakfast, leave the habitations and past Kibber village descend down to Dumle, farmlands of natives. The walk further climbs towards Thaltak Meadow, on the opposite side of ridge. We camp at Thaltak tonight.
Enjoy evening at leisure.
Overnight in tents.

Day 06: Thaltak – Jagtha - Bonrojen

Walking duration: 6 – 7 hour.
After breakfast, the walk further plunges down into a narrow deep gorge. At the bottom we cross an icy gushing rivulet. From here a demanding steep uphill brings us to Borojin base camp.
Reach the campsite, have early dinner and retire into tents.

Day 07: Bongrojen – Parang La – Dak Karzong

Walking duration: 7 – 8 hour.
Today, after early breakfast, leave for the pass. The final lap 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. Parilungbi, 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.
Overnight camp at Dak Karzong.

Day 08: Dak Karzong - Datang Yongma 4725M (12kms/5hrs)

Walking duration: 5 – 6 hour.
The route for the next 3 days is in a fairly open valley with a well-marked trail on the right bank of the Pare Chu. Camp overnight at Datang Yongma.

Day 09: Datang Yongma – Chumik Shilde (16kms/5-6 hrs)

Walking duration: 4 – 5 hour.
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.

Day 10: Chumik Shilde - Tso Moriri 4510M (14kms/5hrs)

Walking duration: 5 – 6 hour.
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 11: Tso Moriri

Walking duration: 2 – 3 hour.
Today, walk along the lake and establish a camp further up, to get the better views. You will get ample chance to spot some of the endangered species of aquatic birds and wildlife. Overnight in tents.

Day 12: Tso Moriri – Karzog

Walking duration: 4 – 5 hour.
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.
Overnight at hotel.

Day 13: Karzog – Leh

Driving duration: 6 – 7 hour.
In the morning, after breakfast, visit the ancient monastery in Karzok, where the Changpas roam the pastures with their flocks of pashmina goats and still live in yak-skin yurts.
Later drive to Leh via Mahe Bridge. Overnight in Leh

Day 14: Fly from Leh to Delhi