Parang la Trek: Spiti to Ladakh  - 18 days    12 days of trek    

Ancient trade route, Turquoise Lake of Tso Moriri, Changpa nomads and trek over high Himalayan plateau

Parang La

Nomads of Changthang

Trip Route: Manali - Kunzum la pass - Kaza - Kibber - Parang La - Norbu Sumdo - Tsomoriri - Karzok - Yalung Nyau la - Tsokar - Taglang La - Leh

Trip Facts

Spiti region - Himachal Pradesh, India, Ladakh region - Jammu Kashmir, India
Difficulty Level - Moderate to strenuous, Max Altitude - 5450m 
Trip Length - 19  days Delhi to Delhi, 15 days Manali to Leh, 12 days of Trek and 12 nights of Camp, 5 nights hotel
Activity - Trekking, Hiking, Walking holidays
Best time - Mid June, July, Aug, Sept to Mid Oct

Meals - All meals during the trek  

Trip Introduction

Tso-Moriri is a huge mountain lake in the South East of Ladakh, in the Rupshu (Chang-Thang Plateau, geographically- a part of Tibetan plateau) region. Karzok village (4'650 m) is situated on the South West bank of this Lake and it’s the world’s highest inhabited village. Karzok and its inhabitants are called Changpa nomad, who lives in Robos (Tent made from Yak wool) during summer looking after their flocks of sheep. An isolated, wonderful, less traveled trek far in the mountains of Ladakh and Great Himalayan ranges.

 

The first part of the trekking tour is in Spiti valley, visiting the ancient villages and monasteries like: Kee, Dankhar, Lalung, Tabo, Kungri and Langza. Some of these monasteries are more than 1000 years old. Tabo built by Rinchen Zangpo in 996 A.D. is also known as "the Ajanta of the Himalayas". Starting of our trek from Kibber (4250m), we walk 500 m down to the Parilungbi gorge. Stepping over the moraine stretches, crevasses and glaciers, we climb to the mighty pass of Parang-la (5450m). Following the Pare Chu, which flows towards South to the Tibet frontier near Chumar village and again enters in Spiti valley, well arrive at the lake, beyond your imagination and expectation; called Tso-Morari

Highlights

 Ancient nomadic trade route, High 5000m passes

Turquise Lakes of Tsomoriri and Tsokar, Meeting with nomads of Changthang 

Cloud people of Spiti, Kullu Manali scenic hill station, Chandra River Valley and its 6000m peaks 

Included in the Cost

  • All ground transportation on a comfortable vehicle as per the itinerary. Pick up from your hotel to drop.

  • Twin sharing accommodation in spacious 3-4 season North face tents, down sleeping bags + liner, Potala design comfortable foam sleeping pads, a pair of  trekking poles. Safety gear Ice axe, ropes, accessories and duffel bags for your baggage's.

  • 5 nights hotel accommodation on MAP plan.

  • All camping facilities: Mess tent, camp chairs and table

  • All meals during trek (Bed tea, breakfast, packed lunch, snacks, 3 course dinner) from Indian, local, Tibetan, Chinese and continental cuisine Veg and Non veg.

  • Support staff: Qualified & trained local guide, chef and camp boys.

  • Muleteer or Sherpa porters for portage of your baggage's.

  • Camping fee, trekking permits and fee, park fee.

  • Medical first kit includes medicine for high altitude sickness, mini oxygen bottles.

  • Includes Govt. Service tax 9%. 

Not included in the Cost

  • Rest of hotel accommodation in Leh, Delhi, Day 1st breakfast and last day dinner.

  • Travel insurance.

  • Mineral water or hard drinks.

  • Entrance fee at monuments, heritage sites, monasteries

  • Tips for Guide(s), cook(s), camp boy(s), muleteer(s), porter(s) and driver.

  • Any unforeseen cost arises by natural hazards rain, snow, road block which cost extra lodging and boarding   beyond trip Schedule.

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Outline Trek Itinerary

 Day 01 : Delhi - Manali. Overnight drive 14 hrs Or fly Delhi to Kullu-Manali airport.
 Day 02 : Manali

 Day 03 : Drive to Rohtang la (3978m) – Kunzom la (4551m) -Kaza (3600m), 7-8 hrs.

 Day 04 : At Kaza - acclimatize
 Day 05 : Drive to Kee -Kibber (4,205m) 1 hr, trek to Dumla - Thaltak (4550 m) 5 hrs.
 Day 06 : Trek to Jugtak (4850 m) Base camp parang la. 6-7 hrs.
 Day 07 : Trek to Parang la (5450 m) Kharsa gongma (4800 m) 7-8 hrs.
 Day 08 : Trek to Dokpo Phirtse (4700m) 5 hrs.
 Day 09 : Trek to Umlung (4515 m) 6 hrs.
 Day 10 : Trek to Norbu sumdo (4300 m) 5-6 hrs.
 Day 11 : Trek to Kyangdam (4573 m) 6-7 hrs.
 Day 12 : Trek to Korzog, 6-7 hrs.
 Day 13 : Trek to Yalung Nyau la (5440m) - Kyama (5170m), 6-7 hrs
 Day 14 : Trek to Kortse La (5380m) - Kyamayuri la (5430m) - Rachungkaru (4940m), 7-8 hrs.
 Day 15 : Trek to Horlam Kongka la (4900m) -- Nuruchan (4650m), 5-6 hrs.
 Day 16 : Trek to Pongunagu (4580m) Tsokar
 Day 17 : Drive to Taglang La (5328m) - Hemis - Thiksey - Shey- Leh (3600m) 7-8 hrs. 

 Day 18 : Leh
 Day 19 : Fly Leh - Delhi and onwards flight back to home

Detailed Trip Dossier

Day 1: Delhi - Manali. Overnight drive 14 hrs Or fly Delhi to Kullu-Manali airport.

 

Day 2: ManaliArrival at Manali by morning at 08:30 hrs (Volvo Coach). On arrival met our representative and transfer to hotel. Day at Leisure.Day

Day 3: At Kaza: Acclimatize

Day 4: Drive to Rohtang la (3978m) – Kunzom la (4551m) -Kaza (3600m), 9-10 hrs.

Today an early departure from Manali, Over land journey by jeep over Rohtang pass 3978mtrs.Rohtang pass, which is the gateway to Lahoul –Spiti, Pangi and Zanskar passing through Chandra Valley, enroute having magnificent view of snow capped mountain of C.B. Ranges and Bara Shigri Glacier. These ranges are part of Pir Panjal range of lower Himalayas. Passing through Kunzum –la (4551m) we arrive at first village of Spiti called Losar (4’000m). By the evening arrival at Kaza. Kaza is a beautiful place and sub-headquarter of Spiti region. 

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Day 5: Drive to Kee - Kibber (4,205m), Trek to Dumla - Thaltak (4550m). 5 hr

Today leaving Langza we drive to visit Kee and  to Kibber village. After Kibber trek to Dumla locked up between hills. Leaving Kibber we descent to narrow Parilungbi gorge. Cross the Parang Chu by bridge and follow a small stream until Dumla village 400 mtrs. Dumla, which is last inhabitated village on route. Late afternoon visit Chichim village located nearby.Leaving Dumba behind climb 500 meters. To the Now 900 mtrs. Gradual climbing, arrival on a ridge, from where splendid and spectacular view of Shilla Peak 6303m. to southeast half an hour down to the campsite of Thaltak.

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Day 6: Trek to Jugtak (4850 m) Base camp parang la. 6-7 hrs.

Now trail descend 400 mtrs. Down to Parilungla Chu. Cross the river, Climb to saghthag over moraine stretch. Further gradual and exhausting climb to reach the glaciated valley, one to the north and one to the south. Follow the moraine stretch towards north and then arrive at the campsite of Jugthag at as altitude of 4850m.  

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Day 7: Trek to Parang la (5450 m) Kharsa gongma (4800 m) 7-8 hrs.

An eventful day for those who have never climbed this height Before. From camp climb up gradually to Parangla on patches of snow panoramic views of Peaks of Ladakh, Lahoul and Spiti for below in the NW you can see the Pare chu which original from this pass. 4 km. Descendthrough crevasses and glacier then cross the Pare chu. Following the left site of river arrive at campsite of Karsha Gongma.

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Day 8: Trek to Dokpo Phirtse (4700m) 5 hrs.

Today we cross the river close to campsite and follow the right bank of Pare Chu. Now the valley becomes broaden .Sometimes on riverbed or above river the trail goes to campsite of Dokpo Phirtse. 60 kms stretch through Kharas, Dokpo phirtse, Dakar, Kuru and Thaktote, which are places where Changpas stays during summer time. Gentle and easy walking along the Pare Chu. Small tributuries to be cross before arriving the Dokpo Phirtse camp site.

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Day 9: Trek to Umlung (4515 m) 6 hrs.

Today again easy walking along the right bank of Pare-chu.Now the valley becomes wide as you follow the Pare-chu.At different places you come across Patches of grass at nomad’s summer place.

Day 10: Trek to Norbu sumdo (4300 m) 5-6 hrs.

Short stretch along the right bank until arriving a place where a stream joins with pare-chu. The trail goes further to chumar village in Tibet. Pare- chu river to be cross at this point and trek up to right and valley. Walk towards right hand valley. As you trek upwards the landscape changes from dusty plain to green pasture ground. Here you will be welcomed by Changpas. (Tibetan nomads) Overnight camp at Norbu Sumdo.

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Day 11: Trek to Kyangdam (4573 m) 6-7 hrs.

A wonderful and exciting day of trekking tour, here landscape changes dramatically. Walking through pasture and sandy patches the valley become broader and broader. Walking through Chumik Shilde and crossing stream finally arrive at Tso-moriri Lake. The lake is 24 kms in length and 6 kms wide. Changpas can be seen with their flocks of sheep, goats and yaks near around the lake. Kyang, birds like: bar headed goose, the migratory birds black-necked ducks are also found around the lake.

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Day 12: Trek to Korzok, 6-7 hrs.

Today after breakfast leaving Kyangdam behind we trek to Korzog along the banks of Tsomoriri Lake. Yet its providing pleasant walk on the shore of lake as well as Chamser and Lungser Kangri peaks remain in sight up to Korzok. Karzok is high altitude village, situated at the west banks of Lake Tsomoriri, inhanitants of Karzok also known as Changpa. Arriving at Korzog we camp at the Phirtse phu river.

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Day 13: Trek to Yalung Nyau la (5440m) - Kyama (5170m), 6-7 hrs

We trek past many large nomadic encampments over Gyam sharma La to Kyama.

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Day 14: Trek to Kortse La (5380m) - Kyamayuri la (5430m) - Rajungkaru (4940m), 7-8 hrs.

Today leaving camp we first cross Kortse la and next the Kyamamuri La to Rajung Karu.

Day 15: Trek to Horlam Kongka la (4900m) - Nuruchan (4650m), 5-6 hrs.

At first trek over the low ridge of Harlam Konka to the small village and Gompa of Nuruchang. Than trail goes over a small pass that takes you to Nuruchan. This area is principally inhabited by the nomadic people with their yaks, sheep and pashmina goat. We are close to Tsokar Lake.

Day 16: Trek to Tsokar Lake Pongunagu (4580m)

Today trek along the Tso kar and another best place of our trek. We camp at Pongunagu. Afternoon visit Thugje goma located nearby

Day 17: Drive to Taglang La (5328m) - Hemis - Thikyey - Shey  - Leh (3600m)  7-8 hrs

Walking through a gorge, the challenge of the day is when the river has to be crossed twice. At Rumtse, a vehicle will pick us up here and finally drive to Leh. Overnight hotel.

Day 18: Leh

Day 19: Fly Leh - Delhi and onwards flight back to home
Morning flight to Delhi from Leh. On arrival transfer to international terminal.