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Parang La Trek 2022

  • 12 Days
  • Group : 8-15 People
  • Guided Trek
  • Difficulty: Difficult
  • Start: Kaza
  • Altitude
    Max Altitude: 5570 m

The Parang La trail follows an ancient trade route and connects Spiti, Changthang and Tibet. The trail starts from the high-altitude meadows of Kibber, which are home to famous horses from Spiti and snow leopards. 

The trail goes down the Kibber Gorge and then climbs up over the Parang La. It is a challenging trek for the pro trekkers who want to trek in Ladakh’s most beautiful landscape. 

Parang La is the source of the Pare Chu River, also called the Parang river. The river originates in India and flows to Tibet before coming back to India in Spiti. Once we cross the pass, you will see a beautiful change in scenery. We’ll be trekking to a place called Rupshu, which is known for its Kiangs.

We’ll be camping at some of the most unrealistically beautiful campsites!

One of them is on the southern edge of Tso Moriri, which is a lake that is 26 kilometres long and 4 kilometres wide. This lake is home to three different types of birds – bar-headed geese, black-necked crane, and the brahminy ducks.

We will also visit the Changpa settlements in Karzok, where they raise pashmina. Pashmina is a major trade item in these high passes.

Departure & Return Location

Kaza

Meeting Time

4 P.M

Price Includes

  • Activity: Trekking, Camping, etc
  • Accommodation during Trek (Camping)
  • Meals during Trek (Veg)
  • All season Camping tents on twin sharing basis, Sleeping bags with adequate sub-zero temperature rating, comfortable mattress
  • Safety Equipment includes static rescue rope, seat harness, carabiners, pulleys, ice-axe, micro-spikes, slings
  • Forest Permits/Camping Charges/Permits, Trek Permit Fee/IMF Permission – up to the amount charged for Indian Nationals.
  • Mountaineering course certified Trek Leader with First Aid knowledge
  • Experienced Local guide, cook, helpers
  • Porters or mules for carrying common luggage
  • Exhaustive First Aid kit including portable oxygen cylinder, oximeter

Price Excludes

  • Transportation
  • Meals during the road journey
  • Insurance
  • Any expenses of personal nature
  • Mules or porter to carry personal luggage. (extra luggage, if any can be left at the base camp with the authorities)
  • Cost Escalation due to natural reasons
  • Any expense not specified in the inclusion list
What to Expect
  • LandscapeThe trek starts in Spiti and continues through the cold deserts of Ladakh. It passes through many different breathtaking landscapes.
  • WildlifeYou can also see the magnificent Kiangs in their natural habitat.
  • Confluence of RiversThe sparkling confluence of the Pare Chu and Phirtse Phu rivers envelops you in a warm embrace.
Parang La Trek Itinerary

Day 1Manali to Kaza

Distance: 182 km 
Time: 6 hours (Drive)
Altitude: 3800 m (12,470 ft.)

The Parang La Trek starts with a thrilling road trip from Manali to Kaza. It’s a once in a lifetime experience. The water crossing places and highways will make your heart beat faster. This route is one of the most dangerous. 

If you’re coming from Delhi and want to get to Kaza, you will need two days. On the first day, travel from Delhi to Manali. Then on the second day, go from Manali to Kaza. Once you reach Kaza, take it easy and let your body get acclimatized to the high altitude. 

Day 2Acclimatization at Chicham

Distance: 20 km
Time: 1 hour (Drive)
Altitude: 4150 m (13,615 ft.)

The next two days are reserved for acclimatization. We will be doing some sightseeing in Key monastery and other places around Kaza. We’ll also be going on a small hike in the morning. 

After lunch, we’ll be on our way to Chicham. Chicham is the starting point of the Parang La trek. It is at an altitude of 4150 m. So, make sure you’re keeping yourself hydrated and eating proper food. 

Day 3Acclimatization at Chicham

We’ll be taking an extra day for acclimatization and going for small hikes in the area to let our bodies get used to the high altitude. 

Day 4Chicham to Thaltak Meadow

Distance: 7.5 km
Time: 6 Hours
Altitude: 4700 m (15,420 ft.)

We’ll be starting the trek today from Chicham. The trail goes takes you through Chicham village and descends down to the valley. 

From here, we’ll start ascending all the way up to the Thaltak meadow. The trail to Thaltak will be loose stones and gravel, the same that you will experience in any acclimatization hikes in Spiti.

Thaltak is an ideal campsite because it is a wide and open meadow. It offers amazing views of Mt. Kanamo. 

We’ll have a healthy dinner and rest for the night. 

Day 5Thaltak to Parang La Base Camp

Distance: 10 km
Time Taken: 9 hours
Altitude: 5080 m (16,666 ft.)

Today’s trek will again start by descending to the valley from the Thaltak meadow. The trail here is made of loose rocks and gravel, so you’ll have to be extremely careful while descending.

After reaching the valley, and crossing the footbridge over the Rug Lungpa river, we’ll continue trekking within the valley. The river will now be on our left. We’ll be trekking gradually alongside the river until you have to say goodbye and start ascending to the Parang La base camp. 

The trek to Parang La base camp is full of scree and is very demanding. It may as well be the hardest point in the trek. The trail is rocky and barren, but keep walking until you reach the campsite.

Parang La Base camp is at the foot of Parang La. It’s a thrilling experience to camp over 5000 m. We’ll have dinner and rest.

Day 6 Parang La Base Camp to Kharsa Yongma via Parang La

Distance: 13.5 km
Time Taken: 9 hours
Altitude: Parang La 5570 m (18,275 ft) & Kharsa Yongma  4880 m (16,010 ft)

The most awaited day is here! We’ll be crossing the Parang La today.

We’ll have a quick breakfast, take in the chilly morning air, and be on our way to conquer Parang La.

The trek starts with negotiating the leftover moraine from the glacier. It is a clearly marked trail all the way to the pass. The route to the pass is zig-zag, and then a gradual climb all the way to the top.

The Parang La looks close but it will take you 4-5 hours to reach the top. You can see amazing views on both Spiti and Changthang sides from the top of the pass. You can also see the first Ladakhi peak, Parilungi from here. On the other side of the pass is Ladakh.

After spending some time at the top, we’ll start descending. We’ll need to be extremely careful while negotiating the glacier because of the crevasses.

We’ll keep descending till the snout of the glacier, and further to reach our campsite for the night.

This will be a long, and tiring day. So, rest and recover for the night.

Day 7Kharsa Yongma to Kapapuche

Distance: 15 km
Time Taken: 9 hours
Altitude: 4650 m (15,255 ft)

We will be trekking along the Pare Chu river today. Today’s trail is on a riverbed. We’ll see streams like Takling Nala, Lungar Gongma Nala, Nishing Lungpa Nala, and several other glacial streams join in with the main Pare Chu river.

The trek today is long but not as tiring as the previous days. You will mostly be trekking on even ground with minimal ascend or descend.

After a whole day of trekking, you will only lose around 250 m.

But the trek today will be pleasant, with several meadowy campsites on the way, and walking amidst the famous Ladakh landscape.

Day 8Kapapuche to Kitpodansa

Distance: 15 km
Time Taken: 9 hours
Altitude: 4550 m (14,927 ft)

The trail today will be very similar to the previous day’s trail. The same landscape, walking along the same river and crossing the same valley. Even today you’ll see many streams flowing into the Pare Chu river.

We are now getting closer to the Ladakh border. We’ll be able to see amazing rock structures on the route. Reach the camp and rest for the night. 

Day 9 Kitpodansa to Chumik Shilde

Distance: 14 km
Time Taken: 9 hours
Altitude: 4500 m (14,763 ft)

We’ll start our trek early today because we’ll need to cross the Pare Chu river. The water level in the river will be comparatively less in the morning so it is better to cross it as early as possible. In the evening, the water level increases and it becomes very difficult to cross the river. 

The trail will take a sharp left turn to Norbu Sumdo, and Pare Chu river will also leave us on its way to Tibet. There will now be a sudden change in the scenery. The valley is full of meadows, and buttercup flowers all around us. This is the border of Ladakh and Himachal Pradesh. 

Keep an eye out for Marmots. You can spot them in this area.

Day 10Chumik Shilde to Tso Moriri

Distance: 14 km
Time Taken: 9 hours
Altitude: 4500 m (14,763 ft)

Today, we’ll take you to the shores of one of the most beautiful lakes you’ve ever seen!

This part of the Parang La trek will stay in your heart for a long time. To get to Tso Moriri, a glacier lake at about 15,075 ft above sea level, walk across flat and vast plains. 

If you are lucky, you will see some Kiangs. You can also see many birds around the lake. This lake is oval-shaped and it splits into several channels that make a wetland for rare bird species. 

You can also see the Mentok Kangri massif and other 6000 m peaks from here. So, you can let yourself be overwhelmed.

Day 11Tso Moriri to Korzok

Distance: 20 km
Time Taken: 10 hours
Altitude: 4500 m (14,763 ft)

The complete trail today is along the shores of Tso Moriri. It’s an amazing feeling to be accompanied by such overwhelming views while you’re trekking. 

You will also have Lungser Kangri (6666 m) & Chamsher Kangri (6622 m) peaks in the background. 

We’ll be on our way back to civilization now, to the Korzok village. We’ll have to ascend a little to reach the village. It’s mind-blowing to see people live their everyday life at an altitude of 4500 m. You can also visit the local monastery here and learn more about the local culture.

Our stay will be in a guest house and it’ll be a welcome change from the tents to a comfortable mattress. Have dinner and rest for the night.

 

Day 12Korzok to Leh

This is the last day of the trek. We’ll have a debriefing session in the morning. 

You can say goodbye to your trek mates and trek leader here and continue your travels. If you’ve booked your transport from Korzok to Leh with us, the cab will pick you up in the morning. You can expect to reach Leh by late afternoon. 

Parang La Trek Route Map

Parang La Trek Map

What is the best time to do Parang La trek?

The best time to complete the Parang La Trek is from June to Mid-September. 

What are the requirements for participation?

All participants are expected to be confident that they are physically and mentally fit and able to complete the itinerary of their chosen event as defined in the itinerary.

Any minors between 10 and 17 years of age must accompany their parent or guardian who assumes full responsibility for them to participate in the adventure activity or event. Any unaccompanied, underage minor will not be allowed to participate in the adventure activity.

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You can make your booking at our website www.advenchar.com or you can contact us at hello@advenchar.com.

You must be at least 18 years old to make a booking with us. After the booking, our team will send you a confirmation of the booking.

We understand that you may have to change your travel plans due to the Covid-19 situation, so considering this we have introduced a Book Now, Pay Later facility for all the participants. However, you will be required to pay the full amount at least 15 days prior to the departure date.

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What is cancellation policy?

You can claim a 100% refund if you choose to cancel your booking before 15 days. The refund will primarily be in the form of a voucher valid for 12 months.  You can also opt for a cash refund provided the booking is not part of a promotional offer or a coupon code provided by Advenchar. 

Refund

  • Cancellation before 15 days from departure date – 100% refund.
  • Cancellation between 15 days and 7 days from departure date  – 70% refund.
  • Cancellation less than 7 days from departure date – You can modify your trek free of cost, and transfer it to a friend/family member.
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