Parang La Trek
Parang La is the most famous trek route of Spiti from the ancient times and connects people of Spiti to that of Ladakh after crossing the mighty 18600 ft pass. This trek has fantastic view of the mountains and Pare Chu river. This is a photographers paradise as it takes you through the deep gorges and desert environment of Spiti valley to vast landscapes of Ladakh and ending at Tso Moriri Lake. This lake is one of the most beautiful lakes in the world.
This remote trail follows the traditional trade route between the people of Spiti, Changthang and Tibet. It begins in the high altitude meadows of Khibber, the breeding ground of the famous Spiti horses (Chumur) and also homeland of Snow Leopard. The trail descends the Khibber gorge and then climbs over the Parang la (5600 m), the source of the Pare Chu River, the only one of its kind to have its source in India, flow into Tibet and enter the country again in Spiti. Across the pass, the trail follows a broad valley till the confluence of the Pare Chu with the Phirtse Phu at Norbu Sumdo. A river crossing here brings one to an almost incredible change of scenery as we walk towards the Rupshu plains of Changthang, known for the abundance of Kiangs (Tibetan Wild Ass).
July till September
Difficult and Challenging. Steep climbs and some river crossings.
You have to acclimatise in in Manali before heading to Kaza and at least 2 nights in Kaza before the trek.
Day 01: Kaza to Khibber via Tabo, Dhankar and Key
Soak in Spitian culture with a visit to the ancient monasteries in Dhankar and Tabo. Towards evening, drive upto Khibber, one of the highest motorable villages in the world and the ancient monastery at Kye. Camp for the night in Khibber.
Day 02: Khibber – Dhumle (4260m)
On the first day of the trek, the trails descends through a gorge and arrives at the last village of the trek, Dhumle. You can see Parang La from here at a distance of about 500m.
Day 03: Dhumle – Thaltak (4560m)
The trail now turns into a steep climb to take you to the next camp on a meadow at Thaltak.
Day 04: Thaltak – Base of Parang La (5000m)
The trail takes you down a steep path down to the Parilungbi gorge before ascending to the campsite. The majestic Parilungbi peak stands to the South of Parang La. Look out for sightings of bharal, marmot etc.
Day 05: Base – Karsha Gonma (4930m) via Parang La
The Parang La at 5600m is one of the highest passes in Western Himalyas and offers some grand views. Descend from the pass to Karsha Gonma which is at the head of the Para Chu valley.
Day 06: Karsha Gonma – Umna (4680m)
It’s a relaxed walk after the strenous pass. The only challenge is a stream crossing before reaching the campsite.
Day 07: Umna – Rachu Lamo (4470m)
It’s an easy walk, the trail keeping next to the Para chu river most of the way.
Day 8: Rachu Lamo – Chhumik Shirde (4300m)
The trail continues next to the Para Chu river. But the campsite is set on the far bank and the day’s challenge is to cross the river.
Day 9: Chhumik Shirde – Kyangdom(4350m)
The trek continues on the flat ground of the Changthang plateau with some spectacular views along the way.
Day 10: Kyangdom – Tso Moriri (4450m)
Walking through the Para Chu valley, the valley suddenly opens up and the landscape turns greener as you approach the lake. The valley is famous for the wild life mainly comprising of Kyang (wild ass). Camp midway on the lake’s banks on the way to Karzok.
Day 11: Tso Moriri – Karzok (4267m)
Walk along the lake right up to the Karzok village. The day might seem never-ending, because though Karzok looks near enough, it takes 8 hours to finally reach the campsite. But the walk is worth it with all the flora and fauna that one gets to see.
Day 12: Karzok – Leh
A vehicle will pick you up from Korzok and drop you to Leh.
* All meals from Day 2 till 11 as stated in the plan
* Stay in a homestay on Day 1 as stated in the plan
* Local Trekking guide from Day 2 till Day 12
* Any kind of insurance and emergency cost
* Any monument entry fees and camera fees
* Any personal expenses
* Flight/train/bus tickets to Chandigarh, Delhi, Manali or back
A list of must carry items for any wilderness trek. This list contains items that are essential and you cannot do without. The list excludes those items which are provided by us at Incredible Spiti during the trek.
1. Rucksack (40L or 60L) with rain cover.
2. Day Pack – Recommended for day hikes and the Left Bank Trek
3. Head Torch with spare Batteries
4. UV protection sunglasses.
5. Water Bottles: 2 reusable bottles of 1 liter each
6. Non-skid, deep treaded, high-ankle trekking shoes
7. Pair of lightweight Slipper/Sandals
8. Quick Dry Warm lower or Track Pants
9. Full sleeves T-shirts/ Sweatshirts. 1 for every 2 days of trekking
10. Pair of thick woolen socks. 1 pair for every two days of trekking
11. Thermal Body warmer Upper & Lower
12. Undergarments. 1 for every day of trekking
13. Warm jacket closed at wrist & neck
14. Full-sleeved sweater
15. Rain wear (Jacket & Pants )
16. Pair of waterproof, lined warm gloves
17. Woolen cap
18. Sun shielding Hat
19. Personal toiletries kit (Small quick dry towel, Toilet paper, paper soap, antifungal powder, toothbrush, toothpaste, cold cream, sunscreen, lip balm etc.)
20. Prescription medications if any
21. Hiking pole
22. Dry fruits/ personal snacks