Parang La Trek
Crossing the high pass of Parang La connecting 2 stunning valleys of Spiti and Ladakh
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Details Of The Parang La Trek
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25 - 40
Extra cost of Rs. 0 applicable for foreigners for higher permit cost and other specific arrangements. International Trekkers need to go through manual invoicing upon remittance of the partial booking fees using PayPal, Transferwise, Western Union or Direct Wire Transfer. Remaining trek fees can be paid upon arrival in India and meeting our trek leader
Above cost is assumed for 4-5 people team. Actual Cost is subject to the actual team size joining the trek and requested customizations. Higher team size will lower the cost while lower team size will significantly increase the cost. Assummed Inclusions can be read on Cost Inclusions
Must Read - Important Trek Pre-Booking Information
Key Himalayan Geographical Offerings Of The Parang La Trek
2 Popular Peaks:
Chamshen Kangri ( 6950m ), Lungsher Kangri ( 6666m )
1 High Passes:
Parang La ( 5400m )
1 Serene Lakes:
Tso Moriri ( 4522m )
1 Tranquil Rivers:
3 Beautiful Remote Villages:
Kaza, Korzok, Kibber
1 National Parks Or Forest Reserve:
Tsomoriri Wetland Reserves
Why Should You Do The Parang La Trek
- Parang La is the High Pass that connects the valley of Ladakh with that of Spiti in Himachal Pradesh. This route was historically being used for trade exchanges between the people of Tibet, Ladakh and Spiti in ancient times. Being a part of the Silk Route, this route is very fascinating to walk on.
- Parang La is the source of the river Pare Chu which swirls between India and Tibet and drains its water into the Tsomoriri Lake.
- The Parang La is a very high pass and the trek route climbs 5572 meters to cross over from Kibber in the Spiti Valley to the Rupshu plains or Kiangdom of Ladakh.
- Tsomoriri wetland reserves or the Rupshu Plains is home to a wide variety of birds and animals. the lake of Tsomoriri is one of the biggest lakes in India and a classical beauty surrounded by the surreal desert mountains of the Ladakh range.
- Kiangdom is famous for the Kiangs - Tibetan Wild Ass which are as tall as Indian horses and looks very beautiful. Their habitat is limited to the high altitude zones of Ladakh and Nepal bordering Tibet.
- The Parang La trek gives an opportunity to explore some of the most exclusive cultures of the Western Himalayas. Both Spitians and Ladakhis look similar yet vary so much culturally, linguistically and in food habits. They are but united by religion and follow Vajrayana Buddhism. Both the valleys of Spiti and Ladakh have some unique and unbelievable retreat caves and revered Gompas. researchers say that the oldest form of Tibetan Buddhism is still practised in Spiti, which is difficult to find even in modern-day Tibet.
- The cold desert mountains of Ladakh are mesmerizing to see and sometimes unbelievable as they change their hues during the day. These mountains and treacherous terrain is home to the most coveted and elusive wild cat - The Snow Leopard.
- On our trek plan for the Parang La, we make sure that we acclimatize well as that's the key to success to this very high Pass Crossing trek. Starting the trek from 4200 meters already is not easy. So it has to be planned well, both in form of the itinerary incorporating proper rest and acclimatization schedules, and physical and mental fitness at the same time. It's a demanding trek on your mental endurance and physical stamina.
- We on our trek plan to Parang La, include visits to the revered Gompas of the Spiti Valley and give enough time to absorb the beauty of the Tsomoriri lake as well. Ou itinerary also makes sure we acclimatize well before starting the trek.
- The city of Kaza on the Spiti side and Leh on the Ladakh side need no introduction to a Himalayan lover.
- 📅 Duration: 14 Days, 13 Nights, 9 Trek Days, Manali to Leh
- 🔼 Highest Altitude: 5572m
- 🛑 Grade: Strenuous ( know trek grades )
- 👍 Best Time: July, August, September
- 🌄 Terrain: snow field, ravine, meadow,
- 🏃 Activity Type: Trek
- 🔄 Trail Type: Different Entry Exit Point
- 🚩 Starts From: Manali
- 🚩 Ends In: Leh
- 🌏 Region: India - Himachal
- 🎌 Country: India
- 🛪 Nearest Airport: Bhuntar Airport (KUU), Kullu, Himachal Pradesh
- 🚉 Nearest Rail Head: Chandigarh
- 🙏 Travel Guide: Where and How To Reach Manali
- 📶 Mobile Network: All popular mobile networks in Manali and Leh. Limited BSNL in Kaza. None on trek route.
- 🌐 Internet Option: Not on trek route. Good connections available in Manali, Kaza and Leh on WiFi and all popular mobile networks
- 🌞 Temperatures: -6 to 20 degrees
- 🔒 Is Cloak Room Available: No
- 🍵 Generic Food Menu: Indian, Nepali, Tibetan
Parang La Trek Package - Daywise Detailed Itinerary
- Day 1: Arrive in Manali (2000 Meters). Today is the arrival day in Manali and we expect you to reach our designated hotel by evening today. Nothing much to be done today, but we will have a team introduction, trek briefing, and a look at your trek gears and clothing to check if it's sufficient to sustain the long and cold trek. Tomorrow's gonna be a rest and acclimatization day. Hence, no hurry today. We need to rest our bodies well before venturing into the cold desert landscape.
- Day 2: Drive from Manali to Kaza, via Chandra Tal (4250 Meters) and Kunzum La (4550 Meters). Today, early morning we board our SUVs to take over the rough road trip to Kaza, via Chandratal and Kunzum La. Get ready to hold back your seat as you would be passing through some of the most exclusive Himalayan landscapes in India and witness the beauty of some of the most elegant peaks around. On reaching Kaza, we need to give our bodies some good rest. We need to note that Kaza is at an altitude of 3800 meters and the wind here is very dry which might hamper your breathing for a little while at the beginning.
- Day 3: Rest and Acclimatization Day in Kaza. Understanding that we traveled through rough roads for the last 2 days and brought ourselves to a High altitude zone, it is very important that we rest this day and allow our body to acclimatize and adapt well to the high altitude.
- Day 4: Explore the Spitian village of Kaza (3800 Meters). It's important that we acclimatize well for the trek. However, acclimatization does not happen indoors but by relaxing and exploring the valley and local culture. We take on a road trip to the historical and revered places of the Spiti Valley, namely Komic, Langza, and Hikkim. We return to Kaza by evening.
- Day 5: Drive to Kibber (4135 Meters). Trek to Dumla (4100 Meters, 2 hours trek). Today we start our trek. We visit the Key Monastery and the village of Kibber - one of the highest settlements in the Himalayas, the home to the Snow Leopard as well. We start our trek to Dumla by afternoon and its a short trek today, to begin with. We need to note that the altitude ticks 4200 by the time we start our trek which is higher than the summit of some of the beautiful peaks of the Alps.
- Day 6: Trek from Dumla to Thalthak Meadow (4650 Meters, 4 hours trek). Today, as we start the day, we gradually climb to the open meadow of Thalthak
- Day 7: Trek from Thalthak Meadow to Bongrojen (5100 Meters, 7 hours trek). Today we trek to the base of the Parang La. Be prepared for a long walk.
- Day 8: Cross Parang La (5572 Meters) to camp at Dak Karzong (4800 Meters, 8 hours trek). Today we cross the pass of Parang La and descend down following the Pare Chu river to the campsite of Dak Karzong in Ladakh. It's an exhausting switchback to the top of Parang La and the descend initially needs careful steps crossing theParang glacier. We camp after crossing the snout of the Parang Glacier.
- Day 9: Trek from Dak Karzong to Datang Yongma (4600 Meters, 6 hours trek). Trek downwards by following the river gorge, crossing the Parre Chu multiple times, and finally camping in the meadow of Datang Yongma.
- Day 10: Trek from Datang Yongma to Norbu Sumdo (4500 Meters). Trek down to the tri-junction of three routes - From Spiti, Ladakh, and Chumur
- Day 11: Trek from Norbu Sumdo to Kiangdom (4500 Meters, 6 hours trek). It requires us to cross the Pare Chu for one last time on this trek and climb up gently to the habitat zone of Kiangs. The campsite is beautiful overlooking the beautiful Tsomoriri Lake. A Birdwatcher's delight.
- Day 12: Full exploration day in Tsomoriri and other nearby lakes.
- Day 13: Trek from Kiangdom to Korzok (4530 Meters. 6 hours). Drive from Korzok to Leh (3500 Meters): A long walk to the village of Karzom ends our trek. We board our cabs from Karzok and drive towards Leh.
- Day 14: Depart from Leh or explore further
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+ Short Travel Itinerary
- Day 1: Arrive in Manali
- Day 2: Drive from Manali to Kaza, via Chandratal
- Day 3: Rest and Acclimatization Day in Kaza. Explore Kaza on foot.
- Day 4: Road trip around Spiti Valley to Langza, Komic and Hikkim.
- Day 5: Drive to Kibber. Trek to Dumla.
- Day 6: Trek from Dumla to Thalthak Meadow
- Day 7: Trek from Thalthak Meadow to Bongrojen
- Day 8: Cross Parang La to camp at Dak Karzong
- Day 9: Trek from Dak Karzong to Datang Yongma
- Day 10: Trek from Datang Yongma to Norbu Sumdo
- Day 11: Trek from Norbu Sumdo to Kiangdom
- Day 12: Full exploration day in Tsomoriri and other nearby lakes
- Day 13: Trek from Kiangdom to Korzok. Drive from Korzok to Leh
- Day 14: Depart from Leh or explore further
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WHAT'S INCLUDED IN THE PRICE
- Duration: 14 Days / 13 nights of the trek cost from Manali to Leh
- Accommodation In Manali: 1 night in a good quality hotel or homestay in Manali with emphasis on local organic food and cultural exposure. MAP plan.
- Accommodation In Kaza: 3 nights in a good quality hotel or homestay in Kaza with emphasis on local organic food and cultural exposure. MAP plan.
- Monastery Visit In Kaza: Roadtrip to some of the oldest monasteries in the Spiti Valley, namely Hikkim, Komic, and Langza monasteries
- Accommodation In Leh: 1 night in a good quality hotel or homestay in Leh with emphasis on local organic food and cultural exposure. MAP plan.
- Accommodation On Trek: Spacious, sturdy, and High-Quality Dome Tents will be provided on twin sharing basis.
- Sleeping In Tents: Thick Waterproof Mattress complemented with Sub Zero Sleeping bags supported with Warm Fleece Sleeping Bag Inners For Extra Hygiene and Warmth will be provided by us
- Dining On Trek: We will provide Dining and Kitchen Tents with camping stools and tables for extra hygiene and comfort.
- Toilet On Treks: Dry eco-toilet will be set up with a toilet tent and toilet seat.
- Meals In Hotel: MAP, i.e. Breakfast and Dinner only. Day 1 - 4 and Day 14.
- Meals On Trek: All meals starting breakfast in Manali on Day 5 till Breakfast in Leh on Day 14 morning. 3 meals (B,L,D) suited for high altitude with evening snacks, soup, hot drinks, and extra energizers/juice for summit days
- Trail Safety: Gaiters, Anti Slip Crampons, and Ice Axe depending upon snow conditions.
- Communication: For efficient management of the trek, the team will be communicating with each other and trek base with the help of long-range wireless sets.
- Medical Safety: Oxygen cylinder, Pulse Oximeter, Thermal temperature scanner, and Emergency Medical Kit accompanied with a trek leader knowledgeable on high altitude medicine and physiology
- Trek Leader and Guide: Experienced and Well Equipped English/ Hindi Speaking Trek Leader maintaining guide to trekker ratio of 1:6. That is 1 guide for every 6 trekkers.
- Local Support Staffs: Expert and Knowledgeable local guide with cooks, helpers, porters, mules, etc
- Permits: All required forest entry permits and camping fees as per the rules of local administrations
- Transfers: Manali to Kaza via Chandratal, Kaza to Kibber, Korzok to Leh, for trekkers and crew members
- Max Team Size: Small group of not more than 12 members. You can make any batch a private batch by paying a little extra over the base trek fees.
- Personal Trek Equipments: 9 sets of essential trek gears for complimentary use. ( read below)
9 Personal Trekking Equipment For Free Use:
(No Rent will be charged. Refundable security amount of Rs. 2000 need to be deposited )
- Microspikes / Ice Tracktion Crampons
- Trek Pole
- Fleece Inner Gloves
- Neck Warmer
- Waterproof Gloves
- Fleece Sleeping Bag Inner
Equipment Available On Rent At Extra Cost
- High Ankle Waterproof Trekking Shoes (Quechua)Rs. 1000
- -20 Degrees Down JacketsRs. 1200
- Windproof/Waterproof JacketsRs. 500
- Windproof/Waterproof pantsRs. 500
- HeadlampsRs. 200
AddOn Services At Extra Cost
- Single Accommodation Supplement: Rs. 18000
- Personal Baggage Porterage: Rs. 4500
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WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED
- BAGGAGE OFFLOAD: ( optional at extra cost at Rs. 4500)
- TRANSPORT To Manali: Can be arranged on request
- TRANSPORT From Leh: Can be arranged on request
- Personal Travel Insurance
- Personal Purchases
- Food Purchased Outside Our Menu
- Lunch while staying in hotel
- Bottled water or any other breverages.
- Entry fees of any kind
- Personal Gears
- Anything not mentioned in the inclusion list
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How Is The Covid19 Situation In Parang La Trek?
This trek is open currently. Following. Proper covid19 safety protocols are mandatory for a better and unhassled trek experience.
When Does It Snow On The Parang La Trek?
This region falls in the Trans-Himalayan belt and the average altitude of this trek is above 4200 meters. It receives heavy snowfall starting from the month of October and continues till the end of May. Belonging to the rain-shadow region, the snow is dry and powdery.
Which Is The Best Time To Do The Parang La Trek?
The best time to do this trek is from the mid-month of July till the end of September or max till the First week of October. This is the time when the weather is stable and snow is minimum making it possible for horses and ponies to cross the pass without any problem.
How Cold Is The Parang La Trek?
Temperature varies drastically on this trek. While in the month of July and October the minimum temperature on the high camps can go up to minus 10 degrees Celsius, in the month of August and September it can go up to minus 5 degrees. Daytime temperature can go up to 20 degrees or sometimes even higher owing to the deserted land and high altitude. Wind can bring much difference in the temperature on this trek.
What Varieties Of Flora And Fauna Can Be Seen On The Parang La Trek?
The Parangla trek is an abode for wild life lovers. This region is surrounded by National Parks and Wild Life Sanctuaries all around and is home to many wildlife, namely the elusive Snow Leopard and the Tibetan Wolf. Bordered by Pin Valley National Park and the Tsomoriri Wet Land Reserves, the Parangla trek passes through the Kibber National Park and exits in the Tsomoriri Wet land reserves which on other hand is home to many migratory birds, Tibetan Donkeys, Snow Leopard, Red Fox, Tibetan Wolf and many more.
How Are The Accommodations And Toilet Facility On The Parang La Trek?
It is a full camping trek with no habitation on the route. Toilets will be the cat-styled dry toilets with a pit dug in the ground covered by a toilet tent. We provide camping toilet seats for safety, comfort, and hygiene.
What Are The Fitness Requirement Of The Parang La Trek?
This is a strenuous trek with long walks every day. The altitude is very high and requires proper acclimatization and an extremely fit body possessing high stamina and endurance.
Can Novice Trekkers Do The Parang La Trek?
Extremely fit beginners can do this trek under the guidance of a professional team. Do note that this is not an easy trek and requires good planning and preparation.
How Safe Is The Parang La Trek?
The Parangla trek is a very high altitude trek and goes above 5570 meters. High altitude offers tremendous challenges on the trek. Not just that. The terrain falls under the rain-shadow belt of the Trans Himalayas and is extremely dry. The weather is extreme and adds to the difficulties of this trek. Once we start the trek there is no human settlement en route until we exit the village of Korzok in Ladakh. However, both these villages are very remote and proper medical facilities are far away from both the locations. Before crossing the pass, it is still good to return back to Kaza easily, but after crossing the pass there is no alternative but to finish the long trek to exit to Korzok and drive to Leh. Considering all these factors, this trek is very challenging and requires an extremely proficient support team and fit trekkers to undertake this trek, with proper preparations for emergency handling.
Which Is The Nearest ATMs and Cash Points On The Parang La Trek?
To be safe, cash must be brought from the nearest big cities or town you come from, specially Manali.
Is Mobile Network Available On The Parang La Trek?
Only BSNL works in Kaza town. Beyond it, there will be no network until we finish the trek.
What Are The Unique Religion And Cultural Beliefs Of The Parang La Trek?
Spiti Valley is home to some of the oldest Buddhist monasteries in the World. It is often believed that the true form of Tibetan Buddhism is actually followed in Spiti rather than in the present day Tibet which is undergoing through mass demographic changes and loss of cultural values under Chinese administration.
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