Parang La Trek

One of our most popular trekking packages, this climb takes the traveller from Kaza over the 18,300 ft Parang La pass and into Ladakh. The route follows the traditional trade route between Ladakh and Spiti and there are some fantastic views from the high mountain source of the Pare Chu river.

From Spiti's steep gorges and stark desert environs, the landscape opens to become the high Tibetan plateau which makes up Ladakh. After days of trekking over the mountains, the journey ends at the breathtaking Tsomoriri Lake - truly a photographers paradise. Tsomoriri's fantastic vistas, vivid colours and abundant bird and wildlife will leave you with the impression of reaching Shangri-la as the lake is truly something from the land of the gods.

 

Itinerary

Day 1: Kaza — Dumla 4300M (18km/3hrs)
We pick you up from Kaza and drive to Kibber to start first day of trek. Today's is an easy trek for 2hrs from Kibber to Dumla. The trails descends down to the Kibber Nala initially and then ascends gradually till we reach the meadows of Dumla. Relax and acclimatize, lazing near the stream for rest of the day.

Day 2: Dumla – Thaltak Meadow 4600M (7kms/5hrs) 

Today we gain altitude and ascend to the campsite of Thalthak. The trail climbs up from the meadows of Dumla for 4-5 hrs and the descends to a small stream near the meadows.


Day 3: Thaltak – Jagtha - Bonrojen 5180M (14kms/7hrs)
This is the toughest day of the trek. The trail descends all the way down to Parilungbi chu first. After crossing the river over footbridge it continues along the river for 2 kms till you reach Jagtha, from Jagtha it’s a continuous ascent till we reach Bongrogen, the base camp for Parang La.

Day 4: Bongrojen – Dak Karzong 4600M (10 kms/8hrs)
This is what you were dreaming about since you heard about Parang La. We rise early, after having breakfast we start towards Parang La by 5am. The trail ascends gradually and then as we reach closer to the ridge the trails zigzags its way up to Parang La, where the prayers flags carry the chants to Gods. On the other side along river of ice awaits. Click as many photos on top of the pass. We walk over the Parang Chu glacier for 3-4kms till we reach it snout. As accomplishment overwhelms you the trail flattens out and continues on the west bank of the Parang chu river till you reach the campsite of Dak Karzong.

Day 5: Dak Karzong - Datang Yongma 4550M  (12kms/5hrs)
The first of many river crossing awaits you after breakfast. The Parang chu increases its flow as the day gets sunnier. We cross the Parang chu river and walk along its right bank till we reach a green meadow amidst the dry landscape - Datang Yongma. You will cross several streams along the way.

Day 6: Datang Yongma – Norbu Sumdo 4520M  (16kms/5-6 hrs)
Another day of trek where you walk in the wide valley of Parang chu. Walking on dry river beds and crossing several glacial streams in this region is one thing you'll remember avidly from this trek. The trek continues till you reach Norbu Sumdo, Sumdo meaning junction of 3 trails - one from Spiti, one from Chumur, one from Ladakh.


Day 7: Norbu Sumd0 - Chumik Shilde - Tso Moriri 4510M  (14kms/5hrs)
The last and the biggest of the river crossings lies ahead of you. We cross the Parang Chu river for last time during this trek. Watch out for the mules crossing the river and use your camera to capture this amazing bond between, mules and mountains. The trail ascends to the left side as you leave the river and continue towards Changthang. Watch out for the ancient dilapidated post office building. The trail is flat from here all the way till Tso Moriri, stop for lunch at Chumik Shilde and continue ahead. Look for numerous Marmots peeking from their burrows, wild ass gallopping on marshes and may be a wolf. The vast plains of Kiangom lay bare constrasting its color with the lake in front of you. You will see the campsite and as you keep moving you'll understand the deception that these mountains have for you.

Day 8: Kiangdom / Tso Moriri Rest Day 4500M

Today is for you, this is a rest day in one of the most of the magnificent locations in the mountains of Ladakh. You live for a day among Kiangs, marmots, bar-headed geese, brown headed gulls and several rare Himalayan fauna.


Day 9: Kiangdom - Karzog  4500M (7hrs)
Last day of trek, but not the least. A long day of trek for 24 kms is what takes you to Korzok from where we can head to Leh. The trail though is no ordinary, as you walk along the shores of the Tso Moriri throughout the day, you see the lake changing its colors as move from one step to another. You'll camp at Korzok for the night.

 

Day 10: Karzog - Leh 4500M (7hrs drive)

Wake up early, your cab will be ready in morning to leave to Leh, where after a long trek you can enjoy some continental food, beer and warm weather.

includes: 
Accommodation (Full Board)
Highly experienced guide and support staff
High altitude camping equipment - Kitchen tent, dining tent, toilet tent, dome tents, sleeping bag, mats
Local transfer Kaza to Kibber
Transfer from Korzok to Leh
Mule charges to carry rucksack - 20Kg per person
Rest Day in Kiangdom

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