Parang La Trek -

14 days, 13 nights
Visit : Manali, Kaza, Kibber, Dumla, Thaltak Meadow, Parang La Basearea, Karsha, Umna, Rachu Lamo Area, Chumik Shilde, Kyangdom, Tso Moriri, Karzok

Triumphing over the giant peaks of the Himalayas is trekker's dream. After all, this magnificent range boasts some of the world's highest mountains. This sprawling landscape is adorned with peaks that will test even the grittiest of mountaineers. There are a plethora of trails through this region that pass through some of the most remote areas of the globe, offering trekkers so ...

Triumphing over the giant peaks of the Himalayas is trekker's dream. After all, this magnificent range boasts some of the world's highest mountains. This sprawling landscape is adorned with peaks that will test even the grittiest of mountaineers. There are a plethora of trails through this region that pass through some of the most remote areas of the globe, offering trekkers some truly memorable experiences. One such spectacular expedition is the Parang La trek, which takes adventure enthusiasts through the enigmatic Spiti Valley. It's a long, 14-day journey that ends in the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir. This means that hikers will be traversing through two states and will get to experience everything from colossal gorges and enchanting meadows to pristine lakes, river crossings and a cold desert. Experience the dizzying height of the Parang La Pass as you bask in the glory of your achievement. Travellers can also spot some of the rarest animals which are specific to the Himalayas along the way. The trek will begin from the lovely hamlet of Kibber and culminate at Karzok village.

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IS THIS TRIP FOR ME?

  • If you're an adventurous soul who has enjoyed high-altitude treks in the past, then this expedition is perfect for you. Keep in mind that Parang La is situated at an altitude of 5,600 metres above sea level, so it's important that you've been to similar altitude levels before. The trail can be quite difficult in places, so some technical knowledge is required. Additionally, given the altitude and long trekking days, we recommend that only those climbers who are in great health should sign up.
  • Overview
  • Itinerary
  • Inclusions
  • Price
  • Dates
  • Accommodation
  • Things to Carry
  • Travel Tips
  • Terms & Conditions

Highlights

  • Explore Manali before heading towards the scenic Kibber village
  • Camp at the Thaltak meadow
  • Witness the Parilungbi Peak from the Parang La base
  • Traverse through the Parang La pass
  • Trek alongside the Para Chu river
  • Spot rare animals like kyang, bharal and marmots
Start of Tour

Manali

End of Tour

Umna

  • Day 1Arrive Manali (2,050 m)
    • This enchanting Himalayan town is currently accessible only by road. After arriving in the morning, check in at a countryside guest house in Old Manali. Spend the day relaxing and exploring the surroundings. There are a number of delightful wonders and bustling markets to enjoy here. There are also many cosy cafes in Old Manali, where one can relax and drink in the scenery.

    • Meals - Dinner
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  • Day 2Manali - Kaza (4,551 m)
    • The scenic drive to Kaza is across the Rohtang Pass at 3,970 metres above sea level and the Kunzum La, nestled at 4,551 metres. This alpine road descends from Rohtang onwards towards Gramphu, from where the road forks towards the Spiti Valley. Enjoy panoramic views of the Bara Shigri Glacier, one of the largest to be found in the Himalayas. The 8-hours drive is long, but the astonishing views more than make up for it.

      Note: Depending on the number of members in the trekking group, pickup from Manali and drop to Kaza will be arranged. The price of the vehicle will be shared equally by each member of the team and is to be paid directly to the driver in cash.

    • Meals - Breakfast, lunch and dinner.
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  • Day 3Kaza - Kibber
    • Meals - Breakfast, lunch and dinner.
    • <p>Today is to be spent relaxing and getting used to the high altitude, so it's the perfect opportunity to experience the vibrant culture of Spiti. Those who are looking to do a little sightseeing or meditation can head to one of the ancient monasteries in Tabo and Dhankar. By evening, it's time to head to Kibber, which serves as home to the historic Key Monastery.</p>
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  • Day 4Kibber - Dhumle (4,260 m)
    • Rise and shine climbers! It's the first day of trekking. The walk to Dhumle is a fairly relaxed one, but certainly not something to be underestimated as the terrain can get tricky in a few places. This is the perfect warm-up for the Parang La trek, which will be very demanding. Today's trail cuts through the beautiful Spitian gorges before delivering us to Dhumle, which is located 4,260 metres above sea level.

    • Meals - Breakfast, lunch and dinner.
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  • Day 5Dhumle - Thaltak (4,875 m)
    • Today's trek will have its own ups and downs. To put it quite simply, the trail starts with a descent into a gorge bed before turning into a steep climb towards the Thaltak meadow. While walking, spend time to enjoy the breathtaking views of the deep gorges of the Spiti Valley. Make sure to carry your sunglasses as the temperatures can soar during the day. Our destination for tonight, Thaltak, a perfect camping spot located at a great height.

    • Meals - Breakfast, lunch and dinner.
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  • Day 6Thaltak - Parang La Base (5,000 m)
    • The trail leading to the base of Parang La descends steeply to the Parilungbi gorge before ascending towards the campsite for the night. Admire the mind-boggling views of the majestic Parilungbi peak that lies to the south of Parang La. While making the trek, don't forget to keep an eye out for bharal and marmots as sightings here are common.

    • Meals - Breakfast, lunch and dinner.
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  • Day 7Parang La Base - Karsha Gonma (5,600 m)
    • Wake up early and fill up on a hearty breakfast, because today's journey is going to be a long but exhilarating one. The Parang La Pass is located at a dizzying height of 5,600 metres, making it one of the highest passes in the Western Himalayas. On the way to conquering this pass, capture the splendid views that the scenery has to offer before descending from the pass towards Karsha Gonma. Today's destination lies at the head of the Para Chu Valley.

    • Meals - Breakfast, lunch and dinner.
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  • Day 8Karsha Gonma - Umna (4,680 m)
    • After yesterday's strenuous trek, today's journey will be fairly easy-going. The walk to Umna will be at a leisurely pace. However, before arriving at the day's destination, there is a stream crossing that requires some amount skill.

    • Meals - Breakfast, lunch and dinner.
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  • Day 9Umna - Rachu Lamo (4,470 m)
    • It's another easy walk today along the Para Chu River. Enjoy the beauty of Mother Nature along the trail before settling down for the night at Rachu Lamo.

    • Meals - Breakfast, lunch and dinner.
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  • Day 10Rachu Lamo - Chhumik Shirde (4,300 m)
    • Today's journey starts with an enjoyable walk along the right bank of the Para Chu River. After descending for nearly 3 hours, it's time to leave the river behind to continue towards the Ladakh Valley. There's a challenging river crossing along the way, but reaching the campsite at Chhumik Shirde isn't too difficult.

    • Meals - Breakfast, lunch and dinner.
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  • Day 11Chhumik Shirde - Kyangdom (4,350 m)
    • Wake up with the rising sun for another truly enjoyable day in the great outdoors. On today's agenda is a comfortable walk along the flat terrain of the Changthan Plateau. Every now and again, stop to drink in the astonishing views all around. Finally, arrive at the campsite at Kyangdom, which lies just along the southern-most tip of the Tso Moriri Lake.

    • Meals - Breakfast, lunch and dinner.
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  • Day 12Kyangdom -Tso Moriri (4,450 m)
    • An exciting trail lies ahead, so it's best to start as early as possible. While walking through the valley, the landscape will start to melt into a lovely green when the valley opens up near the lake. Keep an eye trained on the surroundings as the valley is known for its wildlife, and sightings of kyang or wild ass, marmots, black wolves, red ducks and seagulls are common. Finally, set up camp along the bank of the lake, midway to Karzok.

    • Meals - Breakfast, lunch and dinner.
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  • Day 13Tso Moriri to Karzok (4,267 m)
    • After fairly short and easy treks for the past few days, today's final trail will be a lovely, long walk. Right from the onset, the destination will be within view, but it will take 8 hours of trekking along the lake's bank before we arrive at the campsite. Along the way, the gorgeous flora and fauna of the valley will provide excellent company. At Karzok, rest your feet and enjoy the sense of accomplishment that comes with completing a truly marvellous trek.

    • Meals - Breakfast, lunch and dinner.
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  • Day 14Depart Karzok - Leh (3, 500 m)
    • When the sun rises, it will bring with it our last day together. Today, instead of setting out on foot, the journey will be in a vehicle. The drive from Karzok to Leh is long, but you can sit back and enjoy the views of the lake and the Lungser Kangri peak in the distance. The 8-hours drive will end at Leh.

      Note: Depending on the number of members in the trekking group, pickup from Karzok and drop to Leh will be arranged. The price of the vehicle will be shared equally by each member of the team and is to be paid directly to the driver in cash.

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    • Meals - Breakfast.
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Inclusions

  • Transport of the trekking equipment.
  • Sleeping bag with mattress.
  • All trekking arrangements with the necessary number of dome or ridge shaped tents, kitchen tent, dining tent, toilet tent etc.
  • Accidental insurance policy covering high altitude treks (for Indian nationals up to 65 years of age).
  • All necessary support staff (cooks, helpers, porters etc.) as per the size of the group.
  • Experienced local guide.
  • Trip360 Outdoor Experience Leader (OEL) in a group of 7 or more trekkers.
  • All meals during the trek along with early morning tea and evening snacks.
  • 13 nights' accommodation as mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Basic medical and First Aid kit.
  • Royalty and permits, camping charges etc.

Exclusions

  • Any items / services not specifically mentioned under inclusions.
  • Porters or mules to carry your personal luggage. This can be arranged for you at an additional price of INR 4750. This will cover porterage of your personal luggage upto 10 kilograms for trekking days.
  • Evacuation charges and damage of any nature.
  • Costs arising out of unforeseen circumstances such as bad weather, landslides, road conditions and any other circumstances beyond our control.
  • Personal expenses, tips, laundry, telephone calls, personal medicines, alcoholic beverages, etc.
  • Accommodation in Leh.
  • Entrance fees to monasteries / monuments.
  • Optional activities.
  • Transportation between Manali to Kaza and Karzok to Leh. The cost of this vehicle is to be paid on the spot in cash.
  • Goods and Services Tax of 5%.
  • Tips for the local guide and support staff. This is as per your discretion and will be collected by the lead guide towards the end of the trip.

Price - Valid till 31 Dec 2022

Hub Twin Sharing Accommodation
Ex Manali 46,500
* These prices are applicable for 8-10 adventurers. But if you’re looking to venture off the beaten path with your own gang, we’ll be happy to craft an exclusive adventure for you!

Dates

Wish to go on this adventure? Just give us a shout and we’ll make it happen for you! Your dates, your budget!

Accommodation

We stay at a guesthouse in Manali. During the course of our trek, we stay in comfortable 2 or 3 man tents. Good quality sleeping bags and mats will be provided to help you get a good night's sleep on all the nights that we camp. Though we're aware of the destination for the day, the exact location of the campsite is never pre-decided. This call will be taken on ground by the staff. Sometime due to bad weather or other reasons, we may camp at a different location which is a part and parcel of participating in an adventure like this. You're free to help the staff set-up or pack up the campsite. This is not expected of you, but is a nice skill to learn.

Things to Carry

    A good base layer which could be a thermal top (polypropylene), with a T-shirt on top will keep you warm and dry. Mid layers provide insulation so anything that is warm will do e.g. a medium thickness woollen jumper or a mid-weight fleece top, along with another lightweight fleece top will suffice. If you really feel the cold, substitute the thinner layer with a down jacket. The outer layer is the final layer between you and the elements and must be capable of keeping out the wind, rain and snow. Any good waterproof, windproof jacket would do the job. Leg wear in the form of thermal long johns are invaluable. Cotton trousers or long skirts (long skirts for ladies also double as a 'port-a-loo') worn over this layer can keep you very comfortable. A good sun hat is very essential. Sunglasses which offer 100% UV protection are necessary to combat strong daylight.

    The following is a list of things that we suggest to carry with you. This is not intended to be a comprehensive list, rather it is intended to act as a reminder of those items that we feel are essential for your comfort and convenience. However, we recognize that you may have your own personal preferences for clothing which may be equally as suitable.

    • Ankle high trekking boots (worn in)
    • Thermal underwear / long johns (upper + lowers)
    • Quick dry trousers
    • Shirt / t - shirt
    • Warm fleece / jacket
    • Insulating layers
    • Down clothing (optional)
    • Wind protection and rain protection gear
    • Extremities:
    • Hands (gloves -2 pair woollens or hard shell)
    • Feet (socks - 2/3 pair nylon + 2/3 pairs woollen)
    • Head (balaclavas / woollen, sun hat, bandana etc.)
    • A tough duffel bag / rucksack / soft travel bag which is carried by porters
    • A ruck pack which one needs to carry oneself (at least 50 litres)
    • Other Gears:
    • Sunglasses
    • Headlamp / torchlight
    • Trekking poles (optional)
    • Water bottle - should have at least two 1 litre bottles (hard plastic to be able to fill in hot water at high camps)
    • Personal toiletries: toothbrush, comb, sunscreen, lip balm etc.
    • Personal recreation: camera, film, books, music, cards etc. (important for those long boring times when the weather turns bad)
    • Hand sanitizer
    • Small personal first aid

Travel Tips

  • Type of Food

    The food menu during the trek will be regular nutritious Indian food. Nothing tastes better than the black tea we pass you through the flaps of your tent early in the morning. Your breakfast could have an option of sandwiches or chapattis with a vegetable. We may have packed lunch on some of the longer days of the trek. Your hot meals will be a delicious mix of local vegetables, rice, chapatti and a sweet surprise in the end. We try and incorporate a lot of fresh local produce into your meals. Your cook during the trip will also be a local. You could try and get a local secret recipe from the cook. We will provide you safe boiled drinking water throughout the trek. Milk and eggs will be provided if available.

  • Clothes to Carry

    A good base layer which could be a thermal top (polypropylene), with a T-shirt on top will keep you warm and dry. Mid layers provide insulation so anything that is warm will do e.g. a medium thickness woollen jumper or a mid-weight fleece top, along with another lightweight fleece top will suffice. If you really feel the cold, substitute the thinner layer with a down jacket. The outer layer is the final layer between you and the elements and must be capable of keeping out the wind, rain and snow. Any good waterproof, windproof jacket would do the job. Leg wear in the form of thermal long johns are invaluable. Cotton trousers or long skirts (long skirts for ladies also double as a 'port-a-loo') worn over this layer can keep you very comfortable. A good sun hat is very essential. Sunglasses which offer 100% UV protection are necessary to combat strong daylight.

  • Equipment Checklist

    The following is a list of things that we suggest to carry with you. This is not intended to be a comprehensive list, rather it is intended to act as a reminder of those items that we feel are essential for your comfort and convenience. However, we recognize that you may have your own personal preferences for clothing which may be equally as suitable.

    • Ankle high trekking boots (worn in)
    • Thermal underwear / long johns (upper + lowers)
    • Quick dry trousers
    • Shirt / t - shirt
    • Warm fleece / jacket
    • Insulating layers
    • Down clothing (optional)
    • Wind protection and rain protection gear
    • Extremities:
    • Hands (gloves -2 pair woollens or hard shell)
    • Feet (socks - 2/3 pair nylon + 2/3 pairs woollen)
    • Head (balaclavas / woollen, sun hat, bandana etc.)
    • A tough duffel bag / rucksack / soft travel bag which is carried by porters
    • A ruck pack which one needs to carry oneself (at least 50 litres)
    • Other Gears:
    • Sunglasses
    • Headlamp / torchlight
    • Trekking poles (optional)
    • Water bottle - should have at least two 1 litre bottles (hard plastic to be able to fill in hot water at high camps)
    • Personal toiletries: toothbrush, comb, sunscreen, lip balm etc.
    • Personal recreation: camera, film, books, music, cards etc. (important for those long boring times when the weather turns bad)
    • Hand sanitizer
    • Small personal first aid

  • Our Crew

    The number of people in the crew will be determined by the group size. In most cases the group consists of the Trip360 Outdoor Experience Leader (OEL), a local guide and additional support staff like cooks, helpers etc. Each one of these people are vital towards the successful completion of the trip and do their bit in assisting in the overall logistics of the trip.

  • Arrival Information

    There are many ways of getting to Manali. The most convenient way is the overnight buses from Delhi or Chandigarh. Bhuntar has an operational airport which is around 2 hours away from Manali. You can choose to arrive in Manali any time before 3 PM on day 1 of the trip. Please send us your arrival details in advance so that we know when you are arriving.

  • Medical facilities Available

    It will help for you all to carry some easy to access medicine on the trip, for headaches, diarrhoea, constipation, and some re-hydration powders like electral etc. It's also a good idea to have a roll of toilet paper accessible should you need to go.

  • Altitude considerations

    Travel to any part of the Indian Himalayas deserves a little more respect than many other mountain ranges because most of the regions lie in high altitudes 2500 meters (8000 ft.). This is not something that you should worry about. The human body is quite capable of adapting to a very wide range of barometric pressures and there is plenty of oxygen even at the highest point of our trips. Our trek leaders are widely experienced in these matters and will be able to give you good advice to help minimise any temporary discomfort that you might experience. If you have suffered serious problems at altitude before, you should seek the advice of your doctor or a specialist. We are always ready to give advice on this subject. We do not take heart or lung patients or pregnant mothers on such trips.

  • Luggage Info

    It's best to carry your belongings in a large, tough rucksack. A waist bag is handy to have your camera, film rolls, flashlights etc. Pack similar things such as clothes, washing things, camping equipment etc. in separate sacks or polythene bags so they are easier to pull out and add to the waterproofing in your bag. The facility of luggage offloading can be availed at an additional price of INR 2250 per person. This will cover for the porterage of your main luggage packed in a soft duffel bag or rucksack upto 10 kilograms for the 10 trekking days.

  • Books to Read

    The Blue Umbrella by Ruskin Bond - A few page turns and we're already in love with
    Binya, a young village girl who decides to trade her lucky claw pendant for a delightful blue umbrella. As the villagers begin to get envious, we'll be enthralled by the story and Garhwali landscape that Ruskin Bond brings to his life with his words.

    Himalayan Wonderland: Travels in Lahaul and Spiti by Manohar Singh Gill - This riveting novel, which is a cross between a memoir and a travel book, retraces the footsteps of the Indian administrator, Manohar Singh Gill. We learn about his relationship with Spiti and Lahaul, a bond that was forged when he lived there for a year. We'll accompany him as he works alongside the locals and reflects on the generosity of the people - something that completely changed his life.

  • Typical Day on the Trip

    A day on a trek begins with breakfast at 7 AM. We aim to usually be on the trail by 8:30 AM and reach our destination for the day by 3-4 PM, if not earlier. Long days on the trail may mean an earlier start and an 8-10 hour walking day. The summit attempt day is the exception off course, when we have to leave extremely early in the morning. The leader will take a call on this and inform the group as per the prevailing conditions.

  • Approximate Group Size

    3 to 15 persons.

  • Money to carry

    It is recommended that guests carry about INR 5000 cash in person during the trek. This may be required during an emergency. Also, according to practice, on the last night of the trek, the group tips the staff and cash will be required for this as well. Usually tips start from about INR 1500 for guide and cook and INR 1000 for rest of staff. Guests may choose to tip the staff more. The tip may be handed over to the trip leader.

  • Tipping

    All tipping is optional and by no means mandatory, however if you feel that your staff and drivers have performed at a good or excellent level, it is a great way to let them know you appreciate their efforts.