Parang La - 12 days, 11 nights

Visit : Manali, Kibber, Dumla, Thaltak Meadow, Bonrojen, Dak Karzong, Datang Yongma, Chumik Shilde, Tso - Moriri, Leh

The charm of Spiti cannot go unnoticed, especially on this magnificent trek to Parang La. This challenging trail echoes the ancient route taken by traders of Spiti Valley, Ladakh and Tibet. The main feature and objective of our trek is climbing up to the ever expansive, 5,000m+ high, Parang La pass. It opens up into the charming valleys of Ladakh, acting as a gateway. Our trek begins a ...

The charm of Spiti cannot go unnoticed, especially on this magnificent trek to Parang La. This challenging trail echoes the ancient route taken by traders of Spiti Valley, Ladakh and Tibet. The main feature and objective of our trek is climbing up to the ever expansive, 5,000m+ high, Parang La pass. It opens up into the charming valleys of Ladakh, acting as a gateway. Our trek begins at Kibber, a village perched high on the summit of a limestone rock in the Spiti and Lahaul district. The stark mountain-scape of Kibber, teeming with isolation and views of the cold desert, beg to be photographed. Kibber also houses uncommon wildlife, like the small-statured Spiti Horses and the rarely spotted Snow Leopard.

The trail winds up along the banks of Tso Moriri - a pristine, placid, crystal blue lake standing at over 4,522m that is sure to take your breath away. The lake is an excellent site for spotting wildlife.

The Parang La Trek culminates at Karzok village, home to a longstanding Buddhist Monastery belonging to the Drukpa lineage and the changpa nomads inhabiting Karzok, trading in pashmina wool.

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IS THIS TRIP FOR ME?

  • If you're an experienced trekker who isn't afraid to go exploring in high altitudes, then this trek is for you. A single day's trek can last up to 7 hours at a stretch. We recommend checking your physical fitness before deciding to sign up.
  • Overview
  • Itinerary
  • Inclusions
  • Price
  • Dates
  • Accommodation
  • Things to Carry
  • Travel Tips
  • Terms & Conditions

Highlights

  • Cross a 5,000m+ Himalayan mountain pass
  • Camp at Thaltak meadows with clear skies surrounded by towering mountains
  • Wilderness at its best - see Spitian horses, marmots, black-necked crane, bar headed geese, Brahmini ducks and a chance to spot the elusive snow leopard!
  • Tso Moriri, arguably one of the most serene lakes in the country
Start of Tour

Manali

End of Tour

Chumik Shilde

  • Day 1Arrive Manali
    • Arrive in Manali in the morning and stay at a countryside guest house in Old Manali. Spend the day relaxing and local sight-seeing in Manali. One can choose to visit Hadimba temple, Vashisht or just take it easy visiting cozy cafes in Old Manali.

    • Meals - Dinner
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  • Day 2Manali - Kibber
    • Today begins early and will be the longest day on-road. Manali to Kaza is a drive of 200 odd km, with constant change in landscape and altitude. We will cross Chhatru, Batal and Losar villages in Spiti. We will also be crossing two high-altitude passes on the way: Rohtang pass (13500 ft.), the gateway to the Lahaul Spiti district of Himachal; leading to Leh and Kunzum Pass (15,100ft), the highest pass in Spiti. We will reach Kaza by evening, have dinner and rest in a local homestay.

    • Meals - Dinner
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  • Day 3Kibber
    • Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    • <p> We spend the day acclimatizing to the weather and high altitude of Kibber village 14,200 ft above sea level.</p>
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  • Day 4Kibber - Dumla
    • The first day of your Parang La trek is all about getting the body and the mind ready for the challenges of the beautiful Himalayan wilderness that lies ahead. The trek from Kibber to Dumla is a fairly relaxed walk, but take your time…these Spitian gorges are notorious for being unforgiving.

    • Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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  • Day 5Dumla - Thaltak Meadow
    • On the second day of trekking towards Parang La, you descend the gorge bed, and then gradually ascend towards the Thaltak Meadow from Dumla. Alive with wild sceneries and the deep gorges of Spiti River, Thaltak makes for a thrilling place to camp-in for the night. Even at this height the temperatures can soar during the day, so put on those sunglasses and let the sun shine on.

    • Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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  • Day 6Thaltak - Jagtha - Bonrojen
    • Today is no easy feat - keep those nutrition bars handy! This is going to be a long and strenuous day of walking 8 km to Jagtha (15,700 ft.) and then another 6 km to Bongrojen (17,000ft). That's almost half of Mount Everest!

    • Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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  • Day 7Bongrojen - Parang La - Dak Karzong
    • Today, on your Prang La trek, prepare for D-Day. Drink some chai, have freshly cooked continental breakfast, breathe in the early morning air and head out. You're looking to reach todays' destination in 5 hours. The final 4 km trek is a steep 2-hour climb to Parang La (18,300 ft). The pass lies on the traditional trade route between Ladakh and the Spiti Valley. Bask in the glory of postcard-perfect Spiti and views of the Changthang valleys from above. You'll also be able to catch glimpses of your final destination, Ladakh, as you can see Parilungi - the first Ladakh peak - from here.
      After taking it all in, we descend to Pare Chu river. Breathe a sigh of relief as you're done with steep climbs for now. Coming up is a great expanse of broad plains, until you reach Dak Karzong - where you're going to halt for the night.

    • Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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  • Day 8Dak Karzong
    • Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    • <p> Relax and reward yourself by taking a day off. Breathe in the scenery take some time to restore your energy.</p>
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  • Day 9Dak Karzong - Datang Yongma
    • Today, we're getting musical. Remember all those songs that are fun to sing along in groups? Well, now is the time to sing your heart out as you trudge along in an open valley of a distinguished trail. You're going to walk along the left bank of the River Pare Chu, until you arrive at the Datang Yongma campsite.

    • Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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  • Day 10Datang Yongma - Chumik Shilde
    • Don't fret, more beautiful Himalayan wilderness awaits. A lot of people think trekking is just the process of getting to an end point, where celebration lies. Little do they know that the journey itself is celebratory! Today, we follow the trail to Racholemo (14,000 ft.) then Norbu Sumdo (14,400 ft.) and across to Chumik Shilde, all of which offer astounding views to the surrounding mountains, and make you want to celebrate nature like never before. We start early, as the winds can be strong in the afternoons.

    • Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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  • Day 11Chumik Shilde - Tso Moriri
    • On this day of Parang La trek, the stunning blue lake, Tso Moriri awaits. Experience bouts of the wild kingdom by spotting some untamed animals. Not to worry, it's just a few wild Tibetan asses you're likely to see at Kiangdom, named after the "kiangs" (as the asses are called). The oval-shaped lake here breaks into several channels creating a vast wetland. This is the breeding ground for several rare species of birds. If you're a bird enthusiast, then this will be a migratory haven!

    • Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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  • Day 12Depart Tso Moriri - Leh
    • The last day of the trek passes along the shore of Tso Moriri. The view of the lake with Lungser Kangri (6666m/21,871ft) in the background is unparalleled. We will start driving to Leh early in the morning. You can catch a late night flight back or choose to stay back in Leh.

    • Meals - Breakfast
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Inclusions

  • 11 Nights' accommodation as mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Meals as mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Transfers as mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Sightseeing as specified in the itinerary.
  • Travel Insurance.
  • Professional trekking leader along with local guides.
  • Camp staff.
  • Cook.
  • Royalty and permits.

Exclusions

  • Any transportation to Manali / from Leh. Your tour price starts Ex Manali.
  • Optional activities.
  • Entrance fees not mentioned in the inclusions.
  • Any meals not mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Personal expenses, tips, laundry, telephone calls, personal medicines, alcoholic beverages, etc.
  • Costs arising out of unforeseen circumstances such as bad weather, landslides, road conditions and any other circumstances beyond our control.
  • Evacuation charges and damage of any nature.
  • Any items / services not specifically mentioned under inclusions
  • Goods and Services Tax of 5%.

Price - Valid till 31 Mar 2020

Hub Twin Sharing Accommodation
Ex Manali 45,000
* 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

Standard hotel accommodation followed by 2 men comfortable tents during trekking.

Things to Carry

    While walking the body heats up and all we need to wear a T-shirt and cargos / trousers. However, all our warm clothes will come into play in the mornings / evenings when we aren't doing much physically. 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 woolen 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. A good sun hat is very essential. Sunglasses which offer 100% UV protection are necessary to combat strong daylight.

    • Ankle high trekking boots (Worn In)
    • Thermal underwears / 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 woolens or hard shell)
    • Feet (socks - 1/2 pair nylon + 2/3 pairs cotton / woollen),
    • Head (balaclavas / woollen, sun hat, bandana etc.)
    • A tough duffel bag / rucksack / soft travel bag which is carried by porters
    • A day pack which one needs to carry oneself (atleast 40lit)
    • Other Gear
    • Sunglasses
    • Headlamp / Torchlight
    • Trekking Poles (optional)
    • Water bottle - should have at least two 1 lit bottles (metal or hard plastic to be able to fill in hot water at high camps)
    • Personal toiletries: toothbrush, comb, sunscreen, lip balm etc.
    • Personal recreation: camera and 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

    Menus vary from Indian fare to Chinese, pasta, cold cuts, sandwiches, eggs etc. The emphasis is on providing a high-carbohydrate and largely vegetarian diet, which we have found to be easily digestible at high altitude. You might want to carry your favourite snack or some power bars with you on the long trekking days. We will provide you safe drinking water throughout the trek - it will either be bottled or boiled with a dash of iodine.

  • Clothes to Carry

    While walking the body heats up and all we need to wear a T-shirt and cargos / trousers. However, all our warm clothes will come into play in the mornings / evenings when we aren't doing much physically. 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 woolen 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. A good sun hat is very essential. Sunglasses which offer 100% UV protection are necessary to combat strong daylight.

  • Medication & First Aid

    First aid kit is provided with each group which consists of basic medicine dealing with mountain sickness.

  • Equipment Checklist

    • Ankle high trekking boots (Worn In)
    • Thermal underwears / 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 woolens or hard shell)
    • Feet (socks - 1/2 pair nylon + 2/3 pairs cotton / woollen),
    • Head (balaclavas / woollen, sun hat, bandana etc.)
    • A tough duffel bag / rucksack / soft travel bag which is carried by porters
    • A day pack which one needs to carry oneself (atleast 40lit)
    • Other Gear
    • Sunglasses
    • Headlamp / Torchlight
    • Trekking Poles (optional)
    • Water bottle - should have at least two 1 lit bottles (metal or hard plastic to be able to fill in hot water at high camps)
    • Personal toiletries: toothbrush, comb, sunscreen, lip balm etc.
    • Personal recreation: camera and film, books, music, cards etc.(Important for those long boring times when the weather turns bad)
    • Hand sanitizer
    • Small personal First Aid

  • Our Crew

    Our entire crew will consist of guide and cooking staff (alongwith mules and mule men), which would prepare the days meals for the days that we are camping out.

  • Flight Information

    Jet Airways, Air India

  • Medication & First Aid

    It will help for you all to carry some easy to access medicine on the trip, for headaches, diarrhea, constipation, and some re-hydration powders like Electoral 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. However, this process of adaptation or acclimatisation does take time and the most important rule is to gain height slowly. This trip itinerary gives the best possible acclimatisation programme within the limitations of a 2 and a half week holiday.

    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 duffel bag or a big rucksack. Pack similar things such as clothes, washing things, camping equipment etc. in separate stuff sacks or polythene bags so they are easier to pull out and add to the waterproofing in your bag. Your main bag should be a tough one as it will be on a porter's bag, not the best place to be for a fragile backpack.
    While trekking you will need to carry a small daypack big enough to carry your camera, water bottle, packed lunch, a warm layer and wind/rain jacket.
    Your baggage on trek will be carried by porters. The packed weight of your bag should be no more than 15 kgs. Apart from it you will have a daypack to carry necessary items for the day's walk.

  • Books to Read

    All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr: It tells the story of two teenagers during World War II (WWII), one a blind girl in Nazi-occupied France, the other a German orphan boy pressed into service by the Nazi army.

    Lost in the Himalayas by James Scott: A true story where the author loses his way on a short trek in the Himalayas and how he survives for 43 days by living on snow and sheer will power.

  • Typical Day on the Trip

    Begins with breakfast at 7 am by which time; you are expected to vacate your tent so packing can begin. Your help with setting up and packing up of tents is always welcome. We aim to usually be on the trail by 8:30 am and reach our camp for the day by 2-3 pm, if not earlier. Long days on the trail may mean an earlier start and an 8-10 hour walking day. Lunch is usually had on the walk, and you'd get into camp for a welcome cup of tea.

  • Approximate Group Size

    1 to 16 people.

  • Money to carry

    10 to 15 thousand Indian rupees.

  • 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.