Parang La Trek
Parang La Trek is really an astonishing trek in terms of traditions and scenery.
Parang La Trek is a challenging trek; it will let you understand the beauty and breathtaking scenery of both the lower Himalayas and the extensive high altitude grazing meadow in the Greater Himalayas. Huge briny lakes are bounded by a ring of infertile brown mountains. While trekking, youll pass through the wealth of wild flowers including the wonderful Blue Himalayan Poppy Flower in blossom, the breeding ground of the famous Spiti horses, a snow leopard, blue sheep and Tibetan ass.
Explore and visit monasteries, markets, distant villages and the stunning Tso Moriri Lake. Trek uphill and reach the Rohtang Pass (4000 m). After crossing the pass, there is the Chandru River. Trek on bumpy path to north, where you will view the mountains, with plenty of photo opportunities. Stop by the famous Kye Gompa. Trek down to a small river and up through the unreasonable ravine bed to reach our camp at the village of Dumla.
You can halt at Thaltak meadows that have some fantastic vistas awaiting for you there. The mountains change to indescribable colors as the sun crosses the skies. The trek follows the Parachue River near the Meghalodont Mountain. You will get to see sea fossils. Chinese/Tibetan border is not too far from this point.
Markula Devi Temple: The temple is devoted to goddess Markula. It is quite famous and often visited by pilgrims. Its wooden carvings add charm to it. This temple is built in timber bonded stones which attracts a lot of tourists.
Phuktal Gompa: The framework of this gompa cuts into a rock under a large cave and having almost 70 Monks. There is a hollow in rock and the water level never cuts down. This monastery comprises three huge and one small prayer room, library. The grave of Gangsem Sherap Sampo is also there.
Kye Gompa: Set in the village of Kye, this monastery is very old and huge in the valley. It also houses an idol of Lord Buddha. Kye Gompa is located at an altitude of about 4,116 m above Kye village. It is the most holy pilgrim place which has attracted regular tourists. Pilgrims from everywhere of the globe visit this place for its monastic architecture. Kye gompa has decorated paintings and murals on the walls.
How to get there
By Air: The closest airport is Shimla, 200 km away. From here hire a cab to go to Kinnaur.
By Rail: Closest railway station is Kalka in Haryana. From here a narrow gauge line runs up to Shimla.
By Road: Kinnaur is connected to National Highway No 22 via buses, taxis and jeeps. Rampur also connects to Kinnaur by road.
Best time to visit: Mid-July to mid-September.
- Get familiar with environ before trekking.
- Good basic level of fitness is required for this trek.
- Check the equipments for your safety.
- Maximum height ot be reached is 5600 m.
- While trekking in this area, make sure that you do not dirty the surrounding places.
Things to Carry
- Walking stick
- Sleeping bag
- Hiking shoes
- Woolen clothes
- Water, juices, snacks
- Electric torch
- Medical kit
- A good compass
The Pin Valley National Park: Located in the rugged Himalayan terrains, Pin valley sanctuary has many snow leopards and Ibex. You can also find a wide spread of Alpine Forests in this region. During the summers you can see colorful flowers. There are many endangered species. Find some rare birds like Himalayan Snow cock, Snow Partridge Chukor, and the Tibet Snow Finch.
Spiti valley: A desert valley is set in the mountains of Himalayas. Surrounding places and the valley itself is the least populated region. Valley reveals a typical Buddhist culture of nearby Tibet and the Ladakh region of India.