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About the Destination:

The Parang La Pass Trek that passes to the scenic valleys of Ladakh, is one of the most popular trekking trails in the Ladakh-Spiti valley. Offering astounding views of the towering mountains and the snow-clad peaks. Though scenic all the ways, the Parang La trek originates from the Kara hamlet and continues till Karkoza. It starts gaining altitude as it makes its way through Spiti Valley and finally takes the trekkers to the Tso Moriri Lake. 

This amazing trek takes you through the journey of some of the most amazing sights. Pass through the high altitude village popular for spotting of the highly enigmatic and elusive snow leopard and then slowly take some steep turns. Witness the untouched beauty of the region with the wilderness and the verdant beauty. Start on your exciting adventure, from the enigmatic village of Kibber, which is famed for its elusive snow leopard population. 

Descend down the Kibber gorge and climb the famed Prang la. This trek is quite intensive, as you have to trek through challenging landscapes like deep gorges, vast meadows, lakes and much more. Get a chance to camp on some of the beautiful camping grounds during your trek.  This exemplary Trans-Himalayan trek backtracks the chronicled exchange course between Spiti, Changthang and Tibet and there are some incredible perspectives from the high mountain wellspring of the Pare Chu waterway. Parang La Trek Ladakh will give you definite travel adventure goals.


About the Trek:

Parang La trek takes you through the verdant beauty of Spiti Valley. Here is a nine day long adventure expedition to Parang La from Kaza, the beautiful starting point which is really suitable for a perfect commencement of such an expedition. In the first lap of the trek, Kibber at an altitude of 14000 feet and centuries old Ki monastery will be the ideal place to explore and after crossing many narrow river gorges you will reach Dumla. The quite tough and demanding phase of the trek comes when you move from Thaltak Meadow to Jagtha and from there to Bomgrojen.

The fourth day of the trek sees the main stretches of this exciting adventure when you prepare to climb the summit up. From the top, you may find the impressive beauty of Spiti Valley highly influential on your self. From the top, with the glimpses of the verdant valley, walk down to the famous Pare Chu River and from there, you will move enthusiastically toward Dak Karzong. As you continue the trek, you will come to conquer the flat paths reaching up to Racholamo Valley and from then onward, there will be easy downhill ways to reach Norbu Sumdo. You will get to cross a river beyond Norbu Sumdo to reach Chumik Shilde.

Tso Moriri Lake and a walk across the banks of it would be the most extravagant highlight of this trek. Then you will visit the beautiful old, Korzok Monastery too before you wind up the undeniable trails of Parang La. This trek can be one of the superb ways of rediscovering the untouched valleys of Spiti and Himalayas.


Parang La Trek Highlights:

- Get a chance to witness the many small hamlets and stream through the trek.  Feast your eyes as you witness the beauty of the whole region from the top.

- Enjoy camping at a high summit and the clear night sky under the billions of stars. Also, enjoy a small bonfire with your friends.

- Trek through some of the most alpine and forests of fir, Rhododendron and Oak.

- Get a chance to witness the rare flora and fauna of this region as you continue your trek.

- Witness the amazing  sight of deep gorges of Spiti to the broad flatlands of Ladakh

- Meet the local people here and share a cup of tea while you learn about their culture.

- Also, taste the local cuisine of this region while you head out for this trek.

Maximum Altitude: 18,300ft

Difficulty Level: Difficult 

Itinerary

  • Day 1 - Kaza to Ki | Ki to Dumla (18 km approx./ 4 hours)

    Arrive in Kaza, make yourself comfortable by exploring the town and get acclimatized. Kaza is the administrative centre of the Spiti Valley.

    After getting used to the conditions, begin the experience by first driving from Kaza to the small village of Kibber.

    Kibber is situated at a great height of about 14000 feet above sea level, and it is among the highest human settlements in the world.

    Near the village is the famous Ki Monastery – a 11th century Buddhist site – famous for its architecture, wall paintings and images of Lord Buddha.

    Later, commence the first phase of the Parang La trek and move towards Dumla.

    It is a short hike but you need to be cautious due to the slightly rough terrain of the Lahaul and Spiti region.

    Cross several deep and narrow river gorges on the way to Dumla, and on reaching your destination travel to the campsite for an overnight stay.

  • Day 2 - Dumla to Thaltak Meadow (14990 feet approx./ 3-4 hours)

    Walk down the mountainous slopes while completing this stretch of the Parang La trekking expedition and reach the base portion of a narrow gorge.

    After completing the descent, conquer the climbs towards the meadow of Thaltak.

    As you reach the altitude, pitch your tents and enjoy a peaceful camping.

  • Day 3 - Thaltak Meadow to Jagtha | Jagtha to Bongrojen (16780 feet approx./ 7 hours)

    In the morning, start off with the long and demanding phase of the trek to Parang La by walking for around 8 km towards Jagtha and then further towards Bongrojen.

    On the way, come down the slopes towards the floor of a river and then follow it upstream.

    En route Bongrojen, walk through hordes of small and big rocks, scattered on the track.

    On arrival in Bongrojen, transfer to the campsite for a night stay.

  • Day 4 - Bongrojen to Parang La (18290 feet) | Parang La to Dak Karzong (16200 feet approx./ 5 hours)

    One of the main stretches of Parang La will take you to the summit of the mountain pass itself.

    Have a hot cup of tea and breakfast before you start the trek.

    Gain elevation gradually while ascending to the top of the pass.

    On reaching the pass summit, look at the bewitching views of the Spiti Valley, and then start descending towards the Pare Chu River.

    Post the successful completion of the trails, tread on flat plains on the way to Dak Karzong.

    It is a small, flat and barren valley surrounded by high mountains on all sides.

    Upon reaching the site, travel to the camp and rest.

  • Day 5 - Dak Karzong to Datang Yongma (15500 feet approx./ 5 hours)

    Head upstream along the Pare Chu River, and walk through numerous minor mountain rivers.

    On reaching Datang Yongma, set up camps and retire for the day.

  • Day 6 - Datang Yongma to Chumik Shilde (14869 feet approx./ 5-6 hours)

    As you proceed with the Parang La trek, you would be hiking early morning along the easy and almost-flat path up to the Racholamo Valley.

    From here, the track comes downhill considerably, passing by the grounds of Norbu Sumdo, which used to be the meeting place of Ladakhi monarchs.

    Cross a river beyond Norbu Sumdo on the way to Chumik Shilde.

    On reaching the destination, travel to the camps for an overnight stay.

  • Day 7 - Chumik Shilde to Tso Moriri (15075 feet approx./ 5 hours)

    This section of the Parang La trekking would be there in your heart forever due to the presence of extremely beautiful scenery on the way.

    Tread on flat and vast plains to reach Tso Moriri – a mesmerising glacial lake at an altitude of approximately 15075 feet.

    On the way, if you are lucky, you will spot some Tibetan wild asses and around the lake, hordes of migratory birds.

    Upon arriving at this heavenly place, take a look around and plunge into the cold water if you dare!

    Click loads of photographs and walk around the lake to explore the area more. Later, transfer the camps for an overnight stay.

  • Day 8 - Tso Moriri to Korzok (14850 feet/ 6-7 hours)

    Begin the wonderful part of the Parang La trek by walking along the shores of Tso Moriri.

    It is a widely accepted spot to click hundreds of pictures of the snow-clad peaks of the Ladakh Mountain Range.

    As you reach the Korzok Village, avail an optional visit to Korzok Monastery, which houses statues and intricate wall paintings of numerous Buddhist deities.

    Following which, you will be transferred to your lodging to rest at night.

  • Day 9 - Korzok to Leh (211 km approx./ 5 hours)

    Travel from Korzok to Leh by road in order to end the trek to Parang La.

    Choose to explore the town or travel further to Srinagar or Manali to board a flight to Delhi.

Stay

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  • All camping equipment including state-of-the-art high altitude minus-degree sleeping bags, waterproof tents, comfortable trek mattresses, kitchen tents, dining tents and toilet tent
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  • Camping accommodation as per the program with all meals during the treks

Meal

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  • Freshly cooked delicious multi-cuisine breakfast, lunch and dinner

Activity

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  • Trekking
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  • Camping

Other Inclusions

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  • Highly knowledgeable and experienced English-speaking local guides and porters
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  • Mule drivers and mules during the trekking
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  • Services of a reliable English-speaking local driver adept at driving on Spiti's terrain
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  • Service Tax and all applicable taxes

Transport

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  • Transfers in a safe non-AC SUV as per itinerary

Things To Carry

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  • Warm and comfortable clothes
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  • Good quality trekking shoes, slippers and extra pair of socks
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  • Sunscreen lotion or any other skin moisturisers
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  • Water bottles, trendy backpack and energy bars/snacks
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  • A pair of sunglasses and camera
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  • Caps or hats
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  • Personal toiletries and basic medication (if any)
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  • Flash light (with spare batteries)
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  • Insect repellent and emergency medical kit

Advisory

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  • Climatic conditions in the high altitudes vary from the plains; take adequate time to get acclimatized to high altitudes.
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  • Pay heed to the tour leaders or instructors in order to enjoy a safe and sound experience.
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  • Do not consume alcohol or any other intoxicants during the tour.
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  • Avoid trekking or roaming during the nights.
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  • Carry basic medications and a first-aid kit during the tour.
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  • The tour takes place through eco-friendly zone; do not encourage littering the local sites or campsites.
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  • While visiting the religious sites, do obey proper dress-code and do not hurt the local sentiments of the places.

Tour Type

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  • This is a group tour

Cancellation Policy

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  • If cancellations are made 30 days before the start date of the trip, 25% of booking value will be charged as cancellation fees.
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  • If cancellations are made 15-30 days before the start date of the trip, 50% of booking value will be charged as cancellation fees.
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  • If cancellations are made within 0-15 days before the start date of the trip, 100% of booking value will be charged as cancellation fees.
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  • In case of unforeseen weather conditions or government restrictions, certain activities may be cancelled and in such cases the operator will try his best to provide an alternate feasible activity. However no refund will be provided for the same.

Refund Policy

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  • The applicable refund amount will be processed within 10 business days

Confirmation Policy

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  • The customer receives a confirmation voucher via email within 24 hours of successful booking
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  • In case the preferred slots are unavailable, an alternate schedule of the customer’s preference will be arranged and a new confirmation voucher will be sent via email.
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  • Alternatively, the customer may choose to cancel their booking and a full refund will be processed.

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    Frequently Asked Questions

    1. What is the best time to go for Parang La Trek?

      The best time to go for Parang la trek is during the month of mid-July to September. The weather remains very subtle during the day and gets colder at night.

    2. What is the difficulty level of Parang La Trek?

      Parang la is a difficult trek and you will trek to an altitude of 18,300ft which needs prior trekking experience. As you continue your trek you will come across some tricky paths.

    3. What clothing or equipment do we need to carry on our side during Parang La Trek?

      While you are heading out for your Parang la Trek there are few essential things which you need to carry. Trek Essentials: Trekking shoes: On your Har ki dun trek you will cover a long distance and walk for long. So you need proper trekking shoes which are comfortable and tough. Choose trekking shoes that are flexible and have good ankle support. Also, see that they are water resistant. Backpack: You will also need a good backpack with sturdy straps and supporting frame. Also, don’t forget to take a rain cover for your backpack Clothing: Two trek pants: Carry at least two spare pairs in case you first pant get wet. Wear one pair and carry the other pair with you. Three warm layers: During this trek, you will be trekking at a high altitude so it is very important that you have proper clothes for the climatic conditions. Make sure you have three warm clothes layers to protect you from cold. Three shirts with collar: While on the trek don’t forget to change your t-shirts. This is a c

    4. Which type of shoes should I carry on the trek to Parang La?

      On your Parang La trek, you will cover a long distance and walk for long. So you need proper trekking shoes which are comfortable and tough. Choose trekking shoes that are flexible and have good ankle support. Also, see that they are water resistant. Quechua Forclaz 100 High will be a good option for you.

    5. Can I have liquor or smoke while we're on the trek?

      No, drinking and smoking is not recommended during the trek. As you will be trekking to a high altitude drinking and smoking will affect you breathing conditions.

    6. How is Parang La Trek weather?

      During your trek, you will experience a sunny morning every day but colder nights. Always make sure that you carry or wear thermals for your trek.

    7. Is Diamox is advisable?

      Yes, taking a Diamox at the very beginning of the trek can be really helpful. You can also avoid it if you have prior trekking experience, but if you find any symptoms of AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness) which includes a headache, nausea and vomiting then inform your trek leader. During your trek, each of the campsites holds first aid kit and fully equipped cylinders for such situations.

    8. How do I get in shape?

      As the Parang La trek is considered as a difficult trek, you need to prepare yourself before heading out for this trek. For this, you can start jogging every day and then do cycling for some time. Always take the stairs without any breaks which will help you to keep fit. Also, start with brisk 30 minutes walk every day and then some physical exercise like stretching. You can also do some yoga every day to regulate your breathing properly.

    9. What are washroom/toilet facilities like on the trek?

      While on your Parang la trek, we provide toilet tents which are waterproof. There will be 2/ 4tents depending on the size of the group. The toilets tents will have a deep pit for your nature calls. You will also have a mound of soil and a shovel to cover it up which you can cover it up. This is the most hygiene way for you in the wild. Also, toilet paper is the advisable instead of wet wipes.

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