Parang La Trek Spiti to Ladakh Trek on ancient trade route to turquoise Lake of Tso Moriri and Nomads of Rupshu Changthang

Parang La Trek Spiti to Ladakh
Overview

The Parang La is a high mountain pass located in between Spiti and Ladakh. The Parang la trekking route follows an ancient, historical and traditional trade route once was between Spiti, Changthang & Tibet. it's an 8 days trekking from Dumla near Kibber to Korzok. The route crosses the upper reaches of the Pare Chu and continues to the Lake Tsomoriri in Ladakh. The Parang la at an altitude of 5570 m. To the south of the pass there are less snowfields . To the north is a long glacier crossing. To the Northwest there is Takling La, which is nowadays used less by trekkers, mostly takes Parang La route. Opened to tourist since 1994, Potala Adventurers took first commercial trek in 1996, Kibber - Kiangdam - Pang trek. Since than we have organize numerous treks in this region, some of which were includes also the climb of Chamser - Lungser Kangri. To add more adventure in this trip, a Mentok Kangri climb is an option.

Setting off from Dumla near Kibber (4250m), Kibber meadows is breeding ground for famous Spiti horses and also the home of elegent Snow Leopard. The route goes to Parilungbi gorge. Stepping over the Thaltak meadows, moraine stretches, crevasses and glaciers, climb to the high mountain pass of Parang La (5570m). The source of Pare Chu River. Following the Pare Chu, which flows towards South into the Tibet frontier near Chumar village and again enters in Spiti valley, 
There are no people on the whole route, unless you meet a few Changpa nomads near the Lake at Kiangdam. Today most of nomadic herdsmen lives between the valley near Thelakong la, Lanyar area. A vast valley that goes from near Kiangdam. It is a high altitude trek, the route remains above 4400m most of time. Thus a proper acclimatization at Kaza or Kibber is essential for doing this trek.The other challenging and significant problem can be the crossing of multiple mountain stream, which can be a very cold during bad weather. It is therefore essential to have good sandals. The last two campsites location are best in the entire trek. The rewarding point is at the end of trek when you reach deep blue turquoise Tsomoriri at the Kiangdam, southern shore of Tso-Moriri. Kiangdam is named after Kiang (Tibetan wild ass) that roams in this area. Tsomoriri is also breeding ground for the black necked crane, bar headed geese, Brahminy ducks. Arriving at Korzok trail goes to the large changpa settlement at Korzok phu and ascend to Yalung Nyau la, the another high pass of this trek. Soon a series of passes and passing & meeting with Changa nomads we finish our trek at Pongunagu near Tsokar. Finally short drive to join Leh - Manali highway at Debring and to Taglang la, than along the Indus river to Leh.

PARANG LA TREK - KIBBER KORZOK TSOMORIRI TO TSOKAR ITINERARY
Day 01
:  Arrive Delhi / Chandigarh airport. Drive to Manali. 
Day 02:  Manali.
Day 03:  Manali to Rohtang la (3978m) – Kunzom la (4551m) - Kaza (3600m)
Day 04:  At Kaza: Acclimatize
Day 05:  Kaza - Langza (4435m): Acclimatize
Day 06:  Langza to Kee - Kibber (4,205m) - Dumla (4080m) drive, Trek to Thaltak (4650m) 
Day 07:  Trek to Jugtak (4850m) - Bongrojen (5100m)
Day 08:  Trek to Dak Karzong - Kharsa gongma (4900m) cross Parang la (5570 m)
Day 09:  Trek to Dakpo Takling Chu (4800m) - Datang Yongma (4650m)
Day 10:  Trek to Umlung (4650 m) - Racholhamo (4600m)
Day 11:  Trek to Norbu sumdo (4520 m) - Chumik Shilde (4540m)
Day 12:  Trek to Kiangdam (4540 m) 
Day 13:  Trek to Korzok (4600m)
Day 14:  Korzok
Day 15:  Trek to Yalung Nyau la (5440m) - Kyama (5170m)
Day 16:  Trek to Kortse La (5380m) - Kyamayuri la (5430m) - Rachungkaru (4940m)
Day 17:  Trek to Horlam Kongka la (4900m) - Nuruchan (4650m)
Day 18:  Trek to Pongunagu (4580m) / Tsokar Lake
Day 19:  Pongunagu to Taglang La (5328m) - Leh (3600m) 
Day 20:  Leh
Day 21:  Morning flight Leh to Delhi and onward flight back to home.

OPTION: MENTOK KANGRI 6250M
Day 13:   Kiangdam to Korzok (4600m)
Day 14:  At Korzok
Day 15:  Trek to Base camp (5300m)
Day 16:  A day for preparation 
Day 17:  Ascend Mentok Kangri (6250m) - Base camp
Day 18:  Reserve day / Contingency day
Day 19:  Descent to Korzok phu (4650m)
Day 20:  Trek to Yalung Nyau la (5440m) - Kyama (5170m)
Day 21:  Trek to Kortse La (5380m) - Kyamayuri la (5430m) - Rachungkaru (4940m)
Day 22:  Trek to Horlam Kongka la (4900m) - Nuruchan (4650m)
Day 23:  Trek to Pongunagu (4580m) / Tsokar Lake
Day 24:  Pongunagu to Taglang La (5328m) - Leh (3600m) 
Day 25:  Leh
Day 26:  Morning flight Leh to Delhi and onward flight back to home.

INCLUDED IN THE PRICE
-  All ground transportation to & fro as per the itinerary. Manali to Leh or Manali to Manali.
-  2 nights bed & breakfast hotel accommodation in Manali at 3 star hotel on twin sharing basis.
-  2 nights bed & breakfast hotel accommodation in Kaza at 3 star hotel on twin sharing basis.
-  1 nights home stay at Langza.
-  2 nights bed & breakfast hotel accommodation in Leh at 3 star hotel on twin sharing basis
-  Accommodation on twin share in 3 men 4 season tents,  sleeping bags/liners, foam mattresses, mess tent, stool, chairs, toilet tent. Single tent available on request.
-  All meal during trek - starts with bed tea to breakfast, lunch, dinner, tea /coffee, snacks. from Indian, Tibetan, Chinese to continental cuisine.
-  Support staff: Qualified English speaking Ladakhi or local trekking guide, cook & camp crew.
-  Trekking mules/horses for porterage of your luggage and trekking gear.
-  Camping fee,  climbing permits.
-  GST (Goods and services tax) as applicable.
-  First aid medical kit. 
 

PARANG LA TREK - KIBBER KORZOK TSOMORIRI TO TSOKAR - DETAILED ITINERARY
Day 01:  Arrive Delhi / Chandigarh airport. Drive to Manali. 
Arrive at Delhi or Chandigarh airport. Pickup and drive to Manali by private car. Arrive at Manali, check into hotel. Its 14-15 hrs drive from Delhi airport and its 7-8 hrs drive from Chandigarh airport to Manali.

Day 02:  Manali.

 
ManaliManali

Day 03:  Manali to Rohtang la (3978m) – Kunzom la (4551m) - Kaza (3600m), 9-10 hrs
Today an early departure from Manali, Over land journey by jeep over Rohtang pass 3978 mtrs. Rohtang pass, which is the gateway to Lahoul –Spiti, Pangi and Zanskar. Along the Chandra River valley for 3-4 hrs until reaching Batal. Magnificent view of snow capped mountain of C.B. Ranges and Bara Shigri Glacier. These ranges are part of Great Himalayan range. Passing through Kunzum la (4551m) we arrive at first village of Spiti called Losar (4’000m). By the evening arrival at Kaza. Kaza is a sub-headquarter of Spiti region. Check into hotel, rest and relax. 

Day 04:  At Kaza: Acclimatize
Today explore local bazar at Kaza town. or visit Dankhar, Lalung and Pin valley. 

* At Kaza - 2 days acclimatize hike to Komic & Dumla*

Day 05:  Kaza - Langza (4435m): Acclimatize
Langza is situated at an altitude of 4435m/14500ft and below the beautiful Chau Chau Kang Nilda peak (6303m). You will stay overnight at homestay. Explore the village and acclimatize hike in around. 


Day 06:  Langza to Kee - Kibber (4,205m) - Dumla (4080m) drive 1 hr, Trek to Thaltak (4650m), 5-6 hrs 
Today leaving Langza, first drive to Kee gompa and than to Kibber. Continue to Dumla. Dumla is short after Pari Lungbi gorge. Setting off from here first short descent to Dumla through fields of Barley than gradual ascent  arrival on a ridge, from where splendid and spectacular view of Shilla Peak 6303m. to southeast half an hour down to the campsite of Thaltak. 


Kye gompa


Thaltak campsite

Day 07:  Trek to Jugtak (4850m) - Bongrojen (5100m), 7-8 hrs
Now trail descend 400 mtrs. Down to Parilungla Chu. Cross the river, Climb to saghthag over moraine stretch. Further gradual and exhausting climb to reach the glaciated valley, one to the north and one to the south. Follow the moraine stretch towards north and then arrive at the campsite of Jugthag at as altitude of 4850m


Base of Parang La

Day 08:  Trek to Dak Karzong - Kharsa gongma (4900m) cross Parang la (5570 m), 8-9 hrs
An eventful day for those who have never climbed this height Before. From camp climb up gradually to Parangla on patches of snow panoramic views of Peaks of Ladakh, Lahoul and Spiti for below in the NW you can see the Pare chu which original from this pass. 4 km. Descend through crevasses and glacier then cross the Pare chu. Following the left site of river arrive at campsite of Kharsa Gongma. The Dak Karzong is at short distance from Kharsa gongma.


Parang La

Day 09:  Trek to Dakpo Takling Chu (4800m) - Datang Yongma (4650m), 6-7 hrs
Today we cross the river close to campsite and follow the right bank of Pare Chu. Now the valley becomes broaden .Sometimes on riverbed or above river the trail goes to campsite of Dokpo Phirtse. 60 kms stretch through Kharas, Dokpo phirtse, Dakar, Kuru and Thaktote, which are places where Changpas stays during summer time. Gentle and easy walking along the Pare Chu. Small tributaries to be cross before arriving the Dokpo Phirtse  and continue to Datang Yongma campsite.


At Kharsa gongma

Day 10:  Trek to Umlung (4650 m) - Racholhamo (4600m), 6-7 hrs
Today again easy walking along the right bank of Pare-chu.Now the valley becomes wide as you follow the Pare-chu.At different places you come across Patches of grass at nomad’s summer place. Overnight camp at Racholhamo.


Along the Pare Chu river bed

Day 11:  Trek to Norbu sumdo (4520 m) - Chumik Shilde (4540m), 7 hrs
Short stretch along the right bank until arriving a place where a stream joins with pare-chu. The trail goes further to chumar village in Tibet. Pare- chu river to be cross at this point and trek up to right and valley. Walk towards right hand valley. As you trek upwards the landscape changes from dusty plain to green pasture ground. Here you will be welcomed by Changpas. (Tibetan nomads) Overnight camp at Chumik Shilde.


Rocky moraine trail

Day 12:  Trek to Kiangdam (4540 m), 4-5 hrs
A wonderful and exciting day of trekking tour, here landscape changes dramatically. Walking through pasture and sandy patches the valley become broader and broader. After walking through Chumik Shilde and crossing small stream finally arrive at Tso-moriri Lake. The lake is 24 kms in length and 6 kms wide. Changpas can be seen with their flocks of sheep, goats and yaks near around the lake. Kyang, birds like: bar headed goose, the migratory birds black-necked ducks are also found around the lake. 


* Kiangdam camp - at the Southern shore of Tso Moriri*

Day 13:  Trek to Korzok (4600m), 7-8 hrs
Today after breakfast leaving Kiangdam behind we trek to Korzog along the banks of Tsomoriri Lake. Yet its providing pleasant walk on the shore of lake as well as Chamser (6622m) and Lungser Kangri (6666m) peaks at the Eastern shore of Tsomoriri remain in sight up to Korzok. To the North you will have view of Yalung Nong peak and to the West Mentok Kangri group of peaks. Karzok is high altitude village, situated at the west banks of Lake Tsomoriri, inhabitants of Karzok also known as Changpa. Overnight camp at Korzok.

Day 14:  Korzok
A day to explore and Korzok village 


Day 15:  Trek to Yalung Nyau la (5440m) - Kyama (5170m), 7-8 hrs
We trek past many large nomadic encampments over Gyam sharma La to Kyama. 


Yalung Nyau La

Day 16:  Trek to Kortse La (5380m) - Kyamayuri la (5430m) - Rachungkaru (4940m), 7-8 hrs
Today leaving camp we first cross Kortse la and next the Kyamamuri La to Rajung Karu. 


Vast high altitude plains of Western Tibetan plateau

Day 17:  Trek to Horlam Kongka la (4900m) - Nuruchan (4650m), 6-7 hrs
At first trek over the low ridge of Harlam Konka to the small village and Gompa of Nuruchang. Than trail goes over a small pass that takes you to Nuruchan. This area is principally inhabited by the nomadic people with their yaks, sheep and pashmina goat. We are close to Tsokar Lake. 


A pass before Tsokar

Day 18:  Trek to Pongunagu (4580m) / Tsokar Lake, 5-6 hrs
Today trek along the Tso kar and another best place of our trek. We camp at Pongunagu. Afternoon visit Thugje goma located nearby 


Tsokar village and Thukje gompa at a distance

Day 19:  Pongunagu to Taglang La (5328m) - Leh (3600m) , 7-8 hrs
Walking through a gorge, the challenge of the day is when the river has to be crossed twice. At Rumtse, a vehicle will pick us up here and finally drive to Leh. 


Taglang la

Day 20:  Leh
Rest and relax at Leh and explore Leh bazar. 

Leh Royal palace and Tsemo gompa

Day 21:  Morning flight Leh to Delhi and onward flight back to home.
Leh to airport drop and on board morning flight Leh - Delhi and onward flight back to home. 

 

PARANG LA TREK - KIBBER TO KORZOK TSOMORIRI  ITINERARY
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Day 01:  Arrive Delhi / Chandigarh airport. Drive to Manali. 

Day 02:  Manali to Rohtang la (3978m) – Kunzom la (4551m) - Kaza (3600m)
Day 03:  At Kaza: Acclimatize
Day 04:  Kaza - Langza (4435m): Acclimatize
Day 05:  Langza to Kee - Kibber (4,205m) - Dumla (4080m) drive, Trek to Thaltak (4650m) 
Day 06:  Trek to Jugtak (4850m) - Bongrojen (5100m)
Day 07:  Trek to Dak Karzong - Kharsa gongma (4900m) cross Parang la (5570 m)
Day 08:  Trek to Dakpo Takling Chu (4800m) - Datang Yongma (4650m)
Day 09:  Trek to Umlung (4650 m) - Racholhamo (4600m)
Day 10:  Trek to Norbu sumdo (4520 m) - Chumik Shilde (4540m)
Day 11:  Trek to Kiangdam (4540 m) 
Day 12:  At Kiangdam
Day 13:  Kiangdam to Korzok (4600m)
Day 14:  Korzok to Leh via Taglang La (5328m)
Day 15: Leh - Delhi flight.

Package Itinerary
  • Day 1 Arrive New Delhi, New Delhi to Chandigarh - Manali by private car.

    Arrive at Delhi or Chandigarh airport. Pickup and drive to Manali. Arrive at Manali, check into hotel.

  • Day 2 At Manali - Rest & relax

    At Manali: Visit local sights ie Hadimba temple, Manu temple, Vashisht hot spring, Tibetan monastery and explore Manali bazar.

  • Day 3 Drive to Rohtang la (3978m) – Kunzom la (4551m) - Kaza (3600m), 8-9 hrs.

    Today an early departure from Manali, Over land journey by jeep over Rohtang pass 3978mtrs.Rohtang pass, which is the gateway to Lahoul –Spiti, Pangi and Zanskar passing through Chandra Valley, enroute having magnificent view of snow capped mountain of C.B. Ranges and Bara Shigri Glacier. These ranges are part of Pir Panjal range of lower Himalayas. Passing through Kunzum –la (4551m) we arrive at first village of Spiti called Losar (4’000m). By the evening arrival at Kaza. Kaza is a beautiful place and sub-headquarter of Spiti region.

  • Day 4 At Kaza: Acclimatize

    Today explore local bazar at Kaza town. or visit Dankhar, Lalung and Pin valley.

  • Day 5 Kaza - Langza (4435m): Acclimatize

    Langza is situated at an altitude of 14500ft and below the beautiful Chau Chau Kang Nilda peak. You will stay overnight at homestay. Explore and village and short walk in around.

  • Day 6 Drive to Kee - Kibber (4,205m) - Dumla, Trek to Thaltak (4550m).

    Today leaving Kaza short drive to Kee 6 -7 kms. Visit the monastery and Continue drive to Kibber and further to Chichim - Dumla. Dumla is short after Pari Lungbi gorge. Setting off from here first short descent to Dumla through fields of Barley than gradual ascent  arrival on a ridge, from where splendid and spectacular view of Shilla Peak 6303m. to southeast half an hour down to the campsite of Thaltak.

  • Day 7 Trek to Jugtak / South base camp 4850m. 6 - 7 hrs

    Now trail descend 400 mtrs. Down to Parilungla Chu. Cross the river, Climb to saghthag over moraine stretch. Further gradual and exhausting climb to reach the glaciated valley, one to the north and one to the south. Follow the moraine stretch towards north and then arrive at the campsite of Jugthag at as altitude of 4850m 

  • Day 8 Trek to Parang la (5570 m) Kharsa gongma (4800 m). 7 - 8 hrs

    An eventful day for those who have never climbed this height Before. From camp climb up gradually to Parangla on patches of snow panoramic views of Peaks of Ladakh, Lahoul and Spiti for below in the NW you can see the Pare chu which original from this pass. 4 km. Descendthrough crevasses and glacier then cross the Pare chu. Following the left site of river arrive at campsite of Karsha Gongma.

  • Day 9 Trek to Dokpo Phirtse (4700m). 6-7 hrs

    Today we cross the river close to campsite and follow the right bank of Pare Chu. Now the valley becomes broaden .Sometimes on riverbed or above river the trail goes to campsite of Dokpo Phirtse. 60 kms stretch through Kharas, Dokpo phirtse, Dakar, Kuru and Thaktote, which are places where Changpas stays during summer time. Gentle and easy walking along the Pare Chu. Small tributaries to be cross before arriving the Dokpo Phirtse camp site.

  • Day 10 Trek to Umlung (4515 m). 6-7 hrs

    Today again easy walking along the right bank of Pare-chu.Now the valley becomes wide as you follow the Pare-chu.At different places you come across Patches of grass at nomad’s summer place

  • Day 11 Trek to Norbu sumdo (4300 m). 7 hrs

    Short stretch along the right bank until arriving a place where a stream joins with pare-chu. The trail goes further to chumar village in Tibet. Pare- chu river to be cross at this point and trek up to right and valley. Walk towards right hand valley. As you trek upwards the landscape changes from dusty plain to green pasture ground. Here you will be welcomed by Changpas. (Tibetan nomads) Overnight camp at Norbu Sumdo.

  • Day 12 Trek to Kyangdam (4573 m). 6-7 hrs

    A wonderful and exciting day of trekking tour, here landscape changes dramatically. Walking through pasture and sandy patches the valley become broader and broader. Walking through Chumik Shilde and crossing stream finally arrive at Tso-moriri Lake. The lake is 24 kms in length and 6 kms wide. Changpas can be seen with their flocks of sheep, goats and yaks near around the lake. Kyang, birds like: bar headed goose, the migratory birds black-necked ducks are also found around the lake.


  • Day 13 Trek to Korzok 4600m, 7 hrs

    Today after breakfast leaving Kyangdam behind we trek to Korzog along the banks of Tsomoriri Lake. Yet its providing pleasant walk on the shore of lake as well as Chamser and Lungser Kangri peaks remain in sight up to Korzok. Karzok is high altitude village, situated at the west banks of Lake Tsomoriri, inhanitants of Karzok also known as Changpa. Arriving at Korzog we camp at the Phirtse phu river.

  • Day 14 Trek to Yalung Nyau la (5440m) - Kyama (5170m), 7-8 hrs

    We trek past many large nomadic encampments over Gyam sharma La to Kyama.

  • Day 15 Trek to Kortse La (5380m) - Kyamayuri la (5430m) - Rachungkaru (4940m), 7-8 hrs

    Today leaving camp we first cross Kortse la and next the Kyamamuri La to Rajung Karu.

  • Day 16 Trek to Horlam Kongka la (4900m) - Nuruchan (4650m), 6 hrs

    At first trek over the low ridge of Harlam Konka to the small village and Gompa of Nuruchang. Than trail goes over a small pass that takes you to Nuruchan. This area is principally inhabited by the nomadic people with their yaks, sheep and pashmina goat. We are close to Tsokar Lake.

  • Day 17 Trek to Pongunagu (4580m) / Tsokar Lake 5 hrs

    Today trek along the Tso kar and another best place of our trek. We camp at Pongunagu. Afternoon visit Thugje goma located nearby

  • Day 18 Pongunagu to Taglang La (5328m) - Leh (3600m) , 7 - 8 hrs

    Walking through a gorge, the challenge of the day is when the river has to be crossed twice. At Rumtse, a vehicle will pick us up here and finally drive to Leh. 

  • Day 19 At Leh

    Rest and relax at Leh and explore Leh bazar.

  • Day 20 Morning flight Leh to Delhi and onward flight back to home.

    Leh to airport drop and on board morning flight Leh - Delhi and onward flight back to home.

Inclusions

-  All ground transportation to & fro as per the itinerary. Manali to Leh or Manali to Manali.
-  2 nights bed & breakfast hotel accommodation in Manali at 3 star hotel on twin sharing basis.
-  2 nights bed & breakfast hotel accommodation in Kaza at 3 star hotel on twin sharing basis.
-  1 nights home stay at Langza.
-  2 nights bed & breakfast hotel accommodation in Leh at 3 star hotel on twin sharing basis
-  Accommodation on twin share in 3 men 4 season tents,  sleeping bags/liners, foam mattresses, mess tent, stool, chairs, toilet tent. Single tent available on request.
-  All meal during trek - starts with bed tea to breakfast, lunch, dinner, tea /coffee, snacks. from Indian, Tibetan, Chinese to continental cuisine.
-  Support staff: Qualified English speaking Ladakhi or local trekking guide, cook & camp crew.
-  Trekking mules/horses for porterage of your luggage and trekking gear.
-  Camping fee,  climbing permits.
-  GST (Goods and services tax) as applicable.
-  First aid medical kit. 

Exclusions

×     Domestic flight Delhi - Leh, 
×     Rest of hotel in Manali, Leh and New Delhi and lunch, dinner while staying at hotel in Leh & not trekking.
×     Travel insurance.
×     Soft or hard drinks.
×     Entrance fee at monasteries
×     Personal tipping to staff: Guide, cook, helper, horseman, driver. 
×     Any unforeseen cost arises by natural hazards rain, snow, road block which cost extra lodging & boarding beyond trip Schedule.

Reviews

Dear Prem Singh and Tenzin - We would like to express our greatest appreciation to all the efforts made by Govinda, Chin and Prem in making all aspects of our treck and climb enjoyable and memorable. The whole team worked very hard, even when they must have been in tired, to look after us on the treck and they catered for all our needs. The food was of outstanding quality ...

Mr. Ray & group, July - UK
Mr. Ray & Group, July - UK
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DATES
7 July - 28 July, 2019 (Available)
11 Aug - 31 Aug, 2019 (Available)
1 Sept - 21 Sept, 2019 (Available)
Group size: Min 4 required, Max 8

Region - Spiti & Rupshu Changthang Ladakh
Difficulty Level - Moderate to Strenuous
Max Altitude - 5570m 
Trip Length - 21 days Delhi to Delhi, 
17 days Manali to Leh
12 days of trekking
13 nights camp
Max sleeping altitude: 5100m
Lowest trekking altitude: 4080m
6 nights hotel, 1 night homestay
Activity - Trekking expedition
Best time - June end to mid Oct

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