Spiti to Ladakh across Parang La Trek 12 days on ancient trade route to turquoise Lake of Tso Moriri and meet Nomads of Rupshu Changthang

Spiti to Ladakh across Parang La
Overview

High Passes and Lakes of Ladakh

The Parang La is a high mountain pass located in between the Indian states of Himachal Pradesh and Ladakh region of J&K. Over the Parang La, it's an 8 days trekking route leads from Kibber to the upper reaches of the Pare Chu and continues to the Lake Tsomoriri in Ladakh. The pass has a height of 5570  m. To the south of the pass are several 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. The pass is only accessible from mid June to September. There are no people on the whole route, unless you meet a few Changpa nomads near the Lake. 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 rewarding point is at the end of trek when you reach deep blue Tsomoriri Lake. 


Setting off from Kibber (4250m), the route goes to Parilungbi gorge. Stepping over the moraine stretches, crevasses and glaciers, climb to the high mountain pass of Parang La (5570m). Following the Pare Chu, which flows towards South to the Tibet frontier near Chumar village and again enters in Spiti valley, you arrive at the Kyangdom, south shore of Tso-Moriri Lake.

Outline Itinerary
Day 1 -   Arrive Delhi, Drive to Chandigarh - Manali or fly Delhi to Kullu-Manali airport. 

Day 2 -   At Manali: acclimatize
Day 3 -   Drive to Rohtang la (3978m) – Kunzom la (4551m) -Kaza (3600m), 9-10 hrs.
Day 4 -   At Kaza: Acclimatize
Day 5 -   At Kaza: Acclimatize
Day 6 -   Drive to Kee, Trek to Gete - Kibber (4,205m) - Dumla, 6 - 7 hrs
Day 7 -   Trek Thaltak (4550m). 6 hr
Day 8 -   Trek South base camp 4850m. 6-7 hrs
Day 9 -   Trek Parang la (5570 m) Kharsa gongma (4800 m) 7-8 hrs.
Day 10 - Trek Dokpo Phirtse (4700m)
Day 11 - Trek Umlung (4515 m)
Day 12 - Trek Norbu sumdo (4300 m)
Day 13 - Trek Kyangdam (4573 m) 6-7 hrs.
Day 14 - Trek Korzok, 6-7 hrs.
Day 15 - Trek Yalung Nyau la (5440m) - Kyama (5170m), 6-7 hrs
Day 16 - Trek Kortse La (5380m) - Kyamayuri la (5430m) - Rachungkaru (4940m), 7-8 hrs.
Day 17 - Trek Horlam Kongka la (4900m) - Nuruchan (4650m), 5-6 hrs.
Day 18 - Trek Tsokar Lake Pongunagu (4580m)
Day 19 - Drive Taglang La (5328m) - Hemis - Thikyey - Shey - Leh (3600m) 7-8 hrs
Day 20 - At Leh
Day 21 - Morning flight Leh to Delhi and onward flight back to home.

Detailed itinerary
Day  1 - Arrive Delhi. Drive to Chandigarh - Manali.
Arrive Delhi, Drive to Chandigarh - Manali or fly Delhi to Kullu-Manali airport. 

Day  2 - At Manali: acclimatize
At Manali: Walks in around - visit local sights.
 

ManaliManali

Day  3 - Drive 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 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
At Kaza: Acclimatize 

Day  5 - At Kaza: Acclimatize
At Kaza: Acclimatize 


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

Day  6 - Drive to Kye, Trek to Gete - Kibber (4,205m) - Dumla, 6 - 7 hrs
Today leaving Kaza short drive to Kee 6 -7 kms. We start trek near the monastery taking a trail which goes steep upto Gete village. Climbing up and having a view of Spiti River valley as well numbers of village across the River. Finally arrive at small village of Gete. Spend few time above gete village to find out the fossils. Lastly descent to Kibber village.Leaving Kibber we descent to narrow Parilungbi gorge. Cross the Parang Chu by bridge and follow a small stream until Dumla village 400 mtrs. Dumla, which is last inhabitated village on route. Late afternoon visit Chichim village located nearby.

Kye gompa

Day  7 - Trek to Dumla - Thaltak (4550m). 6 hr
Leaving Dumba behind climb 500 meters. To the Now 900 mtrs. Gradual climbing, 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. 


Thaltak campsite

Day  8 - Trek to Jugtak (4850 m) / South base camp Parang la. 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 


Base of Parang La

Day  9 - Trek to Parang la (5450 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. 


Parang La

Day  10 - Trek to Dokpo Phirtse (4700m)
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 tributuries to be cross before arriving the Dokpo Phirtse camp site. 

At Kharsa gongma

Day  11 -  Trek to Umlung (4515 m)
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. 


Along the Pare Chu river bed

Day  12 - Trek to Norbu sumdo (4300 m)
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. 


Rocky moraine trail

Day  13 - 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. 


Kyangdom camp - at the Southern shore of Tso Moriri

Day  14 - Trek to Korzok, 6-7 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  15 - Trek to Yalung Nyau la (5440m) - Kyama (5170m), 6-7 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), 5-6 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. 


A pass before Tsokar

Day  18 - Trek to Tsokar Lake Pongunagu (4580m)
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 - Drive to Taglang La (5328m) - Hemis - Thikyey - Shey - 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. End of trip & our services 


Taglang la

Day  20 - At Leh
At Leh

Leh Royal palace and Tsemo gompa

Day 21 - Morning flight Leh to Delhi and onward flight back to home.
On board flight Leh - Delhi and onward flight back to home. 

 

COST INCLUDES 
ü
  All ground transportation to & fro as per the itinerary Manali to Leh.
ü  4 nights of hotel accommodation on CP plan. 2 nights Manali, 2 nights Leh.

ü  16 nights camp with all camping facilities.  3 men spacious 4 season tents for 2,  sleeping bags, foam mattresses, dining tent, trekking poles & safety gears.

ü  All meal during trek - starts with bed tea to breakfast, lunch, 3 course dinner, tea /coffee, snacks. from Indian, Tibetan, Chinese to continental cuisine.

ü  Support staff: trekking guide, cook & camp crew.

ü  Trekking mules/horses for porterage of your luggage and trekking gear.

ü  Camping fee, innerline permit for international tourist.

ü  Goods and services tax.

ü  First aid medical kit. 

Package Itinerary
  • Day 1 Arrive Delhi. Drive to Chandigarh - Manali.

    Arrive Delhi, Drive to Chandigarh - Manali or fly Delhi to Kullu-Manali airport. 

  • Day 2 At Manali: acclimatize

    At Manali: Walks in around - visit local sights. 

  • Day 3 Drive 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 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

    At Kaza: Acclimatize

  • Day 5 At Kaza: Acclimatize

    At Kaza: Acclimatize

  • Day 6 Drive to Kee, Trek to Gete - Kibber (4,205m) - Dumla, 6 - 7 hrs

    Today leaving Kaza short drive to Kee 6 -7 kms. We start trek near the monastery taking a trail which goes steep upto Gete village. Climbing up and having a view of Spiti River valley as well numbers of village across the River. Finally arrive at small village of Gete. Spend few time above gete village to find out the fossils. Lastly descent to Kibber village.Leaving Kibber we descent to narrow Parilungbi gorge. Cross the Parang Chu by bridge and follow a small stream until Dumla village 400 mtrs. Dumla, which is last inhabitated village on route. Late afternoon visit Chichim village located nearby.

  • Day 7 Trek to Thaltak (4550m). 4-5 hr

    Leaving Kibber we descent to narrow Parilungbi gorge. Cross the Parang Chu by bridge and follow a small stream until Dumla village 400 mtrs. Dumla, which is last inhabitated village on route. Late afternoon visit Chichim village located nearby.Leaving Dumba behind climb 500 meters. To the Now 900 mtrs. Gradual climbing, 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 8 Trek to Jugtak (4850 m) / South base camp Parang la. 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 9 Trek to Parang la (5450 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 10 Trek to Dokpo Phirtse (4700m)

    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 tributuries to be cross before arriving the Dokpo Phirtse camp site.

  • Day 11 Trek to Umlung (4515 m)

    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 12 Trek to Norbu sumdo (4300 m)

    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 13 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 14 Trek to Korzok, 6-7 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 15 Trek to Yalung Nyau la (5440m) - Kyama (5170m), 6-7 hrs

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

  • 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.

  • Day 17 Trek to Horlam Kongka la (4900m) - Nuruchan (4650m), 5-6 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 18 Trek to Tsokar Lake Pongunagu (4580m)

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

  • Day 19 Drive to Taglang La (5328m) - Hemis - Thikyey - Shey - 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. End of trip & our services

  • Day 20 At Leh

    At Leh

  • Day 21 Morning flight Leh to Delhi and onward flight back to home.

    On board flight Leh - Delhi and onward flight back to home. 

Inclusions

Cost includes
ü
  All ground transportation to & fro as per the itinerary Manali to Leh.
ü  4 nights of hotel accommodation on CP plan. 2 nights Manali, 2 nights Leh.

ü  16 nights camp with all camping facilities.  3 men spacious 4 season tents for 2,  sleeping bags, foam mattresses, dining tent, trekking poles & safety gears.

ü  All meal during trek - starts with bed tea to breakfast, lunch, 3 course dinner, tea /coffee, snacks. from Indian, Tibetan, Chinese to continental cuisine.

ü  Support staff: trekking guide, cook & camp crew.

ü  Trekking mules/horses for porterage of your luggage and trekking gear.

ü  Camping fee,  innerline permit.

ü  Goods and services tax.

ü  First aid medical kit.

Exclusions

Cost excludes
×     Domestic flight. Leh - Delhi. (Delhi airport transfer on request)
×     Delhi Manali transfer.

×     Rest of hotel in Leh and Delhi.

×     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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Parang la and nomads of Rupshu trekking price

Dates and cost are per person. If your prefer dates are not available below and you are more than 3 in group we open a dates for you. Please contact us, we will be happy to customize your trip dates, which is favorable for you.

Price

Rupees

Group Size

Duration

USD 2,200 PP

Rs/- 1,38,800 PP

2 in group

21 Days

USD 1,790 PP

Rs/- 1,12,800 PP

3 in group

21 Days

USD 1,500 PP

Rs/- 94,750 PP

4 in group

21 Days

USD 1,400 PP

Rs/- 88,600 PP

5 to 6 in group

21 Days

USD 1,340 PP

Rs/- 84,500 PP

7 in group

21 Days

USD 1,270 PP

Rs/- 79,980 PP

8 in group

21 Days

 PP - per person








Trip facts
Region - Spiti valley, Himachal Pradesh
Ladakh - Jammu Kashmir, India
Difficulty Level - Moderate to Strenuous
Max Altitude - 5570m 
Trip Length - 21 days Delhi to Delhi, 
17 days Manali to Leh
13 days of trekking
13 nights camp
6 nights hotel
Activity - Trekking expedition
Best time - June end to mid Oct

Dates
7 to 28 July 2018

Price
94,750 INR
1500 USD
21 days Delhi to Delhi


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