Parang-La Trek
Kaza, Spiti, India
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Fri, 09 Aug, 2019
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Sat, 07 Sep, 2019
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Date
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2019
Fri, 09 Aug, 2019
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10
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  • Trip introduction

    The Parang-La trek is renowned with ardent trekking enthusiasts as one of the most offbeat and unconventional treks in Himachal Pradesh. This unique adventure takes you on a snow-packed route on a 14-day itinerary across Spiti Valley and Ladakh. You'll find yourself trekking through high-altitude wetlands of the Pare Chu, climbing over the sprawling snow of the Parang-La glacier and hiking alongside the shimmering Tso Moriri lake. The initial section of the trek presents difficult challenges as you take a steeply inclining route to reach Parang-La, but as you cross the pass and enter Ladakh, the difficulty trends down with downhill and flat terrain.

    Destination

    Situated at a breathtaking altitude of over 18,200 feet, the mountain pass of Parang-La connects the two valleys of Spiti in Himachal Pradesh and Changthang in Ladakh. The trail leads travellers through some of the most unexplored and remote locations in the Indian Himalaya, often passing alongside the Pare Chu river and several other glacier-fed river streams. These lands have traditionally been home to the local Changpa natives, the real nomadic tribes of the Changthang valley. If you're lucky, you may encounter these shepherds as well as spot the local wildlife that includes the Himalayan red fox, the rare blue sheep or the Himalayan ibex.

    Destination highlights

    • Sign up for the Parang-La trek, an offbeat trek in Himachal Pradesh.
    • Visit some of the most remote mountains in the Spiti Valley.
    • Hike alongside the vast expanse of the Tso Moriri lake.
    • Climb up to an altitude over 18,200 feet to get inspiring views.
    • Visit the towns of Manali, Kaza and Leh.

    Fine print

    Rules on the trip

    Travellers must follow all instructions of the trek leader during the Parang-La trek.

    Travellers are requested to treat the local culture with respect and avoid littering, defacing property and monuments and causing general disturbance.

    Consumption of alcohol and drugs is strictly prohibited during the Parang-La trek.

    Cancellation policy

    For cancellations made 90 days or more before departure of the Parang-La trek: 90% refund.

    For cancellations made between 60-89 days before departure of the Parang-La trek: 75% refund.

    For cancellations made between 30-59 days before departure of the Parang-La trek: 25% refund.

    For cancellations made less than 30 days before departure of the Parang-La trek: no refund.

    In case of no show: no refund.

    All refunds will be processed after deducting a transaction fee of INR 200 per person. This fee is charged by The Great Next.

    Additional instructions, booking policies, terms and conditions

    A high level of health and fitness is required to book this Parang-La trek. Travellers with pre-existing medical conditions such as asthma, blood pressure, heart ailments or spinal problems are advised to consult with their personal physician before booking this trek.

    The tour operator takes utmost care to ensure the maximum safety of travellers and will not be held responsible for any accident, mishap or loss of life or property during the Parang-La trek.

    The tour operator reserves the right to alter or cancel the itinerary of the Parang-La trek due to any unforeseen circumstances such as bad weather or natural calamities. Travellers will be required to bear any costs arising due to such a change in the itinerary.

    Trip details

    Pick up point
    There is no pick-up for this Parang-La trek.
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    Drop off point
    There is no drop-off for this Parang-La trek.
    Mode of transport
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    Start point
    Manali
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    End point
    Leh
    Time of departure
    10:00 AM
    Time of return
    10:00 AM

    Activity Details

    Total trekking time
    45 hrs
    Total distance covered
    101 kms
    Start point elevation
    13779 feet
    Maximum elevation
    18290 feet
    Minimum elevation
    13779 feet
    Average per day distance
    12 kms
  • Day 1 of the Parang-La trek: Arrive in Manali

    Arrive in Manali and gather at a hotel. Today, you'll meet the rest of your group and prepare for tomorrow's drive to Kaza. You can visit the local marketplace at Manali to shop for any last minute essentials or visit some of the local attractions of the hill-station. Overnight in a hotel at Manali.

    Day 2 of the Parang-La trek: Manali to Kaza

    Move out from the lush, green valleys of Manali and take the rough and curvy roads leading towards Kaza. You'll drive through the famous Rohtang pass, a popular tourist destination near Manali. On the stretch between Gramphu and Losar, incredible views of the mountains await you. Driving past numerous river streams, you'll reach Kaza by late evening. Overnight in a hotel at Kaza.

    Day 3 of the Parang-La trek: Kaza to Chicham

    In the morning, you'll visit the SDM office in Kaza to complete the paperwork and obtain the necessary permits required for the trek. After a lazy afternoon spent sightseeing at local attractions near Kaza, you'll travel to the village of Chicham, one of the highest inhabited villages in the world. Overnight in a home-stay at Chicham.

    Day 4 of the Parang-La trek: Day at Chicham

    Today, you'll spend the day at Chicham, exploring the small village and its breathtaking surroundings. In preparation for tomorrow's hike, you'll undertake a short day trek to visit the Chicham caves. This little-known destination is a hidden cave, decorated with carvings of ancient artwork on the walls. Return to the village by late afternoon. Overnight in a home-stay at Chicham.

    Day 5 of the Parang-La trek: Chicham to Thalthak

    Begin the trek to the Parang-La pass on an arid mountain trail from Chicham through the fields of Dumla. A clearly visible trail takes you to the meadows of Thalthak with splendid views of mountains in the Spiti Valley. Spend the rest of your day at Thalthak on the banks of a river stream. Overnight in tents at Thalthak.

    Day 6 of the Parang-La trek: Thalthak to Bongrogen

    Prepare for a day of difficult and exhausting trek to Bongrogen, the base-camp for your climb up to Parang-La. You'll cross flowing river streams and begin the trail with a short descent. Soon, the trail reaches a plateau and begins inching up to Bongrogen. Reach the day's camp and spend the evening preparing for tomorrow's climb to Parang-La. Overnight in tents at Bongrogen.

    Day 7 of the Parang-La trek: Bongrogen to Kharsa Gongma via Parang-La

    The highlight of your entire trip comes today. Beginning early before dawn, you'll make slow progress on a high-difficulty trail laden with snow. You'll encounter some twisting slopes with decorative player flags as you cross the gigantic Parang-La glacier. After a few hours with spectacular views of the mountain tops, you'll descend from Parang-La and reach Kharsa Gongma. Overnight in tents at Kharsa Gongma.

    Day 8 of the Parang-La trek: Kharsa Gongma to Chenpausa

    As your days of steep ascents and descents are over, today's trail will be at a relatively flat walk alongside the Pare Chu river. Along the way, you'll walk on the Pare Chu river bed and cross multiple small and large river streams that come flowing down and merge into the Pare Chu. Your campsite at Chenpausa is located on a section of lush grassland beside the river. Overnight in tents at Chenpausa.

    Day 9 of the Parang-La trek: Chenpausa to Kyptonasa

    Today's trek to Kyptonasa will lead you through gorgeous meadows that seemingly appear out of nowhere in the landscape of arid and brown mountains. The Pare Chu river feeds often growing expanse of greenery all around it until it merges into another river stream at the confluence called Norbu Sumdo. If the water level is too high here, you'll stay for the night and wait for the morning. Otherwise, you'll cross Norbu Sumdo and enter the Changthang region of Ladakh. Overnight in tents at Kyptonasa.

    Day 10 of the Parang-La trek: Kyptonasa to Kiangdom

    Spend a lazy morning and Kyptonasa before heading out towards today's destination of Kiangdom. En route, you may encounter the local Changpa natives that have settled these remote lands. You'll be camping at Kiangdom, located on the southern tip of the Tso Moriri lake. Overnight in tents at Kiangdom.

    Day 11 of the Parang-La trek: Day at Kiangdom

    Spend the day at leisure in the campsite at Kiangdom. This day is reserved as a rest day to act as a buffer in case of any unforeseen circumstances. Overnight in tents at Kiangdom.

    Day 12 of the Parang-La trek: Kiangdom to Karzok

    Today's short walk alongside the Tso Moriri lake is a pleasant hike with beautiful views of the mountains. Photogenic views of high-rising mountains flanking the lake keep you company as you reach the village of Karzok and conclude the Parang-La trek. In the evening, celebrate the successful end of the trek with some Chhang, a locally-brewed beverage. Overnight in a home-stay at Karzok.

    Day 13 of the Parang-La trek: Karzok to Leh

    Board a vehicle and travel from Karzok to Leh. En route, you'll make a short pit stop at Tso Kar, another high-altitude lake in Ladakh. Driving over the Tanglang-La mountain pass, you'll reach Leh by late afternoon. In the summer months, the city of Leh is abuzz with travellers from all over the world. Overnight in a hotel at Leh.

    Day 14 of the Parang-La trek: Depart from Leh

    In the morning, you'll travel to the Leh airport and head out to your next destination. Your Parang-La trek ends here.

    Day 1 - Milestone

    Start point
    Manali
    End point
    Manali
    Day start time
    10:00 AM

    Day 2 - Milestone

    Start point
    Manali
    End point
    Kaza
    Day start time
    07:00 AM

    Day 3 - Milestone

    Start point
    Kaza
    End point
    Chicham
    Day start time
    07:00 AM

    Day 4 - Milestone

    Start point
    Chicham
    End point
    Chicham
    Day start time
    07:00 AM
    Trekking distance
    3 kms
    Trekking time
    3 hrs

    Day 5 - Milestone

    Start point
    Chicham
    End point
    Thalthak
    Day start time
    07:00 AM
    Trekking distance
    8 kms
    Trekking time
    5 hrs

    Day 6 - Milestone

    Start point
    Thalthak
    End point
    Bongrogen
    Day start time
    07:00 AM
    Trekking distance
    12 kms
    Trekking time
    7 hrs

    Day 7 - Milestone

    Start point
    Bongrogen
    End point
    Kharsa Gongma
    Day start time
    07:00 AM
    Trekking distance
    14 kms
    Trekking time
    6 hrs

    Day 8 - Milestone

    Start point
    Kharsa Gongma
    End point
    Chenpausa
    Day start time
    07:00 AM
    Trekking distance
    16 kms
    Trekking time
    7 hrs

    Day 9 - Milestone

    Start point
    Chenpausa
    End point
    Kyptonasa
    Day start time
    07:00 AM
    Trekking distance
    16 kms
    Trekking time
    6 hrs

    Day 10 - Milestone

    Start point
    Kyptonasa
    End point
    Kiangdom
    Day start time
    07:00 AM
    Trekking distance
    10 kms
    Trekking time
    5 hrs

    Day 11 - Milestone

    Start point
    Kiangdom
    End point
    Kiangdom
    Day start time
    07:00 AM

    Day 12 - Milestone

    Start point
    Kiangdom
    End point
    Karzok
    Day start time
    07:00 AM
    Trekking distance
    22 kms
    Trekking time
    6 hrs

    Day 13 - Milestone

    Start point
    Karzok
    End point
    Leh
    Day start time
    07:00 AM

    Day 14 - Milestone

    Start point
    Leh
    End point
    Leh
    Day start time
    07:00 AM
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  • Includes / Excludes

      Includes
    • Travel arrangements, as per the itinerary, in a private SUV or Tempo Traveller
    • Accommodation for 13 nights in hotels, home-stays and tents on a twin-sharing basis
    • All equipment required for camping: tent, sleeping bag and mattress
    • Common kitchen/dining and washroom tent
    • All meals from dinner on day 4 to breakfast on day 13, plus breakfast on days 2, 3, 4, 14 and dinner on days 1, 2, 3, 13
    • Services of an experienced trek leader and support staff
    • Services of porters/mule to carry common camping gear and personal luggage
    • All technical and safety gear required for the trek, if any
    • All government permits and charges
    • First aid kit (including oxygen cylinder)
    • All applicable taxes
      Excludes
    • Travel arrangements from your home city to Manali, from Leh to your home city
    • Any meals or accommodation not mentioned in inclusions (including lunch on days 1, 2, 3, 4, 13, 14)
    • Adventure travel insurance
    • Personal expenses such as apparel, gear, extra meals, gratuity tips to staff etc.
    • Costs due to unforeseen circumstances such as bad weather or natural calamities etc.
    • Anything not mentioned in the inclusions

    What to Wear

      What to Wear
    • Waterproof down jackets
    • Inner thermal wear
    • Sweater
    • Woollen cap, muffler, gloves and socks
    • Synthetic gloves
    • Full-length trekking pants
    • Full-sleeved t-shirts/shirts
    • Raincoat or poncho
    • Trekking shoes
    • Gaiters and balaclava
      What not to Wear
    • Expensive jewellery and gadgets

    Equipment / Gear

      We Provide
    • Private SUV or Tempo Traveller for transport from Manali to Chicham and from Karzok to Leh
    • All equipment required for camping: tent, sleeping bag, mattress
    • Common kitchen/dining tent and washroom tent
    • First aid kit (including oxygen cylinder)
      You need to get
    • Rucksack (50+ litres) with a rain cover
    • Cold cream
    • Water bottle
    • Plastic/waterproof bags
    • Flashlight (with extra batteries)
    • Power bank
    • Camera
    • Govt-issued ID card
    • Personal toiletries
    • Napkins and towels
    • Dry snacks
    • UV sunglasses
    • Cap/hat
    • Trekking pole/stick

    Medical Kit

    • Please carry specific personal or prescribed medication, personal first-aid kit.
  • Day 1 of the Parang-La trek: Arrive in Manali

    Overnight in a hotel at Manali.

    Arrive in Manali. You'll be accommodated in a hotel at Manali. Today's meal plan includes dinner only. You can visit any of the restaurants in Manali to have extra meals at your own expense. Meal plans for days when you're not trekking include only breakfast and dinner at the hotel where you'll be spending the night.

    Day 2 of the Parang-La trek: Manali to Kaza

    Overnight in a hotel at Kaza.

    Drive from Manali to Kaza. You can visit local attractions near Kaza that include the Key monastery, the post office at Hikkim and the fossil village of Langza. You'll be accommodated in a hotel at Kaza. Today's meal plan includes breakfast and dinner only.

    Day 3 of the Parang-La trek: Kaza to Chicham

    Overnight in a home-stay at Chicham.

    Drive from Kaza to Chicham. All transport will be in a private SUV or a Tempo Traveller, depending on the total group size. You'll be accommodated in a home-stay at Chicham. Today's meal plan includes breakfast and dinner only.

    Day 4 of the Parang-La trek: Day at Chicham

    Overnight in a home-stay at Chicham.

    Go on a day trek to the Chicham caves. You'll be accommodated in the same home-stay at Chicham. Today's meal plan includes breakfast and dinner only. You can have additional meals in Chicham or other destinations visited for sightseeing at your own expense.

    Day 5 of the Parang-La trek: Chicham to Thalthak

    Overnight in tents at Thalthak.

    Trek from Chicham to Thalthak. You'll be accompanied by an experienced trek leader and a support staff of helpers, cooks and porters. You'll be accommodated in tents at Thalthak. Today's meal plan includes breakfast, lunch and dinner.

    Day 6 of the Parang-La trek: Thalthak to Bongrogen

    Overnight in tents at Bongrogen.

    Trek from Thalthak to Bongrogen. You'll be accommodated in tents at Bongrogen. You'll also be issued a high-quality sleeping bag and mattress to ensure a restful night's sleep. Today's meal plan includes breakfast, lunch and dinner.

    Day 7 of the Parang-La trek: Bongrogen to Kharsa Gongma via Parang-La

    Overnight in tents at Kharsa Gongma.

    Trek from Bongrogen to Kharsa Gongma. You'll be accommodated in tents at Kharsa Gongma. The support staff will also set up a common kitchen/dining tent to prepare and serve meals, plus a common dry-pit style washroom tent at all camping locations. Today's meal plan includes breakfast, lunch and dinner.

    Day 8 of the Parang-La trek: Kharsa Gongma to Chenpausa

    Overnight in tents at Chenpausa.

    Trek from Kharsa Gongma to Chenpausa. You'll be accommodated in tents at Chenpausa. The support staff will also include porters/mules who will carry all of the common camping and technical gear with them, as well a limited weight of your personal luggage. Today's meal plan includes breakfast, lunch and dinner.

    Day 9 of the Parang-La trek: Chenpausa to Kyptonasa

    Overnight in tents at Kyptonasa.

    Trek from Chenpausa to Kyptonasa. If the river crossing at Norbu Sumdo is gushing with too much water, then you'll halt at Norbu Sumdo itself for the night. Otherwise, you'll be accommodated in tents at Kyptonasa. Today's meal plan includes breakfast, lunch and dinner.

    Day 10 of the Parang-La trek: Kyptonasa to Kiangdom

    Overnight in tents at Kiangdom.

    Trek from Kyptonasa to Kiangdom. You'll be accommodated in tents at Kiangdom. Today's meal plan includes breakfast, lunch and dinner. Most meals will include vegetarian dishes only since non-vegetarian items are not easily accessible everywhere.

    Day 11 of the Parang-La trek: Day at Kiangdom

    Overnight in tents at Kiangdom.

    Spend the day at Kiangdom. The day is reserved as a buffer day to account for any unforeseen delays in the itinerary. Costs arising due to such a change in the itinerary will be borne by the traveller. You'll be accommodated in the same tents at Kiangdom. Today's meal plan includes breakfast, lunch and dinner.

    Day 12 of the Parang-La trek: Kiangdom to Karzok

    Overnight in a home-stay at Karzok.

    Trek from Kiangdom to Karzok. To celebrate a successful trek, make sure to try the Chhang, a locally brewed beer prepared from either barley, millet or rice. You'll be accommodated in a home-stay at Karzok. Today's meal plan includes breakfast, lunch and dinner.

    Day 13 of the Parang-La trek: Karzok to Leh

    Overnight in a hotel at Leh.

    Drive from Karzok to Leh. Visit the local marketplace at Leh in the evening to shop for souvenirs and gifts for loved ones back home. You'll be accommodated in a hotel at Leh. Today's meal plan includes breakfast and dinner only.

    Day 14 of the Parang-La trek: Depart from Leh

    Your trip ends by early morning.

    Check-out of the hotel and travel to the Leh Airport. Today's meal plan includes breakfast only.

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