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Parang La Trek

It is the most famous trek route of Spiti from the ancient times and connects people of Spiti to that of Ladakh after crossing the mighty 18600 ft pass.
  • Himachal Pradesh
  • 12 Days
  • 128 KM
  • 18,308 FT
  • Difficult
  • ₹ 54500
    $ 740*

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  • Event Type

    Trekking

  • Best Time

    July-Sept

  • Base Camp

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    Kaza, HP

  • Pickup Point

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    Bus Stand, Kaza, HP

  • Minimum Age

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    For this adventure, we only allow people above this age to ensure the safety of everyone joining this adventure.

    15

Highlights

  • The trek stems from Spiti, and crosses over to the cold desert of Ladakh, spanning over a diversity of stunning terrains.
  • You also get to witness the splendid Kiangs in their natural habitat.
  • The radiant confluence of the Pare Chu river and Phirtse Phu river greets you with a sprawling embrace.

Overview

Parang La trek is an ancient route between Spiti valley in Himachal Pradesh. Spiti Valley is a cold desert mountain valley situated in the northern state of Himachal Pradesh, India. The word 'Spiti' means 'the middle land'. It is named this because it lies between India and Tibet. The local population of Spiti valley follows Vajrayana Buddhism the same as that of other regions of Tibet and Ladakh. This trek can be started from Karzok village of Leh or Khibber village of Spiti Valley. It takes you to the maximum altitude of 5580 meters which is approximately 18,308 ft above mean sea level.

The trek takes you to Parang La and follows the Pare Chu river which originates in India, enters the Tiber, and re-enters India. The Parang La trek takes you through deep gorges of Spiti Valley to vast landscapes of Ladakh. It ends at Tso Moriri lake which is situated at 4522m. This high altitude lake is 26 km long and 5 km wide and it is one of the most beautiful lakes in the whole world.


Culture:

Spiti valley is known as the cultural and research center for Buddhists. Key Monastery and Tabo Monastery are the highlights. They are a few of the oldest monasteries of the world and favorite of Dalai Lama. They are commonly used as scenery and cinematography in many Bollywood movies and documentaries on Buddhists and Buddhists and Tibetan saints.

The Pin Valley situated in Spiti valley is home to the few surviving Buchen Lamas of the Nyingmapa sect of Buddhism.


Nearby Attractions:

There are a number of places nearby where you can feel enchanted and amused. You can roam around the nearby villages, and visit the numerous famous monasteries. Lamayuru Monastery and Diskit Gompa are some of the most visited ones. The photographer's paradise, The beautiful Nubra Valley will take your breathe away. The nearby located magnetic hill is a drive away. No one leaves Ladakh without seeing the Pangong Lake, the blue sapphire lake. Turtuk and Bordang have nearby located ruined palaces, exciting to visit. They are 150 km away from Leh and can be easily reached by taxi. Gurudwara Pathar Sahib and Leh Royal Palace are must-visit places.


Places to visit in the Spiti valley:

Kaza, Chandra Tal Lake, Key Monastery, Tabo Monastery, Hikkim village, Komic village, Langza village, Tabo caves, Kunzum pass, Rohtang pass, etc.

People of surrounding villages are really helping, kind and welcoming. You can approach them if you face any troubles during your trek.


Best time to visit:

Spiti Valley is situated in Leh, so it is automatically a really cold place to start with. The best months to trek the place are considered to be a period from May to September. It is because these months are comparatively warm, water lines are not frozen, the trek paths are not covered in snow, and hotels are open for tourists.


Weather Conditions:

The temperature in Spiti Valley in the period of May to September reach up to 20 degrees Celsius with the minimum temperature of 9 or 10 degrees Celsius. The nearby places like Tabo, Batal, Chandrataal, and Hansa get really chilly and windy with the temperature getting as low as 2 to 3 degrees Celsius in the same period from May to September. 


Food you can expect to find in Spiti Valley

As Spiti valley is really close to Tibet, Chinese food is quite a food there along with the normal north Indian food. Noodles and meat are the most common food you will find. Vegetables are hard to find there.

Brief Itinerary

Detailed Itinerary

Any road trip can be a moment of life for people. And this trip to Spiti valley via Kaza is no less than a memory. The nasty water crossings and roadways shall surely make your heart bounce like none other. It starts from Gramphu and ends at Kunzum Pass and covers around 200 km. This way is termed to be one of the deadliest roads hence termed to be really adventurous. If you are someone traveling from Delhi, you need to invest two days in order to reach Kaza. On the first day, travel to Manali from Delhi and the next day reach Kaza, your destination.

Meals : Dinner Only
Accommodation : Hotel/ Homestay
Altitude : 12,500 ft.

This is a good place to explore. You must cover some of the famous places and make it a regret-free trip. Enjoy the serene beauty and brilliant views. Get a good collection of photographs with you. Starting with a monastery, forget about you being spiritual or not, once you visit Kaza, you must visit the Key Monastery which is almost 7km from Kaza. It was established in the 11th century. Coming next is Chandratal Lake, which is at an altitude of 4300m and a not to miss a place in your travel itinerary. This lake won't ever dismay you as it sparkles with clear blue water, a true charm to your eyes. Where are fossils found? Did you ever wonder that you could get an answer to it on your trip? One such place is Komic village, at an altitude of 4275m; a place where fossils are found. But beware and do not buy them as its illegal. Although Kaza is a small place, buying famous stuff of wool-like shawls and carpet and clothes is a part not to be missed.

Meals : B, L, D
Accommodation : Hotel/ Homestay
Altitude : 12,500 ft.

Once you are done with exploring Kaza, climb up to parilungbi river for 7 hours and get to find a spectacular view of Kang Nilda towards the southeast. Apart from this, towards your northwest, you’ll find a variety of peaks standing above Kunzum Pass. Thaltak is an apt place for camping and provides you with good camping ground.

Meals : B, L, D
Accommodation : Tents
Altitude : 15,092 ft.

Day 4 is sure to be your toughest day of the trek. To reach bongrogen, you have to descend way down to Parilungbi river. Once you cross the footbridge, you need to walk around 2 km till you reach Jagatha. This place is known to be a base camp for Parang la. Since you have already experienced a way too tiring trip, have a break and comfort yourselves in nature’s lap at this beautiful base camp.

Meals : B, L, D
Accommodation : Tents
Altitude : 16,405 ft.

Now catch what you have traveled for 3 or 4 days. After having a good rest, you are re-ready to move ahead and continue your trek. So, grab a good breakfast and get ready for further trekking. Now your zig-zag trail finally lets you enter Parang la. When you see the spiritual flags and hear the enchanting prayers, you are here at Parang la. On the right, you can find layers of ice and walk along the Parang chu glacier, (If you know chu means river). Click as many pictures as you can because often these kinds of trips are once in a lifetime. Finally, you reach the campsite of Dak Karzong after walking a long distance alongside the trail.

Meals : B, L, D
Accommodation : Tents
Altitude : 15,224 ft. via 18,308 ft. at pass

As you move further along the river, you get to see a beautiful meadow that is going to be really pleasant to your eyes. It is a lush green meadow amidst the dry landscape, a true beauty. Get in the hold of a lot many memories in your camera enjoying this treat to your eyes.

Meals : B, L, D
Accommodation : Tents

Crossing several glacial paths and moving alongside the river is one thing that is not going to leave your part till your entire journey. Also in these 6 hours of trekking, you will be experiencing to walk on dry river beds. Sumdo means a junction of 3 trails- one from Chumur, one from Spiti, and the last one from Ladakh. One can enjoy the experience of an overnight stay in a tent. Camp at the broad oasis of Norbu Sumdo at low temperatures and get a thrilling experience. It’s surely a must-visit place, no doubt about it.

Meals : B, L, D
Accommodation : Tents
Time Taken : 6 hours

Get ready for a 6 hours trek from Norbu Sumdo to Kiangdom. This is going to the largest and biggest river crossings in your entire trek. This is going to be the last time you shall be crossing the river. At this place, you can easily find groups of horses and mules crossing the river and easily capture the bond between the two. Also, you must watch out that you stay cautious while your trek and don’t get harm by these animals. This trail now ascends towards the left side once you leave the river and continue towards Chanthang. Once you are inside the city, you can easily find many attractions, the most famous one is Changthang Wildlife Sanctuary, which is surrounded by two mountain lakes, Pangong Tso Lake and Tso Moriri. This place is home to Changpa tribe, a nomadic and pastoral community. Commonly found animals in this place are sheep, Tibetian wild ass, snow leopard, etc.

Meals : B, L, D
Accommodation : Tents

Korzok is a place that will head you towards Leh. This trek is about a 7 hours trek of 24 km. Herein, you walk along the shores of Tso Moriri throughout the day. And can easily see the lake change its shade throughout the day. Finally, you reach Korzok, which is a small village. You can visit Korzok Monastery which was founded by Kunga Lodro Ningpo. Korzok literally means 'acquired by unfair means'. The famous festival of this place is the Kurzok Gustor festival celebrated during the months of July or September. After exploring the place to your fullest, you can have a comfortable night stay with your friends or family as the next day is going to be tiring for you.

Meals : B, L, D
Accommodation : Tents
Altitude : 14,800 ft.

Wake up fresh and start your travel towards Leh, an ultimate level of beauty, so scenic, so pure; you would just completely love it. It is an 8-hour drive of about 213 km. This is a hub of must-visit places. The magnetic hill, the name itself can capture the travelers. This place has an anti-gravitational effect, the only magnetic hill in India. The next is Leh palace, a 19 storey high building made in the 17th century. Also, you can have a glance at Zanskar Valley, mostly traveled for river rafting and trekking trails. Enjoy this place at your fullest and get a huge collection of memories saved in your cameras.
This sums up your day to day itinerary of Parang la trek. This entire trip is a lifetime trip that can provide you with thrill an experience like none other. Enjoy the traditional Tibetian food and get to stay in camps. You can easily come across the culture and traditions of this place. Indulge in the views of mountains, glaciers, rivers, sunrises, sunsets, and what not. Where would you get this nature and sceneries so pleasing to your eyes? So, simply, plan a good trip with your friends and enjoy this week-long trip.

Meals : B, L, D
Accommodation : Tents

How To Reach

The starting point of Parang La trek is Kaza in Spiti Valley. Kaza is well connected to the rest of India by road. The nearest airport is Bhuntar Airport near Kullu which is approximately 250 km away from Kaza. The nearest railway station is 365 km away from Kaza, which is in Joginder Nagar (near Kasol).


How to Reach Parang La Trek base camp, Kaza: 

  • Delhi to Kullu flight - 2 hours, Drive from Kullu to Kaza in a taxi - 14 hours
  • Delhi to Chandigarh flight - 2 hours, Drive from Chandigarh to Kaza in a taxi- 15 hours
  • Delhi to Shimla flight - 2 hours, Drive from Shimla to Kaza in a taxi - 15 hours
  • Delhi to Manali bus - 14 hours, Drive from Manali to Kaza in a taxi - 15 hours
  • Drive from Delhi to Kaza in a taxi - 19 hours

Why Trek With Us ?

Twin Sharing Tents
Eco Friendly & Paperless
Finest Guides
Just Right Group Sizes
Commitment to Safety

Fixed Departures All

Inclusions

  • Accommodations at Trek: All accommodations on the trek will be on twin sharing basis in Tents or Homestays. Any accommodation in a hotel/guest house/hostel will be in a budget hotel.
  • Trek Leader and Guides: An experienced and certified Trek Leader, as well as a professional guide, will accompany you for the trek. The team will have years of experience and well equipped for any emergency situation.
  • Services of a Professional Trekking Team: A team of an experienced Cook, Camp Staff, Porters/Mules will accompany you for all the arrangements on the trek.
  • Meals: All Meals on the Trek are included. We will serve Vegetarian Indian food on the trek which will be cooked by our high altitude chefs. It will be a five-course meal plan.
  • Camping and Safety Equipment: All the camping equipment such as Tents, Sleeping bags, Toilet Tents, Dining Tent, Mattresses, and other things will be provided by us and we guarantee the quality. Safety Equipment including Medical kit, Oxygen Cylinder, Oximeter, Crampons & Gaiters(if required) will be provided by us. We recommend you to bring your own sleeping bags if possible.
  • Trek Permits and Forest Camping Charges: Only for Indian Clients, All the applicable trekking permits, Camping Charges, Forest Entry Fee, etc will be paid by us. Foreigners have to pay these charges if not mentioned.
  • A Life-Changing Experience: We assure you that by trekking in the Himalayas you will have a life-changing experience and we will do everything we can to provide you with the best services and make your venture in the wild an unforgettable one. 


Note: Prior to booking any adventure with Trekmunk, it will be mandatory to sign the waiver form and get a medical certificate from a doctor in due time, without these, you will not be allowed to start the trek. All this will be done online without using any paper.

Exclusions

  • GST and Other Taxes: The goods and services tax is not included in the price mentioned with the trek. They are subjected to change according to the government rules of India.
  • Flights and Transportation: Flights or other means of transport are not included in the package. Transportation from home city to Kaza and Karzog to Leh is not included in the package. Any expenses occurred during the journey are not included in the package cost.
  • Personal Equipment: Your Rucksack, personal clothing, shoes, trek poles, and other personal trekking gear is not included in this package. You have to bring your own gear according to the weather and difficulty of the trek.
  • Portage of Personal Bags(Offloading): We highly advise you to carry your own burden (your rucksack) but due to any reason, if you wish to not carry your rucksack, we can arrange for a porter/mule to carry it. For this service, you will be charged over and above the trek cost. The charges for offloading vary with every trek.
  • Travel Insurance: Travel Insurance is not included in this package. We recommend you to have travel insurance before opting for such adventures. You can buy insurance from us while booking the trek, it is optional.
  • Personal Expenses: Any personal expenses incurred (Laundry, Bottled Water, Beverages, Snacks, Orders at tea houses or dhabas, Tips for guides, Camera fees, etc) are not included in the package.
  • Emergency Expenses: Any costs arising out of unforeseen circumstances such as accidents, bad weather, landslides, road conditions and any other circumstances beyond our control are not included in the package.
  • Anything not mentioned in Inclusions of the package.

Cancellation Policy And More Information

Booking Terms:


1. Confirmation Policy:

Upon Booking, An invoice will be sent to your mail & within 12 to 24 hours the booking confirmation with additional details will be sent to your mail.


2. Cancellation Policy:

(a) 10 percent of the prices of our trips/treks/tours or product or service is your deposit and is not refundable, in any case.

(b) Cancellation received 45 days or more: 90% refund

(c) Cancellation received 30 - 44 days: 60% refund

(d) Cancellation received 30 - 15 days: 30% refund

(e) Cancellation less than 15 days: No refund

For more details, go to https://www.trekmunk.com/cancellation-policy


3. Refund Policy:

Any refund applicable will be processed within 10 to 15 business days as per the company policy.


4. Postpone/Transfer of a booked trek:

1. You can postpone your booked trek for a period of two months (61 days) but we will charge a 20% processing fee. The last date for the postponement will be 15 days before the start of the trek. Failing to book the slot in 2 months (61 days) time, would be considered a cancellation with no refund of any kind. Postpone of a booked trek can only be done once. 

2. You can transfer your booked slot for the trek to any fit person till 15 days before the trek. You just have to mail us the request and rest we will handle. The new person has to get all the mandatory documents duly signed for the trek.


More Information: 

1. We Trek for a Cause: For overall development of the areas we run our operations in, we donate Rs 100/- per booking from our profits which are used for the upliftment of the local people and conserving nature. We have named this initiative as - Trek for a Cause. For more details, follow: https://www.trekmunk.com/trek-for-a-cause


2. We are paperless: We are focusing on Sustainable Tourism and to do that we are trying all measures to convert our trek operations to be Eco-Friendly. Going Paperless is one step closer to our aim. 


3. Single-Use Plastic: Trekmunk does not encourage the use of single-use plastic items. We are ensuring that our team is working together to reduce the problem and educate those around them. We will send you instructions on how to go plastic-free on your adventures.


4. Preparing for your Holiday: Getting some additional exercise makes a lot of sense to spend time before coming on a trekking adventure. The fitter you are, the more enjoyable you will find the experience. Hiking in the hill country is the best training but jogging, squash and swimming are also good for developing cardiovascular fitness and stamina. To read more on how to get fit, follow: https://www.trekmunk.com/get-fit-for-trek 


5. Electricity Supply & Plug: You will get electricity supply till the starting point of the trek. If not Indian, We recommend you check if you require an adaptor for your electrical items at: http://www.worldstandards.eu/electricity/plugs-and-sockets/


6. Currency: The unit of currency in India is the Indian Rupees.


7. Health & Vaccinations: 

Severe Allergies: If you have a severe allergy please inform the Trekmunk office before you travel. We will do all we can to help, but we cannot guarantee an allergy-free environment on trekmunk trips. You will need to carry your own treatment for the allergy with you, as 'adrenaline auto-injectors' are not carried as standard by our leaders and staff. You should inform your leader on the arrival of your allergy, and let them know where you keep your adrenaline pen.

Vaccinations: You should contact your doctor or travel clinic to check whether you require any specific vaccinations or other preventive measures. You should be up to date with routine courses and boosters as recommended e.g. diphtheria-tetanus-polio and measles-mumps-rubella, along with hepatitis A and typhoid. Malarial prophylaxis is not usually required for trips in the mountains, however, if you are visiting rural and remote low lying areas then they might be necessary. 


8. Passport & Visas/Identity Proofs: If foreigner, Validity for 6 months, should have blank pages, and should be kept with yourself all the time.


9. Water: If you are on a trekking or cycling holiday, water is supplied to fill up your individual bottles. This will be boiled or filtered. Additionally, you should take purification tablets or a filter bottle (such as a LifeStraw, Sawyer Filter) to treat your water when in towns or where water is not supplied. We do not encourage the purchasing of single-use plastic bottles.


10. Altitude: This adventure involves going to a very high altitude. This is not something that you should worry about; the human body is quite capable of adapting to a very wide range of altitudes, but it is important that we follow some simple rules in order to acclimatize successfully. We will send you the information in your mailbox about Acute Mountain Sickness and trekking in high altitudes. On this trip, we carry bottled oxygen for use in emergencies.


11. Guidance on Tipping: Tipping is the accepted way of saying thank you for good service. Normally the guide and any other trek staff are given their tips at the end of the trek and this is best done as a group. The main guide will make sure that the tip is appropriately distributed among all the staff members on the trek.


12. Spending/Emergency Money: Approximately Rs. 8000-10000/- (in Indian Currency)should be carried for miscellaneous expenses including porter and trek crew tips, drinks, soft drinks, etc. We recommend that you carry your travel money in the form of cash as the availability of ATM is less in these remote areas. This can also serve as your emergency spending money.


13. Travel Insurance: It is recommended to have travel insurance for these kinds of adventures. When taking out insurance please ensure the policy you choose covers you for the activities and altitude included in your itinerary. We will ask for the Travel Insurance Details over a mail. Indians can buy insurance from us while booking the trek.

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