Parang La is a classic Trans-Himalayan trek retraces the historical trade route between Spiti, Changthang and Tibet. A fairly demanding trek across harsh terrain, this trip offers a variety of landscape from the narrow reddened gorges of Spiti to the massive open spaces of Changthang, to expansive lakes set in the high plateaus with views of mountains far into Tibet. The trek begins in Kibber, a high altitude Himalayan village popular for spotting the elusive snow leopard. Due to its proximity to Tibet this region has only recently been opened to trekkers and still has many unclimbed peaks and hidden valleys. We drive to Kaza the nearest town spend a day to acclimatize. Combine this ancient monasteries and forts in the upper Indus Valley, an incomparable trip.
Adventure Trek Highlights
Total Duration: 11 Nights/12 Days
Region: Spiti Valley
Maximum Altitude: 18,300 ft.
Best Season: June to October
Adventure Trek Itinerary
Day 1: Reporting at Naggar Nature Base Camp, Manali
Naggar is an ancient village just outside of Manali. Relax at our camp and become acclimatised to the altitude. This day you will prepare for your trek with some light walking. You’ll have enough time to explore the market and surrounding areas.
Overnight at camp / hotel, Naggar
Day 02: Manali to Kaza
This might be the most beautiful drive you will ever make. Starting early from Manali we get on a ride through one of famous route of India which passed through Rohtang Pass and Spiti Valley to reach Kaza (3353 m). We arrange a local home stay in Kaza where you can enjoy local cuisines and explore the culture.
Overnight at guest house, Kaza
Day 03: Kaza to Kibber to Dumla
Begin the day with a short drive to Kibber from where we will start our first course of trek. We will offer a short visit to Ki Monastery to tie the prayer flag and get blessing
for the successful completion of the trek. Dumla is an easy trail which can take up to three hours taking several stops to explore the trail.
Overnight at camp/ homestay, Kibber
Day 04: Dumla to Thaltak Meadow
As we trek further, we walk through the cold desert of Spiti Valley with white peaks and grassy meadows all around. After a gradual steep ascent we reach a plateau before descending into the campsite at Thaltak. The campsite at Thaltak meadow offers great views overlooking a deep canyon.
Overnight at camp, Thaltak
Day 05: Thaltak to Jagtha and Bonrojen
A longer day today, as we first descend steeply into the Paralungbi Gorge which we then follow upstream, cross a river and climb a stony path through a remarkable rocky
landscape to Bongrojen (5000 m).
Overnight at camp, Bongrojen
Day 06: Bongrojen to Parang la and Dak Karzong 4
Summit Day: Wake up early today and for our midnight start to reach the Parang La Pass (4904 m). The first stretch is relatively long ending with a quite steep patch of around 4 km which will make this more challenging. After soaking up the mesmerizing views of the Changthang Valleys we trek down to the source of the Pare Chu River. As we cross over the pass, there is a dramatic shift in the landscape from deep plunging gorges of Spiti to the broad flatlands of Ladakh.
Overnight at camp.
Day 07: Dak Karzong to Datang Yongma 4725M (12kms/5hrs)
Today we will cross several rivers before reaching our campsite at Datang Yongma
Overnight at camp.
Day 08: Datang Yongma to Chumik Shilde
The walks gets easier as we begin to descend, the views are as impressive as we journey towards Chumik Shilde crossing over the confluence of Ladakh and Spiti. Cross a river
flowing towards Tibet is the memorable moment of this day.
Overnight at camp.
Day 09: Chumik Shilde to Tso Moriri
We begin after breakfast and walk across the Ladakhi part of Changthang Plateau where we will come across the famous oval shaped Tso Moriri Lake, we will walk across the plains to the southern edge of the Tso Moriri at Kingdom, named after the kiangs (wild Tibetan asses) native to the Tibetan plateaus. The lake separates into several channels here to create a vast wetland, the breeding ground of several rare species of birds and animals.
Overnight at camp, Tso Moriri
Day 10: Rest day
Today you are free to sleep in and spend the day exploring the high altitude mountain lake. It’s a paradise for photographers where one can sight many endangered migrant species of birds.
Day 10: Tso Moriri to Karzog 4527M
We will wake up early as usual with sights of the twin peaks of Chamsher (6622m) and Lungser Kangri (6666 m) acting as backdrop to the lake, it makes for an amazing sight. Korzok is another ancient high altitude village famous for the ancient monastery and gateway to Tso Moriri Lake. If time allows explore the village of Karzog at leisure.
Overnight at camp
Day 11: Karzog to Leh (213 kms/8-9 hrs)
Your journey doesn’t end here, we will complete the last stretch our our trek with a scenic drive to Leh.
Overnight at your hotel, Leh
Day 12: After breakfast group breakup.
Your White Peaks Adventure ends here.
Transport required in the trek
Certified mountaineering guide from White Peaks Adventures.
Skilled local staff who has ample knowledge of the route.
Vegetarian meals on the trek (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner)
Cooks/Helper and other requisite staff.
Porters/mules for carrying common equipments (like rations/tents/utensils/)
Equipments – Tents on sharing basis / Sleeping bags / Sleeping Mats
Basic First aid Kit with portable oxygen cyclinder.
Forest Permits and camping charges.
Personal Porters for carrying trekker’s backpacks
Personal trekking equipments – like trekking poles or sleeping bag liners
Personal insurance or cost of emergency evacuation
Purchases of personal natures (like mineral water bottles/bottled or canned beverages/chocolates/dry fruits etc)
Food to/from the trailhead.