Parang La


This remote trail follows the traditional trade route between the people of Spiti, Changthang and Tibet. It begins in the high altitude meadows of Kibber, breeding ground of the famous Spiti horses and also known to be snow leopard country. A challenging trek for the enthusiastic walker in one of the more spectacular areas of Ladakh recently open.The trail descends the Kibber gorge and then climbs over the Parang la (5600 mtrs), the source of the Pare Chu river, the only one of its kind to have its source in India, flow into Tibet and enter the country again in Spiti. Across the pass, brings one to an almost incredible change of scenery as we walk towards the Rupshu plains of Changthang, known for the abundance of Kiangs (Tibetan Wild Ass).

For the last two days, we camp by spectacular campsites, one being on the southern edge of the Tso Moriri (15,000ft), a high altitude lake 27 kms long and nearly 8 km wide. This lake is also the breeding ground for the bar-headed geese, black-necked crane and the Brahminy ducks. We also visit one of the Changpa settlements in a bowl high above Karzog, where they breed pashmina, one of the trade items to over these high passes.

Day 01:
Overnight train from Delhi.

Day 02:
Drive Kiratpur Sahib to Manali (2050m) 8 hrs Overnight Hotel

Day 03:
Drive Manali to Chotadara(3560m) 4 hrs. Overnight Camp.

Day 04:
Drive Chotadara to Kibber (4580m) 7 hrs. Camp.

Day 05:
Trek Kibber to Dumla (4500m) 2-3 hrs

Day 06:
Trek Dumla to Thaltak meadow (4900m) 3-4 hrs. Camp.

Day 07:
Trek Thaltak to Bongrojen (5120m) 7hrs. Camp.

Day 08:
Trek Bongrojen to Parangla (5600m) to Dak karzong (4950m) 5hrs. Camp.

Day 09:
Trek Dak Karzong to Datang Yongma (4725m) 3hrs. Camp.

Day 10:
Trek Datang Yongma to Racholamo (4260m) 6-7hrs. Camp.

Day 11:
Trek Racholamo to Norbu Sumdo to Chumik Shilde (4390m) 5-6hrs. Camp.

Day 12:
Trek Chumik Shilde to Kiangdom (14510m) 3hrs. Camp.

Day 13:
Trek Kiangdom-Karzog (4570m) 7hrs. Camp.

Day 14:
Rest day. Visit changpa campsites. Back to karzog.

Day 15:
Drive Karzog-Mahe-Leh (3500m) 226kms; 6hrs. Hotel.

Day 16:
Sightseeing Shey, Thikse, Hemis Monasteries. Hotel.

Day 17:
Fly Leh-Delhi.

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Trip Details

Location: Himachal Pradesh
Duration: 16 Days
Grading: Demanding
Date: July 13 – 30, 2017


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