Parang La Trek

12 Days - 11 Nights
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Parang La Trek  the famous Trekking routes in Ladakh – Spiti Valley

Starting of Parang La Trek is Spiti valley and in ancient time people used it as a trade route between Spiti, Tibet and Changthang, lying at a great height of 5,600 metres.

Trek through the amazing beauty of Ladakh, Parang La Trek is a famous trekking destination in the Ladakh Spiti valley.

Highlights of Parang La Trek

On the trail you will witness adorable scenic sights of valleys and towering snow clad mountains of Spiti.

There are many streams throughout the trek and you will love walking on the river bed.

With a rich variety of Flora and Fauna experience the change by trekking through barren lands and rocky areas.

Reach Karzok and meet new people with different culture and preferences.

The summit offers unparalleled views of Changthang valleys, Spiti and Parilungi peak. On the way enjoy the views of Kanamo Peak.

Key Points of Parang La Trek


Proper conditioning & training of body required

Need proper gear & clothing for sub-zero temperature?

Shoes are the single most important equipment.

High Altitude requires proper acclimatization.

Beautiful landscapes so carry good photo gear & Extra battery backup.

Travel light

The backpack should not exceed 10kgs.

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Duration:12 Days (Manali to Leh)

Best Season:After Mid June and Mid Sep  


Highest Point: 5600 metres

Weather:Nights are cold and day temperature is pleasant during the season.

Temperature:(5°C to 10°C) (-2°C to -5°C)

Short Itinerary Parang La Trek

Day 1 – Manali to Kaza (202 km)

Day 2 – Kaza to Chicham (18 km) Acclimatization Day at Chicham (4270 m)

Day 3 Acclimatization Day at Chicham

Day 4 – Chicham to Thaltak (4693 m) (8 km)

Day 5 – Thaltak to Borochin (5100 m) (12 km)

Day 6 – Borochin to Kharsa Yongma (4850 m) via Parang La (5100 m) (14 km)

Day 7 – Kharsa Yongma to Kapapuche (4700 m) (20 km)

Day 8 – Kapapuche to Kitpodansa (4550 m) (20 km)

Day 9 – Kitpodansa to Chumik Shilde (4704 m) (18 km)

Day 10 – Chumik Shilde to Kiangdom (4588 m) (14 km)

Day 11 – Kiangdom to Karzok (4615 m) (22 km)

Day 12 – Drive from Karzok to Leh (240 km)


Day 1 : Manali to Kaza (202 km)

Leave early to avoid traffic jams at Rohtang and Kunzum pass. The road is not in a very good condition, further divert towards the Kaza road.

Go through the picturesque Spiti valley from Batal, there are small villages in the mountains and see the barley and peas fields. The route is straight from here. At Kaza we will arrange your night stay in a home or a hotel.


Day 2 : Kaza to Chicham (18 km) Acclimatization Day at Chicham (4270 m)

Two days are reserved for acclimatization Day 2 and Day 3. Today post breakfast go hiking along the bank of River Spiti. Visit the monasteries and Gompa then head towards Chicham.

It is a village and the trail takes you through Trolley Bridge which is very famous. You will spend the night in a homestay at the village.


Day 3 : Acclimatization Day at Chicham

Acclimatization Day, rest or go for a short hike


Day 4 : Chicham to Thaltak (4693 m) (8 km)

The trek in the starting is through a well maintained levelled road, come out of the village and after 45 minutes, below Dumla campsite is visible. If you are starting the trek from Kibber then camp at Dumla.

The trail becomes an ascending one with the beautiful setting of Spiti Mountains, it can be crossed in three hours. There is greenery on the trail with soil and loose rocks. On the trek you will see Kanamo Peak on the right amidst mountains.

Thaltak campsite can be reached in 6/7 hours, it is a barren land with an oasis in between. Glance of Kanamo from here looks amazing. Set your camps here and settle for the day.


Day 5 : Thaltak to Borochin (5100 m) (12 km)

The initial trail from Thaltak is descending one, there are loose rocks and you need to be careful while getting down, rocks may fall from above. The trail will lead to the valley’s bottom you can reach there in an hour.

Now, you’ve reached Rong Nala, a river present in the valley. The sound of gushing water can be heard, walk along river’s right bank and cross it over a bridge. Ascent to Jukhta starts, from here climbing gets difficult because of the scree. Climb up and you are rewarded by the open views of Spiti Mountains.

Reach Borochen after crossing the barren path, this is your campsite for today. There are few water streams and it is located at the base of Parang La. Setup your camps and retire for the night.


Day 6 : Borochin to Kharsa Yongma (4850 m) via Parang La Pass (5600 m) (14 km)

Today’s trek is going to be a demanding one so be fully prepared. Start the trek with a steep climb which is through moraines it will lead to Thakchu campsite. From here pass the zig zag trail which is marked well.

Climb for 3-4 hours to reach the high point, Parang La Pass. The summit offers unparalleled views of Changthang valleys, Spiti and Parilungi peak. After scaling the pass get down on the Parang La glacier and from here the water sounds can be heard. Walk carefully because the glacier is crevassed.

After two hours of descent you will reach Lakku campsite and from here you can reach Kharsa Yongma or Parang La glacier’s snout in just 1.5 hours. Setup your camps here and retire for the night.


Day 7 : Kharsa Yongma to Kapapuche (4700 m)(20 km)

Trek Distance –215 km (8/9 Hours)

Mode of journey – By Taxi

Walk on the Datang Nala’s riverbed and walk on it for straight 3 hours. You will be crossing many streams on the way with Datang Kongma and Datang Yongma campsites.

Towards the left of Datang Yongma Tsoma Nala flows and Takli La and Lasoma joins it further. Ascending is less and you have to descend till campsite.

Reach there set your camps and retire for the night.


Day 8: Kapapuche to Kitpodansa (4550 m) (20 km)

Today also the trek is on river bed (Para River), on the way many streams join Pare Chu River. After crossing this part reach Phalum Phada campsite, there are mini caves and big rocks.

Another is Racholamo campsite which is at two valleys located at their intersection. Trek on the river bed to reach Kitpodansa which lies further, after reaching there setup your camps and retire for the night.


Day 9 : Kitpodansa to Chumik Shilde (4704 m) (18 km)

Trek towards the left which leads to Norbu Sumdo. Today you have to cross Parechu River, the water level can rise so cross it according to the instructions of guide.

Now, from barren part you will enter the green meadows with blooming flowers and some streams. Norbu Somdu is the border between Ladakh and Spiti and also the Gateway to Ladakh.

Now you will encounter the change in vegetation and after a hike of one hour reach Chumik Shilde, which is wide greenish meadows with many water springs.


Day 10 : Chumik Shilde to Kiangdom (4588 m) (14 km)

The trek today is going to be pleasant, trek on the flat meadows and after two hours of hike the Mentok peaks are visible, all covered in snow.

You further reach the Tso Moriri Lake’s southern tip. No water sources are at Kiangdom. Reach there, setup the camps and retire for the night.


Day 11 : Kiangdom to Karzok (4615 m) (22 km)

Trek along the right bank of Tso Moriri Lake, on the trail you will get heart-warming views of Lungser Kangri and Chamsher Kangri Peak. Karzok is a village and your campsite for today.

The total distance is 22 km and you can reach there in 7/8 hours after a long trek.


Day 12 : Drive from Karzok to Leh (240 km)

Leave Karzok early because the journey to Leh is 5 to 6 km long. Vehicles will be arranged for you till Leh.

Things to carry on trek

Mandatory Documents

Please carry the documents given below

Original and photocopy of government photo identity card- (Aadhar Card, Driving License, Voters ID, etc,
Passport and Visa important to foreigners
Medical Certificate (First part should be filled by the Doctor and Second part by the Trekker)
Declaration Certificates

Note: –  Many trekkers commit the same mistake of carrying unnecessary items on a trek which only makes the backpack heavy. It is important to know the right items to carry.
It differs from season to season if you are trekking in summers then carry less layers of warm clothing and if you are trekking in winters carry enough layers to protect yourself against chilly cold.

Necessary Items for trekkers

carry on a trek

Backpack (50 to 60 liters)
A strongly built backpack with good support is compulsory for a trek. (Rain cover is important)

Sturdy Trekking Shoes
The shoes should be strong enough with good support. The people ask if sports shoes would be comfortable but it is good to bring the right trekking shoes.

The Clothes You Should Bring On a Trek
Avoid keeping extra clothes because it only makes you backpack heavy.

Trek Pants – The jeans are never suitable for a trek so you need at least 2-3 trek pants for treks carry more for longer treks.

Jacket – Jackets are very important to carry on a trek it protects you against the chilly weather. So carry 2 jackets on a week long trek.

Layers of warm Clothing 
Carry warm woolen layers or fleece. Carry more layers during winter season (at least 2 to 3) and less during summer.

Thermals – The Temperature decreases at night so you might be need thermals for Night.

T- Shirts – Bring those t shirts which dry fast.

Poncho –They are needed if you are trekking on a Rainy day to keep you dry.

Hiking Pole

Water Bottle 2

Cap or Balaclava



Woolen and Waterproof Gloves

Socks (Woolen and Regular)


Torch head light

Personal Toiletry Items –  (toothpaste, toothbrush, toilet paper, sanitizer etc.)

Carry Personal Medical Kit

Personal Medical Kit (Carry minimum 5 tablets and maximum 10)

Medical Kit

Diamox – (Prevents altitude sickness)

Digene – (It cures discomfort in stomach, acidity)

Crocin Advance – (Cures fever and headache)

Aspirin/Combiflam – (Pain reliever)

Disprin – (Cures headache)

Avomine – (Prevents motion sickness)

Avil – (It treat allergies)

Norflox TZ & Lomofen – (Prevents Diarrhoea)

Ranitidine – (Reduces the amount of acid in stomach)

Volini/Moov spray – (For sprains)

Betadine/Savlon – (Antiseptic cream)


Band aid


Stretchable/Elastic bandage


Note:- Use medicines only when prescribed by the doctor. In case you face any problem during your trek, discuss and take advice from the Professional guide.

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What is Included In This Trek?

Transport Facility Manali To Manali

Forest Permit and entrance fee

Accommodation in tents on twin share basis

All meals: breakfast, packed lunch, tea, coffee, snacks, soup and dinner

(All camping gears)

High quality tents

Sleeping bags




Separate Toilet tents – Ladies and Gents

Dining Tent

Dining Table




Kitchen team

Radio Walkie Talkie for Communication

Good Experience Trek Leader guide and Technical guide

Medical Kit

Oxygen Cylinders

Crampons and Gaiters

What is Not Include In This Trek?

Personal Insurance

Medical Certificate

Personal toiletry Items and Personal Medicine kit

On first day En Route to base camp the Breakfast and Lunch are Not Included

Last Day En Route Lunch and Dinner are Not Included

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