Parang La Trek the famous trekking routes in Ladakh – Spiti Valley
The Parang La trek is a difficult high-altitude trail that connects south-eastern Ladakh to Spiti in Himachal Pradesh via the 5600-meter-high Parang La pass. This pass was popular as a traditional trade route between Spiti and Ladakh throughout the nineteenth century. Its popularity has waned over time, and it is now one of Ladhak’s most well-known and difficult trek routes.
The trail is a true Trans Himalayan trek, beginning in the Zanskar range and ending in the Great Himalayan range. The path ascends to a maximum elevation of around 5600 metres at Parang La and then follows the Pare Chu River as it flows into Tibet and then back into India.
This difficult trail contains all of the flavours of Ladakh and Spiti, such as high mountains, arid landscapes, rocky cliffs, and wide valleys dotted with patches of green, everything a trekking enthusiast would expect. It also allows you to spend the night on TsoMoriri Lake while hiking the lake’s entire length during the day. This trek is a difficult level trek with challenging terrain that requires acclimatisation at certain points; therefore, trekkers with a variety of experience will have an advantage throughout this journey.
- High altitude pass is situated at a towering height of 5600m
- Get a panoramic view of many snow covered peaks visible form the Parang la pass Trek.
- Test your endurance limits both physically and mentally.
- View the lush green Landscapes of Thaltak meadows.
- Remote trekking in the Secluded areas of PirPanjal ranges and Zanskar range
Key Points of Parang la Pass Trek
|Duration||10 Nights 11 Days (please keep a day or two spare for the schedule considering, acclimatization and weather conditions)|
|Terrain Type||steep hills, snow covered trails, meadows|
|Temperature||Day (5°C to 12° C) Night (2°C to 5°C)|
|Trek Weather||Winters are covered with snow summits and peaks whereas summers experience higher temperatures|
|Best Time:||June end to mid-September|
|Trek Level:||Moderate to Difficult|
|Group Size:||A minimum group size of 5 people and a maximum of 15 people.|
(In case anyone wants to book a private tour for their friends and family we provide a different procedure for it)
|Trek Fee||35,000.00 per person Leh to Manali|
Some of the trek highlights
Jam packed with variable terrains, challenging descents and meadows; Parang La Pass trek is nothing less than a dream to mountaineers.Trekkes will be able to experience two completely different worlds of southern Ladakh and spiti valley in Himachal. Not only geographically distinct but also divided with living cultures and language, this trek provides a great insight to local cultures and living values.
The trek officially commences form the Karzok village beside TsoMoriri Lake and ends at Kaza. Trekkers will get a chance to walk along the TsoMoriri Lake at Kiangdom withswampy stretch of the lake towards the end, before beginning to follow the Pare Chu River. Hikers will be setting up camps at various locations along the trail. The site of Pare Chu River for camping is among some of the best experience during the Parang la Pass trek. The challenging snow covered descent of Parang la reaches the arid Spiti valley glorifying the essence of two completely different worlds. Trekkers will then be walking through the trails of spiti valley before opening to the majestic lushs of Thalkata meadows. Kibber will be last the destination for this trek.
Things to Look out for-
- The trek is certain to provide unrivalled feelings of accomplishment.
- Souvenirs form Lehare great for memories.
- There are countless photogenic peaks, so we recommend that you prepare yourself for any aesthetic shoots. The best pictures are those taken under a blue sky with snow-covered peaks in the background.
- Trail among the old yet dynamic mountain features which houses some of the unique and rare fossils.
- Along the journey trekkers will get a chance to interact with the locals of both Ladakh region and Himachal region. Even through the religious influence of Buddhism holds strong in both areas, yet the distinct cultures will surely fascinate the explorers.
View during the journey
- Changing colors of TsoMoriri Lake as trekkers walk alongside is one of the main highlight of this trek. Trekkers will be able to experience the varied shades of blue with unclimbed peaks in the backdrop creating a picture perfect canvas.
- Rare and unique fossils with mountains giving a strong aura of being submerged under the sea is a fascination to explore.
- Pare chu river and camping on its banks.
- Thalkata’s lush green meadows with grazing horses.
Nearby places to visit
- While on their trek to Parang la Pass trekkers can take time to explore the villages they will be crossing. The monasteries at Kharzok village with its old and influencial history might peque an excitement among the trekkers.
- Trekkers are most likely recommended to extend their stay at Kaza or leh depending upon their travel route. If trekkers are travelling from Kibber to Karzokvikkage then an extended stay at leh will be extremely fulfilling. In the same way if trekkers are travelling from Kharzok village to Kaza a prolonged stay at Kaza might also help trekkers to explore the beauty of Spiti valley.
- Also trekkers on reaching Kaza can opt to explore the popular tourist destination of Manali. Owning to its name as popular tourist destination Manali provides a variety of attractions to explore. Sites like Hidimba Devi temple and VashistKund can surely make trekkers to extend their stay.
The altitude covered in Parang la Pass Trek
Best Time to Visit Parang la Pass Trek
Both the ascent and the descent of Parang la Pass are difficult in level as the trekkers hike forward. The best time to hike these paths is during the months of June end to mid-Septemper. The unfavorable temperatures and precipitation make this trek a pre and post monsoon season trek. Temperatures typically range from 5 to 12 degrees Celsius during the day, with substantially colder nights.
Note: – Our service will remain from Leh to Kaza– for more details please check includes or excludes
|Day 1||Arrival Leh|
|Day 2||Leh (Acclimatization day)|
|Day 3||Leh to Korzok village|
|Day 4||Trek to Kiangdom|
|Day 5||Kiangdom to NurboSumdo|
|Day 6||NurboSumdo to DatangYangma camp|
|Day 7||DatangYangma camp to KapaBoche camp|
|Day 8||KapaBoche camp to DakKarzong|
|Day 9||Parang la to Thaltak meadows|
|Day 10||Thaltak meadows to Dumla village|
|Day 11||Dumla Village to chicham to Kaza Same day to Manali|
Is it safe?
Set amidst the high altitudes, concerns regarding Parang la Pass Trek safety are indeed very valid questions. To brush off all the concerns we would like to confirm that the teams of Himalayan Hikers have calculated all the possible probabilities if anything goes off the schedule.
All of our professionals strive to provide the best experience possible for trekkers, so a collaborative contribution of a relaxed mindset and morally communicative behavior with fellow trekkers will be greatly appreciated.
Because the pass is relatively high in elevation, we strongly recommend a reasonable level of physical fitness.We advise trekkers to physically and mentally prepare themselves prior to this trek.
Any medical assistance that is required will be provided at any point of the journey; however, trekkers must consult their professional care before beginning any trek. We also strongly advise trekkers to learn about altitude sickness and to notify our teams as soon as any symptoms appear.
Weather conditions depend on the time of the year trekkers are travelling. Months from pre and post monsoon experience moderate temperatures during the day with substantially colder nights.
Easier trails with less confusing journey makes this trek a perfect summer and early winter trek. The weather during summers are quite favorable for trekking elevation and safer trails.
Things to carry
1) Because nights at elevations tend to be considerably colder, we suggest having well-graded, warm and comfortable clothing along with good quality shoes.
2) Despite the fact that we handle medical crises, we urge individuals to keep their emergency kits at hand in any case of personal underlying illnesses.
3) Since the journey provides you with a picturesque view of many peaks, don’t forget to bring your camera along with extra batteries.
4) Our staff will consult with fellow trekkers about their luggage and, if lacking, will assist trekkers in obtaining any necessary equipment. Only the relevant luggage should be brought, as a result.
Other trekking Essentials-
Connectivity and Transactions
1) Because connectivity along the route is unpredictable, we urge people to do all of their work ahead of time.
2) Trekkers will be provided with walkie- talkies beforehand in case of emergency
3) Last ATM transactions available will be at some stops after Lehbut we recommend travellers to collect cash beforehand or while in Leh as ATM available at other places might not dispense cash at times.
How to Reach Parang la Pass Trek
If you are travelling from any metropolitan city in India or from outside India, getting to the capital city of Delhi may be the first and most important step. All major modes of transportation, such as air, road, and rail, can take you to Delhi.
Leh is connected to most major cities in India via all chief modes of transportation. Trekkers could perhaps conduct extensive research for their direct mode of transportation to ensure a much smoother arrival.
How to reach Leh from Delhi
By air– KushokBakulaRimpocheeAirport is the nearest airport to Leh. It is well connected to Delhi with many flights in a week. Cabs are easily available from the airport to Leh.
By road-Delhi have road routes to Leh via Manali or via Srinagar . Trekkers will have to book either a bus or private cabs. Prior booking for cabs and bus are easily available at various sites.
.Some important points to note-
- Please note that we don’t provide timings schedules for transportation before Leh. Subjected to various conditions the scheduled timings and availability of particular rides may differ. We recommend trekkers to reach out our teams for any queries. You can drop an email or call us for an initial guided session.
- Our teams will be collecting trekkers at fixed points of airports, railway stations and bus stands.
- It is recommended that unless any delay arrives, trekkers are advised to reach the destinations at least 2 hours prior.
Things Himalayan hikers recommend
As previously stated, a camera, as well as spare batteries and memory cards, are recommended. We can assure and guarantee that you will be stopping frequently along the trail to observe the grandeur of the trekking experience.
We strongly recommend trekkers to prepare beforehand for the journey ahead. Regular practicing physical fitnessand mental endurance will surely assist trekkers in great time.
After the trek, we strongly encourage trekkers to tag us on social media when they post any memories from the trip; this will not only prove invaluable to us with our work, but will also serve as a motivational example for all of our experts.
Why you should choose us
We’re here to give you the greatest experience possible through the eyes of highly skilled and qualified specialists who have a passion for adventure sports. We are community members attempting to promote our favorite adventure sports while also supporting local businesses. We, at Himalayan hikers, dedicate ourselves to providing you with an unforgettable experience.