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Manali To Leh Parang La Trek
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  • From : Manali
  • Destination: Leh Ladakh
  • Duration : 12 Nights 13 Days
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Manali - Kaza - Parang La - Karzok - Leh

This is one of the most spectacular treks that starts from Manali and goes over the Parang la Pass situated at a height of 5590 meters (18,300 feet) to Ladakh. This route is a traditional and an ancient trade route between the people of Kaza and Tibet. This route provides some awesome views of the source of the Pare Chu River. The trek ends at the iconic Tso Moriri Lake.


Overview

Region: TRANS HIMALAYA OF SPITI/RUPSHU PLAINS

Duration: 12 Nights 13 Days

Grade: Moderate to Tough

Maximum Altitude:  5590 Meters

Brief Itinerary:

Day 01: Manali – Rothang pass – Batal – Chandrataal Lake

Day 02: Chandrataal – Kunzum pass – Losar – Kaza

Day 03: Kaza – Kee - Comic – Langza – Kaza 

Day 04: Kaza - Kibber

Day 05: Kibber - Dumla – Thaltak Meadow

Day 06: Thaltak – Jagtha - Bonrojen

Day 07: Bongrojen – Parang La – Dak  Karzong

Day 08: Dak Karzong - Datang Yongma

Day 09: Datang Yongma – Chumik Shilde – Tso Moriri 

Day 10: Tso Moriri

Day 11: Tso Moriri – Karzog 

Day 12: Karzog – Leh

Day 13: Fly from Leh to Delhi

 

Itinerary

Day 01: Manali – Rothang pass – Batal – Chandrataal Lake.

Driving duration: 5 – 6 hour.

Today leaving the greener Himalaya we enter the cold Himalayan desert. After early breakfast, set out for an adventurous drive over one of the highest motorable passes of Himachal Pradesh. Leave, Manali to drive over Rothang Pass. At an elevation of 3, 919 m, a geologic puzzle, where two important Himalayan ranges, Dhauladhar range and Pir –Panja, respectively, intersect each other. The pass cuts the road connections for seven months in a year, to the tribal districts of Himachal Pradesh and Ladakh. From Rothang pass, continue driving down to the bed of River Chandra, the drive ascends ascend further up to Chandra Taal Lake (The Moon Lake). Camp overnight at Chandrataal.

Day 02: Chandrataal – Kunzum pass – Losar – Kaza.

Driving duration: 4 – 5 hour.

Enjoy a morning walk ahead of the lake. Post breakfast, drive to Kaza over Kunzum pass (4551m). Check into your hotel at Kaza. Later, drive to visit Kee monastery. Drive back to the hotel. Overnight at hotel.  

Day 03: Kaza – Kee - Comic – Langza – Kaza.

Driving duration: 3 hour.

Today, we drive to village Comic, en-route visit Kee monastery, the complex present an example of fortified monasteries which were built against the threat of possible invasions. From here, one can admire descend of Spiti valley and as it rises, up to Kunzum pass. Continue, driving to Comic, situated at an elevation of 4500m, visit the village monastery and feel high above the clouds! We now drive back to visit village Langza, with a stunning views of Mount Chou Chou Khang (6000m). Walk down to the gigantic statue of mediating Buddha with a closer look to the lifestyle of Himalayan people. For evening, drive back to Kaza,

Day 04: Kaza — Kibber  

Driving duration: 1 hour.

In the morning after breakfast, explore the local markets of Kaza. Try looking for if you haven’t missed anything! After visiting the newly built monastery at Kaza drive up to Kibber village. Free time to sort you backpacks and material to be carried by horses. Overnight at guest house.

Day 05: Kibber - Dumla – Thaltak Meadow 

Walking duration: 4 – 5 hour.

In the morning, post breakfast, leave the habitations and past Kibber village descend down to Dumle, farmlands of natives. The walk further climbs towards Thaltak Meadow, on the opposite side of ridge. We camp at Thaltak tonight. Enjoy evening at leisure. Overnight in tents.

Day 06: Thaltak – Jagtha - Bonrojen 

Walking duration: 6 – 7 hour.

After breakfast, the walk further plunges down into a narrow deep gorge. At the bottom we cross an icy gushing rivulet. From here a demanding steep uphill brings us to Borojin base camp. Reach the campsite, have early dinner and retire into tents.

Day 07: Bongrojen – Parang La – Dak  Karzong 

Walking duration: 7 – 8 hour.

Today, after early breakfast, leave for the pass. The final lap is a steep 2-hour climb to Parang La at 18,300 ft. The pass lies on the trade route between Ladkah and the Spiti valley. There are some great views of the Spiti and the Changthang valleys from the pass. Parilungbi, a conical peak, is the first Ladakhi peak visible from Spiti. From the pass, we descend to the source of the Pare Chu River. After the pass, the landscape changes dramatically from steep gorges to broad plains. Overnight camp at Dak Karzong.

Day 08: Dak Karzong - Datang Yongma

4725M (12kms/5hrs)

Walking duration: 5 – 6 hour.

The route for the next 3 days is in a fairly open valley with a well-marked trail on the right bank of the Pare Chu. Camp overnight at Datang Yongma.

Day 09: Datang Yongma – Chumik Shilde – Tso Moriri 4519M (16kms/5-6 hrs)

Walking duration: 6 – 7 hour.

Today we follow the trail to Racholemo (14000 ft.) then Norbu Sumdo (14400 ft.) and across to Chumik Shilde. Start early, as the winds can be strong in the afternoons. The southern edge of the oval-shaped Tso Moriri at Kiangdom, named after the kiangs (wild Tibetan asses) which roam here freely. The lake breaks into several channels here to create a vast wetland, the breeding ground of several rare species of birds.

Day 10: Tso Moriri

Walking duration: 2 – 3 hour.

Today, walk along the lake and establish a camp further up, to get the better views. The day is at leisure and you will get ample chance to spot some of the endangered species of aquatic birds and wildlife. Overnight in tents. 

Day 11: Tso Moriri – Karzog 

Walking duration: 4 – 5 hour.

The last day of the trek passes along the shore of Tso Moriri. The view of the lake with Lungser Kangri (6666m/21,871ft.) in the background is absolutely unbeatable. The walk is longer than it looks and with the afternoon winds you will be tired when you reach Karzog. Overnight at hotel.

Day 12: Karzog – Leh 

Driving duration: 6 – 7 hour.

In the morning, after breakfast, visit the ancient monastery in Karzok, where the Changpas roam the pastures with their flocks of pashmina goats and still live in yak-skin yurts. Later drive to Leh. Overnight in Leh

Day 13: Fly from Leh to Delhi.

Fact

Fact

1. The Parang La Pass is at a height of 5590 meters (18340 feet).

2. It connects Kaza in the Spiti Valley to the Tibetian Plateau region of Leh Ladakh

3. The trek ends at the iconic lake of Tso Moriri

4. It is home to the snow leopards and the famous Spiti horses (Chumur) 

Do's and Dont's

Do's

• Things to Carry:

  • Backpack 40 - 60 Liters (Only carry the things required for trek)
  • Hiking/Trekking pants/trousers and shirts (Avoid using jeans and wear comfortable clothings)
  • Good ankle-length hiking shoes. Make sure your shoes are not new as they cause shoe bites easily 
  • Flash light with extra batteries (These will be required at night when you need guidance to walk along the camp site)
  • Sunglasses and Caps.
  • Hiking poles (optional) (This depends on your fitness level)
  • Sunscreen  (Get a high SPF sunscreen as sun burns are common phenomenon at high altitudes)
  • Camera (optional)
  • Water bottle
  • Warm jacket/pullover (Make sure they are water resistant)
  • Warm gloves
  • Warm socks (at least 3 pairs)
  • Raincoat
  • Prescribed medication (if any)
  • Personal Medication If Any 
  • Back Pack Cover 

Don'ts 

• Do not litter the Himalayas during your stay there.

Services Provided:

  1. All arrangements for overnight stays during the trip.
  2. All food expenses
  3. Food will usually consist of morning breakfast, lunch, evening high tea and dinner.
  4. All food will be vegetarian.
  5. Special trained certified guides trained for emergency situations.
  6. Local guides and workers with in-depth knowledge about the local area.
  7. It will be a cultural and traditional experience as all stays will be mostly in villages.
  8. One luggage per person will be transported by us.
  9. Inner line permits and arrangements en route will be arranged by the operator.
  10. All stays and lodging on twin sharing basis shall be provided.

Services not included

  1. Any kind of personal expenses.
  2. Camera fees or any other costs arising out of unforeseen circumstances and situations beyond our control

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