Connecting the stunning villages of Kalpa and Kaza across a 5280 meters high pass is the legendary Larsa We Trek. Unarguably one of the least traversed and offbeat trails in the state of Himachal Pradesh, the Larsa We trek takes you across constantly changing landscapes. From lush valleys, verdant grasslands, barren deserts, meandering rivers, towering peaks, glaciers, moraines to the spellbinding Pin Valley. Located in the famous Shrikhand range of the Himalayas in Himachal. Larsa We Trek is only for experienced trekkers due to long walks, steep climbs, constant high altitude and a taxing pass traverse. Starting from the Lippa valley near Kalpa and ending at Pin Valley near Kaza, the trek is one of the most beautiful and undiscovered trails. The best time for Larsa We Trek is between the months of July to September. Stay on this page for more information on the Larsa We Trek.
Shimla to Kalpa - 225 km Drive
The drive from Shimla to Kalpa is absolutely mesmerizing through winding roads, towering mountains, beautiful valleys and gushing rivers. The drive is that of 225 km and takes about 8-10 hours. Overnight in hotel/guesthouse in Kalpa.
Kalpa to Asrang - Drive
Today after breakfast we will drive to Asrang, a pretty village in the Lipa Valley offering you stunning views of the surrounding mountains. Overnight in guesthouse/homestay.
Asrang to Pulling
Today we start our trek from Asrang and climb steeply to reach the sloping meadows of Pulling via the hamlet of Tokto. Overnight in tents.
Pulling to Bicho Thatch
We start our trek from Pulling to Bicho Thatch via Kangte which is the highest point on the way. Overnight in tents.
Bicho Thatch to Tapang
Today's trek will be a long one but moderately tough. We will trek along the river and reach the campsite of Tapang. Overnight in tents.
Tapang to Larsa
Todays' trek will be a steep and difficult one as we cross a glacier to reach Larsa. Overnight in tents.
Larsa to Ansa Sumdo via Larsa We (5280 m)
Today we cross Larsa We that provides panoramic views of the surrounding valleys and mountains to reach the campsite of Ansa Sumdo. Overnight in tents.
Ansa Sumdo to Tailing Village
Today we descend down to Tailing village in the beautiful Pin Valley of Spiti. Overnight in tents.
Tailing Village to Kaza - Drive
Today we drive from Tiling Village of Pin Valley and reach Kaza. Overnight in guesthouse/homestay.
Depart from Kaza
Should have at least 7-10 trek days in the Himalayas in their kitty along with the experience of trekking at altitudes of 4500 metres or above.
Larsa We is a difficult trek climbing to a high altitude of 5280 meters. It requires more strength and endurance than moderate level treks. Therefore, it is recommended that you first gain experience of trekking to altitudes of 4500 metres and learn about campsite basics, ascending and descending on mountain trails, basics of high altitude acclimatization process and then move up a notch with the Larsa We Trek.
If you are not meeting these benchmarks, please use the preparation schedule to improve your fitness till you achieve the above benchmarks.
July to September are the best months to do the Larsa We Trek.
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The Larsa We Trek begins in Kalpa and ends in Kaza.
Getting to Kalpa: The distance of Kalpa from Shimla is 230 km and takes about 8-10 hours drive. The road journey can be done by hiring private or shared taxis. There is also an HRTC bus that leaves from Shimla at 6:00 AM and reaches Kalpa at 4:00 PM. Kalpa is a quaint village in Kinnaur district of Himachal Pradesh.
No network beyond Kalpa.
Kaza is famous for its spectacular monasteries and local shopping souks. Kibber, Komic, and Dhankar Village are few of the famous villages in the capital.
The return journey from Kaza to Manali passes through two high altitude passes - Kunzum La and Rohtang Pass.
The minimum age limit is 13 years. However, minors aged between 13 to 17 should be accompanied with their parents or guardians. If you are above the age of 60, kindly carry a medical certificate from your doctor that deem you fit for adventure activities like trekking.
On trekking days, all the trekkers will be accommodated in twin sharing tents. Along with this, there will also be a toilet tent and a dining tent installed at every campsite as we roll. In Kalpa, Asrang and Kaza trekkers will be accommodated in homestays/guesthouses on twin/triple sharing basis.
We provide 4 seasons tents by Gipfel for higher altitudes which can easily withstand heavy snowfall and storms. They are spacious enough to accomodate 3 people at once with a vestibule to place the backpacks. Our sleeping bags are made up of Heatseeker Pro synthetic insulation that can provide you comfort in -10 degrees celsius. We also use additional fleece liners to have thermal efficiency even in the extreme temperatures of -17 degrees Celsius. If you carry your own sleeping bag, you will get a cashback reward provided that you inform us as soon as you have booked your trek.
Toilet tents will be provided to you on the trek. These are portable toilets tents where a deep pit will be dug. A shovel will be provided inside the tent to cover the waste after you have made your business. You can take a toilet roll inside. Make sure you dig used toilet paper along with the waste. Though water is recommended in place of toilet paper. Please refrain from using wet wipes as they are non-biodegradable. There will be no facility for bathing on the trek. Go through our blog section for tips on how to maintain personal hygiene on treks.
You will be provided with good quality of gaiters and microspikes from us depending upon the situation of the snow. Our trek leaders will also be carrying ropes and ice axe.
Vegetarian food will be served throughout the trek. The only non-vegetarian item served on our treks are eggs. Our kitchen staff follows a proper menu for breakfast, lunch and dinner which has been designed in order to fulfil the nutritional requirements of the participants. There will be milk, poha, eggs, muesli/corn flakes, bread and butter served for breakfast. Rice or simple roti sabzi will be packed for lunch. In dinner, you will have dal, egg curry or any other vegetarian dish along with rice, roti, and a dessert item. Packed lunch will be provided to you on the days you are trekking. You are requested to carry your own tiffin box and a mug to consume food. The meals consumed on journey and arrival day are not included in our cost.
You can rent following items from us- Trekking Pole, Trekking Shoes, Fleece Jacket, Rucksack.
There will be snow on the higher reaches of the trek and on the pass.
The temperature during the day will be between 15-25 degree celsius, at night the temperature drops to as low as 5 degrees. The higher the altitude you gain, the colder it will get.
If you want to offload your rucksack, you will have to make a request for offloading a few days prior the trek through an email so that arrangement can be made in advance. You will be charged per day for offloading your rucksack. In case you decide to offload on the spot, you may have to pay a higher price than usual. However offloading your rucksack is not recommended since it is not a safe practice.
A team of participant will be led by a course certified trek leader and a local guide. All participants are requested to abide by what their leader says. There will also be a team of kitchen staff and porters on the trek. We maintain 1:8 ratio of trek leader and participants. All our trek leaders and staff have a certified training in first-aid and rescue operation.
It is not mandatory but it is more convenient with the pole. If you don’t want to buy one, you can rent it from us on minimal daily basis charges. You can request the renting link from us.
Shimla has reasonable size market but because of immediate departure from Shimla last minute purchasing might be difficult. Please do not leave anything for last minute buying.
Yes, it is absolutely safe for solo woman to travel in fix departures. Women on the trek will be sharing tent with each other. In case you are the only woman on the trek, you will be given a separate tent.
Yes, e-certificates will be given at the end of each trek provided that you completed it. It will bear your name, the trek, and the maximum altitude you achieved on the trek.
We will pick you from Shimla ISBT by 7am and drive to Kalpa. If you opt for the return transportation from us then we will pick you up from your hotel in Kaza and drop you off the Manali ISBT.
Expect to reach Manali by evening.
ID Proof (Soft Copy to be sent to us in Advance & original to be carried) and Medical Certificate (Soft Copy to be sent to us & original to be carried) are the mandatory documents required for this trek.
Our community is an integral part of us and we take pride in our trekkers and climbers. When you complete at least three days on any trek or expedition with us, you become eligible for our membership and referral programs.
For us, a successful summit is not about reaching the highest point of a mountain but about making it safely back to base.
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