Larsa We Trek

Larsa We Trek

Himachal Pradesh 10 Days

Difficult

83 KM

MAX 12

MAX ALTITUDE

5280 mts.


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Kalpa to Kaza

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Brief Description

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.



Itinerary

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Day 1

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.


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Day 2

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.


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Day 3

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.


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Day 4

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.


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Day 5

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.


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Day 6

Tapang to Larsa

Todays' trek will be a steep and difficult one as we cross a glacier to reach Larsa. Overnight in tents.


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Day 7

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.


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Day 8

Ansa Sumdo to Tailing Village

Today we descend down to Tailing village in the beautiful Pin Valley of Spiti. Overnight in tents.


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Day 9

Tailing Village to Kaza - Drive

Today we drive from Tiling Village of Pin Valley and reach Kaza. Overnight in guesthouse/homestay.


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Day 10

Depart from Kaza



Frequently Asked Questions

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Eligibility: Experience required

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.

Eligibility: Is this trek good for me?

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.

Eligibility: Fitness benchmark

  1. Jog/Run for 5 Kms in 25-30 mins or Walk continuously for 10 kms (with 3-4 small breaks) on plain terrain (slight incline is better) - You would be required to produce a screenshot from a fitness app testifying the same
  2. Hold your breath for 30-35 seconds

If you are not meeting these benchmarks, please use the preparation schedule to improve your fitness till you achieve the above benchmarks.

Eligibility: Requisite Skills

  • Know campsite basics like how to use a sleeping bag, sleeping tent, toilet tent.
  • Ascending & descending technique for mountain trails
  • Basic mountain mannerisms
  • Ascending & descending on snow
  • Basics of Mountain Sickness
  • Basics of Mountain Hazards
  • How to cross small water streams

About the activity: Why should I go for this trek?

Larsa We Trek - Kalpa to Kaza

One of the best and least traversed crossover treks, Larsa We connects Kalpa to Kaza across stunning landscapes, glaciers and a high altitude pass at 5280 meters. This trek is the best way to discover the untouched regions of Kinnaur and Spiti. Meant for experienced trekkers this trek will take you across ever-changing landscapes, terrains, traditions and cultures.

Best Season: What are the best months to visit this trek?

July to September are the best months to do the Larsa We Trek.

Packing List: What to pack



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Packing List: How should I pack my rucksack?

Packing List: How should I select my trekking shoe?

Connectivity: How to Reach the base of the trek & how to go back from the end point?

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.

Connectivity: What is the cellular network connectivity for this trek?

No network beyond Kalpa.

Nearby attraction: What are the nearby attractions that I can explore?

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.

Age limit: What is the minimum & maximum age limit?

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.

Accommodation: What will be the accommodation type in this trek?

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.

Equipment and facilities: What kind of tents and sleeping bags will be provided to us?

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.

Equipment and facilities: Are there any washroom/toilet facilities on the 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.

Equipment and facilities: If we trek in snow, what equipment will you provide?

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.

Equipment and facilities: What kind of food will be provided for the trek?

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.

Equipment and facilities: What equipment can I rent from you?

You can rent following items from us- Trekking Pole, Trekking Shoes, Fleece Jacket, Rucksack.

Weather conditions: When will there be snow on this trek?

There will be snow on the higher reaches of the trek and on the pass.

Weather conditions: What will the temperatures be like during this trek?

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.

Miscellaneous : Is there an option to offload my backpack?

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.

Miscellaneous : Who will lead us on the trek?

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.

Miscellaneous : Is the trekking pole necessary?

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.

Miscellaneous : Are there any local stores/shops from where I can shop trekking necessities?

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.

Miscellaneous : Is it safe for a solo woman traveller to trek in Fixed departures?

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.

Miscellaneous : Will you give certificates on completion of trek?

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.

Transport: In case we opt for the transport with you, where will you pick us from and where will you drop?

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.

Transport: What time will you drop us at the end point on last day of the trek?

Expect to reach Manali by evening.

Mandatory documents: What are the mandatory documents required for the trek?

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.


Why Bikat

Learning Experience
  • We are an Adventure Learning Organisation first.
  • We want you to not just complete a trek safely but also pick up some basic trekking knowledge and skills along the way.
  • To achieve this we have integrated learning modules into our itineraries.
  • These modules will help you build the necessary skills to progress from trekking to mountaineering over time.
Loyality Programs

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.

  • Currently we have three levels:
  • Basic Membership
  • Summiteer Membership
  • Leader Membership
Personalized Attention
  • Our group sizes on treks don’t exceed 15 members in order to maintain a healthy Participants : Leader Ratio of 8:1.
  • Over time we have found this number to be optimum when it comes to ensuring personalised attention to every member of our group.
  • On mountaineering expeditions this number is even smaller. Our group sizes are capped at 12 members ensuring a Participants : HAP Ratio of 2:1.
Best Expedition Leaders
  • Our Expedition leaders are advanced mountaineering course qualified, specially trained in rescue procedures from NIM and certified first-aid responders.
  • Even our local guides are certified first-aid responders.
Eco-friendly Practices
  • Group sizes are capped at 15 people.
  • Batch sizes are capped at 250 people per trail per season.
  • We follow a rolling campsite model.
  • We are constantly exploring and introducing new trails to reduce the burden on existing ones.
Safety

For us, a successful summit is not about reaching the highest point of a mountain but about making it safely back to base.

  • To ensure this:
  • Every region of ours is mapped with an emergency evacuation plan.
  • The equipment we use is UIAA certified.
  • Our trek leaders are AMC certified with specialisation in rescue procedures.
  • Our support staffs are trained in first aid as well.

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What's Included

Whats Included

  • Food as per menu on all trekking days
  • Accommodation in Kalpa, Asrang and Kaza in guesthouse/homestay on twin/triple sharing basis on Day 1,2 & 9
  • Accommodation on trekking days in tents on twin sharing basis
  • Forest Permits/Camping Charges, if any (upto the amount charged for Indian nationals)
  • Dome Tents, Sleeping bags, Sleeping mats
  • Safety Equipment includes static rescue rope, seat harness, carabiners, pulleys
  • Experienced local guide, cook, helpers, and porters for carrying common supplies
  • Mountaineering course certified Trek Leader with First Aid certification

Whats Not Included?

  • Meals during hotel stay and road journeys
  • Portage of personal backpacks
  • Cost of any kind of Travel Insurance.
  • Any Expense of personal nature.
  • Any Expense not specified in the inclusions list.

Cancellation Policy

Cash Refund

Cancellations up to 30 days prior to departure date
5% Deduction

Between 30 days to 15 days prior to departure
50% deduction

Less than 15 days of departure
No Cash Refund

Voucher Refund

Cancellations up to 5 days prior to departure date
No Deduction

Cancellations less than 5 days prior to departure
No Refund

Please note
  • Cash refund is applicable only in case of bookings made without using any promotional offer code or vouchers.
  • This is only a brief of cancellation terms. For finer details please refer Detailed Cancellation Policy.

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