Brief Description

The trek is an ancient trade route between the Spiti in Himachal, Tibet & Changthang in Ladakh region & trek can be started from either Karzok village or from Chicham / Kibber in Spiti. The trail takes you to a maximum altitude of around 5600 meters to Parang La & follows the Pare Chu river which goes to Tibet & re-enters India. The main attraction of the trail is the old yet dynamic mountain features which resembles a unique pattern of being under the sea for long time & houses some of the unique fossils. The trail has vast meadows which were a grazing ground for horses from Spiti Valley. The most amazing part of the trek is the walk along the Tso Moriri Lake for complete 2 days where the lake offers different shades of blue with many unclimbed peaks in the background. The end point is Karzok village which houses one of the old & powerful monastery in Leh.

Why Bikat ?

  • Learning Experience: We do not just focus on completing the trek but also help you develop basic trekking skills like:
    • Packing a rucksack
    • Morning Yoga & Evening stretching
    • How to pitch and dismantle a camping tent and properly use a sleeping bag
    • Ascend and Descend on a mountain trail
    • How to ensure camp safety and hygiene
    • Identify trail signs and signals
  • Loyalty Programs: Join Bikat community and enjoy benefits of our vouchers and referral programs.
  • Personalized attention: We have small batch size (max. 15) and we maintain a healthy ratio of 8:1 (Participants: Leader) on all our batches to enable individual focus and monitoring.
  • Best Expedition Leaders: Our 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.
  • Safety norms: We have mapped every region with an emergency evacuation plan and safety protocols maintaining a zero accident record so far. We carry an extensive first-aid kit including oxygen cylinders and high altitude medicines.
  • Safety equipment: Our trek leaders carry UIAA certified rescue equipment like static rope, ice ax, harness, carabiners, jumar, pulley, short and long slings.

 

Itinerary

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1 Day 1
Arrival in Kaza from Manali (Driving Distance 202 Kms)
2 Day 2
Rest & Acclimatization Day at Chicham (Driving Distance : 18 Kms)
3 Day 3
Rest & Acclimatization Day at Chicham
4 Day 4
Chicham to Thaltak Altitude : 4270 M to 4693 M Distance Covered : 8 KM
5 Day 5
Thaltak to Borochin Altitude : 4693 M to 5100 M Distance Covered : 12 KM
6 Day 6
Borochin to Kharsa Yongma Altitude : 5100 M to 4850 M Distance Covered : 14 KM
7 Day 7
Kharsa Yongma to Kapapuche Altitude : 4850 M to 4700 M Distance Covered : 20 KM
8 Day 8
Kapapuche to Kitpodansa Altitude : 4700 M to 4550 M Disctance Covered : 20 KM
9 Day 9
Kitpodansa to Chumik Shilde Altitude : 4550 M to 4704 M Distance Covered : 18 KM
10 Day 10
Chumik Shilde to Kiangdom Altitude : 4704 M to 4588 M Distance Covered : 14 KM
11 Day 11
Kiangdom to Karzok Altitude : 4588 M to 4615 M Distance Covered : 21.5 KM
12 Day 12
Karzok to Leh : 240 Kms drive

Frequently Asked Questions

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

June End - Mid September

Packing List: What to pack



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

The trek begins from Kibber or Chicham which is around 182 Kms from Manali or 430 Kms from Shimla via Reckongpeo. There are shared vehicles available from Manali for Kaza which takes around 8-9 hours & around INR 1300-1500 per person. From Kaza you have to hire a deidcated taxi for Chicham or Kibber.

Here is how you can reach Kaza :

By Road via Manali

Cheaper option that involves a lot of road journey but is more or less streamlined. Volvo buses are easily available till Manali & if your reach early morning in Manali then sharing or reserve taxis can be hired easily.The shared taxi rates from Manali in a Tempo Traveller or Bolero can vary between INR 1000 to 1500 per seat. The journey should take around 7-8 hours in a taxi. HRTC bus is another option which starts at around 05:00 AM from Bhuntar & reaches Kaza in the evening. It takes good 10 hours for the journey.

By Air & Road via Manali

Costliest option that off course saves time. The peak season is between June and September, sooner you book the cheaper the rates. The flight to Bhuntar ranges from INR 7-14K, so one needs to plan early for this. Shared or reserved taxi options are available from Bhuntar & Kullu for Kaza .

The trek ends at Karzok, from where Leh is a 5 hour drive. From Leh, you can take one of several daily flights to Delhi or Srinagar, or go back via road in shared or private taxis. A seat in a shared Tempo Traveler to Manali can cost anything between INR 1500 - INR 3500, depending on the season. From Manali, there are several overnight Volvo buses and HRTC buses to Delhi.

Eligibility: Is this trek good for me?

Parang La is made only for experienced trekkers who want to test their limits. The challenges faced in the trek should not be underestimated. You should attempt this trek only If you have already done a trek that climbs to 4700-5000 metres. It is recommended not to opt this trek if you cannot get acclimatized in the mountains of Ladakh. Besides you need to have a strong physical endurance to complete this trek. For details on trek difficulty level, please read on Bikat Rating Scale

Eligibility: Experience required

Should have an experience of at least 10 – 15 trek days in the Himalayas, At least one Moderate Plus category trek, Experience of trekking at altitudes higher than 4700 - 5000 mts, Medical fitness certificate from CMO of a recognized hospital.

Eligibility: Fitness benchmark

  • 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) and
  • You would be required to produce a screenshot from a fitness app testifying the same
  • Hold your breath for 40 seconds and
  • 3 sets of Climbing 30 – 40 steps in one stretch and
  • Push Ups – 10 and
  • Lunges & Squats – 15 X 2 sets
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

How to use an Ice Axe
How to use Climbing boots & Crampons
How to rope up & follow queued climbing/descending
How to self-arrest using an ice axe
Knowledge of Basic First aid

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

This trek is an ancient trade route between Spiti in Himachal Pradesh and the Changthang plateau in Ladakh. The main attraction of the trail is the old yet dynamic mountain features which resembles a unique pattern of being under the sea for long time & houses some unique fossils.

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

There is no network after crossing Rohtang Pass on the road journey from Manali to Kaza. There are satellite phones available at Chhatru and Batal on the route. There is no connectivity once we cross Batal till we reach Leh at the end of the trek. All postpaid connections or prepaid J&K connections work in Leh. Some spots also have coverage for BSNL 3G.

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

There are so many enchanting places to visit in Leh-Ladakh. During your acclimatization period, you can roam around the town and visit the monasteries; Diskit Gompa, and Lamayuru Monastery. Drive up to the Magnetic Hill and experience the crazy magnetic phenomenon on the hill. The picturesque Nubra Valley will take your breath away. The green oasis villages, the monasteries, the ruined palaces- Turtuk and Bordang; there is a whole different culture in this place. It is 150 km away from Leh. You can take a shared taxi to this route. How can you leave Ladakh without seeing Pangong Lake, the sapphire blue lake? Also, visit Gurdwara Pathar Sahib and Leh Royal Palace.

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.

Packing List: How should I pack my rucksack?

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Terms & Conditions

What's Included

  • Food as per menu on expedition starting dinner on Day 2 till lunch on Day 11
  • Forest/Camping Fee (Upto the amount charged for Indian nationals)
  • Dome Tent on twin sharing, Sleeping bags, mats
  • Microspikes, Gaiters, Helmet as required
  • Experienced Trek guide, cook, helpers
  • Porters or mules for carrying common supplies
  • Services of a Mountaineering Certified Trek Leader with certification in first aid program.
  • Hotel Stay in Kaza on Day 1, home stay in Chicham on Day 2 & 3 on twin / triple sharing basis.
  • 1 Night Hotel Stay in Karzok on twin sharing basis
  • Gamow Bag (HAPO Chamber) - 1 per batch

What's not Included

  • Hotel Meals in Kaza & Karzok
  • Road Journey meals, if any
  • Any kind of insurance
  • Any expense of personal nature
  • Any expense not specified in the inclusion list
  • Offloading of personal rucksack
  • Inner Line permit for foreign nationals

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