Parang La Trek
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.
June End - Mid September
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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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.