Parang La trek
This is an exciting route combining a trip to Ladakh and exploration of the remote Changtang Plateau, following an ancient trade route used by the people of Spiti to cross the Changtang to Tibet. Stunning moonscape scenery, high meadow campsites, Himalayan peaks, rare wildlife, azure blue lakes, high mountain passes, isolated villages, Buddhist monasteries and fascinating encounters with the hardy Changpa nomads in their yurt encampments are all part of this challenging trip. One of the last bastions of Tibetan culture and religion with spectacular scenery this is a remarkable travel destination. We begin with a stunning flight over the Himalaya to Leh, the capital of Ladakh, at 3,500m., where we spend a few days acclimatising by visiting some of the monasteries in the area. We then have a short drive following the Indus River to the start of our trek. The trek takes us into the heart of Rupshu. This remote border area is close to Tibet and is an extension of Tibet’s Changtang Plateau, a high and dry desert land, dissected by mountain passes and traversed by a number of ancient trading routes. Crossing several wild, mountain passes we come to the high altitude Tso Kar Lake. Around this salt lake roam herds of Kiang (Wild Asses). Heading south through the heart of Changtang we cross four more high passes to Tso Moriri, a beautiful turquoise blue lake with fabulous views of the snow-capped peaks bordering Tibet. We have time to explore the area around the lake before the second half of the trek, which takes us across the Indian
Walk profiles given within the below itinerary are approximate and are intended only as a rough guide. Walk durations (or pace) will vary by group, and walks may be adapted to suit snow conditions and weather. The entries in bold at the end of each day indicate the type of accommodation normally used and meals included (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner).
Departure TimeAny Time
Return TimeApproximately 8:30 PM.
Dress CodeTrekking equipment
IncludedAll taxes and official expensesBasic guesthouse accommodationBreakfast, Lunch, DinnerCity tourDeparture TaxesDomestic flightsLocal staff and portersPermits and TIMS permitPersonal Guide
Not IncludedAlcohol and cold drinksEntry visaHotelInternational flightsMandatory travel insurancePersonal trekking equipmentTips for trekking staff and driver
Day 1: Arrive in Leh
Day 2: Visit Shey and Tikse Monasteries
Day 3: Acclimatization day
Day 4: Drive to Manali trek to Rumtse 4,218 m.
Day 5: Trek to Kyamar 4,584 m.
Day 6: Trek to Tisaling 5,035 m.
Day 7: Over the Shibuk La to Riyul
Day 8: Trek to Rajung Karu 4,933 m.
Day 9: Trek to Gyame 5,166 m.
Day 10: Trek to Tso Moriri 4,552 m.
Day 11: Trek to Kyangdom
Day 13-16: Base camp of Parang La 5,069 m.
Day 17: Cross the Parang La 5,586 m. to Thalta 4,573 m.
Day 18: Trek to Rangrik 3,620 m.
Day 19: Drive to Manali 2,050 m.
Day 20: Drive to Mandi
Day 21: Drive to Delhi
Day 22: Departure day