Max. Altitude: Parang La (5578 m)
- High Altitude Lakes Chandertaal and Tsomoriri Tso
- Parang La, Rupshu Valley, world's highest village Kibber
- Ki Monastery
- Drive over Rohtang La, Baralacha La, Kunzum La and Moore Plains, the world's highest largest plateau
- Nomadic tribes, People, Culture and Cuisine
The tour starts with camping by the mesmerizing Chandertaal Lake and visiting Spiti valley with all its remote valleys, villages and old monasteries. Later we embark on a high altitude trek to cross over Parang La and reach mind-blowing Tsomoriri Lake, which is an high altitude Himalayan desert lake and the largest inland water lake of Indian subcontinent. After completing the trek we can continue further to Ladakh, exploring the various monasteries & other places of interest in & around Leh.
- Day 1 (Friday 3rd August 2018): Arrive in Manali - Stay at Base
- Day 2: Manali – Chandertaal (126 km / 8 hr.)
- Day 3: Chandertaal – Kibber (2-3 hr.)
- Day 4: Kibber - Kaza – Kibber
- Day 5: Kibber – Thalda (7 hr. trek)
- Day 6: Thalda – Boroghlen (7 hr.)
- Day 7: Boroghlen – Parangla (5578 m) – Kharsa Gongma (8 hr.)
- Day 8: Kharsa Gongma – Thakote (5 hr.)
- Day 9: Thakote – Umdung (7 hr.)
- Day 10: Umdung – Chuntung – besides Tsomoriri Lake (8 hr.)
- Day 11: Chungtung – Chakardung (5 hr.)
- Day 12: Chakaradung – Karzok (4 hr.)
- Day 13: Karzok – Jispa (302 km /10-12 hrs)
- Day 14: Jispa - Manali (130 km/ 4-5 hrs)
Day 1: Arrive in Manali
Team will be happy to welcome you at Manali and receive you at the air port/bus terminal. We will settle you in at dA Base/cottage/hotel/accommodation of your choice for the rest of the day. Unwind and take in the environs. Explore the ancient town of Kullu and the young town of Manali. Walk around and initiate the process of acclimatization in the Himalayas. Go through your check list and finish off last minute essential shopping for the trek. Though, it is advisable to trek light with special import on the clothing and gear.
Reach dA Base for “round the bon fire” conference with the other climbers and the team members of team who would be your guides on the expedition. Break the ice with some great dinner and chill with your fellow climbers.
Make sure you drill your guides and instructors with any questions or doubts you may have pertaining to the trek. They will be happy to answer your questions and share with you a few tricks of the trade and tips to make your adventure a happy and successful one. Please ensure, for your own trekking pleasure you pack light and only the absolute essentials.
We humbly ask of you, never ever argue with your guides and instructors while on the trek. Remember, they only have your best interest in mind and any decision they take is taken keeping your safety and the success of the expedition in mind. Any and all decisions taken by the guides and instructors will be deemed as final.
Be patient and respectful towards your fellow climbers. Remember, up there, you only have your wits and your fellow climbers. Remember to get your camera along.
Day 2: Manali – Chandertaal (4200m) -126 km / 8 hrs
The beautiful and charming town of Manali will greet us in the morning and after a rich, high energy breakfast we will depart for The Moon Lake – Chandertaal. The drive to Chandertaal will take us over Rohtang La (3,980 mts) and Kunzum La (4,558 mts). It takes about 8 hours roller-coaster drive and finally we will arrive at the camping site, 5 km short of Chandertaal. Chandertaal gets its name from the crescent shape that it rests in. The reflection of the moon over the lake at night is a sight which cannot be put in to words. After a nice, warm and vegetarian dinner, we will retire for the day. We will camp in tents over night after spending time at the banks of Chandertaal and this will also offer us a chance at another day of acclimatization at a relatively high altitude of 14200 feet. Good for us
Day 3: Chandertaal (4200m) – Kibber (3800m) - 4 hrs
If a night by the shores of Chandertaal cannot be described in words, then the sun rise is only too good to be real. Enjoy some yummy and high-nutrition breakfast to welcome the day. We will leave Chandertaal and drive up to Kaza. We will camp in Kaza for tonight. Kaza is a charming little township and is adorned with ancient monasteries. Depending on our time scale, we may get the rare opportunity to visit and explore the ancient Tabo monastery, Dhankar Monastery and Lalung Monastery. Once we arrive in Kibber, we will pitch our tents to camp here for the night. Imagine being perched at the highest village in the world and sipping yummy masala chai with Parle GJ. Now, that is something I can brag to my grand children about.
Another great day to get acclimatized to the high altitude Indian Himalayas!
Day 4: Inner line Permit - Kaza - Acclimatization
Adventures of this day include exploring Kaza and Kibber (4,205 mts) – the highest inhabitable village in the world. Enjoy a hearty breakfast and embark on your exploration of the ancient and famous Ki Monastery, Gungri monastery and Kibber Village. Mingle around with the natives of Kibber and live a life that only a handful live, if only for a day.
Day 5: Kibber – Dumla – Thaltak(4693m) - 7 hrs. trek
The trail from the highest inhabited village in the world – Kibber, arrow-heads north and steeply drops in to the gorge of River Parilungbi. It moves on to a bridge and climbs through cultivated fields on to a carved rocky area. This path then leads to Thalda (4,875 mts) camping site. This is where we will pitch our tents for the day. Have some much deserved tasty dinner before snuggling into your sleeping bags.
Day 6: Thaltak – Boroghlen(5100m) - 12 km, 7 hrs. trek
Wake up and see. Just see the beauty that surrounds you while you munch on your breakfast. Pack up your bags and buckle up for another day of some amazing sights. The trail from Thalda is sandy in parts and descends on while crossing a moraine to the river gorge. Meandering on through to the gorge, the trail leads on to Jagtha. After this, the trail ascends and climbs steeply to a point where two glaciated valleys meet. We will take the opening facing north. After trekking for about a kilo meter, we will cross the moraine and will begin our descent to the camping site at Boroghlen (5180 m). Pitch your tents and turn in after dinner.
Day 7: Boroghlen – Parangla (5578 m) – Kharsa Gongma(4850m) -14 km, 8 hrs. trek
After breakfast and some high energy morning exercise, we start ascending the scree and snowy landscape. The trek here entails steep sections before we reach Parang La and so necessary care needs to be taken will negotiating the crevasses. From here, there is a clear view of Parilungbi (6160 m), Shilla (6111 m) and Gya peaks (6794 m). To the north, is a descent of 4 kms along the glacier, which leads to the origin of the River Pare Chu.
We will keep moving on to the right face of it and navigate our steps through boulders and scree and finally, on to the Pare Chu belt. This will lead on to the camping site at Karsha Gongam (5,150 mts). Chill here for the night after dinner.
Day 8: Kharsa Gongma – Thakote(4700m) - 12 km, 5 hrs. trek
The trek to Thakote can be slow to negotiate as this stretch of about 12 Kms runs along slide the river and many side streams need to be navigated. After crossing Parang La, we will come across many small spots such as Dogpo Phirtse, Dotung and Dakarkuru. We will camp for the night at Thakote (4,900 mts).
Day 9: Thakote – Umdung (4750 m) - 20 km, 7 hr
We religiously follow the roller coaster trail which runs along parallel on the right side of the River Pare Chu. On the way, are many side inlets and it goes up & down a few times before it reaches Umdung (4,750 mts). This is where we will pitch our tents.
Day 10: Umdung – Chuntung – besides Tsomoriri Lake (8 hr)
Leave Umdung and head on to Tso Moriri. A trek of few minute from Umdung, will lead the trail to ford the ferocious River Pare Chu and on to Narbu Sumdo (4,663 mts). Singe Namgyal built a fort here in the 17th century and its ruins stand even today. This is where one also gets to witness the first signs of human existence – the Drukpas with their yaks and thousands of sheep & pashmina goats. We will also see the hardcore tribal life style of the Changpa tribe with their rugged, woolen tents.
Welcome to the wilderness that is Rupshu valley. The trail will now suddenly move away from the river. It meanders along a smaller and secondary stream through a grassy meadow and finally arrives at the campsite at Chumiksthal.
From her, the trail moves on to Phirtse Phu and passes through an expansive valley to reach Chuntung village (4,542 mts) . This is where we get the first sightings of Tso Moriri. On the southern shores are some old and ruined houses. The lake is surrounded with snow capped mountains and has hues of a brilliant blue. We will camp here by the lake.
Day 11: Chungtung – Chakardung(4588m) - 14 km, 5 hrs. trek
Trek around and explore the surreal environs of the lake at your own pace. If you are lucky, you might even see some migratory birds. Trek on to Chakardung (4,542 mts) and pitch tents to camp.
Day 12: Chakaradung – Karzok(4615m) - 21 km, 8 hrs. trek
Guess what! Another day in paradise. Trek alongside the river and reach the village of Karzok (4,540 mts). It is an extremely remote village and chiefly inhabited by nomads. Spending time here makes your connection with nature raw and pure. Visit the monastery and mingle with the nomads to feel the nomadic way of life. Camp here in the nomadic village and this brings us to the end of the trek but the adventure goes on…
Day 13: Karzok – Jispa - 302 km /10-12 hr
The trek is over. Now, get ready for one of the greatest rides ever. We leave for Manali from Karzok in vehicles. Reach Jispa in the evening to check into hotel that we would arrange for you.
Day 14: Jispa - Manali - 130 km/ 4-5 hr
Another day of exciting ride and mesmerizing landscape as we drive over Rohtang La. We'll reach 'dA Base' by afternoon, hoping the traffic is on our side. We'll unwind at the base. Later we will all gather for a celebratory meal in one of the fancy restaurants and part ways here to meet for our next adventure.
Those departing the next day are welcome to extend stay at our base at no extra cost... we'll be happy to host you.