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Parang La Trek with Chandertal 2019

 Manali-Spiti-Ladakh    14 Nights/15 Days 59 people interested today
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Trip Facts:

Program Type: Guided Trekking

Best Season: April–September

Duration: 14 Nights/ 15 Days (8 Days of high altitude trekking)

Region: Spiti & Ladakh Valley

Max. Altitude: 5578 m

Grade:Moderate to Challenging

Group Size: 6-8

Starting Point: Haripur

Ending Point: Karzok

Average Hiking Daily: 5–6 Hrs

Total Trekking distance: 108 km

Accommodation: Comfortable rooms at base and  tents during the trek

Highlights: 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


Parang La is perched at an altitude of 5,600mts. and connects the Spiti valley to Ladakh (High-Altitude Mountain Desert). On the Spitian side of Parang La, River Parilungbli meanders and the trail runs parallel to it and ascends up to the pass and opening in to Ladakh.

The Parang La trek through the High-Altitude Mountain Desert starts in Kibber in Spiti Valley – the highest inhabited village in the world and culminates at the village Karzok by the banks of the beautiful Tso Moriri, Ladakh. The meadows of Kibber are galore with sightings of some exotic wild life such as the Himalayan Snow leopard and the magnificent horses of Spiti. The trail cuts across a gorge that leads to Dulma. From Dulma, there is another steep route to the meadows of Thaltak.

The texture of the trail now turns challenging as it arrow-heads on to Jagtha, which is at an altitude of 4,785 mts and finally, to Boroghlen, which is at an altitude of 5,182 meters. Then, from Boroghlen a steep ascent leads to Parang La. Once on top of the pass, the majestic and cosmic Valley of Changthang lies ahead in its full glory.

Parang La is also the point of origin of River Pare Chu. What is unique about this river is that it is the only river that originates in India, flows onto Tibet and then re-enters India via Spiti and finally reaches Tso Moriri (a high-altitude lake at 15,000 ft).Tso Moriri is a lake whose beauty is unparalleled and best witnessed in all its glory. The lake runs almost 27 kms in length and 8 kms in width. During the mating season, the lake is a play ground for Brahmini ducks, black-necked crane and bar-headed geese to name a few.

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 the participants have the option to continue further to Ladakh, exploring the various monasteries & other places of interest in & around Leh. Let us know in advance if you wish to do so.


  • Day 1: Arrive in Manali
  • Day 2: Acclimatization hike
  • Day 3: Manali – Chandertaal (126 km / 8 hr.) 
  • Day 4: Chandertaal – Kibber (2-3 hr.)
  • Day 5: Kibber - Kaza – Kibber 
  • Day 6: Kibber – Thalda (7 hr. trek) 
  • Day 7: Thalda – Boroghlen (7 hr.)
  • Day 8: Boroghlen – Parangla (5578 m) – Kharsa Gongma (8 hr.)
  • Day 9: Kharsa Gongma – Thakote (5 hr.)
  • Day 10: Thakote – Umdung (7 hr.) 
  • Day 11: Umdung – Chuntung – besides Tsomoriri Lake (8 hr.) 
  • Day 12: Chungtung – Chakardung (5 hr.) 
  • Day 13: Chakaradung – Karzok (4 hr.)
  • Day 14: Karzok – Jispa (302 km /10-12 hrs)
  • Day 15: Jispa - Manali (130 km/ 4-5 hrs)

Detailed Itinerary:

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 Wink

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. 

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  • Pick up from Patlikuhal bus stand
  • 2 night stay at Base Camp in Manali
  • All meals at Base Camp in Manali (veg/non-veg)
  • Stay in Kibber in tents and all meals
  • Stay in Jispa in tents
  • Accommodation in comfortable tents during the trek
  • All meals while on trek (veg/non-veg)
  • Specialised High Altitude Camping and Trekking equipment
  • Transportation in high clearance SUV/ Gypsy from Manali to Chandertal to Kibber
  • Transportation in high clearance SUV/ Gypsy from Karzok to Jispa to Manali.
  • All local transport as per itinerary in Kibber/Kaza
  • First aid
  • Services of Wilderness First Responder and mountaineering courses qualified guides, assisstant guides, cook, helpers, porters and trip manager


  • Cost of any kind of insurance
  • transport from Karzok to leh
  • Any expense of personal nature
  • Any expense not specified in the inclusion list
  • Personal porter charges
  • All meals during road travel in restaurants/dhabas

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Important Info

Some Very Key Things to Keep In Mind:

  • Transport from Karzok to Manali is included while transport from Karzok to Leh on return can be arranged if required (at extra cost).

  • Transport to Leh from Karzok can not be asked for in lieu of transport to Manali

  • Stay, cab or motorbikes in Leh can be organized on prior notice..(bikes can even be provided in Karzok if you wish to ride on the famed Leh-Manali highway)

  • No matter how much you train and how fit you are, you still might develop life–threatening altitude illness.

  • If you do not feel well at any point on the trip – suspect altitude illness. When in doubt, inform trek leader and always descend immediately to lower elevation!


  • Full refund if cancelled before* 7 days
  • 50% refund if cancelled before 3 days
  • No refund after that


6 - Add-on Available
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₹ 6400/person
Personal Porterage
Porter/Pony for personal bags. 1 bag max. 10 kg from Kibber to Karzok
₹ 3200/person
Personal Tent
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₹ 1800/person
Delhi to Manali volvo ticket
Delhi to Manali travel by luxury volvo bus
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Delhi to Manali volvo ticket
Manali to Delhi travel in luxury volvo bus
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Delhi to Manali volvo ticket
Delhi to Manali travel by luxury volvo bus
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Manali to Delhi travel in luxury volvo bus

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Our thoroughly researched itineraries are designed to offer you access to some of the world\'s best-kept secrets. We have personally explored the destinations we offer with in-depth knowledge that goes towards making your experience more than worth your while. However, at times due factors beyond any one’s control, situations may arise which can pose a challenge to the safety and security of the group members. To minimize any negative impact, we subscribe strictly to “Safety Protocol” which is an intensive and comprehensive compilation of safety and security measures undertaken to ensure a seamless and safe experience for its guests. There are factors which are controllable and attention to them ensures lower risks and toned down consequences.

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Some of our own trek leaders are qualified, experienced ladies. All treks are extremely safe for ladies and we have a lot of solo clients who are ladies.

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You need to carry an original ID card and a photograph.

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There are no doctors on the trek; however our trek leaders are experienced in first aid and basic medical protocols.

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There are 3 main pre-requisite to taking expeditions in the mighty Himalayas: 1. You should have done at least 2 high-altitude treks in the Himalayas 2. You should be able to complete at 5 to 7 km run in about 30 mins 3. You should be able to walk with a 10-12 kg weight on your back for up to 6 hours Strength, stamina and strong mindset are key elements of an expedition


Our trip will start from the base camp in Haripur, 14 km short of Manali. If you are travelling by Volvo bus, you are requested to de-board at the Patlikuhal bus stand and we will receive you from there and drive you to the base camp

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The water during the trip is fresh and it is recommended to carry your personal reusable water bottles and filters as well.

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Meet-up Information/Reporting Point

Patlikuhal Bus Stop, 16 km before Manali when you are coming from Delhi

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