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Trek to Parang La

Product Code: TRPL
Availability: In Stock
Duration: 12 Days
Season: Jun-Sep
Grade: Vigorous +
Region: Himachal Pradesh, Ladakh
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DAY 01: MANALI – KAZA (3800m, drive 200 kms/7-8 hrs) 

We will pick you up from a designated area in Manali and drive to Kaza. This is a beautiful drive which takes one through the famous Rohtang pass and the high Kunzum pass (4550m). Check into the hotel. Evening at leisure. Overnight in a hotel/guesthouse


We rest today for better acclimatization. One can explore the local market, do some last minute shopping and also take a short tour to the famous Ki monastery which will be followed by an acclimatization hike. Overnight in a hotel/Guesthouse

DAY 03: KAZA – KIBBER – DUMLA (4200m, drive 30 mins & trek 2 hrs)

After breakfast we drive to the highest village in the world, Kibber (4205m) and from here trek for a couple of hours to reach Dumla. We camp in the fields. Overnight in tents

DAY 04: DUMLA – THALTAK (4600m, trek 4-5 hrs)

Today we climb to a high ridge and then descend to the beautiful meadows at Thaltak. Campsite has beautiful views and overlooks deep gorges. Overnight in tents 

DAY 05: THALTAK - BONGROJEN (5050m, trek 6-7 hrs)

It’s a long and strenuous day. We go down to the Paralungbi gorge and then hike upstream. We cross a river and climb up through a rocky trail to reach the campsite. Overnight in tents 


We rest here for better acclimatization and giving our legs some rest before we attempt the pass. One can go on exploratory hikes today. Overnight in tents

DAY 07:BONGROJEN – PARANG LA (5490m) – DAK KARZONG (4850m, trek 5-6 hrs)

We start early for the pass. It will take about 2-3 hours to reach the Parang La (5490m). Like all passes this one also offers fabulous views of both the Spiti valley and the Changthang valleys. The steep rocky landscape of Spiti leads to the open landscapes of the Pare Chu. We walk for around 3 more hours from the pass to reach the campsite at Dak Karzong. Overnight in tents 

DAY 08: DAK KARZONG – DATANG YONGMA (4650m, trek 3-4 hrs)

We descend along the open plains of the Pare Chu to reach Datang Yongma. Overnight in tents 

DAY 09: DATANG YONGMA – CHUMIK SHILDE (4330m, trek/6-7 hrs)

Trek again besides Pare Chu. We cross Racholamo and Norbu Sumdo to reach our campsite at Chumik Shilde. Overnight in tents

DAY 10:  CHUMIK SHILDE – KIANGDOM (4450m, trek /3-4 hrs)

Today we walk across the plains to reach Kiangdom at the southern edge of Tso Moriri. This place gets its name after the Kiangs (wild Tibetan asses) which graze here. This place is also a bird watchers paradise. Overnight in tents

DAY 11: KIANGDOM – KORZOK (4500m, trek 6-7 hrs)

Today’s is a long and very beautiful walk on the shores of the lake. View of the lake with Lungser Kangri (6666m) in the backdrop is extremely scenic. We will visit the ancient monastery at the Korzok village. This being the last day of the trek we have a small party in the night. Overnight in tents

DAY 12: KORZOK – LEH (3500m, drive 213 kms/7 hrs)

After breakfast drive to Leh. This is an enjoyable drive and will take about 7 hrs. Our trip ends here

Please Note:  If any bookings need to be arranged for accommodation at Leh we can organize it. Sightseeing can also be organized here.   



  • Professional guide(s) to ensure high safety and more information and personal attention which are necessary to appreciate a trek. All our guides are professionally trained and have many years of relevant experience in guiding treks.
  • Accommodation in a good quality neat and clean hotel/guesthouse with basic amenities on single/double occupancy
  • High quality Camping arrangements
    We believe that roughing it out necessarily doesn’t mean sleeping in smelly sleeping bags, compromising on safety by using low quality equipment and having unappetising meals. We focus on your safety, basic comforts and the environment while camping. Keeping this is mind, the following equipment is provided on the trek:
    • 3/4 season imported alpine tents
    • Fresh and clean sleeping bags of very good quality
    • Good quality Camping Mattresses
    • Camping stools
    • Mess Tent
    • First Aid / Medical kit.
  • All meals starting from dinner on Day 1 till breakfast on Day 12. A lot of emphasis is given to nutritional needs and a menu of vegetarian dishes is prepared accordingly. Tea/coffee will be served throughout.
  • Porter/mule charges for carrying camping equipment & rations
  • Forest entry charges, permits & camping fee (if any)
  • First Aid Kit (our guides are certified in handling first aid situations)


​Do keep in mind that transport is a very critical component of your trek. This aspect is most often not given proper attention and can result in lot of discomfort especially in the mountains. We provide transfers to get you to the starting point and back as comfortably and in as less time as possible for you to enjoy the trip. We only use quality vehicles like Toyota Innova, Mahindra Xylo, Mahindra Scorpio, Tempo Traveller, etc. and no local jeeps or similar vehicles are used except where there are short transfers from the Manali to Leh, etc. The transport tariff includes all driver charges, fuel, parking, toll and taxes.


  • Porter/mule charges to carry your personal bag
  • Any meals/services not mentioned above
  • Any charges for video cameras, still cameras, etc.
  • Alcohol, soft drinks, beverages, etc.
  • Personal expenses like tips, telephone calls, laundry, etc.
  • Any costs arising out of unforeseen circumstances like landslides, road blocks, bad weather, etc.
  • Insurance
  • Service Tax


  • Charges for a porter/mule to carry personal bag throughout the trek (not more than 10 kgs) per person for the complete trek. If you want us to arrange for portage of your personal luggage you can book the same by selecting the option of Personal Luggage Charges.
  • Personal trekking gear
    You can save on buying expensive trekking equipment for the trek by hiring the same from our gear store. High quality equipment is provided at reasonable rental/sale and you are assured of clean equipment that has been checked for its efficacy.




Windproof, Water resistant Warm jacket (with hood)


Down jacket (for additional warmth)


Lightweight & Warm Fleece pullover


Warm Gloves


Waterproof Trekking boots




Rucksack (60 ltrs)


Waterproof gaiters


Warm high-length woollen socks




Trekking poles


*Cost in INR per day

*Taxes extra


  • All payments for the trip(s), transfer(s), gear(s), porterage, etc. should be made in full before the trip starts.
  • Cancellation Policy:
    • In the event that you need to cancel your booking due to any avoidable or unavoidable circumstances:
      • We must be notified of the same in writing. Cancellation charges will be effective from the date we receive the request in writing.
      • Payment for this trip will not be adjusted towards any future trip(s)
    • Cancellation charges will be as follows:
      • >45 Days: Full refund (after deducting any expenses that have been incurred for hotel bookings, transport, etc.)
      • 30-45 Days: 75% of trip cost will be refunded (after deducting any expenses that have been incurred for hotel bookings, transport, etc.)
      • 15-30 Days: 50% of trip cost will be refunded (after deducting any expenses that have been incurred for hotel bookings, transport, etc.)
      • <15 Days: No refund
    • Please Note:
      • Written cancellation will be accepted on working days (only). Any cancellation sent on a Sunday or any National Holiday(s), will be considered on the next official working day.
      • In the event of any cancellation(s) after trip commencement, there will be no refunds and any costs incurred due to this cancellation will be borne by you.

Irrespective of when a trip is booked, the above condition will hold true.


Transport Options (MANALI – LEH)

For travel from Manali to Leh , one can choose between air and road. For air travel, the closest airport is leh(leh ladhak) airport. There are a couple of flights that link this airport to Delhi airport

Weather Details

Ladakh is the highest region in India with a minimum elevation of about 3000m. This dry cold desert area experiences hardly any rainfall as the high Himalayan ranges block the Indian monsoons. There is some amount of rainfall as one goes south of the Indus valley. Zanskar region experiences an occasional storm in the months of July & August.

In winters the temperatures are almost always below freezing. During spring time the temperatures start rising and touch about 15 deg Celsius during day time. As the summer approaches the day time temperatures would further rise to about 18-20 deg Celsius. Autumn(Sep - Oct) is when the temperatures start to fall again and hovers between 10 - 15 deg Celsius. Ladakh normally experiences a first heavy snow fall in December.

Best time for trekking in Ladakh would be mid June to end September

Please keep in mind that the above information is not exact and does not account for sudden changes. Whatever the temperatures and conditions rest assured we will be prepared to handle it with ease as we use equipment of very high specifications

List of Essentials

Mountain/adventure travel requires one to be adequately equipped with the right kind of personal gear. Since one is travelling in the wilderness there will be hardly any opportunity to buy anything once you hit the trail so we urge you to carefully pack everything into your bags. Also please keep in mind you can rent out or purchase equipment from our Gear Store, if required.

  • Shirts / T-shirts – 2/3
  • Jeans / Trekking Pants - 2
  • Windproof jacket of decent quality (no flimsy wind cheaters please!) preferably with a hood
  • Warm and thick Fleece / Full-sleeve Woollen sweater
  • Thermal inner wear (upper & lower)
  • Woollen cap
  • Woollen gloves
  • Woollen socks & regular socks (3-4 pairs)
  • Scarf/muffler (optional)
  • Comfortable Trekking/Hiking shoes (shoes with a thick sole are recommended)
  • Lightweight floaters/sandals/slippers
  • Raincoat / Poncho
  • Small light weight towel
  • Water bottle (sturdy ones, no empty Bisleri bottles!!)
  • Cap / Hat to keep the strong sun away from your face
  • Sun glasses
  • Walking stick / Trekking pole
  • Sunscreen Lotion
  • Lip Balm
  • Torch / Flashlight (with extra batteries)
  • Medicines, if requiring any specific medication
  • Personal toiletries
  • Books, if you like reading
  • Day pack/small bag which you will carry on your back every day and keep your essentials in it
  • Carry rain cover for your bags
  • Keep a few poly bags or waterproof bags in your bag in which if required you can put your belongings in case of heavy rain
  • Camera if you like (with fully charged batteries)


Carry your stuff in a duffel bag, soft shoulder bag or a rucksack. Avoid suitcases, trolleys or any other hard luggage. As you will be walking long distances carrying a rucksack, avoid bringing unnecessary items on the trek. Please avoid carrying expensive watches, jewellery and electronic items on the trek.

NOTE: In case you are planning to put your bag on a mule or taking a porter please get a duffel bag or rucksack and keep it in mind that there is a possibility that the bag at times might brush against a rock or a tree and get slightly damaged so don't get very expensive bags. Also in case of damage we shall not be held accountable.

Our Trekking Code

We are mountain lovers and have pledged to bring no harm to them in our pursuit of running organised wilderness travel in the Himalayas and seek your assistance too in this regard. We are more than convinced that one can have more fun on a trip if we go about it in a way that no harm is caused to the ecology. In this regard we have a set of guidelines that we adhere to based on the tenets of 'Leave No Trace' & 'Tread Light' policies. These guidelines are very simple and emphasise on travelling in small groups, better planning, understanding impact of camping, proper waste disposal, respecting local cultures, sensitivity towards wildlife and so on. We have a complete section on our trekking code in the 'GIO trekking Manual'. This manual will be couriered to you once you confirm a trip with us.

Acclimatisation & high altitude sickness

This is one of the most important aspects of travelling in the high Himalayas and cannot be ignored or set aside. Acclimatisation basically means our body adjusting to lower levels of oxygen (rarefied air) & reduced air pressure as me move up. In case one does not acclimatise properly there are chances of the person facing extreme discomfort and this can be fatal in extreme cases. While there is no set route to getting properly acclimatised there are a general precautions and steps that one can take to initiate good acclimatisation. Our trekking guides will assist you with these steps and also once you book a trip with us the 'GIO Trekking Manual' which will cover this aspect extensively will be couriered to you. This is sure to help you enjoy the trek in very good shape.

Selecting the Right Trek & Training for It

Most important thing is to select the right trek keeping in mind your experience or inexperience, health, objectives & ability. Our senior team people can assist you with this, so when contacting us do mention if you need guidance on this front also refer to our trek grading system mentioned below. Once the right trek is selected comes your preparation. Once you have booked a trip with us we will courier the 'GIO Trekking Manual' to you which will have a complete practice drill explained in details.

Trek Grading System

We have broadly classified our treks as below:

Easy These treks are 3 to 5 days long and involve walking for about 3/4 hrs daily. The trail on such treks is well defined but not always flat. These are great for families and first timers

Moderate On these treks one is not required to trek for more than 5/6 hrs a day. Also the terrain is not too difficult. These treks are normally a week or so long. For these treks prior trekking experience is not necessary. Very rarely on these treks would one camp at altitudes higher than 3800m. These treks are great for first timers or for veterans wanting to go on a trail which is relatively less demanding

Moderate+ These are moderate treks with mostly one difficult day. These trails are fine for fit beginners also.

Vigorous On these treks one can be required to trek continuously for more than a week through remote areas and at times trekking for more than 7 hrs a day. On most of these treks one has to cross passes or areas which are snow covered and involve camping at altitude of more than 4000m. Fit people with some kind of hiking experience & a spirit of adventure can contemplate going on these trails.

Strenuous These treks apart from having continuous trekking stretches are at places technical and might require assistance from trip leader/guide and other staff people. All these treks have rest days in between. Also all of them involve crossing passes or areas having altitude of more than 4500m. First timers are discouraged from walking such routes.

Expedition Style These involve long walks at high altitudes at times around 6000m. Camping can also be well over the snow line and on glaciers at times. Safety ropes, ice axes and crampons might be required on these treks. These treks are not technically very difficult but are considerably challenging. Previous vigorous/strenuous trekking experience is required.


Great Indian Outdoors (P) Ltd. takes utmost care to ensure safety of its clients. However in the case of any unforeseen mishaps, Great Indian Outdoors (P) Ltd. will not be liable for any injuries caused or for loss of life. All disputes rising due to the above are subject to the jurisdiction of the courts in New Delhi/Delhi only. All participants are required to sign an Indemnity Form before the start of the program, without which they would not be allowed to take part in the trip/program/activities.


Sometimes you want to plan a trip to your own liking as according to your schedule & time as against taking a set group package tour, which leaves on fixed dates. You may want to go on a differemt trail to reach the destination or avoid a particular stretch or climb a certain peak. We handle the nitty gritty of planning such a trip. 

Just get in touch with our Travel Experts with  teh subject Customized Trip at or call (+91 135) 2760080, 6450197.


12Days | Jun-Sep| Vig +| Max Alt: 5490mts (Parang La)

Sketch Itinerary

DAY 01: MANALI KAZA (3800M, DRIVE 200 KMS/7-8 HRS)


Talk about trekking in the corners of the world or shall we say talk about another world! This is what this remote trek is all about. Get set to be transported to a world of barren mountains with snow clad peaks, vast arid landscapes, expansive azure blue lakes and ancient monasteries dramatically perched high on top of cliffs. This landscape was inaccessible until not so long back due to its proximity to Tibet.
This remote trail follows the traditional trade route taken by the people of Spiti, Changthang and Tibet. It starts from the high altitude meadows of Kibber then leads into the Kibber gorges and from here the trail climbs to Parang La (5490m). Uninterrupted views on all sides from the pass is a big attraction on this trip. This high altitude pass is the source of the Pare Chu river. The landscape changes drastically on the other side of the pass as we hit the Changthang plateu, a land of high arid plains, snow capped peaks and beautiful lakes of Tso Moriri & Tso Kar. These plains are only inhabited for a few months every summer by the hardy Tibetan Changpa nomads and their herds of yaks and pashmina goats. The region is also home to rare wild animals such as wolf and kiang (wild ass)

The trek ends at Korzok, a permanent settlement of the Changpas on the banks of Tso Moriri. Tso Moriri Lake is at an altitude of over 4000 m, it is 28 kms long and about 8 kms at its widest. The view of the lake with Lungser Kangri (6666 m) in the background is unforgettable. From Korzok an enjoyable drive will get us to the town of Leh, capital of Ladakh region

This trek is for experienced trekkers as it involves crossing a high Himalayan pass and previous experience of camping at around 4500 -5000m will help


  • Crossing a 5000m+ Himalayan pass
  • Walking a remote trail with contrasting landscapes of valleys on either side of the pass
  • Stark Himalayan landscape of Spiti region challenging our very ideas of mountain beauty
  • Camping on the banks of Tso Moriri lake
  • Opportunity to visit ancient monasteries of Ladakh & Spiti and look into the ancient Buddhist culture from close proximity
Duration 12 Days
Region Himachal Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh - Spiti, Ladakh

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