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Parang La Trek

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Parang La Trek Overview

Parang La Trek, in Manali, Himachal Pradesh is amongst the most difficult and renowned treks amongst the mountaineers which throws numerous challenges with its steep, rocky and rough trails. The trek also has pleasing enchanting scenery filled with meadows, valleys, narrow gorges and river streams, and is surrounded by the snow-clad mountains.

The trek to the Parang La summit would cover an impressive journey of 127 km, and take them through the higher altitudes, as much as 18,300 feets above the sea level. The thrilling journey at the trek would start with your arrival in Kaza where you’d reach through Manali and Spiti Valley which are one of the most visited places in Himachal Pradesh. The trekkers would garner a wholesome experience of himalayan culture during the trail through the himalayan villages like Kibber and the valleys of Dak Karzong and Korzok, located 15,000 feets above sea level.

The plan of the expedition is tailored such that trekkers don’t feel exhausted at any point of the journey, and get a good time to spend in nature's laps around the different sites they pass by. During the trek, while passing through its shaded trails, rough and steep terrains you’d get to explore the beautiful sunrise and sunset views at the majestic Tso Moriri which is a glacier lake, and the pristine Parang La Pass. Each day of the expedition would take a minimum of 5 to 6 hours of trek to complete the journey of 127 km walking distance, and pass through various significant destinations. The leftover hours during the trekking days could be well spent in discovering the place of your stay such as in exploring local markets and sightseeing locations.

Highlights of Parang La Trek

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Maximum altitude reached during the trek- 18,300 feet

Duration- 9 days and 8 nights

Trekking distance- 127 km

Trail type- Difficult

Rail head- Jogindernagar railway station near Kasol

Airport- Bhuntar Airport near Kullu- Manali

Snow Season- Throughout the year except during the monsoon season.

Service available (months)- April to November

Base camp- Kaza, Himachal Pradesh

Best season- June to September

Region- The trek would begin at Kaza, where you’d reach by a car/taxi from Manali. The trek would take you up to the region of Spiti Valley, Dak Karzong, Korzok and Ladakh.

Who can participate- The minimum age required to embark on the thrilling trek is 10 years.

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Parang La Trek Itinerary

Parang La Trek is a 9 days long expedition and the itinerary of each day is meticulously planned. Therefore, it’s advisable to read the layout of each day plan while choosing for the programme.

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You’d travel from Kaza to Ki and later further to Dumbla.

  • First, you’d arrive at Kaza and make yourself comfortable with higher altitudes and get acclimatised.

  • After a short stay at Kaza you’d move towards the small village of Kibber which is situated at a height of 14,000 feet and is listed amongst the highest human settlements in the world.

  • While in Kibber, go and explore the surroundings where you’d find the famous Ki Monastery, a 11th century Buddisht site and quite renowned for its beautiful architecture, wall paintings and images of Lord Buddha.

  • Afterwards, you’d commence the first phase of the Parang La trek to move towards Dumla.

  • It would be a short hike through the rough terrain of the Lahaul and Spiti region. You’d pass through several deep and narrow gorges to finally reach the destination campsite of Dumla and plan an overnight stay there.

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What to Pack for Parang La Trek

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  • The preparations for an outing in the mountains have to start with finding a suitable pair of trekking shoes and a backpack with a capacity of 50-60 litres with good hip and shoulder support.

  • You should also add a head torchlight and rainwear in your itinerary to tackle the constant weather changes. The daypack you carry must be stuffed with water bottles, rainwear and emergency medicines.

  • Keep a walking stick along for trekking through the steep trails.

  • Pack dry snacks like energy bars, dry fruits to keep your energy levels up and an electral/ORS for hydration purposes.

  • The other must-have items are- suncap to protect yourself from the sun’s harsh rays during the day, Hand gloves while handling snow, a woollen cap to keep yourself warm, at least 3 to 4 pairs of socks for cushioning and warmth especially for the extremely cold nights.

  • You must pack extra clothes, choose synthetic clothes over cotton shirts/tops and it's advisable to keep a pair of thermal inner clothes if you’re prone to cold. Choose a padded jacket as your outer layer, make sure it has a hood as well.

  • Keep one or two extra pairs of trekking pants for minimum, pants with zip-off thighs and quick drying would be ideal for treks.

Additional Essentials

  • Keep a light toilet kit with you consisting of a toothbrush, a roll on deodorant, moisturiser for skin, lip balm toilet roll and toothpaste. Make sure that you carry miniature size products and don’t overload on shampoos or soaps as you won’t be able to take a bath on the trek.

  • A personal medical kit is advisable to be carried by the trekkers, it should contain the most readily available medicines like Dolo 650 mg, Avomine, Combiflam, Digene, ORS, Knee brace. Take advice from your trek leader before taking any medicines.

  • Don’t forget to put essential documents- original photo identity card like aadhar, voter id, etc. At the trek all foreign nationals are required to share their passport and visa details during registration as well as upon arrival.

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Know Before You Go to Parang La Trek

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  • It is advisable to the trekkers to not bring any non-biodegradable material along and contribute to sustainable tourism.

  • While covering the challenging and long Parang La trek distance, all the participants must follow the instructions of the trek leader and guide for their own safety.

  • Keep some buffer days in hand to acclimate yourself to the higher altitudinal weather conditions of the trek through Manali.

  • All the trekkers are required to carry enough money at hand because you won’t find ATMs during your trek through the remote villages at higher altitudes.

  • Tea is a warm beverage and is usually consumed in hilly areas, but it gets very expensive on moving upwards. Therefore, you are suggested to carry tea bags to use during the trek.

  • Pack an efficient daypack with all the essentials like warm clothes, sunglasses, trekking boots, gloves, socks, woollen caps, medicines, rainwear, water bottles and other essentials.

  • The weather conditions are the most unpredictable on the mountains, on a sunny day it can be very sweaty to follow trails and soon the clouds might get heavy to pour down. Therefore, embrace yourself for frequent weather changes and don clothes accordingly.

  • Take a note that sunburn at higher altitude might happen quicker, so keep your skin and eyes safe with moisturiser and sunglasses.

  • Keep extra batteries for torches and other electronics handy as the batteries in cold might die quicker than at home.

  • Don’t forget to carry water bottles along and keep yourself hydrated throughout the trek.

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Why Visit?

The journey of Parang La Trekking is full of challenges and thrill which makes it popular amongst the mountaineers. The beauty of the whole region covered in the long route of trek starting from Kaza in Spiti Valley, Tso Moriri, Dekh Karzong, and finally descending down to Leh would make it an unforgettable experience. The trek is where the trekkers from across the nation arrive to escape the fast cities and gain a valuable soul stirring experience. The highlights of the trek would be spending nights under the starry skies and enjoying the magnificent beauty of nature around a bonfire. At the glacier lake of Tso Moriri which is located at an altitude of 15,000 feet trekkers might also get a sight of HImalayan Oak. While passing through the meadows of Thaltak and during the flat trail through Racholamo Valley the beauty of bloomed rhododendrons mark an heavenly site before the viewers. The challenging trek routes would pass through narrow gorges, numerous streams and the charismatic Pare Chu River making the journey even more remarkable.

FAQ's

How Difficult is the Parang La Trek?

Parang La Trek is amongst the most challenging and difficult treks in India covering a lot of destinations and long journeys at a higher altitude. The trail of the trek passes through the beautiful Dumla, and the lake of Tso-Moriri while passing through the Parang La summit which is located at a height of 18,600 feet. The passage is diverse, sometimes quite steep but other times a smooth flat terrain, therefore the trekker won’t require any expertise and past experiences in trekking for joining in. You would be walking 5 to 6 hours on an average per day for upto 8 days to finally cover the long Parang La Trek distance successfully. Therefore, it’s advisable to add a good exercise schedule in your daily routine as well, to keep yourself in physically good shape to not face any problem during the trek like cramps and fatigue. The basics like walking, jogging, squats and stair climbing would be sufficient though you may add other exercises as per your bodily requirements. Try to be consistent with the exercise schedule and keep repeating the exercises for longer duration.

What is the network connectivity on the Parang La trek?

Once you cross the Rohtang pass, on your journey to Kaza from Manali, the signals get weaker, almost negligible. However, all postpaid or prepaid connections (J&K) work in Leh. You may take the BSNL connection, which is available at certain spots during the trek.

What is the minimum and maximum age limit?

The minimum age limit is about 13 years in age, and minors between the age group of 13 to 17 should be accompanied by an adult. Moreover, trekkers above the age of 60 are required to produce a medical certificate to qualify for the trek.

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