Lake & Parang La Trek
Recently opened (Tsomoriri Lake) to foreigners due to the proximity of the Chinese
boarder, the Changthang is a land of wilderness and magnificent landscapes.
This region is characterized by high arid plains, remote villages,
snow-capped peaks and beautiful high altitude azure-blue lakes, the
largest being Tsomoriri at 4,500 m.
Truly remote, this area is only accessible for a few months every
summer and is inhabited by Changpas - nomadic yak and pashmina goat
herders of Tibetan origin, who wander this area crossing over high
altitude mountain passes. Our trek will take us across these passes
to their summer settlements to witness a unique human culture, far
away from the reaches of the modern world. The itinerary then goes
south towards Spiti, following the western bank of the Tsomoriri lake. The scenery
is wild and vast with snow-capped peaks lining the far horizon. The
trek ends at Tabo, famous for its monastery.
01: Delhi. Airport - hotel transfer.
02: Delhi - Leh (3500 m) by plane.
Morning transfer to the airport to catch the flight to Leh. Arrive Leh and transfer to hotel.
Afternoon at leisure. We can visit
the palace and the gompa of Leh and the Stock royal palace.
03: Visit of the high Indus valley's monasteries (Car). Overnight at Hotel.
04: Leh sightseeing
Visit Stok royale palace, Spitok monastery and the Tibetan Camp of
Choglamsar (Car). These two days of visit are an excellent opportunity
to get acclimatized for the Khardong La.
05: Leh - Rumtse (4000 m) by taxi. Trek to Kyamar (4420 m) in 4 h.
We stop at Hemis to visit its monastery, one of the largest and most
important of Ladakh. Later, we will continue to Rumtse, where the trek
starts. We enter a magnificent and vast area, where the Changpas - nomadic
herders take their yak to pasture. We follow the ancient salt along
the green Kyamar valley.
06: Kyamar - Kumur La (4770 m) - Tisaling (4805 m) in 5h 30.
We start through beautiful color gorge towards Chorten Sumda. Easy
walk for one hour then ascend towards Kumur La. From the top one can
see the beautiful view of the chain of Kangyatse and the chain of
07: Tisaling - Shibuk La (4875 m) - Pangunagu (4800 m) in 5 h.
From the pass we get a panoramic view of the Tsokhar Lake (4400m)and
the Rupshu valley. Then descend towards the lake, from witch the nomads
collect some salt. We will camp near the winter camp of nomad people
08: Pangunagu - Nuruchan (4630 m) in 5 h.
Today we have an easy trek along the lake. On the way one can see
many birds and Wild ass (Kyang) of Ladakh and Tibet plateau. At the
end of the lake the trail goes right and enter the Nuruchan village.
09: Nuruchan - Horlam Kongka La (4 900 m) - Kyamayuri La (5 410 m ) -Gyamabarma
(4950 m) in 6 h.
This is a high altitude route and we will cross two
passes around 4900 m.
10: Gyamabarma - Yalung Nyau La (5 440 m) - Korzok (4550 m) in 6 h.
Trek over the Yalung Nyau La to Korzok, on the northwestern shore
of Tso Moriri, the "Mountain Lake". We visit the Korzok
monastery. Camp by the lake.
- Kyangdam (4550 m) in 6 h 30.
Walk along the western shore of Tso Moriri to Kyangdam, an expansive
grassland on the southern shore.
12: Kyangdam - Narbu Sumdo (4450 m) en 6 h.
After crossing the river, the trail climbs up for a while and enter
the Parang Chu valley.
13: Narbu Sumdo - Parang Chu 1 (4850 m) in 5 h.
We gradually ascend the Prang Chu valley, on the right bank of the
14: Parang Chu 1 - Parang Chu 2 (5000m) in 5h 30.
The trail passes through a narrow gorge involving many ascents and
descents to the side valleys and streams
15: Parang Chu 2 - Parang La (5500 m) - Jugstok (4800 m) in 7 h.
After the frontal moraine of the Parang glacier, the trail continues
on the opposite bank, thorough a mass of fallen rocks. After making
our way over a few patches of snow, we climb gradually up to Parang
La. The top of this Pass presents spectacular viewpoints of the peaks
and ranges of Lahol and Ladakh. The Parang Chu, whose source is on
the southern slopes of Parang La, can be seen below.
16: Jugstok - Kiber (4205 m) in 7 h.
Steap descend towards the Sampa Lungpa valley. After crossing a little
pass, the Thaltak La (4600 m),one can see towards Parilungbi in the
Lingti Valley and Shilla. We soon reach the little hamlet of Dumla,
a tiny green oasis, then Kibber, which is the highest village in the
17: Kiber - Tabo (3050 m).
Transfer by taxi, along the Spiti river (60 Km - 4 h). We reach Kyi
in less than 3 hours and have all afternoon to explore this fascinating
village and the jumble of the white buildings that is the gompa, perched
high on a rocky hill above the village. Afterwards, we visit the Tabo
monastery, one of the most important gompas, not just in Spiti but
in the whole Tibetan Buddhist world. There is also a modern gompa
and a painting school founded by the Dalai Lama.
18: Tabo - Kaza. Transfer by taxi.
19: Kaza - Kunzum La (4590 m) - Rohtang La (3980 m) - Manali.
Transfer by taxi. This is quite long drive, about 8 to 9 hours. We will
cross two passes split by the Chandra valley.
20 : Manali - Delhi by night bus.
Visit old Manali, Hadimba temple and Vashisht village. In the late afternoon
we will take the night bus to Delhi.
21 : Arrive Delhi
Arrive Delhi and check into hotel
Day at leisure. Safety day for your international flight.
23: Departure Delhi
Transfer to International airport to board the flight to home.