Parang La is an approximately 18290-feet high mountain pass in the north-eastern part of the state, and it acts as a gateway to Ladakh. Parang la trek is the most famous trek route of Spiti from the ancient times and connects people of Spiti to that of Ladakh after crossing the mighty pass. This trek has fantastic view of the mountains and Pare Chu River. This is a photographer’s paradise as it takes you through the deep gorges and desert environment of Spiti valley to vast landscapes of Ladakh and ending at Tso Moriri Lake. This lake is one of the most beautiful lakes in the world. This remote trail follows the traditional trade route between the people of Spiti, Changthang and Tibet. It begins in the high altitude meadows of Khibber, the breeding ground of the famous Spiti horses (Chumur) and also homeland of Snow Leopard.
The trail descends the Khibber gorge and then climbs over the Parang la (5600 m), the source of the Pare Chu River, the only one of its kind to have its source in India, flow into Tibet and enter the country again in Spiti. Across the pass, the trail follows a broad valley till the confluence of the Pare Chu with the PhirtsePhu at NorbuSumdo. A river crossing here brings one to an almost incredible change of scenery as we walk towards the Rupshu plains of Changthang, known for the abundance of Kiangs (Tibetan Wild Ass). A fairly demanding trek across harsh terrain, this trip offers a variety of landscape from the narrow reddened gorges of Spiti to the massive open spaces of Changthang, to expansive lakes set in the high plateaus with views of mountains far into Tibet.
It is advised to reach Manali a day before departing for Kaza. Start early on Day 1 to reach Kaza for a distance of 202 kms. The major highlight for the day will be Rohtang Pass & Kunzum La which has a famous Kunzum mata mandir. The drive from Kunzum La to Kaza is a beautiful one along the Spiti river & one can view Key monastery in the background welcoming to this beautiful place called Kaza. Reaching early has certain benefits, one can stroll in the local market of Kaza & is always buzzing with tourist from June till late October. Overnight stay will be in hotel in Kaza
Starting from Kaza, drive through Ki (one can visit the monastery here) to Kibber village at 4205m, is one of the highest inhabited settlements in India. The famous Ki gompa is just 10 kms away and can be visited before beginning the trek. Kibber to Dumla is an easy walk but take your time, as these Spitian gorges are renowned for being hard-going.
Descend to the gorge bed and start the climb towards the pass, a steep walk to Thaltak Meadow where you camp for the night. The scenery is wild and the gorge is deep. Even at this height the sunlight reflected from the walls of the gorge causes the temperature to soar.
This is a long and strenuous day walking first from Thaltak to Jagtha – 8kms at 15,700 ft. and then 6kms to Bongrojen at 17,000ft. It’s all 7 hrs trek with moderate trekking.
Leave early for the pass. The final 4 kms is a steep 2-hour climb to Parang La at 18,300 ft. The pass lies on the trade route between Ladkah and the Spiti valley. There are some great views of the Spiti and the Changthang valleys from the pass. Parilungi, a conical peak, is the first Ladakhi peak visible from Spiti. From the pass, we descend to the source of the Pare Chu River. After the pass, the landscape changes dramatically from steep gorges to broad plains. Camp at DakKarzong.