Parang-La Pass Trek

Korzok village on the banks of Tso Moriri Lake
Korzok - The Beautiful Himalayan Village on the banks of Tso Moriri Lake

Parang La trek encapsulates the beauty of Spiti valley and Ladakh part of Changthang plateau of the Zanskar and trans-Himalayas.

From day one at Kibber village in Spiti, the trek route passes through varied terrains like gorges, mountain plateaux, and ending at Korzok village by the shore of overwhelmingly beautiful Tso-Moriri lake like a cherry on the top of Changthang meadows.

Korzok or Karzok — The Beautiful Himalayan village is located on the banks of Tso Moriri Lake. Korzok village is situated in the Leh District of Jammu & Kashmir, India.

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Parang-La Pass Trek

Korzok is located almost 200 km away from Leh Town. You have to book your own transport to reach this village (bus travel is severely limited). It is among one of the highest villages in the world. According to history, the village was on the Central Asian Trade route — the Silk Route — until 1947.

Parang-La Trek Rundown

RegionSpiti and Changthang of Indian Himalayas
Duration8 Days
Difficulty levelModerate to challenging
Max Altitude5538 m
Best Time To TrekMay to September month
Trek Distance120 km approx.
Parang-La pass trek summary

Korzok is the headquarters of Rupshu Valley and many Beautiful Trans Himalayan Treks start or end here; Parang-La is one of them too.

The diverse terrain includes long glacier walks of Parang glacier (source of Pare Chu river), river crossing, negotiating crevasses, lake, and beautiful mountain meadows. The trail follows the broad valley of the Pare Chu till its confluence with the Phirtse Phu at Norbu Sumdo.

Best Time To Go For Parang-La Pass Trek

The best time is from June to September. Early June is good for experiencing long snow cover and snowscapes.  In August – September month there is a beautiful contrast of green mountain meadows against the desert brown landscape and snow-capped mountain peaks.

What Does Parang-La Trek Cost?

The Cost estimation is based on the number of factors like the group size, pick-up place (Chandigarh/Shimla), and add-ons needed(like backpack offloading, accommodation before and after the trek & drop off points (Leh/Srinagar). Drop an email to avail group or early bird offers.

Our fixed departures for 2021 have been scheduled. We can arrange a customized trek if the dates are not matching your schedule.

Parang-La Pass Trek Itinerary

Day 1: Kibber to Dumla Trek

Trek hours: Around 3-4 hours (Acclimatization Day).
Altitude of Dumla Camp-site: 4125 meters.
Distance: 7 Km.

Day 2: Dumla to Thalthak Trek

Trek hours: Around 4 hours (Acclimatization Day).
Altitude of Thalthak Camp-site: 4583 meters.
Distance: 5.5 Km.

Day 3: Thalthak to Bongrojen Camp Trek

Trek hours: Around 6 hours:
Altitude of Bongrojen Camp-site: 5020 meters.
Distance: 18.4 Km.

Day 4: Bongrojen-Parang-La Pass-Dak Karzong Trek

Trek hours: Around 7 hours.
Acme: Parang-La Pass altitude 5538 meters.
Distance: 20.1 Km.
Altitude of Dak Karzong Camp-site: 4862 meters.

Day 5: Dak Karzong to Datang Yongma Trek

Trek hours: Around 6 hours.
Altitude of Datang Yongma Camp-site: 4704 meters
Distance: 21.2 Km.

Day 6: Datang Yogma to Changthang Trek

Trek hours: Around 6 hours. We’ll camp either at Norbu Sumdo or Changthang or Chumur.
Altitude of Changthang Camp-site: 4595 Mtr
Distance: 24.2 Km.
Note: The trek continues till you reach Norbu Sumdo. Sumdo means junction in the local dialect. It is a junction of 3 trails – first leading from Spiti, second leading from Chumur, third leading from Ladakh.

Day 7: Changthang to Kiangdom Trek

Trek hours: Around 4 hours.
Altitude of Kiangdom Camp-site: 4529 meters. This Camp-site is situated by the banks of Tso Moriri Lake.
Trek Distance: 10.4 Km.

Day 8: Kiangdom to Karzok Trek

Trek hours: Around 6 hours.
Altitude of Karzok Camp-site: 4579 Mtr
Distance: 22.7 Km.

Parang – La Pass trek map

Parang – La trek map by Leomann Himalaya maps

Parang - La trek map | Parang la trek
Parang – La trek map

Criterion For Parang-La Pass Trek

You must have done at least one high altitude trek before. Those who do not have requisite trek experience of high altitude passes should not apply.

You must be physically fit to do the 8-day Himalayan trek. The Parang-La pass trek route leads you up to over 18,400 feet high pass of Parang-La pass and through a long expanse of Parang-La glacier.

In the high-altitude cold desert valleys of Spiti and Changthang, the air is thin and the rigors of the mountain can grind you down. You must give yourself sufficient time to prepare yourself for the trek.

NOTE: Trekkers are required to bring a medical certificate deeming them fit for high-altitude trekking at the start of the trek.

Backpack carrying: A porter will carry your backpack, please do not bring extra items but only the essentials needed for high altitude trek. Besides detailed planning, taking care of all the logistics, food, and good equipment, packing a backpack efficiently and carrying essential things play a key role in the success of an expedition.

Parang-La Trek Bare Essentials

  • A pair of good quality waterproof trekking boots.
  • Three pairs of socks.
  • Two pairs of waterproof hiking pants.
  • One pair of shorts
  • Two pairs of fleece jumpers. 
  • Two pairs of thermal tops and bottoms
  • One down jacket.
  • Headgear (1 beanie/skull cap, 1 buff, and 1 trekking cap). 
  • A pair of thick gloves
  • Personal hygiene essentials(alcohol-based gel hand sanitizer, soap, towels, toilet papers, baby wipes, etc.) 
  • UV-block sunglasses.
  • First aid kit.
  • A water purifier and filtration bottle.

11 comments

      1. please re send details of Parang la trek. Also please intimate is any arrangement is bade by you to travel from Shimla/ Manali to Kibber, the starting point of the trek.

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