This high-altitude trek traverses high passes and glaciers and beautiful peaks and pastures from the enchanting Spiti valley in Himachal to the picturesque Tsomoriri Lake in Ladakh. Trudging through sequestered villages and un-trudged regions are the highlight of this trek. Challenges are appropriately rewarded by breathtaking panoramic views all around.
We start our walk from Kibber, descending into the rocky Parilungbi gorge before crossing steep scree and moraine before ascending the Parang La (5592M), to reach the western edge of the Tibet’s Changthang Plateau in Ladakh. The trail now follows a broad valley fringed by peaks to the confluence of Para Chu and Phirtse Phu rivers before culminating at the 27km-long Azure Tsomoriri Lake, a breeding ground for bar-headed geese, black-necked cranes and Brahmini ducks. This is the land of Changpas, the nomadic yak and pashmina goat herders native to this region. Next, we explore the beautiful Korzokh Village and Gompa before making our way back to Leh passing through the spectacular Changthang landscape.
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Arrive in Delhi Arrive in Delhi and transfer to the hotel. In the afternoon, visit Humayun’s Tomb and Qutub Minar. Evening is free for individual exploration. Overnight Hotel
Delhi – Chandigarh ( 250 kms; 6 hrs drive) Depart for Chandigarh by surface and transfer to the hotel. In the late afternoon sightseeing of Chandigarh visit Rock Garden and Rose Garden. Overnight Hotel
Chandigarh - Shimla (2205M) (210km;12 hrs drive) Drive to Shimla and check-in to hotel. Afternoon is free to relax, or acclimatise by walking up the Jakhu Temple on the top of the nearby hill. Overnight Hotel
Shimla - Kalpa (2960M; 12 hrs drive) Today, start early for a long drive to Kalpa, a small picturesque town on the top of a mountain, where stay is for two nights before moving further. Overnight Hotel
In Kalpa – Rest Day Stay here for another day to obtain Inner-line Permits (required for non-Indians) for onward journey. Early afternoon can be spent walking the town to acclimatise further for the trek. Late afternoon is free for own exploration or optional sightseeing. Overnight Hotel
Kalpa – Kaza (3650M) (215 kms;10hrs drive) Once again an early morning (full-day) drive to Kaza through picturesque mountain ranges and rough road. Check-in late at Kaza and relax. Overnight Hotel
Kaza – Kibber - Dumle (4260M;20 kms drive and 2 hrs trek) Drive to Kibber via Ki Monastery. Visit the monastery, perched on the top of a small hill, and drive further to Kibber to start trek to Dumle, the last inhabited village on the trek. Overnight Camp
Dumle - Thaltak (4900M;6-7 hrs) The trail now turns into a steep climb to take us to the top of the pass from where it is a steep downhill walk to the next camp on a meadow at Thaltak, providing some more opportunity for further acclimatization. Overnight Camp
Thaltak – Base of Parangla (Tak Chu) (5020M;6-7 hrs) The trail goes down a steep path down to the Parilungbi gorge before ascending to the campsite. The majestic Parilungbi peak stands to the South of Parang La. Overnight Camp
Base of Parnagla – Para Chu (4900M; 5-6 hrs) Trek over Parang la Pass (5320M). Walk over parangle glacier into the Ladakh region where it is all moraine up to the next camp. Enjoy the views of Ladakh, Spiti and Zanskar Peaks from here. Overnight Camp
Para Chu – Tarang Yogma (4725M; 5-6 hrs) After breakfast trek all the way to Tarang Yogma through picturesque valleys and a lot of moraine. Overnight Camp
Tarang Yogma – Nurbo Sumdo (4600M;6-7 hrs) Follow the Para Chu River to the confluence of this river with Phirtse Phu river at Nurbo Sumdo where there is an old fort built by Sengge Nagygyal in the 17th century. Overnight Camp
Nurbo Sumdo - Kyangdom (4546M;5-6 hrs) Today the trek is mostly on flat, sandy terrain as we cross open plains and dried Lakebed to the southern tip of the oval-shaped Tsomoriri, at Kyangdom. Overnight Camp
Kyangdom - Korzokh (4580M;6-7 hrs) Today is an easy but long walk with few ups and downs. The beautiful views across Tsomoriri to Lungser Kangri (6666M), are unforgettable. Reach Korzok village late in the afternoon and explore the local monastery in the evening. Overnight Camp
Korzokh – Tsomoriri - Leh (3500M;8-9 hrs drive) Today leave early for yet another long walk along Tsomoriri Lake to finish the trek at the point where transport is waiting for a drive to Leh. Relax in the evening. Overnight Hotel
Leh – Delhi Departure Early morning transfer to airport for flight to Delhi and further on to International Airport in Delhi for departure to respective destinations.
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Suitable for families with young children
Highest Point (Max altitude)
Parang La, 5320 metres
Combination of moderate and strenuous 6-8 hours of activity per day with very steep uphill and downhill sections, often at high altitudes. Some physical preparation recommended.
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