The Best Long Trek To Do In November - Parang La Trek
You'll find the most important details you need to know about this trek here, ranging from average cost to the nearest airport, aswell as a brief description of what you should expect on this trek.
FYI - This is part of a series of blogs that describe and detail the best short and long treks around the world per month. The trek per month is not random, I chose the best treks with the best climate conditions per month. Type in December in the search bar of my blog section and find out what the best treks to take are in December.
Name of the Trek: Parang La Trek
Nearest Airport: Leh Airport
Average Trekking Duration: 12 days
Distance: 338 km from Manali approximately
Highest Altitude: 5,600 m
Best Month To Go: November
Average Temperature: Gets down to sub-zero temperatures at night
Average Cost: If you are planning to do mountaineering solo, the cost will be around USD $1000. If you are okay with trekking in a group, it is highly recommended to hire a reputed tour operator locally who will have a minimum of 4 members in the group. The cost will be around USD $1415 if you book with a tour operator.
Located in the scenic valleys of Spiti and Leh, is this Parang La Pass. There are two routes to opt from with a minor time difference between each. Thus, you can choose to begin the trek from Khibber Village in Spiti or Karzok Village in Leh.
On reaching Kaza from Manali, take a day off to acclimatize as you head up to Khibber Village in Spiti. Take the route of Thaltak, Borochin, Kharsa Yongma before you reach Parang La.
What to Expect?
The biggest advantage of going in this rather tricky trek is the ability to do 2 things. One is to trek all along the Tso Moririlake. The pristine picture-perfect lake is every trekker’s dream destination. The other advantage of this trek is to be able to take snaps of snow leopards and marmot, wild asses of the Tibetan variety and much more. These are unique to these landscapes.
Right from the time you begin at Chicham or Khibber Village, you will find yourself awe-struck. The landscape is magnificent and not for the faint-hearted. This is one of the most challenging treks throughout the year. The barren lands and the cold breeze on one side, and the gigantic Himalayan ranges rising ahead of you are all here. The difficulty arises in the snow that you will be crossing for most of the journey. Temperatures will fall below zero, and so it is advisable to wear thermal clothing and thick jackets. The only negative will be the nail-biting chill that the desert-like regions in and around Parang La will be offering.
The trekkers can go for dome tents on a sharing basis or even go for simple camping with their tents as per their comfort. However, the tour operators will be arranging for porters and helmets as and when required.