The trek from spiti valley . The best time to do it is from Mid June to September. The highest point on this trek is the 5700m Parang La (pass) . From Leh we drive to Chalungdo in 4 hours. On the way we halt at Chumathang famous for hot springs (now used for washing clothes). There are camping grounds near Paldong, 3 km behind Mahe bridge on way to Tsomoriri. After several days spent acclimatizing and exploring the area, we take a remote route towards the Great Himalayan Barrier, slowly ascending to our glacier camp before the high point of the trek, the demanding crossing of the 5700m Parang La (pass). We descend into what is almost a different world, the old kingdom of Spiti, for centuries the last outpost of Tibetan Buddhism before the traveler encountered the dusty plains of India.

 

LOCATION Ladakh, J&K, India
BEST TIME Mid June to September.
DURATION OF TREK 15 Days.
HIGHEST POINT 5700m Parang La (pass)
FOCUS High Altitude Landscape, Spiti valley and Nomnads
HIGHLIGHT: Village Home Stay, Buddhist monastery,  and Wildlife viewing.
PHYSICAL CHALLENGE Difficult but not technical
WEAR Comfortable trekking clothing, trekking boots, hat, jacket -+-and sunscreen.

 

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Day 1: Arrive in Delhi


You will be met our LTT representative on your arrival at Delhi IG Airport and escort to your hotel and help you check in. You will have rest day to the rest and relax from long trip to Delhi.

Delhi, India’s capital and a city of more than 15 million inhabitants.

Overnight stay at Delhi.

Hotel: Ashok country Resort / Similar

Meals: Breakfast

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Day 2: Delhi to Leh Airport and complete rest for acclimatize


Early morning depart for Airport, Our representative will receive you at Leh Kushok Bakula Airport (This must be one of the MOST SENSATIONAL FLIGHTS IN THE WORLD. On a clear day from one side of the aircraft can be seen in the distance the peaks of K2, Nanga Parbat, Gasherbrum and on the other side of the aircraft, so close that you feel you could reach out and touch it, is the Nun Kun massif.) and will escort to the Hotel, he will also assist you to do Hotel check-in formalities. After check-in relax for the day. Complete day for rest and leisure to acclimatize.

Hotel: Oriental Hotel / Similar

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

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Day 3: Day in Leh


Post breakfast leave for local sightseeing and photography opportunity in Leh. We visit Thiksey Monastery, Shey Palace, Hemis Monastery, Leh Palace and Shanti Stupa. Overnight at Leh.

Hotel: Oriental Hotel / Similar

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

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Day 4: Leh– Nubra Valley ( Hunder)(120 kms. / 4-5 hours)


Post breakfast we drive to Nubra Valley. The road journey from Leh to Nubra Valley passes over Khardung La (The Highest Motorable Road In The World) at 5,602 Mtrs / 18,390 Ft, around 39 km from Leh. From the pass, one can see all the way south over the Indus valley to seemingly endless peaks and ridges of the Zanskar range, and north to the giants of the Saser massif. Nubra Valley is popularly known as Ldumra or the valley of flowers. It is situated in the north of Ladakh between the Karakoram and Ladakh ranges of the Himalayas. The average altitude of the valley is 10,000 Ft. above sea level. Upon arrival in Nubra we check in at our Camp / Hotel in Hunder sarai / similar for Overnight stay.

B/Hot Lunch/ dinner

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Day 5: Hunder to Leh

Post breakfast leave for Leh. We stop at Diskit Gompa on the way to capture the beauty of mammoth statue of Maitreya Budha. Overnight at Leh.

Hotel: Oriental Hotel / Similar

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

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Day 6: Drive to Trek starting point

We are going high, and living high, in the next few weeks, and after some nights in Leh we are ready to move a little higher. We drive along the Leh-Manali highway to our campsite on the borders of the Changtang, Khamang at 3800m. This is our first night under canvas, and tea and your tent will be waiting.

Overnight stay at camp

B/hot Lunch/D

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Day 7: Drive to Korzok Village

After an excellent breakfast we drive south east along what was once one of the major trade routes with Gartok, in Tibet; and also, the road that brought pashmina wool to Kashmir and the west. Despite some military presence, it is still a wild road; we pass nomad encampments with their guard dogs and herds of yak and goats. After a seven hour drive, reach our camp at Korzok Phu, set in a wide amphitheatre. This is the winter home of many of the nomads who roam the pastures around lake Tso Moriri. As Lobsang and some of our horsemen have relatives here, we will have guests both tonight and on many evenings on our trek. Tonight is our first night sleeping at over 4000m so we will talk over altitude issues and acclimatization in more detail.

Overnight stay at camp

B/hot Lunch/D

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Day 8: Drive to korzok Phuu

We have a leisurely breakfast, as we have the whole day to explore the area around our camp. What we choose to do depends on how you feel, and on basically how well you slept last night. The more daring can scramble to the top of the nearby peak at 5500m, take in the stunning views of the lake and the peaks around it, and back for lunch. For the more sedately minded, perhaps a walk to the 500 year old monastery, still in the process of renovation. The Tulku (Lama reincarnate) here is still a teenager, and is always keen to practice his English!

Overnight stay at camp

B/ Lunch/D

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Day 9: trek to Kingdom

To the ‘Kingdom of the Asses’, as Kyangdom means, at last, our first day on the trail. An early start not just to wade through porridge, eggs, fresh bread and as much tea and coffee as you can drink, but also as it is at least 8 hours walking on varied terrain along the lakeside to our beautiful camp, and home for two nights, at the far end of the lake. It is, as every day on this trek is, a stunning walk, watching the colors of the lake change as the sun moves.  We journey south towards the main Himalayan Barrier, still a week away. The lake generates its own weather system and we can expect anything; storm clouds sweep the length of this turquoise expanse of brackish water, and skies clear quickly after summer showers, snow squalls can turn to clear sunny skies in minutes. But Tso Moriri is an old friend, and it generally (!) treats us kindly. Our camp is set near nomad Rabos (camps) with views both across the lake and towards the Himalaya.

Overnight stay at camp

B/hot Lunch/D

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Day 10: At Kyangdom 4450m

The world is slowly intruding on our wonderful lake, with a road making its way along the other side of the lake, so every rest day we spend here is really to be cherished. Long or short walks, visiting with the nomads, or looking for Kyang, the very inquisitive Tibetan wild ass that roam here, is all for you to choose, as once again, we let our bodies acclimatize for the higher elevations to come. And if you want to simply kickback with a book and relax, you have one of the loveliest beach fronts in the world to do it in!

Overnight stay at camp

B/hot Lunch/D

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Day 11: Trek to Dungri

No gain in elevation today, but simply a gentle walk across the end of the lake to the settlement of Dungri, giving different vistas, and really, more time to explore the area. It borders on the old route across to Hanle monastery and the trade routs to Tibet. We often meet nomads en route to some of the different grazing areas there. Lobsang is from Hanle, and it is never a surprise to meet his relatives here. The lake at this end comes and goes, so bring your sandals in case there is paddling.

Overnight stay at camp

B/hot Lunch/D

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Day 12: Trek to Norbu Sumdhu

Back on the trail again, and we slowly watch our lake fall away behind us as we trek towards the Parang Chu, the river we will be following towards our pass. The trail winds its way past streams and wide level nomad camps, easily spotted by the stone circles that they pitch their Rabos over on arrival. Take time to look at these carefully placed stones, with entrance rocks and cupboards built in. This is also an area where we will almost certainly see herds of kyang. The male, out scouting for safe grazing, or keeping watch while the females and young graze, is normally spotted first, on the skyline. He will generally come to investigate our caravan. If he feels we are a threat, he will round up the others and (generally when our cameras are in our packs) bring them all swooping down in line astern to make a very close pass at us – at speeds reckoned to be 40km per hour! Watching these beautiful creatures in their natural habitat is really a high point of our trip. Our day today will be six hours walking and our camp on a sheltered bend in sight of tomorrow’s valley junction.

Overnight stay at camp

B/hot Lunch/D

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Day 13: Trek to Umlungs 4700 mt.

Away early today as we have to cross the Parang Chu within an hour of leaving camp. We pass the remains of a building on a headland, a former tax post – the valley directly ahead leads to the Tibetan border in less than a weeks walking. We drop to the river, and Lobsang, who will have left early to look for the best crossing place, will meet us and help us over. After drying our feet and getting our boots back on, we move on up a valley of the proportions of the Kali Gandaki in its upper reaches in Nepal’s Annapurna region. Only the occasional distant Kiang gives a sense of scale to this huge landscape. The trail wends its way through nomad camps and climbs across side valleys and rock fields, but generally, once that early morning river crossing is done, it is a day to walk slowly, drink lots of water, and linger over lunch. Our camp, also known as ‘Rock camp’, sits adjacent to a huge boulder that rock climbing types have tried their luck on past treks after making camp…and the more relaxed trekkers can enjoy an icy dip in the river nearby.

Overnight stay at camp

B/hot Lunch/D

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Day 14: Trek to mygic camp 850 mts

The Parang Chu valley starts to widen as we slowly make elevation, with views towards the Himalaya – and the Parilungbi range on our left. This valley is about as remote as it gets, and we have plenty of time to take it all in; our altitude dictates our pace, and as we get closer to the next zeros, 5000m, it is essential to listen to your body…and go slow! After six hours walking we arrive at our camp, set at the base of a plateau that is worth climbing after arrival, for its view back to our isolated camp. And ask Joel why “Lucky Camp” is so named.

Overnight stay at camp

B/hot Lunch/D

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Day 15: Trek to Gibraltar Rock Camp 4900m

On treks past we have passed this area and thought of camping here, and this year, we do, within sight of the Parang La, and near the humpbacked peak that we name the camp after. A four to five hour walk, and lunch in camp.

Overnight stay at camp

B/hot Lunch/D

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Day 16: At Gibraltar Rock Camp 4900m

A rest day, or an exploration day, to explore the valleys to the east and their amazing views. If trekkers are feeling strong, we may pass on the rest and move on to our high camp.

Overnight stay at camp

B/hot Lunch/D

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Day 17: Trek to Glacier Camp 5010m

Now we are really in those high places, as the mountain walls start to hem us in and the trail takes us onto the crazy moraine landscape that marks the foot of the glacier. Our camp varies from year to year, and is sited to make the route up the easiest. Pack your water shoes, as we have two or three rivers to wade before reaching our rocky camp after five hours walking. Then we have an early dinner and our usual trek briefing for next day. Lobsang and Joel will spend the late afternoon scouting our route up, and our start time depends on what they find.

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Day 18: Trek over Parang La to Chicken Run Camp 4790m

A day to enjoy, almost the whole range of Himalayan experience packed into our twelve hours, which begins with a 4am wake up call and a 5am start. Have your gear sorted the night before, and torch, warm layers, and that camera handy. We are about to cross the Himalayas! We move up carefully across frozen streams and loose rock, ascending onto the main ice fields by mid morning and, with plenty of time to drink and snack, move towards the snowy walls that climb to the peaks around the pass. It really is an incredible landscape, and there is plenty of time to take it all in as we watch our horses move up behind us – like a scene from a polar epic. By noon we should be on the pass drinking in the views across the trans – Himalaya, and just when you thought it was safe to put that camera away, we descend into a steep valley rimmed with castle like peaks in all varieties from Gothic to Disney. It really is that good. By mid-afternoon we are at the bottom, then we follow a sketchy trail to the narrow gorge that we climb to our camp among pastures, named after our memorable 2000 chicken dinner. A true Himalayan day, probably the best there is. Tonight is one for the red wine!

Overnight stay at camp

B/hot Lunch/D

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Day 19: Trek to Kibber 4700m

Time to laze in that bag and stretch your aching muscles as the smell of brewing coffee and fresh bread wakes you, as usual. Today is an easy three hour walk across wildflower bedecked hillsides and barley fields, easy on the eyes after our glacier days. We camp near one of our favorite tea houses in Kibber, one of the highest villages in the world. Showers, beer, and nothing to look forward to but more Himalayan beauty as the second part of our epic journey, by jeep across the Himalayan kingdoms of Spiti and Kinnaur through the Sutlej gorge to Shimla, the old capital of the British Raj, is about to begin!

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Day 20: Drive to Tabu

Our next journey begins, in our comfy jeeps through Spiti (Literally, ‘In between land’ as it was a buffer zone between the old kingdom of Tibet and India). First we see Ki Gompa, a monastery high above the Spiti River. There are spectacular views both down and up valley from here. Then on to the very different Dankar Gompa, perched at 4000m, with some beautiful wall paintings, before we arrive at Tabo monastery, where we spend the night. Tabo, along with Alchi in Ladakh, is one of the oldest gompas in the Buddhist world, dating back to 966, and, like Alchi, centers around a Dukhang (assembly hall) set on the ground floor (with the spreading of Buddhism, later monasteries, like Ki and Dankar, were built on hillsides to reflect the enhanced status of Buddhism) and it still has a flourishing art school. Tabo is enough off the beaten track to feel pleasantly isolated from the tourist trail, and we have time to explore both the prayer halls and the surrounding countryside.

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Day 21: Drive to Manali

Rest day at manali. Evening leaving manali night departure by Volvo Ac bus.

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leisure day at delhi

Hotel: Ashok country Resort / Similar

Meals: Breakfast

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International flights usually leave after midnight, so sleep in and relax. Leave for the airport about 10 pm.

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Day 23: Depart Home

Tour End

Package cost per person in USD

Name of the trekking Day 1 pax 2 pax 3 pax 4 pax 5 pax 6 pax & above
Spiti valley over Phanrangla Trek 04 2180 1980 1880 1780 1690 1560

This 24 day/23 night all-inclusive journey is base on (double occupancy), If you prefer to have your own room, the single supplement is $450 and will be added to your last payment. (Click here to understand why this single supplement is necessary).

What is a single supplement and why do I have to pay it?

Our trip prices are based on double-occupancy rooms; that is, two people (spouses, partners, friends, etc) sharing a room and essentially splitting the cost of each hotel room.

If you choose to have your own room OR you do not have a roommate, you are responsible for paying the entirety of the cost of your hotel rooms, hence the additional fee (or “single supplement”).  If you traveling alone but desire a roommate, we can put you in touch with other single guests looking for a roommate; however, we can never guarantee a roommate and if you do end up with a private room, you will be responsible for the single supplement.

Please don’t think you’re ever being punished for traveling by yourself (we are big fans of traveling solo!), but we cannot absorb the extra cost of your hotel room if you cannot find a roommate.  We do not profit from your single supplement, it is simply to cover your private accommodation.

Please note that we cannot guarantee you a roommate for this trip, and if you room alone, you will be responsible for the single supplement.

A $800 deposit holds your space.  The second installment of $1000 is due by 30 days before start of trip and the balance is due by 10 days before start of trip.  Single supplement ($450) is due along with the last installment.

 

What is included in trek cost?

  1. Accommodation in best tourist category hotels as listed or similar during tours.
  2. Flight to and from Delhi – Leh – Delhi.
  3. All the meals including evening Tea.
  4. All transfers and sightseeing with entrance fees.
  5. Cook, Helper and English Speaking LTT local guide.
  6. During the trek: Fully organized trek with all meals, and beverages.  All trekking gears including Tents, Thermal mats, Blow pillow, Hot-water bag for warmth during night. Pack animals to carry luggage and additional riding pony for emergency, Basic Medical Kit. Trekking staffs include  Guide, Cook, assistants and horseman.
  7. Sleeping bags can be borrowed ! (cleaning charges will apply)

 

What is not included in above cost?

  1. Any Kind of Personal Expenses or Optional Tours / Extra Meals Ordered /Phone calls
  2. Anything which is not specifically mentioned under the head “Prices Included”.
  3. Tips and gratuities (optional).
  4. Any Kind of Drinks (Alcoholic, Mineral, Aerated)
  5. Travel/Medical and evacuation Insurance – purchased separately

 

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