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Day 1 : Arrival in Kaza from Manali (Driving Distance 202 Kms)
It is advised to reach Manali a day before departing for Kaza as it will help your prepare for the upcoming days in remote civilization. This day can be used to fine tune your packing list & buying necessary items as Manali will be the last major town/city where you can get in all the essentials. From acclimatization point of view also it is advisabel to spend at least one night in Manali. Start early on Day 1 to reach Kaza latest by 03:00 to 4:00 PM. 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.
DAY 2 : Rest & Acclimatization Day (Driving Distance : 18 Kms)
Today is the day for acclimatization & will start with a small hill walk in the morning. The day is planned in a way that one remains physically active which includes walk along the Spiti river bank after breakfast & visit to the local Key monastery & gompa in the afternoon. After visiting monastery we will head towards Chicham village through its famous trolley bridge . Overnight will be in a homestay in Chicham which is our starting point of the trek & at an altitude of 4270 M.
DAY 3 : Chicham to Thaltak Altitude : 4270 M to 4693 M Distance Covered : 8 KM
The initial trek starting from Chicham is on a well paved metallic road which takes you out of the village with almost zero ascent & after walking on it for around 45 minutes one can see the Dumla campsite on their right in the valley below. Dumla campsite is ideal for those who are starting their trek from Kibber as it takes around 2-3 Hours to reach this campsite. The campsite has a stream of water flowing through the middle of it& agricultural fields of Chicham village on both sides of it. Dumla campsite is at an altitude of 3890 M. The real test of stamina & your acclimatization starts from Dumla when there is a steep ascent for the next 3 hours with giving the view of typical Spiti mountains. The trail is of loose soil & gravel with only prominent vegetation of Thama, a typical grass or bush during the entire trail. Steep ascent of 2- 3 hours is followed by a zig zag dusty flat trail with views of the mountain ranges more opening up. While aprroaching Thaltak the Kanamo peak is visible on the right side surrounded by mountains devoid of any snow or vegetaion post mosnsson. It takes around 6-6.6 hours of trekking to reach the Thaltak campsite. Total ascent during the day is of 636 M & a descent of 144 M.This campsite is a oasis in the middle of the barren land & offers amazing view of the Kanamo. One can find typical grass in this meadow with Thama bush on the periphery of campsite to accompany it. Overnight stay in camps
DAY 4 : Thaltak to Borochin Altitude : 4693 M to 5100 M Distance Covered : 12 KM
The trail from Thaltak starts descending in a deep gorge with trail made of losse rocks, gravels & one need to be very careful while descending as it is a prominent rockfall zone as well. The trail goes to the bottom of constricted valley devoid of any kind of sunshine. It takes hour and a half of continuous descent to reach the bootom of valley where you are welcome by the gushing river locally called Rong Nala. This one is a prominent river with the volume of discharge it has & its sound echoes the valley. Trail is along the upstream & river is on your right hand side. After crossing the landmark Rong Nala bridge the river turns on your left & goes along till you leave it for the ascent of Juktha, another campsite. The trail along the river side is typical of any other mountaneous river bed with big & small rocks & pebbles making your way forward. The ascent to Jukhta is on a scree & is a demanding ascent after a flat walk along river bed. The trail from Jukhta is gradually ascending with open view of signature style ever eroding mountain faces of Spiti valley. The relentless climb over barren & rocky terrain takes you to Borochen, the campsite of the day which has few water streams ideal for small group campings. Borochen campsite is on the foot of Parang La & is devoid of nay kind of vegetation at an altitude of 5100 M. Total trekking distance of 12 KM took nearly 8 hours with ascent of 857 m & descent during the day at 455 M.
DAY 5 : Borochin to Kharsa Yongma Altitude : 5100 M to 4850 M Distance Covered : 14 KM
The pass day in any trek is always demanding & specially when you are at na altitude of 5100 M it idemands another level of fitness. After a steep climb of 1.5 hours through morains one reaches another campsite ideal for camping of a very small group. This campsite has a stream of water coming out rock face & is locally called Thakchu campsite. The climb towards the pass zig zag through the trail well marked out due to marks of mules & horses. It takes 3.5 to 5 hours of relentless climb to reach the highest point of the trek. The pass offers great views of the Spiti and the Changthang valleys along with the view of Parilungi peak . After crossing the pass the way forward is descent on the Parang La glacier. You can hear the sound of gushing water beneath your feat. The glacier boast of few crevasses as well so one need to be extremely careful while negotiating the same. It takes around 2 hours of non stop descent on the glacier to reach the Lakku campsite. The trail follows the glacier river downstream with vast dry river bed on your right. Kharsa Yongma campsite is around 1.5 hours down to the snout of the Parang La glacier. Total ascent during the day is of 548 M & descent of 750 M. The visiblity here is extremely good & once can see the next campsite with bare naked eyes. This campsite is on the left bank of the river bed & boast of a stream of potable water.
DAY 6 : Kharsa Yongma to Kapapuche Altitude : 4850 M to 4700 M Distance Covered : 20 KM
The vast river bed of Datang Nala downstream offer freedom to choose your own trail & after walking for almost 3 hours on the vast river bed & crossing numerous streams & some with shoes removed, we crossed campsites of Datang Yongma & Datang Kongma both an hour distance apart. Tsoma nala flows along the left side of Datang Yongma campsite. Lasoma or Takli La nala joins the Datang nala beyond Yongma campsite. Total ascent during the trail is 290 M & descent of 396 M.
DAY 7 : Kapapuche to Kitpodansa Altitude : 4700 M to 4550 M Disctance Covered : 20 KM
The trail from Kapapuche to Kitpodansa is similar to the previous day with a very minor change in the altitude. The trail is mostly on the river bed of Pare river. There are several river streams/nala joining the mail Pare chu river & one of them is Falangbado Nala. Phalum Phada campsite which is first to come has some huge rock structure, small shallow caves which act as a natural shelter for the traders in earlier time.The Racholamo camp site is at the intersection of 2 valleys after Falangbado nala joins the main river. Lakuk nala is another major tributiary to this river which follows the Racholamo campsite. The trail is entirely on the river bed.
DAY 8 : Kitpodansa to Chumik Shilde Altitude : 4550 M to 4704 M Distance Covered : 18 KM
The trail after following the downstream course of Parechu river takes a sudden left turn towards Norbu Sumdo. The major hurdle or attraction of the day is crossing or traversing the strong current of Parechu river where water level can go upto waist level. The level of water rises during noon time & one has to cross the same making a human chain.The Parechu river leaves us on its course towards Tibet & after taking a left turn landscape changed from barren river bed to lush green meadows,small yellow flowers & few streams of water. This is Norbu Sumdo, the gateway to Ladakh & a border between Spiti & Ladakh.The changed vegetaion was full of life with quick appearances of mammals like Kiang (wild ass), a black wolf & marmot. After an hour of walk we reach the campsite of Chumik Shilde which boasts of lush green meadows with spring water in plenty.
DAY 9 : Chumik Shilde to Kiangdom Altitude : 4704 M to 4588 M Distance Covered : 14 KM
The trail ahead is flat land with meadows left behind after a walk of couple of hours. One can see some of the snow covered peaks of Mentok series. The trail takes us to the southern most tip of Tso Moriri Lake where one starts getting the glimpses of this pristine lake. There is no source of water between Chmik Shilde & Kinagdom, the camosite is know for its wild asses. total ascent for the day is 121 M & descent is 76 M.
DAY 10 : Kiangdom to Karzok Altitude : 4588 M to 4615 M Distance Covered : 21.5 KM
The trek is along the shores of Tsomoriri lake & lake is always on your right side. This trail is one of the beautiful one with views of Chamsher Kangri peak & Lungser Kangri peak in the background. The trail to Korzok village is the last & only ascent one has experienced in few days. The trail for the day covers a distance of 21.5 Kms in 8 hours & 22 min. The ascent for the day is 226 M & descent is marked at 179 M.