Among the list of treks that Himachal Pradesh takes pride in, Hampta Pass somehow seizes the limelight. Sitting at an altitude of 4270 m, this pass on the Pir Panjal range gives its travelers just the right mix of wooded stretches, alpine meadows, shimmering streams, and glaciers. Hampta pass is generally known as a small corridor between Lahaul's Chandra Valley and lush Kullu valley of Himachal Pradesh. The trek is moderate in nature and can be enjoyed by beginners who are looking for a quick getaway.
Imagine walking past the verdant forests with the whiff of Himalayan Cedar, Oak, Pine, Juniper, and Rhododendron. As you leave behind the forests, the next view you get is of the bright green valleys, that takes you closer to the pass. Be careful as there will be a lot of sharp climbs coupled with traversing the glistening streams. Every step you take leads you to the Hampta Pass where all you get are the astounding view of the Lahaul valley. That’s Hampta Pass trek for you.
Further, the camping sites are going to win your heart with their perfect picture postcards. You also get an opportunity to behold the sight of the moon shaped lake, Chandratal and Rohtang Pass.
- Duration: 5 days
- Type of trek: Moderate
- Trip gradient: Mixed gradient
- Max Altitude: 4,268 m
Upon your arrival at Manali, our tour guide will meet you at the bus stand and escort you to the hotel. Here you can freshen up and relish your morning meal. After that, you will be leaving for Jobri nullah by taxi. The actual trek will begin from Alain Duhangan Hydel Power Project site. Lunch is planned on the way. After walking for a while you will cross a wooden bridge towards the night camping site at Chikka and will sight the Rani nullah. The camping site is set amid the scenic beauty of alpine meadow.
Today you will be heading to Balugera which serves as the base camp for Hampta Pass. The way is full of sharp climbs all the way to Juara traversing a number of small streams. On the way stop to have lunch packed beforehand.
You will be staying in Balugera on day 2 as the destination is in a shaded area and hence the weather tends to get cold post sunset.
You will be staying at a campsite at Balugera.
Day 3 will bring the real challenge as you will be crossing the highest point of the trek i.e., Hampta pass 4,270m). The way to the top of the pass is going to be topsy-turvy with a few snow and rocky patches. As you reach the top, the feeling cannot be put into words. From the Hampta top, you can easily enjoy the mind-blowing view of the Pir Panjal peaks.
The way back is quite sharp, so be careful and steady with your steps. You will be staying at the campsite of Shea Goru sitting close to a small stream.
On day 4, you will be crossing the river to turn right and continue your journey. You have to cross the river to arrive at the left bank of River Chandra which springs from the Bara Shigri glacier. From the left embankment, the way to Chhatru is straight walk on flatland. On your way, relish the beauty of nature and in no time you will reach Chhatru. From here we will be taking a taxi to Chandratal (2-3 hours), the moon shaped lake close to the quaint town of Batal. After spending some time here, we will be leaving for Chhatru.
Night stay in Chhatru camp.
We will be starting early today to avoid the traffic at Rohtang Pass. Post breakfast, we will begin the road trip for Manali crossing Rohtang Pass.
On arrival at Manali, you can choose to stay overnight to relax or continue the journey.
Note: It is advised to assure that you are physically for the trek.
- On ground assistance by the staff for to and fro.
- All camping needs fulfilled for 5 days with best in class hospitality.
- Dome tents or alpine camps spacious enough for 2 people.
- Sleeping bags, foam mattresses, dining tent, trekking poles & safety gears.
- All the meals are provided during the trek. Bed tea at breakfast, lunch and 3 course dinner. Tea/coffee and snacks.
- Support staff for the tour includes: well qualified trekking guide, cook and camp crew.
- Trekking mules/horses are provided for carrying trekking gar and luggage.
- Trekking permits.
- Camping fee.
- First aid medical kit.
- Goods and service tax.
- Delhi Manali transfer
- Expense incurred while covering Chhatru and Chandratal and from Chhatru to Manali.
- Stay in Manali.
- Drinks (soft or hard).
- Travel insurance.
- Fees to enter monasteries.
- Tip to the crew members.
- Any other cost that may arise due to change in climate conditions, road block, lodging except included in the trip.
Things to Carry with You:
- Trekking shoes: It is advised to carry durable trekking shoes. These shoes will help you maintain a balance, good grip and ankle support on slippery trails.
- Backpack (40-60 litres): Always choose a backpack with sturdy straps and a supporting frame. Backpacks with rain cover are also a good pick.
- Daypack (20 litres): A daypack is the best choice for this crossover trek.
It is best advised to carry fewer clothes than you would actually need. As the trip will last for 5 days, don’t carry extra weight of clothes, as it will only make your backpack heavy. As you begin the trek, you won’t usually feel the need of changing but that is up to your personal hygiene.
- Warm clothes: Carry two three layers of clothes which can be two sweaters and one padded jacket. You can carry one more layer if you wish.
- Trek pants: For easy movement, carry light cotton trek pants. One or two alternates can be packed, where one out of them can be tight and used as an inner layer. Don’t carry jeans and shorts for the trek.
- Collared t-shirts: Full sleeved t shirts with collar are advised for the trek to prevent sun burns. You can wear two –three layers to keep you warm. Dry-fit t-shirts are suggested for the trek as the body will sweat a lot. You are advised to change clothes after reaching the campsite to prevent falling ill.
- Thermals: Along with enjoying the weather, it’s equally important to keep yourself warm. So don’t forget to carry thermals for night and avoid wearing them for the trek.
- Sunglasses: Sunglasses are a must-carry accessory. You will be embarking on this trek in June and during that time Hampta is covered with snow. In order to avoid getting snow blindness which is caused by overexposure to UV rays.
- Balaclava: This headgear is the perfect accessory to carry for the treks as you will need to cover your head.
- Headlamp/LED torch: Compulsory
- Suncap: Suncap are also a must-carry accessory to protect yourself from harmful UV rays.
- Synthetic hand gloves: Carrying synthetic gloves is a better option as woolen gloves will get wet if you touch snow. You can also wear two gloves, with fleece glove as an inner layer.
- Trekking stick
- Socks (2 to 3 pairs) and a pair of woollen socks: Carry 2 to 3 pairs of socks and one pair of woolen socks.
- Toiletries: Sunscreen, moisturiser, light towel, lip balm, toilet paper, toothbrush, toothpaste, hand sanitiser. Do not carry wet wipes since these are not biodegradable. If you do happen to use wet wipes to clean up after a trek, make sure you bring them back with you. The same holds for used sanitary napkins. Carry a zip lock bag to put used wet tissues and napkins. Bring this ziplock bag back with you to the city and do not dispose wet tissues and sanitary napkins in the mountains.
- Cutlery: Trekkers are advised to carry their own cutlery like spoon, coffee mug and a lunch box for hygiene purposes.
- Two water bottles: 1 liter each.
- Plastic covers: It’s better to divide and carry all the things in plastic covers. You can carry extra plastic bags to keep wet clothes.
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