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Manali to Manali
Hampta Pass trek is one of the most awe-inspiring treks in the Kullu region of Himachal Pradesh. The Hampta Pass offers breathtaking views of the two different sides of the Himalayas. On one side of the pass lies the lush green Kullu valley and on the other side is the stark opposite dessert valley of Lahaul. One of the major highlights of the trek is the visit to high altitude Chandratal lake in Spiti. The trek is of moderate difficulty level and is preferred by both beginners as well as experienced trekkers. The maximum altitude attained gained during Hampta pass trek is 4200 m and total trek distance is 35 km. While returning from the trek, the drive is over the famous Rohtang Pass. This adds to the list of attractions of this trek. Hampta Pass Trek best time is from June to October. Stay on this page for more info - Hampta Pass Trek Route Map, Itinerary, Temperature Chart, Photos, Videos, and Reviews. Scroll to the end to read some amazing Hampta Pass Trek Blog.
Drive from Manali to Jobra & Trek to Chika
Report at Manali bus stand at 8 AM. After freshening up & breakfast in Manali, board Taxi for Jobra. Hampta Pass trek starts from Allain Guhugal Hydel Project site. Get down from the vehicle at the project site & across the main road. Take the narrow trail that leads to the forest of pine trees. A variety of trees like maple, deodar, toss, and oak can also be spotted on this trail. The sight is very refreshing. The gradient of today’s trail is easy and ideal for a first-day hike. Twenty minutes into the trek, you will reach a clearing from where the view opens up. This spot overlooks the lush green meadow strewed with small rocks with Rani Nallah flowing in the center of valley closed from two sides. Cross the Rani Nallah by the wooden bridge & from here the trail is on the true right of Rani nallah. You can spot the horses grazing in this meadow which make a perfect setting for some beautiful photographs. Chika campsite is a huge, flat & spacious green patch. With Rani Nallah flowing by the side makes it a perfect spot for setting up the tents.
Trek from Chika to Balu-Ka-Gera
Today’s trek is pretty thrilling with a couple of water crossings on the way. The trail stays on the true right of the river for the most part of the day. The initial climb is through boulders. Walk along the Rani river into a valley dotted with tiny multi-colored flowers which can give a tough competition to Valley of flowers in the monsoon months. The green trail turns brown & rock strewed as we near Balu Ka Gera. Balu ka gera is the point from where the steep climb to Hampta pass begins. It is a level ground made up of the sand and dust brought down by the river. In the vicinity is a huge pool of water made from the glacial melts. The site is windy which make the temperature feel even lower than actual. Pitch your tents and camp at Balu Ka Gera, 11,000 feet above sea level.
Trek from Balu-Ka-Gera to Sheagoru via Hampta Pass
Start very early to have the advantage of time. This pass is one of the nasty ones & the weather can be very unpredictable. The trek begins by encircling the pool of water to enter the partially dried up glacial river bed. The climb is strenuous all the way up to Hampta pass. Walk at a steady pace with few breaks. The pass is not easily identifiable so ask your guide about it. As you cross the pass you enter the Lahaul region & change in the scenery is very contrasting. The trail is completely downhill from the Pass. This trail is steep & not clearly identifiable. Be extra careful while descending. After some walking, you will be able to spot the campsite of Shea Goru far in the distance in the direction of river flow. The last km to the site is mostly flat. Shea Goru in local means “Cold Street” and is indeed very cold here owing to the winds but it is also the most beautiful campsite of Hampta Pass trek. Camp & overnight stay in Shea Goru.
Trek from Sheagoru to Chatru, Drive to Chandratal ( If weather permits ) & Return to Chattru, Camp in Chhatru.
Break camps early in the morning. Trek begins with the crossing of the river which is flowing by the campsite. Now crossing this river is one hell of an experience in itself. Let's keep it as a surprise for the trek. Almost half of the trek is easy & full of descent. After descending you will see the large valley of the river Chandra. Reach Chhatru which is the road head. From Chatru, board taxi for a road journey to the famous Chandratal. Reach Chandratal by late afternoon. After spending some time at Chandra tal return to Chhatru by the evening. Camp in Chhatru. Please note that the road to Chandra Tal is closed at times due to landslides or snow. In case the road is found closed the Chandrataal drive will not be done.
Drive from Chattru to Manali . Drop in Manali by 4 PM Approx.
We break camps early to avoid the traffic jam at Rohtang Pass. After breakfast start the road journey for Manali over Rohtang Pass. Reach Manali by 5 PM Approx. And here ends the Hampta Pass Trek.
You must have done a small trek of 2-3 days before Hampta Pass and hiked to an altitude of more than 3000 meters.
Hampta Pass is a moderate level trek i.e. it requires more strength and endurance than an easy level treks. It is recommended that you first gain experience of trekking to altitudes higher than 3000 metres, and then move one level up with this trek. However, if you are a beginner but committed to preparing, then you need at least 2-3 months to prepare physically & mentally for this trek. For details on trek difficulty level, please read on Bikat Rating Scale.
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The base site for Hampta Pass Trek is Jobra. The trek begins from Allain Ghugal Hydel Project Site. Jobra is half an hour drive away from Manali.
Manali is well connected to Delhi with through road and air. There are no direct trains from Delhi though.
The road distance from Delhi to Manali is 536 km. There are overnight HPRTC buses and Volvos available from ISBT Kashmere Gate, Delhi for Manali. It is a 14-hour journey by bus. You can book your bus tickets online through hrtchp.com or any other bus services available. You can also hire a private taxi or an outstation cab from Delhi.
To reach by train, take a direct train from Delhi to Pathankot. Some of the trains that run on this route are Delhi-Pathankot Express, Jammu Tawi Express, Delhi-Dhauladhar Express. You can then take a bus from Pathankot to Manali. Or you can take a connecting train from Pathankot to Joginder Nagar which is the nearest station to Manali. There are buses running frequently between Joginder Nagar and Manali.
The nearest airport is Bhuntar airport which is located 50 km from Manali. There are taxis available at the airport which will take you to Manali. You can also take local buses that keep running from Bhuntar to Manali at a very regular frequency. Buses are decent and very cheap compared to a taxi that can cost you around INR 2000 to 2500 depending upon the season.
As you will be reaching Manali before you start the trek, you can explore this famous tourist spot. The Solang Valley near Manali is famous for adventure sports activities, you can visit for some fun activities. The famous Rohtang Pass can also be visited. Read here: Things to do in Manali - A complete Guide
The mobile connections are available till Prini. There will be no mobile reception after this point.
Hampta Pass Trek best time is June to September.
The minimum age limit is 13 years. However, minors aged between 13 to 17 should be accompanied with their parents or guardians. If you are above the age of 60, kindly carry a medical certificate from your doctor that deem you fit for adventure activities like trekking.
All the trekkers will be accommodated in twin or triple sharing tents. Along with this, there will also be a toilet tent and a dining tent installed at the campsite.
We provide 4 seasons tents by Gipfel for higher altitudes which can easily withstand heavy snowfall and storms. They are spacious enough to accommodate 3 people at once with a vestibule to place the backpacks. Our sleeping bags are made up of Heatseeker Pro synthetic insulation that can provide you comfort in -10 degrees Celsius. We also use additional fleece liners to have thermal efficiency even in the extreme temperatures of -17 degrees Celsius. If you carry your own sleeping bag, you will get a cashback reward provided that you inform us as soon as you have booked your trek.
Toilet tents will be provided to you on the trek. These are portable toilets tents where a deep pit will be dug. A shovel will be provided inside the tent to cover the waste after you have made your business. You can take a toilet roll inside. Make sure you dig used toilet paper along with the waste. Though water is recommended in place of toilet paper. Please refrain from using wet wipes as they are non-biodegradable. There will be no facility for bathing on the trek. Go through our blog section for tips on how to maintain personal hygiene on treks.
You will be provided with good quality of gaiters and microspikes from us depending upon the situation of the snow. Our trek leaders will also be carrying ropes and ice axe.
Vegetarian food will be served throughout the trek. The only non-vegetarian item served on our treks are eggs. Our kitchen staff follows a proper menu for breakfast, lunch and dinner which has been designed in order to fulfil the nutritional requirements of the participants. There will be milk, poha, eggs, muesli/corn flakes, bread and butter served for breakfast. Rice or simple roti sabzi will be packed for lunch. In dinner, you will have dal, egg curry or any other vegetarian dish along with rice, roti, and a dessert item. Packed lunch will be provided to you on the days you are trekking. You are requested to carry your own tiffin box and a mug to consume food. The meals consumed on the journey and arrival day are not included in our cost.
You can rent following items from us- Trekking Pole, Trekking Shoes, Fleece Jacket, Rucksack
If you want to offload your rucksack, you will have to make a request for offloading a few days prior the trek through an email so that arrangement can be made in advance. You will be charged per day for offloading your rucksack. In case you decide to offload on the spot, you may have to pay a higher price than usual. However offloading your rucksack is not recommended since it is not a safe practice.
A team of participant will be led by a course certified trek leader and a local guide. All participants are requested to abide by what their leader says. There will also be a team of kitchen staff and porters on the trek. We maintain 1:8 ratio of trek leader and participants. All our trek leaders and staff have a certified training in first-aid and rescue operation.
Yes, trekking pole is necessary. If you don’t want to buy one, you can rent it from us on minimal daily basis charges. You can request the renting link from us.
Yes, there are stores and shops in Manali from where you can buy necessary stuff. Though it is recommended that you come prepared with all the stuff. Please do not leave anything for last minute buying.
Yes, it is absolutely safe for a solo woman to travel in fix departures. Women on the trek will be sharing a tent with each other. In case you are the only woman on the trek, you will be given a separate tent.
Yes, e-certificates will be given at the end of each trek provided that you completed it. It will bear your name, the trek, and the maximum altitude you achieved on the trek.
Assemble at Mall Road in Manali from where are the participants will be carried to start point of the trek.
Expect to reach Manali by early afternoon. You will be dropped at the same place from where you were picked. Make your bus booking from Manali for later in the evening.
You need to report in Manali by 8 AM. The team will not wait for you in case you fail to report since it will only delay further schedule on the trek. Therefore, we recommend all our participants to arrive timely a day before the trek to avoid fatigue and jams from long bus journey to Manali and start afresh.
No mandatory documents are required for the trek.
Yes, there will be snow on Hampta pass trek in the pre-monsoon season.
The Hampta Pass Trek temperature varies from a maximum of 27-degree Celcius to 5-degree Celcius during the trekking months of June to October. To have a better idea follow this Hampta Pass Trek Temperature Chart
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For us, a successful summit is not about reaching the highest point of a mountain but about making it safely back to base.
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