Hampta Circle is a great trek for beginners in the Kullu region. The trail goes through the most pristine forests around Manali, traversing the main right (true left) ridge of the valley from Jagatsukh to Prini, two of the biggest villages in the region. The pine, deodar, oak and birch forests and frequented by local shepherds and their flock, ibex, brown bears, monals, choughs and vultures. The meadows also offer spectacular views of Hanuman Tibba and other peaks in the Beas Kund region.
Manali to Jagatsukh [Drive]. Jagatsukh to Baggi (7857 m) - 3km
Report at Dolma Dhaba in Jagatsukh at 9 AM. After freshening up & breakfast there, we will start our trek. Jagatsukh is a small village just 7 Kilometres away from Manali and is well-known for its Apple orchards and ancient temples of Lord Shiva. You’ll cross two villages today, Jagatsukh and Bhanara village, and get a glimpse of the life of the locals in these small villages. You’ll have to climb up loads of stairs today, so mentally prepare yourself. The uphill walk from Jagatsukh to Bhanara should take around 25 minutes, and you’ll find yourself surrounded by apple trees along the way. Right after Bhanara village, you’ll walk through a partially dense pine forest, still climbing stairs, and at the heart of the forest, you will be able to spot oak, deodar and chestnut trees. You will soon come across a Shiv Temple, called Takshak Nag Temple, which is quite sacred for the locals of both the villages you just walked through today. From here you’ll walk further up, into the forest, until you come across a clearing, that is your campsite for the day. You will have plenty of time to explore the area, so relax and enjoy the view. Your first hike is over.
Baggi - Saraha Baggi (10170 ft) - 6.5 km
Prepare yourself for epicness today. Today you’ll walk further up, through the forest, traversing through the hills, until the trees disappear and you come across vast meadows with huge boulders right in front of you. You will get two epic views today, one is of Hanuman Tibba and second is the view of the entire city from your campsite. Depending on the weather, you might come across a few Gujjar make-shift huts today, and locals collecting herbal plants and roots before Tilgan. The gradient of the trail is moderate, ascending all the way up till Saraha Baggi. Camp over night at Saraha Baggi.
Saraha Baggi - Sarotu (10370 ft) - 4.5 km
If you loved your campsite yesterday, you’ll absolutely get blown away with your campsite today. Your trail with start with a carpet of yellow flowers and honey bees buzzing and camouflaging amongst these flowers. An hour into the trek, you’ll come across a waterfall, and right after that you’ll start your ascend into the forest. The path after the waterfall is quite narrow and could get muddy and slippery, so be extremely careful today. You’ll walk in and out of the forest today, gradually ascending and descending along the way. If the ground is not snow-covered, you’ll find loads of fallen chestnuts covering the ground. You’ll be camping at one of the most beautiful campsites today, so brace yourself. The beautiful lush green hills, the massive mountains in the background, and the shepherds grazing their flock of sheep/buffaloes make this place something of a dream. Overnight camp at Sarotu.
Sarotu - Jobri (9270 ft) - 3.7 km
This is going to be the shortest day on the trek, but it’s descend all the way till Jobra, so it could get quite taxing for your knees. You’ll traverse through the hills of Sarotu, cross a stream, and reach the Jobra Dam, which is the end of the trek for you, but the beginning of the trek for people heading for the Hampta Pass trek. The descend is not too steep, just zigzag your way down the hills and you’ll be okay. You’ll meet shepherds close to Jobra, and will find a lot of small restaurants in Jobra for refreshments. A car will pick you up from Jobra and the drive to Manali will take about an hour. The road to Manali has quite a few hairpin bends, so just a word of caution for people who tend to get car sick. Overnight stay in Manali.
This trek is apt for the first-timers. Those coming for the first time should prepare and read extensively about the trek. A basic knowledge about how to use a sleeping bag, toilet tents, sleeping tents, and mountain mannerisms will come in handy.
The base camp for the Hamta Circle Trek is Jagatsukh. It is a short drive of 11 km from Manali to Jagatsukh. The road from Manali to Jagatsukh is lined with apple and pine trees. There are autos running between Manali and Jagatsukh that cost you anything between INR 150 to 200 depending upon the season. Manali is well connected to Delhi with all kinds of transport (except direct train) and can easily be reached through road or air.
By Road : The road distance from Delhi to Manali is 536 km. There are overnight HRTC 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.
By Rail : 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 to Joginder Nagar from Pathankot which is the nearest station to Manali. There are buses running frequently between Joginder Nagar and Manali.
By Air : 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 taxi that can cost you around INR 2000-5000 depending upon the season.
Manali is the gateway to Solang Valley where you can participate in adventure activities like paragliding, and zorbing in the summer months when the snow melts. Visit the ancient Hadimba Devi Temple which has an interesting mythological tale associated with it. Walk through the charming lanes of Old manali. Visit the bazaar to buy some souvenirs. Jogini Fall and Vashisht Temple are other famous attractions in Manali. You can also visit Rohtang pass while you are in Manali.
May-June, September- November
Here is your checklist for this trek. Make sure you pack all these items for a comfortable trekking experience.
The minimum age limit is 9 years. However, minors aged between 9 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.
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Sarthak Madan 21 May 2021
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