Hamta Circle Trek

Hamta Circle Trek

Himachal Pradesh 4 Days

Easy

14 KM

MAX 15

MAX ALTITUDE

3380 mts.


8800 + 5% GST

Manali to Manali

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Brief Desciption

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.



Itinerary

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Day 1

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.


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Day 2

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.


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Day 3

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.


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Day 4

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.



Frequently Asked Questions

Pick your question

Eligibility: Is this trek good for me?

This trek is ideal for both beginners and experienced trekkers. For novice, it is a great start to enter the world of trekking. It can get a bit rigorous for the first timers. Therefore, it is recommended to the first timers to maintain a good physical stamina and read extensively. Any experienced trekker would love to go on this weekend trek for the love of its views and trekking.

Eligibility: Experience required

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.

Eligibility: Fitness benchmark

Fitness Benchmark

  1. Jog/Run for 3 Kms in 30 mins and
  2. Hold your breath for 20 seconds
If you are not meeting these benchmarks, please use the preparation schedule to improve your fitness till you achieve the above benchmarks.

Eligibility: Requisite Skills

  • How to choose a right rucksack: It is essential that you choose a right rucksack for the trek since you are going to carry it all the time while trekking. Make sure you don’t make these common mistakes while buying a rucksack.
  • How to pack a rucksack: Trekking in mountains become more fun when your rucksack is well-organized. It also makes it easier for you to carry without being much load on your shoulders. Follow the guidelines on how to pack a rucksack.

Best Season: What are the best months to visit this trek?

May-June, September- November

Packing List: What to pack

Here is your checklist for this trek. Make sure you pack all these items for a comfortable trekking experience.

  • Trekking Gear
    • A rucksack with rain cover
    • A water bottle or a hydration pack
    • A Hand/Head Torch with spare batteries
    • UV protection Sunglasses
  • Clothing
    • Quick Dry Warm lower or Track Pants- 1
    • Full sleeves T-shirts/ Sweatshirts- 1 or max 2
    • Thermal Bodywarmer Upper & Lower- 1
    • Fleece jacket- 1
    • Full sleeves sweater- 1
    • Rainwear (Jacket & Pants) -1
    • Woolen sock - 1 pair
    • Cotton Socks- 1 or 2 pairs
    • Undergarments - 1 for every day 3 days of trekking
    • Pair of Warm Gloves - 1
    • Woolen cap - 1
    • Sun cap or Biker Scarf for protection from sun- 1
  • Footwear
    • Non-skid deep trod hiking shoes (Preferably ankle high) - 1 pair
    • Lightweight Slipper/Sandals - 1 pair
  • Toiletries
    • Sunscreen lotion, lip balm, toothbrush, toothpaste, hand sanitizer, toilet roll, cold cream, small towel.
    • Anti-fungal cream: Carry an antifungal cream if you are sensitive to sweating and prone to skin irritations around genitals or groin area due to lack of bathing.
    • For women:
      • Tampons or sanitary napkins,
      • 2-3 zip pouches to dispose of non-biodegradable waste
      • Vaginal wash to avoid any irritation due to lack of bathing.
  • Utensils
    • A small size, lightweight, leak-proof lunch box - preferably aluminum
    • A plate and a spoon
    • A mug - preferably aluminum
  • Miscellaneous
    • Camera (optional)
    • Personal medicine kit. Though our trek leaders carry a fully equipped first-aid kit, make sure you consult your doctor before the trek in case you have any special ailment.
    • Epi-Pen - If you are allergic to a common ingredient and have a history of reaction, then please inform us. Carrying an EpiPen helps in case of any accidental intakes.
    • Dry fruits, energy bars

Connectivity: How to Reach the base of the trek & how to go back from the end point?

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.

Nearby attraction: What are the nearby attractions that I can explore?

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.

Age limit: What is the minimum & maximum age limit?

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.

Mandatory documents: What are the mandatory documents required for the trek?

No mandatory documents are required for the trek.


Why Bikat

Learning Experience
  • We are an Adventure Learning Organisation first.
  • We want you to not just complete a trek safely but also pick up some basic trekking knowledge and skills along the way.
  • To achieve this we have integrated learning modules into our itineraries.
  • These modules will help you build the necessary skills to progress from trekking to mountaineering over time.
Loyality Programs

Our community is an integral part of us and we take pride in our trekkers and climbers. When you complete at least three days on any trek or expedition with us, you become eligible for our membership and referral programs.

  • Currently we have three levels:
  • Basic Membership
  • Summiteer Membership
  • Leader Membership
Personalized Attention
  • Our group sizes on treks don’t exceed 15 members in order to maintain a healthy Participants : Leader Ratio of 8:1.
  • Over time we have found this number to be optimum when it comes to ensuring personalised attention to every member of our group.
  • On mountaineering expeditions this number is even smaller. Our group sizes are capped at 12 members ensuring a Participants : HAP Ratio of 2:1.
Best Expedition Leaders
  • Our Expedition leaders are advanced mountaineering course qualified, specially trained in rescue procedures from NIM and certified first-aid responders.
  • Even our local guides are certified first-aid responders.
Eco-friendly Practices
  • Group sizes are capped at 15 people.
  • Batch sizes are capped at 250 people per trail per season.
  • We follow a rolling campsite model.
  • We are constantly exploring and introducing new trails to reduce the burden on existing ones.
Safety

For us, a successful summit is not about reaching the highest point of a mountain but about making it safely back to base.

  • To ensure this:
  • Every region of ours is mapped with an emergency evacuation plan.
  • The equipment we use is UIAA certified.
  • Our trek leaders are AMC certified with specialisation in rescue procedures.
  • Our support staffs are trained in first aid as well.

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What's Included

Whats Included

  • Veg Meals on Trekking days
  • Forest Permits/Camping Charges/Permits, Trek Permit Fee/IMF Permission (Upto the amount charged for Indian nationals)
  • Camping tents, Temp rated sleeping bags, mattress
  • Safety Equipment includes static rescue rope, seat harness, carabiners, pulleys
  • Mountaineering course certified Trek Leader with Wilderness Emergency Responder & Rescue. course from NIM Uttarkashi
  • First Aid Certified Local guide, cook, helpers
  • Porters or mules for carrying common luggage
  • Transportation from Manali to Manali.

Whats Not Included?

  • Meals during road journeys
  • Any kind of Insurance
  • Any expense of personal nature
  • Any expense not specified in the inclusion list
  • Carriage of personal rucksack
  • Meals during Hotel Stay, if any

Cancellation Policy

Cash Refund

Cancellations up to 30 days prior to departure date
5% Deduction

Between 30 days to 15 days prior to departure
50% deduction

Less than 15 days of departure
No Cash Refund

Voucher Refund

Cancellations up to 5 days prior to departure date
No Deduction

Cancellations less than 5 days prior to departure
No Refund

Please note
  • Cash refund is applicable only in case of bookings made without using any promotional offer code or vouchers.
  • This is only a brief of cancellation terms. For finer details please refer Detailed Cancellation Policy.

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