Hamta Circle Trek
Most of you are aware of the Hampta Pass Trek, you’ll see huge groups heading there every summer, but tucked away in the beautiful hills of Manali is also the Hamta Circle trek. It is almost impossible to find useful information about it online. Not many know about it except locals and a few buffaloes who have made the meadows in Hamta Circle their royal home. If you are not a big fan of crowds up in the mountains, Hamta Circle could your little secret to escape the world. It’s easy to moderate trek (easy when it's sunny and moderate when it's raining), that can be done in the summer and would be a beautiful trek in winters too. It’s suitable for beginners and for kids aged 10-14 years too, so you can go on this trek alone, with friends or with your family. And the most important thing is that you will see forests, meadows, waterfalls, beautiful flowers and epic views in just 4 days that you’ll spend on this trail. So, it’s a perfect mini getaway from the hustle and bustle of the city.
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.
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.