Hampta pass is gifted with splendid view of mountains, rocky terrains, grasslands and of course lot of streams. Hampta pass is the live version of most admired landscape paintings.
Day 1: Straight out of canvas like scenic beauty of Chika
Imagine walking through a grassland, outlined with the coniferous trees, the grandeur rocky mountains, mild showers and clouds clinging to the valley! Yes, that’s the view we get on the way to Chika.
On the way to Chika Camp Site
Meadows right after Jobra
Chika Camp Site
Day 2: Streams and waterfalls and... more streams on the way to Balu Ka Gera
Balu Ka Gera is known for its amazingly beautiful camp site where you get to camp right across the stream, near to snow clad mountains. But I must tell you that the trail is equally beautiful as well. Adorned with lot of waterfalls and streams, you get the most amazing view of the valley, as you march towards the Balu ka Gera camp site.
Rani Nala on the way to Balu Ka Gera
Valley view right before Jwara
If only I could cross it so easily!!
Chota Balu Ka Gera
Day 3: The snow bridge at Hampta Pass crossing
Hampta Pass is little different that other pass crossings. In most of the mountain passes you climb up a rocky patch and then get down at the other side. Hampta Pass also have a same topography of moraines and boulders but with twists and turns. Enjoy your walk over snow bridge where you can literally hear river flowing down the snow sheet and yes goodluck for the slippery muddy mountain that you are going to descend through!
Early morning view from Balu Ka Gera camp site
Indrasan Peak view
Day 4: Say Hello to the morning with the most chilled experience of river crossing at Sheagoru
Today you are going to descend down a rocky mountain. Sounds easy? But before that you have to cross a stream first thing in the morning, carrying glacier water. Mind the fact that the temperature of water is going to be not more that 1 or 2 degree celcius, you are going to get brain freeze!!
Sheagoru Camp Site
Chandratal Lake is a perfect ending to such a beautiful trek. Enjoy your ride from Chattru to Manali on Day 5, knitting together the memories that you have created in past few days!