HAMPTA PASS FROM MANALI
Seated at an altitude of 4270 m (14065 ft) on the Pir Panjal range in the Himalayas lies one amongst the most ancient treks - The Hampta Pass trek. On one side is the lush green valley of Kullu — with forests, grasslands, and flowers blooming on the side of your trail. On the other is the almost arid, stark landscape of Lahaul, with barren mountains and almost no vegetation
Standing on the top of the pass, what’s ahead and behind are two different worlds. It changes in a matter of minutes. For trekkers, crossing the Hampta Pass (even without the scenery changes) is a great story of adventure. They will love the nervous excitement of climbing to the pass over many ledges, almost appearing to get to the pass.
Hampta is known for its high altitude grasslands which you will cross on you trekking journey up to the highest point. Sometimes these patches of free and open land are used for the camping by the trekkers.The Hampta Pass trek in June is one of the best times to complete this trek. Considering the immense volume of snow and the sheer natural beauty, it is a must-do trek in June. Anyone with a little bit of daily excercise can join us on this exiciting journey to Hampta Pass.
We begin quite early today, with a sumptuous breakfast before all else – we have a lot of ground to cover! First, we drive from Manali to Jobra, which is where the Hampta Pass base camp is set up. The drive is characterized by its astonishing scenery and hairpin bends. You feel the breeze in your face and nature envelope you in her magnificence in the two hours that it takes to complete this drive. By the time you reach Jobra, you find yourself fresh and determined to embark on the trail. On reaching Jobra (altitude: 9,800 feet), you will be warmly greeted and briefed about the trek to Chika (altitude: 10,100 feet), that is about to follow. The trek to Chika is short (only 2 kilometres long, taking about three hours), and the perfect beginning to the rest of the four days of trekking that are to follow. It is a wonderful, gentle walk shrouded by numerous shades of green. The vegetation is a calming blend of birch, pine and green maple.
The Himalayan hills create the most picturesque backdrop for this walk, and even the elevations feel nothing short of a dream. On our way, we witness River Rani bubbling through the meadows, completing the dream-like image with some docile cattle and sheep dotting the landscape. We stop for lunch and set up camp on the banks of the river today. Evening snacks, some fun group-building activities and a delicious dinner follow. We camp by the river tonight.
We wake up to a beautiful sunrise, embellishing the vibrant tints of the landscape. Our destination for the day is Balu ka Ghera, and it is both, easy and incredibly generous and rewarding with its beauty. We begin soon after breakfast.
Though you can’t see the Balu ka Ghera campsite from Chika, you will get a general idea of the direction once the trek commences. The trek to Balu Ka Ghera takes about 5-6 hours to complete, and the path is laden with vibrant rhododendron trees, silver birch and other similar alpine vegetation. We see an arch of the Himalayas commonly referred to as The White Range, and Dauladhar peaks stand tall and mighty before us. If you’re following the regular trekking trail, at some point, you will be delighted to encounter a stream-waterfall on your left. This is a great place to stop and refill your water resources. Afterward, we continue onwards and arrive at Balu Ka Ghera, which is a patch of flat mountain-land, dotted with snow here and there. Tomorrow, we will cross this patch of land to get closer to our destination, but for now, it is time to rest. Hot lunch is served here, and afterward, trekkers are free to lounge around and enjoy their day in the precious lap of Himachal’s glory
Dinner is provided, and the camp is set up for the night.
Today is going to be packed with thrill and adventure to the brim. The barren flatlands of the Himalayas lie stretched out before us, and in order to get to the Hampta Pass peak, we must pass through. The terrain before this has been meadow-like and green. Lahaul and Spiti valley, on the other hand, offers a rocky trail and barren pathways
The uphill trek is steep in this region, which is a challenging and exciting change from the relatively gentler slopes you have covered the last couple days. The continuity of the terrain is only broken by a lovely river passing through. In order to reach Hampta Pass, there are two steep ridges that you must climb, separated only by a small, levelled plateau region. The final twenty to thirty minutes to the top require some patience and determination. Hampta Pass’ temperature can drop very low, especially during the cooler months, which is why it is advisable to layer your clothes appropriately. A trekking stick is an absolute necessity at this point. The moment you reach the top is infused with a sense of euphoria, because you have surmounted a relatively difficult portion of the trek and completed it successful. The adrenaline boost is worth all the effort, and the panoramic view of the expansive Spiti and Lahaul valley unfolding with scenes of rural life below you, along with numerous more snow-capped Himalayan peaks in the distance only add to the wholesomeness of the experience. You venture into the Hampta village to explore and take some time to enjoy the view. After this tiring endeavour, some hot lunch is provided to reenergize you and prepare you for the descent
We descend carefully to the scenic village of Siagoru, and soon, reach the Siagoru base camp. Once the steep regions are cleared, the rest of the trek through the village is fairly easy. After eight exhausting hours of trekking, you catch up on some well-deserved rest and take some moments to reflect on your journey and catch up with your fellow adventurers. Some evening snacks and tea are served. After dinner, we camp here for the night
Tomorrow is a fresh terrain and a treat to the eye – the beautiful Chandratal lake is waiting for you.
We start early after breakfast for a fairly simple downward trek passing the Hampta valley. The most prominent point of interest is the view of the ever-present Pir Panjal range of the Himalayas. After surmounting Spiti as
whole, we find ourselves in Chhatru, a desolate, barren region in this area, lounging at the altitude of 11,100 feet. Chhatru is a sparsely populated place. It is the culmination of three points imperative to adventure points i
Himachal – Hampta Pass, Spiti and Rohtang Pass. Giving your senses a break from the continuous barrenness of the terrain before this, Chhatru proves to be quite a refreshing treasure in green. We stop here for a tasty lunch before setting off on our drive
From Chhatru, we drive about 30 kilometres to reach the much-awaited Chandratal Lake. A scenic gem of the state of Himachal, Chandratal has been named as such affectionately, because of its elegant crescent moon shape. The lake itself is a vision in lucid blue, the water lilting and soft to the wanderer’s eye. Though the water is freezing, swimming in the lake is a permitted activity, and proves to be incredible, enveloping you in a rush you didn’t know you needed. One may also enjoy the vividly coloured prayer flags, the wishing stones and a cup of tea or two along with a taste of the mighty Himalayas reflecting in the crystal clear water. This is your last night of the Hampta Pass trek. Take the time to enjoy the clear sky and the stars. Don’t forget to bundle up and keep yourself warm – the temperatures are very low during this time.
We begin once again, with a lovely meal and some reflection upon the lovely time we have spent trekking on our trek to Hampta Pass. We set off on out drive early this morning, because the journey that follows i
time-consuming. We take the Rohtang Pass to get back to Manali and we go through the various flavours of the Kullu valley, as well as the Lahaul and Spiti valley as we do so. Once we reach Manali, trekkers disperse homewards according to their travel plans. For this time, our wholesome journey together ends here.
● Transportation support on Traveller, Ertiga or Innova (depending on the size of the group) throughout the journey
● Accommodation on sharing basis
● All meals (vegetarian), including everything from lunch on Day 1 to lunch on Day 5
● A well-experienced and certiﬁed trek leader
● Supporting staff
● Forest permit
● Camping equipments like tent, sleeping bags, gaiters and crampons (if required) will be provided.
● Anything that has not been covered in the inclusions mentioned above
● Porters or mules to carry your personal luggage. The cost per bag (10/12 kg) is 300 per day
● Any kind of personal expenses
● Any kind of personal medication.
Clothes: At least two pairs of trekking pants, which are both breathable and durable in the face of rough weather conditions, are an absolute necessity. Moreover, carry at least three tshirts and at least one durable, warm protective layer (down layer or ﬂeece jacket) for the duration of the trek. Insulation is a must even during the summer season because temperatures can drop down drastically, especially at the summit of the trek. It is strongly advised to also carry an outer layer that can be folded and ﬁts conveniently in your backpack, without taking up too much space. The best way to dress in the mountains, especially for something like the Hampta Pass trek, is to layer your clothes such that they can easily be taken off and stored when the temperature is high, and can be accessed easily when required.
Accessories: At least three to ﬁve pairs of socks are also advised. Not only will they provide protection from the cold weather, but thick socks also cushion your feet from the impact of the terrain. The need for a pair jof strong trekking shoes is unavoidable, especially for the diverse Hampta Pass terrain. Along with this, a pair of lighter camping shoes should be brought along as well. Too much exposure to heat could even cause a heatstroke, which is why a suncap and sunglasses are a must. Gloves and a raincoat or poncho are also advised, for protection from rain and snow.
Food and water: Apart from a little bit of patience and determination, trekking in the Himalyan region requires energy. To keep these levels from dropping, one must keep replenishing them with energy-intensive snacks like chocolate bars, cheese and nuts. It is mandatory to carry a water bottle (insulated bottle advised).
Miscellaneous: It is also advised to carry a set of cutlery per person (a mug, a spoon and a tiﬃn) and a miniature toilet bag with items like toothpaste, lip balm and moisturizer. A strong walking stick is an absolute necessity for trekking to Hampta Pass from Manali because of the difference in the nature of the trails throughout the ﬁve-day long trek.
By train: The nearest railway station is at Jogindernagar Railway Station. From there you can hire a cab to Moustach Hostel, Manali. Your trip to Hampta Pass starts from here.
By road: Hire a cab or you can ride any vehicle to Moustach Hostel, Manali. From here we will pick you up for your entralling journey ahead.
By air: From Kullu-Manali Airport, hire a cab to reach Moustach Hostel, Manali. Your trip to Hampta Pass starts from here.
Bookings made on non-cancellable/non-amendable packages/rates cannot be cancelled/amended. On doing so, the full amount of advance paid will be treated as the cancellation fee. The same terms apply in case if the guests don’t show up.
For all bookings, other than non-cancellable, if the guest don’t show up the complete booking will be non-refundable or if they choose to check-out early, one night’s room rate, including taxes, will be charged.
No cancellations will be taken over the call or WhatsApp message. Please reply to the email of email confirmation that you have received at the time of booking regarding the cancellation.
There would be no refund provided in case there occur some problems due to government orders, harsh weather conditions, protests, landslides, or any delay due to other/any unforeseen circumstances. On the occasion of any such happenings, we have a backup plan ready most of the time and we'll be moving onto that. There are times when we would have to cancel some activities mentioned in the itinerary but it's only due to the reason that we would be bound by a circumstance that is not in our control.
If a trek is called off at the last moment due to a natural calamity/unforeseen circumstances (like rain, snowfall, earthquake, landslides, strike, bandh, etc.) then the participants would be provided with a travel voucher for the same amount that can be used within 365 days of the issuance date for any package worth the same amount. (Subject to availability)
If a trek/trip has to be aborted midway due to a natural calamity/unforeseen circumstances (like rain, snowfall, earthquake, landslides, strike, bandh, etc.). In that case, no refund would be provided.
Travelmite will not bear any extra expense due to any natural calamity/unforeseen circumstances (like rain, snowfall, earthquake, landslides, strike, bandh, etc.).
One of the biggest assets of the Hampta Pass trek is that it can be covered at roughly any time of the year.
However, to derive maximum utility from the trek, it is advised to cover it between June and September. The average temperature during this time is an average of 13 to 18 degrees during day time and it drops to about 0
degrees at night. In September, the temperature drops below 0. June is one of the months in which Hampta Pass has patches of snow, thereby making it an excellent snow-trekking experience.
Hampta Pass’ trek diﬃculty is between easy and moderate. A little trekking experience from beforehand can go a very long way, and maintaining an optimum level of ﬁtness is recommended. A medical check-up before the trek is also advisable.
Clothing - Full sleeve shirts/T-shirts, track-pants, cotton socks, woolen socks, full sleeved sweater or ﬂeece jacket (preferable), one light jacket, thermal inners, gloves, sun-cap, scarf, and trekking shoes.
Equipment - Head-light/ﬂashlight with extra batteries, walking stick, and a backpack with rain cover.
Additional and miscellaneous – Insulated water bottle, towel, lip balm, cold cream, sun-screen (SPF 40+ recommended), toiletries and toilet paper, personal medicine kit, and dark sunglasses (U/V protected).
Normal sports shoes are not suitable for trekking. They can be carried to wear at the campsites. For the purpose of trekking, a strong pair of shoes from Woodland or Forclaz 500 are recommended.
Healthy, vegetarian meals that facilitate easy mobility in the mountains are a part of the trekking package from
Day 1 to Day 4. The menu is simple and includes items like bread and butter, poha and sandwiches for breakfast; as well as rotis/puris with vegetable curry for lunch. Dinner mostly consists of rice, roti, dal and a dessert every day. Tea, biscuits and other snacks are also included. However, trekkers are advised to carry energy-building
foods like nuts and energy bars from their end as well. Potable water will not be a problem because we cross many water resources on the Hampta Pass trek. Carrying two liters of water per day is advisable.
The cost of the Hampta Pass trekking package begins from INR 8,500 per adult, where a 30% discount is applicable. Group bookings can enjoy an additional bonus discount. The most suitable time to trek to Hampta Pass is between June and September, because the winter months witness a lot of snow, due to which trekking activities are not allowed during that time. This package includes meals, transfers, guide, stay, and other amenities. It is advisable to select the best available package that includes all of these things, for the trekkers’ convenience.
A backpack with a capacity of at least 6L is a necessity. However, any additional weight depends on your luggage and capacity.
There will be a few places where mobile connectivity will be available. However, for most of the trekking period, you will not ﬁnd mobile connectivity while covering the Hampta Pass trek.
The ﬁrst step towards getting to Hampta Pass is reaching the Hampta Pass base camp. Our base camp for this trek is Jobra, which is at a distance of about 18 Km away from Manali. It will take about two hours to cover that distance via road. After reaching the base camp at Jobra, the trek up to Hampta Pass is a two-day affair. You will be covering a distance of about 35 km on foot (walking and hiking) for the duration of the trek.
Medical and ﬁrst aid kits are a preexisting part of the Hampta Pass trekking package. A basic medical kit and devices like oxygen cylinders and oxi-meters are a part of the trek cost and tour guides are well-trained to handle ﬁrst-aid situations. Other than this, if you have a speciﬁc medical condition, you will have to carry your own medicines and requisites for the same.
The Hampta Pass Trek lies between easy and moderate diﬃculty. What makes it so is the change in atmospheric pressure with the rise in altitude. The weather conditions also add to the diﬃculty level. On this trek, you will be
traversing a maximum altitude of 14,100 feet and will pass through areas of abundantly thick vegetation.
No, the act of smoking and drinking is prohibited on the trek. Since the places here are at high altitudes and even breathing seamlessly is an issue, smoking is out of the question. Consumption of alcohol is not allowed during
the whole trail either, as it may cause nausea and vomiting. Both these activities can let your body dehydrate easily, which makes it incredibly diﬃcult to cover the desired distances easily.
The weather depends heavily on the time of the year you choose to trek to Hampta Pass. In the months of June and July, the day temperature ranges from 13 to 18 degrees, and it falls between 0 and 7 degrees at night. In
September, the climate gets much colder, and both days and nights witness relatively much lower temperatures. Quite astonishingly, the snowfall will last at some spots of the trek till the ﬁrst few days of July.
Diamox is a must-have medicine to prevent Acute Mountain Sickness or discomfort from the change in altitude. It is advisable to keep some handy. You will be trekking to a height of more than 14,000 feet and 10-12 tablets of
Diamox are great to have around in case of any emergencies, and to keep queasiness at bay.
Since the Hampta Pass trek is not the easiest trek to embark on, and requires you to cover many forest ranges, areas of high altitude and rough terrains, it is advisable to follow a good cardio routine at least a couple of weeks before the trek, so as to build your endurance and maintain your ﬁtness levels. These cardiovascular exercises will not only get your heart pumping, they will also add to your lung-capacity, in terms of the amount of oxygen it can take in. One can start with jogging and increase the speed and distance covered with each day.
Flexibility-intensive exercises like stretching, squats and swimming also go a long way.
At each campsite, there will be separate toilets arranged for men and women. The number of toilets set up depends largely on the number of members present in the group. Toilet-tents consist of a deep pit, a mound of soil and a shovel to cover it up. Mostly, the toilets available while trekking are dry and you will be required to use toilet paper only. Room fresheners will be provided.
The Hampta Pass trek is a length of 35 km, and covers the breathtaking fragments of the Dhauladhar range. The trek starts at Manali. You are taken from Manali to Jobra via road, and then from Jobra (base camp site) to Chika, which is located at an elevation of 10,000 feet above ground. The second day involves trekking to Balu ka Ghera
for around 5 hours. The view of the snow-capped mountains is what makes this part of the trek incredibly satisfying. On the last day, you will be heading to Siagoru, which is your last camping destination for this trek. From here, a drive to Chandratal Lake is what brings the whole experience full circle.
Yes, the Hampta pass trek is a safe trek. However, light rains during the monsoon season can make the trek slightly diﬃcult. Trekking to Hampta Pass is prohibited in the winter months because of the heavy snow. This trek is also safe for solo-travelers because the trails are well-deﬁned and there have been no unsafe events of avalanches, etc.
No, the Hampta Pass trek route is completely sealed off in December because of the heavy snow making it a virtually impossible route to follow. In addition to this even the roads and passes are closed during this time, for the same reason. It is advisable to go on other Himalayan treks during this time, like the Kedarkantha trek.
No , you cannot do Hampta Pass trek in February or March! As these are the winter months for Hampta pass
there is deep snow all over the region and trekking is almost impossible. At this time, not only the trekking routes but the roads are also closed due to snow. The favorable months for this trek is from June to October as there is hardly any snow and the views of the Chandra Valley are just beyond one’s imagination.
No, it is not possible to cover the Hampta Pass trek in the winter months because the entire valley is covered with snow and all the roads are blocked. Connectivity is very weak during this time, making it an inaccessible trek. In
these months, you can cover the Kedarkantha trek instead.
Planning for the Hampta Pass trek can be problematic in August because it The terrain becomes slippery but the entire valley revives with the onset of monsoons. If you are planning the trek in this month then you need to be an experienced trekker as the routes are not that easy for a ﬁrst-timer.
In the month of October, the charm of the Lahaul and Spiti valley increases because the forests are surrounded by glacial beauty and the views are simply breathtaking. October marks the commencement of winters at Hampta Pass. The temperature drops very low during this time. While there is snow fall, there is no rain, making it a great
time to trek this region. The temperature at the beginning of the month is 15 degrees and drops down to -2 degrees by the end.
The total trekking distance you will cover while making your way to Hampta Pass is about 35 km (on foot). The circuit of the trek is: Manali - Jobra – Chika- Balu ka Gera – Siagoru - Hampta Pass - Siagoru - Chatru –
Chandratal Lake - Manali. The entire trek takes about six days and ﬁve nights. It is advisable to check in with guides about the weather conditions of the area before going for the trek.
Mid-June is the best time to trek to Hampta Passs, because of the constancy of clear skies and beautiful, snow-capped peaks. The temperature ranges between 5 and 15 degrees, which makes it a doable trek for this
time. The vegetation is mostly alpine, with clusters of deodars here and there that fringe the route upwards. The sunshine is warm and pleasant, and makes it quite an amazing place to trek. Since the weather conditions are
excellent during these months, it is the best time to trek to Hampta Pass if you are a beginner.
Hampta Pass is at a total distance of 634 Km from New Delhi. To reach the pass, you need to start your journey from Delhi to reach the starting point of the trek, which is in Manali. The distance between Delhi and Manali is about 536 Km, and can be covered via overnight ﬂights or by travelling via luxury buses or cabs.
Yes, Hampta Pass is snow-clad from mid-June to July. Afterwards, the snow melts completely in the month of August, and remains so till November. The winter months of December and January also witness extremely low temperatures. It is not advisable to trek to Hampta Pass during this time.
The Hampta Pass trek is between easy and moderate. It is located at an altitude of 4,270 metres, and the trek itself is very dynamic because the rough terrain varies with each day. It is important to note that the air pressure and altitude can make the trek a little diﬃcult. If there is snow present, you may have some diﬃculty in walking through it. However, a lot of seasoned trekkers, as well as beginners, succeed in ﬁnishing this trek.
The Hampta Pass trek is pretty safe for solo female travelers. You are accompanied by a professional trek leader, a guide as well as the necessary staff to support you due course the endeavour. Moreover, this is a
group-oriented journey, and you will not be alone. You will, quite possibly, encounter more solo female trekkers and enjoy the experience together.
Potable frinking water and other similar activities are a part and parcel of the trekking package. It is important to carry an insulated, reusable water-bottle that can be ﬁlled with water before you begin.
The Hampta Pass trek package includes an experienced trip leader, well-informed guide, and adequate support staff to help you with your luggage and other services throughout. It is also advisable to pack light and only carry essentials during the main trek.
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