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Hampta Pass Trek With Chandratal, Manali

Get on the best crossover trek of Himalayas between the Chandra Valley in Lahaul and the Kullu valley of Himachal Pradesh.

Hampta Pass Trek With Chandratal, Manali

Duration

5D/4N

Pickup Point

Manali mall road

Maximum Altitude

14,000 ft

Best time to visit

Spring, Autumn, Monsoon

Difficulty level

Easy, Moderate

Accomodation

Tent, Home Stay

Overview

Popularly known as Himachal’s valley of flower, Hampta Pass trek is a 21 km long trek situated at an altitude of 14,100 ft. On the trek, one will get to witness the beautiful lush green valley with thick forests and snow covered mountains. This trek is considered one of the most beautiful treks of Himachal.

The trek to Hampta Pass starts from Jobra, located at a 2 hour drive from Manali. It offers lush green valleys of Kullu on one side and landscapes of Lahaul with barren mountains on the other. The trail takes you through green beautiful forests of pine, maple trees and birches. Witness the breathtaking views of Pir Panjal from the gateway of the Hampta pass. From the pass, you will witness the magnificent views of the snow-clad mountains of Lahaul range along with Indrasen and Deo Tibba peaks. The temperature in Hampta Pass remains pleasant throughout all months.

Note- If you are a group of 3 or more people, the trek can be organized anyday.

Quick Info-
Hampta Pass trek distance: 21 km
Hampta Pass Temperature: 12 degrees Celsius to 20 degrees Celsius during daytime and drop to 0 degrees Celsius -5 degrees Celsius at night.
Hampta Pass altitude: 14000 ft
Hampta Pass difficulty level: Easy to Moderate
Hampta Pass trek best time to visit: Mid June to October

Brief Itinerary

Day 1: Drive from Manali to Jobri Nallah and trek to Chika.

  • Trek distance: 2 km, Trek duration: 2-3 Hours 
  • Elevation: 6,725 ft to 9,800 ft to 10,100 ft
  • Meals- Dinner
  • Stay- Camps

Day 2: Chika to Balu ka Ghera

  • Trek distance- 6 km, Trek time- 5-7 hours
  • Altitude- 10,100 ft to 11,900 ft
  • Meals- Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Stay- Camps

Day 3: Balu ka Ghera to Shea Goru via Hampta Pass

  • Trek Distance- 7 km, Time- 8 hours
  • Altitude- 11,900 ft to 14,100 ft to 12,900 ft 
  • Meals- Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Stay- Camps

Day 4: Shea Goru to Chhatru and Drive from Chatru to ChandraTal 

  • Trek Distance- 6 km, Time-  4 hours
  • Altitude- 12,900 ft to 11,000 ft to 14,100 to 11,000 ft 
  • Meals- Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Stay- Camps

Day 5: Drive from Chhatru to Manali via Rohtang Pass

  • Drive Distance- 64 km, Time- 2 hours
  • Altitude- 11,000 ft to 6,725 ft
  • Meals- Breakfast

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Drive from Manali to Jobri Nallah and trek to Chika.

  • After arrival at Manali, leave for Jobri Nallah in the morning.
  • Reach Jobra, freshen up and after a quick briefing session and round of introduction we start the trek towards Chika, our first campsite on the trek to Hampta Pass. 
  • Along the trail witness the wild forests of oak, birch and fir trees.
  • Chhika is a beautiful campsite beside the Rani River in the open Valley with great views.
  • Upon reaching the campsite, freshen up and enjoy the breathtaking view.
  • After dinner, retire for the night.

Day 2: Chika to Balu ka Ghera

  • After a wholesome and nourishing breakfast, set on a trekking trail to Balu ka Ghera.
  • Trek from Chika to Balu ka Ghera is a moderate trek of about 5-7 hours. 
  • Today while trekking, enjoy the breathtaking views of Dhauladhar ranges, the outer Himalayan chain of mountains.
  • Walk through flowering meadows and valleys that create a delightful picture-perfect scenery for you to revel in.
  • Upon reaching the campsite, freshen up and have lunch.
  • In the evening with lip smacking snacks enjoy the mesmerizing sunset from the campsite.
  • Later, have dinner and retire for the night.

Day 3: Balu ka Ghera to Shea Goru via Hampta Pass

  • In the morning, have a delicious breakfast and today get ready to witness the landscape of the Himalayas in the Lahaul and Spiti Valley.
  • The trek to Pass is steep incline, one can enjoy the stunning views of snow clad mountains.
  • After spending some time at pass start your descent to the next campsite at Shea Goru.
  • The downhill has loose rocks on the way so one has to be careful while walking downwards.
  • Upon reaching the campsite, freshen up and have lunch.
  • Enjoy the surreal views from the campsite and after dinner, retire for the night.

Day 4: Shea Goru to Chhatru and Drive from Chhatru to Chandratal 

  • Today after breakfast, start your trek to Chhatru.
  • Enjoy the beautiful views of Pir Panjal on your way.
  • Chhatru is a most beautiful campsite; it is a sangam of 3 passes -  Rohtang, Hampta and Spiti.
  • After lunch at the campsite drive to Chandratal.
  • Spend some time exploring the beautiful moon shaped lake and drive back to the Chhatru.
  • After dinner, retire for the night in camps.

Day 5: Drive from Chhatru to Manali via Rohtang Pass

  • Wake up early, have breakfast and get ready for a drive back to Manali via Rohtang Pass.
  • Upon reaching Manali, bid a farewell to fellow travelers.
  • End your trek with beautiful memories.

How to reach?

By Air: The nearest airport is at Bhuntar, located approximately 50 kilometres away from Manali. Domestic flights connect Bhuntar with Delhi and Chandigarh. Once at the airport, you can take a pre-paid taxi to Manali.

By Train: The closest train station to Manali is Ambala Cantt, which is 200 km away. Another option is to get a train to Chandigarh, which is 250 km away. Ambala Cantt is on the Delhi Amritsar route.

By Road: Roads connect Manali to different places including Delhi, Chandigarh, Dehradun and Ambala. There are several private buses as well that connect the hill station with different part of the state.

Things to Carry

  • Rucksack (Min 55 Ltrs with rain cover)
  • Trekking Shoes, Floaters or Sandals
  • Quick Dry Tees
  • Track Pants
  • Cotton socks
  • Pair of woolen socks
  • Rain jacket or Poncho 
  • 1 Full Sleeves Sweater or Fleece Jacket,1 Heavy Jacket, 1 Pair of Thermal
  • Quick-dry towel
  • Windproof Jacket
  • Woolen Cap
  • Gloves
  • Sun Cap
  • Scarf
  • Lip Balm
  • Cold Cream & SunScreen (SPF 40+)
  • Packed food
  • Water Bottle 1 
  • Powerbank
  • Headlamp or torch with fresh pair of batteries
  • Personal Toiletries 
  • Personal Basic Medical Kit
  • Sunglasses
  • People who use spectacles (Use Photochromic glasses instead of contact lenses)
  • Trekking Pole
  • Extra Polythene

Inclusion

Hampta Pass trek package includes:

  • Accommodation in tents which is on a sharing basis. Separate for male and female. For twin sharing extra charges will be applicable.
  • Transport required in the trek by  local bus/local transport.
  • Highly advanced & certified mountaineering guide.
  • Skilled guide who has ample knowledge of the route.
  • Vegetarian meals on the trek (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner). We provide nutritious veg/jain food on all days of the trek.
  • Cook/helper and other staff.
  • Porters/mules for carrying common equipment (like rations/tents/utensils)
  • High quality tents and sleeping bags in all the camps. Sleeping bags can withstand temperatures as low as -10 ºC.
  • First aid kit, oxygen cylinders, oximeter, medicines etc will be with guide/trek leader and at camp site as well to deal with emergencies.
  • All trekking, forest permits and camping charges are included.

Exclusion

The Hampta Pass trek package excludes:

  • Personal essentials
  • Equipment - Gumboots, trekking poles, etc.
  • Insurance - Personal and travel insurances.
  • Beverage - Mineral water bottles/bottled or canned beverages
  • Snacks - Chocolate, dry fruits, protein or nutrition bar.
  • Any additional cost incurred due to changes in Government Guidelines related to travel/trek/COVID-19 will be borne by the trekkers.
  • Loading and unloading of personnel luggage.
  • Anything which is not mentioned in inclusions.
  • Any king of emergency evacuation charges.

Advisory

  1. Rent gear: You can reduce the hassle of buying gear like trek pants, jackets, shoes and rent them for the trek at an additional cost.

  2. Guests must be vaccinated with both doses of Covid vaccine.

  3. The organization reserves the rights to modify the trek during any emergencies or natural calamities.

  4. The batch size is usually 25-35 pax with 3-4 guides accompanying you on the trail.

Cancellation Policy

  • If cancellation is made 30 days before the date of travel, 25% of the total tour cost will be charged as cancellation fees
  • If cancellation is made 15 to 30 days before the date of travel, 50% of the total tour cost will be charged as cancellation fees
  • If cancellation is made 0 to 15 days before the date of travel, 100% of the total tour cost will be charged as cancellation fees
  • The applicable refund amount will be processed within 10 business days

Frequently Asked Questions

The best time for this trek is from Mid June to October.
Hampta Pass trek difficulty level is easy to moderate. It’s the best option for beginners and also the most popular trek in India.
The Hampta pass weather in summers & monsoon is pleasant for trekking and camping. In winters the place looks great and the temperature at night falls up to 4 °C to -6 °C. The vistas of mountains and snow leafed trees is impeccable.
The total Hampta Pass trek distance is around 18 km. The average distance covered each day is 6-7 km which takes around 5 hours to cover. The trail is easy to moderate and you’ll have 2 guides with you who keep guiding and motivating you throughout your journey.
All the members of support staff are certified in wilderness first aid and are trained for all concerns related to high altitude. The staff will be carrying a first aid kit, a stretcher, and an oxygen cylinder. All these precautions will be included in the Hampta Pass trek cost.
The trek is led by professional trek leaders who have completed Basic and Advanced mountaineering courses. There will be one guide who leads the group and another guide who will be walking at the end of the group.
Usually, the trek group consists of 20-24 people in one batch including males and females. We need a minimum of 6 people for a fixed departure, but for the customized trip, the group size doesn’t matter and will have customized Hampta Pass trek cost.
Absolutely. The safety of girls is of foremost importance to us. We always create a friendly environment on the trek. All our guides and other support crew are carefully chosen for your trips who are very honest and reliable.
No. Female trekkers share tents with female co-trekkers. If you are the only girl on the trek, you get a separate tent for yourself.
The age group for the trek is 12 to 60 years.
Vegetarian Indian food is served during the trek making sure that you have enough energy to continue your trek.
The best suited shoes for the Hampta Pass trekking route are the ones that are breathable and light in weight. Also, ankle support is also a very important thing to take care of while buying the perfect pair of shoes. You can go for brands like- Decathlon, Wildcraft, Quechua, etc. In the winters, you’ll require gators or gumboots which you can rent from the base village.

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