Hampta Pass Trek with Chandratal Lake
Hampta Pass Trek is among the many other delightful treks around Manali region in Himachal Pradesh. Our trek in Hampta Pass suits everyone with the scope of time and hardship hence is considered as a moderate trek. The beauty of this trek lies in the small corridor between Lahaul and Kullu valley with the regular change in the landscape. Our trekking start from Manali, unlike other camps, to make it easy for all to reach the base camp. It covers the majestic foothills of the Himalayas starting with thick forest which leads us to the open valley of lush green covers of the Pir Panjal Range. Their lush greens with the tree line stop when you are at the Hampta Pass (14350 ft.) And enter the barren landscape to visit the Chandratal Lake in Lahaul & Spiti.
Highlights of Hampta Pass Trek
Breathtaking picturesque view of the alpine Chandratal.
Camping location under the star studded sky along with delicious and nutritious meals.
Capture the majestic view of the Pir Panjal Ranges.
Build adrenaline as we cross some of the high mountain passes.
Basic Details Hampta Pass Trek
The height of Trek: 14,350 feet
Difficulty level: Moderate to challenging
Age group: 12-40 years
Cost: Rs. 8,000 + 5% GST
How to Reach Hampta Pass Trek in Manali
Manali is well connected to all the states across India. One can travel by Road or by Air. Delhi is taken as a reference to Guide our trekkers. So plan accordingly.
Reach Manali by Road:
Manali is connected to Delhi. Take an overnight bus from Delhi, and you will reach Manali in 12 - 14 hours. Tickets can be booked online at www.redbus.in or www.hrtc.gov.in
Reach Manali by Air:
Kullu–Manali Airport in Bhuntar, which is 52 km away from Manali, is the nearest airport. Taxi services are available from Airport to Manali, which costs about Rs. 700- Rs 1000.
Tip: Since Delhi to Manali is a long journey, most Volvo private buses leave Delhi between 5 pm and 6 pm. The last HRTC bus leaves at 8.30pm from ISBT Kashmere Gate. Plan your onward journeys only post noon is giving enough buffer for bus delays.
Detailed Hampta Pass Trek Itinerary:
Day 1 : Pickup to you from Manali to Jobra by taxi (22km) same day trek to Cheeka camp.
All trekker meet of group leader manali mall road head, Manali to Jobra is reached by vehicle. Manali is situated at an elevation of 6,700 above sea level. It is a very good place to acclimatize before starting the trek. On the first day you will reach the height of 10,100 ft. The trek on foot starts from Allain Guhugal Hydro power Project Junction. While crossing the main route, you will find a variety of trees like maple, deodar and oak. The view is extremely refreshing.
After 1/2 Hours of trekking Trekkers will be welcomed with lush greenery meadow. The Rani Nallah comes in between the meadow. The surreal view will make the trekkers go crazy as they will witness few sheep and cow grazing on the field. While crossing the meadow you climb up the hill on the left side. Cheeka is reached at the end of the vast meadow. This route is quite scenic has spacious green patch. With the Rani River flowing, it makes it very easy to pitch the tents.
Day 2 : Trek from Cheeka camp to Balu ka Gera
Post breakfast, start trekking to Balu ka Gera. It is a 4 hour easy ascent to Balu Ka Gera; your campsite for the day. The trail is an easy one along the banks of river for most of the journey. This trail leads to rough terrain and slop of boulders.
There is a gradual ascent and you will see the stunning Dhauladhar range in the background. The view is worth to drool upon when one gets a glimpse of the Indrasan Peak. The scenery turns out to be fairytale and the gradient gradually increases till the Jwara Nala. The most exciting part is the River Crossing. River Crossing is not a cup of tea as one needs to take proper precaution for crossing.
So, on this day, you will have to do two river crossings is just near to Cheeka Camp site and the other at Jwara. This is an exciting and splendor moment for the, adventurers as you have to open your shoes because the water level will reach your knee. Also, you will feel numbness in your feet due extremely cold water after crossing the river.
Balu Ka Gera is surrounded by mountains and is lush green, perfect for camping. Pitch your tents here, have your dinner and retire for the night.
Day 3 : Trek from Balu ka Gera to Shea Goru camp via Hampta pass (4310 Meter)
Today climb to Hampta Pass, your destination which lies is at an altitude of 14,107 feet. The trail moves along the river with charming orange and pink flowers on the bank.
The trail along the river takes you to the actual base of Hampta Pass from where the strenuous climb begins. Cross two ridges to reach the pass and you will come across Deo Tibba Plateau. The ridge top offers a view of another parallel ridge behind which lies Hampta Pass.
Now, the trail is a mixture of some ascents and descents, crossing this area may take some time. After some efforts and steep climb reach Hampta Pass.
The pass offers rewarding panorama views which are totally worth your efforts. After reaching the Pass spend some time there in peace watching the magical Himalayan views. Then, start descending to Shea Goru.
Descent is steep and trickier, sliding down can be the best option i and fun too. Ahead the trail gets leveled. Reach your campsite which lies beside a river.
Day 4 : Trek from Shea Goru camp to Chatru camp – (05 km) same day drive to Chandratal (4300 Meter) back to Chatru camp (156 km) (5/6 Hours)
The day begins with a gradient climb towards the mountain for half an hour to reach the first plateau. This is the right place to see the Deo Tibba peak, take a break and wait for your team to catch up and begin the next ascent. This ascent has two stages and end at the ridge. Once you reach the ridge top, you will be able to see the one in parallel. Our final destination – Hampta Pass is just a bend away from the top of the second ridge. Now start to descend a bit from the first ridge to traverse the side of the second ridge before the vertical climb. It gets windy at the top and also high chance of sudden rain or snow. So enjoy the place as quick as possible. Once you are done the enjoying part take a right to witness the Lahaul side of the pass below. Start the descend in a zig-zag route sticking to the right flank of the mountain for half an hour to complete the first downhill run. From here it’s a straight downhill trek for an hour and a half on snow until you hit the valley below to the base. Tall snow-clad mountains surround you from three sides, and the open team leads you to Siaguru. Siaguru is an almost level walk from here.
Day 5 : Trek from Chatru camp to via Rohtang pass (4114 Meter) to Manali (140 km) Reach evening 6 pm
We start the day with a gentle downhill walk alongside the river between the mountains. The Chatru road is at a distance of an hour from here. As we move closer to the way, the trek gets a little tricky. One will need to use the edges of the rocks, at times get down into river bed below to skip the rocky section. Remember we are still at a height with the road right across the Chandra River. We can witness two, and at times three glacier flow downs from the mountain on the side of the Chandra River. From Chatru if road and weather condition permit we head to the Chandratal and camp at suitable place according to the conditions.
What is included in the tour
- Transport Facility
- Forest Permit and entrance fee
- Accommodation in tents on twin share basis
- All meals: breakfast, packed lunch, tea, coffee, snacks, soup and dinner
- (All camping gears)
- High quality tents
- Sleeping bags
- Separate Toilet tents – Ladies and Gents
- Dining Tent
- Dining Table
- Kitchen team
- Radio Walkie Talkie for Communication
- Good Experience Trek Leader guide and Technical guide
- Medical Kit
- Oxygen Cylinders
- Crampons and Gaiters
What is NOT included in the tour
- Personal Insurance
- Medical Certificate
- Personal toiletry Items and Personal Medicine kit
- On first day En Route to base camp the Breakfast and Lunch are Not Included
- Last Day En Route Lunch and Dinner are Not Included
- 1 Pair of Thermal
- 3 Pair of Socks + 1 Pair of woolen socks
- 2 Pair of Hand Gloves (Water Proof & Fleece material)
- Sun Cap
- Woolen Cap
- Neck Warmer (Scarf/Buff)
- 2 Quick Dry Full Sleeves (T-Shirt)
- 1 Full sleeves Fleece
- 1 Wind Proof Jacket (windcheater/Heavy Jacket)
- 2 Track Pants (No Cotton or Jeans)
- Sun Glass
- Sun scream, Lip balm, Moisturizer.
- Trek Pole
- Trekking Shoes (No Sports shoes or Woodland shoes)
- Poncho (The Gear used to protect from Rain)
- Day pack (Small one)
- Back Pack 60 liter (+ Rain cover)
- 2 Water Bottles
- Toilet Paper & Wet Wipes
- Hand Sanitizer
- Antibacterial Powder
- Tooth Brush
- Quick Dry Towel
Medicines to carry
- Crocin (1Strip)
- Disprine (1 Strip)
- Lomotive (1 Strip)
- Digene (1Strip)
- Band Aid - Quantity 5
- Neusphorine Powder
- Betadine Tube
- Vomistop/Avomine (Motion Sickness Tablet)
1. When is the best time recommended for the trek?
Best time to go for Hampta Pass Trek is from June to October.
2. How difficult is the Hampta Pass Trek?
Hampta Pass Trek in comparison is easy to moderate difficulty with another high altitude trek.
3. How much distance do we have to trek each day?
On an average, we cover roughly 6-7 km between our camping stations.
4. What will happen if a trek is extended?
Beyond our controllable reasons when the trek is extended, then additional charges tend to be applied.
5. Who will be our lead guide person?
Lead guide person is certified & experienced personnel. These guides are locally sourced and have other team members including local guides, cook, helpers, and porters.
6. Is this trek safe for girls?
Our treks are planned with a male: female ratio. As an organizer, we make sure that their tents are shared only with other female trekkers.
7. Many people in a tent?
Our tents are all three person tents.
8. What is the level of fitness expected from the trekkers?
Good physical and mental fitness is expected to complete the Trek. Hampta pass trek is ideal for beginners to familiarize themselves with similar high altitude treks.
9. Typical Food menu during a trek?
We make sure that wholesome and nutritious breakfast, lunch and evening snacks are served. We believe and serve only vegetarian food as it is easy to digest and preferable in high altitudes.
10. What if we encounter a medical emergency?
We are trained to manage emergencies in high altitudes. Our lead guide is professionals and experienced. Our team do carry emergency first aid kits and oxygen cylinder.