Hampta Pass Trek with Chandratal Lake Trek
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: Easy to Moderate
Age group: 12-40 years
Trek distance: 30 Km (one way)
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 – Manali to Manali base camp (6732 feet)
The onwards journey from Manali base camp at 2 pm from Manali bus stop where our representatives welcome all the travelers and help you all get a ride towards Katerni. Hence all trekkers are requested to reach the first campsite by morning time. Manali is one prominent sightseeing spot in India. This drive is about 8kms, and by max, it takes 40 mins to reach the campsite. Once you are there by 3.00pm to 3.30pm, overnight stay arrangements are made at the campground.
Day 2 - Manali to Chika via Jobra (10400 feet)
The trekking expedition starts from Manali to Jobra in the vehicle at 8.00am. Jobra is the best place to acclimate your body before beginning the trek. Jobra is at a two-hour distance. The trek on foot starts from Allain Guhugal Hydel Project junction where one can see a variety of trees like maple, deodar, toss, and oak. The trail has a natural climb slope and 20 minutes into this will lead to a refreshing sight of lush green meadow strewed with small rocks. The fairy tale sight begins with Rani River on one side and the big rocky hill on the other side. Chika, our today’s base is at the end of the vast meadow. It is recommended to climb the mountain and descend for a more natural route.
Day 3 - Chika to Balu Ka Ger (12650 feet)
Chika is a large and spacious patch with full greenery and Rani River in the middle as a campsite. The River is full of snow flows melting to feed the numerous sheep and mules. In front of the River is the snow-clad mountain along with our final location the Hampta Pass. We start our today’s journey by walking along the River into a valley covered with tiny flowers in multiple colours. Once the valley is crossed, and the trees are left behind we have about half an hour more of a walk to cross the valley of Jwara. Few more time spent on the walk crossing snow flows and jumping rocks, we make it to the destination for the day – Balu Ka Gera was also known as the bed of sand. As the name suggests, the ground is mainly of the sand and dust from brought down by the river.
Day 4 - Balu Ka Gera to Shea Goru Crossing Hampta Pass (14350 feet)
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 Shea Goru. Shea Goru is an almost level walk from here.
Day 5 - Shea Goru to Chatru (10000 feet)
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. Choose the camping spot close to one of these streams that join the river. Cross these glacier streams and reach the camping spot.
Day 6 - Chatru to Chandratal/Chandratal to Manali
Drive from Chatru to Chandratal and Chandratal to Manali.
The FAQ on Hampta Pass Trek:
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.
What is included in the tour
- All breakfasts, lunches and dinners from Manlai to Manlai (VEG)
- Transport from Manali-Manali base camp & Chandratal-Manali
- All accommodation during trek only
- All camping equipment’s
- Medical Kit
- Professional Trek Leaders (Experienced Guide/Staff)
What is NOT included in the tour
- Travel insurance and other emergencies
- Last Day Dinner is not included
- Mules (A Hybrid Animal) to carry personal luggage
- Last Day accommodation is not included
- Bottled beverages
- Photography accessories like cameras, etc.
- Anything that not mention in “cost include”
- 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)