Hampta Pass Trek- a moderate level trek

Escape to the natural wonders of Great Himalayas, just south east of Manali, for an unforgettable experience. Hampta Pass trek is the beginners delight in every way easy access, dense pine forest, beautiful meadows, adrenaline pumping river crossings and a high altitude mountain pass called Hampta. It got its name from the Hampta village and shepherds and villagers used this pass to enter in Lahaul Spiti valley of Himachal. This was traditional alternative route between Lahaul and Kullu Valley before the road was made over Rohtang Pass.

Hampta Pass is a moderate trek with a scope of mixing lot of other adventure activities to suit varying duration and interest of trekkers. It start from the Prini village and takes us to the majestic foothills of The Great Himalayas, the Pir Panjal Range which is the largest range of the lower Himalayas. Over this trek one will see different hues of nature as you gain altitude from thick green pine forest to awe inspiring view of Mt. Deo Tibba and Mt. Indrasan and their snaking down glaciers to the barren landscape of Lahaul and Spiti valley.

As this trek connects two valley Kullu and Lahaul, so one can get different sort of landscapes. Kullu is full of vegetation and greenery and in contrast, Lahaul valley is completely rocky and sandy with brown mountains with snow-clad peaks. Here scenario of nature changes every day.

Glorious view of Mt. Deo Tibba, Mt. Indraasan and Glaciers belong to them add extra bonus for this trek. As trek will go on many rivers, streams and glaciers will treat you with their beauty. Tranquility of this valley keeps the mind and body so refresh that no one can feel the difficulty of the trek. On the way, you can see many species of Himalayan Flowers and Birds. This whole trek is paradise for bird’s lover. Almost 350 species of birds found here. Bird’s lovers can get a chance to see Indian Eagle Owl, Western Tragopan, this bird is rarest pheasant and the State Bird of Himachal Pradesh, Kalij Pheasant, Himalayan Monal, Cheer Pheasant.

Brief Itinerary

Day 1 :- Manali to Chika.
Day 2 :- Chika to Balu ka Ghera.
Day 3 :- Balu ka Gera to Siagoru, Cross Hampta Pass
Day 4 :- Siagoru to Chatru. Drive to Chandratal.
Day 5 :- Chandratal to Manali.

Detailed Itinerary

Day 01: Pickup from Manali drive towards Jobra (9700ft). Trek from Jobra to Chika and camp at Chika. 2-3 hours easy ascent.

The trail for the trek begins after you cross the hydel power project buildings; it takes you into the pine forest with occasional bunch of other trees like Maple, Walnut, Oak and Alder. After walking for some time with a mild gradient you have to cross a beautiful Rani nala over a wooden bridge can stop here for water and a photography break. This trail leads to a open meadow with river Hampta flowing on one side, here you will get the first view of Deo Tibba and Indrasan. On the other side of river you will see beautiful rock faces and above those there lies the manali lake. This meadow is called Chikka and is the Camp for the day. Chikka has lush green grass so you will find some sheeps or grazing there, nestled in between of rocky mountain face and pine and maple trees. On one side Rani River is flowing and few small ponds and nice and flat camping places. On top of that majestic views of snow clad mountains and evening might see the twinkling lights of Manali town from some spots. You can do campfire here for that team work is required go into the forest and collect dry logs of wood in further camps no wood is available. After having pitched your tent, traverse the meadow, climb the hill for height gain and have bonfire with the hot fantastic dinner.

Day 02: Chika (10100 ft) to Balu ka Ghera (11900 ft) Easy trek for 4 hours.

After the excellent quality sleep, be ready for the next destination Balu Ka Gera which is about 4-5 hours gradual ascent from Chikka. Have a heavy breakfast start your day with a small walk and then crossing the river over the huge logs put by shepherds. Keep watching the Gendarme (mountaineering term which is a pinnacle of rock on a mountain ridge) right infront of you, keep walking on left bank of river. This entire walk will be through the rocks and boulders. On the way you will get some superb boulders to try your hands and hone your skills on bouldering. After few hours of walk you take a right turn and here come the thrill and chill the crossing of Rani nallah Take of your shoes and just take the plunge…no only knee depth only. The water is icy cold so don’t stay in water for too long. Now you are just halfway from your destination. On one side you have superb rock face and river flowing beneath them and right in front of you valley full of snow and trees are left behind only small bushes. Walk along the river through boulder you will reach Balu ka Gera which means Heaps of Sand. This is flat ground with river flowing one side and a nice water stream just near the campsite. Its water will be used for drinking and for food. In the night from here you can try your hands on night photography of stars with snow clad mountains.

Day 03: Balu ka Gera (11900 ft) to Siagoru (12900 ft), Cross Hampta Pass (14100 ft) 8-0 hrs moderate ascent and steep descend.

Next desination is Shea Goru after crossing the highest point of trek Hampta Pass. Todays trek would be moderately steep and then steep descent from the Hampta pass. While approaching the Hampta pass you can see some the wonders of mountains like Cornice formation, Glaciers and their snouts and of course snow along the way. Stay at Hampta for your lunch at an altitude of 14500ft and be ready to careful steep descent and wear your backpack in case you fall your backpack will save your back. From top you will be able to see your campsite, it seems very near but it takes good two hours to reach there. Tall snow clad mountains surround you from three sides and the open side leads you to Sheagoru. Again you have the river flowing to your right. Choose a nice camp site close to the river and retire happily for the day after crossing Hampta Pass.

Day 04: Siagoru (12900 ft) to Chatru (11000 ft) 4 hrs. boulder descend. Drive to Chandratal.

This day trek descends through the Hampta valley with easy descent, as you move closer to the road, the descent gets a little tricky. which is hard to cross during the monsoons. The river has to be forded at one point from where one can see the valleys of Lahaul and Spiti. The massive mountains of the Pir Panjal and Spiti ranges dominate the entire landscape till the campsite at Chhatru. Chhatru is a confluence point of paths from Rohtang Pass, Hamta Pass and Spiti. if road and weather condition permits head to Chandra Tal camp site for camping after having a hot lunch at chatru, otherwise do camping in Chatru camp site.

Day 05: Chandratal to Manali- via Rohtang Pass

If trekkers had camping in Chandra Tal camp site then just after breakfast start trek for Chandra Tal which takes 1½ hour, come back to camp site before lunch time and after lunch drive to Manali which takes 7 hours. If in day 4 trekkers had camping in Chatru then just after breakfast drive to Manali.
How to Reach

How to Reach

By Air :-
Bhuntar, which is 52 km away from Manali, is the nearest airport. Taxi services are available from Bhuntar to Manali, which costs about Rs. 700- Rs1000. Bhuntar is well connected to Delhi by air. The airliners that take you to this Airport are Indian Airlines, Kingfisher airlines, MDLR Airlines and Jagson Airlines, operating flights from Delhi and Chandigarh to Kullu.

By Road:-
Manali is well 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 . Tip: Since Delhi Manali is a long journey most Volvo private buses leave Delhi between 5 pm and 6 pm. The last govt bus leaves at 8.30 pm from ISBT Kashmere Gate. Manali to Delhi

Like the onward journey, buses leave from Manali to Delhi between 4 and 5 p.m. Your tentative arrival at Delhi may be anywhere between 6 a.m and 10 a.m. Plan your onward journeys only post noon giving enough buffer for bus delays.

Cost Terms

Inclusions :-
1. Accommodation. (Camping)
2. Meals while on trek (Veg.) (Egg)
3. Trek equipments.
4. Permits
5. First aid medical kits and oxygen cylinder.
6. Qualified & experienced trek Leader, Guide and Support staff
7. Transport from Manali to Jobra and return Chatru to Manali

Exclusions
1. Accommodation and meals in Manali.
2. Any kind of personal expenses.
3. Food during the transit.
4. Insurance.
5. Mules or porter to carry personal luggage.
6. Anything not specifically mentioned under the head “Price Includes”.

Note :
Normally TTH expect to carry your personal luggage on your own, if you don’t want to carry your backpack so you can give it to porter, but you have to inform us in advance and have to pay Rs. 300/- extra per day per bag.

To book a Trek/ adventure program please use our online booking form or, alternatively, you can call us on the given for confirmation of tour you have to wire a deposit and initial deposit.

Paying the Trek/ Adventure activity fee:
The fee can be paid by online transfer/check deposit/ demand draft. Instruction for payment will be forwarded along with your confirmation email. When your transfer is done, please e-mail us a confirmation mail with your transfer details, so that we can follow up your reservation efficiently.

When to book:
It is wise to make your booking at least two months in advance. However, if you want a good deal on your domestic/international flight, we recommend organising your trip at least five months in advance. (Please contact us if you require a late booking)

In the event of cancellation of trek/adventure activity services due to any avoidable / unavoidable reasons we must be notified of the same in writing. Cancellation charges will be effective from the date we receive advice in writing, and cancellation charges would be as follows: –

Cancellations prior to 24 days from the start of the trek
Book any other trek till one year or get 95% refund
(Note: If the trek charges are more, the balance needs to be paid by the trekker)

Cancellation between 24 days and 14 days to the start of the trek
Choose to go for the same trek, with any other batch, till year or get 70% refund

Cancellation between 14 days and 10 days to the start of the trek
Choose to go on the same trek, in the same season, with any other batch or get 50% refund.

Cancellation less than 10 days to the start of the trek
Transfer your trek (same trek, same batch) to your friend. No cash refund.
Note:-
1)- Change of trek batch is dependent on the availability of seats in the batch.
2)- In case of transferring a trek to a friend, he/she should satisfy all the mandatory requirements put forward by TTH.
3)- TTH holds the right to change/cancel the policies, without prior notice.

Is Hampta pass safe?

Yes. Hampta Pass may be a safe trek to try to to. Provided you’ve got done your research, prepared well, and are well-equipped and carrying the required trekking gear.

How do you get a Hampta pass?

To Reach Hampta Pass you would like to drive to Jobri via Prini then it is a 2 day’s trek to Hampta Pass then 1 day either to Chatru or return to Jobri provided you’re an above-average trekker.

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