Hampta Pass Trek
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Hampta Pass Trek is considered as one of the most doable (moderate) and beautiful trek in Himachal region. There are many variations in this trek scenic landscapes, open green pastures, huge meadows, glacial valleys and crossing the Pass makes this trekking expedition to Hampta pass an exciting one.
The added attraction to this Trek is the visit to the famous Chandertal Lake in Spiti. It takes a few hours from Chatru to high altitude Chandertal lake and an extra day is therefore added to otherwise a four day Hampta Pass Trek.
The best months to trek are May and June and August through October.
The closest station is Manali. Therefore, the trip starts from Manali to Chika via Jobra. From Jobra the trek is undertaken by walk. This route comprises the first day. Balu ka Ghera is reached on the second day. You would cross amazing boulders, Gendrame and Rani Nallah on this day. The third day destination is Sia Goru from Balu ka Ghera via Hampta Pass Trek.
You will come across mind boggling and stupendous glaciers, cornice formation and snows all the way along. The maximum altitude will be reached on this day i.e. 14, 100 ft. Day four will start from Sia Goru and end up in Chatru.
The following day is left for Chandartal Lake visit and stay at the Chandartal Site.
Day 1: Manali to Chika via Jobra
In the morning, we drive to the dam site at Jobra and from here walk through a very pleasant landscape. The walk initially will take us through a mixed forest having pines, spruce, deodar, chestnut and maple trees. We cross a beautiful meadow having a gaddi shepherd camp there. We will need to cross the river at a vantage point if the gaddis haven't made a makeshift bridge somewhere along the river.
We cross the river and climb to a beautiful meadow called Chikha along a side stream. Today's hike is a gentle one and will take about 2 hrs. Having rested for some time one will be advised to walk up a short distance to a nearby waterfall which also plays host to a number of white capped redstarts.
Overnight in tents.
Day 2: Chika to Balu-ka-Gheera
We cross the stream immediately after the campsite and start gaining height and moving towards a gorge section towards the right side moving along the river. We will walk through boulder sections, meadows filled with wildflowers, cross a waterfall and a side river which might require careful handling to reach our campsite for the day, Balu-ka-Gheera. This hike will take about 3.5 to 4 hrs with a few breaks in between.
This campsite is along a network of river channels and has big mountains guarding it on all sides. Our guides might also take the decision to walk for an additional hour and reach an upper campsite also called by the same name. This will make next day's climb a bit shorter. We rest and relax at the campsite and get charged for the next day's climb to Hampta pass.
Day 3: Balu-Ka-Gheera - Shea Ghoru - Hampta Pass
The day's trek encompasses 9 hours. You can split the journey in two halves, a steady ascent on moderate steep slope to Hampta Pass, thence a sharp descent to Sia Goru. The highest altitude will be achieved on this day at Hampta Pass (14, 100 ft). The day starts by heading towards the mountains you spotted the previous day. The trail is along the river side. The view is amazing, tiny yellow and orange flowers give a pleasant picture to the river. The river side trails takes you further to the base and then the actual climb to the Hampta pass takes place. It will take an hour to reach here. Another hour of walk will take you to the first plateau. In summer, the place is completely covered with thick fresh snow. Otherwise, it is just patches of snow everywhere. The Deo Tibet peak will fall right in front of you.
You will reach another plateau and then to a ridge. It will take another half an hour to reach the ridge's end. Then from the first ridge trek further up to get on the second ridge. Hampta Pass Trek is just a few meters and a bend away from the second ridge. The climb to Hampta Pass is a vertical one and is a hard mount. It will take about 15 minutes to reach the pass. Yes, by the time you reach there, you would be extremely tired but the site which enfolds in front of you is stunning. Enjoy for some time in the pass, relish the beauty around, have your lunch and then get ready for the next descent to Sia Goru.
The Sia Goru camp site is also by the river side. Set your camps on the grounds and retire for the night with a feeling of contentment at the heart.
Day 4: Shea Ghoru - Chatru
You will cover Sia goru to Chatru by foot and it will take approx 5 hours of easy downhill trek. Sia Goru is placed at an altitude of 12, 900 ft and Chatru at 11, 000 ft. It is a gentle trek downhill from Sia goru. The trail here again is by the side of the river valley between mountain ranges. Chatru can be located at a distance. No vegetation can be seen in these barren mountains. The tricky part comes next.
You will have to be careful as the trail might sometime lead you to edges of mountains and ridges. The route has slippery parts too. So, sure footed and careful navigation is required to go further. Nevertheless, the trek is not that difficult as it sounds. You will for sure enjoy the sliding and heart pumping mounting. Getting down the mountains will consume another two hours of your time. You will notice the Chandra River flowing below and a road that goes by its side. More than two Glaciers comes next which are to be crossed. The other side of the Glacier is Chatru, the next camping zone. Choose a location which has the river running around.
Day 5: Chatru - Chandartal
If the weather permits and the roads are devoid of turbulence, then you can hike up to the marvelous Chandratal lake also known as the moon lake. The sheer blue color of the lake has an amazing effect to the surroundings. Chandratal Lake is 70 KMs from Chatru camp site and few hours from Chandratal camp site. Vehicle can also be arranged from Manali to take you to Chandratal from Chatru and back to Manali. It will take seven hours to complete the journey and reach Manali.
You can visit Chandratal only in the summer months. If not, you will have to drive directly from Chatru to Manali and skip Chandratal all.
1. Accommodation. (Camping)
2. Clean sleeping bags
3. Meals while on trek (Veg.) (Egg)
4. Trek equipment.
6. First aid medical kits and oxygen cylinder.
7. Qualified & experienced trek Leader, Guide and Support staff
7. Transport from Manali to Jobra and return Chatru to Manali (Chandartal Trip is not included)
1. Accommodation and meals in Manali.
2. Any kind of personal expenses.
3. Food during the transit.
5. Mules or porter to carry personal luggage.
6. Anything not specifically mentioned under the head "Price Includes".
We believe in absolute comfort wherever possible. Our transport fleet includes good quality Innova, Bolero, Xylo and Scorpio.
Payment to be made by Bank Transfer/Cheque/DD in favour of M/S Wanderers. payable at New Delhi/Gurgaon or online through our payment gateway
Payment for this trip will not be adjusted against any future trips
45 Days: Full refund (after deducting any expenses that have been incurred for hotel bookings, transport, etc.
30-45 Days: 75% of trip cost will be refunded (after deducting any expenses that have been incurred for hotel bookings, transport, etc.
15-30 Days: 50% of trip cost will be refunded (after deducting any expenses that have been incurred for hotel bookings, transport, etc.
15 Days: No refund