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I was damn excited for trekking in Hampta valley and finally I had it in June 2014 . It was completely an out of the box experience. I prefer going for...
I knew Himalayan treks are great. I had one in 2012 and now just back from Hampta, with another box load of memories. The ample diversity that the rout...
About the Hampta Pass Trek:
The Hampta Pass trekking package for five days has the starting point as Manali, the famous hub for all types of travel. From Manali, you will be taken to Jobra and then to Chika located at a height of about 10,100 feet. All these routes will have plenty of greenery, River Rani and the mountainous stretches on one side. Dhauladhar Ranges can be seen from Chika as you climb up to reach Balu ka Ghera and the impressive journey to catch the first glimpses of some of the best peaks in the Himalayas will be tremendous. Commonly referred to as the White Range, you’ll notice the mighty towers in Dhauladhar Ranges occupy the entire frame with meadows and flower-filled valleys dotted for the company.
What awaits you next are the gradual slopes until you reach the mighty Hampta Pass and on the way, Hampta Village will be your host for some time. Discover the serene calmness that surrounds the valley, you might meet shepherds at this high altitude pass who visit the valley to nourish their sheep with the special grass that grows around the area.
Your trek to the massive Pir Panjal Ranges and the ultimate destination of the trek is the beautiful Chandra Tal located amidst the pristine surroundings dominated by the white peaks and clouds above. A confluence of three paths – Hampta Pass, Spiti, and Rohtang Pass and the green paradise will accompany you to achieve the height of about 14,100ft.
On the fifth day of Hampta Pass Trek, you will travel from the lake directly to Manali after crossing Rohtang Pass and the humid Kullu Valley and the arid Lahaul and Spiti Valley and conclude the trip with multiple memories created in the midst of such a splendid serenity.
About the Destination:
Hampta Pass trek is giving each adventure lover an option to discover the unique landscape on the Manali side in Himachal Pradesh. It is a dream like an experience through the unusual and special one climbing out across the lush green valleys of Kullu to reach the overhanging mountains. From the top, you will witness the magnificent view of a different world below, the beautiful yet deserted Lahaul. The panoramic sweep of the valley from the summit will be a sight that will not leave you forever.
An integral part of Manali’s topography, which is India’s favourite adventure zone, this trek is voted amongst the easiest of trails and most attractive to beginners. An exciting activity, being around Hampta Pass opens a whole new beautiful world. Coupled with a stopover at the eerie and placid Chandra Tal, this journey is replete with adventure and scenic moments.
Temperature: Day: 13°C to 18°C and Night: 0°C to -7°C
Trekking Distance: 35km
Maximum Altitude: 14,100ft
Difficulty Level: Moderate
Starting and Ending Point: The trek starts and ends at Manali
Airport: Bhuntar airport which is 52 km away from Manali
Base Camp: Manali
ATM: You will find ATMs in Manali.
Leisure Trekking Trails, River Rani, Himalayan Landscapes
After a wholesome breakfast at Manali, you will drive to Jobra from where the trek originates. At this transfer point, receive briefing from your trip leader and gear for an easy ascent of 10,400ft to Chika.
With the mesmerising topography of the Himachal coming into play, you barely realise the climb. While trekking, walk along River Rani who introduces the surroundings of big rocky hills in absolute splendour. Arrive at Chika. Camp for the night in tents. After a typical outdoorsy meal, retire for the day.
Dhauladhar Ranges, Snow Laced Scenes
Day’s details Leave base camp at Chika on yet another easy trek. Though you would trek for barely 5hrs, the journey is beyond impressive. Feel the reality of being in the Himalayan region as you catch the first glimpse of the outer Himalayan chain of mountains as the Dhauladhar ranges begin to appear.
Commonly referred to as The White Range, you’ll notice the mighty towers occupy the entire frame with meadows and flower filled valleys dotted for company. Arrive at Balu ka Ghera. Settle down at this base for the day. Have lunch and spend the rest of the time, loosing yourself in an ambience which will take your breath away.
Hampta Pass, Kullu Valley, Lahul and Spiti Valley
Day 3 is one where you get to experience the barren landscape of the Himalayas in the Lahul and Spiti Valley. Such a variety in one region is what makes the Hampta Pass Trekking most attractive especially among amateurs. Though the entire trek today is a gradual slop, it is an apt learning ground.
Discover the serene calmness that surround the valley, you might meet shepherds at this high altitude pass who visit the valley to nourish their sheep with the special grass that grows around the area. After a brief stopover at Hampta village, which gives the pass its name, you’ll begin the descent to the base camp at Siagoru. Earn the well deserved rest here after the 8hr long journey as you halt for the night.
Massive Pir Panjal Ranges, Chandra Tal
This day will prove to be a fairly simple expedition around the Himalayas. After breakfast, begin an easy descent through the Hampta Valley. Find the group of Pir Panjal ranges of the inner Himalayan circle appear ahead of you. This dominating landscape trails along with you all through Spiti till you arrive at the base camp at Chatru. Enjoy the spectacular view of a high altitude cold desert at Spiti Valley.
Post your brief interaction with yet another natural beauty of the Himalayas, head to Chatru. A confluence of three paths – Hampta Pass, Spiti, and Rohtang Pass, this green paradise in the barren cold desert is like a breath of fresh air. Should the weather continue being your friend, you’ll drive to Chandra Tal, a moon shaped alpine lake located at an altitude of 14,100ft. One of the most enchanting lakes in this region, it is here that you’ll fall head over heels in love with the Himalayas. Find yourself become one with nature as the lake’s placid waters throw open a vista of reflections of the enveloping Himalayan peaks.
Rohtang Pass, Trip ends here
It is the day when your Hampta pass trekking adventure comes to an end. After breakfast, traverse the high altitude pass that connects the humid Kullu Valley and the arid Lahaul and Spiti Valley. Arrive at Manali and disperse for your homeward journey with a bag full of memories.
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Rated : 5.0
I was damn excited for trekking in Hampta valley and finally I had it in June 2014 . It was completely an out of the box experience. I prefer going for such short trek, where you can not only pursue some adventurous activity but can also explore the natures beauty. The long standing trees,beautiful wild flowers ,snow capped mountains and small hot river streams is what makes it unique package for trekking lovers and nature enthusiasts
Rated : 5.0
I knew Himalayan treks are great. I had one in 2012 and now just back from Hampta, with another box load of memories. The ample diversity that the route has to offer is really amazing. Waterfalls, Valleys of Flowers, Meandering Rivers, Ice , Arid Valleys of Spiti are few of the many surprises that the trail offers. It is a medium difficult trek , but is definitely worth the pain. 5/5 for Sure.
Rated : 5.0
Hi, we have completed Hampta pass Trekking recently on 11th August group. It was really a great thrilling experience for me, as this is the first time I went for more than a day for trekking. The beauty of Himachal is a game changer here, all the way of Trekking it's hills mountains , review and us was something I can't forget. Special thanks to our Trekking guide Sir Jai Meena, Vikey and Buphy, without this guys we could not complete the trip. Due to bad road conditions we couldn't visit Chandrataal but Overall my experience was really awesome. Thanks, Subhendu Sadhukhan
Rated : 4.0
Well Hampta Pass is an amazing trekking destination suitable for first time trekkers with moderate level of difficulties. Himachal Pradesh has lot of such trekking location but I prefer Hampta pass and chandratal lake the most. While trekking you can see the beautiful greenery magnificent mountains peaks. We visited the place in month of November, ideal for such adventurous activities.You can also spot some rarely found wild animals and birds ,moreover the dense forest has oak ,pine and cedar trees.
Rated : 4.0
Hampta Pass is a land of paradise for trekkers, It took five days to complete trekking which began from Manali. And you also have an option to extend your trip to chandratal lake. Hampta Pass lies at an altitude of 10,500 feet and on the junction between kullu and Lahul valley. It was an absolute pleasure for me that I became a part of this awesome trip. I am thankful to my fellow trekkers and tom guide as well. A wonderful experience I would say.
Rated : 4.0
Beautiful landscapes and magnificent views of mountains welcomes you in Hampta Pass range. People from trekkers community enjoys being there for trekking, sightseeing, camping and discovering new places . The site is easily accessible from Manali and are the two most beautiful places. Tourists can visit both the sites at the same time. This Hampta Pass is quite near to kullu valley so it gives enough location to explore.
Rated : 5.0
For those on the first time for a trek in Manali, I would suggest the Hampta Pass trek. I guess, everyone can complete this easy graded trek within the allotted time of 5 days. But yes, while booking, you should be very careful as most of the Hampta Pass trek organisers do not meet up to the level. If you really want to join this trek, you can book with an organiser like Thrillophilia. I had a good experience booking with them.
Rated : 5.0
We started trekking from Jobra and the excitement continued till the last day of our Hampta Pass trek. The whole experience of trekking in Himachal Pradesh was really amazing. Moreover with the appointed guides and crew members, the fun went further ahead. Entire Hampta Pass itinerary was planned in a very convincing way and was very fulfilling in every aspect.
Rated : 4.0
being a delhite, manali is my favorite holiday destination. so many times i heard about hampta trek, but could not go. so, finally i went this time. the trek was really amazing. the beatufiul mountains and scenery will not let you get tired. you will definitly enjoy the trek
What is the best time for Hampta Pass Trek?
Hampta Pass trek is one that can be done any time regardless of the season. Still the most suitable to enjoy each moment of the trek are the months from June to September. During this time, the temperature level will be in an average of 13 to 18 degree Celsius during day time and it drops to a low of 0 degree Celsius at night. In September, the temperature drops down ever more. June has a special place in Hampta Pass trekkers' mind and the reason behind it is the snow. So, a lot of adventure lovers have pointed out that mid June can be considered as the best time to do a thrilling trek to Hampta Pass.
What is the level of fitness expected from the participants?
The difficulty level of Hampta Pass trek is MODERATE. Hence, it is recommended that you have a little prior experience of trekking and have the optimum level of fitness. It is advisable that you go through a thorough medical check-up before booking the trek.
What are the clothing and equipments that need to be carried from our end?
As the temperature is cold throughout the trek with the possibilities of rain, we recommend that you carry woolen clothes, which can be full sleeves woolen sweater, thermal inner wear, windproof jacket, etc. along with a raincoat.
Which type of shoes should I carry?
Please do not carry the normal sports shoes. As you need the good traction during the trek, shoes from Woodland or Forclaz 500 is a recommended choice.
What kind of food will be provided during this trek? What about safe drinking water?
During this trek, you will be provided with vegetarian food which are cooked according to the well planned menu suitable for trekking up the high altitudes. The menu varies from bread and butter to poha to sandwiches for breakfast and roti or puri with vegetable curry for lunch and dinner will include rice, roti, dal or some dessert every day. You will also get biscuits and snacks as well. It is advised to carry energy bars, nuts and dry fruits if you like. Since the campsites are located near water sources, you will not find any difficulty in getting fresh water to drink and it is always better to carry two litres of water every day.
How much weight will I have to carry?
It is advisable to carry a 6L backpack, weight to be carried will depend on your requirements and capacity.
Will there be mobile connectivity?
During your trek, you may find mobile connectivity in some places. But for the majority of times, there will no mobile connectivity during the Hampta Pass trek.
What about first aid and medicines?
Medical and first aid kits will be provided and it is included in the package. Very rarely any type of emergency comes up and all the teams will be made perfect with everything needed for meeting such emergencies beforehand only.
What is the difficulty level of Hampta Pass Trek?
Hampta Pass trek is a moderate one with a lot of valleys and villages to pass by and streams, lush green forests, gradual slopes and steeps to cross until you reach the summit. At some points, the roads will be slippery whereas at some other points, they become rough. You will be tired by the end of each day. But the views at Dhauladhar Ranges will keep you energetic.
Can I have liquor or smoke while we're on the trek?
Consumption of alcohol or cigarette is prohibited while you are on any type of high altitude trekking because both these activities can let your body dehydrate easily. Then you will find it very difficult to complete the stretches. Alcohol will open the pores in your skin and let the cold get inside and make the body temperature in terms with the temperature outside. But it will finally lead you to feel dehydrated and thirsty. Hence try not to smoke or consume alcohol. Many of the trekking tours will not allow the participants do any such activities during the trek.
How is Hampta Pass Trek weather?
Almost moderately warmer climate can be experienced at Hampta Pass if you choose June and July and the day temperature varies from 13 to 18 degree Celsius and it falls into 0 to 7 degree Celsius at night. When it comes to September, the climate will become colder with slightly lower temperature during day time as well as at night. There will be snow fall at different points on the trek till early days of July and if it is raining, then the snow will melt away.
Is Diamox is advisable?
Yes, to prevent Acute Mountain Sickness or simply altitude sickness, Diamox is a must medicine you should have handy. You will be reaching a height of more than 14000 feet and it will be great if you have 10-12 diamox tablets with you to avoid the uneasiness happens due to acute mountain sickness.
How do I get in shape?
A proper cardio vascular structure is needed for doing Hampta Pass trek as it is a moderate level trek and you might cross slippery roads and gradual climbs through forest ranges, high altitude landscapes and rough terrains. For making your lungs work properly during the trek and get oxygen intake smooth, then you need to follow some exercises that will help your cardio vascular systems function properly. Start with jogging every day and daily increase the distance and speed. Simple exercises like squats, skipping, swimming will also be perfect for your muscles and flexibility. Stretching exercises can also be of use while perfecting your body to do this trek.
What are washroom/toilet facilities like on the trek?
There will be separate toilet tents arranged at each campsite for men and women. Depending on the size of the group, the number of toilets varies. Toilet tents will have a deep pit, mound of soil and a shovel to cover it up. All of them usually will be dry toilets where you have to use toilet papers alone. Room freshener will also be provided.
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