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Just Amazing. Each day a new landscape. We went in September 1st week and luckily we got rain only on the first day and rest the weather was absolutely...
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...
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 Hampta Pass:
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.
Hampta Pass Temperature: Day: 13°C to 18°C and Night: 0°C to -7°C
Hampta Pass Trek Distance: 35km
Hampta Pass 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
Just Amazing. Each day a new landscape. We went in September 1st week and luckily we got rain only on the first day and rest the weather was absolutely amazing. This trek being very famous is very well organised, with food and tents all good quality. Also loved the sleeping bags they provided, they are really warm and you won't feel a thing once inside.
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
I think, Hampta pass is a trek which beginners can think of to start their trekking career. Its lush green during the monsoon season. it also offset the every changing views from Pir-Panjal range in Manali to dry-arid mountains in Spiti. Regarding the vendor-: They are vey helpful, I would advise them to have one seperate dining/meeting tent for each group. It will help in developing healthy group.
Rated : 4.0
Went for the Hampta Pass trek. The guides, trek leaders and cooks were really good. Had some amazing food at the camps.
Rated : 5.0
I liked all the things Guide and all arrangement How they handle all trekkers
Rated : 5.0
Absolutely a thrilling experience....mother nature's best and vivid beauty from lush greenery to the coldness of Spiti, all covered in one journey. Thanks to the team for their experienced guides and well-managed campsites.
Rated : 4.0
It was awesome
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The cost of Hampta Pass trek starts from INR 8500 per adult where you can enjoy 30% off. In case, you are traveling in a group you can also enjoy great discounts on group bookings. The best time for this trek is from June to October as in the winter months the routes are all snow-covered and the trekking is closed. The package is inclusive of meals, transfers, guide, stay, and various other amenities and one must ensure that they select the best package with all-inclusive facilities.
It is advisable to carry a 6L backpack, weight to be carried will depend on your requirements and capacity.
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.
To reach the Hampta pass, you would first need to reach the base camp of the trek. You can drive or take a cab from Manali to Jobra, which is the base of Hampta Pass trek. It is about 18 Km away and will take around 2 hours to reach. After that, you can start your 2-day trek till the Hampta Pass. You will be walking and hiking for a total of 35 Km to the pristine valleys.
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.
Hampta Pass Trek is considered as a moderate trek. The major reason for this is the atmospheric pressure that changes as you trek higher. The weather conditions are also one of the reasons for the moderate difficulty of the trek. On this trek, you would be climbing up to 14,100 ft and will pass through several rivers, valleys, and thick jungles.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Hampta pass trek is about 35 km long and takes you to the beautiful segments of the Dhauladhar range. The trek begins from Manali and takes you to the Chikka that is located at an elevation of 10,000 feet above the ground. On the second day, you can head to Balu ka Khera for about 5 hours where you can take a look at the snow laced displays. On the final day, you will be heading to Siaguru that will be your final camping destination. From here you can drive to Chadar Tal and gape at the constellations along with the stellar views of nature.
Yes, the Hampta pass trek is a safe trek as no accidents are reported till now. Apart from this, there are slight rains that make trekking a little difficult but is doable. In the winter months, the trek is not safe as it is covered with deep snow and the routes are all blocked. Also, this is a safe trek for solo travelers as the routes are well-defined and you need not worry about avalanches or any other harm from the wildlife.
No, the Hampta pass trek is not open in December as the routes are all snow-covered and the mercury meters stoop down too low that make trekking almost impossible. Apart from this, even the roads and passes are closed due to the heavy snow. Instead of exploring the Chandra Valley you can head to other peaks of the Himalayan range at this time like KedarKantha.
No , you cannot do Hampta Pass trek in February or March! As these are the winter months for Hampta pass there is deep snow all over the region and trekking is almost impossible. At this time, not only the trekking routes but the roads are also closed due to snow. The favorable months for this trek is from June to October as there is hardly any snow and the views of the Chandra Valley are just beyond one’s imagination.
No, the Hampta pass trek is not doable in the winter months as the entire valley is snow-covered and the roads are all blocked. Whether it is the road connectivity or the route to the peak, both are inaccessible. In these months, you can head to the Kedarkantha trek which is a famous winter trek.
Planning for Hampta pass trek in the month of August can be a problem for you as at times the rains are quite a lot that makes trekking difficult. The terrain becomes slippery but the entire valley revives with the onset of monsoons. If you are planning the trek in this month then you need to be an experienced trekker as the routes are not that easy for a first-timer.
The Hampta pass trek connects the Lahaul and Kullu valley and begins from Manali. In the month of October, the charm of the valley increases as the high-elevation woodlands are surrounded by glaciers and the view that it offers is just magical. This month marks the beginning of winters at Hampta pass the temperature gradually drops down. At this time, there is a shiny sun, sparkling snow, and no rain that makes it the perfect time for trekking. To your surprise, the month begins with a temperature of 15 degrees celsius and drops down to -2 degrees celsius in the second half of the month.
The total trekking distance of the Hampta pass trek is about 35 km that is to be covered on foot. The circuit of the trek is as follows: Manali - Jobra - Jwara - Balu ka Gera - Hampta Pass - Shea Goru - Chatru - Manali. For this trek, you will need four active days in which you can complete the entire trek. Make sure that you cross-check with the local guides as they can tell you the best about weather conditions and routes.
The best time for Hampta pass trek is mid-June as there are clear skies contrasting with the snow-capped peaks. The snow begins to settle on the peaks and temperature ranges between 5 to 15-degree celsius. The trails of alpine and deodars are arched on the corners of the routes and the pleasant sunshine makes the aura even more beautiful. If you are a first-timer then you should head in these months. The local guides can help you the best with the weather as the region faces a drastic change in climatic conditions.
Hampta Pass is located at a distance of 634 Km from New Delhi. To reach the pass, you need to start your journey from Delhi to reach the base camp in Manali. The distance between Delhi and Manali is about 536 Km, which can easily be covered by taking direct flights or by travelling overnight in any of the luxury buses or cabs.
Yes, you can find a lot of snow in Hampta Pass from mid-June to July. After that, the snow completely melts in the month of August till November. Other than that, the winter months of December and January also encounter a lot of snowfall and below-freezing temperatures. Although, it is very difficult to walk in such harsh weather conditions so it is not advisable to trek to Hampta pass during the winter season.
Hampta Pass trekking is a moderate trek in the Himalayas. Located at an altitude of 4270 metres, the trek is pretty interesting as the rough terrain varies while you walk ahead. Also, the weather conditions and the low air pressure make the trek a little difficult. If there is snow present, you may have some difficulty in walking through it. But, a lot of seasoned trekkers, as well as beginners, succeed in finishing this trek.
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