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Balachandra Kocchar

5.0

Hampta Pass trek in 2016 was the second time adventure for me. Before, in 2014 I went there with my colleagues. But this time I and my husband went together and it was the first trek after our wedding. We enjoyed it. My husband’s friend suggested a tour provider and we got the package for an offer. Thus it was a budgeted trip for us. We packed everything they asked us to pack and extra blankets and bed sheets were also taken. There was another family of five with us during this trip. Hence we travelled in a tempo traveler from Delhi to Manali and from there to the starting point of the trek. We were well prepared to climb the steep and curves till Hampta Pass since we have waited for the trek for many months. When it happened, we did not want to lose the pleasure of trekking by being unfit. To be frank, we had the best time at Hampta Pass and Chandra Tal Lake. Firstly we did not have the plan to go to Chandra Tal since the guide told the permission to the lake is very difficult to be arranged. But since there were a lot of tourists waiting to go there, we also got permission. We camped near the lake in tents. That was the only camping location during the trip. At all the other places, we took homestay or lodges at cheaper rates. The driver and the guide came with us were good people and really helping. Usually, the entrance tickets and all should be done by us but here, they only booked everything and we did not feel any difficulty during the whole trip.

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Dhana Verma

5.0

It was my wife’s wish to visit some place in the Himalayas. Many places came to our mind. One day I found this tour on Thrillophilia and I contacted them. I called them during December or January this year and they said that it was not season and wait for two three months and book later. Thus I waited and booked the tour in July. We went to join a small group from Manali. As people say, Manali itself is so beautiful. Then I was thinking about Hampta Pass and other places. How beautiful would they be? My wife was also so happy to see the places. We trekked through the beautiful regions, visited some landmarks and buildings and also a local house. The tea from the house was awesome. I have never tasted such a tea from anywhere. Eventually, we reach the Hampta Pass and Shea Goru. Both were so beautiful and from the high altitude, it is a different feeling to see the nearby places and the Himalayas were standing tall with their heads high. Snow fall was not there hence that sight we just imagined in our mind. The locals were friendly and offered us some local dishes and snacks. The guides were from Kashmir and north regions and they were helping us throughout. The only problem I felt was about food. Roti, vegetable curry, Maggi, bread etc were the items and they were not providing enough energy to us to climb the steep trails. Other than that, there was not much difficulties we found during the tour. I think, everyone can try this trekking if you are an adventure lover.

Overview

About the Activity:

  • Embark on this amazing Hampta pass trek located amidst the majestic Himalayas.
  • On your first day start your trip from Manali and head to Jobra in a vehicle, which is just an hour drive from Manali. 
  • After reaching Jobra, start your trek from the Allain Guhugal Hydel project junction and reach the Lake Chikka.
  • On the next day, continue your trek to Balu Ka Gera, which is around 4 hours trek time from Chikka lake.
  • Third day of the trek will take you to Shea Goru, which is also the highest point of Hampta Pass. On the way you will get a sight of various wonders of mountains like Cornice formation, glaciers and their snouts etc.
  • Fourth day of your trek will be a bit easy though, which will descend through the Hampta valley and take you to the Chandra Tal Camp or the Chatru camp site, depending upon the weather condition.
  • Your trek will end here as you head back to Manali with lots of memories. 

Itinerary

  • Day 1 -

    Manali to Chikka via Jobra

    The tour starts from Manali as you head to Jobra in vehicle, which will take an hour.

    The trek initiates the same day from Allain Guhugal Hydel Project junction.

    After crossing the main road, take the small path that leads to the forest of pine trees.

    Twenty minutes into the trek, you will reach a bend that overlooks a lush green meadow strewed with small rocks.

    The Rani nallah comes into view which flows directly in between the meadow.

    Pass through the meadow or climb up the hill on the left hand side.

    Reach Chikka which is at the end of the vast meadow.

    Overnight stay in camp near the lake Chikka.

  • Day 2 -

    Chikka to Balu ka Ghera

    On this day, head for the next destination Balu Ka Gera which is about 4-5 hours gradual ascent from Chikka.

    After breakfast start your day with a small walk and then crossing the river over the huge logs put by shepherds.

    After few hours of walk you take a right turn and cross the Rani nallah which will take you to your destination 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.

    Overnight stay in camps in Balu Ka Gera.

  • Day 3 -

    Balu ka Gera to Siagoru

    The next destination is Shea Goru after crossing the highest point of trek Hampta Pass.

    Today’s trek would be moderately steep and then steep descent from the Hampta pass.

    After a trek of around 7 to 8 hours on a moderate descent, you will reach Siagoru.

    Overnight stay in camp at Siagoru.

  • Day 4 -

    Siagoru to Chatru

    This day trek descends through the Hampta valley with easy descent, as you move closer to the road, the descent gets a little tricky.

    While on the trek you will have a very good sight of the Pir Panjal range.

    If road and weather condition permits head to Chandra Tal camp site for camping after having a hot lunch at chatru, otherwise do camping and overnight stay in Chatru camp site.

  • Day 5 -

    Chandratal to Manali via Rohtang Pass

    Today is the last day of the trek.

    Head back from Chandratal to Manali, concluding your trip.

Stay

    7
  • Stay in camps on sharing basis

Meal

    7
  • All Meals Included
  • 7
  • Egg & Veg.

Activity

    7
  • Trekking

Other Inclusions

    7
  • Trek equipment
  • 7
  • Permits
  • 7
  • First aid medical kits and oxygen cylinder
  • 7
  • Qualified & experienced trek leader, guide and support staff

Transport

    7
  • Transport from Manali to Jobra and back is included

Things To Carry

    7
  • Comfortable footwear
  • 7
  • Extra set of clothes
  • 7
  • Woolen clothes
  • 7
  • Camera
  • 7
  • Necessary medications

Advisory

    7
  • Rs. 300/- extra per day per bag for potter, payable on the spot

Tour Type

    7
  • This is a group tour

Cancellation Policy

    7
  • If any cancellations are made before the start date of the trip, 100% of total tour cost will be charged as cancellation fees.
  • 7
  • In case of unforeseen weather conditions or government restrictions, certain activities may be cancelled and in such cases the operator will try his best to provide an alternate feasible activity. However no refund will be provided for the same.

Refund Policy

    7
  • No Refund Applicable on this Tour

Confirmation Policy

    7
  • The customer receives a confirmation voucher via email within 24 hours of successful booking
  • 7
  • In case the preferred slots are unavailable, an alternate schedule of the customer’s preference will be arranged and a new confirmation voucher will be sent via email.
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  • Alternatively, the customer may choose to cancel their booking and a full refund will be processed.

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    Story by Balachandra Kocchar

     Rated : 5.0

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    Hampta Pass trek in 2016 was the second time adventure for me. Before, in 2014 I went there with my colleagues. But this time I and my husband went together and it was the first trek after our wedding. We enjoyed it. My husband’s friend suggested a tour provider and we got the package for an offer. Thus it was a budgeted trip for us. We packed everything they asked us to pack and extra blankets and bed sheets were also taken. There was another family of five with us during this trip. Hence we travelled in a tempo traveler from Delhi to Manali and from there to the starting point of the trek. We were well prepared to climb the steep and curves till Hampta Pass since we have waited for the trek for many months. When it happened, we did not want to lose the pleasure of trekking by being unfit. To be frank, we had the best time at Hampta Pass and Chandra Tal Lake. Firstly we did not have the plan to go to Chandra Tal since the guide told the permission to the lake is very difficult to be arranged. But since there were a lot of tourists waiting to go there, we also got permission. We camped near the lake in tents. That was the only camping location during the trip. At all the other places, we took homestay or lodges at cheaper rates. The driver and the guide came with us were good people and really helping. Usually, the entrance tickets and all should be done by us but here, they only booked everything and we did not feel any difficulty during the whole trip.

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    Story by Dhana Verma

     Rated : 5.0

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    It was my wife’s wish to visit some place in the Himalayas. Many places came to our mind. One day I found this tour on Thrillophilia and I contacted them. I called them during December or January this year and they said that it was not season and wait for two three months and book later. Thus I waited and booked the tour in July. We went to join a small group from Manali. As people say, Manali itself is so beautiful. Then I was thinking about Hampta Pass and other places. How beautiful would they be? My wife was also so happy to see the places. We trekked through the beautiful regions, visited some landmarks and buildings and also a local house. The tea from the house was awesome. I have never tasted such a tea from anywhere. Eventually, we reach the Hampta Pass and Shea Goru. Both were so beautiful and from the high altitude, it is a different feeling to see the nearby places and the Himalayas were standing tall with their heads high. Snow fall was not there hence that sight we just imagined in our mind. The locals were friendly and offered us some local dishes and snacks. The guides were from Kashmir and north regions and they were helping us throughout. The only problem I felt was about food. Roti, vegetable curry, Maggi, bread etc were the items and they were not providing enough energy to us to climb the steep trails. Other than that, there was not much difficulties we found during the tour. I think, everyone can try this trekking if you are an adventure lover.

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    Story by Mangala Mishra

     Rated : 5.0

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    I was thinking a lot before writing something about my trip to Hampta Pass this November. It was really good but some routes were almost closed due to heavy snowfall. Then we understood we could have gone for the trip sometime before November. But still we reached Hampta Pass after trekking through the difficult roads. May be because it was almost winter, the number of tourists were less. Hence there were a lot of homestays and guest houses were vacant. The tour providers arranged better accommodation throughout the route. Since the climate was not perfect for us, the trip was reduced to three days. Hence we could not go for Chandra Tal trek and camping. But the tour providers refunded the amount. Though I have seen photographs of Hampta Pass, the original one was different. Snow has started to spread the blanket over the place and the region was fully cold. Two jackets and one blanket were not enough to prevent the cold. The forests, meadows, the streams, everything was becoming very cold. But it was unexpected. We though the snow will be coming only in the starting of December and the tour providers also did not have an idea about it. I hope next time at least we can go during the season.

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    Story by Chakor Sharma

     Rated : 5.0

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    Plenty of sightseeing options are there during the trip to Hampta Pass. Bike ride and trekking are the most suitable ways to enjoy the beauty of Hampta. We chose to trek. We means a group of ten friends who studied together during B.Tech. From the college days, we were planning a trekking trip to North India and this year only it happened and we were eagerly waiting to climb the challenging roads to Hampta Pass. A very tricky pass with steeps and uneven roads is this pass. But adventure is in our blood and we found the trek beautiful. We went ourselves since finding a tour operator and going with their guides did not sound cool for us. We only planned and we only executed it. But everything went on well except some of us fell ill in between. The climatic conditions were rough during two days. Apart from that nothing was a problem for us. Rohtang Pass and Chandra Tal were the best experiences anyone can ask for. Camping, campfire, a dip in the streams and walking along the meadows with your gang are something you can enjoy very rarely. So friends, please try something like this and I suggest Hampta Pass with all my heart.

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    Story by Devasree Naik

     Rated : 4.0

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    Thrillophilia helped me to book the Hampta Pass trek. I was doubtful in the beginning thinking that whether it will happen or not. But with the help of all of the organizers of the tour, it went well. I am really thankful to for connecting me with the right people. I stated the trip from Delhi. Then went to Manali. The service providers arranged a tourist bus to Chikka first. We moved to Chikka. After reaching Chikka, the trekking trip started. Firstly, we went to some of the places near and the natural beauty of the place surprised me. We met some locals on the way and talked to them. Then camped at Chikka. The food was cooked by the cook in the team. Since we were 12-13 people, we helped the cook in some way. Roti and sabzi was the main item almost every day. We could not ask for any other item since the difficulty in cooking in the cold wind was understandable. But still the guides managed to give us proper food on time. Some small shops were at the junctions and villages. We bought water and biscuits from these shops and continued walking. Balu ka ghera was the next stop and it is one of the most beautiful places in this region. The stream nearby was full of cold water and I understood it is a place of sheep grazing and found some shepherds also. On the third day, we went to the Hampta Pass after trekking up the steep roads. It was difficult a bit but still I enjoyed it a lot. Had to take many breaks between due to the steep climbing. Yet, it was the best trekking route. Chandratal camping was really exciting. That was my first ever camping near a lake and I was shivering throughout the night due to the cold wind blowing from the lake and the mountains. I was covered myself with two blankets. But still I felt really cold then. Though it was with difficulties at many places, especially due to the climatic conditions, I liked the whole trip and more happy about meeting so many new people from different parts of India.

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    Story by Gajbaahu Kakkar

     Rated : 4.0

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    Full fledged trekking trip. Me and my friend went to Hampta in our bike. But after some point, bikes will not be useful. Trekking is the best method to enjoy the area. Full of meadows, valleys, trees, mountains. I liked it very much. A lot of tourists were on the way. In bikes, tourist buses, travelers, cars etc. But trekking was very challenging also. After some hours, we will be tired. Water, energy biscuits, glucose etc should be handy to escape from being too tired. The food you get from the town will not be enough to reach the top most portion after walking so much. But keep the bags light otherwise we have to carry that weight also and finally we cannot finish the trek. Continuously for 7 to 8 hours, we have to climb. Then only we will reach the summit. The views from the top are superb. Photographic location. We stayed in tents pitched ourselves and arranged some campfire outside to prevent the cold. We had to have Maggi, bread, bun and biscuits since there were no hotels or shops at many places during the trek. At major junctions or towns only we can see some shops. Since there are a lot of tourists, we did not feel all alone. Other than tourists, the locals are found in the villages only. They help you find the way to Hampta Pass. While we came back, we came through Rohtang Pass. It was good and tricky. I am not an expert rider at high altitudes. So my friend rode the bike in the pass. Somewhat, it went on really well. The climb to the Hampta Pass is steep. Make your body well prepared to climb such steeps other wise you will become tired very fast. To avoid that, take care of your food intakes before planning the trp. But there is nothing to be worried. You can thoroughly enjoy this Hampta Pass trek.

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    Story by Ashlesh Khanna

     Rated : 4.0

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    A brilliant trip was Hampta pass trek along with Leh visit. We a group of five people from the same college planned a tour to the Himalayas and Hamta Pass, Rohtang Pass, Khardung La Pass etc were our lifetime wishes. We booked a cab to go to these paces. Started from Manali. But the rate of the tour was beyond our expectation since the car was showing some problems after Khardung La. Hampta Pass and Rohtang Pass along with some other places in the neighbourhood were done by trekking. The trek was okay but the nature was amazing. It is full of hills, valleys, steep climbs, trees, streams etc. Exactly like we see in the photos the places are. I was wondering how these places are always the same without any change. Since we were driving the car, we had to drive alternatively. None can continuously drive for a long time on those roads. If you go with a larger group, then you should book a traveler. There are local guides and tour operators also. We can contact them for help. They will arrange accommodation and food. In our case, accommodation was fine. Food we had from hotels we found on the way. Options were less but the food was cheap at all the places we stopped. Hampta pass is a beautiful place to visit especially for photography. I saw hundreds of DSLRs during the visit. Everywhere people are taking photos using the digital cameras. One lakeside camping near Chandra Tal Lake was the best part of this trip. When you look out of your tent, you can see the glittering region and it is a place for star gazing also. I and my friends enjoyed the Hampta pass trek and Leh visit very much. We wish another trip to some other places in the Himalayas like Hampta next year also.

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    Story by Rukhmani Dubashi

     Rated : 4.0

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    Who is there without an idea of Hampta Pass Trek? It is the most amazing trek in India, I think. I am writing this review in order to give many people out there an idea about how interesting Hampta Pass trek is. I booked the five day trekking tour starting from Manali. I went to Manali by bus and I met a lot of new people there. Some of them are working in MNCs and took one week leave and came for Hampta Trek. I was happy to see so many people like me. I am not a regular trekker. But every year I visit some place. Hampta Pass was really an exciting trek I have done in my life. Treks were fine and at some places the routes were not that good. The guides helped us very well. But one problem I faced was the phone connection. At many places I did not get connection to contact my family. Every day, we trekked around 7 to 8 hours and at the end of the day we will be tired. I was affected by the altitude sickness too. I did not have any medicine for that. But the guides had some and they helped me during the climbs. But still I wanted to do trekking to reach the top and hence I did not use the back up vehicles. Chandra Tal was the most beautiful place I saw during the whole trip and I really did not want to come back. It is an amazing location. Everyone should try visiting these places at least once.

    Frequently Asked Questions

    1. When is the best time do this trek?

      Trekkers can enjoy it mostly in the month of June, July, September and first week of October.

    2. What level of fitness is expected from me?

      Hampta Pass trek over all is a moderate. Last day of the trek is little bit difficult. In Hampta Pass trek, trekkers can face much other adventure activity like river crossing and weather changes in minutes .

    3. What all things I should carry for the trek?

      The following checklist should help you with your packing. As a general rule, you should always try to keep the weight of your equipment to a minimum. Trekking shoes Trainers or sandals for river crossings and camp use Walking socks (3 pairs) Spare laces Trekking trousers Waterproof overtrousers Underwear Thermal baselayer - leggings Baselayer shirts (short sleeve and 1 long sleeve) Shirts or T-shirts Fleece jacket or warm jumper Waterproof jacket Sunhat Warm hat Sunglasses Gloves or mittens Daypack 30 litres Sun protection (including total bloc for lips, nose etc.) Headtorch and spare batteries Water bottles 1 litre (x2) Sleeping bag (comfort rated -10ºC) (minus 15ºC for late November and December trips)* Washbag and toiletries Antibacterial handwash Small towel Basic First Aid Kit including: antiseptic cream, throat lozenges, diarrhoea treatment (Imodium), altitude (Diamox), painkillers, plasters and blister treatment, and re-hydration salts (Dioralite). Small padlock (to lock your K

    4. What kind of shoes I should have?

      You should carry high-ankle trekking shoes. Different shoes are suitable for different kinds of treks, depending on the weather, trail condition as well as duration of the trek. For this particular trek, shoes with thick souls are recommended.

    5. What will be the facility of food and water during the trek?

      There are proper meals with subsequent nutritional values planned for the people coming in for the trek. From dinner on Day 1 to Breakfast on Day 13, all meals will be provided. This would include nutritional vegetarian meals, a total of 6 in a day, with the addition of tea and coffee during breaks.

    6. What all medicines I should carry? Can I take diamox?

      Carrying medicines is important while trekking anywhere in the world. Your first-aid should have anti-diarrhea medicine such as loperamide but make sure that you don't take it unless getting to a toilet isn't an option. During the trekking you may not have access to pharmacies. So it’s better to have medications ready. Yes, you can carry diamox and can be taken too if having sickness/nausea.

    7. Will there be mobile connectivity?

      Indian mobile networks do not work for most part of this trek. Lack of communication devices In the remote areas of the Himalayas, mobile networks do not reach. On a trek, one is cut off from the world of calls, SMSs or watsapps.

    8. What will be the temparature like?

      In early and later days of the trek temperature is normal and easily bearable but in between days temperature fall. During the day time temperature is hot and during the night time +3 to -4 degree.

    9. Will there be snow on this trek?

      Weather is unpredictable in the Himalayas. Though we are always observant about the changing weather, no one can guarantee a snowfall, rain or Sun.

    10. Is it a good trek for first timer?

      Hampta Pass trek over all is a moderate. Last day of the trek is little bit difficult. In Hampta Pass trek, trekkers can face much other adventure activity like river crossing and weather changes in minutes.

    11. What all places we will cover during this trek?

      We start from Kullu & Manali and land up in semi-arid region of the Lahaul valley. Hampta Pass trek is quite interesting and moderately challenging in stages with the difficulty of the pass being governed by weather conditions. You will be required to cross the reasonably high Hampta pass (4300m), do a few river crossings, camp in complete wilderness and walk long stretches on certain days. The trek to Hampta pass offers unmatched variety & excitement all along the trail to take care of any exhaustion that might set in. On our way back we will be visit Chandra Tal Lake as well.

    12. What sort of weather will be there?

      In early and later days of the trek temperature is normal and easily bearable but in between days temperature fall. During the day time temperature is hot and during the night time +3 to -4 degree.

    13. How much do we have to trek each day?

      We will cover anywhere between 8-15kms a day barring the days left out for sightseeing, travelling and other tourist activities.

    14. Is it a safe trek for girls?

      For girls, trekking is extremely safe. The trekking company has highest regards for women safety and will ensure that they're safe during the entire trek. If there is only one girl in the trip, then she will be provided with single tent to sleep alone. If there are more girls, then they can sleep under one tent. Always make sure that you are never left on your own. Understand your pace and be with the group.

    15. Where is the maximum elevation of this trek?

      The maximum altitude that will be reached will be 14, 100 ft.

    16. Will we do Chandratal Lake trek too?

      Yes while on our descend from Hampta Pass we will visit Chandra Tal Lake.

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