A quintessential trek for first-timers, the Hampta Pass trek is tailor-made for those looking to experience the Himalayan adventures! The easiest access point for this trek is from Manali at an altitude of 14,100 ft. Hampta Pass trekking is appealing mostly due to the fact that it connects the beautiful valleys of Kullu and Lahaul. The awe-inspiring landscapes and natural foliage of the region itself draw trekkers aplenty, not to mention the abundance of rare Himalayan birds and orchids spotted here.
The actual trek starts from Jobra, the drive to Jobra is the last road head for the trek. You will witness beautiful valleys, Prini village, 42 hairpin bends and cross the Beas river to reach Jobra.
Cross the road and take the small path into the forest. The sight is refreshing. The slope that is supposed to be climbed is an easy one and not very steep. 20 minutes into the trek, you will reach a bend that overlooks a lush green meadow strewed with small rocks. Enjoy the surrounding for a couple of minutes and head towards the meadow. The Rani nallah/water stream comes into view which flows directly in between the meadow. You will also see a few sheep and cows grazing in the field. The sight looks exactly as if taken out from a fairy tale. You will reach Chika after passing through some beautiful meadows. Chika campsite is a huge and spacious patch of green. The Rani Nallah flowing in the middle makes this place perfect for setting up the tents. Overnight stay in camps at Chika.
Balu Ka Gera is a flat ground amidst the mountains at an elevation of 12,368 ft. Today’s trail will take you through Jwara - a beautiful scenic sheltered valley. After an early breakfast, the trek begins from Chika and walks along the banks of the river to the left. The route will encompass several small waterfalls, lush green meadows and Dhauladhar peaks will be your constant company throughout the hiking hours. We set up our camps and relax for the rest of the day as we slowly reach an altitude of almost 12000 ft. Dinner and overnight stay at the camps at Balu ka Gera.
This is the crowning day of your trip and the most challenging one. The trek is long on this day and should be started at around 7 AM. It would take approximately 4-5 hours to reach the top. Today’s trek can be broken into two stages. The climb to Hampta Pass which is moderately steep followed by a steep descent to Shea Goru. Now at 14,100 ft., you are on top of Hampta Pass with breathtaking views that will leave you in awe. You will want to take a small break on the top of the pass so make it your target to reach the pass by lunch time, have lunch there and then start the descent. As we start walking towards the mountains from Balu Ka Gera along the river for an hour when the gradient begins, the trail takes you straight towards Hampta Pass. In no time, you will see the first plateau, the magnificent Deo Tibba peak right in front of you. Climb up the ridges as you come closer to Hampta Pass. The climb is vertical and steep which demands concentration and effort, which is all worth at the end. It can vary slightly depending on the snow condition too.
You will cover Shea goru to Chatru by foot and it will take approx 4 hours of easy downhill trek. Shea Goru is placed at an altitude of 12,864 ft and Chatru at 11,000 ft. It is a gentle trek downhill from Shea Goru. The trail here again is by the side of the river valley between mountain ranges. Chatru can be located at a distance. No vegetations can be seen in the barren mountains. You will notice the Chandra River flowing below and a road that goes by its side. More than two Glaciers come next which are to be crossed. The other side of the Glacier is Chatru. Chatru is a magnificent camping site; it is a consensus of the three passes, Hampta, Rohtang and Spiti. Overnight Stay near Chandratal/Chatru.
*The excursion to Chandratal is dependent on weather/ road conditions. If the excursion is cancelled, you are expected to be in Manali by 4 pm and stay in Manali.
It is the day when your Hampta pass & Chandratal camping and 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. Pass by the famous Rohtang Pass which is the same road, which connects to Leh Ladakh from Manali. You are expected to reach Manali around 4.00 pm.
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