HAMPTA PASS – A 5-DAY ADVENTUREOUS TREK FROM MANALI
Hampta Pass is a magnificent mountain that stretches from the lush green Kullu Manali valley to the arid landscapes of Spiti. It is located in the renowned town of Manali. The path passes through vastly different landscapes, with many days of hiking including enormous grandeur adorned with deep Deodar woods, stunning meadows, and a variety of flowers protruding into the environment. Locals seeking to reach the opposite side of the Spiti valley for commerce or other exchanges, as well as shepherds moving to highland meadows in search of good pastures, chose this path when there was no road built across the Rohtang Pass (13052ft.). It is the most popular trip among adventurers looking for a memorable weekend in the Himalayas.
The excitement of crossing the High Himalayan Pass and admiring the vistas from the summit is a unique element of the Hampta Pass trip. The beautiful green valleys of Kullu and Manali are on one side, and the semi-arid area of the Lahaul valley is on the other. This amazing path is suitable for everyone, from fit/adventurous first-timers to seasoned hikers. The Hampta pass is extremely attractive and has less obstacles than some of its contemporaries, but it is by no means a stroll in the park. With the weather conditions being ideal, the Hampta Pass hike is extremely fascinating and quite hard at times. This is undoubtedly one of the quickest and most enjoyable excursions in the country.
The jewel Hampta pass adventure offers unrivalled variation and thrill throughout the way to keep any weariness at bay. The trek begins in the beautiful Manali Valley with a short ride from Manali to the trek's start point. We go through a lovely green environment with several meadows populated by local shepherds throughout the first two days of the walk. It's a really peaceful and relaxed stage with wonderful campsites.
The Hampta Pass trip is different and distinct, with lush valleys, glacial lakes, streams, waterfalls, and distant snow patches leading to an arid and desolate valley. The route passes through a valley surrounded by Rocky Mountains and accompanied by a flowing stream that is a tributary of the Beas River and is nourished by many torrents. However, these torrents impede some areas, leaving one with no choice but to pass through the freezing water, exposing one to the actual nature of the Himalayan region. The valley narrows as you progress through the tunnel, allowing you the opportunity to gaze back at the flowing valley behind you. There are moments when one must cross multiple icy torrents and rushing streams in order to access large rivers on both sides of the valley. At 4200m, Hampta Pass is a good milestone that may be reached by experienced trekkers or even a novice.
Best time to visit :
June through September are the best months to visit. The months of June and July are ideal for hiking. Due to the severe cold, it is typically not advised to hike alone after September. Expect a lot of snow in the area after October.
Day 1: Manali - Jobri & Trek to Chikka
Prini, Sethan, and Jobra are all accessible through a 19-kilometer journey from Manali that takes about an hour. The Chika campground on Rani Nallah is a short 2km hike through a forest of mixed pine, green maple, and birch trees. The trek comes to a conclusion at Chikka, where you'll discover a beautiful waterfall near to the campground.
Height: Jobra (9,800 ft) to Chika (10,100 ft)
Duration: 1 hour.
Day 2: Chikka - Balu ka Ghera
Leave Chika campground after waking up to the sounds of waterfalls for an exciting hike across stones and boulders. After 3 hours of moderate ascent, you arrive at Juara Nala, a pleasant section of the walk where you can enjoy the excitement of a river crossing as well as beautiful views of Indrasan Peak and the valley below. Finally, get in Balu ka Ghera, take lunch, and relax.
Height: The elevation ranges from 10,100 to 11,900 feet.
Day 3: Balu Ghera - Shea Goru, and cross Hamta pass
Begin early in the morning to reach upper Balu ka Ghera, when the trek to Hampta Pass Summit begins. In Lahul and Spiti Valley, you'll see the desolate scenery of the Himalayas once you've crossed the border. In June, the entire road is covered in snow, and it takes 4 to 5 hours to reach the summit of Hampta Pass. From the summit, take in a wonderful panoramic view, meet shepherds who come to the valley to feed their sheep, and then begin descending to the next campground, Shea Goru.
Height: The elevation ranges from 11,900 feet to 14,100 feet, with a descent to 12,900 feet.
Duration: 7-8 hours.
Day 4: Shea Goru - Chhatru, and drive to Chandra Tal
It's a downward journey from Shea Goru along the river valley's side, sandwiched between the Pir Panjal mountain ranges. The routes lead you through stunning scenery, through glaciers, and to Chatru's base camp, which is the next camping zone. A road runs beside the Chandra River, which flows below.
Height: 12,900 to 11,000 feet in altitude
Duration: 5 hours.
Day 5: Chatru to Chandratal (depending on road conditions) alternatively Chatru to Manali via Rohtang Pass:
The Chatru campground is 45 kilometres from Chandratal Lake. Only in the summer months, if road and weather conditions permit, can you climb up to see the magnificent Chandratal Lake. If the Lake is closed during the month you want to visit, you'll have to return to Manali.
With a wonderful tapestry of memories, our Hampta Pass Circular Trek draws to a close.