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, unlike most treks that start from a remote village.
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 draws trekkers aplenty, not to mention the abundance of rare Himalayan birds and orchids spotted here.
|Booking Date||7th – 11th June|
Day 1 – Drive from Manali – Jobri, Trek from Jobri – Chika
Following your arrival in Manali by noon, embark on a scenic trail to Kullu. Located close to each other, both these towns are fringed with scenic mountains, picturesque meadows and offers a pleasant climate to their visitors. Upon the completion of this sightseeing tour, return back to Manali and check-in into a lodge/hotel.
Post lunch in the hotel/lodge; mark the beginnning of the Hampta Pass trekking with a short drive to Jobri. During the drive, you can have stunning views of the Vashisht Temple, which is the origin of natural hotsprings, a quaint settlement called Johari, several other villages along with Prerni, a snow-clad hamlet. Also during the drive, you can witness plenitude of temporary thached huts that belong to the hydro-power plant.
Arriving in Jobri, you can see a bridge made of concrete; up on crossing this bridge and get started with the trek to Chika. Maintaining left from the bridge, trek for around 2-3 hours till you reach Chika. Upon arrival in the hamlet, check-in into the camps and spend overnight in there with a deleicious dinner.
Day 2 – Trek from Chika – Balu Ka Ghera
Waking up today, enjoy your morning meal and get prepared for the adventure ahead! Following the usual trails from the Chika camp, you will reach a wooden bridge, crossing which you will come to a stream that has high density and flow of the water. Maintaining left from here, you will gain some height and the trail will take you through a flowery meadow and a picturesque stream. Crossing this stream, you will finally reach Bhalu Ka Ghera, which is the hibernating ground of the brown bears. Arrving in Bhalu Ka Ghera, get into the camp and retire for the day; dinner and overniht stay will be in the camp.
Day 3 – Trek from Balu Ka Ghera – Hampta Pass – Siagoru
Today will be the most stunning day of the Hampta Pass trek, as you will be ascending to the pass within the day!
Starting with an early morning trek, maintain left to the valley and make your way through the snowy meadows. Hereafter, the hike will become more exciting as with every step of yours, you will get to witness the alluring beauty of the vicinity; for the shutterbugs, this is an ideal place to capture the charm and appeal of the Mother Nature.
Continuing on the left, you will finally reach the Hampta Pass! Witness the meticulous beauty of the surroundings, get yourself some beverages and food from the nearby stalls, and relax for a while. Post this; depart from the pass and embark on a fascinating hike to Lahaul.
Located 14,000ft above the sea level, on this trail, you will witness an entire valley blanketed with thick covering of snow. Though crossing this valley is not very difficult, you might encounter some hardships while crossing the last bridge in the vicinity. After crossing Lahaul, the trek will descend down towards Siagoru, the final destination for the day.
Situated 13,000ft high, Siagoru is an ideal camping destination with scenic mountains, gurgling rivers and stunning streams. Finally, after covering a total of 14km trek, retire in the camp for an overnight stay.
Day 4 – Trek from Siagoru – Chatru, Drive from Chatru – Chandartal
Today morning, you will be crossing the river that is visible from the camp. While half of this trail comprises of easy and gradual hike, the rest will be a bit of challenging as the trek will become steeper and will take you through rocky surfaces. Traversing all the way, you will finally come closer to the captivating Chandra River.
A high altitude river, Chandra flows along the Manali-Kaza Highway and is fringed with stunning mountains on both the sides. The most scenic feature of this river is that, while on one side, the mountains are covered with snow; the other side of the river has barren mountains!
Finally after trekking for around 5 hours, you will arrive in Chatru, from where a delightful drive will take you to Chandartal, the last destination of the day.
Day 5 – Drive from Chatru – Chandratal Lake – Manali
Embark on your journey by car to Manali on the last day of the trek through a route open between mid-July to October-end that leads to Chandratal Lake at 14,000 ft. The sight of the lake’s crystal waters and Tibetan prayer flags adorn the trail. Trekking during other months will need you to take the Kunzum La route which offers a scintillating sight of the Chandra Bhaga range. After covering a total of 200 kms reach your ultimate destination of Manali your Hampta Pass trek comes to an end.
- Trekking shoes: Carry trekking shoes and not sports shoes. The trail will be slippery at several places and will require shoes with good grip and ankle support. You can watch this video to learn to choose the right trekking shoes.
- Backpack (40-60 litres): A backpack with sturdy straps and a supporting frame. Rain cover for backpack is essential.
- Daypack (20 litres): As this is a crossover trek, you would only need a daypack if you are offloading your backpack.
- Three layers of warm clothes: Carry two sweaters, and a padded jacket. If you are more susceptible to feeling cold, add another layer.
- Three trek pants: Carry light cotton trek pants. One of your pants can be tights that you can wear as an inner layer while trekking, especially on the Pass day.
- Three collared t-shirts: Carry light, preferably quick-dry, full sleeved t-shirts that prevent sun burns on the neck and arms. If you’re too cold, you can wear two tshirts together for more insulation. A common mistake that trekkers make is not changing their tshirts often enough. Regardless of how cold it is, the body tends to sweat a lot. Trekkers who don’t change to fresh clothes fall ill due to wet clothes and are often unable to complete their trek.
- Thermals: Carry thermals (top and bottom) to keep yourself warm at night. Keep your thermals fresh and don’t wear them while trekking.
- Sunglasses: Sunglasses are mandotory. In June, there will be abundant snow on Hampta Pass, and you would need it to protect yourself from snow blindness.
- Suncap: At high altitude, the sun is extra harsh, as the UV rays don’t get filtered. So carry a suncap to protect yourself.
- Synthetic hand gloves: Avoid woollen gloves as they will get wet if you touch snow. You can add a fleece glove as an inner layer, and wear two gloves on each hand if you’re more susceptible to cold.
- Balaclava: You’ll need this to cover your head, as most of the heat escapes from your head.
- Socks (2 pairs) and a pair of woollen socks: Apart from two sports socks, you can take a pair of woollen socks for the night.
- Headlamp/LED torch: Mandatory
- Trekking pole: Watch this video to understand why you need a trekking pole.
- Toiletries: Sunscreen, moisturiser, light towel, lip balm, toilet paper, toothbrush, toothpaste, hand sanitiser. If you plan to use wet wipes to clean up after a trek, make sure you do not leave the used wipes/tissues back in the mountains since these are not biodegradable. The same holds for used sanitary napkins. Carry a zip lock bag to put used tissues and napkins. Bring this ziplock bag back with you to the city and do not dispose wet tissues and sanitary napkins in the mountains.
- Cutlery: Carry a spoon, coffee mug and a lunch box. We insist on trekkers getting their own cutlery for hygiene reasons.
- Two water bottles: 1 litre each
- Plastic covers: While packing, use plastic bags to compartmentalise things and carry few extra plastic bags for wet clothes.
Mandatory Personal Medical Kit
- Diamox – 10 tablets (to prevent AMS)
- Dexamethasone – one strip
- Nifedipine – 5 tablets
- Crocin – 6 tablets (fever)
- Avomine – 4 tablets (motion sickness)
- Avil 25mg – 4 tablets (allergies)
- Combiflam – 4 tablets (Pain killer)
- Disprin – 6 tablets (headache)
- Norflox TZ & Lomofen– 6 tablets each (diarrhea)
- Digene – 10 tablets (acidity)
- Domperidone – 6 tablets (vomitting)
- Omez/ Rantadine – 10 tablets (antacids)
- Crepe bandage – 3 to 5 meters
- Gauze – 1 small roll
- Band aid – 10 strips
- Cotton – 1 small roll
- ORS – 10 packets
- Betadine or any antiseptic cream
- Moov spray (aches, & sprains)