GENERAL DETAILS

Grade: 4/10
Max Altitude: 14,100ft
Approx Trekking Km: 22 Km
Temperature in Summers: 20 to 25C day and falls to 5 to 7C at night
Temperature in Winters: 10 to 15C day and nearly 3 to -7C at night

When to go there – Anytime between May - October is good.

Specialty: High-Altitude Pass from where you can see spectacular view of Mt. Deo Tibba and Inderasan.

The word 'Hima' means snow in Sanskrit and hence the name Himachal Pradesh which means 'In the lap of Himalayas'. The mountains of the state are used for many adventure sports.
Hampta pass trek is considered the easiest and well-located of all treks. The variation in the trails is enormous, scenic landscapes, open green pastures and meadows, glacial valleys, easy access and an exceptional, adventurous and hair raising crossing of the pass makes this trekking expedition to Hampta pass an exciting one.
Generally, it takes 4 days to complete the Hampta pass trek, but one more day is further added to the itinerary so as to visit the well-known and striking Chandratal, a high altitude alpine lake few hours from Chatru.

Itinerary

Day 1: Drive from Manali to Jobra & Trek to Chika 2 km/1.5 hrs

Report at Ram Bag near Manali Mall road at 9:30 am and we will board taxi for Jobra. The trek starts from Allain Dhuangal Hydro Project site, Jobra. A variety of trees like maple, deodar, toss and oak can also be spotted on this trail. The sight is very refreshing. The gradient of today’s trail is easy and ideal for a first day hike. Chika camp site is a huge, flat & spacious green patch. With water stream flowing by the side makes it a perfect spot for setting up the tents.

Day 2: Trek from Chika to Balu-Ka- Ghera (7 Km/6 hrs)

The Second day trek is a gradual ascent. While trekking we will be able to see the magnificent view of Dhauladhar. The best part of today’s trek that we have to cross two rivers one at the start just near to Chikka Campsite and other at Jwara Nala. We will have our packed lunch after crossing the Jwara nala. It will take around 2 hrs more from lunch point.

Day 3: Trek from Balu-Ka- Gera to Sheagoru via Hampta Pass ( 7Km/8 hrs)

Today we will start early in the morning around 7 in the morning. The climb is almost tough all the way up to Hampta pass. Walk at steady pace with few breaks. The pass is not easily identifiable from balu ka ghera. It will take around 4-5 hrs to reach summit. As you cross the pass you enter the Lahaul region & change in the scenery is very contrasting. The trail is completely downhill from the Pass. This trail is steep & not clearly identifiable. Be extra careful while descending. After some walking you will be able to spot the campsite of Shea Goru far in the distance in the direction of river flow. Shea Goru in local means “Cold Street”. It is definitely very cold here due to the winds. Camp & overnight stay in Shea Goru.

Day 4: Trek from Sheagoru to Chhatru, Drive to Chandratal & Return to Chhatru, Camp in Chhatru, (4 Km /3.5 hrs Trek, 7 Hrs Drive)

This day we have an easy descent through the Hampta Valley. Trek begins with the crossing of river which is flowing by the campsite. Now crossing this river is one hell of an experience in itself. Let’s keep it as a surprise for the trek. The massive mountains of the Pir Panjal and Spiti ranges dominate the entire landscape during the Hampta Pass Trek till the camp site at Chhatru. Chhatru is a confluence point of paths from Rohtang Pass, Hamta Pass and Lahaul & Spiti. From Chatru if road and weather condition permit we head to the Chandra Tal and camp at suitable place according to the conditions.

Day 5: Drive from Chhatru to Manali (4 Hrs drive)

After breakfast we leave for Manali via the Rohtang Pass. Our wonderful experience of trekking in Himachal ends.

Inclusions

  • Accommodation (Camping)
  • Meals while on trek
  • Trek equipments
  • Permits
  • First aid medical kits and oxygen cylinder
  • Qualified & experienced trek Leader, Guide and Support staff and High Altitude Chef
  • Transport from Manali – Jobra, Chandratal –Chatru-Manali in Tata sumo/Similar as per itinerary

Exclusions

  • Accommodation and meals in Manali.(1 st day Breakfast day and last day lunch )
  • Any kind of personal expenses
  • Food during the transit
  • Insurance
  • Mules or porter to carry personal luggage
  • Any costs arising out of unforeseen circumstances like landslides, road blocks, bad weather, etc.
  • Anything not specifically mentioned under the head “Price Includes”

If you are beginner kindly offload your backpack, because trekking with heavy backpack in mountains is not an easy task especially when you are carrying around 8-10 kg uphill.

If you wish to offload your backpack, you can give it to Mule/porter. Charges of offloading backpack 300per Day. Inform us in advance so that we can arrange.
The backpack cannot weigh more than 11 kg. Backpack should have waterproof cover.

How to Reach Manali:-

By Air:-

Bhuntar, which is 52 km away from Manali, is the nearest airport. Taxi services are available from Bhuntar to Manali. Bhuntar is well connected to Delhi by air.Kindly check online for other informations.

By Road:-

Manali is well connected to Delhi. Take an overnight bus from Delhi and you will reach Manali in 12 - 14 hours. Tickets can be booked online at www.redbus.in or www.hrtc.gov.in.
Like the onward journey, buses leave from Manali to Delhi between 4 and 6 p.m. Your tentative arrival at Delhi may be anywhere between 6 and 10 am. Plan your onward journeys only post noon giving enough buffer for bus delays.

What to take:-

Trekking shoes: There will be several slippery patches on the trail, and you will need trekking shoes with good grip. Sports shoes will not be comfortable enough.

Backpack (50-60 liter): A backpack with sturdy straps and a supporting frame. Rain cover for backpack is essential.

Two warm layers: At the campsites, especially the higher ones, the temperature after sundown will drop to around 2-6 degrees. You will need at least three warm layers (two lights layers such as fleece and woolen and one padded jacket) for this trek.

Two trek pants: One pair of pants should suffice for this trek. But you can carry one spare pair in case the first one gets wet. Wear one pair and carry one pair.

Two collared t-shirts: Carry light, full sleeved t-shirts that prevent sun burns on the neck and arms. Again, wear one and carry one.

Thermals (Optional): Those who are more susceptible to cold can carry thermals to wear at night.

Accessories:-

  • Sunglasses: Sunglasses are to prevent snow blindness. There might be snow closer to the lake, so carry a pair of sunglasses.
  • Sun cap: The sun is more
  • Hand gloves: One pair of fleece or woolen hand gloves. One pair of water proof/resistant, wind proof gloves.
  • Balaclava: You may use woolen scarves instead as well.
  • Socks (3-4 pairs): You can take a pair of woolen socks for the day one at night and one as backup.
  • Headlamp/LED torch: Mandatory
  • Trekking pole: It will you a lot while ascending as well as descending.
  • Daypack (20 liter): If you are offloading your backpack, you will need a smaller backpack to carry water, medical kit and some light snacks.
  • Toiletries (Sunscreen, moisturizer, light towel, lip balm, toilet paper, toothbrush, toothpaste)
  • Two water bottles: 1 liter each
  • Plastic covers: While packing, use plastic bags to compartmentalize things and carry few extra plastic bags for wet clothes.

Mandatory Personal Medical Kit:-

  • Diamox – 10 tablets (to prevent AMS)
  • 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)
  • 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)