Easy To Moderate
|Suitable for:||10+ years|
|Experience:||First timer can apply, previous trekking experience is more appreciated.|
|Fitness:||cover 5 km of distance in 30 minutes without a stress.|
Why Hampta Pass Is A Must Do Trek
Hampta Pass is a beautiful crossover trek that spreads across the lush green valleys of Kullu-Manali to the arid and barren landscapes of Chandra Valley in Lahaul. This trek presents the amalgamation of distinct landscapes and cultures, which is a unique experience in itself. The trek entwines along rocky paths, grasslands, gushing streams, cascading waterfalls, hanging glaciers, and the beautiful crescent-shaped emerald lake ‘Chandratal’. Get to witness the confluence of three passes, Hampta Pass, Rohtang Pass, and Spiti, which is quite a surreal experience and not to mention a close encounter with the Buddhist culture and the lifestyle in the remote Himalayan villages. The inhabitants of Sethan are originally migrants from Tibet and Spiti Valley and you will get to observe their distinct culture and traditions.
For nature lovers, Hampta Pass is a great adventure, and the terrains keep changing vividly at every juncture of the trek, added to it is the thrill of climbing a dramatic pass, which makes the trek even more adventurous. Standing on top of the pass, you can see the stark difference in the landscapes ahead and behind the pass. Hampta Pass Trek lets you experience 5 days of diverse landscapes in a beautiful mountain rhapsody.
About The Trek
Hampta Pass is located in the Pir Panjal Range of the Himalayas and takes you to an altitude of 14,100 ft. The trek is a compilation of glaciers, gurgling streams, challenging terrains, and in many ways an extraordinary trek that needs to be on your bucket list.
The trek starts from Jobra in Himachal Pradesh and true to its promise, the trek takes you through the endless natural beauty of Himachal. In the beginning, you will cross pine, maple, and birches from Jobra to Chika and the vast meadows often serve as grazing ground for cattle. En route Balu ka Ghera, you will cross colorful rhododendron forests and carpets of wildflowers followed by rocky hills and shallow lakes to Hampta Pass with an incredible panorama of the Pir Panjal Range from the gateway of the pass. From the topmost point, it is a wonderful galore of mountain views sweeping down to the valleys below. The wonderful experience continues with the descent to Shea Goru, this is probably the most difficult part of the trek as you will be descending through a steep downhill path along a rocky and narrow pathway.
The last treat awaits you at the end of the trek, the Chandratal Lake. the glacial lake is beautifully nestled between the peaks of Pir Panjal at a height of 4250 meters. The lake water keeps changing color throughout the trek. Chhatru is your last campsite for the trek but before that, you have to cross a chilling stream by the campsite near Shea Goru. No need to worry, the water is low and the currents are weak. From here a simple walk along pasturelands will take you to Chhatru. From Chhatru its a short drive to Chandratal Lake. Spending some time at Chandratal, you will return to Chhatru and the following day you will drive back to Manali.
What You Can Expect At The Trek
In a single hike, you will cover two beautiful valleys, the verdant Kullu Valley and the arid Spiti Valley in Himachal. This is an easy to moderate trek with a few challenging sections, suitable for beginner venturers and seasoned trekkers. Along the trek, you will come across rocky inclines and high vertical climbs. Keep yourself hydrated and relaxed and follow the instructions of the trek leaders to get the best out of your experience.
Since Hampta Pass is done in peak monsoon season, having rain is a possibility and so carrying rain gear is a must on this trek. Also, the temperatures can get pretty cold, so carry enough warm layers with you to be comfortable on the trek.
Mobile connectivity is available till the village of Jobra but it is not very stable. There is no network on the trek. You will have quite a few stream crossings and expect snow at the pass, we will provide micro spikes to walk comfortably on snow. For more information, you watch our ‘How to walk in the mountains’ video.
If you want to experience snow, TTH suggests you go on the month of June and if you are more inclined towards lush greenery then August and September are suggested. Shea Goru is the coldest campsite and you will also have to cross a river the next day without shoes, so pack floaters with you as well. Avoid flip-flops on the trek. Our trek leaders are mountaineering certified and they ensure high safety at all times of the trek. They will provide you with all the information that is necessary to appreciate a trek.
The trek takes place through an eco-friendly zone and as such, we do not condone littering in the mountains. Always pay heed to the trek leaders to enjoy a safe and sound trek experience.
The trek will follow along with some charming mountain villages, which are a great place to relax and unwind. Sethan is one such village at 8,860 ft. A 45-minute drive from Manali, this Buddhist village is surrounded by the beautiful Dhauladhar Ranges. This village is a great place to acquaint yourself with the distinct Buddhist culture. The Hampta village located just below Sethan is another popular mountain village on the trek. The legend has it that Yudhistir took this route when journeying towards heaven.
The Pass Crossing
The most thrilling part of the trek, the Hampta Pass crossing is a thrilling adventure. You have to climb three ledges one after another on this trek and the pass itself is a wide passage that goes on for some time before it abruptly drops high up from the mountain, making it so much more interesting.
The beauty of a crossover trek is such that it showcases the distinct change in the landscapes of two different regions and Hampta Pass is no less. The expansive 5-day long stretch takes you from the lush Kullu Valley in Himachal to the cold desserts of Chandra Valley in Lahaul in a sheer spectacle of nature.
Balu ka Ghera and Shea Goru are two of the most beautiful campsites on the trek. The Balu Ka Ghera campsite lies on the edge of a river with the Hampta Pass looming right in front of you and the expansive valley behind, the Shea Goru campsite has a green setting with a stream in front and mountains encompassing the surrounding.
Flora And Fauna
This Himalayan trek also presents a good deal of biodiversity, you will get to see coniferous trees like Pinewood, Maple, Deodar, Silver Birch, and Oak trees. You will also spot wildlife like shepherd dogs, sheep, vibrant Himalayan birds like whistling thrushes, and white-capped redstart.
The trek presents stunning views of mountain ranges like the Dhauladhar Range and the Pir Panjal Range and from the top of the pass, you get to see panoramic views of Deo Tibba, Mt. Indrasen, and its glaciers.
The beautiful Chandra Tal Lake is one of the most fascinating attractions of the trek. Surrounded by the red and brown mountains of Lahaul, and the Chandra River, the lake changes its colors all throughout the day. Chandra Tal roughly translates to ‘Moon Lake’ and it has a crescent-like shape. The Lake is steeped in mythology as well. As per Hindu Mythology, Chandratal is the point from where Yudhistir transcended to heaven in Indra’s chariot.
The trekking expedition starts at Manali where you will be driven to Jobra in a vehicle. Manali lies at an elevation of 6,700 ft. so it is a good place to acclimatize before you start the trek. The drive takes you along 40 hairpin bends before you arrive at Jobra, the drive time is around 2 hrs. You will get to see the beauty of the Kullu Valley all along the ride. Jobra is the base for your trek to Hampta Pass. It is situated at an altitude of 9,800 ft and the trek to Chika will take you to an altitude of 10,100 ft.
Today is an easy trek along the banks of Rani Nallah through a mixed forest of pine, green maple, and birches. The trek initiates from Allain Guhugal Hydel Project junction and after you cross the main road, you follow the small path leading into a forest of Pine trees and other conifers like Maple, Oak, Deodar, and Toss. The slope that you will climb is not steep and is quite easy to climb. The surroundings are very beautiful, take a moment to appreciate the beauty of the environs before heading into a lush meadow strewn with small rocks all around. Twenty minutes into the trek and you will arrive at the bend that overlooks the meadow.
A little into the meadow and the Rani Nallah comes into view, it flows through the middle of the meadow making it look like a picture right out of a fairytale. Walk through the meadow or climb up the hill on the left-hand side, either way, you will reach Chika at the end of the vast meadow. Climbing the hill and descending to Chika is the easier route and the campsite lies in a huge patch of a green clearing. Rani River flows through the middle, which makes the perfect setting to pitch up a tent. You may also spot horses grazing in the meadows that make a perfect setting for some Instagram-worthy photographs.
The next destination is Balu Ka Ghera. While the area is not visible from the Chika campsie but from the direction of the trail you can guess that it falls on the right-hand side. The trail will lead through boulders and rough terrain and the grade of the trek today is also an easy one and can be completed without any difficulty.
The entire stretch of the river\'s right bank is lined up with amazing dwarf Rhododendron trees. These trees will cover the lower and the central region and a cluster of silver birch trees cover up the upper region. Once you have reached the end of silver birch trees, wait a moment and look back to marvel at the entire range of Dhauladhar snow-clad peaks in front of you. The view is very picturesque. You will reach a clear stream waterfall to the left at a distance. This is the best place to fill your bottles.
After crossing the waterfall, the next route is towards the river to your left. You can go to the other side only by crossing the rivulet but you will have to wet your feet. Fair warning, the water is super cold and will definitely prick your feet. You can also jump from one rock to another in the stream and get to the opposite side. You must have finished half of the day\'s trek when you enter Jwara. Jwara is a beautiful scenic sheltered valley; huge snow-clad rocks at one side and the valley drops down to the river on the other side. You will feel like immersing yourself in the beauty of God\'s nature. You will find snows melting into the river and cattle grazing the land.
In front of you are snow-clad mountains and behind you lies the Hampta Pass. From here, the trail entwines along the riverside which will lead you to another rectangular valley. The path is covered with multi-colored flowers. The last of the tree lines vanish out of the sight and are left behind. It will take another half an hour or so to reach the end of the valley, which is the finishing part of Jwara. After Jwara, the path is a slope covered with snow and rocks. You will spot a variety of purple, yellow and pink wildflowers along the way. The terrain flattens out as you progress towards Balu Ka Ghera. You have to walk along a path of rocks and boulders and the rocks become more and more sparse as you progress towards Balu Ka Ghera.
Balu ka Ghera marks the end of the path, the name has nothing to do with the place. The place is covered with snow and greens whereas the name implies a mound of sand. But it is said that this place was formed with the sands and dust deposited by the river and hence the name. Balu ka Ghera campsite is a flat ground amidst the mountains that you will cross the next day to reach the pass. Balu ka Ghera is at an elevation of 11, 900 ft.
You can split the journey into two halves, a steady ascent on a moderately steep slope to Hampta Pass, thence a sharp descent to Shea Goru. The highest altitude will be achieved on this day at Hampta Pass (14, 100 ft). The day starts by heading towards the mountains you spotted the previous day near Balu Ka Ghera. The trail is along the riverside. The view is amazing, tiny yellow and orange flowers along the river banks enhance its beauty.
The riverside trails take you further to the base followed by the actual climb to the Hampta pass. The trail fades out at some point so be mindful as to not get lost. When trekking with us, our trek leaders will lead you through the right trail so no worries about wandering away. It will take an hour to reach here. Another hour of the walk will take you to the first plateau. In summer, the place is completely covered with thick fresh snow. Otherwise, it is just patches of snow everywhere. The Deo Tibba peak will fall right in front of you.
You will reach another plateau and onto a ridge. It will take another half an hour to reach the ridge\\\\\\\'s end. Then from the first ridge trek further up to get on the second ridge. Hampta Pass is just a few meters and a bend away from the second ridge. The climb to Hampta Pass is a vertical one and is a hard mount. It will take about 15 minutes to reach the pass. Yes, by the time you reach there, you would be extremely tired but the site which unfolds in front of you is supremely stunning. Enjoy for some time in the pass, relish the beauty around, have your lunch and then get ready for the next descent to Shea Goru.
The descent is trickier than the journey to the pass. The decline is so steep that you would not be able to locate the base of the mountain, not even by craning your neck. The best possible way to get down is either by sliding down the slope if there is snow or with the use of ropes for support. The route is a little meandering too. You will also spot Spiti from this point. In an hour and a half, a final u-turn will bring you to the base of the valley and the trail ahead will lead you to Shea Goru. The valley is secured by snow-clad mountains, and the side which is open is way to Shea Goru. The trek to Shea Goru is easy and on flat land. The river again flows to your right. Like Balu Ka Ghera, the Shea Goru campsite is also by the riverside. Set your camps on the grounds and retire for the night with a feeling of contentment at the heart.
You will cover Shea Goru to Chatru by foot and it will take approx 5 hours of easy downhill trek. Shea Goru is placed at an altitude of 12, 900ft and Chatru at 11, 000ft. It is a gentle trek downhill from Shea Goru. The trail here again is by the side of the river valley between mountain ranges. Some places can be a little slippery so be careful.
Chatru can be located at a distance. No vegetation can be seen in the barren mountains. The tricky part comes next. You will have to be careful as the trail might sometimes lead you to the edges of mountains and ridges. The route has slippery parts too. So, sure-footed and careful navigation is required to go further. Nevertheless, the trek is not as difficult as it sounds. You will for sure enjoy the sliding. Getting down the mountains will consume another two hours of your time. 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, the next camping zone. Choose a location that has the river running around.
Chatru is a magnificent camping site; it is a consensus of the three passes, Hampta, Rohtang, and Spiti. The location is just about another two hours away.
Note: You can visit Chandratal if road and weather condition permits us. If not, you will have to drive directly from Chatru to Manali and skip Chandratal altogether.
It is time to say goodbye to the Spiti Valley and head back to Manila. A ride back from the Chatru campsite to Manali is scheduled for day 5. After this 7 hour journey full of mellow reminisces of the hills, you will be reaching Manali in the evening. An overnight journey after 06:00 pm to Delhi will hopefully work out best.
A visit to Chandratal will be either on Day 4 or Day 5. You can hike up to the marvelous Chandratal Lake (known as the moon lake). Chandratal Lake is 45 km from Chatru campsite. The sheer blue color of the lake has an amazing effect on the surroundings. You can visit Chandratal only in the summer months if road and weather condition permits us. If not, you will have to drive directly from Chatru to Manali and skip Chandratal altogether.
You have to reach Manali
Once you reach the assembly point of the trek in Manali. TTH will take care of your further travel, which is also the starting point of the trek.
1. Take overnight bus to Manali from Delhi or Chandigarh, taking a bus from Chandigarh is the most ideal option.
-Chandigarh to Manali Bus: 10 hours.
-Delhi to Manali Bus: 14 hours is hectic and takes more time.
We always recommend to go for the govt. Buses over the private ones outside the bus station as based on the experience we have found that there are very high chances of delay involved with private buses. Also, govt. Buses are always more reliable. Whichever bus you choose, just make sure to reach Manali at least by 9-10 am positively.
Take a flight to Chandigarh Airport and then travel by bus to Manali is the best option.
2. You can even take a flight to Bhuntar Airport but I would not recommend it because of the high prices of the flight and very high chances of cancellations. In case you do reach Bhuntar by flight, Manali is just a couple of hours away and you can easily get a bus or a private taxi till there. If you do plan to come via Bhuntar, make sure to reach at least a day before the trek starts.
3. You can even come via train, Pathankot railway station is from where you can get direct buses to Manali that is 300 km from there and would take an overnight journey. Even in this case, reach a day before at Manali.
Please click on Note section to know about Pick-up timing and vehicle type.
Trekkers will be dropped at Manali Gov Bus Stand.
1. Accommodation. (Camping).
• Camping on Day 1 to Day 4
2. Meals while on trek (Veg. + Egg).
• From the Day 1st Lunch to the Day 5th Lunch
3. Support Team.
• 1 Mountaineering qualified & professional trek Leader
• Guide (Number of guides depend on the group size)
• 1 High Altitude chef
• Support staff
4. First aid.
• Medical kits
• Oxygen cylinder
5. Transport (to and fro) as per the itinerary.
• Manali to Jobra
• Chatru to Manali with Chandratal
6. All necessary entry fees and permits.
7. Porters/mules to carry central equipment.
1. Food during the transit.
2. Any kind of personal expenses.
3. Mules or porter to carry personal luggage.
4. Any kind of emergency evacuation charges.
5. Anything not specifically mentioned under the head Price Includes.
Normally TTH expect to carry your personal luggage on your own, if you wish to offload your backpack, you can give it to Mule.
Charges of offloading backpack:-
INR 1350/- if you make an online payment, 10 days in advance
INR 1500/- if you inform us after reaching Manali
The backpack cannot weigh more than 11 kgs. Backpack should have waterproof cover. Suitcases/strolleys/ bags will not be allowed.
The fee can be paid by online transfer/Check deposit/Cash deposit/Demand draft. Instruction for
payment will be forwarded along with your confirmation email. When your transfer is done, please
e-mail us a confirmation mail with your transfer details, so that we can follow up your reservation efficiently.
For the cancellation of services due to any avoidable/unavoidable reasons, Trek The Himalayas must be notified of the same in writing at [email protected] At the time we receive your written cancellation, refunds based on the total fare are as follows.
Cancellations prior to 25 days from the start of the Trip
Cancellation between 24 days and 15 days to the start of the Trip
Cancellation between 14 days and 10 days to the start of the Trip
Cancellation less than 9 days to the start of the trek
If by a rare consequence TTH calls off/cancels a trek:
At TTH, we almost never call off or cancel our treks. But in the rare event that we do call off or cancel a trek due to any unforeseen circumstances or natural catastrophes like continuous rain or snow, thunderstorms, snowstorms, landslides, floods, earthquakes, or any other natural calamity that prevents us from carrying out a trek in a safe manner, unforeseeable circumstances like local riots, curfews, pandemics, lockdowns, government orders, or any such situations that prevents a safe trekking experience, TTH will issue a voucher summing up to the same amount as your trek fee. The voucher can be redeemed on any of the treks over a period of the next year.
In the rare event that TTH shifts a trek:
As we mention always, weather conditions at high altitudes are extremely unpredictable and can change at any time of any day. Also, situations like natural calamities or political unrest, pandemics and lockdowns, etc are out of our control and if an event cannot run under any such circumstances that we do not directly have control over then we will try to give you an alternative trek, which means your trek will be shifted from one trek to another, which will be safer and more favourable.
In these cases, a voucher is issued to mitigate the difference in cost between the two treks. You can redeem the voucher at any time over a period of one year from the date of issue. A refund fee or refund of the difference is not applicable.
Cash Voucher Terms:
Itineraries are based on information available at the time of planning and are subject to change. "Trek The Himalayas" reserves the right to change expedition dates, people or itineraries as conditions warrant. If a trip must be delayed or the itinerary changed due to bad weather, road conditions, transportation delays, government intervention, airline schedules, sickness, or other contingency for which TTH or its agents cannot make provision, the cost of delays and/or other changes are the responsibility of the participant. TTH reserves the right to decline, or accept, any individual as a trip member for any reason whatsoever.
|Back pack & rain cover||(50 - 60 ltr) with comfortable shoulder straps|
|Day pack + rain cove||20 - 30 ltr (If hire a mule or porter)|
|Walking stick||Advisable (At least one)|
|Water bottle/Hydration pack||2 bottles of one liter each, People who use hydration pack 1 hydration pack and 1 bottle of one liter, Carry at least one thermos flask.|
|Personal Medical Kit||Consult your doctor|
|Snacks||Energy bars, dry fruits, electral/ors|
|T-shirts||4 Full sleeves (Non-cotton)|
|Fleece T-shirts||1 Nos.|
|Fleece jacket||1 Nos. (Alternative: a woolen sweater)|
|Down feather / Hollofil jacket||1 Nos.|
|Wind & waterproof (jacket & pant)||1 Pair|
|Trek pants||3 Synthetic (avoid shorts, fitting denims, capris)|
|Fleece/woolen gloves||1 Pair|
|Hand sanitizer||Antibacterial powder|
|Toothbrush and toothpaste||Lip balm / Chapstick|
|Toilet Paper & wipes||Quick dry towel|
|Head torch||1 Nos. (Avoid Hand torch)|
|Woolen cap||1 Nos.|
|Balaclava||1 Nos. (Optional)|
|Sunglasses||Dark with side cover, it should be U/V protected, People who wear spectacles- (A)- Use contact lenses. (B)- Photo chromatic glasses.|
|Trekking shoes||1 Pair (Waterproof, high ankle with good grip)|
|Cotton socks||6 pairs|
|Woolen socks||1 pairs|
|Gaiters||1 Pair (TTH will Provide)|
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