Walking is the most ancient yet the best modern exercise and, in every walk, in nature, everyone receives more than what they seek. Into the mountains, people go to lose their mind and find their soul. Everyone wants to live in the mountains, but the contentment and growth occur while you are climbing it. People all over the world have taken up trekking and hiking as their getaway from the daily drama and hustle. They go to nature to be soothed and healed and to get their senses put in order.
It is not the mountains that they conquer, it is themselves. In the lap of Himalayas lies various trekking and hiking destinations. Hampta pass trek, Stok Kangri trek, Goecha La trek, Pin Parvati pass trek, Bara Bhangal trek, etc. are some of the famous treks of the Himalayan region.
About the region
Hampta pass trek is a very convenient yet beautiful trek located in Himachal Pradesh, India. The trek is easy and less challenging as compared to other treks across the country. It is an unusual but beautiful trek; it starts from the lush green valley of Kullu which extends outwards perpendicularly in the mountains.
The perpendicular extension is like a balcony view into a totally different sphere called the deserts of Lahaul. The pass presents a full bird’s-eye view of the Lahaul valley. It is one of the unexpected twists of the landscape seen in the country. The changes in the countryside are colossal; spectacular panoramas, vast grassy fields and meadows, frozen valleys, natural passage, and an extraordinary, thrilling and spine-chilling crossing of the route make this trekking odyssey to Hampta pass a compelling one. It usually takes four to five days to complete the trek, a day or more can be added according to your comfort.
Hampta pass trek is one of the rare trekking destinations of India which extends wide disparity in the territory. It is a very unique and extraordinary pass for every adventure lover.
The distinguished geological terrains that the Hampta Pass has to offer:
Thick Forest on the trail to Chika
The dense forest of pine and deodar trees mark the start of the journey. Acer trees, silver birch, toss, and oak are also found in these different woods. Crossing the forest would not take more than half an hour, after that, a grassland enclosed amidst solid mountains, encircled by pine trees is seen.
Fields behind Jobra and at Jwara
Immediately after traversing the diverse forest, the way presents a small grassland which is snuggled within the immense mountains, blanketed with lush green grass and seasonal blossoms. You can easily hear the spouting Rani Nala streaming in the area near this place.
Jwara is in between Chika and Balu Ka Gera and is mostly chosen by the travelers as a campsite to rest or chill for the night. The piece of grassland at Jwara is circled by the Dhauladhar range from one side, rock-strewn mountains from the other and lies beyond the spouting Rani Nala. The waterfall streaming down from the jagged peaks adds on to the beauty of the grassland.
Scree and Moraines near the Pass Crossing
The greenery fades into rocks and dramatic views, the wavering rocks are called Scree, and the iceberg heaps are called Moraines. Trekkers start their journey from Balu ka Gera towards Hampta Pass. Moving ahead the moraines fade, and large mountains come into the picture which is covered with snow.
Snow Pass and Snow Bridges
After walking past the moraines towards the Hampta pass, you would find a stream many times which runs to and fro as if it is lost and seeking a way.
The extent of 2 km on Scree is mainly beside the stream and all of a sudden, you would feel like it has disappeared. Well, you would be surprised to find out that the flow gets frozen. You should be very careful while walking on the snow bridge, you should try and walk on others footsteps to prevent slipping into the flowing stream.
Desolated mountains of Spiti
Spiti is famous for rocky and arid mountains. Dry and cold storms filled with dust make the place bit edgy, but it is one of the most beautiful sights from the trek.
After crossing the pass as you start moving down Lahaul valley, the landscape would change again. The Nala will be gone, and You would find a river called Chandra flowing. You would discover very less vegetation and towering colorful mountains.
Best Time to trek
The best time to go on the trek is from mid-June to mid-October because there are chances for you to witness snow on the high passes in the early days and after that, it melts by August. There are rain showers during monsoons in Kullu-Manali valley, but in Spiti, the sun shines brighter like ever. The temperature is expected to be between 12 and 20 °C throughout the day, whereas during the night, the temperature at the elevated campsite would be within -2 to 6 °C range.
In the other half of the trekking season September – mid-October you will find a bit of snowfall. The temperature is expected to be between 12 and 18°C throughout the day, whereas during the night, the temperature at the elevated campsite would be within 4 to -6 °C range
So, remember to turn everything off once in a while including your volcanic mind and go on a trek because, in the end, you will not want to remember the time spent working in the office or lying around like a couch potato.
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