Located majestically at the height of around 4,270 meters on the ever beautiful Pir Panjal range in the Himalayas, Hampta Pass is surrounded by snowy mountain peaks, hanging glaciers and is a great site.
The pass makes a small corridor in between Himachal Pradesh’s Kullu Valley and Lahaul Valley. The Hampta village which is located close to the pass and underneath it, gives the Hampta pass its name. Its also said that a sage by the name Hampta Maharishi also mediated here in ancient times. The trek for the site is located close to Sethan village. Apart from the tourists who visit and trek to the pass from around the world, the Hampta pass is also used by local shepherds. They visit the grasslands to feed their livestock during the summer season.
Hampta Pass trek has amazing sceneries, including the Chika Waterfall, Balu Ka Ghera meadows, and the Chandratal Lake.
Hampta Pass has a shorter route when compared to the other Himalayan treks. The whole trek including the return journey may only take 5 days. You have to reach Manali in Himachal Pradesh to start the Hampta Pass trek. The actual trek begins at Jobra, situated at the height of 2,987 meters. Here are some things that you should look out for while trekking to Hampta Pass.
On the second day of your Hampta Pass trek from Manali, you will reach the Vashisht village, and from here you can trek to the timeless Jogini waterfall. The short trek to Jogini waterfall is of 1-hour duration and takes you through the beautiful apple orchids and lush green forests. It is one of the best waterfalls in the Himalayas, from the “beauty” point of view. It’s named after the Goddess Jogini. The views here are quite enchanting. Below the waterfall, you can also find and visit the Vashisht Temple. There is also a hot spring at this place where you can take a relaxing and soothing bath.
Chandra Taal Lake
The Chandra Taal Lake is a crescent/moon-shaped lake, which is one of the exclusive high altitude and pure water bodies in Himachal Pradesh. Located at the height of 14,107 feet the lake has spell-bounding views. You can easily reach it by continuing your Hampta Pass trek further to Chatru and then to the lake itself. The lake is a part of the Spiti valley and sits between the high altitude snowy peaks of the Himalayas. The Chandra Baga mountains lay a green carpet over the area. You will find the lake unfrozen in the summer months, from June to September. At this height, you will get the mesmerizing views of the waters of the lake changing their hues and colors, with the colors of the sky.
The lush green terrain and Pandu Ropa
The Hampta Pass Trek starts from Jorba. Within two hours of the trek, you will reach one of the most beautiful regions of Himalayas – Chikka. You will also come close to a place where the Pandavas used to bath, by the name Pandu Ropa. Apart from the gorgeous and majestic waterfalls, the settlement of Chikka also has swift rivers, grasslands, large rocks, and abundant vegetation. These include rare and endangered species of flora dark Alpine forests and trees of maple, oak, and toss accompanies your trail here.
The Snowy Peaks
Hampta Pass is one of the most beautiful passes within the Himalayas. It is still one of the easy treks in India, situated at around 4,270 meters. The pass offers you great views of the Pir Panjal range, the highest amongst the Shivalik Range. The scenic views of the Indrasen peak and the Mount Deo Tibba are visible from here. The views at the pass can be quiet contrasting and fascinating. The trek connects the valleys of Lahaul and Kullu. Within the Lahaul valley, you can find the brown mountains along with the snow-clad peaks. On the other hand, the Kullu Valley has greenery, vegetation, and exotic fauna and flora.
Meadows at Balu ka Ghera
After crossing Chikka, Balu ka Ghera is your next major destination while trekking the Hampta Pass. The verdant and lush green grasslands offer a breathtaking view where you may see sheep and horses grazing. Marigold and other flowers can be found within the beautiful meadows of the region. Some people also say that there may be brown bears here who hibernate during the winters.
These were some of the many natural and scenic views you should look out for a while trekking the Hampta pass. For discovering more beauty, you will have to go there with us. Get in touch today to book your trek to Hampta Pass. You will be surely amazed by the alluring sceneries of the trek, it’s our promise.
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