Hampta Pass is a high mountain pass which links Lahaul and Kullu valley in Himachal Pradesh. Having an elevation of 4270 meters, the journey to the pass is one of the beautiful treks in Pir Panjal range of Himalayas. There is also a village named Hampta and its name is based on the Hampta Pass. The pass is usually crossed by shepherds. Every year, they open the route and come here in seeking for high altitude grassland.
Apart from scenic views, one can experience vertical rock walls, hanging glaciers, lakes, waterfalls, 6000 m and above peaks on this trek. The difficulty level of this trek is moderate and is suited for experienced ones or one should have done atleast one trek before. The added advantage of doing this trek is one gets to see scenic and pristine Lake of Chandratal.
Reach Manali and drive to Jobri and trek to Chika
Altitude: 9800 feet
Time Taken: 20 minutes to reach Prini from Manali , 1/2 hour drive to Jobri from Prini.
Trek Gradient: Easy
Arrive at Manali, one of the most popular hill stations in North India. Pick up will be from Manali bus stand and from there we will start our drive to Jobri, from where the trek starts. The starting trek is through pine forest having an occasional Maple tree with its new lush green leaves. After crossing the forest you will cross a small bridge over the Rani River. The complete path is covered by green grass. You will reach your first camp site, which is Chika. Dinner and overnight stay in tents.
Trek from Chika to Balu-Ka-Gera
Time taken: 4-5 Hours
Trek gradient: Easy to Moderate
Today’s trek will be along the Rani River heading into a rectangular valley. Amidst the way, you will find a variety of tiny colorful flowers. The trees are now left behind. You will now cross a small stream on your way. After crossing the stream you will reach your second camp site, which is Balu ka Gera. Overnight stay in tents.
Trek from Balu-Ka-Gera to Sheagoru via Hampta Pass
Altitude: 12411 feet to 12254 feet via 14035 feet.
Time taken: 8-9 hours.
Trek gradient: Moderate
Today’s trek is divided in to two stages. The first stage will include the trek to Hampta Pass, which is moderately steep and the latter stage will cover the steep descent to Shea Goru campsite. The views from the pass are incredible. The initial climb to the pass will have the gentle gradient with an area prone to rock fall. After this, you will encounter the first steep climb. The climb will get you on the first pleateau from where you can see Deo Tibba peak in front of you. Cross the pass and start your descent towards Shea Goru.
Trek from Sheagoru to Chatru, Drive to Chandratal ( If weather permits ) & Return to Chattru, Camp in Chhatru.
Altitude: 12254 feet to 10898 feet to 14100 ft.
Time taken 4-4.5 hours
Trek gradient: Moderate
**Depending upon the condition of the road**
Your day will start by crossing the icy cold Shea Goru nala. The initial trail is a gentle downhill walk along a river. After crossing this part, you will start seeing the Chhatru road at a certain distance. Have lunch and get ready for your visit to the Chandratal Lake. The lake is in the shape of moon and is situated at an altitude of 14000 feet above the sea level. Spend good time there and reach back to your campsite at Chhatru.
Drive from Chattru to Manali . Drop in Manali by 4 PM Approx.
Wake up and get ready for your journey back to Manali. On your way back you will cross the Rohtang Pass. The road journey is quite scenic. Reach Manali by 4 PM. Trip Ends.
1) All meals (Breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks)
2) Accommodation in tents, sleeping bags, mattress, medical kit.
3) Transportation on both sides (to and fro)
4) Cook + guide + helper
5) Mules /Potter for carrying all above mentioned things.
6) All permits
1) Mules/potters for carrying personal bag / things. It will cost you extra as 300/bag.
2) Jackets/warm cloths/shoes
3) Walking stick.