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Hampta Pass Trek

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Hampta Pass Trek is considered one of the most popular treks in Himachal Pradesh for the months of June, July and August. Being home to a plethora of trekking trails, trekkers from across the world visit here to experience the glorious and serene environment and to make unforgettable memories in the lap of Himalayas.

Out of all trekking trails, Hampta Pass Trek is one which is considered the perfect multi-day trek providing lush green views of Kullu valley and barren landscape views of Lahaul & Spiti Valley. The pass is situated at an elevation of 4270 meters and it links Kullu valley to Lahaul & Spiti valley.

The Hampta Pass Trek span is 5 days which is perfect for long weekends. It starts from a location called Jobri which is around 2 hours drive from Manali and it terminates at Chattru, which is located in Lahaul valley. The trek offers breathtaking views of landscapes, lush green valleys, lofty mountains, and magnificent Himalayan peaks. The most interesting thing about Hampta Pass trek is that one can easily notice a change in the landscape. Starting from lush green views and ending at barren lands of Lahaul & Spiti valley, the trek amazes at every step. 

Apart from all this, Hampta Pass trek has one more attraction, which is Chandratal Lake. Chandratal is a famous and one of the most beautiful lakes in Himachal. The lake visit is perfect to eliminate the exhaustion of the trek. The best time to go on this trek is from May to September.

The gradient of the trek is moderate but it is ideal for everyone whether you are a novice or an experienced. The experience gets better if you have done at least one high altitude trek before.

Check out the experiential blog: A Trek to Hampta Pass

Short Itinerary

Day 1 : Arrive Manali, Drive to Jobri and Trek to Chika (9800 Feet)

Day 2 : Trek from Chika to Balu Ka Gera (12,411 feet)

Day 3 : Trek from Balu Ka Gera to Sheagoru (12,254 Feet) via Hampta Pass (14,035 Feet)

Day 4 : Trek from Sheagoru to Chattru (10,898 feet), Drive to Chandratal (14,074 feet) and Return back to Chattru

Day 5 : Drive from Chattru to Manali

Fixed Departures

5th Jun to 9th Jun Open {5th Jun (Saturday) 08:00 AM to 9th Jun (Wednesday) 06:00 PM}

6th Jun to 10th Jun Open {6th Jun (Sunday) 08:00 AM to 10th Jun (Thursday) 06:00 PM}

12th Jun to 16th Jun Open {12th Jun (Saturday) 08:00 AM to 16th Jun (Wednesday) 06:00 PM}

19th Jun to 23rd Jun Open {19th Jun (Saturday) 08:00 AM to 23rd Jun (Wednesday) 06:00 PM}

26th Jun to 30th Jun Open {26th Jun (Saturday) 08:00 AM to 30th Jun (Wednesday) 06:00 PM}

3rd Jul to 7th Jul Open {3rd Jul (Saturday) 08:00 AM to 7th Jul (Wednesday) 06:00 PM}

10th Jul to 14th Jul Open {10th Jul (Saturday) 08:00 AM to 14th Jul (Wednesday) 06:00 PM}

17th Jul to 21st Jul Open {17th Jul (Saturday) 08:00 AM to 21st Jul (Wednesday) 06:00 PM}

24th Jul to 28th Jul Open {24th Jul (Saturday) 08:00 AM to 28th Jul (Wednesday) 06:00 PM}

31st Jul to 4th Aug Open {31st Jul (Saturday) 08:00 AM to 4th Aug (Wednesday) 06:00 PM}

7th Aug to 11th Aug Open {7th Aug (Saturday) 08:00 AM to 11th Aug (Wednesday) 06:00 PM}

14th Aug to 18th Aug Open {14th Aug (Saturday) 08:00 AM to 18th Aug (Wednesday) 06:00 PM}

21st Aug to 25th Aug Open {21st Aug (Saturday) 08:00 AM to 25th Aug (Wednesday) 06:00 PM}

28th Aug to 1st Sep Open {28th Aug (Saturday) 08:00 AM to 1st Sep (Wednesday) 06:00 PM}

4th Sep to 8th Sep Open {4th Sep (Saturday) 08:00 AM to 8th Sep (Wednesday) 06:00 PM}

Itinerary (Manali to Manali)

  • 1

    Day 1 : Arrive Manali, Drive to Jobri and Trek to Chika (9800 Feet)

    Report at Manali Bus Stand by 8 AM and from there we start our drive towards Jobri, which is the starting point of the Hampta Pass Trek.

    We drive through Prini village where we take a stop for 5 minutes to follow local customs and then continue our drive. The drive is scenic and 2 hours long. Then we reach the beginning point of Hampta Trek which is situated beside to the Allain Guhugal Hydel Project junction and start the trek.

    The initial trek is through the pine forest until we reach the Rani river valley. The forest route lasts for around one hour and we arrive on open green land. We may find one shop there from where we have our first view of the huge rectangular valley. We descend down and take the route going through the valley. The further route takes 2 hours to reach the Chika campsite, which is our Day 1 campsite on the Hampta trail. The entire trail is flat and mild uphill and it passes through the valley along the Rani river.

    We reach our campsite maximum by 4 PM and relax. Later, enjoy the sunset at the campsite. Dinner and overnight stay in dome tents.

  • 2

    Day 2 : Trek from Chika to Balu Ka Gera (12,411 feet)

    Today we proceed towards our 2nd campsite, which is Balu ka Gera.

    We take the right turn along the Rani river and move through the trail. The initial trail is a bit steep until we reach a green pasture. The trail also consists few tricky stretches that are fun to cross. While crossing the tricky stretch, we also get to see a waterfall on the Rani river. After crossing this stretch, we can see the mighty Indrasan peak right in front of us. The further trail is on the flat land and we can easily notice a change in the landscape.

    We continue our walk on the same route and arrive at a point where we have to cross a river stream. The size of the river stream is not so big but the flow gets furious during the rainy season which enhances the thrill of the Hampta Pass Trek. Your feet might get numbed as the water remains frosty. The further trek is a level walk and in another hour we reach the campsite.

    The weather remains usually cold as the campsite is situated above the tree line. Enjoy the views from the campsite. Dinner and overnight stay in tents.

  • 3

    Day 3 : Trek from Balu Ka Gera to Sheagoru (12,254 Feet) via Hampta Pass (14,035 Feet)

    We wake up and start the trekking bit early in the morning as today is the most important day of the Hampta Pass Trek. The trek is divided into two stages. The first stage consists of trekking up to the pass and the second one consists of descending to the Sheagoru campsite.

    The trail up to the pass is full of small and big boulders and is quite steep. We trek at a steady pace and in the zig-zag motion. It takes around 3 hours to reach Hampta Pass. We can have our packed lunch there. The pass offers ultra-clear views of Indrasan, Deo Tibba, and Papsura peaks. The Lahaul can be seen on the left side of the pass. 

    Later, we start descending from the Hampta Pass through the sharp and steep trail. Mind your step while coming down as the route is narrow and full of scree (loose stones). After finishing the descent, we continue our walk towards the Sheagoru campsite which is around 1 km from there.

    We reach the campsite by late afternoon. Our camps are pitched near the Sheagoru river. Enjoy the views of the river and the lofty peaks from the campsite. Dinner and overnight stay in tents.

  • 4

    Day 4 : Trek from Sheagoru to Chattru (10,898 feet), Drive to Chandratal (14,074 feet) and Return back to Chattru

    Today's trek is the easiest of all as we have to descend all the way to Chattru. We start by crossing the icy cold Sheagoru river and continue the trek on the right side of the river. After about one hour, we start seeing the road. It takes around 3 hours to reach Chattru.

    Relax and have lunch at the Chattru campsite. Then we start our drive towards the Chandratal lake if the weather remains good. The drive from Chattru to Chandratal is around 4-5 hours long. We make a stop at Batal, where you can click a photo at the famous Chacha Chachi ka Dhaba. The condition of the roads are too bad and gives the pure essence of the World's Treacherous road. Reach Chandratal and enjoy the beauty of this high altitude alpine lake. 

    Chandratal, also called Moon Lake, is situated on the Samudra Tapu plateau in the Spiti valley. Nestled amidst the mountains, at an altitude of 4,290 meters above the sea level, the lake is known for its clear blue waters, magnificent views of CB-12 peak and pristine environment.

    After exploring the lake, we drive back to Chattru through the same route. Dinner and overnight stay in tents.

  • 5

    Day 5 : Drive from Chattru to Manali

    Wake up and get ready for your journey back to Manali.

    On your way back we pass through the Rohtang Pass. The road journey is quite scenic. We reach Manali by evening. You can continue your onward journey.

    End of Hampta Pass Trek

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Inclusions

Accommodation: Stay is included from day 1 to Day 5 – you will be staying at camps on all days of trekking.

Meals: All Meals from day 1 Lunch to day 5 breakfast are included. We provide simple nutritious vegetarian food on all days of the trek.

Camping Charges: All trekking permits and forest camping charges are included.

Support Staff: Trek Leader and Local Guide.

Trekking Equipment: you will be staying in high quality tents and sleeping bags in all the camps. We provide high altitude sleeping bags which can stand temperatures as low as - 10 deg c. We also provide ropes, micro spikes, gaiters etc. As required.

Safety Equipment: First aid, medical kit, oxygen cylinders, Stretchers etc. will be available at all campsites to deal with emergencies. 

Exclusions

Mules/potters for carrying personal bag / things. It will cost you extra as 300/bag.

Jackets/warm cloths/shoes

Walking stick.

Raincoat/Poncho.

Cancellation Policy

No cancellations will be taken over call or whatsapp msg. Please reply to the email of payment receipt that you have received at the time of booking.

 Free Cancellation up to 60 days before the departure date

 59 Days to 45 days of Departure date. 10% of total Trip cost. (Booking amount is non-refundable)

 44 Days to 30 Days of Departure date. 25% of the total trip cost

 29 Days to 15 Days of Departure date. 50% of the total trip cost.

 15 Days to 8 Days of Departure date. 75% of the total trip cost.

 7 Days to Trip Departure date. 100% of the total trip cost.

 No Show . No refund.

Incase of government orders, harsh weather conditions , protests , landslides or any other unforseen circumstances , we work out the best possible alternate plans or trips/treks. At times even even certain activities are cancelled , the organization provides the best alternate but no refunds are provided.

 If a trek is called off at the last moment due to a natural calamity/unforeseen circumstances (like rain, snowfall, earthquake, landslides, strike, bandh etc.), JustWravel will issue a trek voucher for the full amount and if possible will provide an alternate trek. The voucher can be redeemed upto same amount for the same trek or another trek in the next 365 days from the trek departure date.

 If a trek or trip cannot be completed due to natural calamity/unforeseen circumstances (like rain, snowfall, earthquake, landslides, strike, bandh etc.). No refund would be provided.

 Any extra expense coming due to any natural calamity/unforeseen circumstances (like rain, snowfall, earthquake, landslides, strike, bandh etc.), Will be beared by customer. Company will not be liable.

 Cancellations policy will differ during the peak season and popular places.

Things To Pack

Down Jacket (Main jacket)

Raincoat/ Poncho

Inner Layer

Tshirt or Fleece

Trek Pant

Extra pair of Socks

Trekking/ Hiking Shoes (Forclaz 100 and above or Arpenaz 100. Checkout in Decathlon stores)

Woolen Cap

Rucksack (At least 40L)

Mufflers/ Neck Warmer

Extra pair of Clothes

Undergarments

Slippers

Power Bank

Sunscreen Lotion

Sunglasses

Torch

Water Bottle

Tissue Roll

Hand Sanitizer

Personal Toiletries

Medicines

First Aid Kit

*Add extra thermal layers and sweater during the winter season

Things To Know

Situated at a height of 4270m, Hampta Pass is a small passage. It’s located between Kullu Valley and Lahaul Chandra Valley on the Pir Panjal range in the Himalayas.

This is considered as one of the most convenient treks in Himachal Pradesh. In fact, Himachal Pradesh is one of the states which has the most number of tourists each year in India.

As it’s one of the easiest treks, the Hampta Pass trek might not give you an adrenaline rush. However, you’ll definitely be left in awe of the beautiful scenery. 

This valley is filled with alpine meadows, snow-white glaciers, waterfalls, and wildflowers. The adventure trek takes you to Kullu valley and its green, lush valleys. 

While trekking on the trail, you’ll see the deserts of Lahaul Valley surrounded by many mountains. This route will take you directly into the heart of the Himalayas. 

Hampta Pass tourism is boosted by the varied landscapes it provides including pristine rivers, meadows, and Himalayan ranges. It’s an ideal trip for budget travelers who want a trek that’s cost-effective in the wonderful Himalayas.

An interesting fact about Hampta Pass is that these dramatic changes are possible because the valley is a narrow one. It’s like a funnel and it remains that way until the endpoint at Chatru. 

As a result, the ecosystem becomes rich because the precipitation gets trapped. These simple yet serene things make the trek an exciting one.

It also forms a part of the culture of Hampta Pass. 

The Itinerary for Hampta Pass Trek includes trekking from Sheagoru to Chattru. At Chattru, you can order a steaming plate of rajma chawal at the local dhabas to provide some respite.

Here are some things to do in the Hampta Pass Trek. Check out the pass crossing. The adrenaline of the setting makes up for the exhaustion you feel after the pass climb. 

The narrow valley is surrounded by cliff-like peaks that are almost intimidating. 

Your climb can either be on loose or snow moraine, depending on the season. Don’t get fooled by the false ledges as they’ll lure you into believing that you reached the pass. 

Keep going and you’ll finally reach the plateau and you can take all the time in the world to soak in the amazing sight.

Some famous places you can visit in the Hampta Pass Trek is the Shea Goru campsite. 

This is everyone’s favorite. It’s an oasis and has a patch of greenery in the Lahaul valley. 

A stream quietly flows through the campsite, making the desert a bit more green. Wildflowers can also be found growing alongside the river. 

But just a word of caution, along with being one of the most popular campsites, it’s also the coldest. Pack well for this attraction.

You can also drive to Jobra. The drive to reach Jobra from Manali is extremely soothing as it’s filled with charming scenes. 

The road climbs from behind Manali as the town gets smaller and smaller and it goes up to 9,8000 ft. 

The town’s originally 6726 ft. As you start trekking, the Rani Nallah will accompany you until it disappears under the Hampta Pass’ snow.

The snow is seen during October where the weather of Hampta Pass is extremely cold. This snow melts down by August, however.

As the trek’s difficulty level is moderate, you might need solid preparation for the trek.

 

FAQs

Q. What will be the group size for Hampta Pass Trek?

Usually, we take maximum of 15-18 people in one group. We believe bigger groups have less fun and less coordination so that’s why we prefer smaller groups.

We need at least 6 people to operate our fixed departure tours/treks.

Q. Who all will go along with us on the Hampta Pass Trek?

All our treks are led by professional trek leaders who are certifie, mountaineers. Apart from them, there will be one local guide, cook, helper, porters and other staff.

All our trips are led by professional trip coordinators who have a good experience in leading groups.

Q. I am the only girl in the group, is it safe to trek solo?

Yes definitely it is, the safety of girls is most important for us. All our guides and other staff are carefully chosen for trips/treks. They are honest and reliable but we also advise you to take care of your personal belongings.

Q. What are the things that we need to carry on the Hampta Pass Trek?

Once you confirm the trip/trek and done with the booking, we will send you the packing list according to the trip/trek.

Q. What type of ground transportation will be used on the trip?

We hire taxis such as Innova, Tempo Traveller, Bolero, Tata Sumo, etc. from our vendors.

Q. I cannot carry my rucksack/bag on the trek, can I offload it?

We always recommend that you carry your rucksack during the trek because it helps in maintaining your body posture. In case if you cannot, then we can provide you a mule/porter to carry your rucksack. You will have to tell us at least 1 week before the trek. The charges for offloading would be INR 300 per person per day.

Q. Which shoes should I buy?

Shoes are your lifeline on the trek. It is highly advisable to buy trekking shoes of a good and known brand. You can consider companies like Quechua, Columbia, etc. A waterproof shoes with ankle support will work good.

Q. What are the washroom/toilet facilities like on the Hampta Pass Trek?

During the treks, separate toilet tents will be set up on each campsite.

Q. What will be the type of accommodation?

It depends on the tour. If it is a trek then you will be staying in dome tents or if it is a road trip the the accommodation can be in hotel/alpine tent/dome tent/home stay.

Q. Will you provide sleeping bags and mattresses?

Yes, we will provide sleeping bags and mattresses during the trek. Our sleeping bags can withstand temperature as low as -10 degree.

Q. How many trekkers will be in one tent?

It totally depends on group dynamics. If there is a couple, we can give them a separate tent or if there are odd number of people, then there would be triple sharing.

Q. How can I book a Hampta Pass Trek with you?

After selecting the trip/trek, you can book by clicking on the book now button or you can contact us and we will guide you in booking.

Q. What type of food is served during the trek?

We provide nutritious and healthy food during the treks. We always serve Indian vegetarian food and eggs.

Q. How to get safe drinking water on the Hampta Pass Trek?

Himalayan water is considered the purest water and safe to drink. But for safety purpose, we sometimes boil the water and then use it for drinking and cooking.

In case you find any clean water on the trek, always fill your water where the water is running not where the water is stable or is in rest.

Q. Can we change the itinerary?

Yes, you can give suggestions. We will look into that and if we find it feasible then we will apply it.

Q. Can you customize the Hampta Pass Trek?

Yes, we can customize any trip/trek as per your needs and as per the feasibility.

Q. Will doctor accompany us on the trek?

No, but our trek leaders are certified in Wildlife First Aid course and they always carry first aid kit and oxygen cylinders on high altitude treks.

Q. Do you prefer I should bring some medicines with me?

Yes it is advisable that you carry your own medication on the trek.

Q. Diamox is advisable or not?

Well, it totally depends on person to person. Usually, there are no side effects of Diamox but if you are having any prior medical conditions then it is better to consult your doctor.

Our itinerary is designed in a way that we take sufficient time to get acclimatized. In case if you are having problem on the trek then tell your trek leader about your condition as soon as possible.

Q. Can I take my child along on this trek? What is the age limit?

It depends on the difficulty level of the trek. Minimum age for eligibility is 14 years.

Q. What will we do if it rains?

If it starts raining slowly while trekking then we will continue our trek as per the plan. Your poncho will keep you dry. In case if it is raining heavily then we will try to find any shelter and wait for the rain to stop or slow. If it rains at the campsite then there would not be any problem because all our living tents, kitchen tents and toilet tents are waterproof. You will stay dry inside.

Q. Why is the trekking pole necessary?

Differs from person to person. If you think that it would help you maintaining balance while trekking then do bring the pole. Some people think that trekking pole disturbs the walking rhythm. So it’s upto you.

Reviews

Sujit Sharma
Sujit Sharma

Had great experience on hampta pass trek with justwravel group. Food was beyond expectations and the whole trek was full of fun and awesome moment even while facing bad weather ,local guides and our trek leader( Chandan sharma) well experience , full of fun and met our expectations.

Ramani Davare
Ramani Davare

My experience was pretty good with Justwravel. The food was great and our tents were good. We were told we would be provided gaiters which was not the case. Our team leader Chandan Sharma was alright.

ramkaran jandu
ramkaran jandu

Justwravel is not just a company it's community of great peoples. They are very helping in nature. would love go with them again in future.

Aman Goyal
Aman Goyal

Organising treks is not an easy task given such geographic and weather conditions. I had an awesome trip to Hamta Pass on 23 June 2018 with JustWravel where everything was well conducted.Group leader(Nishant) was great in connecting strangers as a team. Every day, we had lots of fun in evenings after finishing trek when we met in our dining hall camp for supper and dinner.

sumita sharma
sumita sharma

Awesome experience with a very friendly host and an equally friendly people on the trip

Karan Kashyap
Karan Kashyap

So it was my 2nd trek with them and the experience was same as earlier " Ek dum Jhakaas ".God bless JustWravel team many more to come with you people...

Sakshi Kakde
Sakshi Kakde

Great arrangements! Friendly ppl... recommended even if you are joining the group alone...:)

Anubhooti Sahajpal
Anubhooti Sahajpal

Hampta Pass was my first real trek and I'm so glad it happened with Justwravel.. Nishant is the coolest team lead allowing everyone to tred according to their own comfort and capability.. Yet being alert and omnipresent.. The arrangements were excelent and the team members were pleasant and earnestly commited towards their jobs.. Already looking forward to more travels with Justwravel.. Thanks guys:)

Sandeep Jakhar
Sandeep Jakhar

I must say the best trek of my life so far and thats all because of JustWravel team, special thanks to Manu who made this trek very beautiful.

Kriti Aggarwal
Kriti Aggarwal

My first trekking trip to Hampta Pass was great. This was my first experience with Justwravel and it was amazing. They deliver the best services to their customers. One such example is when I reached Manali government bus stop, I was informed that the tour group's cab will come to pick me from there. This was great on their part as it was not their responsibility to take me from government bus stop to private bus stop. In addition to this, the stay arrangements, food service were all properly taken care of. Thanks JustWravel for making this trip memorable. Will surely look for more trips with you... ?

Khushboo Kansal
Khushboo Kansal

Had been to Hampta pass trek and Chandratal lake (ex-Manali) with JustWravel during the long weekend of Dusshera. The overall experience, right from picking us up from Manali bus stop till our journey ended, was commendable. I, along my friend, were supposed to manage to reach from private to government bus stop on our own but as soon as we reached manali, we got a call that a cab had been arranged for our pick up from private bus stop itself. That was just the beginning and one such example of "customer delight" experience. Throughout the trek, our group coordinator as well as the trek guide kept extending their support to us. The hospitality, I experienced there, has indeed set a benchmark. I will highly recommend the travel enthusiasts to go with JustWravel atleast once in future.

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