Himachal Pradesh is home to a plethora of destinations whether it is about hill stations or trekking trails. Travelers and 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 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.
Hampta Pass is considered one of the most popular treks in Himachal Pradesh. The 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 this 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 exhaust 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
Arrive Manali, Drive to Jobri and Trek to Chika (9800 Feet)
Trek from Chika to Balu Ka Gera (12,411 feet)
Trek from Balu Ka Gera to Sheagoru (12,254 Feet) via Hampta Pass (14,035 Feet)
Trek from Sheagoru to Chattru (10,898 feet), Drive to Chandratal (14,074 feet) & Return back to Chattru
Drive from Chattru to Manali
Report at Manali Bus Stand by 8 AM and from there we start our drive towards Jobri, which is the starting point of the trek. We drive through Prini village where we take a stop for 5 minutes to follow a local custom and then continue our drive. The drive is scenic and 2 hours long. Then we reach the beginning point 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 an 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. 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.
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 trek. Your feet might get numbed as the water remains frosty. The further trek is 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.
We wake up and start the trek bit early in the morning as today is the most important day of the trek. The trek is divided into two stages. The first stage consists of trekking up to the pass and the second one consists 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 the 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 from the pass.
Later, we start descending 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.
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 take 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.
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.
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.
Q. What will be the group size?
Usually, we take maximum 12-15 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 trip/trek?
All our treks are led by professional trek leaders who are certified 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 travel/trek solo?
Yes definitely it is, 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 trek/trip?
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 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 trek/trip 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 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 trip/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.