Hampta Pass Trek with Chandratal Lake

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Hampta, Manali, Himachal Pradesh
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Duration

5 Days

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Group Size

30 people

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About this tour

Hampta Pass Trek is a corridor in the Himalayas, between the Chandra Valley in Lahaul and the Kullu Valley of Himachal Pradesh, India. The pass is named after Hampta Village, below Sethan Village. Lower Himalayan shepherds use the pass in summer for its high-altitude grasslands in the summer when the desert of Lahaul is barren. The pass includes vertical rock walls, waterfalls, hanging glaciers, pinewoods, rhododendron forests, open meadows, and small lakes, as well as 6000-meter tall peaks. The trek also includes glaciers and fast-flowing rivers, making it challenging but doable for some beginners.

Hampta Pass Trek

Quick information

  • Trek duration: 4N/5D
  • Trek difficulty: Moderate
  • Trek Starting Point: Manali (Himachal Pradesh)
  • Best time to Visit: Mid-June to Mid October
  • Highest altitude: 14,100 ft at Hampta Pass Summit.
  • Total trek distance: 28 Km
  • Temperature: Day: (7°C to 15°C) and Night: (0°C to -5°C)
  • Meals: Vegetarian
  • Accommodation: Homestay & Tents
  • Age group: 6-60 years
  • Nearest airport: Bhuntar. Located 52 km away from Manali
  • Nearest railway station: Chandigarh Railway Station (approx. 292 km away from Manali)

Hampta Pass Short Itinerary

Day 1 Manali to Jobra to Chika

  • 27 km drive (Manali to Jobra) + 3 km trek (Jobra to Chika)
  • Our adventure begins with a beautiful drive! We’ll travel for about 1.5 hours 27 km drive from Manali to Jobra, at 9,000 feet altitude. Take a deep breath of that fresh mountain air before a short 3 km hike to Chika, our comfy campsite for the night, nestled at 10,100 feet.
  • This first hike is important to get used to the higher altitude, so take it slow and enjoy the amazing views! After settling into your tent, enjoy a delicious dinner under a sky full of stars!
  • Meals: Lunch, Dinner, Evening Tea Snacks

Day 2 Chika to Balu ka Ghera

  • Day 2 gets a little more challenging! We’ll tackle a moderate 8.5 km trek, lasting about 5-6 hours, as we slowly climb to Balu ka Ghera, our next campsite perched at an altitude of 12,000 feet.
  • The trail boasts stunning scenery, and there will be plenty of spots to rest and refill your water bottle at refreshing streams along the way. After this scenic journey, delicious meals and comfy tents await at the campsite!
  • Meals: Breakfast, Packed-Lunch, and Dinner.

Day 3 Balu Ka Ghera to Shea Goru via Hampta Pass

  • Get ready for the toughest, but most rewarding, day yet! Today’s trek takes on the mighty Hampta Pass, the big highlight of the trip, standing tall at 14,100 feet. Although it’s a scenic 7 km trek taking about 6 hours, the incredible views and feeling of achievement will make it unforgettable.
  • We’ll then descend a bit to Shea Goru, our campsite for the night, nestled at 12,900 feet – known as the trek’s coldest place. But don’t worry, your warm and comfy tent will be ready for a well-deserved rest!
  • Meals: Breakfast, Packed Lunch, and Dinner.

Day 4 Shia Goru to Chatru trek and drive to Chandratal and back

  • We’ll have a relaxed 5-hour trek of 7 km, descending from Shea Goru (12,900 ft) to the charming village of Chattru (11,000 ft). Enjoy the beautiful mountain views as we make our way down.
  • Chatru will be our base for an exciting side trip to the breathtaking Chandratal Lake. This stunning lake, nestled high in the mountains, is a must-see for any visitor to the Spiti Valley.
  • The drive to Chandratal Lake is approximately 50 km and can take 3-4 hours depending on road and weather conditions.
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner.
  • Important Note: The exact timing of the Chandratal Lake visit may be adjusted (Day 4 or Day 5) based on factors like road conditions and weather.

Day 5: Chatru to Manali via Atul Tunnel

  • Time to head back! Day 5 is a scenic drive of 85 km through the Atul Tunnel, taking us back to Manali by around 2:00 pm.
  • Breakfast is included at the Chatru campsite, but lunch is not included on this final day.

Important Note: If the roads are not clear or the weather is bad: We’ll unfortunately have to skip Chandratal Lake and drive directly from Chatru back to Manali. The final decision to visit Chandratal Lake will be made based on the latest road and weather conditions to ensure everyone’s safety.


Hampta Pass Trek Difficulty

The Hampta Pass Trek difficulty is classified as a moderate-level, offering a perfect balance of adventure and accessibility. It attracts a diverse range of trekkers, including both beginners seeking an exhilarating challenge and experienced hikers looking for a new expedition.

Trek Altitude

While the trek poses certain physical and mental challenges, it is considered manageable for those with average fitness levels and a spirit of determination. The maximum altitude reached during the Hampta Pass trek is approximately 14,100 feet, which provides trekkers with a taste of the mesmerizing high-altitude environment without venturing into extremely demanding altitudes.

One of the notable aspects of the Hampta Pass Trek is its varying terrain. Trekkers will encounter a mix of well-defined trails, rocky patches, steep ascents, and descents. The route also includes traversing glaciers and crossing fast-flowing rivers, adding an element of adventure and thrill to the experience. These factors require trekkers to have a reasonable level of physical fitness, as well as the ability to adapt to changing landscapes and weather conditions.

Prior hiking experience is not mandatory for undertaking the Hampta Pass Trek. However, beginners are advised to engage in preparatory activities to enhance their overall fitness and stamina before embarking on the journey. Regular exercise, including cardiovascular workouts, strength training, and endurance-building activities, can significantly contribute to a smoother and more enjoyable trekking experience.

Read moreFitness preparation for Himalayan trek.

The Hampta Pass Trek is considered a moderate trek, ideal for those seeking a challenge but are fairly new to trekking adventures. The trek usually takes 4-5 days to complete, covering roughly 26 kilometers.


Best Time to Visit Hampta Pass Trek

Hampta Pass Trek

The best time to visit the Hampta Pass Trek varies slightly month-wise until mid-October, offering different experiences and advantages throughout the season. Here’s a detailed breakdown of the ideal times to plan your visit:

Hampta Pass Trek in June

June is the beginning of the summer season and is a fantastic time to embark on the Hampta Pass Trek. The weather is pleasant, with mild temperatures during the day and cool nights, creating comfortable trekking conditions. The region is adorned with vibrant greenery, as the valleys and meadows come alive with blooming wildflowers. The picturesque landscapes and panoramic mountain views make June an ideal month for nature enthusiasts and photographers.

Hampta Pass in July and August

July and August bring the monsoon season to the region. While trekking during these months can be more challenging due to moderate to heavy rainfall, it offers a unique and awe-inspiring experience. The rain-washed landscapes display a fresh and rejuvenated charm. The valleys are lush with verdant foliage, and the waterfalls cascade down the mountains, creating a captivating sight. However, trekkers should be prepared for muddy and slippery trails, and it is advisable to check weather conditions and trail conditions before planning a trek during this time.

Hampta Pass Trek in September

September marks the transition from monsoon to autumn, making it an excellent month to visit the Hampta Pass Trek. The rainfall decreases, and the weather becomes relatively dry and pleasant. The trails become more manageable, and the overall trekking experience is more comfortable. The valleys retain their lush greenery, and the wildflowers continue to bloom, providing a picturesque backdrop. September also sees fewer crowds compared to the peak summer months, allowing for a more serene and immersive trekking experience.

Hampta Pass in October

October heralds the beginning of the autumn season, and it is considered one of the best months to undertake the Hampta Pass Trek. The temperatures remain mild during the day, perfect for trekking, while the nights begin to get cooler. The skies are clear, offering breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains. The valleys showcase a mix of green and golden hues as the foliage undergoes a stunning transformation. The autumnal charm, coupled with favorable weather conditions, makes October an ideal time for both experienced trekkers and beginners to explore the Hampta Pass.


Accommodation and Meals on the Trek

Hampta Pass Trek

During the trek, you will be provided with spacious and comfortable tents on a twin, triple, and quad-sharing basis. The tents are perfect for resting and enjoying the serenity of nature after a long day of trekking. For female trekkers, separate tents and rooms are available, ensuring privacy and safety during the trip.

Meals start from day 1  dinner to Day 5 breakfast. On Day 5 early departure after breakfast. During the trek, you will be provided healthy hot meals which include breakfast, lunch, evening tea and snacks, hot soup, and dinner with daily different desserts. Hot drinking water will be provided daily at the campsite.


Fixed Departure Dates in 2024

June: 12, 13, 16, 17, 19, 23, 27, 30

July: 7, 12, 14, 17, 21, 28

August: 4, 11, 18, 25

September: 1, 8, 15, 22, 29,

October: 1, 6


Packing List: Essentials to Carry

When planning an active trip, it’s important to consider how to stay comfortable in changing weather conditions. The key to achieving maximum comfort with minimum weight is by layering appropriately. Versatile layers that can be mixed and matched provide the right amount of insulation, ventilation, and weather protection.

To help you choose the proper equipment, we’ve created a comprehensive gear list. It’s important to only bring what is necessary, as this will not only help you stay comfortable but also make the trek easier for the field staff.

What to Carry on the Trek?

  • Thermals – Tops and Bottoms to keep you warm in cold temperatures
  • Day Pack (20 L-30 L) and Rucksack 50 L – 60 L to carry your essentials
  • Bag Rain Cover to protect your belongings from rain
  • Fleece pants Woollen gloves and a Woollen cap for added warmth
  • Fleece/ Woollen Jacket or Sweater to keep you warm on chilly evenings
  • Headlamp with Fresh Batteries to navigate in the dark
  • Hiking Pants (Warm, Convertible, Quick-Dry, Lightweight) for comfort and flexibility
  • Woollen Socks (4-5 pairs) to keep your feet warm and dry
  • Trekking poles (1 Pair) to support your body during the trek
  • Insulated Jacket to provide an extra layer of warmth
  • Long Sleeve Shirts (Synthetic, Lightweight) to protect you from the sun and bugs
  • Raincoat/ Poncho to keep you dry during rain showers
  • Sport Sunglasses and Sun cap for protection against the sun
  • Hiking shoes for good grip and support
  • Water Bottles to stay hydrated during the trek

Make sure to pack wisely and leave behind any unnecessary items to keep your backpack light. A well-planned packing list ensures a safe and comfortable trek, allowing you to fully enjoy the beauty of nature.

Mule/Porter Bag Offloading:

If you don’t want to carry your backpack you can give it to porter/Mules, but you have to inform us in advance.

  1. INR 1200/– if you make an online payment, 7 days in advance.
  2. INR 1400/- if you inform us after reaching Manali.

Clock/ Baggage Room for Extra Luggage:

Trekkers can utilize the luggage storage facility at the Manali base camp to store their extra belongings before embarking on the Hampta Pass trek. However, it is recommended to avoid keeping any valuable items in storage, to ensure the safety of their possessions.


Important Tips to Know

  • Embarking on a high-altitude trek, it is important to allow your body time to adjust to the altitude.
  • In the event of an emergency or natural disaster, the trek itinerary may need to be modified for safety reasons, be prepared for any changes that may occur.
  • Consulting with a doctor before the trek and carrying basic medication and a first-aid kit is recommended.
  • Camping during the trek is basic and there may not be electricity or charging points available. It is recommended to keep power banks for mobile and cameras.
  • The trek takes place in an eco-friendly zone, so it is crucial to avoid littering and conserve water. This will help to preserve the natural beauty of the area for future generations.
  • It is recommended to carry sufficient cash, as there may not be an ATM available during the trek.
  • Trekking at night should be avoided unless it is a part of the itinerary and a guide is present.
  • Using earphones should be avoided for safety reasons, as it can hinder your ability to hear important instructions and warnings from your trek guides and leaders.
  • To maintain the ecological balance of the area, plastic bags should not be used. Instead, it is recommended to bring reusable bags or containers.
  • For your safety, it is important to follow the instructions of the trek guides and instructors. They are experienced and knowledgeable about the trek and can help you avoid any potential hazards.
  • In the event of a cancellation, it is important to inform the authorities in advance. This will help to avoid any confusion and ensure a smooth process.
  • To make the trek easier and more comfortable, it is advised to keep luggage to a minimum. This will also make it easier to move around during the trek.
  • Children under 6 years old are not recommended for the trek due to the high altitude and potential risks associated with it.
  • Alcohol and other intoxicants should be avoided during the trek for safety reasons.

How to Reach Manali

The best way to reach Hampta Pass from Delhi is via Manali. Reaching from New Delhi to Manali is probably the easiest part of the whole trip. The distance between Delhi and Manali is around 550 km.

By Train:

The nearest major railway station to Manali is Chandigarh Railway Station, which is well-connected to major cities across India. From Chandigarh, you can hire a taxi or take a bus to reach Manali.

By Road:

Manali is well-connected to several cities in northern India through a network of roads. Regular bus services are available from cities like Delhi, Chandigarh, Shimla, and Dharamshala. The journey to Manali by road offers picturesque views of the mountains and valleys. You can also opt to drive to Manali in your vehicle or hire a taxi for a more convenient and flexible travel experience.

The distance between Delhi and Manali is around 550 km. The distance between Chandigarh and Manali is 310 km. You can either take a direct bus from Delhi to Manali or reach Chandigarh from Delhi and then take a bus from Chandigarh to Manali. There is a flight of buses that runs between these cities and Manali. From Delhi, it takes around 14 hours to reach Manali by bus. It takes around 8 hours to reach Manali from Chandigarh by bus.

By Flight:

The nearest airport to Manali is Bhuntar Airport, located approximately 50 kilometers away. Several domestic airlines operate regular flights to Bhuntar from major cities like Delhi and Chandigarh. From the airport, you can hire a taxi or take a bus to reach Manali.

Highlights

  • Visit one of Himachal Pradesh's most stunning lakes, Chandratal offers the most splendid views of the Spiti region.
  • Hampta trek covers two beautiful valleys in one single hike- Manali and Spiti.
  • Vertical rock walls, hanging glaciers and waterfalls.
  • Pinewoods and Rhododendron forests.
  • Open meadows and small lakes as well as 6000-meter tall peaks.
  • You will witness the contrasting views of Kullu and Lahaul Valley.

Included/Excluded

  • Food as per menu on the trek.
  • Tents, sleeping bags and mats
  • Forest permits and camping fees.
  • Trek guide, cook, and support staff.
  • Transport from Manali to Manali
  • Porters/mules to carry trekking equipment.
  • First aid medical kit, oxygen cylinder, and UIAA-certified safety equipment.
  • Trek Certificate.
  • Experience that you will gain.
  • Any kind of personal expenses on the trek.
  • Meal during road journeys.
  • Mules or porters to carry personal luggage.
  • Any kind of travel insurance.
  • Anything not specified in the inclusion list.

Season

Monsoon (Jul-Aug)
Summer (May-Jun)

Duration

4-5 Days

Difficulty

Easy to Moderate

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Tour's Location

Hampta, Manali, Himachal Pradesh

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