Region :- Himachal Pradesh
Duration :- 5 Days
Grade :- Easy To Moderate
Max Altitude :- 14,100 Ft.
Approx Trekking Kms :- 26 Kms Approx
Hampta Pass trek is one of the famous trekking spots of Himachal Pradesh’s Mountains. This splendid crossover trek stars from Manali, Himachal Pradesh. The trek weaves past the beautiful verdant valleys of lush green Kullu and climbs up to an altitude of 14,100 ft. Is the spectacular culmination of the 5 days trek. The hampta pass trek and chandratal lake trek is also famous for the dramatically changing landscape that surprises trekkers throughout. The most striking of all views is the sprawling deserts of Lahaul, along with sweeping vistas of the iconic Lahaul valley & Pir Panjal ranges.
Manali To Manali
14,100FT / 4298 Meters Approx
26 Kms Approx
Note : Normally Trekkers are expected to carry their personal luggage on their own, if you wish to offload your backpack, you can give it to Mule.
Charges of offloading backpack:-
INR 2200/- if you make an online payment, 10 days in advance
INR 2600/- if you inform us after reaching Sankri
The backpack cannot weigh more than 11 KGS. Backpack should have waterproof cover. Suitcases/strolleys/ bags will not be allowed.
The name “Hampta Pass” derived from Hampta Village. It is at an altitude of 14,100 feet in the Himalayan Pir Panjal range and it is the passage between Lahaul and Kullu, or Manali valley of Himachal Pradesh. Hampta Pass Trek has rich Flora and Fauna but, on the other hand, the Lahaul valley has barren lands and is deserted.
Therefore, go through quaint villages and explore two different cultures. In ancient times, the trail was a trade route. Thus, now it is frequently used by the shepherds in summers to find grasslands in the deserted Lahaul, Spiti valley.
Day 1: Drive From Manali To Jobri Then Trek to Chika
Day 2: Chika to Balu ka Ghera
Day 3: Balu ka Ghera to Siagoru, Crossing (Hampta Pass)
Day 4: Siagoru to Chatru Then drive to Chandratal
Day 5: Chatru to Manali via Rothang Pass
This trekking expedition starts from Manali to Jobra in vehicle. Manali is already at an elevation of 6,700 ft above sea level. So, it is a good place to acclimatize your body before beginning the trek. It takes around two hours, and forty hairpin bends to arrive at Jobra.
After crossing the main road, take the small path that leads to the forest of pine trees. You will also find other variety of trees like maple, deodar, toss and oak. The sight is refreshing.
The Rani nallah comes into view which flows directly in between the meadow. You will also see few sheep and cows grazing in the field. Chika camp site is a huge, spacious patch of green. The Rani River flowing in the middle makes it a perfect place for setting up the tents.
The next destination is Balu ka Ghera which is not visible from the Chika camp site, but you can make an idea as it falls to the right. Follow the left bank of the river that will appear at your right-hand side. The trail leads the way to a slope of boulders and rough terrain. The path is an easy one and can be accomplished without any difficulty.
You will find an entire stretch of the river’s right bank lined up with amazing dwarf Rhododendron trees. These trees will cover the lower and the central region and cluster of silver birch trees cover up the upper region. After crossing the waterfall, the next route is towards the river to your left. You can go to the other side only by crossing the rivulet by wetting your feet. The water is super cold and will prick your feet. You can also jump from one rock to another in the stream and get to the opposite side.
The last of the tree lines vanishes out of the sight and is left behind. It will take another half an hour or so to reach the end of the valley, which is the finishing part of Jwara. After Jwara, the path is a slope covered with snows and rocks. The end of the path is Balu ka Ghera, the name has nothing to do with the place. The place is covered with snow and greens whereas the name implies mound of sand.
Balu ka Ghera campsite is a flat ground amidst the mountains that you will cross the next day to reach the pass. Balu ka Ghera is at an elevation of 11, 900 ft.
The day starts by heading towards the mountains you spotted the previous day. The trail is along the river side. The view is amazing, tiny yellow and orange flowers give a pleasant picture to the river. The river side trails take you further to the base and then the actual climb to the Hampta pass takes place. It will take an hour to reach here.
Then from the first ridge trek further up to get on the second ridge. Hampta Pass is just a few meters and a bend away from the second ridge. The climb to Hampta Pass is a vertical one and is a hard mount. It will take about 15 minutes to reach the pass. The descent is trickier than the journey to the pass. The decline is so steep that you would not be able to locate the base of the mountain, not even by craning your neck. The best possible way to get down is either by sliding down the slope or with the use of ropes for support.
The valley is secured by snow clad mountains, and the side which is open is Siagoru’s way. The trek to Siagoru is easy on flat land. The Siagoru camp site is also by the river side. Set your camps on the grounds and retire for the night with a feeling of contentment at the heart.
You will cover Sia goru to Chatru by foot and it will take approx 5 hours of an easy downhill trek. Siagoru is placed at an altitude of 12, 900ft and Chatru at 11, 000ft. It is a gentle trek downhill from Siagoru. The trail here again is by the side of the river valley between mountain ranges.
Chatru is a magnificent camping site; it is a consensus of the three passes, Hampta, Rohtang and Spiti. The location is just about another two hours.
A ride back from the Chatru camp site to Manali is scheduled for day 5. After this 7-hour journey full of mellow reminisces of the hills, you will be reaching Manali in the evening. An overnight journey after 06:00pm to Delhi will hopefully work out best.