Region: Manali / Spiti Valley
Total Duration – 4 Night / 5 Days
Maximum Altitude – 4270m.
Grade – Easy to Moderate
Best Season – May to October
Accommodation – Organized Campsite / Guest house
Food – On trek All meals included
Distance – 34 KM.
Hampta Pass is a beautiful mountain located in prominent town of Manali, stretching and spreading distantly from lush green Kullu Manali valley to the barren landscapes of spiti. The route adjoins totally varying expanses with the multiple days of trekking consisting of immense beauty ornamented with dense forests of deodar striking meadows and a variety of flowers spurring into the landscape. Primarily when there wasn’t any road built over the Rohtang Pass (13052ft.) the route was opted by the local dwellers wanting to reach the other side of Spiti valley for trade or any other exchanges and also by the shepherds migrating towards highland meadows to get ideal pastures. It is the most enjoyed trek amongst the enthusiastic voyagers seeking for an amazing weekend in the Himalayas.
Hampta Pass trek is so diverse and distinct filled with foliage, into the stunning valleys, glacial lakes, streams, waterfalls, distant snow patches to the arid and deserted vale. The trail goes through a passage surrounded by the Rocky Mountains and accompanied by a gushing stream a tributary of river Beas fed by several torrents. However these torrents obstruct on places with only option of crossing through the chilling water comprehending one with the true Nature of Himalayan Region. The valley narrows further into the passage giving an opportunity at times to have a look on meandering valley left behind. There are times when one has to cross through several chilling torrents, streams rushing to reach major rivers each sides of the valley. Hampta pass elongates at 4200m, a decent mark that can be attained by experienced trekker or even can a rookie.
Hampta pass is the gateway to enter into the different world, a world of dry and desolate expanse. On this side nights are freezing and winds are chilling but the landscape and sky is so pure and lucid that one will forget the wintriness for a moment. Gazing stars constellations at such heights is often amazing. Further the trail descends opening up the grand vista of desolate Spiti valley with roaring Chandra River flowing tortuously. As we reach Chatru we will be accompanied by our conveyance to head towards the Moon Lake ‘Chandratal’. Visiting chandratal is always a stress relieving trip gratifying one with incredible emerald lake. The lake is crescent shaped as the name suggests ‘Chandratal’ and is about 3km wide lapping between the rusty mountains of scree. The lake is meant to be holy and spiritual and is circumambulated by the pilgrimages as well as the random visitors. The roads leading to and fro are totally off beaten offering remoteness of the region. Returning backwards through rusty roads will take some hours of drive to reach the civilization left days ago. Driving over the rohtang pass will open up the lush greenery conceiving a complete change of landscape. Once reached manali it will be time for saying adieu and leaving for the further destinations.
Arrive Manali, then drive to Prini, here our representatives will be waiting for you take on further programs. We will drive from Prirni to Jobri and at Jobri our trek commences. It is a moderate terrain passing through dense forests beautiful streams a verdant landscape. However Chhika isn’t that long distanced yet an acclimatization walk. After walking a couple of hours thick jungle get thinner and the vast expanse comes in front. As the open landscape emerges, one can see the Chhika campsite distantly. It is the shortest and easiest route of the whole trek. Here we will halt in camps for the night.
Today after having sumptuous breakfast get ready for an adventures ascend, an ascend over festooned meadows into the profound valley. The trail consists of a short climb at initial then moderates slowly with ups and downs throughout. The treeline is left behind before Chhika, though the vistas are open and vast in a manner. The vegetation shortens into bushes and shrubs along with variety of Himalayan flora and fauna. The Hampta range is rich in Himalayan Herbs that if someone has adequate knowledge it could be an interesting place to know about herbs found. The trail follows a valley which keeps narrowing alongside a stream fed by hampta glacier. Enroute one has to cross the chilly torrent, rocky terrains amidst the huge snow capped peaks. The hike will take us to the campsite located at a decent height where one could have the first experience of mountain sickness or lack of oxygen. The air is thinner and freezing cold nights with lucid night sky ready to be gasped by spectators camping in Balu ka Gera.the night will be spend in the organized campsites.
The day is most awaited as we will go across the pass and enter into a different world. We will make an early start to avoid any bad weather held mostly in the afternoon during approach of the Pass. From Balu ka Gera the snow patches will start to expanse into thick snow sheets with moraine submerged underneath. The gradient steepens while climbing up the mixed of scree and rocky ridges one over the other, it also keeps expanding and heightening yet valley keeps narrowing the stony mountains. The pass location is indefinable with false ledges leading one to get ionized from such an unpredictable environment. So it is recommended to trek on a steady pace avoiding unnecessary efforts that result in exhaustion. On a while Pass is near showing off its grand vistas when we look aback towards Hampta valley, a valley full of revelation. Crossing over Hampta Pass offers a lot more than a physical action, giving one the confidence to explore into their strengths never performed. From top one can have a glimpse on the Mighty Deo Tibba, Indrasan and Mulkila Range on the other side of the Pass. After having chilled at the top of Pass at 4200m we stride forward descending through tricky gradient slopes which are mostly made of lose and hard rock substance. There is risk of falling rocks triggered basically by the any of the trekker descending hastily but when surface is covered by snow downhill cuts short because snow slides can be done lessening the time to reach flat zone after the Hampta Pass. Attaining the other side of the pass one can see the dramatic change of the environments turning to barren and arid surrounded by rusty brown mountains. The campsite can be seen from a way above because of its least greenery found only at Shea Gohru fed by a stream flowing down into the Chandra River. Shea Gohru is like an oasis between such and harsh atmosphere. The camps are pitched on the banks of a stream around green carpet of highland vegetation sometimes ornamented with tough floral, ranks the site a well cherished campsite among trekkers. The nights in Shea Gohru are freezing cold yet sky is crystal clear filled with shining stars constellations blanketing the campsite. Have your dinner and rest for the upcoming day.
An early start is must to utilize time coz we have to visit Chandratal Lake and time being spend at the Lake will depend on our arrival at chatru. So try to hasten things at campsite for getting ready on our first step in a stream crossed barefooted. The stream is the only major obstacle left and followed by moderate descends of slope. We will walk along the river tortuously on gentler surfaces. As we reach at the base moderate trailing with the huge slab of snow on a slant to negotiate, further guided by off road tread of 4x4’s. Chatru lies on the river banks providing few shops offering food items or any daily use items. At Chatru we will be accompanied by our vehicle which will drive us to Chandratal Lake. It is About 40km’s far from Chatru and will take around 2hours to reach. The road ends with a mere km of walk towards emerald lake. Suddenly the emerald lake starts to appear lapped amidst the barren mountains. The lake is called Chandratal because of its crescent shape. It is 3km wide and takes about 4hours to complete a circle, also meant as pilgrimage amongst co related regions. After having spent quality hours at the Lake we will drive back as if the road is tricky. We will reach the campsite by the evening and halt in the camps till the upcoming departure held’s.
It is final day of the trek driving from Chatru to Manali over Rohtang Pass(13052ft.). Make an early move and check all the stuff carried along by a trekker, consecutively hop into the conveyance then leave the place. It is a 5-6 hr. drive from arid lands to the greenery of the Kullu Manali Valley. We will drive down twisty roads surrounded by boulders rocks and forests. We will reach Manali by the evening and here on group is free to depart their preferred destinations.
Trekking Shoes: You need good trekking shoes with good grip & ankle support. Do not carry sport shoes.
Clothing: You need to have warm clothes with three-layer jackets, fleece or down feather jacket. Carry 1 or 2 full sleeves t-shirt. For lowers carry cotton and trek pants suitable for trek. Do no carry jeans or shorts for trekking.
Thermals: Carry top and bottom thermals.
Socks: Carry 2 - 3 pair of sports socks along with woolen socks to be worn at night.
Headlamp/Led Torch are mandatory.
Sunglasses: To protect from sunlight in snow you require UV rays protected sunglasses.
Woolen Cap and Gloves are also necessary as the climate will be cold. Carry waterproof gloves as they get wet in snow.
Lunchbox & Water bottle: Every participant should carry lunch box,spoon, and water bottle of their own.
Raincoat/Ponchos: At high altitudes, snowfall and rain are quite common and it’s mandatory to carry a poncho so that one doesn’t get wet.
b)Medical Certificate (signed by a registered MBBS doctor)
c)NOC form (by trekker)
Manali is well connected to Delhi. Take an overnight bus from Delhi and you will reach Manali in 12 to 14 hours(approx 540 KMS). Tickets can be booked online at www.redbus.in or www.hrtc.gov.in Tip : Since Delhi Manali is a long journey most Volvo private buses leave Delhi between 5 pm and 8 pm. The last govt bus leaves at 8.30 pm from ISBT Kashmere Gate. Volvo buses charge between Rs.1,200 to 1,800 per sector from Delhi to Manali and vice versa. Manali to Delhi: Like the onward journey, buses leave from Manali to Delhi between 4 and 8 p.m. Your tentative arrival at Delhi may be anywhere between 6 a.m and 10 a.m. Plan your onward journeys only post noon giving enough buffer for bus delay.
From Manali, Naggar is 18 km. far and there are multiple buses running in every 15 minutes or one can get off at Patlikuhal which is 5 km. far from Naggar on the right bank highway. Patlikuhal lies in between of Kullu Manali. You can club a taxi or travel by a local transport from Manali or Patlikuhal to approach Naggar.
Nearest Railway station is Ambala (350 kms) and Chandigarh (310 kms). Tip: Regular Volvo and Buses are available from Chandigarh to Manali in the evening. Volvo buses charge between Rs.800 to Rs.1,200 per sector from Chandigarh to Manali and vice versa.
Nearest Airport is Bhuntar. which is 52 km away from Manali, is the nearest airport. Taxi services are available from Bhuntar to Manali, which costs about Rs.1500 to Rs.2,500. Bhuntar is well connected to Delhi by air. The airliners that take you to this Airport are Indian Airlines, Kingfisher airlines, MDLR Airlines and Jagson Airlines, operating flights from Delhi and Chandigarh to Kullu.
Local transport during trek.
Tents on sharing basis.
Advanced and qualified Guide from Himalayan Adventure Trips.
Cooks/Helper and other requisite staff.
Vegetarian meals on the trek (Breakfast/Lunch/Tea/snacks/Dinner).
All trek organizational requirements.
Basic First aid Kit with portal oxygen.
Forest Permits and camping charges.
All trekking permits.
While on trek all meals will be provided. Meals will be freshly prepared and will be a mix of Indian, Chinese & Continental.
Accommodation in Hotel/Guest House/Home stay or tents.
All group equipment for the trek (tents at Base Camp, use of Base Camp facilities)
All trek staff, including Porters/mules for carrying common equipments (like rations/tents/utensils/)
Air travel or any kind of travel fare.
Hotel accommodation and meals in manali.
Personal expenses such as laundry, battery charging and showers at lodges
Entry visas or inner line permit for Foreign Participants.
Personal clothing and trekking equipments like sleeping bag liners, walking stick, etc.
Any rescue costs or costs of early departure from the expedition.
Gratuities to guides and Sherpa staff.
Personal Porters for carrying trekker’s backpacks.
Personal insurance or cost of emergency evacuation
Purchases of personal natures (like mineral water bottles/bottled or canned beverages/chocolates/dry fruits/ gifts etc)
Food to/from the trailhead.
Himalayan Adventure Trips is a leading tour and travel company working since 8 years in the Northern Himalayas, providing a comprehensive adventure experience through well performed strategies awareness and precise execution of planning. We at HAT choose a well qualified group of Instructors Guides certified from well recognized mountaineering institutes, Porters who are companionable ready to help anyway, cooks of amazing recipes making a simple dish into sumptuous meal and the accommodation so relaxing reliving all the stress, are our prime deal of course during each trek. We are dedicatedly bound to give the best agile performance and service flawlessly throughout the trip than one claiming the untrue indeed.
We run treks in most of the Himalayan region, in Nepal, Laddakh and particularly in Himachal Pradesh. We choose the best routes to bring out the real pleasures amongst seekers finding a proper weekend thrill. We try to provide the most possible accommodations, food and the quality service companioning to favor the moment. During any of our trekking routes you will get the most delicious food of all, consisting of regular Indian food with some Chinese, continental, Italian mix of cuisines. We select the best food diet required for a trekker to sustain health and physical fitness during the sheer hikes, because food and water is the only energy which will keep you away from ails and sicknesses.
With a professional team of mountaineer instructing the group it becomes easy to complete any Himalayan trek without any hassle. Our team at HAT is well trained to operate giving first aid in the wilderness or the Acute Mountain Sicknesses or to rescue someone struck in situation. The treks are run smoothly often without any obstructions but the weather is unpredictable so are the mountains. So believe in us we will take you far away from your routine aspirations toward the overwhelming course of conquering the time. We have a successful history of running trekking programs without any mishaps or major contingencies. That’s all because of our skilled team of Guides Instructors Cooks Helpers and porters ready to help anyone in need while in the mountains.
There are several passionate trekkers mountaineers who had completed many of the treks expeditions with us successfully and keep exploring the Himalayas repeatedly in our worthy service. After all there is a lot more to explore in the mountains so we invite you to join in HAT’s programs to experience the mountains never shown and seen before. You can visit our website www.himalayanadventuretrips.com check the details or contact for further assistance.
Himalayan Adventure Trips is a distinguished adventure company in the Northern Himalayas as well as in Nepal and other parts of the country. We at Himalayan adventure trips work on least risk basis providing on with the ultimate escort during any kind of adventure activity. We are working as a tour and travel company since 8 years and own a good reputation of executing successful adventure programs in amongst leading adventure companies in Northern Himalayas. We hold a team of professionals and passionate mountaineers who are capable of tackling any adverse circumstances at any means. Our Guides and Instructors are skilled, certified from ABVIMAS Manali (Atal Bihari Bajpai Institute of Mountaineering and Allied Sports) an eminent institute of Adventure, which had given so many ardent climbers and mountaineers to the world.
We at Himalayan Adventure Trips organize treks, tours, expeditions, Cycling, Paragliding, river rafting, Skiing and much more in various regions such as Leh Laddakh, Nepal and in Himachal Pradesh. We believe in working with local inhabitant’s guides and instructors to provide an extra bit of knowledge about the surroundings and the terrain. We ensure that our every program should held with precise safety and security, thus with sheer pleasure each adventure seeker will find it a fair deal to voyage into the Himalayas. We opt the best quality adventure equipments facilitating with delicious food offering a companionable team of good vibes all at one place.
At HAT everyone is invited even if he/ she are beginner or a passionate adventurer there is a lot much to do out in the Nature. The exploration of nature will never stop or start until one assures a strong will determination to conquer the mountains. Here at HAT we make certain that every adventurer should achieve his/ her dream of climbing a peak, completing an arduous trek or cycling over highest mountain passes. We deem once you join in our any of the programs/activities you will be delighted and fulfilled with all our services facilitated in the Himalayas. So you can go to our website www.himalayanadventuretrips.com to get any of the information regarding your preferred program or if you don’t know about trekking/climbing you can contact us and we will recommend you the best option requisite.
As you know every mountainous excursion demands a precise planning, a planning with adequate pliability of observing and tackling situations, held all as by overcoming mind body and soul throughout the incredible Himalayan journey.
Physically – A trek demands physical endurance, to prepare for each trek you should work out a month before joining a program. Build up the adequate strength in your legs by running and exercising every day to boost up your endurance. Stop smoking and boost your lungs doing breathing exercises at routine basis two times a day, which will help acclimatize the conditions while being resilient on the trek. Take active part in outdoor games, Yoga and any other cardiac exercises.
Mentally – Mental preparation is key, equally as important as physical training requisite for a trek. Before joining any trek take pleasure in your daily routines, eat well, take rest properly and relax. Do not stress your mind by unnecessary predictions about the trek. Be with your best friends to get motivated and relax your mind. Because pre trek assumptions are not worthy because once you join the trek and meet with rest of the pack will bring encouragement and excitement. The mental preparedness will build through the entire trek conditions. And the physical drawbacks will affect the mind. So pay close attention to various parts of the body and consciously let them loosen up as you trek. When you trek try to relax your body, especially your hips. If you’re on a winding downhill trail or on a panicking slant, think of each step as part of a simple dance and enjoy the natural rhythms that the terrain and your body can find together cautiously. Experiment with different ways of walking as a way of finding enjoyment beyond the goal of reaching a destination. The main key to stay mentally fit is to enjoy the route and not to pressurize the mind.
Technically- Gear up yourself with perfect size trekking shoes and walk with it. Use 60ltr. Backpack in a daily routine with some weight inside it, so you become used to carrying loads. Buy a trekking pole, water bottle, warm socks, thermals, fleece, feather jackets, trousers, poncho, flip flops, electronics such as power bank, camera (DSLR or digital camera).
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