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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.
So here are some aspects regarding Hampta Pass Trek preparation:
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).
Day 1: Arrive at Manali(2050m) – Drive to Gulaba (2600m./8530ft.)– Trek to Raoli Kholi (2950m./9700ft.)
Arrive in Manali early in the morning; our personnel will meet you there. Then drive up to Solang Valley till we cross the barrier, and after a few twists, the trail will be there. We get off, get our belongings, and begin climbing the steep trail. It is a steady incline on the meadows that leads to alpine meadows via a roundabout route through beautiful woodlands. The hike offers a variety of landscape changes throughout the day as well as far views of the valley. The huge scenery of the woodland begins to captivate the viewer as we ascend further up. We arrive at our first campsite, Raoli Kholi, after 3 hours of climbing. It is positioned just beyond the treeline, which makes it a better campground than higher ones where the wind is cold.
Day 2: Raoli Kholi – Bhrigu Lake (4240m/13910ft) – Raoli Kholi (7km/6-7 hours)
We start early this morning because the day is long to get to Bhrigu Lake. The hike includes a variety of terrains, including modest inclines, moderate walks, and ice and scree coated in snow. We will first trek up the steep trail till we reach the moderate track, then follow the moderate trail to an open area surrounded by barren mountains and a very cold stream. Following this part, the trail steepens again, heading up to the top of the ridgeline. After this ridge, there is a short stretch of discomfort followed by moderate walks. The vast panoramas will wow you until we reach the final portion of the ascent. The gradient is steep due to the presence of large boulders, stones, ice, and snow. As we climb these cliffs, the height increases and the air becomes thinner, causing altitude sickness. But that's okay; unless you're seriously ill, this is a natural reaction of our body at such heights. Once we've finished this difficult section, we'll continue on to some more ridges, where the gradient flattens and flattens, revealing the enticing Lake ahead. Because of its crater-like formation, the lake remains undetectable until the last point of approach, perched amidst the Rocky Mountains.It is situated on a mountain range that extends from the busy town of Vashisht all the way up to the Bhrigu Mountains. The lake is considered sacred since Maharishi Bhrigu pondered here for years before becoming enlightened. Locals visit the lake on occasion each year, while trekkers continue their journey all year. The lake is deep and sacred, yet one should not litter or use leather products in its vicinity. Apart from that, the place offers breathtaking views of the most famous mountains, including Hanuman Tibba, Indrasan, and Deo Tibba. We'll eat lunch, take photos, and then return to our camp site the same way we came. Walking down can be dangerous if you are not paying attention to the trail; you could slip or twist your ankle. So avoid folly and keep an eye on the slants. Once you've navigated the tricky section of rocks and stones, you can walk freely on the grassy slopes. We will soon arrive at our campsite in the evening, when a hot cup of tea will be waiting for us. When you arrive, relax in your tents, have dinner, and spend the night in the bush.
Day 3: Raoli Kholi – Pandu Ropa (3450m/11318ft.) – Vashisht (2070m/6790ft
Today we will dine well and begin our descent to the Vashisht via Pandu ropa. The route is modest and follows a magnificent slant on the right side of the Raoli Kholi camp. We will descend into the huge meadows of Pandu Ropa, a stunning region teeming with microscopic plant life. From here, we'll go sideways until we reach the forest and enter it. The forests will accompany us all the way to the settlement. As we get closer to the village, the forests thin out and rice fields and apple orchards take their place. While ascending down the mountain, one can catch a glimpse of the magnificence of Manali valley. Our final goal for the hike is Vashisht, a hot water spring. We'll make it to Vashisht by the evening, where you can have a hot bath in the pools immediately outside the temple. After days of solitude, these hot springs will ease stress, tiredness, and dirt. Our walk concludes at Vashisht, and you are free to continue on to other programmes.
How to Reach Manali
Distance by road:-
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.
How to reach Naggar:
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:-
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 :-
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.
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 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 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)
d) 2 Passport size photo
e) Photocopy of Valid id proof (PAN is not allowed)