6 Night / 7 Days
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: GET TO MANALI
Reporting – Acclimatization – Trek Orientation & Briefing – Trek Planning & Window Shopping
(Enough time would be allotted for visiting the market and other surrounding locations.)
Day 2: MANALI – ROHTANG PASS (13052 feet) – BATAL (4000 metres)
After a nutritious breakfast, we will go by vehicle to Batal (Sapiti Valley) (123 Km. 6 to 8 hour ). We leave Chota Dara and proceed along the right bank of the Chandra River. On the left, there is a good view of the Bara Shigri glacier. All of this is above the 25-kilometer-long Himalayan glacier. White Sail, Shigri Parbat, and Kullu Makalu are prominent peaks where daring mountaineers have reached the sky.
Day 3: TREK TO KUNZOM LA (4551m) 2 hr, TREK TO CHANDRATAL (4270m), 4-5 hrs
We climb towards Kunzum la after crossing a bridge shortly after Batal, following a tiny stream that originates above the pass. When you get at the pass, you can see the Spiti valley, which spans 170 kilometres to the south. Take a path that leads to Lake. 8-kilometer approach to the huge meadows, a popular place with a plethora of shepherd's huts. The lake is reached after crossing a long stretch of rough ground and a tiny creek. The most amazing sight across the Chandra river is the Samudra Tapu glacier, North Dakka glacier, South Dakka glacier, and Silver glacier. The huge Moulkila and C.B. summits loom over the glaciers. We leave Kunzom and travel for 8 kilometres to Chandratal, which boasts a panoramic vista of the Chandra Bhaga hills all around. Following that, camp after chandratal
Day 4: CHANDRATAL – TOKPO YONGMA (4'400m) 7 hours
A difficult and exhausting climb, but well worth it because trekkers occasionally come across stretches of verdant pastureland. This section is around 14 to 16 kilometres long. The trail begins with a series of ups and downs through a rocky valley and boulder fields. As you progress, you will see a flat grassy region that slopes up to a snow-clad ridge. Snow cocks can be heard and even seen if you are lucky. After 3 hours, the trail descends a knoll with a precipitous cliff to the river far below on the left. If the water level is low, cross the stream or discover Snow Bridge near the source. Alternatively, camp and cross the next morning as soon as possible.
DAY 5: TOKPO YONGMA – TOKPO GONGMA, (4,700m) 6/7 hours
Trek through a narrow valley surrounded by snow-capped mountains on both sides. Star walk as early as possible, because this stream must be crossed while the flow of water is lower early in the day. After crossing the river, the valley opens out onto a vast plateau where camp is located on a wonderful grassy spot.
Day 6: TOKPO GONGMA – BARALACHA LA (4'890m), 4/5 hr trek
Early departure from camp today for the 7-kilometer-long Baralacha la pass, which provides the source of three rivers: Chandra via the south, Bhaga through upper Lahul, and Yunam towards Zanskar. The trail provides a spectacular view of M-4, the tallest peak in the Moulkila range, as well as the Keorang range of the Great Himalayas. Join the main roadway at the pass. We will be picked up here by our vehicle and driven to Manali.
Day 7: BARALACHA LA – DARCHA (3300m) – ROHTANG PASS (3978m) – MANALI DRIVE FOR 8–9 HOURS.
Time to go home now
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)