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10 Nights / 11 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: Return to Manali (2050m)
Reporting – Acclimatization – Trek Orientation & Briefing – Trek Planning & Window Shopping (Sufficient time would be given for visiting market and nearby places)
Day 2: Trek from Manali via Manikaran and Barshani (2100m) to Kheerganga (2960m/8960ft; 6 hours). (about 13 kilometers)
We'll take the road from the base camp to Barshani. The 60-kilometer drive will take you via Kasol and Manikaran, with hairpin twists and rugged roads along the Parvati River. The settlement of Barsheini welcomes you with a refreshing view of the Parvati River surrounded by remarkably beautiful rocky hills. As you begin the walk, you are led through well-defined pathways through dense forest cover. The 13-kilometer hike will take about 6 hours. After around 3 hours of walking, you will reach the huge Parvati river pulley bridge. You can relax at the fall, snap as many pictures as you want, fill your bottles from adjacent streams, and marvel at nature's wonders. If you arrive early enough, you can see the sunset at Kheerganga. There are enough shops and cafes on the campsite to satisfy your need for hot chocolate, Maggi, and momos, among other things. In 5 minutes, you may relax at the natural hot water spring overlooking the 360-degree view while listening to music played in the cafes.
Day 3: Khirganga to Tundabhuj (3200m/9696 feet; 6–7 hours) 16-17 kilometers
The alarm clock is a cup of steaming coffee in the morning. We'll leave after a hearty breakfast for our next stop, Tundabhuj. The trail is well-marked and simple. The slow ascent will prepare you for the coming days. The first leg of the excursion takes you across alpine meadows and streams. The second half of the journey takes you through verdant pastures and silver birch trees. You will have to cross the river on homemade bridges, followed by a series of ascents and descents.
The Tundabuj campground is one of the best on the trek, with a chain of waterfalls pouring down from the opposite slopes. You'll be at 9696 feet by the end of the day, and it might start to get cold. Tundabhuj is a refreshing and tranquil respite from modern civilisation. The campsite is surrounded on one side by waterfalls and on the other by snow-capped mountains. It's a sight to see.
Day 04: Tundabhuj – Pandu Pul (3700 m/ 12100ft ; 8 – 9hrs) Approx 15 – 16 kms
The trail continues to Thakur Kuan through a scenery dotted with waterfalls, lakes, and meadows. The first hour of the journey is filled with gorgeous meadows and flowers. Then comes the most difficult part of the voyage. You will come upon a river crossing when the meadows thin. If the bridge to the other side of the Parvati River is destroyed, you will have to embark on an exciting rock climb. You will mount an 80-degree incline rock and over the brim of a waterfall using secure gear and rope. When you reach the highest point, Parvati Valley unveils itself. The area is densely forested, and during the monsoon season, the entire stretch of land will be in full bloom with yellow and purple flowers.
The river crossing section will be reached after several stream crossings and rock climbing. The last 10 minutes to this location are filled with stones and loose sand. After you cross through this area, you will witness a massive rock crushed on top of a Parvati tributary acting as a natural bridge. Climb this rock and then descend to reach the opposite side. In the wet, this rock portion can be tricky and slippery. Another rock bridge crossing awaits ahead. This location is known as "Pandu-Pul." Climb the hill for around 20 minutes till you reach the flat area that leads to Odi-Thach. Mt. Kullu Eiger (5664 metres) is visible on the right side, along with numerous unidentified peaks and glaciers.
Day 05: Pandupul – Mantlai (4200 m/14000ft; 7–8 hours) 12–13 kilometres
Today's hike is a gentle stroll across the stones and plateaus along the Parvati River. The road to Mantalai winds across a lush green valley. After about an hour, you will have to traverse a rocky elevation, after which you will view the marshy land along the river basin. Continue trekking on the valley's extreme left side until you reach the second moraine ridge. This climb will take between 30 and 45 minutes. The crest was produced by landslides, and the river flows below. Mantalai will be reached in a few minutes walk.
As you go along the moraine, you can see Mantalai Lake. A temple on the river's bank is where all of Parvati's tributaries meet. The river, which had been roaring all along, has finally quieted down. We'll spend the night here.
Day 06: Mantlai – Pin Parvati Pass Base (4800 m/ 16000ft; 8 – 9 hours) 9–10 kilometres
Today's honoured guests will be slush, streams, and loose rocks. The trek will be difficult because the terrain becomes harsh with a large altitude climb. After about an hour of walking, you will reach an incredibly cold river crossing. This must be accomplished by establishing a human chain and walking barefoot. Following the crossing, there is a difficult ascent from where one can see the magnificent glaciers and the source of the Parvati river. You will also witness numerous endangered plant and flower species, particularly "Losars" and "Bramhakamals."
The final 1 km before arriving at the base camp is known as a moraine (glacial debris), and it has around 50 degrees incline. This last stretch will take you about 90 minutes to finish. You must make a conscious effort to breathe at this height. You'll finish the day at 16,200 feet, on the edge of a glacier. The campsite will be situated on a plateau. You'll need to dig out your warm clothes because the night could get chilly.
Day 07: Pin Parvati Pass Base – Pin Parvati Pass (5319m) – Pin Valley Camp (4810 m/ 16000ft; 9 – 10 hours) 20–21 kilometres.
If you're lucky, you could see some snow. The amount of snow at the campsite varies depending on the time of year. The pass is only 3 kilometres away, but due to the altitude and weather conditions, it will be a difficult walk. At this altitude, you must relax and acclimate thoroughly. Make an effort to breathe deeply, drink plenty of fluids, and stay energised. If the entire section is covered in fresh snow, we must proceed with caution and plant our foot exactly where the guide has walked. The walk to the pass will take three hours. You've arrived at the pass, and the scenery is breathtaking. The view from the top is spectacular, with the snowy mountains of the Hampta region on one side and the Pin valley of Spiti on the other. All your tiredness will fade once you reach the pass, and you will feel a sense of accomplishment.
The descent from the pass is simple and complete. If there is snow, you can also slide through it. After around 6 hours of walking, you will arrive at the Pin Valley base campsite. You've arrived in Spiti Valley at this point.
Day 08: Pin Valley Camp – Tia (Cheen Patt) (3900 m/13000ft; 8–9 hours) 14–15 kilometres
You enter the enormous Spiti valley after crossing the pass. Spiti, with all her vitality, will be a wonderful change. The Spiti region is mainly arid, with little rain and snowfall. The walk from here will be quick and simple. You are supposed to travel over 15 kilometres on difficult terrain. The trail is well-kept because many herders use it. There will be several grazing goats and sheep, as well as shepherd tents. Spiti Valley has a unique scenery with brown and green textures, surrounded by majestic mountains on all sides.
Day 9: Tia (Cheen Patt) – Mud (3600 m/11500 ft; 8–9 hours) 11–13 kilometres
The road walk from Tia can be performed in less time and at a faster pace. Mud is the first village you'll come upon. There are numerous cafes here to quench your thirst and tingle your taste senses. Your walk comes to an end here.
Day 10: Mud to Kaza – Manali
Drive from Kaza to Manali through the Rohtang Pass (4550 metres) (13052 m) After arriving in Manali, the group will check out.
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)