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Hampta Pass Trek- Witness The Wide View of The Mountains

Published On 01 Mar 2020 by Oshank Soni

Himachal Pradesh is no less than a paradise for the people of India. For every wanderer, it acts as a staircase to heaven. The major attraction includes the pristine snow laden mountains and the serene cascade of water bodies. Due to this, there is an extraordinary craze for adventure sports and trekking activities. It has an inclusion of many beautiful treks and expeditions for the travel nomads who are in seek of nature’s love. Every single soul returns back with a happy heart and a self promise to visit this beautiful place again and again.

There are more than 200 trekking trails in Himachal. No wonder, it lies in the lap of the mighty Himalayas. Some of the most recognized spots include Hampta Pass trek, Triund trek, Parvati valley trek, Beas Kund trek, Pin Parvati trek, Kakeri lake trek and many more. A trek to Hampta Pass is considered to be easy and convenient of all the treks in Himachal Pradesh. There is an extensive variation in the trail. The panoramic landscapes, wide lush green pastures, frozen ice valleys and a thrilling advancement of the pass makes this trekking expedition to Hampta pass a memorable one.

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Hampta Pass and Chandratal Trek in Manali

It is very famous among beginners. Hampta Pass incorporates a maximum height of 14,000 feet. The trek distance includes a walk of approximately 26 kilometers. It takes around 5 days to and from Manali in order to complete the trek. The most fascinating thing that draws the attention of tourists is the presence of snow almost throughout the trail. Hampta Pass trekking has a difficulty level of easy to moderate. It is a perfect mix of easy and difficult trails. It has a cross over a trail through passes. Weather is quite pleasurable at daytime but it tends to get worse by the night. The temperature falls to a minimum of -5 degrees centigrade while it revolves around 10 to 15 degrees centigrade during the daytime. The best time to do this trek is from May to August. However, this trek in may attracts the most number of tourists because may is considered to be peak season for tourists to visit Manali. Hampta Pass trek with Trekmunk assures you a blissful experience that you are going to cherish forever. Its costs approximately around 10,000 rupees which are subject to change according to the departure date.

The base camp is at Manali. Manali is easily accessible by air and road. The nearest airport is at Bhuntar which is located 52 kilometers away from Manali. It is well connected to Delhi by road and takes around 12-13 hours to reach Manali from Delhi. There are numerous hotels and hostels to make your stay comfortable and cozy. It is important to take a day off in Manali in order to acclimatize with the high altitude weather conditions. For sightseeing, you can visit the famous Hidimba Devi temple and Vashisht temple. Don’t forget to visit the Mall road in the evening. The ambience of the place will help you de-stress and have a happy onboard to the Hampta Pass, the next morning.

Lake View In Hampta Pass

The trip to Hampta Pass and Chandratal trek originates with a 2-hour drive to Jobra valley from Manali. Jobra is at an elevation of 9,800 feet above sea level. The journey from Jobra to Chika (10,100 feet) comprises of a beautiful trail. You will come across fast-flowing freezing streams accompanied with massive rocks. The lush green patches along with a variety of flora will transmit to you another world. Not only flora, but you will also come across various faunae such as mules and sheep. A half an hour of a trek through a mixed forest of pine, bright green maple trees, and silver birch will surely leave you awestruck with the beauty of this place. Further advancement of the trek from Jobra will let you to Chika.

Looking back from where you are, you will see the elegant Dhauladhar range with its snow-laden peaks. You will come across a small stream where you can relax and replenish your water supplies. The water is icy cold and the crossing you surely give you a feeling of shiver. You have to cross this Rani Nallah in order to reach the Jwara campsite. Jwara valley turns into a valley of flowers in the month of July and August when the monsoon is at its peak. You will be amazed to see the melting of snow into the river and the grazing of cattle. A feeling of immersing yourself into the magnificence of nature will surely accumulate your body with an immediate adrenaline rush.  A few hours of trek from Jwara will take you to Balu ka Ghera (11,900 feet). It has a moderate trail and a gradual ascent. You will come across a lot of water bodies and vibrant tiny flowers throughout the trail.

Hampta Pass Trek 2019

The next step is the trek from Balu ka Ghera to Siagoru, crossing Hampta Pass. This is the coldest place of the trek. This place is devoid of flowing water. Initially, the ascent is gradual but then there is a steep climb till the pass. You can witness the sublime Indrasan peak and the sonorous Lahaul valley from here. The likes of intriguing peaks such as Deo Tibba and Peak 5260 will also surround you at some point of the trail. You might also come across shepherds heading back to Lahaul valley with a large herd of sheep. Life will come to a standstill witnessing the amazing landscapes snow-clad mountains all around you.

The last step is the visit from Hampta Pass to Chandratal lake. Chandratal lake is a well known high altitude alpine lake which can be reached after a few hours of trek from Chatru. Chatru is around 5 hours of downhill trek from Siagoru. The trail is along the side of the river valley amidst mountain ranges. Chatru is barren land with no accumulation of vegetation. The route is slippery which demands sure footing and mindful navigation. The descent is very tough and the route is meandering. It is better to climb down with the help of ropes and supports. You will have to cross more than two glaciers. After a long walk, you will come across the sheer blue moon lake. The clarity and serenity of this lake will blow your mind with excitement. This beautiful scenery and serenity of the place will surely restrict your return back into the chaotic world.

One of the many things you should be grateful in life is that you get to witness so many incredible places. Behind every corner, there is something waiting for you to explore. It gives you an ample amount of time to know that the world is really simple. It helps you to understand what really matters to you. For once in your life, try to embrace the happiness of not knowing what’s ahead and you tend to realize that the rulebooks are for shelves. Life is right there out in the open waiting for you to embrace it.

  1. Co-Founder at Trekmunk. Has travelled to 28 Indian States, has led more than 50 high altitude treks in the Indian Himalayas. He is an Investment Banker by profession but a traveller by passion. He has led treks in Kashmir, Ladakh, Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh, West Bengal, Sikkim and Nepal. He is a NOLS certified First Aid Responder. Chasing the sun is his full-time job, a Storyteller, Travel photographer and Videographer at Insane Traveller Productions.

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