Hampta Circle Trek
Himachal Pradesh | 4D/3N | 10,826 Ft
May – June to September – January
(Above mentioned cost is for a fixed departure)
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- Vacation Style High Altitude Trek
- Activity Level Easy
- Group Size Medium Group
Often mistaken for the slightly more challenging Hampta Pass trek, the Hampta Circle trek is a short yet equally beautiful trek which traces a more unexplored trail. You get stunning views the lofty Bara Bhangal, Dhauladhar, and Pir Panjal Ranges even without the difficult climb to Hampta Pass. Placed in the Kullu region of Himachal Pradesh, the trek plunges into the beautiful forests of pine, oak and deodar, lush meadows and through some of the most beautiful mountain villages. The trail begins from Jagatsukh and ends at Prini village. This 4 days trek is enjoyed best when done during the months of May and June when a blanket of pristine snow shrouds the trails. If you’re unable to spare the required days for the Hampta Pass trek, or just wish to dip your toes into Himalayan trekking, you should seriously consider the Hampta Circle trek.
Max. Altitude – 3,300 meters
Duration – 4 days
Level – Easy to moderate
1. An easy alternative to the slightly challenging Hampta Pass trek
2. The trek lets you experience the beauty of the Hampta Pass trek through offbeat trails and relatively easier gradient.
3. Mesmerizing views of Hanuman Tibba, along with Dhauladhar, Bara Bhangal, and Pir Panjal Ranges.
4. Makes for a great weekend trek, too!
- All accommodation during the trek on sharing basis in tents/homestays
- All meals during the trek – Vegetarian
- Tents, Sleeping bags and all other Camping Gear (Dining Tent, Tiolet Tent etc)
- Safety Equipment (Medical kit, Oxygen Cylinders, Oximeter etc.)
- Services of our expert Trek Leader
- Services of an Expert Trekking Team (Guides, Cooks, Helpers, Porters/Mules)
- Trekking Permits and Forest Camping Charges (For Indians Only)
- A Life Changing Experience
- GST and Other Taxes (As applicable, Subjected to change according to Govt. Rules)
- Hotels and Food in Manali
- Trekking Permits and Forest Camping charges for Foreigner’s (If extra compared for Indian Citizens)
- Backpack Offloading Charges (Portage of Personal Bags)
- Personal Trekking Gear
- Travel Expenses to and fro Manali from home city
- Tips for local team
- Expenses of personal nature like Laundry, Phone Calls, Alcohol, Cigarettes, Camera Fee, Bottled Water etc
- Any Requirement for Single Room/Single Tent Accommodation
- Travel Insurance and other Emergency Expenses
- Any costs arising out of unforeseen circumstances such as bad weather, landslides, road conditions and any other circumstances beyond our control
- Anything which is not mentioned in Inclusions
Day 1 Drive from Manali to Jagatsukh; Trek to Baggi
Drive to Jagatsukh from Manali in the morning. The village is known for its beautiful apple orchards. We start trekking post breakfast. The trek takes us through Bhanara village within a half hour, and this ascent includes a great number of steps to climb. A canopy of apple trees can line our trail now, and we continue past the village and into a lovely pine forest through yet another bunch of stairs. Takshak Nag Mandir is a beautiful Shiva Temple that falls en route our trek today. We resume trekking after a short halt here. The trail soon opens up into a beautiful clearing which is our campsite for the night.
Altitude at different points: 2,015 m; 2,430 m
Distance: 7 km
Time Taken: 5 hrs
Day 2 Trek from Baggi to Saraha Baggi
Day two of the trek is relatively moderate but equally thrilling. We continue further into the heart of the forest until the tree line is left behind and a sweeping meadow pops up. A few minutes into the trail and the majestic Hanuman Tibba rises to greet you. We also come across some temporary Gujjar huts, from where the path climbs uphill to Saraha Baggi. Behold the wonder of the city unfolding before your eyes in entirety, while distant Himalayan peaks watch over you. Explore around the site to your heart’s content. This is our campsite for the night.
Altitude: 3,100 m
Distance: 6.5 km
Day 3 Trek from Saraha Baggi to Sarotu
We leave behind one beautiful campsite and make for another. The trail unfurls over a lush green path, criss crossed by a variety of bright yellow flowers. After an hour, we reach a gushing waterfall, from where the trail climbs into a dense forest. The trail near the waterfall must be traversed with caution, as it is narrow and likely to be slippery and muddy. The trail may be, depending on the season, laden with crisp chestnuts or a fine carpet of snow. And if you though Saraha Baggi was beautiful, today’s campsite will leave you stunned! The trail soon leads to Sarotu, the most beautiful campsite of our trek. Guarded by massive Himalayan neighbors, you can see numerous shepherds with their flock nearby. The beauty of this campsite is overwhelming. Camp at Sarotu for the night.
Altitude: 3,160 m
Distance: 4.5 km
Day 4 Trek from Sarotu to Jobra; Drive to Manali
Despite being the shortest day of the trek, the descent may exhaust your knees. Maintain a steady pace while descending, making sure you don’t put a lot of pressure on your knees. Trek past Sarotu hills, and cross a gurgling stream to arrive at the Jobra Dam, from where the Hampta Pass trek begins. This officially marks the end of your trek. Freshen up and rest a little at Jobra, then drive back to Manali.
Altitude: 2,825 m
Distance: 4 km
The level of this trek is easy to moderate, which makes it an ideal choice for beginners. Also, if you can’t spare a week for the Hampta Pass trek, this trek may be perfect for you, as it is relatively shorter, but manages to encompass the beauty of the former. Despite the ‘easy to moderate’ tag, remember that the easiest of treks can be difficult if your physical fitness is not upto the mark.
The months of May, June, September, October and November are perfect for the trek. Monsoons should be avoided as the trail becomes muddy and slippery.
Fly to Bhuntar airport, the nearest one to Manali, sitting about 50 km away. Bhuntar airport is well connected to major cities like Mumbai, Delhi, Bangalore and Kolkata.
There are really no direct trains to Manali. Reach Delhi, and then board a train to Pathankot (the trains are fairly frequent). From Pathankot, board a bus to Manali.
There are plenty of overnight HRTC buses plying between Delhi and Manali. Board one from ISBT Kashmere Gate, and a 14 hours journey will land you at Manali.
Rucksack, high ankle trekking shoes, one fleece jacket, one down feather / hollofil jacket, 3 pairs of quick dry T-shirts and trek pants, 5-6 pairs of socks, balaclava, a daypack, sunscreen SPF 50+, scarf, towel, lip balm, headlamp / torch, 2 water bottles of 1 litre, and personal medicines.
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