Hampta Pass Trek
Himachal Pradesh | 5D/4N | 14,000 Ft
June to October
(Above mentioned cost is for a fixed departure)
- Reviews 3584.9/5
- Vacation Style High Altitude Trek
- Activity Level Moderate
- Group Size Medium Group
All about the Hampta Pass Trek.
Trekking in Manali has always left everyone spellbound. One of those treks is the Hampta pass. A splendid crossover trek, the Hampta Pass trek is one of the most popular treks in Himachal Pradesh for fit beginners. The trek weaves past the beautiful verdant valleys of Kullu and climbs up to an altitude of 14,035 ft.. The beautiful overhang at 14,035 ft. Is the spectacular culmination of the 6 days of the trek. The hampta pass and chandratal trek is also famous for the dramatically changing landscape that surprises trekkers throughout. The most striking of all views is the sprawling deserts of Lahaul, along with sweeping vistas of the iconic Lahaul valley.
Why one should do Hampta Pass trek and Chandratal?
Hampta Pass Trekking is a buffet of a large variety of landscapes, all fused into one mesmerizing journey. The verdant meadows of Jwara, graced by several grazing horses are a sight to behold. The campsites hampta pass to the chandratal lake each carries a unique terrain – Jobra skirts a beautiful forest, while Balu Ka Ghera is distinguished by a river delta and the Shea Goru campsite touches a beautiful desert oasis! The final treat awaits you in the form of the iconic Chandratal Lake trek as the trek ends!
Best time to do the Hampta Pass trek
is between July to mid-September when the sky shower a little and the flowers are in full bloom. Its weather and temperature are perfect to beat that summer heat and break away from the mad hustle of the cities. Though perfect in August, this trek in May is also a good option and amongst the best treks available in the month of May. Hampta pass trekking distance from Jobra to Chatru is 26 km and is stretched across a period of 5 days.
Trek to Hampta Pass
The Trek To Hampta Pass begins from Chika, which is easily accessible from Manali. This Trek in Manali with the backdrop of Lahaul and Spiti valleys, along with the astounding Pir Panjal ranges will leave you stunned throughout. On the final day, the trail runs past the iconic Chandratal Lake in Spiti. The blues of the lake will wash away all the fatigue, and refill your senses. Book or customize your Hampta Pass trek package with us today!
If you’re looking to experience the landscape and splendor of Hampta Pass with lesser efforts, consider the Hampta Circuit trek, which is a short yet equally beautiful trek that traces a more unexplored trail. Give yourself a chance to delight yourself with the Hampta Pass & Chandratal Trek in Manali. Trekking With Trekmunk, will surely make you come back for more.
Day 1 : Drive from Manali to Jobra and Trek to Chika
Note: Meeting time at Prini, Manali is 12 pm to reach Chika campsite by 5 pm. (2 hours drive to Jobra from Manali, then 2 km trek from Jobra to Chika.)
The drive from Manali to Jobra is about 2 hours long, and a real treat to the eyes. Watch out for the sprawling views of the stunning Kullu Valley. Somewhere along the way the Rani Nallah pops out and starts running alongside throughout the trek until the snow of Hampta Pass finally covers it. Once you reach Jobra, the trek to the day’s campsite is about 2 hours away. It winds through beautiful forests of pine, silver birch and maple. Once off at Jobra, you’ll find a narrow path entering the forest. Take this trail. The lofty canopies of pine are broken intermittently by green maple, a welcoming sight. About 25 minutes into the trail, a beautiful meadow looms into view, just below a huge boulder.
The Jobra meadow is divided by the Rani Nallah, and beautiful hills can be seen on both sides. It is not uncommon to see cows and sheep grazing in the meadows. You have an option to either trek through the meadow or go over the hill on the left side, which slightly shortens the trail. From here on, take a slight right, and stick to the left bank of the river till the end. Initially, there are many stones and boulders on the trail, but a little bit of cautious treading does the trick. You can see beautiful dwarf Rhododendrons on the lower and mid sections of the mountain, and Birch on the higher ends. Behind you, the Dhauladhar ranges can be viewed in a panoramic sprawl. The waterfall on your left can be used to refill your bottles here. Past the waterfall, turn slightly right and make for the river. If you want to cross the river, take off your shoes and leap through the rocks across the river. Entering a bordered valley marks the halfway point of the trek. On the other side of the river lies the beautiful Chika campsite.
Altitude: 10,800 ft.
Time Taken: 2 hours trek and 2 hours drive
Trek Distance: 6 km
Difficulty – Easy to moderate
Day 2 : Trek form Chika to Balu Ka Ghera
The river is fed continuously by the melting snow, and you can see marvelous snowy peaks which guard the Hampta Pass. Take the trail that runs along the river, and soon enters a rectangular valley. The trail is laced with a mix of floral colors like purple, pink, and yellow. The area is also devoid of trees, which don’t reappear for quite a while. After around a half hour of trekking, you leave the valley behind, and walk further till the trail eases out into a level walk just as you reach Chota Balu Ka Ghera. You can rest and have a quick bite here. Past here you trek further along the same trail.
Just before you reach the campsite, the trail is laden with big rocks, dispersed unevenly and a bit far apart. This makes crossing them a bit difficult. Once you’ve crossed that section, Balu Ka Ghera greets you. It is mainly made up of the sand and dust that the river brings forth.
Just behind you are the very mountains that you’ll trek through the next day to reach the Hampta Pass.
The sun looks phenomenal as it sets behind the lofty Hanuman Tibba peak.
Altitude: 12,4111 ft.
Time Taken: 4-5 hours
Trek Distance: 5 km
Difficulty – Moderate
Day 3 : Trek from Balu Ka Ghera to Shea Goru via Hampta Pass
The most important day of the trek. The trail to Hampta Pass is a steep climb, followed by an equally steep descent down to Shea Goru. We aim to reach the Pass by lunch time, and start descending to Shea Goru post lunch.
Post breakfast, you begin the trek by making for the mountains just before the Hampta Pass. The trail is carpeted with beautiful flowers along the river banks, which you follow for about an hour till the river is right below you. The trail begins to fade at certain points along today’s trek, so make sure you don’t lose your way. The ascent becomes considerably steeper as you cross a rockfall prone area. You reach a scenic plateau in about a half hour, with the looming Deo Tibba peak right before you. Take a short halt here to catch your breath, and make for the next big ascent. The climb takes about 30 minutes before it ends at a ridge, from where a parallel ridge pops into view – your next stop. From the second ridge, your final destination is only a turn away! The end of the first ridge will give you jaw-dropping views of the surrounding ranges. The perfect place to exercise your photography skills. Once you’ve descended down the first ridge, the climb to the second one is almost a vertical one, and takes nearly 20 minutes.
From the right side of the pass, you can see the Lahaul side unfolding right below. Descend in a zig-zag manner to ease the stress on your knees, and to make the descent slightly more comfortable. The first downhill walk takes about half an hour, after which, a u-bend will land you just below the Hampta Pass. Now it is a total downhill trek on snow, and the same zig-zag route must be followed right till the valley. Once you’re at the foot of the valley flanked by majestic snowy peaks on three sides, trek along the open side, which leads you to Shea Goru.
The trail is now levelled out, and quite easy. The river re-emerges on your right. Camp here for the night, and bask in the adrenaline rush and happiness of the pass-crossing.
Altitude at different points of the trek: 12,254 ft. via 14,035 ft.
Time Taken: 9 hours
Trek Distance: 6.65 km
Difficulty – Moderate
Day 4 : Trek from Shea Goru to Chatru; Drive to Chandratal and back to Chatru
The descent is a bit difficult as you approach the road. You must walk along the sides of rocks, while at times it might be preferable to traverse down through the river / glacier bed and skip the rocks altogether. The trail might have slippery soil in some parts too, so be extra cautious, and try to leap over these sections to avoid slipping and sliding down. Once you’ve left the mountains behind, in about 3 hours you can see the Chandra river, flanked by a couple of glacial streams which must be crossed in order to reach the road on the other side. The Chhatru campsite crops up into view, circled by the mountains of Lahaul.
A visit to Chandratal lake, the iconic ’Moon Lake’ of Spiti, is possible only when the roads are clear of snow. The lake is about 70 km away, and the drive up to it is a tad uncomfortable. For those with motion sickness, keep Avomine tablets handy.
At 14,100 ft., Chandratal is a treat to the senses. Although, given the high altitude, don’t forget to keep yourself hydrated to avoid AMS.
Altitude changes at different points of trek: Time Taken: 4-4.5 hours
Trek Distance: 6.87 km
Difficulty – Moderate
Day 5 : Drive from Chhatru to Manali
The final day of your trek. Leaving the beautiful desert of Spiti valley behind, you drive back to Manali via the legendary Rohtang Pass. The four hours drive a picturesque one.
Hampta Pass Trek Map
The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance.
Accommodation on Trek:
All accommodation on the trek will be on twin sharing basis in Tents or Homestays. Any accommodation in a hotel/guest house/hostel (if mentioned in the itinerary and not mentioned in exclusions) will be in a 2-3 star accommodation unless mentioned otherwise.
Trek Leader and Guides:
A team of an experienced and certified Trek Leader, as well as a professional guide, will accompany you for the Hampta Pass trek.
Services of a Professional Trekking Team:
A team of an experienced Cook, Camp Staff, Porters/Mules will accompany you for all the arrangements on the trek.
All Meals on the Trek are included. We will serve Vegetarian Indian food on the trek which will be cooked by our high altitude chefs. It will be a five meal plan including Morning Tea, Breakfast, Lunch, Snacks and Dinner. You will be provided with clean mountain water from the streams to drink. You can carry water purification tablets if you deem necessary but we advise otherwise.
Trekking and Safety Equipment:
All the camping equipment such as Tents, Sleeping bags, Toilet Tents, Dining Tent, Mattresses, and other things will be provided by us and we guarantee the quality. Safety Equipment including Medical kit, Oxygen Cylinder, Oximeter, Crampons & Gaiters(if required) will be provided by us. We recommend you to bring your own sleeping bags if possible.
Permits and Forest Camping Charges:
Only for Indian Clients, All the applicable trekking permits, Camping Charges, Forest Entry Fee etc will be paid by us. Foreigners have to pay these charges if not mentioned.
A Life Changing Experience – Hampta Pass:
We assure you that by trekking in the Himalayas you will have a life changing experience and we will do everything we can to provide you with the best services and make your venture in the wild an unforgettable one.
GST and Other Taxes:
The goods and services tax is not included in the price mentioned with the trek. They will be charged once you add the trek in your cart. They are subjected to change according to government rules of India.
Accommodation and Food in Manali:
Food and stay in Manali are not included in the package. You can book your hotels or homestays in Manali, we can recommend a few good options.
Flights and Transportation:
Flights or other means of transport is not included in the package. Transportation from home to Manali and vice versa is not included in the package. We can arrange a cab for you according to your requirements but you will be liable to pay for the same. Any expenses occurred during the journey are not included in the package cost.
Personal Trekking Equipment:
Your Rucksack, personal clothing, shoes, trek poles, and other personal trekking gear is not included in this package. You have to bring your own gear according to that weather and difficulty of the trek.
Portage of Personal Bags(Offloading):
We highly advise you to carry your own burden (your rucksack) but due to any reason if you wish to not carry your rucksack, we can arrange for a porter/mule to carry it. For this service, you will be charged over and above the trek cost. The charges for offloading vary with every trek.
Travel Insurance is not included in this package. We recommend you to have travel insurance before opting for such adventures.
Any personal expenses incurred (laundry, Bottled Water, Beverages, snacks, orders tea houses or dhabas, Tips for guides etc) are not included in the package.
Any costs arising out of unforeseen circumstances such as accidents, bad weather, landslides, road conditions and any other circumstances beyond our control are not included in the package.
- Anything not mentioned in Inclusions of the package.
1. Hampta Pass Trek, When is the best time to go?
The best time for Hampta Pass Trek is from the end of June to September. You will witness a lot of rains during August but it will make it more adventurous.
2. How difficult is the Hampta Pass and Chandratal trek?
Hampta pass and Chandratal trek in Manali is considered to be Easy to Moderate Level Trek. It is a good trek for beginners. But Snowfall in early season or during the closing time makes it a bit difficult for beginners.
3. What thing we need to carry?
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.
4. What will the temperature be like during the months of June, July, August and Septmeber?
The Hampta pass temperature in the following months is as follows: June: During day time, the temperature varies from 10 to 15 degree C and at night it can go up to -5 degree C. July and August: During day time, the temperature varies from 15 to 22 degree C and at night it can go up to 0 degree C. September: During day time, the temperature varies from 12 to 16 degree C and at night it can go up to -2 degree C.
5. Which are the best seasons for the trek?
The best season for Hampta pass trek is Monsoon Season. Although, The hampta pass weather is unpredictable and can change anytime.
6. What type of food is served during the trek?
During Hampta pass trek, we serve 4-course Vegetarian food starting from Breakfast, Lunch, Snacks and Tea/Soup and Dinner; less oily and easy to digest. Because due to lack of oxygen digestion of high protein food is difficult.
7. Hampta Pass Trek , How do I book with you?
To book Hampta Pass Trek with Trekmunk, you need to register on our website and then choose the date and trek; complete the payment procedure, as soon as the payment has been received by us, you will receive all the documents and further instructions for the trek. This is the simple procedure to book your trek, similar to buying products on Amazon.
8. Will backpacks, raincoats and other equipment be available for rent?
As of now, we are not providing backpacks, raincoats and other equipment on rent from our company; but we can try to get it through local vendors for you if possible. After booking the trek, you can contact the ground coordinator for the much-needed help and assistance.
9. Is this a good trek for a first timer?
Yes, This is a good trek for first timers but you have to be fit enough to run for 20 minutes continuously. If you are sitting in the office all day and coming directly for the trek, then it\'s a big No No. You have to sweat out to do this trek in Manali.
10. Who will be there with us on the trek?
In Hampta pass trek with Trekmunk, you will be assisted by a Trek Leader, A guide, High Altitude Chef, Local and Trained Helper & Staff as well as several Mules and Mulemen. The number of these people totally depend on group size.
11. What are the washroom/toilet facilities like on the trek?
We provide Dry Tiolet Tents for Hampta Pass Trek. Wet toilets are out of question for this trek. In dry toilets, water is not used. Only paper tissues are used.
12. What are the interesting places to visit if I have time before or after the trek?
Before or After the Hampta Pass trek, you can go to Gulaba for Paragliding, Hidimba Temple in Manali, Solang Valley Road trip, Vashisht Hot water spring, Manu Temple Area; these are some of the good examples to visit in and around Manali.
13. How to get safe drinking water on the trek?
On Hampta Pass Trek, the water stream is always there and you can fill your water bottles from it from the start of the trek to the end of the trek. The water from the streams is the best that you can get on the trek.
14. Which type of shoes should I buy for the trek?
In Hampta Pass Trek, you will be crossing streams, walking on sand, rocks, boulders, etc, so you will need High Ankle, Waterproof, Warm and Tear Resistant breathable shoes. You can try brands like Salomon, Arcteryx, Kathmandu, Adidas, and even Quechua High Ankle Shoes can also work.
15. Are the trekking poles really necessary?
During the Hampta Pass trek, many people think the trekking pole to be just another thing to carry and as unnecessary equipment that will only waste your money. Some people will also say that they like their hands empty as they feel it helps them to be stable during the trek, but the trekking poles are a must for hikers for a good amount of reasons. They provide you stability over technical terrain, reduce a large amount of impact on your knees and also can help increase your speed. It turns out to be extremely beneficial while crossing streams and can also be used to anchor a tent (deadman style).
16. What will we do if it rains during the trek?
The skies can be unpredictable during the Hampta Pass Trek. Hiking in rain can be a bit difficult starting from the wet socks to the slippery trails. You’ll have to be extra cautious when it’s raining. Firstly, you have to protect the warm dry clothes and all your equipment from the water. Get a rain cover that fits your backpack, that way you’ll protect your belongings. Do not ever wear denims during a trek as they become heavy and cold when wet and take days to dry. Carry a good waterproof and windproof jacket alongside gaiters and hiking boots which will prevent your socks from getting wet. Keep trekking and don’t stop for too long as your body will get cold. Have small breaks and eat small snacks instead of big snacks infrequently, it will help you manage your body. Lastly, check the weather forecast and make sure you’re not walking into a storm.
17. What is the starting and ending point of the trek?
The Hampta Pass Trek trek starts and ends in Manali. On the first day, you will reach Chika via Jobra. The beautiful city of Manali is at an elevation of 6,700 ft above sea level, therefore your body will get acclimatize before the trek. It takes around 2 hours and almost 40 hairpin bends to reach Jobra which is at a height of 9,800 ft. The trek on foot actually starts from the Allain Guhugal Hydel Project junction. On the last day, you will ride back from the Chatru campsite to Manali which typically takes around 7 hours to complete.
18.Can I take my child along on trek? What is the age limit?
For the Hampta Pass Trek, the general answer following the rule book is yes, there are no age restrictions on this trek as this trek falls on easy to moderate class. But in the case of children up to 15 years, this is a moderate to difficult trek. The altitude of Hampta pass trek is 14,000 ft and surrounded by mountain ranges, it is not recommended to take children under 8 years old to the trek as they may get altitude sickness, depending on personal comfort zones but if your child got any previous experience of trekking then you can take your child for this trek.
19. Is it safe to consume alcohol when it gets really cold during the trek?
Alcohol is strictly prohibited at higher altitudes. You think it will make you feel warm but actually, you lose your body heat. Alcohol no matter how little increases the adrenalin flow in your body which dilates the blood vessel and this dilation makes your blood, flow easily from the core to the superficial parts of your body releasing heat. In addition to these, you lose water from your body, your metabolism gets affected and most importantly it affects your sanity and your ability to make judgements, which is very dangerous while trekking. Alcohol also increases your chances to catch AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness).
20. Can I leave my travelling clothes in base camp behind and collect them after the trek?
For the Hampta Pass Trek, you can\'t leave your stuff at the base camp as the starting point (Jobra) and ending point (Chatru) are not the same. Although, if you want to keep unnecessary things at the hotel in Manali, you can ask for a clock room service. We can easily get it arranged for you.
21. How many meals will be provided in a day?
During the Hampta Pass Trek, we will be a 5 meal plan which will include the hot morning tea, breakfast, lunch, evening snacks, and dinner. All delicious meals served will be vegetarian, cooked by our high altitude chefs. We will also provide you clean drinking mountain water collected from the streams which will be totally safe to drink. You may also carry water purification tablets if you think it’s necessary, but we would advise otherwise. Throw the garbage (plastics, paper, etc) in the disposal bins and do not litter the mountains. It is advisable to not eat a lot at once at higher altitudes, you should always eat less amount of food throughout a definite period of time.
22. Would we be able to expect rain during the trek to Hampta pass?
The Hampta Pass weather is unpredictable. But it mainly depends on which time you decide to go. If you go there in the month of August, you will experience a lot of rain but it will be more adventurous no doubt about it. If you decide to go early in the season for example in May, you will witness snow trapped in the high passes. The best time for this trek is from the end of June to September. Although the weather here is pretty unpredictable, no one knows when it will change and rain. But one thing is for sure, if you don’t go in the monsoon season it won’t rain heavily.
23. Will there be a doctor with us during the trek?
No, there won’t be any doctors in the trek assisting us but we have a team of experienced and certified trek leaders who are qualified to handle any medical emergencies. Our professional trek leaders will be assisting you throughout the trek. Safety equipment like Oxygen cylinder, Crampons, etc will be provided by us in the situation of needs. The trek leaders completed their basic and advanced mountaineering course and are certified in mountaineering and also in first-aid if needed.
24. Will we get mobile network on the trek?
There is 3G network coverage in Manali, but after that, there is no network. You may get some network (Airtel) till you reach Allian bridge which again depends on the condition of the weather but after that, there is none. You may wanna keep your family informed beforehand that the trek is absolutely safe and there is nothing to worry about. You may get BSNL network in between for short period of time, but it is as good as no network.
25. Are smoking and drinking allowed on trek?
No there is legal rule forbidding consuming liquor in trekking, but you may want to know some demerits of drinking and smoking in high altitudes. Chances of hypothermia - Drinking in a high altitude makes your blood vessels dilate, which causes a rise in blood pressure and therefore to lose more body heat leading to hypothermia and it is very dangerous at high altitude where the temperature is very low. Chances of Dehydration - After a few drinks in normal situations, you feel dehydrated and in a high altitude remote area you do not want your body to be dehydrated, where you need to save all the energy you have. Acute Mountain Sickness - A medical condition caused when your body does not get the oxygen it needs to function properly, it can lead to High Altitude Pulmonary Edema and High Altitude Cerebral Edema. So, smoking is also not a good idea as it reduces the blood oxygen level. It is not recommended to drink or smoke in Hampta pass trek or any other treks risking yours and others\' lives.