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Hampta Pass and Chandra Tal Trek

from  10850.00 9950.00

Himachal Pradesh  |  5D/4N  |  14,000 Ft

June to October

(Above mentioned cost is for a fixed departure)

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  • Vacation Style High Altitude Trek
  • Activity Level Moderate
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  • Group Size Medium Group
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All about the Hampta Pass and Chandra Tal Trek.

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 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.

The trek 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 each carry 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!

The trek begins from Chika, which is easily accessible from Manali. The backdrop of Lahaul and Spiti valleys, along with the astounding Pir Panjal ranges will leave you stunned throughout the trek. 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 us a chance to delight you with the best deals for Hampta Pass trek.

 

Best Time To Visit

The best time to do the Hampta Pass – Chandratal Lake trek is from mid-June to mid-October. Early on in June, you can see snow on the higher reaches of the trek. This snow melts in August, and there’s lush greenery as far as the eye can see.
During monsoons, the Kullu-Manali region received heavy rainfall, but the Spiti region is bright and sunny even in monsoons.

The temperature ranges from 13 to 18 degrees Celsius during the daytime and drops to as low as 0-degree Celsius during the night.

 

How To Reach Manali

By Air
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.

By Train
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.

By Road
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.

The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price.
  • 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
Whats not included in this tour.Items that are not included in the cost of tour price.
  • 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
  1. Day 1 Drive from Manali to Jobra and Trek 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

  2. 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

  3. 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

  4. 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:  12,254 ft. to 14,100 ft. to 10,898 ft.

    Time Taken: 4-4.5 hours

    Trek Distance: 6.87 km

    Difficulty – Moderate

  5. 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 is a moderate trek but well prepared beginners can easily do this one.

 

The best season for the trek is from June to October. It is a bit risky during rainy season but that is fun to do.

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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Overall Rating
5/5
Trekmunk
Reviewed On 25/09/2018

Thank you for the review.

Santosh Iyer
Reviewed On 25/09/2018
5/5

The Hampta pass and Chandrataal trek was breathtakingly beautiful. Everything was organised perfectly. The trek leaders were kind and helpful. The food was good and no major problems were faced during the trek.

Heny Patel
Reviewed On 10/01/2018
5/5

Excellent experience....awesome people.....highly satisfying services

Smit R Shah
Reviewed On 10/01/2018
5/5

Tried the Hampta pass trek n felt a step closer to the nature! Great food n excellent ambiance! Special thanks to the trek leaders for their support

Harshraj Singh Vaghela
Reviewed On 10/01/2018
5/5

Trek was awesome Never felt away from home Caring people Superb trek leaders

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