Hampta Pass Trek 5 Days/4 Nights

Code: HamptaPass-H001
4 Night / 5 Day’s
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Hampta pass is an awesome trek and the moderate level of the trek invites not only experienced trekkers but also welcomes the beginners. Moreover, it can be the beginning of your trekking journey as it’s no less than an addiction to the hills and allures you to the hills every time you memorize the trek, even long after you are done with the trek. The trek has sudden twists in the landscape as the trail leads from green lush pastures of Kullu valley into the barren deserts of the Spiti valley, and takes you along a picturesque panoramic journey. The level of awesomeness of landscapes and scenic views are usually not available in such moderate treks. This trek in itself includes the high rocky cliffs, open green meadows, adventurous river crossings and one high altitude Pass with the exotic snow clad view of Mt Indrasan and Mt. Dev Tibba. And that’s not all, upon reaching the end at Chatru (10,898 ft.), an exciting day-long road trip along the Chandrabhaga river to the Chandratal lake, spread in 1 km area. The name of the lake originates from its crescent shape; a beautiful high altitude lake (13,943 ft.) in the Spiti valley and the return through Rohtang pass ( 13,051 ft.) back to Manali.


Day 1: Manali to Chika Via Jobra
Altitude gain from 6,725 ft. to 10,090 ft.
16 Km / 2 Hours Drive from Manali.
2 Km Trek from Sethan to Jobra.
Accommodation and food in tents at Chika.

Day 2: Chika to Balu Ka Ghera
Altitude gain from 10,990 ft. to 12,000 ft.
8.5 km, 6 hours of Trekking.
Lunch and Snacks at the midpoint. Accommodation and food in Tents.

Day 3: Balu Ka Ghera to Shea Goru via Hampta Pass (4270 meters)
Altitude gain from 12,468 ft. to 14,010 ft.
7 km, 6 hours of Trekking.
Lunch and Snacks at the midpoint.
Accommodation and food in Tents.

Day 4: Shea Goru to Chhatru / Visit Chandrataal (13,943 ft.)and return to Chhatru campsite
Altitude gain 12,303 ft. to 13,943 ft.
7 km, 4 hours of Trekking.
Lunch and Snacks at Chhatru.
Drive to Chandrataal and return to Chattru Camp. (Return to Chattru Campsite could be on the same day or next day, depending on weather/road conditions and time left to make it back to Chattru after Chandrataal visit).
Accommodation and food in Tents.

Day 5: Drive back from Chatru to Manali Via Rohtang Pass
Breakfast at Chattru campsite.
85 Km Drive to Manali via Rohtang Pass.
Lunch and Snacks at Chhatru.
4 Hours drive (expected arrival time 1:30 PM, traffic conditions may increase driving time).
Trekkers can make further travel plan accordingly after reaching Manali.

Detailed Itinerary:
Day 1:
Drive from Manali and Trek to Chika via Jobra
We will begin from Manali in the morning after briefing about the trek. After that breakfast will be arranged. And then a short road trip. The timing for arriving in Manali will be coordinated to you by mail as you make the booking for the trek. From here transportation will be arranged by us, and the vehicle will take you from here The drive from Manali will take around 2 hrs/ 16 km and curls around the 42 hairpin bend each bend marked with the number. it?s an easy trek to the Chitka campsite on the banks of Rani Nallah, a 2 km trek that walks you into a mixed forest of pine, green maple and birch trees.

Day 2: Chika to Balu Ka Ghera
The trek today begins from Chitka and takes you through grasslands and rocky paths, after crossing few streams to the next site. Carry enough drinking water along with you and keep yourself hydrated. The picturesque views start from the beginning of the day. The trail leads from the grasslands which as simple grazing grounds in the pre-monsoon season but in the post-monsoon, these grasslands are covered all over with beautiful colourful wildflowers. This mesmerizing beauty made me wonder when this unrecognized place has this immense beauty, one day I will surely visit the valley of flowers, so to actually identify, what level of beauty does it take to get an international recognition.

At Chika, This point is itself a great viewpoint, as you look behind you find the Rani Nallah dividing into small streams along a green endless pasture, you just walked through. To the opposite side of the river from your viewpoint, the vegetation includes dwarf Rhododendrons and Birch trees exactly contrary to what you find on your side, and what is that? It’s nothing, just simple grasslands and that too not enough to serve as grazing fields for cattle herds. The trail further leads you through boulders and you encounter a small stream of about 10 ft, with ice cold water and current enough to disturb your balance. Take precautions while crossing the stream, remove your shoes, cause getting yourself wet may ruin your further days.

The trail will last about an hour walk with a gradual ascent, initially walking through a path the meadows and then leading you to path carved between the boulder, and lifts you up to the beginning of the flat trail to Balu ka Ghera. Balu means sand and gives you a clear identification to your destination. It’s a flat plane composed of sand brought down by this stream Rani Nalla. The gushing sound of the river also follows along the trail as we ascend but as the slope decreases the gushing also dampens. The trail further walks into the flat area, covered with sand depositions, and you realize that you are not far away from your destination. The flat area is surrounded by sky-high rocky cliff and at a number of random waterfalls arising from them as many of these cliffs are covered with snow and remain the same throughout the year. A Half hour walk will further lead you to your campsite. The campsite is beautiful and has a number of small streams which further sum up to form the Rani nallah stream. The site is surrounded from three sides by high cliffs, among which one will be your path for tomorrow’s trek. The fourth side is the route you crossed till now and far away on this side you can see the Bandarpunch peak of the Dhauladhar Range.

Day 3: Balu Ka Ghera to Shea Goru via Hampta Pass (4270 meters)
The ascent from Balu ka ghera is the most serious incline you face in the entire trek. Today’s trek is the final ascent to Hampta Pass; but that’s not all, the descent further to Shea ghoru is itself a challenging task. Before leaving the campsite to carry sufficient drinking water, cause in this final ascent to 4270 meters you don’t want to get yourself dehydrated and spoil the trek to the summit. So, keep drinking enough water throughout the ascent. Also, for the inexperienced trekkers, walk at a constant pace and don’t exhaust yourself. Take rest at equal intervals and replenish your body with water and other snacks like dry fruits etc., take rest on something like walking poles, don’t sit as it makes difficult to start again. On descending down from the Pass, be careful. Take firm steps, make a grip, because falling here spoils the fun of crossing the Pass. Also, the path is carved on scree and that makes your fall, a rough one.

The initial walk starts with a gradually increasing slope and takes you into a flat area that looks like a widespread beautiful lake, exactly not a lake and not even half a foot deep but you need circle around the field to cross it. The slope, now onwards is a tough one, pre-monsoon it a snow stretch up to the Pass, itself. The steep snow makes the route a little adventurous. Post monsoon, the route trails through a rocky path. Between the Pass and these rocky steep incline, you encounter two ridges which are steep and you gain altitude rapidly as compared to your earlier ascents. Crossing these ridges takes you to U-turn to the left from the second ridge and this is your gateway to The Hampta Pass. Reaching the Pass is a rewarding feeling. The panoramic view of several sky-high snow clad peaks mesmerizes you. The snow-clad Mt Indrasan peak standing tall justifies the true meaning of its name, ‘the throne of the rain god’. Just behind it, stands mighty ” Dev Tibba “, the god’s abode. From here, trace the route you came along and you will realize your potential, this accomplishment surely doesn’t fill your pocket but it surely boosts your determination power and confidence. And now once you realize your potential, this experience will surely benefit you in facing the big mountain-sized challenges that you face in your carriers and life.

At the Pass, stay and relax for a while, but do not take long, leave the place and descent. It is advised to avoid the stay for too long at the summit points, as sudden weather changes are usually at this height, and in case of fog and rain, the route becomes difficult. The descent from the Pass is a difficult one, carved on scree and needs to be negotiated carefully. It is seen that most of the accidents happen at the time of descending as this is the time when a person is least careful. So, take care and walk by firm steps. Also take care, to not make any rock fall by your carelessness as it might hit and cause someone a serious injury, also keep yourself from the same if you at the lower end. With the required precautions, we walk safely to our next campsite, Shea Ghoru. It’s the coldest place in your trek so keep yourself packed, the name Shea Ghoru itself means? the coldest place? in the local dialect. It’s a levelled pasture surrounded by huge rocky cliffs, with a stream flowing next to your campsite. You need to cross this ice chilled water stream tomorrow in the morning, as at that time the water current will be weak.

Day 4: Shea Goru to Chatru and than a visit to Chandrataal (4250 meters) and back
The trek starts a little early for the day, cause after reaching our campsite which is not more than 2-3 hours from here. We utilize the way by taking a sightseeing road trip to The Chandrataal lake. Today’s trail is a simple descent up to Chatru, last campsite nearby the road connecting Manali to Kaza. But the start of the day includes all the fun. The stream flowing by your campsite, which added beauty to the boring campsite otherwise. This stream needs to be crossed, in this chilling hour. It is advisable to cross the river in the early hours of the day, as at this time the water level is low, as the low temp in the night prevents the ice from melting. Hence, low water level and also weak water current makes the morning hours the best time to cross a stream. Ice chill water cannot be avoided, though it does no harm and adds one more thrilling experience to your trek memories.

The trek, further, after crossing the river is simple path carved in grasslands and further along some boulders. In the end, there is a little steep descent, but this time it’s a piece of cake for you as you crossed the tougher one earlier while descending from the Pass. Further, crossing a small stream, across a small bridge, be careful here, it’s a weak one so cross one person at a time. And then plane tour along the Chandrabhaga river lands you to your last campsite, Chatru. Take rest and refresh yourself, as after that we leave for the sight-seeing to the Chandratal lake and return in the evening. After returning from the lake, we will halt at the Chatru campsite for the night.

Day 5: Drive back from Chatru to Manali Via Rohtang Pass
Next day, after morning breakfast at Chatru campsite, transportation will be arranged for trekkers accordingly and we will bid our goodbye to marvellous Spiti Valley and head back to Manali which is a 4-5 hours drive from Chatru. We will have a halt at any midpoint for lunch (exclusive of trek cost). Once we reach Manali, trekkers can make their further travel accordingly.

Trek Essentials
Backpack 50 – 60 Ltr
Head Torch with Extra Batteries
Trekking Pole
First Aid Kit
Water Bottle

Sun Cap
Trek Pants (2 Pairs)
Fleece and Woolen gloves
Balaclava and Woolen Caps
Thermals ( 2 Pairs)
Waterproof Trekking Shoes
Cotton/Woolen Socks(3 Pairs)
Warm Hollow Fit Jacket
1 Pair of slippers

Water Bottle
Day Pack 20 Ltr
Quick Dry Towel

Available Dates:
15 Jul – 19 Jul  (open)
16 Jul – 20 Jul (open)
22 Jul – 26 Jul (open)
23 Jul – 27 Jul (open)
28 Jul – 01 Aug (open)
29 Jul – 02 Aug (open)



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