Hampta Pass Trek
The Hampta Pass trek is undoubtedly one of the most stunning crossover treks of the Indian Himalayas. Starting from the lush green meadows and forests of the Kullu Valley, the trail gradually ventures into the rugged and barren landscape of the stunning Spiti Valley.
Altitude14,000 ft. Approx.
Best Time to VisitMid June - Mid October
What a trekker is left with is a visual extravaganza and different shades of sublime shades of natural beauty. In fact, the Hampta Pass trek gives you a '2 in 1' kind of a feel where you experience two drastically different settings within a span of 4-5 days. It's when you come in the vicinity of the 14,000 ft Hampta Pass on the third morning, that the landscape changes from green to a mixture of grey an brown.
Spell bounding campsites, the ethereal Chandrataal Lake, a valley blooming with colorful shades, to a an arid poetry in motion..the Hampta Pass trek is a roller coaster ride, waiting to unleash a bag full of twist n turns at every new step.
- No of Days - 5 days / 4 nights
- Trek Grade - Moderate
- Max Altitude - 14,000 ft approx
- Starting Point - Manali
- End Point - Manali
- Best Time to Visit - Mid June to Mid October
Drive from Manali to Jobra (9800 ft) ==> Trek from Jobra to Jwara (11,072 ft)
Time taken : 6 hours
We assemble in morning in the heart of Manali, and undergo a round of getting to know each other. The trek leader introduces himself and the staff, and gives a brief of what lies ahead. Post this, you get on the veichles and drive to Jobra, the starting point of the trek.
The 1.5 hours drive from Manali to Jobra takes you through 42 hairpin bends to the doorsteps of this stunnningly beautiful trek. You commence the trek by following a trail into the lush green Pine and Maple forest. Once you cross the forest, you end being being in the middle of a vast lush green meadow. You will walk through this beautiful meadow for around an hour to reach a spot called Chika. The trail is easy and you have the Rani river to accompany you throughout the stretch.
The trek further up from Chika is laden with stones and boulders. Jwara falls on the right side across the river. The region can be identified with waterfalls at some distance, and birch trees at the upper side of the mountains. As you go a bit further, you will come across a waterfall on your left. You will be crossing the river at this stretch. The water will be icy cold.
Once you cross the river, you will be at the gorgeous Jwara Valley. Walking on the green grass carpet sprinkled with colorful varieties of exotic flowers is an experience in itself. The camp is set up in the meadow with the river gushing below.
Jwara to Balu Ka Ghera (12,410 ft)
Time taken : 5 hours
Today will be a moderate trek with a marginal and gradual incline throughout the stretch.
You start walking along the Rani river. Gradually the trees are left behind, and all that remains is huge grass fields and an amazing view all around. Leaving Jwara behind, you will find the terrain flattening, as you reach Chota Balu ka Ghera. A perfect spot to just loosen up and have a quick snack.
The trail from this point gets rocky. Things get a bit tricky, as you need to jump across the scattered boulders. An adventurous trek of close to two hours finally brings you to the mesmerizing campsite of Balu ka Ghera. We pitch our tents at a beautiful site next to the river in the lap of the towering Bandarpunch peak. You will be able to see the mountains you need to traverse the next day to cross the Hampta Pass.
Balu ka Ghera to Shea Goru (12,250 ft) via Hampta Pass (14,035 ft)
Time taken : 9 hours
It's the longest day of the trek ahead, so we start early. Today's day can be divided into two stages : A moderately steep ascent till the Hampta Pass, followed by a steep descent to Shea Ghoru.
You move towards the mountains you were admiring since the last evening. The trail passes through rocky terrain, and after an hour of a gentle walk, it starts ascending. After about half an hour of demanding climb, you reach a small stop, and break for a well deserved rest. It is a great spot to view the majestic Deo Tibba peak right in front of you.
About half an hour further from this point, you reach the top of a ridge. You will see another parallel ridge from here. Hampta pass is a bend away from the top of this ridge. It's a steep ascent from here on. You will take about half an hour to complete this vertical stretch and finally reach atop the Hampta Pass.
Have lunch atop the Hampta Pass and marvel at the amazing views of the Indrasan and Deo Tibba peaks. Its very windy at the pass, and at this height there is always a chance of sudden rain or snow.
The descent from the Pass is even trickier. It's a steep descent and you need to walk on slippery stones and soil. The best way to descend is by taking a zig zag route. You will be able to complete this stretch in half an hour. And now what lies in front of you is the vast and stunning landscape of the Lahaul Valley. The Shea Ghoru campsite is around a 90 minutes gradual descent from this point.
Shea Ghoru is one of the most beautiful campsites you can dream of. A green meadow, a nearby river stream bisecting the valley, with tall snow clad mountains surrounding you. It can't get any better than this.
Shea Ghoru to Chhatru (10,898 ft) ==> Drive to Chandrataal (14,100 ft) and return.
Time taken : 4-4.5 hours
It's a gentle to moderate descend all the way to Chhatru. You need to cross the icy waters of the Shia Ghoru Nala to move to the other side of the valley. A further walk across the barren landscape of the Lahaul Valley, and you will get to see the Chattru road far away. The first sight of the moving veichles will be quite an experience after roaming around away from the civilization for the last few days.
You need to trek further for about 3 hours to reach Chhatru from this point. When you finally reach down, you have the Chandra River separating you from the highway.
We reach the Chhatru campsite by afternoon. Itís advisable not to waste much time and start the drive to Chandrataal Lake as quickly as possible. The distance to the lake is around 70 kms, but since the road is not usually in the best of conditions, it may take around 3 hours to reach.
Just one glimpse of the lake, and all your pains and dizziness are bound to dissapear. The beauty of the Chandrataal lake cannot be expressed in words. The serene waters have a calming effect on your body, mind and soul. A perfect place to put an end to the rigors of the past few days. Spend some time exploring the heavenly surroundings and return to the Chhatru campsite.
Drive from Chhatru to Manali
The drive from Chhtaru to Manali takes about 4 hours, and passes through Rohtang Pass. Its a wonderful drive and an awesome way to end this beautiful sojourn.
Accomodation in Tents
- Camping tents (triple sharing basis), Sleeping Bags, Carry Mats
- Nutritious and healthy vegetarian food. (Starting with lunch on First Day and ending with breakfast on Last Day).
- Support staff for Guidance in the trek
- Mules to carry luggage. (Weight limit - 10kg per person)
- Transportation cost from Delhi to Manali and return.
- Hotel Accommodation in Manali.
- Food at Manali.
- Local sightseeing expense in Manali
- Personal expense of any kind
- Anything not mentioned in Inclusions.
Total Package Costs Rs. 8,500 /-*
Things to Carry
- Backpack 35-40L
- Small Day Pack upto 20L (To carry camera, water, jacket and similar useful items)
- Trekking Pole
- Ankle length waterproof trekking shoes
- Trekking Pants
- T Shirts (Full sleeves and half sleeves)
- Warm Jacket / 2 Pullover
- Thermals (If you are susceptible to feeling cold
- Cap (1 suncap and 1 woolen)
- Sunscreen Lotion (Above SPF 50)
- 2 Water Bottles (1 litre each)
- Flash Light with extra batteries
- Toiletries (Moisturiser, Light towel, Lip Balm, Toilet Paper, Toothbrush, Toothpaste, Hand Sanitizer)
- Basic Medical Kit (Crocin, Avomine, Combiflam, Disprin, Avil, Norflox, Digene, Crepe Bandage, Band Aid, Cotton, ORS, Moov Spray, Betadine or any antiseptic creme)
Terms & Conditions:Cancellation Policy:
- Cancellations prior to 30 days from the start of the trek - 50% refund
- Cancellations between 30 days and 20 days to the start of the trek - 25% refund
- Cancellations less than 20 days to the start of the trek - No refund
If a trek is canceled at the last moment due to unforeseen circumstances / govt. restrictions / weather conditions (like landslides, rain, earthquake, strikes, bandhs, etc), 'The Offbeat Soul' will issue a trek voucher for the full amount. The voucher can be redeemed for the same trek or another trek in the next one year.
Cancellations requests are entertained only on mail.
The applicable refund amount will be processed within 10 business days
Though maximum efforts are made to ensure the safety of the trekkers, 'The Offbeat Soul' will not be responsible for any injuries, both physical or mental, caused directly or indirectly in the trekking activities.
All participants are requested to download the 'Risk Form' and get it along with them on their respective treks.
It is understood that while registering yourself for any trek, you are well aware of the all the risks involved in high altitude trekking. You have taken efforts to understand what AMS (Acute Mountain sickness' is, and you are in a good state to manage your altitude related emergencies.
When you register for the trek, it is presumed that you are in a perfect physical and mental condition to undertake the rigours of a high altitude trek with low oxygen levels. We assume that you are able to jog a distance of 5 kms in 30 minutes.
The Offbeat Soul has the right to ask a trekker to discontinue the trek at any point if he/she does not meet our expected fitness requirement. In this case, the trekker will be accompanied by our staff back till the base camp.
Last minute changes / Delays
It may happen under some extreme circumstances, that there may be some last minute changes in the planned itinerary. The trek may start a day later or end a day earlier due to volatile climatic conditions, political restrictions, or any other reason. In such cases, The Offbeat Soul is not liable to refund the trek, either fully or partly. The participant cannot ask for compensation for any injury, loss or damage due to such changes.
- Drinking and Smoking are strictly prohibited during the trek. You will be disqualified from the trek with immediate effect if found flouting the rules.
- The Offbeat Soul is not responsible for any loss or damage of your belongings or equipment on the trek.
- Any damage to the equipments by the participant, other than the normal wear and tear, will be billed to you. Our decision on such matters will be final and binding.