Discovering the unique landscape on the Manali side of Himachal Pradesh with the Hampta Pass trekking is like a dream to reality experience. A rich, diverse canvas with resplendent flora and fauna, the trail goes through a picturesque setting of lush green forests, meadows, and also throws glimpses of barren lands.
An integral part of Manali’s topography, which is the India’s favourite adventure zone, this trek is voted amongst the easiest of trails and most attractive to beginners. An exciting activity, being around Hampta Pass opens a whole new beautiful world. Coupled with a stop over at the eerie and placid Chandra Tal, this journey is replete with adventure and scenic moments.
The variation in the trails is enormous; scenic landscapes, open green pastures and meadows, glacial valleys, easy access and an exceptional, adventurous and hair raising crossing of the pass makes this trekking expedition to Hampta pass an exciting one.
Temperature Range: 0 – 20 degrees Celsius
Total Trekking Distance: Approx. 34 kms.
Day 1 – Manali – Jobra (Drive) Trek from Jobra to Chika (10,100ft)
Leisure Trekking Trails, River Rani, Himalayan Landscapes
After a wholesome breakfast at Manali, you will drive to Jobra from where the trek originates. At this transfer point, receive briefing from your trip leader and gear for an easy ascent of 10,400ft to Chika.
With the mesmerising topography of the Himachal coming into play, you barely realise the climb. While trekking, walk along River Rani who introduces the surroundings of big rocky hills in absolute splendour. Arrive at Chika. Camp for the night in tents. After a typical outdoorsy meal, retire for the day.
Day 2 – Chika (10,100ft) – Balu ka Ghera (11,900ft) (Trek/Easy/ 5hrs).
Dhauladhar Ranges, Snow Laced Scenes
Day’s details Leave base camp at Chika on yet another easy trek. Though you would trek for barely 5hrs, the journey is beyond impressive. Feel the reality of being in the Himalayan region as you catch the first glimpse of the outer Himalayan chain of mountains as the Dhauladhar ranges begin to appear.
Commonly referred to as The White Range, you’ll notice the mighty towers occupy the entire frame with meadows and flower filled valleys dotted for company. Arrive at Balu ka Ghera. Settle down at this base for the day. Have lunch and spend the rest of the time, loosing yourself in an ambience which will take your breath away.
Day 3 – Balu ka Gera (11,900ft) – Siagoru (12,900ft) and crossing Hampta Pass (14,100ft). (Trek/ Easy/ 8hrs).
Hampta Pass, Kullu Valley, Lahul and Spiti Valley
Day 3 is one where you get to experience the barren landscape of the Himalayas in the Lahul and Spiti Valley. Such a variety in one region is what makes the Hampta Pass Trekking most attractive especially among amateurs. Though the entire trek today is a gradual slop, it is an apt learning ground.
Discover the serene calmness that surround the valley, you might meet shepherds at this high altitude pass who visit the valley to nourish their sheep with the special grass that grows around the area. After a brief stopover at Hampta village, which gives the pass its name, you’ll begin the descent to the base camp at Siagoru. Earn the well deserved rest here after the 8hr long journey as you halt for the night.
Day 4 – Siagoru (12,900ft) – Chatru (11,000ft) and drive to Chandra Tal (Trek/ Easy / 4hrs)
Massive Pir Panjal Ranges, Chandra Tal
This day will prove to be a fairly simple expedition around the Himalayas. After breakfast, begin an easy descent through the Hampta Valley. Find the group of Pir Panjal ranges of the inner Himalayan circle appear ahead of you. This dominating landscape trails along with you all through Spiti till you arrive at the base camp at Chatru. Enjoy the spectacular view of a high altitude cold desert at Spiti Valley.
Post your brief interaction with yet another natural beauty of the Himalayas, head to Chatru. A confluence of three paths – Hampta Pass, Spiti, and Rohtang Pass, this green paradise in the barren cold desert is like a breath of fresh air. Should the weather continue being your friend, you’ll drive to Chandra Tal, a moon shaped alpine lake located at an altitude of 14,100ft. One of the most enchanting lakes in this region, it is here that you’ll fall head over heels in love with the Himalayas. Find yourself become one with nature as the lake’s placid waters throw open a vista of reflections of the enveloping Himalayan peaks.
Day 5 – Drive from Chandra Tal to Manali via Rohtang Pass.
Rohtang Pass, Trip ends here
It is the day when your Hampta pass trekking adventure comes to an end. After breakfast, traverse the high altitude pass that connects the humid Kullu Valley and the arid Lahaul and Spiti Valley. Arrive at Manali and disperse for your homeward journey with a bag full of memories.
Medical and first aid kit
Qualified and experienced trip leader, well-informed guide, and support staff
Things To Carry
Backpack (min 60 Ltrs) with rain cover
Trekking Shoes (Forclaz 100, 500 recommended)
2 pairs of full sleeve shirts/T-shirts and track Pants
2 pairs of cotton socks. 3 pairs of woollen socks
1 full sleeves sweater or fleece jacket (preferable)
Thermal inners – 1 Pair
1 pair gloves.
Cold cream & sun screen (SPF 40+)
Water bottle 1 Lt
Headlamp or torch with fresh pair of batteries
Personal toilet kit and toilet paper
Personal medicine kit
Dark sunglasses (U/V protected)
Walking stick (one)
Climatic conditions in the high altitudes vary from the plains; take adequate time to get acclimatized to high altitudes.
Pay heed to the trek leader or instructor in order to enjoy a safe and sound trekking experience.
Do not consume alcohol or any other intoxicants during the trek.
Avoid trekking during the nights.
Before undertaking the trek, consult a physician.
Carry basic medications and a first-aid kit during the trek.
The trek takes place through eco-friendly zone; we do not encourage littering the local sites or campsites.
Cost for Indian nationals :Contact us