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HAMPTA PASS TREK

  • Altitude: 14100 Ft.
  • Trek Length: 26 Km.
  • Duration: 5 Days
  • Difficulty Level:Moderate
  • Base Camp: Jobra
  • Nearest Town: Manali
  • Pick & Drop: Manali To Manali
  • State: Himachal Pradesh

About

The Hampta Pass trek in Himachal Pradesh embodies different shades of nature to provide a contrasting landscape that consists of green canopied valleys on one side and barren earthly mountains on the other hand. A grassland with spring flowers blooming mirrored by a stark scenery consisting of jagged terrains is something that you only get to see on the Hampta Pass trek.

The Hampta pass acts as a vantage point, from where you can witness two equally beautiful parts of Himachal’s topography. If you were to look in the northern direction, you’d witness the majestic Lahaul valley stretching up to a vast expanse of land, deprived of vegetation while if you were to look on the other side of the trail, you’d witness jade green forests that adorn the valley of Kullu.

Although the distance that we cover in the Hampta Pass trek is merely 26 kms, the entire trail with its ever changing landscape seems like one long walk into the four seasons itself where you get to experience the warmth of golden sun rays, see spring flowers blooming in the meadows, and feel the cold that seeps through the deserts of Lahaul – Spiti.

The Hampta Pass trek trail takes you through alpine forests where Maple, Brich, Oak, Deodar trees rustle their leaves in sync with the cool breeze. As you walk further, meadows with waving stalks of green beckon you closer, enticing you to keep walking until you reach the silver streams of water gurgling through the same paths that you are walking upon.

The snowline commences after walking for a few miles where a steep ascend leads you to the Hampta pass where majestic mountains stand tall, overlooking the narrow valleys which are speckled with wildflowers.

The contrast of the tenderness of the flower petals against the rugged mountains takes your breath away, as you realize that mother nature truly never fails to surprise and you get to experience this phenomena first hand in the dramatic shades that Hampta Pass trek shows you. From steep cliffs, slanting slopes, glaciers that seem like icy carpets, rhododendron forests and alpine lakes, with every step that you take on the Hampta pass trail unravels a new side to the trekkers.

In this Hampta pass trek itinerary, the starting point is the town of Manali. We drive from Manali to Jobra which is the base for the Hampta Pass trek. The entire drive seems like a road trip straight out of the movies where you are traversing through almost 42 hairpin bends in the road and witnessing the glory of mountains with each turn of your vehicle with the picturesque Kullu valley in the backdrop. The heat of Manali dissipates to give way to cool breeze as you drive further away from the city roads and towards Jobra with the Rani Nallah River, flowing right alongside you. Upon reaching Jobra, a brief trekking session conducted by the trek leader where all the necessary details about what the Hampta Pass trek entails, we make our way to Chika, the first campsite of our trek.

Nestled in the Pir Panjal ranges of Himalayas, the difficulty level for the Hampta pass trek is of easy to moderate level with the maximum altitude attained in the span of five days being 14100 Ft. The trek has a few high altitude campsites and Chika nestled at an altitude of 10,000ft is the first one of them. However since it’s approx 2 kilometers from Jobra, it doesn’t test your endurance as much. The trail has enough resources for water and is speckled with pine trees, green maple and sparkling silver birch trees making the topography diverse and extremely rich. All along the streams of Rani Nallah river pass through the meadow where we set up camp for the night.

After having early morning breakfast in the mountains, we start our ascent towards our next campsite Balu ka Ghera as we traverse through green pastures for the first half of our trail which is then followed by boulders and loose rocks as you move forward. All the while the stream of Jwara river runs through the water with its silver cascading streams giving the green landscape a pearly glow. As you gradually incline towards Balu ka Ghera, the mighty Dhauladhar ranges in the backdrop peak from behind, adding all the more glory to the scenery.

The stretch is of almost 9 kms and the meadows make it easier for trekkers to pass through without exhausting themselves but as you move towards the rugged terrains made of boulders, it  starts to put  strain on you which is why the ascend from Jobra to Balu ka Ghera is considered to be of moderate category. Balu itself means sand and the trail towards this campsite lives up to its name with its coarse sand topography. On the other side of the river, wildflowers grow along with birch and rhododendrons trees on the foothills, providing a stark contrast to the bare ground where we set camp for the night.

The trek from Balu ka Ghera to Sia Goru encompasses a steep uphill trail that is both challenging and rewarding at the same time. In a matter of approx six hours, you gain a considerable amount of altitude. The trek starts off with slanting slopes and then as you cross a shallow lake you will stumble upon and afterwards, the trail turns uphill with traces of snow stretching in front of you, and after crossing three steep ridges, you get the first glimpse of Hampta pass.

The Hampa Pass acts as a wide passageway between the Lahaul valley and the Kullu valley making it the only trek with such a striking crossover. The pass itself looks like a narrow valley, one that blooms with flowers and is overlooked by mountains with silver streams flowing through the meadows. You’d probably expect for the pass to open up as soon as you take your first step towards it but you have to walk a bit before it drops you off into the lap of the Himalayas with the Deo Tibet peak beckoning you closer. The trek from Balu ka Ghera to Hampta stretches up to a distance of almost three kilometers and is of moderate category since the pass has a gradual steep ascent and the trail only later on turns into a flat walk as you descend towards Sia Goru which would be our next campsite.

Nestled at an altitude of 12,900 feet, Sia Goru with its eden-like landscape, river streams is one of the best high altitude campsites in this Hampta pass trek itinerary. The next day as you bid goodbye to this campsite and start your descent towards Chhatru, you’d be traversing on sedimentation of rocks that transform into ridges as they keep getting carried down from the glaciers and deposit on the trail over the years.

The trail to Chhatru consists of inclines and loose rocks making this part of the trek moderate. After being so mesmerized by the green canopies that you previously witnessed, the lack of vegetation might astonish you but the beauty of the Hampta pass trek lies in its ability to keep surprising you with it’s ever changing landscape. The barrenness of Chhatru would feel rewarding because once we’ve reached Chhatru, we would drive towards Chandratal which is one of the highlights of the Hampta pass trek. The crescent moon shaped lake is one of the best places to visit in the Lahaul Spiti region and many people spend a lot of money to be able to see this pristine lake but on this Hampta pass trek, you get to experience the beauty of Chandrataal itself since the lake is located only 45 kilometers away from Chhatru and a visit to Chandratal is a must when on the Hampta Pass trek. After a visit to the Chandratal lake, we will head back to Chhatru where we will spend the night before driving back to Manali the next day.

Although the Hampta pass retains its pristine beauty throughout the year, the best time to do the Hampta Pass trek is from June to September simply because the chances of witnessing patches of snow on the high passes are more in the early days of the season as it later melts down completely by the time August arrives. As the monsoon arrives, the Kullu valley gets prone to rains but on the other hand, Spiti gets summery bright days as usual.

A beautiful view of blooming flowers accompanies you through a substantial part of the trail. Their fresh smell keeps you energized throughout. A narrow green valley protected by snow-covered mountains is an added bonus.

When it comes to the difficulty level, Hampta Pass Trek is moderate. The difficulty level ranges because along with the contrasting landscape, there is a stark difference in the terrain which ranges from steep uphills to almost flat grasslands. For most part, it’s just a simple hike through the valley, but the terrain becomes difficult as you approach the pass.

The pass crossing day is a long walk and may take up to 9 hours. Hampta Pass Trek is an ideal trek for fit first-timers, owing to its varied difficulty level.

Hampta Pass does not pose much of a safety challenge. It is considered to be a pretty safe trek as compared to the other high-altitude treks but at the same time although Hampta pass trek is considered safe, one must be careful around the stream crossings and the descent from the pass down to Sia Goru campsite.

The total time taken to complete this trek is usually around five days, covering a 26 Kilometers stretch of land where you gain an altitude of 14,100ft.

Short Itinerary

1st Day: Manali Arrival | Drive to Jobra (45 mins drive) | Trek to Chika (2 Kilometers Trek)
2nd Day: Chika to Balu Ka Ghera Trek (8.5 Kilometers, 6 hours)
3rd Day: Balu Ka Ghera to Siagoru Trek via Hampta Pass (7 Kilometers, 9 hours)
4th Day: Siagoru to Chatru Trek (7 Kilometers, 5 hours) | Chatru to Chandratal Drive and Back
5th Day: Drive from Chatru to Manali | Tour Ends

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Itinerary 

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1st Day : Manali Arrival | Drive to Jobra (45 mins drive) | Trek to Chika (2 Kilometers Trek) The group will assemble at the pick-up point by 11:00 AM where a briefing session by the trek leader sharing all the necessary details about the trek would be provided. After which, we’ll head towards Jobra which is the basecamp for the Hampta Pass trek and is located at an altitude of 9,379 ft. The drive from Manali though has many hairpin bends in the road make up for a scenic drive due to the panoramic view of Kullu Valley that you get to glimpse at. Traversing through thick forests consisting of pine, maple and silver birch trees, we will reach Jobra. After relaxing for a while, we'll start our trek towards Chika. The sight that you get to witness while trekking is serene and refreshing. From lush green forests consisting of maple, oak, and deodar trees to the stream of Rani Nallah flowing through meadows, the landscape that the trekking trail provides is breathtaking, to say the least. We will set up camp in Chika. With its vast tapestry of greenery and open skies above, it is perfect for spending peaceful moments. Dinner will be served in the evening followed by an overnight stay in Chika. *The pick-up point would be Manali Mall Road (tentative). If you arrive in Manali, one day before, it would help your body adapt better to the altitude and weather.

2nd Day : Chika to Balu Ka Ghera Trek (8.5 Kilometers, 6 hours) After early morning breakfast, we will head towards Balu Ka Ghera. Balu translates to sand and the trail lives up to the name as the short meadow walk soon gives way to boulders and loose rocks making this part of trek fall into moderate category. The beauty of this trek is that you get to witness the magic of nature in the form of beautiful landscapes. On one hand, you get the flowing Jwara river seemingly following your footsteps, while the mighty Dhauladhar ranges beckon you closer. A stream of a waterfall would be waiting amidst the green canopies. The terrain starts to flatten as you reach the initial region of Balu ka Ghera which is known as Chota Balu ka Ghera. As you keep walking, the terrain will start to get rugged again with the rocks being far apart making it tricky to traverse through. We will reach Balu Ka Ghera soon where we will set camp among the mountains beyond which the Hampta pass awaits us. In the evening, we will have dinner and spend a night under the starry skies.

3rd Day : Balu Ka Ghera to Siagoru Trek via Hampta Pass (7 Kilometers, 9 hours) After breakfast, we will head towards our next campsite which is Sia goru. The entire trail is made up of boulders and hence the descent is trickier which is why we need to be careful. En-route, we will be traversing through Hampta Pass which is a beautiful trail with a river flowing through it. Blooming flowers of different colors of rainbow are perched at the bank making it a sight to behold. You will also get to see the Deo Tibba peak beckoning you closer. After enjoying the view at Hampta Pass, we will start our descent. The downhill trail consists of slippery soil and loose stones. A trail with twists and turns will lead you to the valley below and after walking for a while, you will finally reach the base. The opening that reveals itself leads you to Sia Goru where we will set camp for the night and spend the rest of the day at leisure.. Dinner will be served in the evening followed by an overnight stay in Sia Goru.

4th Day : Siagoru to Chatru Trek (7 Kilometers, 5 hours) | Chatru to Chandratal Drive and Back After early morning breakfast we will start our downhill trek towards Chatru. The vast land lacks vegetation but the tricky slopes give you the adrenaline rush that you might be craving for. The descent is tricky so you might have to stay extra vigilant. Once we reach Chatru, we'll drive towards Chandratal which is a beautiful lake located 45 kilometers away from the campsite. However, the drive would only be possible if the weather permits as the harsh weather conditions could be a hindrance. After relishing in the beauty of nature and a short sightseeing tour, we'll head back to Chatru where we will set up base camp. Dinner will be served in the evening followed by an overnight stay in Chatru

5th Day : Drive from Chatru to Manali | Tour Ends After early morning tea and breakfast, we will start our return journey and drive from Chatru to Manali. The drive will allow you to get a glimpse of the Rohtang Pass as it falls on this route. The stunning landscape makes this drive extremely rewarding. Upon reaching Manali, the group will dissemble and part ways with fond memories. End of Tour. Short summary of your Hampta Pass Trek In this Hampta Pass trek, you first make your way from Manali to Jobra in a vehicle. Since Manali is already located at a significant elevation, it gives you the right headstart from an acclimatization point of view. After a long drive consisting of almost 42 hairpin bends in the road, you reach Jobra which is nestled at an altitude of 9,800 ft. However, even though Jobra is the basecamp for the Hampta Pass Trek, this is not where we set up camp on the first day of our trek. Instead we embark on a three hour long trek that takes you on an altitude of 10,100ft where our campsite Chika is situated. The path that you take initially leads you to a coniferous forest of pine trees along with maple, deodar and oak standing tall as well. The initial trek consists of a slope that isn’t steep and hence is easy to climb. After a while you will reach a small bend that acts as a vantage point for a lush green meadow with patches of small rocks spread across it. The silver stream of Rani flows through the center of the meadow making it a refreshing site. At the end of the vast expanse of this meadow is Chika where you set camps and spend the night. The next day we head out for Balu ka Ghera. The trail no longer remains smooth and instead consists of boulders and rugged terrain but it doesn’t hinder the experience and is still easy to accomplish. The vast expanse of the river bank that you’d be walking along is lined with beautiful Rhododendron trees while silver birch trees cover the upper regions. The entire Dhauladhar ranges will be staring back at you making the view even more picturesque. Soon, a clear stream waterfall will come into view and you can refill your bottles here before resuming again.After half a day of trekking, you will be entering Jwara which is a beautiful valley with huge snow laden rocks on one side and a streaming river on the other side. The mountains that you will be staring at have Hampta Pass hidden right beyond them. Speckled with wildflowers all across the path, the tree line soon vanishes and after walking for an hour more, you will reach the end of the valley. The path here would be rocky and you might see patches of snow as well which would mean that you have reached Balu ka Ghera which is at an altitude of 11,900ft. We will set up camp here and spend the night. The next day, your trekking journey will be split in two parts. One would be a steady ascent on a steep slope leading you to Hampta Pass making this a moderate trek when it comes to the difficulty level. The other half consists of a sharp descent that leads to Sia Goru. The highest altitude, 14,100ft at Hampta Pass will be achieved on this day. The mountain ranges that you saw in front of you are the one that leads you to Hampta Pass. The trail stretches along the river side making the view stunning with spring flowers blooming throughout making it an extremely pleasant walk. The riverside trails take you closer to the base from where the trek to Hampta Pass commences. After an hour, you will finally reach there. The pass is a vast greenland with the Deo Tibba peak standing proudly in front of you. In summer, which is the best time to do the Hampta Pass trek especially for nature lovers, the place and the trail itself is no less than a green paradise. Otherwise, it is just patches of snow everywhere. Soon, You will reach another plateau and you'll be coming across three ridges one after another at a considerable distance. Once you have crossed them, Hampta Pass would be waiting just a few meters away, separated from you by a vertical climb and a hard mount testing your endurance before rewarding you with the stunning view. After relishing the beauty of the pass and spending time at peace, we will start our descent to Sia Goru which is trickier. The decline is extremely steep making the route meandering but you get to glimpse at Spiti which makes the efforts worth it. Traversing through the base of the valley leads you to Sia goru and the trail consists of flat land making this part of the trek easier. Retiring for the night at Sia Goru campsite soon after reaching there. The next day we will head to Chatru which is nestled at an elevation of 11,000ft. The descent is downhill and gentle taking upto at least 5 hours. The lack of vegetation would be your sign to buckle up as the trail from there on leads to rugged mountains and ridges making it a bit harder to have strong footing which is why you’ll need to be careful. The trail gets slippery as well so vigilance is crucial although once you’ve left the mountains behind, the trail will be easier for you to traverse upon. You will also observe a river flowing below, the river you’d most likely be seeing is the Chandra river, which is followed by glaciers that you need to cross in order to reach Chatru. Upon reaching Chatru which is a great campsite as it is a union of three passes making it extremely accessible to drive to Chandratal, the crescent moon shaped lake which is the highlight of Spiti. However the drive up to the lake depends on the weather conditions. In any case you’d be spending a night at Chatru. The trek will commence with a ride back to Manali where you get to ponder upon all the milestones you achieved as you ticked Hampta pass off your bucket list.