Take A Less-Beaten Trail To Reach A Scenic Glacial Lake
Enjoy the bountiful nature with the scenic freshwater Kareri Lake that is nestled high up in the mountains with lush green scenery all around
Witness the best natural landscapes at an elevation of 2943 meters
Spot a high density of rare birds in the low canopies and go in your shutterbug mode
Set forth on a remarkable hike across subtropical forests of chirr and chilgoza pines
Listen to the local legends from the villagers and enjoy a life of simplicity.
Dharamshala is the central hub for several adventure activities across Himachal Pradesh and other North-Indian regions. There are multiple options for reaching this scenic destination nestled within Himachal Pradesh. If you plan on reaching Dharamshala by the road, you can take state transport buses or the privately-operated luxury Volvo semi-sleeper …
Dharamshala is the central hub for several adventure activities across Himachal Pradesh and other North-Indian regions. There are multiple options for reaching this scenic destination nestled within Himachal Pradesh. If you plan on reaching Dharamshala by the road, you can take state transport buses or the privately-operated luxury Volvo semi-sleeper and sleeper buses that regularly commute from New Delhi, Shimla, Ludhiana, Jalandhar, Amritsar, Chandigarh, and Manali. You can reach these major North-Indian cities via various transport means. Alternatively, you can take a self-drive rental or hire a taxi from the Kangra airport at Gaggal and enjoy breathtaking views during the car ride. Reaching Dharamshala by railroad comprises various options. You can take the classic choice of boarding the train from Delhi NCR and reach Pathankot railway station in Punjab that lies closest to Dharamshala. There is an overnight train service between Delhi and Pathankot railway stations. Once you reach Pathankot, you can hire a cab to reach Dharamshala, which lies at a distance of 85 to 90 kilometers. You can partake in more adventurous and exciting activities by hopping on to the narrow-gauge Kangra Valley railway. The Kangra Queen Toy Train takes you across a breathtaking journey from Pathankot to Jogindernagar, with panoramic vistas of the Dhauladhar, Nurpur Hills, Kangra fort, etc., in your way. From Jogindernagar, you can either hire a cab or take a state transport bus to reach Dharamshala. The nearest airport of Dharamshala is the Kangra Airport situated at Gaggal, just 12 kilometers from the hub. But the Kangra airport is tiny, and the infrastructure is quite backdated, with a handling capacity of just 100 passengers. However, there are connecting flights from major Indian cities like New Delhi, Chandigarh, etc. You can reach these cities from anywhere and take the connecting flight to Gaggal.
Dharamshala is one of the emerging and most popular destinations in Himachal Pradesh and North India as a whole. Thus, there have been several new accommodation options that have come up in and around Dharamshala over the recent years. You can stay in budget-friendly accommodations like backpackers’ hostels, homestays, budget …
Dharamshala is one of the emerging and most popular destinations in Himachal Pradesh and North India as a whole. Thus, there have been several new accommodation options that have come up in and around Dharamshala over the recent years. You can stay in budget-friendly accommodations like backpackers’ hostels, homestays, budget guesthouses, and hotels that provide you with fundamental amenities. Alternatively, you can go luxe and stay in boutique hotels and resorts with breathtaking views and beautiful facilities. The price of accommodation will vary depending upon your choice of stay. It might range from USD 10 (INR 750) per night to USD 100 (INR 7500) per night of your Dharamshala stay. There are pricier options as well.
There are several reasons why you should embark on the Hampta Pass Trek. Apart from the continuous interplay of the oak, birch, and maple trees after the forests of deodar and apple orchards, you witness the stark contrast of the Kullu and the Lahaul valleys. While the former is lush green with dense forests, trees, and grasslands, the latter has a chocolaty barren texture. It is one of the high points of this crossover trek with a stark difference in scenery. Besides, dramatic pass crossings and mountain ledges the trail goes through out-of-the-world settings like gorges, snow caves, waterfalls, snow-white glaciers, deep brown walls, and ice columns on both sides.
One of the most significant upsides with the Hampta Pass Trek is that it can be done for a considerable part of the year. This high-altitude crossover trek that takes you to a maximum altitude of 14,100 feet or roughly 4270 meters covers a distance of 35 kilometers and spans for 5 to 6 days. The Hampta Pass Trek best time falls ideally between June to September. The trekking season might extend till October. However, every month between June to September/October presents you with a different scenic splendor and great experience. Some expert mountaineers and hikers consider trekking the Hampta Pass during the middle/end of May, but the snow level is too high for a comfortable pass crossing.
If you are trekking the Hampta Pass in June, you can expect a massive depth of snow, starting from Balu ka Ghera to the pass itself. The snow begins to melt from July to August, and the valleys get the first showers of monsoon. It turns the valleys into vibrant, lush greenery with wildflowers growing all around. During September and the first strike of autumn, the skies become clear, and the entire region is at its colorful best. October trekking is also adventurous and fun, but the air gets a little nippy, and the high-altitude campsites are almost unbearably cold at night.
If you are traveling with a registered or licensed tour operator/travel agency, your Hampta Pass Trek cost will include accommodation and meals. However, it is good to do some personal research and plan a Hampta Pass Trek budget on your own.
Your basic trek gear should contain a 50-60 liter backpack (with comfortable shoulder straps and rain cover), a 20-30 liter daypack (with rain cover), an immensely sturdy and well-made walking stick, along with quality, waterproof hiking shoes with robust ankles and grips. You can also carry a headlamp with spare batteries, water bottles, or hydration packs. When it comes to clothing, pack comprehensively. Carry upper and lower thermal inners along with full-sleeve t-shirts, fleece jackets, woollen sweaters, a down feather jacket, and windcheaters along with waterproof jackets. Like your full-sleeved t-shirts, you should carry hiking pants that are quick-dry and waterproof. To be on the safer side, take a poncho. Apart from these, your headgear should comprise a suncap, sunglasses, woollen cap, balaclava, and neck gaiters. Always carry excess pairs of synthetic and woollen gloves, innerwear, socks, etc.
Next on the list comes your health and hygiene essentials. Carry your personal medications and a first-aid kit for any emergency. Apart from these, you should carry all essential toiletries like excess toilet paper and wet wipes, biodegradable soap, quick-dry towel, hand sanitizers, antibacterial powder, toothpaste, and toothbrush. Your list should also contain moisturizers, sunscreen, lip balm, etc.
The Hampta Pass Trek is an easy to moderate trek. Though you will trek across majestic landscapes, the terrain is not much hazardous. The elevation of nearly 4270 meters might cause you acclimatization problems. So, it is always good to get yourself acclimatized at high altitudes to prevent AMS. Before the trek, you should also do a good amount of cardiovascular and endurance training along with your regular fitness regime. You can also customize it to the trek’s requirements.