Trek Across A Dramatic Crossover Of Landscapes In The Himachal
Get breathtaking views of the Pir Panjal range through the Hampta Pass- considered the Gateway in the Mountains
Witness the beauty of the Rohtang, Spiti, and the Hampta Pass in this single trek
Immerse in the superb natural beauty of the Hampta Pass Trek while driving across the mixed forests of birch, pine, and green maple on your way to Jobra
Observe the magical beauty of the crescent ChandraTal lake- situated in the middle of the Moulkila and the Chandrabhaga mountains
Stay in splendid campsites at Shea Goru (with mountains all around) and Balu ka Ghera (at the edges of the river delta and an open valley behind you)
Enjoy the stark contrast between the topographical features of the Kullu and the Lahaul valley during Hampta Pass trekking- a lush green view on one side, whereas a barren, desert view on another
The flourishing tourism of Himachal has witnessed Manali being one of the most important hubs for several adventures. It is very well-connected via roadways, railways, and airways to several Indian cities, including metros. If you travel by air, the closest domestic airport is the Chandigarh airport that encounters flights from …
The flourishing tourism of Himachal has witnessed Manali being one of the most important hubs for several adventures. It is very well-connected via roadways, railways, and airways to several Indian cities, including metros. If you travel by air, the closest domestic airport is the Chandigarh airport that encounters flights from all major Indian cities like Chennai, Hyderabad, Kolkata, New Delhi, Mumbai, etc. The closest international airport is the Indira Gandhi International Airport in New Delhi. Though these are the major options for air travel, the Kullu airport and the Bhuntar airport, located within Himachal Pradesh and only encountering domestic flights serve as a really robust traveling option for interstate travelers. If you are planning to reach Manali via train, then the narrow-gauge track of the Jogindernagar railway station is the one that lies closest to Manali. You can reach Manali from Jogindernagar in only 3 to 4 hours. But since it is a narrow-gauge railway track, it does not encounter all the traffic from different parts of India. Alternatively, getting down at the Kalka railway station at the foot of Himachal Pradesh could be a great option. The Kalka railway station is well-connected to various Indian cities like New Delhi, Kolkata, Mumbai, Indore, Patna, Bhopal, Guwahati, Lucknow, and many others. Other rail routes include the Chandigarh and the Ambala railway station. From both these railheads, you get a host of transport options to reach Manali. Along with the seamless Himachal Pradesh bus service, several other private bus companies connect Manali to important North-Indian cities like New Delhi, Chandigarh, Dehradun, Ambala, etc., via roadways.
Since Manali witnessed a massive influx of tourists throughout the year, there are several accommodation options at this place. The list is never-ending, from budget hotels to five-star rated ones, luxury hotels, boutique hotels, villas, hostels, homestays, guesthouses, etc. Some of these accommodations come with superb amenities, and hence the …
Since Manali witnessed a massive influx of tourists throughout the year, there are several accommodation options at this place. The list is never-ending, from budget hotels to five-star rated ones, luxury hotels, boutique hotels, villas, hostels, homestays, guesthouses, etc. Some of these accommodations come with superb amenities, and hence the price of stay per night is relatively high. Others might offer you fundamental amenities but provide breathtaking views of the Himalayan scenery all around. Starting from USD 10 (INR 750) per night, the price goes up to USD 100 (INR 7500) and more according to your choice of accommodation.
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.