Once arrived, freshen up and change and after having healthy meals the plan is to drive to Jobra and trek to Chika very same day. A separate room will be provided to keep the belongings at Manali before you begin the trek. We will reach Chika via Jobri, Prerni Village and Aleo Nallah stream. The gentle and lush green slopes of Chika will be our base camp for today.
Meals: L, D
After having breakfast, we will begin our day 2 hike from Chika to Bhalu Ka Ghera (named as the territory of Bears) since it is the hibernating place for Bears in winters. The day 2 trek will again be full of challenges as and picturesque scenes as we cross different rivers streams experiences the blossoms of nature. Thus, it will be wise to leave the climax scene to the trekkers only.
Meals: B, L, D
Day 3 will be a hectic journey. So, beginning it early we will continue walking through the tranquil valley to reach Hampta pass and will cross to District Spiti during the journey. You will start getting a very clear view of Deo Tibba while you ascend to Hampta. Though tiring the journey will enrich your eyes with the lush diversity of the ecosystem around, and it even becomes more tempting with the gentle slopes and wilderness blossoms and lush green carpets of mother nature. Continuing the series of hopping and resting, gambling and handling the challenges we will descend back to Bhalu Ka Ghera and will stay there for the night. The campsite is a unique place with an open ground and you can play volleyball, cricket etc. Beware of dogs at campsite.
Meals: B, L, D
We descend to Manali early morning on Day 4, where we will trek to chikka then trek to Jobra. After reaching Jobra we will take a drive till Manali. After we reach Manali, we will leave to our respective destinations post fresh and change.
Transport from Manali to Manali
Three meals in a day (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner). From lunch on Day 1 To breakfast on Day 4
Accommodation is on Camp (Day 1 to Day 3)
Accommodation on Sharing Basis
Guide and support staff
Personal equipment (Sleeping bag & Sleeping mattress)
To and Fro to base camp (2 km from Manali bus stand)
Food during the transit
Any kind of personal expenses
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Any kind of emergency evacuation charges
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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.
The Hampta Pass trek difficulty level is not too high – it is of a moderate level. It is well-suited for trekkers with prior experience, while for beginners, it might pose to be quite a challenge. Ideally, one or two prior treks to lower altitude routes will provide all the experience one may need to cover Hampta Pass next.
There is an altitude gain of 1530 meters during the trek in just 2 to 3 days, so altitude sickness is highly possible. Staying hydrated for this journey is of utmost importance to avoid Acute Mountain Sickness. The very steep descent from Shea Goru to Chatru may also cause nausea in some trekkers.
Another point to remember is that the road to Chandratal, which is to be covered by a car ride of 3 hours, is very dusty. This may cause problems for asthmatic patients, so it will be best to take extra precautions like wearing an anti-dust 5 ply mask to avoid the dust and keep their inhalers at hand.
Manali, the buzzing tourist spot in Himachal Pradesh, can be reached from various important Indian cities. The nearest airport is at Bhuntar, and the railroad can be accessed from Joginder Nagar Railway Station. However, the most preferred way to reach Manali is to arrive at Chandigarh airport and take a bus or a cab to Manali.
The trek to Hampta Valley starts from Jobra, which can be accessed by cabs from Manali. These are shared cabs, and each ride costs around USD 34 (INR 2500) which is to be divided among the passengers.
From Jobra, the Hampta Pass can be reached on the third day of trekking. By the end of the fifth day, the trekkers return to Manali and leave for their return journeys or connecting journeys via Chandigarh or Ambala railway stations or Chandigarh airport.
The trail to Hampta is clearly marked in most places and wide enough to accommodate all the trekkers traversing it. However, there are quite a few risk factors that the trek entails. There may be multiple stream crossings on the way to Jwara and Chatru in the case of melting glaciers later in July, August, and September. The stream crossing must be done very carefully since the slippery rocks under your feet may give way. It is ideal for forming a human chain by linking elbows and crossing together to avoid any accidents.
In case of any emergencies when the trekker has to leave the trail, there are no such exit points – if one has not made it to the pass, they must follow the trail back to Jobra, and if the pass has already been covered, they should follow the trail to Chatru. From either of these two points, cabs are available to the nearest hospital in Manali, the Mission Hospital.
Solo trekking is allowed on the Hampta trail. But this is something only expert trekkers undertake, as it can get difficult to find the proper trail once it disappears for a while at Balu ka Ghera and the top of the pass. In case of emergencies, solo trekking may become a problem as one would need to wait for another trekker or group to pass by to seek help.
While it is not essential to take a local guide for the Hampta Pass Trek, you can always form a group with other trekking enthusiasts for safety reasons.
The Hampta Pass trek route starts from Jobra, where you can reach by car from Manali. By the end of June, the snow clears up, so the tourists might be able to drive till Chika, 2 km from Jobra. But cars do not go further than that; the route to the pass itself is only meant for trekking.