Hampta Pass Trek, Himachal Pradesh North India Treks

Kullu, Himachal Pradesh

When the Himalayas are calling you then it's rude to spurn the invite for a memorable affair with mountains and feel the purity of nature. That’s what the Hampta pass and Chandra Taal trek are all about, To make you feel more blessed with the cosiness of the Himalayas by roaming vividly through it. Being the eastern pass of Pir Panjal range, the Hampta pass splits the Lahul, Kullu, and Spiti Valleys. Manali is a famous tourist destination and Hampta Pass is an equally enchanting trekking destination.

This trek provides a feast to eyes with the untamed majestic mountains, lush meadows, pathways decorated and aromatic with zillions of flowers. Whilst the pure and fresh air is complimentary which this trek beholds. Enriched with fauna and flora, the Hampta Pass trek has its history of being one of the older and prominent trade routes. This route facilitated the traders of the country to trade by connecting Chandra valley and the Lahoul valley. Being renowned as Trekker’s paradise the Chander Taal lake has its eminence for the scenic beauty it beholds with the simple natural elegance. From zig-zag hilly terrain to snow slopes, from pine, oak, and silver fir-laden dense forest to riverside camping, the trek itself is a precious experience that you must add to your life.


Altitude Listing
  • Chikka village: 9514 feet
  • Balu ka Ghera: 11,900 feet
  • Shia Ghoru: 14,150 feet
  • Chandra Taal lake: 14,100 feet
  • Chatru: 11,100 feet
  • Manali: 6,730 feet

Briefing
  • Duration: 5 Nights 6 Days from Rumsu base camp to Manali Bus Station
  • Base camp: Rumsu village, Manali, Himachal Pradesh
  • rek highlight: Panoramic views of Spiti valley, wooden bridges, cascading waterfalls, river-side camping, Indrasan (Manali’s highest peak) , and above all is the sublime and rejuvenating Chander Taal lake
  • Trek Level: Easy to Moderate
  • Total Trek Distance: 50 km
  • Nearest airport: Bhuntar airport is the nearest with a distance of 52 km from Manali
  • Nearest Railway station: Chandigarh (310 km)
  • Nearest bus station: Manali bus station is nearest. From Rumsu it's just 206 km away from where the base camp of this trek is destined.
  • Accommodation: Organised camping sites
  • Best months for trekking: The Chander Taal trek welcomes the group of trekkers for a whole year. While you may consider the months of June to October to hit this snowy abode when the rest of the country gets heated up with hot summers.
  • Thermal: You must carry thermals including jackets, overcoats, and body warmers as the temperature during the night the temperature go really down throughout the Chandra Taal trek.
  • Accessories: Waterproof gloves, water bottles, energy drinks/bars, torch, etc.
  • Good personal care is mandatory to enjoy the Chandra Taal lake trek to the fullest.

Itinerary
Day 1: From Manali to Rumsu Base camp
  • To report at Rumsu Base camp the trekkers must get to “Patli-kuhal” which is at the proximity of 20 km from the Manali
  • To reach Rumsu village which is 11 km away from the Patli-kuhal the local taxi transport is there
  • Once you reach Rumsu Base camp, after refreshment you are asked to do with registration formalities on the same day
  • A little walk of the village for acclimatization and distribution of trekking essentials to the trekkers
  • Camp stay for the night at Rumsu

Day 2: Trekking to Chikka followed by Driving to the Hamta Dam
  • After having breakfast at Rumsu base camp the scheduled journey starts
  • You will get a chance to capture the mesmerizing views while driving for Hamta dam
  • The real trekking starts from Hamta Dam to Chikka
  • It's an easy level trekking and it takes approx. 3 hours to complete the trek to reach Chikka village
  • Trekking of this route has a forest pathway and wooden bridge
  • Exploring the Chikka village that includes waterfall and riverside camping adventure
  • The tent stays for the night at the riverside of the Chikka village

Day 3: Trekking from the Chikka village to Balu Ka Ghera
  • The trekking for Balu ka Ghera starts after having breakfast
  • The start of the trek from Chikka follows the right side of the Hampta river
  • The trekkers need to be careful while crossing rocky subtle
  • It’s an approx. 6 hours of the trek which is of moderate level
  • Crossing the water streams during the trek is quite exciting
  • Balu ka Ghera is an extended green meadow settled on the bank of a river
  • The trekking exhaustion would rectify with the amazing view of Indrasan (Manali’s highest peak)
  • Riverside camping at Balu ka Ghera

Day 4: Trekking from Balu ka Ghera to Shia Ghoru
  • This is an early morning trekking that must start around 5 AM in the morning
  • It’s a long as well as moderate level of trekking and needs approx. 8 hours to complete
  • This trek includes passing the snow patches as well as steep climbing
  • The peak of Hampta Pass gets accomplish with around 5 hours of trekking
  • From the top of Hampta Pass you would witness the splendid view of Spiti valley
  • After resting for a while the steep descend starts from Hamta top to the Shia Ghoru
  • In times when snow is enough, trekkers prefer to slide over the snow to reach quickly at the base camp of Shia Ghoru
  • Tent stay at Shia Ghoru at night

Day 5: Trekking from Shia Ghoru to Chatru and drive to Chandrataal lake
  • In the morning after having breakfast the trekking for Chatru Start
  • It takes approx.. 3 hours of trekking to reach the Chatru
  • The distance for Chatru to Chandrataal lake is covered with the vehicle drive of 6 hours
  • The serene Chandra Taal lake is nestled amid majestic mountains of Spiti valley
  • Picturesque view of the lake and tranquil essence of this place would urge to get back to this place over again
  • Chander taal lake could be said as an unofficial finish of trekking
  • In the evening, the vehicle drive back from Chandra taal lake to the Chatru
  • Comfortable night stay at Chatru

Day 6: Jeep ride via Atal Tunnel from Chatru to Manali
  • The trekkers would board the Jeep after having breakfast at Chatru
  • After a 6 hour Jeep ride, the reaching time of Manali is scheduled in the afternoon
  • After reaching at Manali bus stand the official signing of the trek has to be done
  • Trekkers are then free to board their relative buses for the journey back home

Some Frequently asked questions about places to visit in Coorg

Question: What is the best option to reach the Rumsu?
Answer: When you are coming from Delhi/Chandigarh to Manali via bus then ask the conductor to drop you at Patli Kuhal that is 20 Km prior to the Manali Bus Stand. From Patli Kuhal the cab facility is available that would drop you at Rumsu with a distance of 6 km. Otherwise, trekkers may directly book a cab from Manali to Rumsu.

Question: What is the difficulty level of the Hampta pass trek?
Answer: The maximum altitude of this trekking site is about 14,ooo ft that makes it a high altitude trek. While the difficulty level is easy to moderate and a good option for beginner trekkers. The trek is extended to six-day with covering the trekking for approx. 5 hours a day.

Question: What is the other route to reach Hampta pass?
Answer: The professional trekkers may choose the alternate side of reaching the Hampta pass and that is via Jobri. From Jobri the trekking distance of the Hampta pass can be covered within two days including the special trekking skills.

Question: Does Hampta Pass remain closed during the winter times?
Answer: Not always. But, many times due to the heavy snowfall the trekking route gets closed. Mainly in the months of December and November. That’s why the best time for visiting the Hampta pass is said to be June to October.

Question: Is trekking at Hampta Pass is slippery?
Answer: Yes, during the month of June it is noted that the snow becomes much slippery as compared to the later months. Yet, our trek guide gives every related instruction about the trekking trail. While one must keep personal safety mandatory.


You Should Know
  • >Please avoid wearing jewellery and other valuable items
  • Rain gears are mandatory for all participants.
  • The team/Organizers are not responsible for any loss of your valuables
  • We do not entertain Alcohol/any kind of Drug during the event
  • We strictly follow the "Litter free Atmosphere", do co-operate
  • Kindly adhere to the instructions of the Leads in order to enjoy the road trip in a safe manner

Pandemic Measures
We will be following below measures to keep our fellow travelers safe during this pandemic -
  • Participants should get masks and sanitizers of their own
  • People falling under the age group of below 16 and above 50 are not allowed (having their health as our concern)
  • Participants with any symptoms of cough/cold/fever are advised to stay back
  • We ensure that the place of stay is well sanitized and safe for travelers

You Should Carry
  • Identity proof
  • Face Mask
  • Trekking shoes – good trekking shoes with a good grip and ankle support. Avoid carrying the sports shoes
  • Minimum two layers of warm clothes – two to three layers of jackets including the padded and fleece jackets
  • Trek Pants – two to three trek pants are required. Jeans/Denims are not suitable for trekking
  • Sunglasses – it is essential because sometimes the humongous amount of snow could lead to snow blindness
  • Thermals – top and bottom thermals are important
  • Water proof hand gloves – avoid woollen gloves as it might get wet while touching the snow
  • Cap – sunrays are quite strong at height so keep a cap to protect yourself
  • Socks – keep 3-4 pairs of sports socks with a pair of woollen socks especially for the night time
  • LED torch/ Headlamp – it’s a Must
  • Ponchos/Raincoats – snowfall and rain are very common at high altitudes and poncho and raincoats could help in avoiding getting wet. If possible, carry a backpack cover to protect your belongings.
  • Toiletries – it is mandatory
  • Snacks – like dry fruits, light biscuits, energy bars, etc.
  • Medication – personal medication is also required
  • Water Bottles – carrying your own good quality water bottle is a must

Please check the travel instructions issued by the state govrenment/local authorities before booking, as some destinations may have COVID-19 related travel/camping restrictions.

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