Hampta Pass Trek
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Hampta Pass Trek
Hampta Pass Trek lies between Chandra Valley in Lahaul and the Kullu district of Himachal Pradesh. This trek is located at an altitude of 14,009 ft, making it an almost 26 km short trek. The corridor consists of stunning landscapes such as jungles, meadows, waterfalls, and blooming flowers that can be seen along the way. The first place to start the trek is Manali, a charming township that lies in Himachal Pradesh. You will experience a change of scenery as you pass from barren mountains with no greenery to lush green forests and cascading waterfalls. At Hampta Pass Trek you will experience the same views as a meadow spread trail and flower-covered hillside. The few flowers you will get to see are the Himalayan Blue Poppy and Pink Hill Geranium. On this trail, you will be seeing the changing of forest from Apple orchards to deodar to oak trees.
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Why You Should Do Hampta Pass Trek?
If you want to enjoy nature which is like a dreamland, you will experience abundant natural beauty like meadows, pine and oak trees, waterfalls, and flowers.
1. While driving from Manali to Jobra you will experience 30 hairpin bends, which makes the journey exciting.
You will breathe in the scenic view of the mountains while driving and when you reach 30 hairpin bends you get to see the spectacular view of Kullu Valley.
2. When you reach Jobra you will see the beautiful cascades of Rani Nala / Stream
Hiking trail passes right next to Rani Nala / Stream, through the pine trees and a few maple trees.
3. You will catch the sight of Conifers Forest in Chika
You will be surrounded by majestic views of Conifers Forest once you reach Chika.
4. Balu Ka Ghera as the name suggests Bear cave (which has no significance to the name)
At Balu Ka Ghera you will not be seeing any caves and at the location you will find sand and mounds which are formed from the river depositing them.
5. You will be in the vicinity of Chandratal Lake
This is the lake which is in the hills and has a beautiful view. It is worth visiting as the lake is in the shape of a crescent moon.
Best Time for Hampta Pass Trek
In peak time for Winter, there is heavy snow, so it becomes difficult to trek, so the most ideal time to do this trek is from the month of June to October. As the snow has melted, you can now enjoy the greenery and waterfalls, and rivers. You can catch the sight of snow in the month of June, and in the month of July and August you could catch the sight of pink flowers, marigolds, and blue poppies. These are the well-known flowers, but you would also be seeing the wildflower beside the trail. At the month end of August and early September, you could enjoy some rain in the mountains. In the month of September, you can see the autumn colors, along with snow-covered hills in the clear view along the blue sky. By the month of October, the weather gets chilly, and the temperature drops below zero.
Day Wise Detailed Itinerary
Day 1: By road from Manali to Jobra, Trek from Jobra to Chika
- Stay: Overnight stay at the camp
- Meal: Dinner.
- Trek Distance: on road 15 km, then trek 1.5 km, Time Taken: total 4 Hrs (2 Hrs on road, 2 Hrs on Trek)
- Altitude: Manali (6730 Ft / 2050 Mtr.), Jobra (9800 Ft / 2987 Mtr.), Chika (10,100 Ft / 3078 Mtr.)
- Altitude Gain: Manali to Jobra ( 3070 Ft / 937 Mtr.), Jobra to Chika (300 Ft / 91 Mtr.)
- Trek Grade: Gradual from Jobra to Chika
First travel via road from Manali to Jobra and from Jobra trek begins to Chika. The drive will be 2 hours, and it will have 30 hairpin bends on the way, which is an adventure in itself. As you start the trek after walking for a short while the Rani Nallah comes into view and flows directly through the meadow. You will also see cows and sheep roaming around the grass fields. It looks like something from a fairytale. You will be walking through the meadow the left side of the hill. Whatever way you choose, you’ll arrive at Chika, which is situated at the bottom of the meadow’s vast expanse. However, climbing the hill, then descending to Chika is the better and more convenient way to get there. Chika campsite is a large, beautiful green space. Rani River is perfect spot to set up camps.
Day 2: From Chika to Balu ka Ghera Through Trek
- Stay: overnight stay at the camp
- Meal: B/L/D
- Trek Distance: 8.5 km, Time Taken: approx. 6 Hrs
- Altitude: Chika (10,100 Ft / 3078 Mtr.), Balu ka Ghera (11,900 Ft / 3627 Mtr.)
- Altitude Gain: 1800 Ft / 549 Mtr
- Trek Grade: Gradual – Moderate
Early in the morning you will have your breakfast, on the side of the river which appears on your right-hand side. The trail is through rough terrain, but the trek wouldn’t be very difficult. Once you have crossed this trail you will come to a forest with Rhododendron trees. You will be seeing Dhauladhar covered in snow all around, and you will also be seeing waterfall on the way. Then you would have to cross the river to get to the opposite side, where you would see multicolored flowers. Balu ka Ghera will be at a campsite whose name derives from a mound and sand-covered area. The terrain becomes flat as you approach it.
Day 3: Trek from Balu ka Ghera to Hampta Pass and then to Siagoru
- Stay: overnight stay at the campsite
- Meal: B/L/D
- Trek Distance: 7 km, Time Taken: approx. 10 Hrs.
- Altitude: Balu ka Ghera (11,900 Ft / 3627 Mtr.), Hampta Pass (14,100 Ft / 4298 Mtr.), Siagoru (12,900 Ft / 3932 Mtr.)
- Altitude Gain: Balu ka Ghera to Hampta Pass (2200 Ft / 662 Mtr.), Hampta Pass to Siagoru (1200 Ft / 366 Mtr)
- Trek Grade: Moderate – Difficult
You will be having hot tea with breakfast. The trek is divided into two parts, In the first half, you will be trekking from Balu ka Ghera to Hampta Pass, and in the second half, you will be trekking from Hampta Pass to Siagoru. The trek from Balu ka Ghera to Hampta Pass is a trek steadily ascending along moderately steep slopes until you reach Hampta Pass. From Hampta Pass it is a downward descent to Siagoru. The trail runs along the river’s side, with stunning views of tiny orange and yellow flowers offering a beautiful view. After that the actual climb up to the Hampta pass starts which is vertical starts. Once you have reached Hampta Pass, you can enjoy the breathtaking view from the point. From there on the trek descends, which is a little steep and should be carefully done. After you reach the bottom, you will reach the valley after which lies Siagoru. This campsite is also along the riverside.
Day 4: Trek from Siagoru to Chatru
- Stay: overnight stay at the campsite.
- Meal: B/L/D
- Trek Distance: 7 km, Time Taken: approx. 5 Hrs.
- Altitude: Siagoru (12,900 Ft / 3932 Mtr.), Chatru (11,000 Ft / 3353 Mtr.)
- Altitude Gain: 1900 Ft / 579 Mtr.
- Trek Grade: Gradual
The trek from here on will be downhill and you would have to provide extra caution. The trail will be running right beside the river valley. Barren with no vegetation around the mountains. The scenic vista is totally different from the forest-covered hills. There will be two glaciers which you will be crossing. Upon crossing the second glacier you will start coming close to the Chatru and Chandra River flowing by the side.
Day 5: By Road from Chatru to Manali via Rohtang Pass
- Stay: none,
- Meal: Breakfast.
- Trek Distance: on road 85 km, Time Taken: approx. 4-6 Hrs.
- Altitude: Chatru (11,000 Ft / 3353 Mtr.), Manali (6730 Ft / 2050 Mtr.).
- Altitude difference: 4270 Ft / 1303 Mtr.
On the last day you will be driving from Chatru to Manali, on the route you will be passing through Rohtang Pass. You could enjoy the mountain scenery for the last time before you get back to Plains.
A return trip from the Chatru campsite towards Manali will be scheduled on the day five. After this 7-hour drive filled with sweet memories of the mountains You will arrive at Manali at night. The possibility of a night trip after 06:00pm to Delhi should hopefully go off to the most efficiently.
A visit to Chandratal is possible during Days 4 and Days 5 or 4.. You can climb up to the stunning Chandratal Lake (known as the moon lake). The stunning blue hue of the lake gives amazing effects on the surrounding. Chandratal Lake is 45 km away from Chatru campsite. It is possible to visit Chandratal only during summer , if the conditions on the road and weather permit us. If not, you’ll be required to drive directly through Chatru up to Manali and then skip Chandratal altogether.
Food Provided by Us During the Trek
We provide only Indian vegetarian food and mainly your meal is going to contain Indian bread, vegetable, lentils and Rice along with delicious dessert. During your trek, we will serve three meals a day including breakfast, lunch, and dinner. In the evening, you will also be served tea & snacks and lip-smacking soup before dinner. If it will be a long day of trekking, you will be given a packed snack.
After doing a lot of research on the nutritional requirements for the trekkers, we prepare the menu. Before putting all the meals together, we also consider altitude gained and weather.
The meal served by us while trek is perfectly balanced with the right amounts of calories, carbohydrates, vitamins, protein, fiber, and minerals. You need to know that all our cooks have great expertise in cooking and have undergone thorough training. So, get ready to enjoy delectable and lip-smacking dishes during your trek. You will be served with lemon tea in the tent in order to start your day with a refreshed feeling. Before leaving the campsite for trekking, you will be given a hot finger-licking breakfast like Upma, Aallu Prantha, Besan Chilla, Poha, Daliya, Chala-Puri, Corn flakes, Maggie, along with tea or coffee.
In case, your trek will be longer one then we also offer some fresh local fruits such as apples and even healthy drinks like Frootie or Maaza. In the afternoon, you will be served simple & healthy lunch, while at around 04:00 pm, you will be given tea and a light evening breakfast. After you reach your campsite at night, you will be served a hot and delightful dinner. After reading this, you must have got the idea about the food provided by us on trek, you don’t need to worry about food. Many trekkers trek with us again and again because of the food we provide. Thus, we will definitely give you unforgettable experiences.
Safety During Hampta Pass Trek
Trekking with us for hampta pass trek is completely safe because we have a team of trek leaders who are qualified in Wilderness first-aid and also have complete information about the high-altitude glitches. During Trek, we carry a complete first-aid kit that contains all the important medicines. Before trekking with us, you need to ensure that you are medically fit for the trek and if you are able to judge yourself then it is better to take advice from a professional. For us, your medical fitness is very important than anything else.
Know About Us:- You need to know that our company Trekup India has been in the field of Adventure Tourism for the last 23 years. Right from our inception, we have been involved in providing treks, voyage & hiking programs as well as high altitude expedition rafting.
We keep on organizing treks in Uttarakhand and Himachal, while being a part of the trekking community, we feature more than 75 Himalayan documented treks. Apart from other outdoor activities, our company also organizes trips for schools, colleges, and family.
We ensure complete technical safety in the mountain
Our company has a vast team of more than 100 guides, as well as trainers in order, serve in the mountain treks. One of the best things about our team is that all the members are trained professionally from Nehru Institute of Mountaineering, Indian mountaineering foundation Delhi as well as Hanifle Center Outdoor Education Mussoorie.
Therefore, we never believe in compromising on the quality as well as services offered to our valuable customers.
For Us, Your Safety Is the Top Priority
At Trekup India, you will find a team with local knowledge and fluency in English as well as Hindi. This helps in ensuring that you have an amazing trek and not only this, we also pay attention to your health as well as safety because this is something we cannot ignore. All the team leaders involved in trekking have already undergone several professional courses in First Aid, Portable Altitude Chamber Training, CPR, Environmental Awareness Training as well as Advanced Wilderness Emergency Medicine.
We also carry a complete first aid medical kit not only on the trek but on each and every trip which is organized by us. Apart from the medical kit, we carry a portable altitude chamber and medical oxygen for all kinds of high-altitude treks . Our company has great expertise in organizing all sorts of group adventure holidays for family groups, school & college groups as well as friend groups. When it comes to travel options, we have a wide range that suits different fitness levels as well as traveling styles.
Therefore, no matter who big the group size, we pay personal attention to each and every member present in the group.
How We Ensure That Your Trek Is Safe with Us
Right from our establishment, we at Trekup India, are continuously involved in introducing new safety practices into Indian trekking in order to ensure the safety of voyagers. For walking on snow, Trekup India introduced Microspikes and also made emergency bottled oxygen mandatory for all kinds of treks. In order to test pulse as well as oxygen saturation levels, pulse oxymeters are used. As a safety communication device, we at Trekup India introduced radio(walkie-talkie).
Though we have noticed that most of the organizations organizing treks do not follow these systems but with time several competing companies are adopting these practices and organizing great and safe treks.
Explore our New Safety Protocols
In order to ensure a perfect Trek, we have introduced some new safety checks that will assure more safety for our trekkers. Our On-trek safety checks includes:
- Daily oxygen saturation along with pulse readings
- Stretchers team appointed on every trek
- Trained mountain staff and full safety
- Additional oxygen cylinders
- Special medical kit for high altitude treks
- Microspikes on all types of snow treks
- Experienced Trek leaders as well as safety
- Technical team on all snowy slopes
What should you pack for the Trek?
Being an trekking, adventure & travel company, we get many questions from our trekkers and most common question that arises is what to carry or what should we pack for the trek? Sometime it becomes difficult to explain in details and therefore below we have prepared the detailed packing list, helpful for all trekkers coming to the Himalayas. Whenever we go on trek or start packing things one should remember the packing pattern i.e. either you start from head to foot or foot to head, this way there will be rare chance that you will forget the items to pack, so go step by step.
Make sure your backpack should be comfortable neither too big nor to small and for a week trek 60-70 liters of backpack should be enough to hold all your belongings. Ensure that your backpack has good hip & Shoulder support and pockets should be accessible quickly.
All trekkers should keep in mind that daypack is very important, this will be a great help to you while on trek, also every single day you won’t be carrying you backpack therefore for day excursion , shorter hikers, sightseeing you can carry your stuff in it.
- Trekking shoes: Preferably water proof, ankle support.
- Walking / Hiking sandals: This can be used off trek i.e. in the morning and evening hours, basically to get your feet rest from heavy boots, sometime used for crossing streams and rivers, it’s more comfortable and safe than crossing barefoot or wetting your boots.
- Sneakers (Optional): For normal driving days or can use around the camp
- Socks (3-4 Pairs) – Make sure to choose material wisely, it should be quick drying, warm and comfortable.
- Hiking / trekking jacket: Carry good quality layer jackets
- Hiking pants: Check some kind of long nylon blend, light and quick drying pants. Warm covers ups like fleece-lined tracksuit pants or ski pant.
- Undergarments as per your habitual requirement
- T-Shirts and Shorts (3-4 Warm comfortable)
- Ordinary Shirt / T-shirt – Just in case everything gets wet this will help for roaming around.
- Long Sleeve shirt – can be used as a base layer on colder days
- Socks – at least 4-5 pairs
- Leggings – Can be used specially chilling morning and evening , to keep your body warm
- Thermals – get 2 pairs of thermals, this will be great need a body to keep it warm.
- Buff / Balaclava – This is a must to carry to cover your neck and this item is an ideal solution to keep your neck / throat warm.
- Beanie Cap- Very helpful item for colder and windy days should carry 1, also sometime when its freezing cold you can use it a night as well.
- Hiking Hat- this will basically help during the day time specially from the sun rays, make sure it has a strip so that wind does not below is far from your headJ..
- Gloves – 01 pair will be enough to keep your hand warm and nice.
- Rain wears
- Rain Coat and Pant – Carry a pair of it to protect you from the rain OR
- Rain Poncho – during long rains, the waterproof jackets starts leaking but poncho does get work in keeping you dry, so choose accordingly.
- Rain covers: Some small water proof to cover your backpack and daypack as well for your gadgets.
- Gadgets and Electronic
- Trekking Poles
- Mobile phone
- Spare batteries for phone and camera, powerbank
- Light weight flash light or headlight
- Waterproof bag made up of plastic for camera
- Music system / Bluetooth
- Plug/converter for electrical items
- 1 liter water bottle
- Journal with pen would be good idea to keep your notes.
- Some book of your interest for ideal time
- Get into habit of keeping Map and guide book of the region.
- Hygiene & Personal toiletry
- Sunscreen with UV protection
- 1 or 2 small quick-drying towels
- Toilet paper/tissues/wet-wipes
- Toothbrush/toothpaste/ mouth freshener
- Deodorant / Talcum powder
- Sanitary pads/tampons (For female traveler)
- Bio gradable Soap
- Nail clipper
- Your other personal items that you use on daily basis
- Personal First aid Kit and Energy – below are some common medicine generally required / used during your adventure trip, however please consult your doctors prior.
- Antiseptic towel or water syringe (to clean the wound)
- Butterfly bandage for small cut
- Cotton and elastic bandages and sterile gauze pad for larger wounds
- Latex gloves used when its wound bleeds
- Medicine for Diarrhea (Upset stomach)
- Medicine for cold, flue / fever headache
- Some pain killers
- ORS pouches
- Quick pain relief spray (External use)
- Any personal medicine prescribed by your doctor
- Dimox / Similar for high altitude sickness
- Bug Repellent
- Carry some nutria / energy bars and drinks (non-alcoholic)
Note: Kindly consult your doctor before purchasing or taking any medicine.
9.Compulsory Documents to Carry
These are files needed to be submitted at Forest Department before ypur trek. With no of these, you will not be permitted to trek .Original and photocopy of government photo identity card. Carry Id’s like adhaar, voter id, etc.
Important note: You can book rent gears, what you can rent & buy from us and what you need to get from your home town, make your bagpack easy not heavy.
Click the link: https://rent.trekupindia.com/
Now you are all set for your Adventure trip with Trekup India!!
Trek Cost Inclusion
Stay: 4 Nights tented accommodation at respective campsites of Trekup India on sharing basis
Meals: Trekup India provided cooked meals during the trek starting with Dinner on Day 01 to Lunch on day 05 (Meals are simple, nutritious and vegetarian and non-repeated meals)
Transport: Manali to Jobra on sharing jeeps and upon returning Jeep from Chatru to Manali.
Trek Equipment’s: Sleeping bag, Sleeping tents, Kitchen tent, Dining tent, Toilet Tents.
Amenities: All utensils, sleeping mattress (Black form mats), Crampons, Gaiters for snow.
Health & Safety: First Aid Box, Oxygen Cylinders, Stretchers, Oxi meters, BP Machines, health.
Permits: Forest Permits and Camping Permission Fee
Trek Crew: High Altitude Chef, Helpers, Trek Leader & Guides and other support team.
Potters & Mules: Potters and Mules to carry all trek equipment’s, ration and vegetables.
Trek Cost Exclusion
GST 5% (it is Mandatory)
Any kind of insurance (Trekup India recommends each trekker to get insurance)
Any Meals / accommodation beside the itinerary or no mentioned in the program
Any Bus / Airfare to/from trek start / end point
Personal Medical expenses, do carry your own person medication
Any personal services such as Laundry, phone call, liquors, mineral water etc.
Any still / video camera fee
Any Entrance fee Monuments, Monasteries, Museums, Temples – Pay direct on the spot
Mules or porter charges to carry private baggage (Offload Charges for bag 500 per day, per bag. Note: bag weight should not be more than 10 kg.
Any kind of emergency evacuation charges
Any services that is not mentioned in cost inclusion section
How To Reach Manali?
Everyone must get to Manali at the beginning.There are three options to get to Manali
Option 1 :-
Travel overnight on a bus to Manali
Delhi to Manali 14 hours
Chandigarh to Manali 10 hours
A bus ride to Chandigarh is the most convenient choice.
We would always suggest using the government. buses instead of those operated by private companies outside the bus station, in our experience, we’ve observed that there are a lot of likelihood of delays with private buses.
Additionally, government. buses are more trustworthy. Whatever bus you pick be sure to get to Manali at the very least between 9 and 10 am.
Fly to Delhi/Chandigarh airport, then travel via bus to Manali (Best alternative).
Fly to Bhuntar Airport. Manali is only two hours away. You can easily catch an airport bus or private taxi to the airport.
We do not recommend Bhuntar airport due to the pricey flight and the unpredictable nature due to cancellations. If you decide to fly via Bhuntar be sure to be there at least a day prior to when the trek begins.
It is possible to go by train. Pathankot railway station which you can take bus services that direct you to Manali which is about 300 kilometers from the station and will require an overnight trip. If you do this it is best to arrive one day prior at Manali.
When you arrive at the point of assembly for the trek to Manali. Trekup India will handle your journey up to Jobra, Chatru to Manali and an excursion to Chandratal.
Make sure that you arrive at Manali before 10:30 am in the initial day of the program so you’re able to get to the place of assembly before noon.