Hampta Pass trek

duration Duration 5 Days / 4 Nights
altitude Maximum Altitude 14,100
visit Best time to visit May - Oct
age Minimum Age 7+
Camp Base Camp Manali
About the Hampta Pass trek

Some treks cross passes, some treks reach majestic peaks and then some treks offer something exceptional. One such trek is the Hampta Pass Trek. The Hamta Pass, at 14,100 feet (4,298 meters), is located in the Pir Panjal Range of the Himalayas. Offering its climbers with glaciers, fast-flowing rivers, challenging terrain, steep, rocky, and vertical climb, and way more than any ordinary trek.


Besides any other hiking adventures, the Hampta trek covers two beautiful valleys in one single hike- Manali and Spiti. The trek is accompanied by nature, with no sight of civilization around. Also, you get to witness the contrasting views of Kullu and Lahaul Valley. On one side, you'll see the beautiful Kullu valley, while on the other, you'll see the desolate mountains and austere landscape of Lahaul.


Also See: Triund Trek


Hampta Pass trek is purely a Himachal trek and is always welcoming. During the trip, you will travel through a small woodland with a variety of flowering flowers in various hues, as well as high vertical and rocky inclines. Fun fact, the name Hampta Pass Trek is derived from Hamta Village, which lies on the trail to the pass. 


Visit the mythological lake of Chandratal located near the source Chandra River. The magnificent moon-shaped lake is situated at an altitude of 14,100 ft. and is surrounded by peaks & meadows. You can visit Chandratal Lake by taking a bumpy driveway from the Chatru campsite. All you need to do is leave your excess luggage at the campsite and start your 3 hours long bumpy journey to Chandratal Lake.


Why is Chandratal Lake so well-known?

According to the Hindu Mythology, Yudhishthira, the eldest of the Pandava brothers, arrived at this lake searching for heaven. It is said that Indra, the King of Gods, came down on his chariot to Chandratal Lake. To convey him in his mortal form to Swarga. According to other local myths, fairies are believed to visit this lake during the night.

What's more interesting about this trek is Hampta Camping. Every campsite during the trek has its beauty and can only be seen and felt by marking a presence at a particular point. Witness the breathtaking sunset behind the Hanuman Tibba hill, from the Bhalu ka Ghera campsite. You come face to face with the Deo Tibba peak as you progress further down the trail.

 

Also See: Chadar Trek

 

Best Time To Visit Hampta Pass Trek

Snow is the main attraction of this trek. And the best time to see snow at Hampta Pass is June and July. The hampta pass temperature falls up to almost -15 degrees during this time. For those who are more of a green lover, the best time to visit hampta pass for lush landscapes is in the month of mid-July up till October. The weather at the Hampta Pass is lovely at this time of year, with only new snow on the ground.

 

Hampta Pass Trek Difficult Level


Hampta pass trekking is doable for all ages. The Hampta Pass trek difficulty, including the ChandraTal lake trek difficulty, comes under the category of easy to moderate. With the only condition to keep yourself hydrated and relaxed throughout the pass and back. Thus, making this trek, excellent for beginners. 


The Hampta Pass Trek Package ends at Manali. And, what's best to ease and relax at a popular hill station after an amazing hike. All you need to do is check-in at Moustache Manali and head out for cafe-hopping, savoring delicious local cuisines, visiting local markets, collecting souvenirs, and much more. 


And, if you are tired for any outings, enjoy our backpacker hostel vibes reflecting Manali in every corner. A peaceful retreat to enjoy the most instagrammable views right from your stay. Meanwhile, join in for some musical jams or board games with fellow travellers in our common area. Nestled close to all popular spots.


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Hampta pass is a great trek. However, if you are still craving more treks, then visit some nearby treks like- Rohtang Pass Trek and Beas Kund Trek. Lastly, one question remains. When are you coming for this trek?

Hampta Pass with Chadratal 5D/4N

 

Day 1: Manali to Jobra drive and trek to Chika


Altitude:  10,100 ft

Drive: 17 km (45 min)

Trek: 4 km (2 hours)

Stay Included: Stay in tents on sharing basis

Meals Included:  Lunch - Evening Snacks - Dinner

  • Wake up to a fresh morning, pack your bags and start your drive to Jobra, start your trek to Chika which is the final destination of the day.
  • You traverse through the maple and pine trees with the Rani river flowing along your side, pass through two wooden bridges and a soft patch of forest covering the walnut and oak trees.
  • After reaching the campsite rest and get yourself involved in the tent pitching activity, consume hot meals, and rest for the day at the campsite.

 

Day 2: Chika to Bhalu ka Ghera


Altitude:  12,400 ft

Trek: 5 km (4 - 5 hours)

Stay Included: Stay in tents on sharing basis

Meals Included:  Breakfast - Lunch - Evening Snacks - Dinner

  • Wake up have your breakfast, get ready for a trek to Bhalu Ka Ghera, You will be welcomed by the different colors of small flowers.
  • Spot the snow flows melting and meeting the river while a group of mules feeds on the green grass.
  • Few more meters into the trek, the terrain starts to get flatten as you move towards the bed of sand.
  • Pitch your tents at the campsite and enjoy the beautiful sunset behind the Hanuman Tibba peak, have your hot meal and retire for the day.

 

Day 3: Bhalu ka Ghera to Shea Goru via Hamta Pass:


Altitude:  12,800 ft, via 14,065 ft (Hampta Pass)

Trek: 5 km (7 - 8 hours)

Stay Included: Stay in tents on sharing basis

Meals Included:  Breakfast - Lunch - Evening Snacks - Dinner

  • Wake up to fresh morning breakfast, start the day by crossing the mountains of Bhalu Ka Ghera.
  • You are walking in the rockfall prone area, after an hour you reach a plateau that gives a front view of the Deo Tibba peak.
  • As the descends end you start a 20 min vertical climb to 14,000 ft. Hampta Pass. You will be welcomed by great bird-eye views of Kullu and Lahaul valley, with Deo Tibba peak standing in front.
  • After spending enough time at the pass, descend to a zig-zag path until you hit down the valley. After an hour you hit the base of the valley, pitch the tents and retire for the day.

 

Day 4: Shea Goru to Chatru, drive to Chandartal


Altitude: 12,800ft to 10,900 ft, 14,100 ft (Chandratal)

Drive: 70 km  (3 hours)

Trek: 6 km (5 - 6 hours)

Stay Included: Stay in tents on sharing basis

Meals Included:  Breakfast - Lunch - Evening Snacks - Dinner

  • Wake to an exciting morning as today you will visit Chandratal Lake, post the breakfast descend to Chatru.
  • Pitch your tents and leave your excess luggage at the campsite and start your 3 hours long bumpy journey to Chandratal Lake.
  • After spending enough time at the moon lake, start to head back to the Chatru campsite and enjoy the scenic journey. Have your meal and retire for the day.

 

Day 5: Chatru to Manali drive


Drive: 65 km (2 -3 hours)

Meal Included: Breakfast

  • After a splendid night, wake to a good morning have your breakfast, and pack your bags for a drive back to Manali.
  • With a heavy heart bid bye to the Spiti valley and move back to Manali, this will be your last adventure of the day.
  • The scenic journey is a treat to the eyes and you enjoy each and every curve of it.

                                                                         *The trek ends here*.

Air: Take a flight to Kullu airport and book a cab to Manali, if not possible you can book a flight to Delhi or Chandigarh and board a volvo to Manali.

Road: The volvo transfers are available from Delhi as well as from Chandigarh.

Rail: Take a train to Chandigarh railway station and from there book a private or shared cab to Manali.

1. Shirts / T-shirts –2/3, Jeans / Trekking Pants -2

2. Windproof jacket of decent quality (no flimsy wind cheaters please!) preferably with a hood

3. Warm and thick Fleece / Full-sleeve Woollen sweater

4. Thermal inner wear (upper & lower), Scarf/muffler (optional)

5. Woollen cap, Woollen gloves, Woollen socks & regular socks (3-4 pairs)

6. Comfortable Trekking/Hiking shoes (Waterproof shoes with a thick sole are recommended)

7. Lightweight floaters/sandals/slippers

8. Raincoat / Poncho, Small quick dry towel

9. Water bottle (sturdy ones, no empty Bisleri bottles!!)

10. Cap / Hat to keep the strong sun away from your face

11. Sun glasses (polarized/UV Protected), Walking stick / Trekking pole

12. Sunscreen Lotion, Lip Balm, Torch / Flashlight (with extra batteries)

13. Medicines, if requiring any specific medication

14. Personal toiletries

15. Day pack/small bag in case if you are planning to offload your regular backpack

16. Hand Sanitizer

17. Extra face masks

Inclusions:

1. Stay in tents on sharing basis from Day 1 to Day 4.

2. All meals included from Day 1 Lunch to Day 5 breakfast. Vegetarian meals will be served throughout the trek.

3. Skilled local staff and trek guide who have ample knowledge of the route.

4. Hot water for drinking purposes will be provided on request.

5. Kitchen, dining, and toilet tents will be used during the trek.

6. Cooks/Helper for carrying common equipment like rations/tents/utensils/groceries.

7. All trek essentials included–

(i) Accommodation - tents, sleeping bags, sleeping mats, etc.

(ii) Safety equipment - microspikes, gaiters (If required), and a basic first aid kit with a portable oxygen cylinder.

(iii) Permit - forest and camping fee included.

8. Transportation from Manali to Chika, Chatru to Chandratal and Chatru to Manali is included


Exclusions:

1. The above trek charges do not include the GST charges (5%).

2. Personal essentials -

(i) Equipment - Gumboots, trekking poles etc.

(ii) Insurance - Personal and travel insurance.

(iii) Beverage - Mineral water bottles/bottled or canned beverages

(iv) Snacks - Chocolate, dry fruits, protein, or nutrition bar.

(v) Entertainment - Camera or drone fees.

3. In case if your trek remains incomplete or uninitiated because of "force majeure" or by personal choice after you arrive at the starting point, you will not be able to get a refund, reschedule or replace any services that remain unutilized by you.

4. Any additional cost incurred due to changes in Government Guidelines related to travel/trek/COVID-19 will be borne by the Guest.

5. Anything which is not included in Inclusion.

1. If cancellations are made within 2 days prior to the start of the trek, 100% advance will be charged as cancellation fee.

2. If cancellations are made between 3-7 days prior to the start of the trek, EITHER 75% of total package amount will be returned to the guest (25% of total package amount will be charged as cancellation fee) OR whole advance amount can be adjusted against any trek within next 6 months.

3. If cancellations are made prior to 7 days from the start of the trek, 100% of the total advance will be refunded.

4. If you book the trek by paying 25% of the booking amount and fail to make the 100% payment before 25 days from date of travel. In this case, your booking will get cancelled automatically and can only be reconfirmed once you make the full payment, depending on the availability of slots.

5. In case if your trek remains incomplete or uninitiated because of "force majeure" or by personal choice after you arrive at the starting point, you will not be able to get refund, reschedule or replace any services that remain unutilized by you.

6. Cancellations are strictly subjected to cancellation policies mentioned on the website & are irrespective of the date of booking.

7. The applicable refund amount will be processed within 10 business days.

Q1. What kind of food will be provided during this trek? What about safe drinking water?

Answer: Proper well-cooked food and drinking water will be provided during the trek and at the base camps.

 

Q2. Will, there be mobile connectivity?

Answer: Mobile connectivity is available during the stay in Manali but post trekking ahead the chances of proper connectivity fall to 0 at some points during the trek.

 

Q3. How to reach Hampta Pass?

Answer: The Hampta Pass trek starts from Manali. You can check the how-to reach section listed on the website.

 

Q4. Which type of shoes should I carry?

Answer: We recommend you buy trekking shoes for the Hampta Pass trek, for eg. Quechua Trek 100.

 

Q5. Is Diamox advisable?

Answer: No Diamox is not advised for the Hampta Pass trek but if the requirement arises a person can consume it.

 

Q6. What are toilet/washroom facilities like on the trek?

Answer: Toilet tents are used during the Hampta Pass trek.

 

Q7. How long is the Hampta Pass Trek?

Answer: The total trekking km for the Hampta Pass trek is 20 km, which is divided into 4 days of trekking.

 

Q8. How difficult is the Hampta Pass Trek?

Answer: The Hampta Pass trek is an easy to moderate category trek.

 

Q9. Can I have liquor or smoke while we're on the trek?

Answer: No, liquor or smoke is strictly prohibited on the Hampta Pass trek.

 

Q10. What about first aid and medicines?

Answer: The trek guide on the trek is handy with first aid, you must carry your personalized medicines if any.

 

Q11. What is the best time for a Hampta Pass Trek?

Answer: The best time for the Hampta Pass trek is from April to June.

 

Q12. What is the level of fitness expected from the participants?

Answer: A moderate level of fitness is required for the Hampta Pass trek, a person should be able to run for 3 km in 20 minutes.

 

Q13. What are the clothing and equipment that need to be carried from our end?

Answer: A proper list of Things to Carry is listed on our website under the Hampta Pass trek page.

 

Q14. Is Hampta pass open in December?

Answer: No, Hampta Pass is not open in December.

 

Q15. Can I do the Hampta Pass trek in February or March?

Answer: No, Hampta Pass stays closed during the months of February and March.

 

Q16. Is the trek safe for solo female travelers?

Answer: Yes, the Hampta Pass trek is completely safe for female solo travelers.

 

Q17. Will we get safe drinking water on Hampta Pass trek?

Answer: Yes, safe drinking water is available at the campsites as mentioned in the itinerary.

 

Q18. Will I get any porter to carry my luggage?

Answer: Yes, you can hike a porter to carry your luggage at an extra cost.

 

Q19. How to reach Hampta Pass from Delhi?

Answer: You can take an evening bus from Delhi to Manali and start your trek as per the updated itinerary on our website.

 

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