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?
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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
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
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 25 days prior to the start date of your trek/tour/activity, no cancellation fee will be charged.
2. If cancellations are made between 4-25 days prior to the start date of your trek/tour/activity, EITHER 75% of the total booking amount will be returned to the guest (25% of the total booking amount will be charged as cancellation fee) OR whole advance amount can be adjusted against any trek within next 12 months.
3. If cancellations are made within 4 days from the start date of your trek/tour/activity, 100% of the total booking amount will be charged as a cancellation fee.
4. If you book the tour/trek/activity by making a partial payment of the total booking amount and fail to make the 100% payment before 30 days from the date of travel. In this case, your booking will get canceled automatically and can only be reconfirmed once you make the full payment, depending on the availability of slots.
5. In case if your tour/trek/activity remains incomplete or uninitiated because of "force majeure", medical emergency, government policy changes, local strikes, 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 underutilized 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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