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Hampta Pass Trek – Crossing The Himalayan Pass
Hampta Pass is a high altitude Himalayan pass at 14,100 feet which joins Kullu and Spiti valleys in Himachal Pradesh. A huge number of trekkers throng the trek every year to trail amidst the giant Himalayas with breathtaking views on the trail. The starting base to this trek is Manali which is quite easy to reach due to good road, rail & air connectivity in the region.
Why do Hampta Pass trek ?
Hampta Pass trek encompasses almost everything that an adventure seeker looks for in a Himalayan trail – scenic meadows, dense forests, deep valleys and up front views of the higher Himalayan peaks. The surprising change in the landscape after every 2-3 km along with the rare Himalayan flora & fauna makes it must do trek.
Duration – You can finish this trek in 5 days from Manali
One can complete this 35 km trek in 4 nights 5 days passing through the popular Chandratal lake. Chandratal lake is also a famous trek destination in itself. Chandratal is situated at an altitude of 13,000 ft and exhibits several shades of blue colour. During the latter part of this trek, as you drive from Chhatru to Manali, you will cross the Rohtang Pass which remains snow bound all year round. No wonder makes Hampta Pass as one of the best Himalayan treks that you can wrap up within a week.
Which time of the year should you go to Hampta Pass ?
The best time to go for the trek to Hampta Pass is from mid June to the first week of September. Though the trek is open throughout the year, the extreme adventure bugs can choose to trek during winter time to trek through snow covered valleys and the frozen Chandratal lake.
If you plan do the trek in winters, then you should be prepared with proper winter trekking gear. High altitude snow treks require gaiters, trekking poles, ice axe and many other essentials.
Just Go For It !
Are planning to explore a high adrenaline Himalayan trail ? Well, then Hampta Pass trek is an ideal trek for you. It is graded easy to moderate on difficulty level and takes just 4-5 days to complete. Easy gradient & duration make it one of the most recommended Himalayan treks for beginners. So just pack your rucksack & just go for it !
Give yourself an ultimate & adventurous adrenaline kick by venturing on to the Hampta Pass trek. There are many scenic trails in Himachal but Hampta Pass is one of the most thrilling treks near Manali in Himachal Pradesh. The trek takes you to a maximum altitude of 14,000 ft offering magnificent views of higher Himalayan peaks.
Manali serves as the starting point of this amazing trek which goes through various places in the region. The trail starts by crossing Jobra, a lush green valley with a dense forest cover. A small hamet called ‘Chikka’ will be your first rest point on the Hampta Pass trek. Beyond Chikka, the trek enters a scenic valley called Balu Ka Ghera where it feels as if one has entered into clouds.
As you cross the Hampta river to head towards the Hampta Pass, you will get a glimpse of Deo Tibba peak from the trail. Trekkers get amazed by the majestic views that they get after reaching the top of Hampta Pass.
– Walking through the majestic alpine of Chandratal
– Camping in the meadows having tasty & nutritious meals
– Capture the magnificent views of the Pir Panjal ranges
– Experience the thrill of crossing the high Himalayan passes
Short Itinerary :
Day 01: Drive to Jobra & Trek to Chikka | 10100 feet
Day 02: Chikka to Balu Ka Gera | 11900 feet | 5-6 hours trek
Day 03: Balu Ka Gera – Shea Gora via Hampta Pass (14,100 ft)
Day 04: Shea Goru to Chhatru drive to Chandratal
Day 05: Chhatru to Manali via Rohtang Pass
Best Time To Go For Hampta Pass Trek
The best time to go for Hampta Pass trek is from mid-June to early-October. Though there is a high chance of snow on the higher reaches of mountain passes which disappears by August. Manali valley experiences normal rains during monsoons while Spiti region has clear skies mostly. During day, temperatures range from 10 °C to 20 °C and at night, temperature might fall to -2 °C to 6 °C on the highest campsite. From Sept to mid-Oct, there is always a possibility of snowfall. Day time temperatures range between 10-18 °C while the nights will be colder with temperature dropping from 4 °C to -6 °C.
Hampta Pass Location
Hampta Pass lies in the east of Manali and Pir Panjal range in the state of Himachal Pradesh. One can clearly see the south east ridge from the trail. Located at an altitude of 4,268 metre, the Hampta Pass serves as a bridge connecting Kullu valley to Lahaul.
Village Jobra (2 hr drive from Manali)
Kalka Railway Station
Bhuntar airport near Mandi
2 hour drive to Jobra from Manali
2 km, 45 minutes trek from Jobra to Chika
Enough water through the trail
Easy to Moderate trail
Stay at tent
Meeting time at Manali is 12 pm to reach Chika camp site by 5 pm
Moderate trail, gradual ascent
Pack lunch will be provided
Enough water on the way
River crossing, boulder walk and colourful tiny flowers on the way
Enjoy the camp site
No water point on the way (Depends on the snow condition)
First 1 hour is gradual ascent then Steep ascent till the pass
Packed lunch at the pass, enjoy the view of Indrasan peak
Around 2 hours of steep descent and 1 hours of flat walk from the Pass to camp sight
Coldest place of the trek
Stay in tent
Gradual descent on moraine
Start early in the morning
2 to 3 water sources of water on the way
Hot lunch at camp
Drive to Chandratal and back to camp site, either on day 4 or day 5 (depends on road and weather condition)
Breakfast at camp site
Lunch on the way (not included in the cost)
Rothang pass road is a very busy route; driving time may increase due to of heavy traffic.
Make your further travel plan from
Manali after 6:00 pm
NOTE: You can visit Chandratal If road and weather condition permits us. If not, you will have to drive directly from Chatru to Manali and skip Chandratal all together
Yes, it is absolutely essential to take a guide for this trek whether you are trekking solo or in a group.
The best season for Hampta Pass trek is Aug to Sept.
It is ideally recommended for 15+ age.
Yes, in fact all the Himalayan trails are quite safe for women & solo travelers. People of the region are very warm, caring & hospitable in nature.
Camping tent accommodation (2-3 per tent).
Guides & porters in the region will never demand any tip money from you. They just need their daily wages paid by the trek operator. However, it is always encouraging if one can give a little tip to them if they provide good services.
Indian currency is accepted
Hampta Pass trek is a perfect Himalayan crossover trail for both beginners & seasoned trekkers. Although we did this trek in the month of August, but it is good to take Hampta Pass trek in September & October also. Some patches of the trail are bit steep but on the whole its a great trek to sharpen your hiking skills. Our trek leader Vijay was very cooperative & patient all through the trail. Camp staff served us some awesome meals. Overall it was a nice experience with TrailHikers trek team !
A great hiking adventure to Hampta Pass & Chandratal Lake for all members of our group. Hampta Pass trek offers surreal views of the Himalayas & valley and Chandratal lake experience is just beyond words. We were amazed by the extremely warm trek, camp & support staff who made our trek worthy. Thanks TrailHikers !
Hampta Pass trek is one of the very few treks that can be done during the monsoon months of July and August. The trek offers views of lush green valleys & snow summits. To our surprise, we experienced considerable snow at Hampta Pass top. We had a great time on the trek – thanks to team TrailHikers !
Hampta Pass trek has been a complete hiking adventure for me & my wife in the Indian Himalayas. The Hampta Pass trail is a mix of rocky, forest & steep terrain but has breathtaking views from every campsite. Well organized by TrailHikers so looking forward to more adventures with them.
An absolutely thrilling and unforgettable experience to the Hampta Pass trek. This trek treats you to the magnificent views from campsite at Chika, Balu Ka Gera & Shea Goru. Our first trek to such high altitude Himalayan mountain pass was made worth by the extremely warm & professional team of TrailHikers.