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hampta pass trek

Hampta Pass Trek

(1 Review)
  • 5 days
  • 7-10 persons
  • Camping based trek
  • Moderate
  • Manali
  • Min Age: 15+

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.

Trek Highlights

– 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.

Starting Point

Village Jobra (2 hr drive from Manali)

Nearest Roadhead

Village Jobra 

Nearest Railhead

Kalka Railway Station

Nearest Airport

Bhuntar airport near Mandi

Price Inclusions

  • all veg snacks & meals during trek
  • camping equipment (tents, mats, sleeping bags etc.)
  • camp tent accommodation for 4 nights (2-3 per tent)
  • forest camping & trek permits (INDIANS ONLY)
  • services of trek leaders, trek guides, cook, helpers

Price Exclusions

  • any kind of personal expense on food or medicines
  • any kind of travel, lodging or medical cost incurred in case a trekker decides to drop out of the trek
  • any kind of hotel or lodge stay
  • porter charges apply in case a trekker is unable to carry his / her backpack & wants to offload it on mule / porter (₹ 250-300 per backpack per day)
  • any thing which is not mentioned in the inclusions
Itinerary

Day 1: Manali To Chika Via JobraAltitude: Jobra 9,800ft to Chika 10,100ft

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

Day 2: Chika to Balu ka GheraAltitude: 10,100ft to 11,900ft 8.5Km, 6hr trek

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

Day 3: Balu ka Ghera to Shea Goru, Crossing (Hampta Pass)Altitude: 11,900ft to 14,100ft (Hampta Pass) to 12,900ft 7 km, 10hr trek

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

Day 4: Shea Goru to Chhatru drive to ChandratalAltitude: 12,900ft to 11,000ft 7 Km, 5 hr trek

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)

Day 5: Chhatru to Manali via Rohtang Pass85 km drive 4-6 hour

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

FAQs

Is it necessary to hire a guide on this trek ?

Yes, it is absolutely essential to take a guide for this trek whether you are trekking solo or in a group.

What is the best season for this trek ?

The best season for Hampta Pass trek is Aug to Sept.

Is this trek suitable for kids ?

It is ideally recommended for 15+ age.

Is this trail safe for women & solo travelers ?

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.

What type of accommodation is available during this trek ?

Camping tent accommodation (2-3 per tent).

Do we have to give tip money to guides / porters ?

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.

Which currency is accepted during transit or in nearby villages on this trek ?

Indian currency is accepted