Hampta Pass lies at an altitude of 4270 m (14039 ft) on the Pir Panjal range in the Himalayas. It is a small corridor between Lahaul's Chandra Valley and Kullu valley of Himachal Pradesh, India. In the decade Hampta pass has emerged out to become one of the most popular treks in the Himalayan region, the main reason behind the sudden surge in the number of trekkers doing this trek is the breathtaking beauty one experience while doing this trek and the moderate ease in which it can be completed.
There is a mystic aura and a wonderful contrast in the landscape that revolves around any trek which involves crossing over a pass into the Lahaul/Spiti region, Hampta Pass Chandratal Trek is similar is no exception. One starts from beautiful lush green valleys of Kullu & Manali and land up in the semi-arid region of the Lahaul valley.
Whether one is a travel enthusiast, first time trekker, or a seasoned adventurer, this trek is for everyone, AMS can be an issue with some people, but it goes without saying that when you are attempting any kind of trek in the Himalayan region a minimum level fitness is essential other than that one does get acclimatised as the trek progresses. Mostly governed by weather conditions Hampta Pass Chandratal Trek is amazing and moderately challenging at the same time. During the course of the trek one has to cross rivers, camp in rough conditions and walk long stretches, but believe me it will be all worth it in the end.
Day 1: Report at the Base Camp in Manali
- The first day is reserved for the meet and greet, and orientation, after you reach the base camp. The trek leader will take a small orientation session, covering information like packing, walking techniques.
- You will also be given general information about the trek and the route. Stay overnight at the base camp.
- Manali is situated at an altitude of 6,726 ft above Sea level and the first-night stay here is specially planned for the acclimatization.
Day 2 : Manali To Chika via Hampta Dam
- On the second day, we leave the base camp by 8 AM. We will be carrying lunch and breakfast with us. The first leg of the day’s travel would include a jeep drive from Base Camp to Hampta Dam.
- The way that leads to Hampta Dam is lined with Maple, Pine, Walnut, and Oak trees, making it refreshing and enjoyable.
- After reaching Hampta, we prepare to trek to Chika, which is also our final destination for the day. It will take approximately 2 hours to reach this place, and it is also an easy stretch, crossing two wooden bridges and a small patch of forest.
- During the hiking, we will come across the beautiful Rani river.
- Our overnight stay will be at Chika campsite.
Day 3 : Hike To Balu Ka Ghera
- The second-day trek will take around 4-5 hrs of easy ascent from Chika to Balu Ka Ghera.
- The initial part of the trek would be through the bank of the river through the rocks. During the trek, you will start seeing "Valley of Snow".
- Enjoy the scenic beauty of the sheltered valley with snow clad mountains at one side and the snow melted river on the other side.
- Balu Ka Ghera is actually a large plain ground on the bank of the river, situated at an elevation of 11,900 ft. and camping at this spot is a dream for everyone as the whole place is so picturesque and breathtaking.
- Reach the campsite around afternoon, relax and rejuvenate.
Day 4 : Balu Ka Gera To Siagoru, Crossing Hampta Pass
- This is the most spectacular part of the Trek as we cross the Hampta Pass at the first leg and then descend to our campsite in Siagoru.
- The trail now began towards the Hampta pass with Mt. Deo Tibba and Indrasan in view, along with a large view of Lahaul Valley.
- It takes around 4-5h to reach to the top of Hampta Pass. The last 15 minute of this part required a vertical climb of extreme efforts, but the experience will be totally unforgettable. Soak your soul with the unmatched beauty of Hampta Pass (14,100 ft) .
- Next start descending from Hampta top and by an hour and a half descent you will reach the base valley and then start towards Siagoru campsite.
- The descent is quite tricky and steep,in times of abundance snow one could slide down to reach base or need to use rope.
- Reach the camp side at late afternoon, relax and enjoy the tranquillity.
Day 5: Siagoru to Chatru. Drive to Chandratal
- On the 5thday we will have an easy descent through the Hampta Valley. The massive mountains of the Pir Panjal and Spiti ranges dominate the entire landscape till the campsite at Chatru.
- Chatru is a confluence point of paths from Rohtang Pass, Hampta Pass and Spiti.
- From Chatru if road and weather condition permit we head to the ChandraTaal and camp at suitable place according to the conditions.
- Chandratal is located 14,000 above sea level and is 70 km from Chatru .
- Chantratal lake’s shape is more like a crescent, hence called “Chandra” while the word “Tal” stands for a lake. The Anglicised version of this Himalayan splendour is Moon Lake.
Day 6. Drive from Chandratal/Chatru to Manali via the Rohtang Pass
- In the morning after breakfast, we leave for Manali via the Rohtang Pass. Our wonderful Experience of Trekking in Himachal ends.
Note: For a brief duration in the winters Chandratal Lake becomes inaccessible hence can be included in the summer months only. Rest of the time, you will have to drive back directly from Chatru to Manali and Chandratal will be skipped altogether.
- Accommodation at all destinations and camps as per the itinerary on sharing basis.
- Breakfast, lunch, and dinner at all camps (Vegetarian options only)
- All required Permits
- Transport from Manali as per the Itinerary
- First aid medical kits
- Camping fees, comfortable tents, and sleeping bags
- Driver charges, driver accommodation, fuel as per the itinerary
- Reliable, experienced and adept English-speaking local guide and support staffs with great knowledge of the area and the terrain.
- GST @5% • Travel from to and from Manali for inward or outward journey.
- Travel Insurances .
- Any activities, permits, services, accommodation or transfers other than what is mentioned in the itinerary.
- Personal Porters for carrying trekker’s backpacks
- Any cost arising out of unforeseen circumstances including medical emergencies and acts of God.
- Any expenses of personal nature like phone call etc. • Anything that is not mentioned in the above list of inclusions.