Hampta Pass Trek, Manali
Hampta Pass is one of the most beautiful and rich trek covering parts of Kullu and Lahaul & Spiti Districts of Himachal Pradesh. Also known as gateway to Spiti valley, it offers diverse views of nature with scenes ranging from beautiful flower valleys, gushing waterfalls, glaciers and some dense forests of pine and cedar
And after the trek, drive till the Chandratal Lake in Spiti valley is a must have experience!
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|Pickup/Drop Point||Government Bus Stand, near Mall Road, Manali|
|Departure Time||11 AM|
|Return Time||4 PM (Take a buffer time of an hour)|
|Trek Distance||Difficulty||Camp Location||Terrain Type||Max altitude|
|Day 1||2 kms||Easy||Jobra||Meadows||2763 metres|
|Day 2||7 kms||Moderate||Chika||Through forests and meadows||3079 metres|
|Day 3||8 kms||Easy||Balu ka Gera||Initially meadows and then rocky||3799 metres|
|Day 4||10 kms||Difficult||Shea Goru||Rocky||4270 metres|
|Day 5||7 kms||Easy||Chatru||Rocky||4300 metres|
* Day 6 is only a drive till Manali
Manali to Jobri Nala and short trek to Jobra
Day one is a drive to Jobri Nala, which is at an altitude of 2763 metres. We camp at Jobra on first day to get ourselves acclimatized to the higher altitudes that we scale on next few days. Day starts at 11 AM with pickup from Government bus stand, Manali, which is next to Mall road. It is one and a half hour drive to the Jobri Nala.
After crossing bridge over Beas river in Manali, we turn right to enter Aleo, left Bank, Prini and then towards Jobri Nala. Road on left head towards Rohtang Pass, Solang valley and Leh-Ladakh.
Jobri Nala is also starting point for Deo Tibba Base trek. One can reach base of North Face of this famous peak.
We reach Jobra campsite at around 2 PM after a short hike of twenty minutes. After allocating tents and having meals, we proceed for excursion to the nearby beautiful landscapes of Madi and Bhujdhar. This excursion is an essential part of acclimatization. After completing the little excursion, we come back to campsite.
|Please note that if you reach late at Manali on Day 1, i.e. beyond buffer time of 1 hour, you will have to reach Jobri Nala on your own expenses. However, we will assist you fully in booking of cabs.|
7 kms moderate trek from Jobra to Chika
Second day starts with morning tea at 7:30. It is a total of 4 hours’ trek to Chika. Chika is at an altitude of 3079 metres. This day is a gradual incline along the Hampta valley, which initially is through dense forest and then meadows. On the way, we pass through a place named Ujung Vihar. It is a beautiful place and is witness to making of many bollywood films. Terrain is lush green with presence of beautiful flowers in the rainy months of July and August.
We trek through greener pastures and see small waterfalls owing to melting of snow. Highlight of this day is riverside camp.
8 kms moderate trek from Chika to Balu ka Gera
Third day is a 6 hours trek to another beautiful camping site of Balu ka Gera. This is a different kind of trekking experience from previous day in terms of terrain. Slowly, terrain changes to more of a rocky, though difficulty level is similar. The day again starts with tea and breakfast at around 7:30 am.
There is a rock at the campsite, which gives it the name Balu ka Gera. Campsite is at an altitude 3799 metres.
10 kms difficult trek from Balu ka Gera – Hampta Pass – Shea Goru
We cross Hampta Pass, the highest point of the trek on fourth day. It is longest day of entire trek. We trek for almost 7 to 8 hours this day. Hence, we start early at 6:30 in the morning.
After covering incline during the initial part of the trek, we reach Hampta Pass at the height of 4270 mts. View from Hampta Pass is incredible. You can see some of the highest peaks of the region from there.
From Hampta Pass, trek is a steep descend towards the valley on the other side of the Pass. Once we reach the river at the end of the sharp decline, it is moreover a flat surface with gradual decline to the camping site of the day four besides the roaring Chander River.
Shea Goru campsite provides mor of open views and lies entirely in valley. A narrow bridge crossing adds more adventure to the day. The camping site is at an altitude of 3914 metres.
7 kms easy trek from Shea Goru to Chatru and Drive to Chandertal Lake and back to Chatru (Transportation charges included in package)
Fifth day is longest day but less of physically demanding. It is because we trek for only two hours until Chatru. After the trek, we proceed towards Chandertal Lake in shared cabs. We use either Innova/Sumo/Traveller for transportation.
As we enter Spiti valley, terrain drastically changes from greener pastures of Kullu region to drier landscapes of Spiti. Trek is through a rocky terrain with less of vegetation. Chatru lies on the Manali – Kaza road in Lahaul and Spiti region. It has an altitude of 3315 metres.
After trek, it is a total of 70 kms drive from Chatru to the Chandertal Lake, which we cover in approximately 3.5 hours.
Chandertal, also known as Moon Lake is at the height of 4300 metres. It is a picturesque beautiful still water lake giving a mirror image to the surrounding snow covered peaks. As per Ramsar convention, Chandratal Lake is a Ramsar Wetland Site. Lake is one of the high-altitude wetlands of India.
There is another short, easy trek from Chandratal base to the lake, which takes about 45 minutes.
After spending some time at the lake, we come back to Chatru in cabs.
Drive back from Chatru to Manali
On last day of the journey, we come back to Manali. After the morning breakfast and packed lunch, we start the return journey
We also cross Rohtang Pass on our way. We reach Manali by 3 PM
- Rucksack (60 -70 litres): Keep it light, keep only necessary items
- Daypack to carry water bottle and some eatables
- Trekking Shoes 1. It is advisable to have Trekking shoes as they prevent ankle twist and have much better grip than normal sports shoes. Trekking shoes need to have soles with good grip and ankle support. We would suggest investing in good quality waterproof trekking shoes. They can last for up to 12-13 treks. Please use new trekking shoes for 3-4 days prior to trek. If used directly on the trek, there are high chances of shoe bite which can be very irritating. 2. Purchase 1 size bigger than the normal that you wear. If you use shoe with size as 8, buy trekking shoes with size as 9 as while descending toes of the feet would touch the end which might cause feet to swell. So it’s better to have one size larger.
- Sandals/Slippers for walking around the campsite
- Trek pants (2 pairs)
- Full sleeve T-shirts (2 pairs including the one you are wearing)
- 1 Full sleeve woollens/fleece
- Thick Jacket
- Socks (4 pairs): 3 cotton (for trekking) and 1 woolen (used while sleeping)
- Gloves(1 pair)
- Woollen Cap/Balaclava
- Water Bottle.
- Sunglasses (must as snow reflects UV rays).
- Toiletries(Sunscreen – SPF 30+, light towel, lip balm, toilet paper/wet tissues).
- Headlamp/LED torch.
- Trekking Pole as it prevents joints from injury and provides a good grip while trekking.
- Plastic covers: While packing, use plastic bags to ensure the clothes and other essentials remain dry in case of rain.
- 1 lunchbox and spoon for carrying packed lunch.
ORS/Electrolyte (4 packets – They help a lot when energy levels start to deplete and body is in need of Salt)
- Band Aid – 2 strips
- Paracetamol – 3 tablets
- Moov spray
- Avil 25 mg(in case of allergies) – 3 tablets
- Crocin (in case of fever)- 3 tablets
- Vomistop – 2 tablets
*These medicines are advised on basis of our experiences in mountains. Please consult your doctor/physician before taking any medicine.
- Photocopy and Original Govt id card
- Declaration and Disclaimer form(These would be shared over mail once a trekker registers with us)
High Altitude Dome Tents
• We provide high altitude dome tents, which we have tested successfully in different weather conditions and varying terrains
• We have different tents according to occupancy from single person to 5 people. (Please inform us in advance in case you wish to opt for a more than 3-person tent)
• After each trek, we clean our tents thoroughly and dry them under sun
Sleeping Bags and Mattresses
• Our Sleeping bags are specially customized by our team to handle different kind of weather conditions
• Inner material of our sleeping bags in down feather which can help to sustain temperatures as low as -15 to -20 degrees Celsius
• All the sleeping bags have detachable inner fleece liners, which can be removed especially for summer months
• Length of sleeping bags is such that a person of up to 6 feet and 5 inches can comfortably sleep
• We have different kinds of insulated mattresses according to weather conditions. For summer months, we use mattresses of 3 to 5 mm in thickness whereas for winters, we use 8 mm ones
• We dry our sleeping bags under sun from time to time
• We understand that after a tough day of trekking, our body is in dire need of nutrients. Keeping that in mind, we design our food menu in such a way that all the nutrients are replenished
• For Hampta Pass trek, our kitchen staff prepares fresh food at each of campsites (As we trek through major part of the day, we provide packed lunch. Though lunch is freshly prepared). For this trek, we provide meals from Day 1 Lunch until Day 6 Lunch
• Following is usual schedule/menu of meals provided:
o Morning Tea
Porridge & Bread with Jam & Butter, or,
Porridge & Plain Ajwain Parantha with Dry vegetable, or,
Porridge & Poori Chana, or, Porridge & Poha with tomato ketchup
o Packed Lunch
Plain Ajwain Parantha with Dry vegetable and Pickle, or,
Vegetable Pulav, or,
Poori with Dry vegetable
o Dry rations
Juice and Cream Biscuits, or,
Frooti/Maaza and Chocolate, or,
Fresh Fruit and Biscuits
o Evening snacks
Maggi/Pasta/Mix vegetable Pakore with Tea
Soup (Tomatao/Vegetable/Sweet Corn/Veg Manchow) with popcorn
Rice & Chapati with 2 vegetables (1 dry and 1 with curry),
Papad and Pickle,
Professional Trek Leads and Local Guides
• We have a team of professional Trek leads and guides who are well versed with the region and keep safety of everyone as primary focus
• All of our trek leads and guides are fairly experienced in leading treks across various terrains and in different weather conditions
• All our trek leads and guides are equipped with basic first aid kit to react and respond in case of emergencies. If you face any medical issue at any time on the trek or at the campsite, please do not hesitate to get in touch with respective trek lead/guide
• For Hampta Pass trek, our medical kit also contains portable oxygen cylinders. Though we wish that no one needs oxygen but in some cases, there might be need of providing oxygen as trek moves above 12000 feet (usually this is the altitude above which oxygen level start to deplete)
• For Hampta Pass Trek, we provide transportation from Manali to Jobra, which is starting point of the trek
• Also, we have included transportation from Chatru to Chandratal and back to Manali
• Since condition of roads in mountains can be very uncertain, we use only those vehicles with good ground clearance. They might not be very luxurious, but yes certainly can take us out of tricky situations
• Vehicles would be either Sumo/Bolero/Traveller
• On our comparatively shorter trekking days, we organize meditation/stretching or Taichi sessions
• We believe that meditation helps in re-energizing an individual both mentally and physically. Sometimes, we also use Tibetan meditation bowls to get relaxed and restore the energy after a tough day of trek
• In addition, stretching helps in reducing the stress and relaxing the muscles post the trek.
• Microspikes in case of hard ice
• Gaiters in case of deep snow
• Camping permissions and charges
In addition to included services as mentioned under “Inclusions” tab, we do have some extra services available as below.
|Rs 500 per rucksack per day||It will be charged for 5 days. Rucksack should not weigh more than 10 kgs|
Raincoat on rent
|Rs 300 for entire trek||Fine of Rs 500 in case it is lost|
Trek Pole on rent
|Rs 400 for entire trek||Fine of Rs 800 if lost|
Single Occupancy Tent
|Rs 500 per night|
You can avail these services at time of booking the trek.
We believe that to thoroughly enjoy the trek, basic fitness is necessary. These fitness tips will help in making your trek more enjoyable rather than an arduous activity.
For a moderate-difficult trek like Hampta, a good level of physical fitness is necessary before start of the trek.
Training plan is divided into four categories Aerobic Fitness (Cardiovascular fitness), Anaerobic fitness (Strength and Resistance training), Flexibility training and Nutrition.
Cardiovascular fitness is the ability of the heart, blood cells and lungs to supply oxygen-rich blood to the working muscle tissues and the ability of the muscles to use oxygen to produce energy for movement.
Mix uphill training and jogging on plains. You can do 2km of uphill running and 2kms of jog on flat surfaces
Here, try adding more resistance and increase the volume
Try to do 4 sets of 12 pushups (add resistance of ¼ bodyweight), 4 sets of 12 squats (Add resistance half of bodyweight), 3*45 seconds Plank Hold and 6*100 meter sprints (full power).
Rest time should be less than 1 minute
We would suggest daily stretch for about 15 minutes, it will not only make your trek easy and cramp free but also improves your posture and helps to prevent low back pain.
Few flexibility exercises you can do daily are:
· Runners Stretch, Standing side stretch, Seated back twists, Butterflies, Pigeon Pose, Cobra pose, mountain pose, Hamstring stretch series
· Stretch daily after your aerobic or anaerobic exercise sessions
· Never skip your breakfast. Breakfast is the most important meal of your day so have it lavishly and eat within an hour after you wake up
· Drink plenty of water, about 3-4 litres a day
· Avoid all junk, sugars
· Eat lots of vegetables, fruits, healthy fats, good carbs and increase your protein intake
· Avoid eating heavy meals after sunset or eat at least 2 hours before you sleep
For more details like how to mix various components of fitness in your workouts and detailed article you can check the following url:
Happy Training 🙂
Route Map of Hampta Pass Trek
How to reach Manali?
Manali, being a tourist hub, is well connected by road from major cities of New Delhi and Chandigarh.
Manali is roughly 300 kms from Chandigarh and 550 kms from Delhi. It takes 9-10 hours of journey from Chandigarh whereas 13-14 hours from New Delhi. Overall road condition is very good. There are minor portions where road condition depends on weather conditions. Road condition in area around Sundernagar and Kullu deteriorate especially during monsoons and owing to this, one might encounter traffic jams.
Apart from government operated buses of Himachal Pradesh, Haryana and Punjab, many private bus operators too ply their Volvo buses on this route. However, private buses usually depart during evening and night time only from Delhi and Chandigarh whereas government buses are regular throughout the day.
You can take a look at bus timings in these links
Apart from road connectivity, one can opt for train, or air options too to reach Manali. However these services are not directly available until Manali.
Although, Jogindernagar is nearest railway station to Manali, but this station is not very well connected with other railway stations. Best option is to take a train until Chandigarh or Ambala. Both these cities have good bus services, which further connects to Manali. Ambala is located at distance of 210 kms from New Delhi and 40 kms from Chandigarh.
Bhunter airport, Kullu is nearest to Manali. It is located at 50 kms from Manali. Direct flights from Delhi to Bhunter are available and from there, regular cab options are available until Manali.
We never cancel a trek/trip from our side unless it is because of some uncontrollable natural conditions like landslides or extreme weather conditions under which it is not safe to operate a trek/ trip. If that is the case, and we got to know it before starting date of the trek, we either refund your amount in full or would suggest an alternative trek/trip within same dates.
However, if you cancel a trek/trip, there are some cancellation charges as below:
• For any cancellations 1 week prior to starting of trek/trip, 70% of booking amount is refunded
• For any cancellations 3-6 days prior to starting of trek/trip, 50% of booking amount is refunded
• For any cancellations 1-2 days prior to starting of trek/trip, no amount is refunded
Example, for a trek/trip starting on 1st August,
• Any cancellations on or before 25th July, 70% of booking amount is refunded
• Any cancellations between 26th-29th July (both dates inclusive), 50% of booking is refunded
• Any cancellations on 30th and 31st July, no amount is refunded
For any bookings made within 3-6 days before starting of the trek/trip, only 50% of booking amount is refunded on cancellations
For any bookings made on last 2 days before starting of the trek/trip, no amount is refunded
1. Are there mobile signals at any place on the trek?
Unfortunately or fortunately, there are no mobile signals at any place on the trek. Even the BSNL and Airtel Postpaid connections do not work. After leaving Manali, there are mobile signals for around 10-15 kms till Jobri Nala. So, please inform your loved ones in advance.
2. Are there any ATMs at the base?
ATMs are available in Manali. There are couple of State Bank of India ATMs at Mall road. There is an ICICI and PNB ATM too at Hadimba temple road. There are no ATMs at Jobri Nala, which is base of this trek. We suggest you to carry some extra case from the city your travel as there might be shortage of cash near pickup point due to limited number of ATMs.
3. What kind of physical fitness is needed for this trek?
Since Hampta Pass is a high altitude trek, a good level of fitness is mandatory to decrease chances of Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS). It is therefore, highly recommended to arrive Manali a day earlier of scheduled departure for acclimatization purpose. You can click here to check general fitness plan. Please refer to intermediate level for this trek.
4. Is it safe to trek with kids?
Minimum age required for this trek is 14 years. Since it is a high altitude trek, for children below age of 14, it might be difficult to cope with high altitudes. Generally an altitude above 12000 feet (3657 metres) is considered high altitude.
5. Do I need to carry printout of booking confirmation?
No, you need not carry that.
6. What kind of documents I need to carry?
Please carry government issued ID card (Voter’s ID, or Passport, or Aadhar Card) in original as well as a copy. It is sometimes required for permission purposes. In addition, please carry a filled and duly signed copies of Disclaimer and Declaration Forms as well as Medical Forms. We mail you these forms on successful registration.
7. What kind of Washroom arrangements are there at campsites?
We pitch at least 2 toilet tents at each campsite. We make a deep pit within the tent. That pit is surrounded by mud and a shovel. After you answer nature’s call, please cover it with mud using the shovel. After you get out of the tent, do not forget to zip the tent properly. Do not leave it open.
However, there are no provisions for bathing. Moreover, it is not recommended too, especially on days of treks because our bodies are warm.
8. What if I fall ill and cannot continue the trek?
In a casy of emergency, our trek lead first provides you basic first aid and then with a helper take you to nearest road head. They can also make a temporary stretcher if need arises. From road head, they will take you to nearest hospital for your treatment and inform your loved ones. Please note that vehicle and hospital charges will have to be borne by you.
9. What if a trek gets cancelled due to nature’s calamity?
If a trek is cancelled due to nature’s calamity and we got to know it before starting date of the trek, either we will issue a full refund or provide an option to take alternative trek. However, if it is cancelled on starting date of the trek, or due to nature’s calamity, we have to change the trek or route while on a trek, there will be no refund.
Please refer to cancellations tab for any cancellation made from your side.
10. Do I need to wash my utensils?
No, you need not do that. Our helpers will clean the utensils and make them ready for next meal.