Hampta Pass trek starts from the beautiful Manali valley with a short ride from Manali town getting us to the starting point of the trek. It would be advisable to reach Manali a day prior to the trek. We endorse this for proper acclimatisation. Also, you get an opportunity to explore Manali and find some time for Manali trekking. We also have a beautiful orchard guesthouse in Manali.
Report at Manali Bus Stand by 8 AM and from there we start our drive towards Jobri, which is the starting point of the trek. We drive through Prini village where we take a stop for 5 minutes to follow a local custom and then continue our drive. The drive is scenic and 2 hours long. Then we reach the beginning point which is situated beside to the Allain Guhugal Hydel Project junction and start the trek. The initial trek is through the pine forest until we reach the Rani river valley. The forest route lasts for around one hour and we arrive on an open green land. We may find one shop there from where we have our first view of the huge rectangular valley. We descend down and take the route going through the valley. The further route takes 2 hours to reach the Chika campsite. The entire trail is flat and mild uphill and it passes through the valley along the Rani river. We reach our campsite maximum by 4 PM and relax. Later, enjoy the sunset at the campsite. Dinner and overnight stay in dome tents.
Today we proceed towards our 2nd campsite, which is Balu ka Gera. We take the right turn along the Rani river and move through the trail. The initial trail is a bit steep until we reach a green pasture. The trail also consists few tricky stretches that are fun to cross. While crossing the tricky stretch, we also get to see a waterfall on the Rani river. After crossing this stretch, we can see the mighty Indrasan peak right in front of us. The further trail is on the flat land and we can easily notice a change in the landscape. We continue our walk on the same route and arrive at a point where we have to cross a river stream. The size of the river stream is not so big but the flow gets furious during the rainy season which enhances the thrill of the trek. Your feet might get numbed as the water remains frosty. The further trek is level walk and in another hour we reach the campsite. The weather remains usually cold as the campsite is situated above the tree line. Enjoy the views from the campsite. Dinner and overnight stay in tents.
We wake up and start the trek bit early in the morning as today is the most important day of the trek. The trek is divided into two stages. The first stage consists of trekking up to the pass and the second one consists descending to the Sheagoru campsite. The trail up to the pass is full of small and big boulders and is quite steep. We trek at a steady pace and in the zig-zag motion. It takes around 3 hours to reach the pass. We can have our packed lunch there. The pass offers ultra-clear views of Indrasan, Deo Tibba, and Papsura peaks. The Lahaul can be seen on the left side from the pass.
Later, we start descending through the sharp and steep trail. Mind your step while coming down as the route is narrow and full of scree (loose stones). After finishing the descent, we continue our walk towards the Sheagoru campsite which is around 1 km from there. We reach the campsite by late afternoon. Our camps are pitched near the Sheagoru river. Enjoy the views of the river and the lofty peaks from the campsite. DInner and overnight stay in tents.
Today's trek is the easiest of all as we have to descend all the way to Chattru. We start by crossing the icy cold Sheagoru river and continue the trek on the right side of the river. After about one hour, we start seeing the road. It takes around 3 hours to reach Chattru. Relax and have lunch at the Chattru campsite. Then we start our drive towards the Chandratal lake if the weather remains good. The drive from Chattru to Chandratal is around 4-5 hours long. We take a stop at Batal, where you can click a photo at the famous Chacha Chachi ka Dhaba. The condition of the roads are too bad and gives the pure essence of the World's Treacherous road. Reach Chandratal and enjoy the beauty of this high altitude alpine lake. Chandratal, also called Moon Lake, is situated on the Samudra Tapu plateau in the Spiti valley. Nestled amidst the mountains, at an altitude of 4,290 meters above the sea level, the lake is known for its clear blue waters, magnificent views of CB-12 peak and pristine environment. After exploring the lake, we drive back to Chattru through the same route. Dinner and overnight stay in tents.
Wake up and get ready for your journey back to Manali. On your way back we pass through the Rohtang Pass. The road journey is quite scenic. We reach Manali by evening. You can continue your onward journey.
- Local transportation during the trek.
- Skilled certified trek guide who has vast knowledge of the trek route.
- Veg meals during the trek (Breakfast +lunch +dinner)
- Cook, helper and other supportive staff.
- Porters/mules for carrying common equipment ( rations+ tents & utensils.)
- Equipment(Tents on sharing basis / sleeping bags/ mattresses)
- During the trek all the nutritional meals will be provided (Indian/Chinese/Continental)
- Basic first aid kit & portable oxygen cylinder.
- All forest permits & camping charges
- Personal porters / mules for carrying trekker’s backpacks.
- Personal trekking equipment like trekking pole, umbrella & sleeping bags.
- Personal insurance or cost of emergency evacuation.
- Purchase of personal natures( Mineral water bottle/ bottled canned/ beverages,chocolates & dry fruits etc.
- Food to/ from trail head.