Hampta Pass Trek & Chandratal
Upcoming Summer and Post monsoon Hampta Pass trek & Chandratal:
9th Jul (Day 1) to 14th Jul’17 (Day 6)
1st Oct (Day 1) to 6th Oct’17 (Day 6)
Cost : Rs 9800 (Manali to Manali)+ 9% Service Tax
(Book for 3 persons and get a discount of 5%; Book for 5 or more to get a 10% Group Discount)
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Customised Trek: We are pleased to offer customised tailor made trekking trips to Hampta Pass and Chandra Tal for individuals and small group of people according to their preferred dates and service.
Fixed Departure Trek: Please see the “Fixed Departure Treks” link for schedule or click here.
The Trek Highlights:
About Hampta Pass: Kullu and Lahaul are two adjoining districts of Himachal Pradesh, separated by high mostly snowbound Rohtang Pass. These valleys are geographically quite different, the Kullu/Manali valleys are green, with excellent forest cover and heavy rains, where as Lahaul is in rain shade barren and arid area. A trail combining both these areas by crossing the Hampta Pass gives a spectacular walk into two different terrains. The trail also offers gorgeous views of Dhauladhar, Chandra Bhaga and Mulkila ranges and the high peaks of Indrasan, Deo TIbba, Shigri Parvat, Kullu Pumori etc.The area is also known for rich Himalayan flora and fauna and is a birder’s paradise. For trekkers this is a must to do trek who are looking for a short duration Trans Himalayan switch.
Access to Manali (The trek base): Depending upon the trek members we can arrange a pickup and drop from Chandigarh to Manali (320 Km) and back.
However there is a wide choices of bus, starting from regular, luxury and Volvo operated by both Govt. and private agencies from New Delhi and Chandigarh to Manali.
1)From Delhi the buses normally start in the afternoon and reaches Manali next day by noon. Depending upon the service it may take 14 to 16 hrs. Distance is around 550 Km.
2)From Chandigarh ISBT there are regular bus services for Manali, starting in the early morning. It may take 8 to 10 hrs depending upon the bus service. Distance around 320 Km.
3) While returning Volvo service from Manali to Delhi starts at 4:30/5 pm in the afternoon. The last bus operated by HRTC starts at 9:30 pm for Delhi.
The trip itinerary:
Day 1: Reach Manali (~ 1950 m/6400 ft) by noon/afternoon. Our guest house is at a place called Vashisht, which is 3 Km further up from Manali town. Vashisht has a temple and is famous for its hot spring inside the temple. Accommodation in rest house/home-stay.
Day 2: Morning pick up in car and drive 30 Km to reach Jobri (~3000 m, 9800 ft) via Preni village. The road is winding and goes through steep hairpin bends and gains height considerably. Jobri is not a village but have few temporary constructions for the local workers of the hydro power plant. From here the trek starts. We cross a concrete bridge and take left. We keep the Aleo Nallah on our left. The trail goes inside the confer forest and finally by crossing the Aleo Nallah we enter into an open meadow. After easy walking of 5 Km we camp at Chhika (~3150 m/10250ft) and will take 2 to 3 hours. The camping ground is situated beside the left bank of the stream. There is a beautiful waterfall above the slopes of the campsite.
Day 3: Today after breakfast we start for our camping destination named Bhalu-Ka-Gera which means “Bear’s Circle” where brown bears are said to hibernate during the winter. Just after leaving the camp we cross the small side stream over a log bridge. We keep left of the valley and gently go up on the slopes along the Aleo Nallah. Today’s walk is very scenic with numerous wild flowers covering the valley. We need to cross another gushing side stream pouring in to the main Aleo Nallah. Earlier in the morning is better to cross this, as the water level goes up during the day time. After crossing the river we keep walking on the left bank and gradually ascend to reach the camp site. Distance is around 8 Km and can take 4 to 5 hours.
Day 4: We start early in the morning and stay on the left ridge of the valley. Depending upon the season one can see several snow bridges on the river which we came along. Continue on the left to cross Hampta Pass (~4300 m, 14100 ft) rand reach the Lahaul side. The region below the pass has ice field which remains intact almost the entire year. The climb to the pass is moderate while the last ridge is a little steep. After crossing the pass the sharp descent leads us to a flattened ground with boulders scattered all along. Now we follow another stream coming from the upper range of the mountains and stay on our left. Moving along the river and after a almost leveled walk we reach the camping ground named Shiagoru (~3930 m, 12900 ft). Distance is around 14 Km and may take 8 to 10 hours.
Day 5: We start the day by crossing the river and keep the river on our left. We follow our descend easily at the first half while walking along the river and later on it becomes a little tricky on the boulder and rock zone. After descending we reach a wide valley of the river Chandra and can see the motor road connecting to Spiti and Kaza. We continue our walk by crossing the log bridge on the side stream and keep the river Chandra on our right. We stay on the left of the Chandra and camp at Chhatru (~3350 m, 11000 ft). This place is on the highway from Kaza to Manali and reveals the barren brown and white beauty of Trans Himalaya. There are few seasonal Dhabas on the other side of the river which can be accessed using the steel bridge on the Kaza road. Distance is around 8 Km and can take 3 to 4 hours.
Day 6: Today we start in the morning by car. The road to Chandra Tal normally opens around mid of July and remains open till mid of October. If the road to Chandra Tal is not open then we visit Kunzum La, a high Pass which marks the border between Lahaul and Spiti. We take the car and go through the Kaza road to Batal via Chhota Dhara. From Batal either we go to Chandra Tal (~ 4300m, 14100ft) or Kunzum La (~4300m, 14100ft), which are almost at a same altitude. Chandra Tal is a moon shaped crystal clear lake with spectacular mountain view around it. Kunzum offers a very close view of the Chandra Bhaga (CB) range mountains. There is a monastery and a Chorten with colourful prayer flags. After spending an hour we return by the same route to Chhatru and then via Rohtang Pass we reach Manali by 6 pm. Total distance travelled is around 200 Km. Our trip ends here. Depart for onward journey from Manali or stay back for the night.
P.S. : Altitudes and distances are approximate and may not be exact.