6D/5N
Duration
Moderate
Grade
6/10
Physicality
35 Km
Trail Length
4300 m/14100 ft
Highest Point

Hampta Pass Trek:

About: 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 trek has surprises of crossing turbulent streams, Snow Bridge and walking on glaciers and boulder zone. At the end of the trek, visiting the “Moon lake” Chandratal or Kunzum pass is a delight. Area is known for rich Himalayan flora and fauna and is a birder’s paradise. Hampta Pass is indeed a compact but almost “All in One” trek.

Brief Itinerary:

Day 1: Reach Manali by Noon – Lodge/Guest house stay at Vashisht/Old Manali
Day 2: Drive to Jobri – 30 Km – 1 and half hours – Trek to Chhika 5 Km – 2/3 hours
Day 3: Chhika to Balu Ka Gera– 8 Km – 5 hours
Day 4: Balu Ka Gera to Shiagoru over Hampta Pass – 14 Km – 8/10 hours
Day 5: Shiagoru to Chhatru – 8 Km – 4 hours
Day 6: Drive to Manali inclufing sightseeing Chandratal/Kunzum La – 200 Km – 10/12 hours

 Duration: 4 days of trek; Manali to Manali in 6 days.

 Highest Point: Hampta Pass ~ 4300 m/14100 ft.

 Grade: Moderate

 Length: 35 Km

 Seasons: June to October

 Further Option: Combine Sethan Dome for a round Hampta trek

 Access: Trek starting point and end point is Manali

Rail station: Chandigarh (STN Code: CDG)

 Airport: Delhi, Chandigarh, Kullu airport at Bhuntar (Code: KUU)

 Map:

Fixed Departure Dates:

All dates are Manali to Manali.

*** Trekkers need to reach Manali on Day 1 (by noon) . Return to Manali on Day 6 early evening. Arrange your tickets for inward journey and return back home from Manali accordingly ***

Trek Code: HP16F1 – 13th Aug (Day 1) to 18th Aug’16 (Day 6)

Trek Code: HP16F2 – 9th Oct (Day 1) to 14th Oct’16 (Day 6)

To Book a Fixed Departure trek click here:

Getting to Manali (The trek base):

Manali is well connected by road from Delhi and Chandigarh. There are a handful of buses, ranging from regular, luxury and Volvo operated by both Govt. and private agencies from New Delhi and Chandigarh to Manali.

1) From Delhi (Kashmiri Gate ISBT) the Volvo and regular buses start in the afternoon and evening. It takes up to 15 hours to cover the distance of 560 Km. There are privately operated bus services also having different pick up points in Delhi.

2) From Chandigarh (ISBT Sector 43) there are regular bus services for Manali, starting early morning. It may take around 10/11 hrs depending upon the bus service. Distance around 320 Km.

3) While returning one can take overnight bus from Manali which again reaches Delhi in 13/14 hours. Normally the last Volvo service (both Govt. and Private) is around 6:30 pm. The last regular bus by  Himachal Road Transport Corporation (HRTC) starts from Manali at 9:30 p.m.

Read here for detailed information on how to reach Manali.

DEPARTURE LOCATION Manali
REPORTING TIME Vashisht/Old Manali by noon(Day 1)
RETURN LOCATION Manali
RETURN TIME Approximately 6:00 PM (Day 6)

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.

You can fly or by train reach New Delhi as per your convenience from any part within India.

Avoid booking wait listed (WL) train tickets in AC classes (1A/2A/3A) or Chair Car (CC). Book Sleeper class (SL)/Second Sitting class (2S) tickets which have normally more seats/berth and hence much better chance to get confirmed.

The buses from Delhi to Manali start in the afternoon and evening and reaches Manali in 14/16 hours depending on the bus operator. You reach Manali in the morning between 7 to 9 am.

1) Govt run HRTC (Himachal Road Transport Corporation) and HPTDC (Himachal Pradesh Tourism Development Corporation) buses operate on daily basis.
HRTC buses start from Kashmiri Gate ISBT. From Delhi Airport or Station you can reach ISBT Kashmiri Gate via Delhi Metro service (http://www.delhimetrorail.com/metro-fares.aspx). It is only 4 Km from NDLS Railway Station and can be reached easily by booking an Auto Rickshaw.
To check availability and book online (Login required):
http://www.hrtc.gov.in/hrtctickets
HPTDC buses start from Himachal Bhaban, Janpath (Close to Cannaught Place, CP). To check availability and book online (Login required):
http://hp.gov.in/hptdc/Availability.aspx

2) Several private operators run Volvo/A.C bus services from Delhi to Manali. They have different pickup points spread over Delhi. Choose a boarding point according to your convenience. Check for good reviews and ratings before selecting an operator.
http://www.redbus.in/

You can fly or by train reach Chandigarh directly from some cities within India.

Avoid booking wait listed (WL) train tickets in AC classes (1A/2A/3A) or Chair Car (CC). Book Sleeper class (SL)/Second Sitting class (2S) tickets which have normally more seats/berth and hence much better chance to get confirmed.

Chandigrah to Manali buses start from ISBT Sector 43 (verify before the journey). You can check while taking an Auto Rickshaw/Taxi from Chandigarh Railway Station or Airport. Ordinary buses are available from early morning at 4 am ( HRTC, Haryana Roadways, Punjab Transport etc) and tickets are onboard. For online availability and booking refer the earlier links.

There are two bus terminus in Manali, one for the state operated buses on the Manali mall and the other one for private buses (5 mins walking). It takes around 15 hours and 10 hours to reach Delhi and Chandigarh respectively.

Regular/Ordinary buses are available from morning to evening. Last being at 9:30 pm in the night. Takes around 15 hours to reach Kashmiri Gate ISBT. For booking check: http://www.hrtc.gov.in/hrtctickets

Volvo bus services are available in the afternoon/early evening between 3 pm to 7 pm. For booking check the above links.

For night stay in Manali:

We at Himalaya Trekkers (HT) provide the accommodation In Manali ( At Vashisht, 3 Km uphill) for our Fixed Departure treks. Do check the inclusions in the PDF brochure provided for a chosen trek. However if any trekker is interested to spend more time in Manali, he/she can inquire State operated HPDC hotels. They provide a wide range of choices of Premium, Deluxe and Budget options in Manali. To check see: http://www.hptdc.nic.in/cir0203.htm#hhami

Day 1

Arrival in Manali: Accommodation at Vashisht/Old Manali

Reach Manali (~ 1950 m/6400 ft) by noon/afternoon. Our guest house will be either at Vashisht, which is 3 Km further up from Manali town. Or we arrange accommodation at Old Manali, 2 Km from town towards Manalsu Nullah. Vashisht has a temple and is famous for its hot spring inside the temple. In the afternoon take a walk towards Jogini falls (Vashisht) or Manali Sanctuary (Old Manali). Accommodation in lodge/guest house.

Day 2

Drive to Jobri: 30 Km - 1 and half hours; Trek to Chhika: 5 Km - 2/3 hours

We start our journey today and by vehicle 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/10250 ft) 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

Trek to Balu Ka Gera: 8 Km - 5 hours

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

Trek to Shiagoru over Hampta Pass: 14 Km - 8/10 hours

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

Trek to Chhatru: 8 Km - 4 hours

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

Drive to Manali via Chandratal/Kunzum La: 200 Km - 10/12 hours

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.

TREK COST: Rs 9800 (Manali to Manali) + 4.5% Service Tax

Book for 3-5 persons and avail a 5% Off and for 6 or more persons flat 10% Off on Trek Cost

Inclusions:

One night accommodation at Vashisht/Old Manali (Day 1) on sharing basis.

Car pick up from Vashisht/Old Manali to the trek starting point Jobri on Day 2.

Transportation from trek end point Chhatru to Manali along with sightseeing of Chandratal (Day 6)

 All meals during the trek. Regular Indian style nutritious vegetarian food during the trek (including eggs), breakfast packed/hot lunch (depending upon the time you reach a campsite), snacks, dinner along with coffee/tea/soup.

 Excellent Mountain Guide, who will be a local to this particular area and has profound knowledge of the trekking trails around.

Specialised Cook, Support staffs, Porters for carrying the central logistics of the trek.

Accommodation in tents on sharing basis during the trek.

Camping equipment like Sleeping bag, Carry mattress, Dining tent, Toilet tent, Gaiters, Micro spikes/Crampon.

 Permit fee, camping charges, forest levy as required in the trek.

 Basic Medical & First Aid kit.

Exclusions:

Food during the stay at Vashish/Old Manalit. There are decent options of restaurants/hotels for veg and non veg food.

We assume that you will carry your personal Rucksack/Backpack with all your personal belongings. If you want to offload your rucksack and carried by our horse then you need to pay additional Rs 1200 for the entire duration of the trek (4 days). one such bag should not weigh more than 10 Kg.

 Any tip/gratuity to the HT supports staffs.

Any kind of insurance during the trek or transit.

Anything is is NOT mentioned in the “Inclusions” or personal in nature.

To Customise this trek Click here

 Booking and Cancellations Policy

 Booking:

  • We assume that you have read and understood our “Declaration Form”.
  • To book for a Fixed Departure or Customised Trek you need to pay 25% of the trek/trip fee as the initial “Booking Amount”. You can pay by Online Transfer/Draft/Cash. This will ensure your participation in the desired trek. You need to pay the remaining amount at a later stage.

 Cancellation:

  • “Booking Amount” i.e. 25% of the trek/tour fee is Non-Refundable at any stage.
  • If you cancel a trek/trip before 15 days, we will refund 75% of the trek/trip fee.
  • If you cancel a trek/trip before 14 days to 7 days, we will refund 50% of the trek/trip fee.
  • If you cancel a trek/trip before 6 to 1 days there will be NO REFUND.
  • In case of any unforeseen incident including but not limited to natural calamities like flood, earthquake, landslide, forest fire or any political unrest, if we are compelled to cancel the trek/trip, you will be entitled to redeem the full amount for the same/similar kind of trek/trip within next one year.

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