Hampta pass trek
is considered the easiest and convenient of all treks in H.P. It might not be the most adrenaline rush giving or the most sought after trek, but definitely it is a trek that will leave you in awe of this beautiful place. The variation in the trails is enormous; scenic landscapes, open green pastures and meadows, glacial valleys, easy access and an exceptional, adventurous and hair raising crossing of the pass makes this trekking expedition to Hampta pass an exciting one.
Generally, it takes 4 days to complete the Hampta pass trek, but one more day is further added to the itinerary so as to visit the well-known and striking Chandrataal, a high altitude alpine lake few hours from Chatru. The best months to trek are May and June and August through October. The reason why Hampta pass is famous trekking zone is snow; the pass has lump sum snow which draws more tourists.
1 Accommodation during Trek (Camping + home stay/guest house)
2 All Meals while on trek (Veg)(Breakfast+packed Lunch+Dinner)
3 Cook and attendant during the trekking.
4 Trekking equipment (Dinning tent+Sleeping bags+Toilet tent+Kitchen tents+ice axes, ropes, etc if Required)
5 Safety equipment (first aid, medical kit, oxygen cylinders, stretcher, etc.)
6 Forest Camping Charges + Permits + Environmental fees.
7 Experienced Trekking Expert throughout the trek.
8 All Road Transfers from Manali to Senthil and Chandrataal to Manali
1 Any airfare / Bus fare / train fare for Delhi to Manali
2 Trekking Shoes and clothing
3 Any kind of Travel insurance.
4 Medical evacuation charges.
5 Any kind of repatriation charges.
6 Damages/ claims of any nature.
7 Expenses of personal nature like telephone calls,Laundry, and any kind of hard or soft drinks.
8 Any other expense not mentioned in the cost inclusion column.
9 Any cost Escalations Due to natural Reasons
10 Service tax of 9 percent as per updated government regulations
Day 1: Manali local discovery tour
On arrival in Manali, check into a hotel, you may rest for a while if you wish to and then proceed on a guided local discovery city tour.
Day 2: Manali to Vashist to Chhika
Begin your trek to Chika. Enroute you would engage in enjoying natural beauty and also visit the famous Vashisht Temple that houses a natural hot spring with therapeutic properties. Along the way, villages like Prerni will enthrall you with their pristine surroundings. Your next spot would be Johri where you can see a huge colony of laborers. The trek till here is just the beginning of a unique journey on foot. Soon, you will find yourself crossing a bridge to reach the forest, trek through the curvaceous trails here and arrive at a vast green valley. Rest and proceed for a trek towards Chika that can be reached within three hours time. The campsite is located next to the banks of a shimmering freshwater stream. Recoup and relax
Day 3: Chhika to Balu Gera
After breakfast start your trek by the stream. Trek to Balu ka Ghera, a spot that is known for brown bears from the Himalayas. Cross a wooden bridge and maneuver your way up the hilly terrain that can be a bit daunting at some points. View the majestic peaks and flowers in their full bloom while you sit by the Rani stream and refill your lungs with fresh air. After covering about 8 kms, you will reach your campsite located bang on the shores of a stream. Rest for the night.
Day 4: Balu ka Ghera to Siagoru to Hampta Pass
Be prepared to start your trek quite early in the morning. Trek along bends, uphill trails and see how rejuvenating you feel even after having walked for a good couple of hours at a stretch. Reach Hampta Pass amidst pristine grassland, blooming flowers spread for you like a carpet and snow capped peaks towering you from all the sides. Enroute, rest at various stalls that are erected for trekkers. Once you have finished clicking some amazing pictures, start your trek to reach Lahaul that is perched up at 14000 feet above sea level. Once here, you can bid green valleys a farewell for you would come face to face with an open field that is covered with thick snow. With steep climbs and bridges to cross, the trek here is a little tiring but allows you ample time to enjoy the natural beauty. Make the trek uphill and then suddenly come down to view streams and grasslands once again. Reach Siagoru where you would halt at a camping site for the night.
Day 5: Sia Goru to Chhatru to Chandatal
After breakfast, start your trek by crossing the stream and traverse many a steep and downhill trails. After few hours, you would come to Chandra River situated in a valley at 11000 feet.This is a point where your cameras get real busy.This days trek is a welcome relaxation after the previous days trek. Chhatru is a picturesque village surrounded by meadows and river Chandra flowing nearby. You are picked up from the end point of the trek at Chhatru and transported by jeep to Chandertal, a high altitude lake in the Himalayas.The Chandratal Lake is located on Samudra Tapu plateau of Spiti valley and is listed among the high altitude lakes falling in the Himalayan region.The Lake is the source of the Chandra River which is a major tributary of Chenab River. You can spend the day relaxing here or hiking around the lake. You spend the night camping by the lake.
Day 6: Chandratal to Manali
The last day Depart for Manali by Jeep or Car