Hampta Pass Trek
- Himachal Pradesh
- 5 Days
- 0 Review
- 14020 ft
- 13 to 18°C
- 0 to 7°C
- After Manali low connectivity
Hampta Pass – The Gateway to Beauty
Hamta Pass is at an altitude of 4,270 m. approximately 14,000 Ft. above sea level on the PirPanjal range in the Himalayas! The scenic landscapes surrounding this pass make it a picturesque beauty that you need to experience – Green Pastures, Meadows, Valleys and more.
The Hampta Pass Trek is widely regarded as one of the most famous Treks that you can experience in the Himalayas. It’s not the hardest Trek you could undertake, but one of the most exciting and beautiful ones. Every day will present a different Terrain to experience and each one more breath-taking than the other.
As you begin your journey the serene Pine Forest attraction will present itself to your eyes. Lush green meadows after that, Breathtaking Waterfalls which meet and open out in the opens. Gendarme and Rani Nallah which opens into the meadows.
The Sheltered Valley view which provides you the serene feel of the Mountain Valley.
And if you’re lucky enough to see it – The Chandrataal Lake which is mystical beyond words to compare its Pristine Beauty and the Tranquilizing effect it has on the land and viewers & so much more.
With so much to see in this Trek with the time you have, you wish you could rewind time and do it all over again. So, what are you waiting for? Book your slot now!
Day 1: – Manali (6726ft) to Cheeka (9400ft) – Via Jobra
Day 2:- Cheeka (9400ft) to Balu ka Ghera (12,400Ft.)
Day 3:- Balu ka Gera (12400ft) to Sheagoru –Cross Hampta Pass (14,020Ft.)
Day 4:- Sheagoru to Chatru (12800ft) – Chandratal (12,800Ft. to 10,000Ft.)
Day 5:- Chandratal to Manali (Drive Back)
Day 1: – Manali (6726ft) to Cheeka (9400ft) – Via Jobra
Estimated Time of Completion: 3hrs
Estimated Distance of Trek: 3kms
Tip: Get ready for a Splendid Drive & begin your journey
To reach the starting Base Camp of Jobra, you will be driven from Manali to Jobar in a car. Covering the Beautiful Kullu Valley. The stunning view of Kull Valley will set the tone for the entire Trek which you will be undertaking. Be prepared as there will be about 42 Hair-pin curves that will be passed before we reach Jobra.
Once we arrive at Jobra, you will find that all the necessary gears required, and essentials will be there. We will refresh here & get prepared to start our journey by foot from here out. It will be roughly 2 – 3 hours before we arrive at the Cheeka Base Camp.
The journey begins you will be introduced to the forest which leads up to the meadows. The Rani Nallah is spotted near the meadows, opening there and moving gracefully through the meadows. You will be instantly transported to Bliss with this sight. A further climb to the hill with a quick descent down after that will bring you to the Cheeka Camp.
The Cheeka Camp is surrounded by the river, and the sound of the water beating and making waves will make it the most enjoyable stay for the night. We rest for the day now and will resume fresh in the morning.
Day 2: – Cheeka (9400ft) to Balu ka Ghera (12,400Ft)
Estimated Time of Completion: 7hrs
Estimated Distance of Trek: 9kms
Tip: Keep sufficient water with you atleast 2 liters
Today will consist of a little more of Trekking than yesterday. You will leave early in the morning from Cheeka Base Camp to Jwara and then reach the Balu ka Gheram Campsite.
As you tread alongside the river bank to your right, be amazed by the beautiful forest region that engulfs your path. At the end of the river, you will be faced with a Waterfall that you will need to cross to get to the other side. Word of advice: The pristine water coming from the falls is a true taste of the Mountain Water drinking experience.
The ascent will remain a steady climb as you keep moving along, and an hour afterward you will reach the halfway point of today’s Trek, Jwara. Jwara is filled with beautiful meadows & the snow-clad valley will really push boundaries on Nature’s Beauty. Behind the snow-clad mountains is the Hampta Pass, you can see it as.
Moving along, you will reach the end of the valley post which a small slope leading to the Destination Balu ka Ghera. The spectacular view of the mountains will leave you happy for the night and we rest for the remainder of the day.
Day 3: Balu ka Gera (12400ft) to Sheagoru (12900ft) – Cross Hampta Pass (14,020Ft)
Estimated Time of Completion: 9hrs
Estimated Distance of Trek: 10kms
Tip: Carry sufficient water. Water Scarcity
You need sufficient rest because you will need it. The first half of this Trek is the steep ascent to the Hampta Pass and the second half of the Trek will be a gradient down towards to the Shegoru.
You will need to pass 2 ridges to get the climb leading up to the Hampta pass. The climb to Hampta is a little strenuous so be prepared – the vertical slope to get to Hampta might take a little longer than expected because you will need to be careful along the ridges but once you are there, you will see the meaning to all that you have been through to get here.
The sheer experience of viewing the Mountains so close to you as you learn to embrace them as one and truly be connected. The Hampta pass is truly something of a fairy tale in terms of the viewing experience. We rest here for some time and enjoy our accomplishment.
Shortly afterward, we descent from Hampta pass to Shegoru Basecamp. The path down is a little tricky as you are closer to the edges. Caution must be taken to walk and cross carefully while we are Trekking down. You will witness the Beautiful valley of Spiti as you move towards the Shegoru Valley. From the Shegoru Vallys, it’s a half hour trek toward the Base Camp where you will retire for the night.
Enjoy the Blissful sleep in the Shegoru Basecamp and pat yourself on the back for the Milestone achievement that you have accomplished.
Day 4:- Sheagoru (12900ft) to Chatru (11000ft) – drive to Chandratal (10,000Ft)
Estimated Time of Completion: 5hrs
Estimated Distance of Trek: 5kms
Tip: Wait for the Best Lake View, carry sufficient water at least 2 liters
You will be descending further to Chatru from Shegoru Base Camp. Though it is an easy descent, caution needs to be exercised especially when we reach towards the riverside. The road gets a little tricky to be walking in and you need to walk towards the rocks and be aware of any slippery areas.
2 to 3 Glaciers will be flowing down from the Mountains. These Glaciers carry with them the water that is from the Mountains itself and flow into the Chandra river.
The Chandra river is a real beauty to witness. The water gushing for the rocks and the whirlpool of foam and gushing water sound is just Bliss to hear.
You will need to cross these Glaciers carefully to get the Chatru Camp. Once we reach the camp, we rest for the remainder of the day and in Chatru camp and enjoy the last night together with festivities.
Day 5: – Chandratal to Manali (Drive Back)
Estimated Time of Completion: 5hrs
Estimated Distance of drive : 50 km
Tip: left mountains clean
From Chatru Campsite, if the weather is pleasant and roads accessible we will move towards Chandratal Lake. Otherwise, the car will take you back to Manali.
If Chandratal Lake is accessible, then the 70kms of the journey via car will take you the Chandratal Lake, also commonly referred to as the Moon Lake because of its sheer tranquil Blue Color of the lake that as an effect on the immediate surroundings. You will be lost for beauty in this lake and this rare and beautiful sight is only accessible during summer. The Chandratal Lake has been a legend among some of its eternal beauty of Blue. You will instantly forget that you are here and feel that you are in a paradise.
Once you have concluded with the Chandratal Lake. We have officially come to an end of the Trek. The car will drive you back to Manali. This journey will take about 7 hours to reach Manali from Chandratal Lake.
Upon reaching, you are officially done with the Hampta Pass Trek. We bid Adieu. Until next time…
Type: Depending on Terrain & the difficulty of the Trek, you will to choose the right kind of Grip & Sole for the Shoe. We recommend that you check for water-resistance & a deep yet flexible sole for the all factors that you will face
Importance: Your legs need to be well taken care of by the shoes over the course of the Trek. Different Terrains pose different threats & the right kind of shoe will make all the difference in the world.
Type: This purely depends on the kind of Trek you are undertaking
- Short Treks (1 – 3 Days) – 15litres to 20litres
- Long Treks (3 – 10 Days) – 40litres to 60litres
Importance: Your Backpack is as important as your Shoe. Your entire journey will be with the Backpack full of your belongings and all the essentials you need. We recommend that you test the back and choose according to the Trek, your height & comfort it provides.
Type: This is 10litres – 15litres Daypack Backpack you need to have with you for the Summit.
Importance: Your Daypack will be for those Summit days and shorter days when you just need your essentials with you.
Padded Jacket – You will need 1 pair of the Jacket for Summer & Winter. Ensure that the jacket is wind-resistant & capable of keeping your warm up to -10 degrees
Fleece Jacket – You will need 2 pairs of the Fleece Jacket. Make sure it’s Cotton or contains more Cotton.
Thermals – You will only require 1 pair of this in the Winter, Summer is optional. It should also be made primarily of Cotton. This will keep your warm during the nights when the temperature usually tends to drop.
Trek Pants – Exclusively meant for Trekking, you will need minimum 2 pairs of Trekking Pants with you always. Ensure it is made of Cotton & provides you maximum comfort to you and is durable.
Collared T-shirts – Carrying 2 – 3 pairs are normally recommended. The collar will help keeping the neck from being too exposed to the Sun and being Sun-burnt.
Sun Caps – At high Altitudes, the Sun might be harsh and direct exposure of your head to the sun is not something we would recommend. Carry Sun Caps in case these situations arise to keep your head cool.
Woolen Caps – The nights get very cold in the Mountains and you must protect your ears and head from the cold winds. Woolen caps are essentials during the nights to keep your ears and head warm.
Water-proof Gloves – You will need water-proof gloves as you move towards colder and wet parts of the Trek. Keep your hands clean & warm without getting them wet and most importantly to give you the grip and firmness you need.
- Trekking Pole: The Trekking/Hiking Pole saves you almost 60% of your energy when you are climbing a steep slope during high altitude conditions. We make it mandate to carry a Trekking Pole with you for our Treks.
- Head-lamp or Torch: A Head-Lamp is something we make mandate too for our Treks. Carrying this will help you see better in dark places. In case, you are unable to procure a Head-lamp then we suggest carrying a Torch.
Toiletries: We recommend that you carry all your Toiletries essentials and all other cosmetic & personal requirements by yourself to avoid borrowing. (Toothpaste, Toothbrush, Lip-balm, Moisturizer, Face-wash, Other creams & essentials, Toilet roll, Sanitary Pads, etc.)
Bottles & Boxes: We recommend that you carry all your own Water Bottle, we suggest two 1litres bottles that you will need. And also, your own Boxes to eat the food we provide for both convenience and hygienic purposes.
Mandatory Documents to bring:
Carry these document mentioned below and hand them over to the trek leader at the base camp. You need to bring one copy of Disclaimer and one photocopy & Original copy of Government Photo ID.
You also need to bring the Medical certificate approval from the doctor that you are physically fit for high altitude point.
Risk and safety…. HAMPTA PASS
Risk and challenges are the part of life, without taking the risk and facing the challenges one cannot become what one wants to be. It teaches and inculcates life skill needed to work and survive in advance conditions of life. It is the motto of the company to prepare a person to feel the risk of life, challenges coming on the way of life and how to overcome it.
Trekking is one of the best way to develop leadership quality, take quick decisions as per the circumstances, lead the life in advance and create the situation. It is also a best possible source of learning that how does nature behave and what is the impact of environment one’s life, what is the role of man to maintain the harmony with godly nature.
The pat experience, research and feedback from different possible sources, it is most important to enlighten our trekkers that these are some risk and challenges that they meet with on the way of either of any trekking route or any other route.
But these can be avoided or faced effectively if we have pre information of those. The company has all arrangements and precaution to avoid these risk and challenges. Let’s discuss some common risk and challenges and way to avoid them.
The following possible risk/ challenges may come across in the trek of Hampta Pass.
Risk of slip/skid-
Hampta Pass is a moderate trek with lists the patience of challenge facing trekker, it develops confidence, patience, and planning strategy.
While trekking in winter season there is a possibility of slip/ skidding as the track is covered with snow and especially in case of rain in May and June as the weather is unpredictable in the Himalayas.
The following measures are arranged by the Discovery Hike to overcome these problems
There shall be a briefing session about the risk of slip/skidding under a trained person who will be your trek leader at the base camp and make the trekker aware about do’s and don’ts.
- The Discovery Hike shall provide with crampons to the trekker for safety in winter trek. These crampons are especially designed to have a better grip on snow trail and minimize the risk of skid up to 95%.
- Trek leader shall accompany the team and shall aware of the team members about the situation.
- While choosing your shoe the shoe should have a good grip
Risk related to AMS
There are chances of AMS at high altitude trek. On Hampta Pass trek as the altitude gradually changes from 6726 fts to 14020fts in 5 days duration. There are chances of AMS, HAPE and HACE at higher altitude campsite.
Anticipating the above situation, there is a provision to start a course of DIAMOX from the day one as DIAMOX decreases the chances of AMS to a great extent
The trek is well trained to identify the symptoms of AMS; he should immediately inform the trek leader for their advice. The trek leaders are equipped with high altitude medical kit and oxygen cylinder. The use of these precautions shall help the trekker. If the situation is not under control trekker shall have to descend from high campsite to low altitude campsite
Risk related to blister, cuts, and cramps:
Blisters cuts and cramps are very often occurring while we are walking or trekking on uneven trail.
If the trekker gets blister or cramp, should immediately inform the trek leader for its treatment who is accompanying with treatment kits.
To avoid blister it is suggested that to carry/wear proper trekking shoes that fit your foot well and shoes should be of breathable nature and good grip.
For legs cramps condition put cramps spray that is available with you and also with the trek leader.
Risk related to harsh weather conditions:
It is well known fact, that the weather condition at high altitude especially in the Himalayan region is unpredictable, it may turn into worst condition.
The trek leader shall decide whether proceed further or stay till suitable condition. if conditions remain harsh and the situation may diorite further, for safety measure team shall have to descend, though the company has provided all weather tents to meet the weather challenges.
Risk related to communication:
On the trek of Hampta Pass, the altitude raises from 6726 ft to 14020 fts the communication link gets weak and weaker as we proceed ahead towards Hampta Pass and from a certain altitude we lose total communication, consequently are cut off from the rest of the world. We need not worry about the disconnection or delinking.
To link ourselves to the rest of the world we have an alternative way to maintain the communication to the different people with the help of walkie-talkie. This will help us to communicate with different people at the different campsite.
Emergency/ immediate rescue
These are chances to become serine due to health reason or any other reason and the trekker is to be rescued immediately
The situation becomes serious any point in time due to any reason, as due to AMS, Cramps, illness, breathing congestion and need to rescue to trekker. The team leader and trek staff will immediately mobilize the resources (porters, mules) accompanying the team as well as a team which is standby at the different campsite will help to rescue the trekker. Airlift in an acute situation will be arranged as soon as possible.
Risk of low level of oxygen level at higher altitude
It is natural and scientific fact that the oxygen level gets thin, thinner and thinnest as we proceed from low altitude to high, higher and highest altitude as a consequence of that we feel problem in breathing and problem may arise, it doesn’t with trekker.
If someone comes across that situation and feels breathing problem and any other problem related to low quantity or low level of oxygen. The company has a full prove provision to cope up with such situation. The ample no of oxygen cylinders are with the trek leader, staff and accompanying person of the company. If any trekker feels problem due to less level of oxygen, he/she should immediately inform the trek leader or descent down to lower campsite for immediate remedy.
You enjoyable and purposeful trekking, your safety during the entire course of trekking is our prime motto. Hand to hand your corporation in this regard is highly solicited. It is desirable to keep yourself away from away kind of objectionable sustenance’s.
Trek fees = Rs. 9900 + 5% GST.
Inclusion-exclusion policy for Hampta pass trek
Services Included in the trek fee
- Accommodation – (guest house, home-stay, camping)
- Fooding – All meals during trek
- Forest permits –and allowance
- Medical equipments – First aid medical kit and medical equipment (oxygen cylinder, BP machine and oximeter)
- Trek leader – Qualified and experienced trek leader services
- Trek staff – Qualified and experienced trek staff services (cook, porters, mules, and helper)
- Trekking equipment – (crampons, stretcher, ice ax, rope, all-weather tents, sleeping bags etc)
- Transportation is included in the trek fee
Services Excluded in the trek fee
- Food during transit
- Mules or porter carrying personal luggage
- First and last day stay at Manali
- Anything not mentioned under Services Included
Option 1: The trek fee can be paid by making an online transfer.
Option 2: The trek fee can be paid via cheque /demand draft (Mail us on firstname.lastname@example.org)
Note: If you choose Option 2, ignore the online registration procedure. Once you send us the email for the payment through cheque/demand draft, our team will get back to you immediately to help you through the complete payment process and respond to any of your queries.
The first step to cancel the trek is by emailing us on email@example.com
If the trek is canceled due to natural reason like natural calamities, flood or other political reasons, Discovery Hike will issue a trek voucher that can be redeemed for the same or a different trek with a time frame of one year.
If you wish to cancel your trek due to your personal reasons then these are the parameters under cancellation policy.
Prior to 25 days full refund
Cancellation between 20 – 25 days to start of the trek 50% refund
Cancellation less than 20 days to start of the trek no refund
Backpack offloading policy
If you can’t carry your own backpack and would require a porter for the whole trip then you will have to bear these charges.
If Informed well in advance Rs 1000 + 5% GST
Informed on the day of the trek day Rs 375per day plus 5% GST
Note: (The last moment backpack offloading amount needs to be paid at the base camp to the trek leader)
The transportation charges for the trek is included in the trek fee. The light vehicle can hold 5 to 6 trekkers.The Tempo traveler can accommodate 8 to 10 trekkers
Most vehicles used are owned by Discovery Hike
On- Trek Policy
- If the participant is sent down due to safety reason by the trek leader the money will not be refunded to the participant.
- If the participant is expelled from the trek due to misbehavior, misconduct, threat or danger to another trekker the trek fee will not be refunded to the participant.
- If the participant is caught consuming alcohol & other objectionable substances, the participant is expelled from the trek with no refund.
- If the participant is not found fit during the course of the trek, he/she is legally bound not to be carried on the trek.
- The participant has to follow the instruction and guidelines set by Discovery Hike and submit the necessary documents to the trek leader at base camps.
NOTE: (Discovery hike has full rights to expel the participants during the trek if he/ she is not fit under the criteria set by us)
- If the participant is sent down or asked to return for safety reasons, the participant needs to abide by it.
- Discovery hike has employed experienced staffs, who can deal with the high altitude conditions with expertise, however they are not professional doctors.
- If any participant is asked to return or taken to the hospital due to a worsening medical condition, then he/she needs to bear the hospital and medical expenses
Non liability : Discovery hike is not responsible for your belongings if in case it is damaged or lost
How to Reach Manali – Hampta Pass
By Road: –
Delhi to Manali is very well connected by roads. You can take an overnight State or Private Bus to Manali. Ticket cost will range anything between 650 – 1,500 rupees. The journey will start from Delhi and it will take about 12 – 14 hours to reach Manali in the morning. The journey might be a little rough while ascending to the hills, we recommend you try to sleep well early.
Tip: We suggest you book your tickets in advance to avoid any hassle. All buses start post 5pm from Delhi to Manali and likewise start from 4pm onwards when you are leaving from Manali to Delhi.
you can also book your ticket from Red Bus app.
By Air: –
The Kullu-Manali Airport situated in Bhuntar, Himachal Pradesh is the closet Airport to Manali. There are Direct Flights from Delhi that reach here. You have to check the Airlines because a limited Airlines fly here. Once you arrive in the Kullu-Manali Airport in Bhuntar. Manali is merely 50kms away. You can take the Local bus that you take you to Manali or book a cab.
Tip: We suggest you take the Local Bus to get the feel of the state and its people and it’s a cheaper way of commuting. Or for a more personal drive, hire a Taxi which will cost you anywhere between 800 – 1,200 to reach Manali.
Fitness Tips for the Mountains:
The Mountaineer Fitness Plan starts with training both the Mind & Body. It’s a physically grueling task to trek a mountain, but the mindset wins it all in the end and the body will come to the rescue. Persistence consists of 50% you Mind & 50% your Body.
We at Discovery Hike believe that with our Mantra of SSS, you get in the right shape of mind and body before you come to trek with us. Whether you are a Beginner or a Pro. An adult or a teenager you follow this regiment for 30 days prior to your Trek, it will provide you the desired results.
What is the SSS, you ask? It is:
Stamina – You will need to particularly enhance your current stamina to a fiercer one to undertake any Trek. You will need spare 30 – 45 Daily for this activity and increase it based on the Trek.
You will need to start with walking 4 km & more gradually. Effectively your goal will be to walk for 4+km a day.
Once you have successfully completed walking, turn this into running/jogging for the same distance. Effectively your goal will be to run 4+ km a day
Strength – Working on Stamina is just restricted to your running. Strength is working on various parts of your body to compliment your Stamina. Upper Back, Lower Back, Core, Legs, Arms & more.
Upper Body – You will need to do Push-ups after you have done with your running exercise. You will need to make it 5 – 10 push-ups a day. Repeat the same in sets of 3 daily. Effectively your goal will be to reach 15 – 30 push-ups daily.
Lower Back – Perform a Plank starting with 30 seconds a Day. Add 10 – 15 seconds more daily to improve the strength you add to you core. Effectively your goal will be to perform a Plank for 3 – 5 minutes.
Arms – You can do lights lifts in the Gym. If not the gym, you can use a heavy book or object & move it towards your shoulder without losing form & repeat the same for both arms for about 30 times in sets of 3. Effectively your goal will be to perform 100 lifts in each arm.
Legs – You will have to start with squats of 5 – 10 in sets of 3. Alternatively, you can also do Wall sits-up of 5 – 10 in sets of 3. Effectively your goal will be to perform 15 – 30 squats/sit-ups.
Core – You will need start with crunches of 5 – 10 in sets of 3 and keep adding more towards by the day. This will build not just the core but your Lower back & Stamina too. Effectively your goal will be to reach 30 – 50 squats in a day.
Stretch – Probably the most neglected but the most crucial part of the exercise Stretching. This will enable all your muscles to stay intact & be activated rather than cramping. It will improve your performance in all activities you undertake. decrease your risk of injuries, help in your joints movements & enable your muscles to work at their best.
Mental Health – The other 50% of your Training comes from Mental Wellness. This will surely help you when you are faced against the harness of nature to give you the strength required to overcome obstacles of any kind. The best mind that can achieve this is a calm mind. We recommend that you partake in Yoga for some Mental Rest & Relaxation.
Take slow, deep breaths. Or try other breathing exercises for relaxation
Soak in a warm bath
Listen to soothing music
Practice mindful meditation
Sleep early and Rise Early
Hope the above suggestions proved to be useless. These are merely guidelines to be in the right shape of Mental & Physical state. If you are already following a regiment that is suitable to your body, we suggest that you continue. This is for Beginners and Start-up kit for those who are about to undertake the Trek with us.
BMI for different trek grade conditions are different. If anyone above the cutoff will be considered as overweight and not be allowed to trek with us.
BMI cut off for high altitude trek
|1.||BMI For easy trek||Not above 29|
|2.||BMI for moderate trek||Not above 28|
|3.||BMI for difficult trek||Not above 27|
BP CUT OFF
BP cut off is different for different altitude. If BP is above our cutoff the trekker need to Decent down as soon as possible to the core base. Higher reading is dangerous.
Bp cut off for high altitude trek
|1.||Systolic reading||Not more than 160|
|2.||Diastolic reading||Not more than 100|
We shall see you soon
– Discovery Hike Team