HAMPTA PASS TREK
|Duration: 14 Night / 15 Days
|Destinations: Himachal Pradesh
Escape to the natural wonders of Great Himalayas, just south east of Manali, for an unforgettable experience. Hampta Pass trek is the beginners delight in every way easy access, dense pine forest, beautiful meadows, adrenaline pumping river crossings and a high altitude mountain pass called Hampta. It got its name from the Hampta village and shepherds and villagers used this pass to enter in Lahaul Spiti valley of Himachal. This was traditional alternative route between Lahaul and Kullu Valley before the road was made over Rohtang Pass.
Hampta Pass is a moderate trek with a scope of mixing lot of other adventure activities to suit varying duration and interest of trekkers. It start from the Prini village and takes us to the majestic foothills of The Great Himalayas, the Pir Panjal Range which is the largest range of the lower Himalayas. Over this trek one will see different hues of nature as you gain altitude from thick green pine forest to awe inspiring view of Mt. Deo Tibba and Mt. Indrasan and their snaking down glaciers to the barren landscape of Lahaul and Spiti valley.
As this trek connects two valley Kullu and Lahaul, so one can get different sort of landscapes. Kullu is full of vegetation and greenery and in contrast, Lahaul valley is completely rocky and sandy with brown mountains with snow-clad peaks. Here scenario of nature changes every day.
Glorious view of Mt. Deo Tibba, Mt. Indraasan and Glaciers belong to them add extra bonus for this trek. As trek will go on many rivers, streams and glaciers will treat you with their beauty. Tranquility of this valley keeps the mind and body so refresh that no one can feel the difficulty of the trek. On the way, you can see many species of Himalayan Flowers and Birds. This whole trek is paradise for bird's lover. Almost 350 species of birds found here. Bird's lovers can get a chance to see Indian Eagle Owl, Western Tragopan, this bird is rarest pheasant and the State Bird of Himachal Pradesh, Kalij Pheasant, Himalayan Monal, Cheer Pheasant.
Day 01: Arrive Delhi:
On arrival met our representative and then transfer to hotel for overnight stay.
Day 02: Delhi to Manali:
Morning after breakfast drive to Manali on arrove chik in to hotel and dinner overnight stay in the hotel
Day 03: Manali:
Arrival at Manali by morning. On arrival transfer to hotel for relax. At leisure visit Hadimba Devi Temple, old Manali, Tibetan Monastery and the mall. Overnight stay in the hotel.
Day 04: Manali to Panduropa via Hampta village 4 Hours:
The steepest part of the trail takes about 2 hours to negotiate. It passes through apple orchards and forests of blue pine, cedar, oak, fir and chestnut. Hampta Pass Trek The villages that the trail passes through - Chhalet, Hampta and Ghoratbari - have an interesting legend. They lie on the way to heaven and when people die, their souls have to pass these villages. It is said that people here hear sounds of crying if the soul is condemned to hell and sounds of a trumpet if it is ascending to heaven.
Day 05: Panduropa to Juara (3530 mts/11578 ft) 5 Hours:
The path to Juara is through Chhika. The trek passes through some spectacular landscape to just below the Hamta Pass, on a grassy bank sloping down from the cliffs. The impressive grandeur of immediate surroundings, the nearness of the Tokru-Shakru peaks, the wonderful coloring of the rocks and mountainside, all make this one of the best campsite on the route. Chikka also has the river, Alain Nullah, which has its snout in the Hamta Pass.
Day 06: Juara to Shea Gahru (3200 mts/10496 ft) via Hampta Pass (4270 mts/14010 ft) 6 Hours:
The trail now begins to ascend towards Hamta Pass and one can have close views of Deo Tibba and Indrasan peaks. After that, it is a descent all the way right to the campsite at Shea Gahru. "Shea Gahru" means a very cold place in the Spiti dialect because it is adjacent to a glacier snout. During summer, it's a grazing pasture or halting place for the shepherds on the way to the Lahaul valley.
Day 07: Shea Gahru to Chhatru (3360 mts/11020 ft) 3 Hours:
The fourth day's walk is quite easy, along the river up to a boulder field, which is hard to cross during the monsoons. The river has to be forded at one point from where one can see the valleys of Lahaul and Spiti. The massive mountains of the Pir Panjal and Spiti ranges dominate the entire landscape till the campsite at Chhatru. Chhatru is a confluence point of paths from Rohtang Pass, Hamta Pass and Spiti.
Day 08: Chhatru to Batal (3960m) Duration: 2 Hours:
Take a local transport to go from Chhatru to Batal.
Day 09: Batal to Chandratal (4250 mts/14000 ft):
Today we will trek 18 kms to reach Chandratal and it will take us about 5-6 hrs, while on this trek we will get a nice view of the Lahaul range, peaks like Minar(6172 M), Talagiri(6279 M), Tara Pahar(6227 M) and Mulkila (6517 M). Dinner and overnight stay in tents.
Day 10: Chandratal:
The day is for exploration the surroundings. Dinner and overnight stay in tents.
Day 11: Chandratal to Tokpoyongma (4320 mts/14170 ft) 7 Hours:
This is a gradual walk as the trail rises and falls several times, but mostly continues beside the river. Approaching Tokpoyongma, the trail ascends from the mountainside and crosses a stream. A little before the campsite, a river has to be negotiated.
Day 12: Tokpoyongma to Tokpogongma (4640 mts/15220 ft) 5 Hours:
The next day starts early to facilitate crossing a two mountain streams before the water level rises during the day. Mules don't take this route, as they will find it difficult to negotiate the steep ascent that starts immediately after the streams. The track then ascends steeply across the rock face and up a hill to the campsite.
Day 13: Tokpogongma to Baralacha-La (4833 mts/15855 ft) to Manali 6 Hours:
The day starts off with a half-hour steep ascent to the top of the ridge. After that, the trail proceeds through a boulder field with great views of the Koa Range peaks to the Southwest. Before reaching Baralacha-La one has to cross a stream. In ancient times, Baralacha-La was an important part of the trade route as roads from Spiti, Ladakh, Zanskar and Lahaul meet here. On the Northwest lies the Bhaga River while the Chandra flows Hampta Pass Trekking Tour to the Southeast. Near Baralacha-La is the beautiful emerald lake, Suraj Tal, the source of the Bhaga River. From Baralacha-La, a jeep will take the team to Manali
Day 14: Manali to Delhi:
The day at leisure. In the evening drive to Delhi by Volvo coach. Overnight journey.
Day 15: Delhi:
Arrival at Delhi by morning. On arrival transfer to hotel for relax. In the evening drive to international airport to catch onwards flight. Trip End.