Region: Himachal Pradesh
Duration: 5 Days
Difficulty Level: easy - moderate
Highest Altitude: 4,287 m / 14,065 Ft.
Trekking Distance: 23.5 km
Temperature: In summer (June-August) - Daytime temperature: 10°C to 20°C and Night time temperature: -2°C to 6°C. In winter (September - October) – there is always a possibility of snowfall.
The special feature of the Hampta Pass trek is that it is a thrill to cross the High Himalayan Pass and enjoy the views from the top. On one side are the lush green valleys of Kullu and Manali and on the opposite side is the semi-arid region of the Lahaul valley. This amazing trail is for everyone, from fit/adventurous first-time to experienced trekkers. The Hampta pass itself is very inviting and faces fewer challenges than some of its brethren, but there is no way a cakewalk. The Hampta Pass trek is quite interesting and moderately challenging in stages with the weather conditions being inspired. This trek is definitely one of the shortest and best treks available in the country.
The gem Hampta pass journey offers unmatched variety and excitement along the trail to take care of any exhaustion, the trek starts from the gorgeous Manali Valley with a short ride from the city of Manali to take us to the starting point of the trek. During the first two days of the hike, we move through a lush green landscape, with numerous meadows inhabited by local shepherds. It is a very pleasant and relaxing stage and one camp at beautiful spots.
We walk along rivers and streams and cross some waterfalls. This section has an interesting mix of pine, deodar, spruce, horse chestnut, oak, and birch trees. Shepherd dogs, sheep, white-capped redstart, and whistling thrush include the wildlife you encounter. Depending on the season you will get to see a good variety of Alpine flowers. In the next stage, we go on a trek through relatively challenging terrain to travel to the Hampta Pass, which includes walking on creepy slopes and boulder riding trails. Depending on the circumstances the route leading to the top may be under snow and pose some difficulties. Close views of Deo tibba, Indrasana, and other unnamed peaks will give you the feeling of being completely immersed in the lap of the mighty Himalayas. This is an experience that you will surely cherish your whole life.
Best Time to Visit:June to September. June and July are pleasant times to trek here. After September, it is generally not advisable to trek alone due to the extreme cold. After October, expect heavy snow in the area.
Day 1: Drive from Manali (2,050 m / 6,726 ft.) to Jobra (2,859 m / 9,379 ft.) & trek to Chika (3,078 m / 10,100 ft.); 2 Km, 1 hour
In the morning, we go to the dam site in Jobra and walk through a very pleasant landscape from here. The walk will initially take us through a mixed forest consisting of spruce, pines, deodar, chestnut and maple trees. We cross a beautiful meadow, where a cushy shepherd live. If shepherd bridge is not built somewhere along the river, then we have to cross the river at a convenient place. We cross the river and climb a beautiful meadow called Chika. Today's trek is gentle and will take about 2 hours. After resting for some time it would be advisable to walk a short distance near a nearby waterfall, which also hosts several white capped redstarts.
Note:- Trekkers are required to take only those VOLVO buses which reach Manali by 09:00 AM on the first day. Our reporting time is 10:00 AM at Manali Bus Stand but if you are unable to arrive at the meeting / briefing time, we will either transfer your seat to any of our next batches or we will cancel your trek, so please Double check your bus time your bus transporter. Overnight in tents.
Day 2: Chika (3,078 m / 10,100 ft.) to Balu Ka Ghera (3,783 m / 12,411 ft.); 8.5 Km, 6 hours
Today is an interesting day. We cross the stream immediately after the campsite and begin to gain elevation and continue towards a gorge section, heading towards the river on the right. We will pass through the Boulder section, crossing the wildflower-filled plains, a waterfall and a side river, which may require careful handling to reach Balu Ka Ghera campsite. This hike will take about 6 hours with some breaks in between. This campsite with a network of river channels and large mountains all around it. We relax at the campsite and charge to climb the Hampta Pass the next day. Overnight stay in tents.
Day 3: Balu Ka Ghera (3,783 m / 12,411 ft.) to Shea Goru (3,921 m / 12,864 ft.) via Hampta Pass (4,287 m / 14,065 ft.); 7 Km, 9-10 hours
Today the weather and trail conditions will decide what time we leave, but it will be sure to get up early in the morning. Depending on the weather and weather conditions, walking is likely to be partially / completely on snow. From the camp we start with a steep climb up the creepy slopes to reach a ridge and from here we proceed to another ridge which leads to the pass. This climb will take about 4-5 hours and one will be rewarded with views of the whole world. The peaks of Indrasana and Deo Tibba completely dominate the landscape and the ranges towards Lahaul seem quite majestic. The descent is a little trickier than climbing. It can also vary slightly depending on the snow conditions. Overnight stay in camps.
Day 4: Shea Goru (3,921 m / 12,864 ft.) to Chhatru (3,322 m / 10,898 ft.) and drive to Chandratal (4,300 m / 14,100 ft.) & back; 6 Km, 4-5 hours
It is a gentle downhill walk beginning with Shea Goru. You still walk along the river in the valley between the mountain ranges. After an hour you can see the Chhatru road just a short distance away. The mountains in front of it are barren with specs of greenery - a typical Lahaul look. As you get closer to the road, the descent becomes a bit tricky. You will need to cross the edges of the cliffs and sometimes it can be easy to leave the rocky section and descend into the river / glacier bed below to get back up. You are still at a height, but you have the road right and the Chandra river separates you from the road. Two to three huge glacial flows from the mountains merge downward into the Chandra River. You will need to cross these glaciers to reach campsite that contains water.
From Chhatru, drive in vehicles to the majestic Chandratal. And after soaking in the peaceful vibes of the Chandrataal Lake, return back to Chhatru campsite. Please note that due to landslides or snowfall, the route to Chandratal is sometimes blocked. If the road is found closed then Chandratal drive will not be done. Overnight stays in tents.
Day 5: Drive Chhatru (3,322 m / 10,898 ft.) to Manali (2,050 m / 6,726 ft.) via Atal Tunnel; 65 Km, 3-4 hours
On the last day, after having breakfast at Chhatru campsite, transportation will be arranged for trekkers accordingly and head back to Manali which is a 3-4 hours’ drive from Chhatru. You can take a halt at any midpoint for lunch (exclusive of trek cost). Once the team reach Manali, trekkers can make their further travel accordingly.
Note:- While booking return bus tickets, it is recommended to book from Manali after 4 pm to have some buffer time as there are traffic possibilities on the way to Manali.
How To Reach
Bhuntar airport is located 52 kilometers from the city, serving Manali. Taxis are available from Bhuntar to Manali and cost around Rs. 700 - Rs. 1,000.
Regular bus service is available from Delhi (ISBT Kashmere Gate) to Manali.
Note:- Trekkers are required to take only those VOLVO buses which reach Manali by 09:00 AM on the first day. Our reporting time is 10.00 AM at Manali Bus Stand, but if you are unable to arrive at the meeting/briefing time, we will either transfer your seat to any of our next batches or we will cancel your trek, so please Double check your bus time your bus transporter.
Things To Carry
• Backpack & Rain Cover (40-60 Litres)
• Trekking Shoes (included in FTG)
• Trekking Pole (included in FTG)
• LED Torch
• Two Water Bottle (one litre each)
• Basic Medications (or prescribed if any)
• Trekking Jacket (included in FTG)
• Three (Five in winter) Warm Layers
• Two trek pants (one Wear and one carry)
• Two collared t-shirts
• Sunscreen Lotion (SPF 50/70)
• Lip Balm (SPF 30)
• Sun cap
• Synthetic hand gloves
• Two pair of Socks (Woolen)
• Daypack (20 litres), if you opt to offload your backpack
• Plastic cover (for wet clothes)
Original and photocopy of government photo identity card- (Passport, Aadhaar Card, Driving license, or voters ID)
Q1. When is the ideal time to visit Hampta Pass Trek?
A1. Except during the winter season (From Mid-October to May), it is open for only four months (June to Mid-October). There will be more snow throughout the winter months (November to May).
Q2. How tough is the trek to Hampta Pass Trek?
A2. The difficulty of the Hampta Pass trek varies from easy to moderate depending on the rainfall; otherwise, it is a simple walk.
Q3. What level of fitness is required of the participants?
A3. Optimum level of fitness is usually necessary for any trek in order to enjoy it.
Q4. How cold does the Hampta Pass trek actually get?
A4. The temperature is average for the first two days as you don’t find snow. After that, you can see some amount of hard snow, but the sunshine is bright and the weather is clear throughout the day, but you must wear in layers at night. The temperature will range from 10 to 0 degrees Celsius.
Q5. How far do we walk every day?
A5.The average daily walking distance is 5-7 kilometres, and trekkers finish in 5-6 hours. Walking will not be an issue for anyone due to the ease of the trek.
Q6. Who will take the lead and who all will go along with us?
A6. Treks are always led by a professional trek leader who has completed a basic and advanced mountaineering course and is trained in first aid, as well as one local guide, chef, assistant, porter, and other personnel.
Q7. What is the size of the groups?
A7. Normally, we accept maximum 20 trekkers in one batch, including men and women. We require a minimum of 6 persons to execute a fixed departure, however group size is unimportant for private treks.
Q8. I am the only girl in trek, is it safe?
A8. Yes, the safety of the females is of the utmost importance to us. On treks, we constantly strive to provide a friendly environment. All of our guides and other support personnel are carefully selected for your travels. They are trustworthy and reliable, however we would urge you to protect your personal items.
Q9. I am a female trekker who is travelling alone. Is it necessary for me to share a tent with a male?
A9. No, female trekker share tents with other female trekkers, and the same is applicable for other trekkers.
Q10. How many trekkers will be sleeping in a single tent?
A10. We have four men's tents, however three persons will share one tent.
Q11. What do we need to bring?
A11. Once you have booked your reservation, our team will give you the trek necessities list based on the trek.
Q12. I am unable to carry my luggage; can someone carry it for me?
A12. Yes, however you must notify us 15 days in advance so that we can provide for a porter or mule.
Q13. What kind of shoes and jacket should I buy?
A13. Highly quality of trekking gears are required for this particular trek.
Q14. What kind of food is given on a trek?
A14. We always serve Simple nutritious vegetarian food and eggs during the trek.
Q15. Where can I find clean drinking water while trekking?
A15. Himalayan water is considered pure and mineral water, however to be on the safe side, we use boil water / chlorine tablet in our camps. During the trek, ask the trek leader or guide where to fill water bottles once.
Q16. What kind of ground transportation do you employ on your tours?
A16. We have Bolero, Max, Tempo Traveller or equivalent to that.
Q17. Will a doctor join the trek?
A17. No, however our trek leaders are trained in "Wilderness First Aid" and are aware of high attitude issues, and we carry a full first-aid kit and essential medications with us. Check your medical status before embarking on a trek, or get expert guidance if you believe you are unable to evaluate your own abilities.
Q18. Do you think I should bring any medications?
A18. Yes, it is always advisable to bring your own medication on any trek, regardless of whether the organisers provide it.
Q19. Is diamox is advisable?
A19. NO, but if you do, please consult your doctor because there are many MYTHS about Diamox.
Q20. What is the minimum age to participate this trek?
A20. The minimum age requirement is 8 years old, while the maximum age depends on the trekker's fitness.
Q21. How can I make a reservation for a trek with you?
A21. After selecting the trek you want to go on, the first step is to fill out the booking form. A payment is required to finalise the reservation. To make it easier for you to book, all details will be emailed to you.
Q22. Can we modify the itinerary?
A22. However, regardless of the circumstances, the date of trek completion should always correspond with the planned schedule. Keep in mind that this is an adventure tour into the most remote location, where numerous unanticipated occurrences may need a change in schedule. In such instances, we or your trek leader would provide the best alternate schedule that is similar to your original itinerary.
Q23. Do you provide trek customization?
A23. Yes, if you want to travel independently, you are welcome to select any of the treks at your leisure and for any number of individuals. The cost of a private trek is determined by the number of people in the group, the location of the trek, duration, and the type of trek.
Q24. Should I book my travel plan after registration?
A24. No. You should wait for booking confirmation from the Trekkaro executive after registering. When you get it, complete your registration by paying the cost and booking your trip at the same time.
Terms & Conditions
1- Accommodation: Full load camping arrangements on the mountain with a large mess tent and kitchen tent. Stay from the Day 1 to Day 4 (Chika to Chhatru). You will camp on the trek (3 people sharing basis).
2- Meals: All meals during the trek starting with Lunch on Day 1 till breakfast on Day 5. (Veg. Only)
Tea/Coffee/Soups/Snacks will be served throughout.
3- Camping charges: All trekking permits and forest camping charges are included (if any).
4- Transportation: From Manali to Manali.
5- Leaders & Guides: Trek leaders assisted by certified and experienced local guides.
6- Free Trekking Gears: Shoes, Jacket(-10°C) and Pole.
7- Trekking Equipment: High-quality tents, sleeping bags, ice axes, roped, microspikes, gaiters, etc. as required.
8- Safety Equipment: First aid, medical kit, oxygen cylinders, stretchers etc. will be available at all the campsites to deal with emergencies.
1- Food during transit to and from the base camp.
2- Backpack offloading charges: Rs. 1,350/- for the full trek + 5% GST. The backpack cannot weigh more than 9 kg. Suitcases/trolleys/duffel bags will not be allowed. Please note that charges will vary for the last-minute offloading in case you decide to offload your bag after reaching Manali.
3- Anything apart from inclusions.
Cancellation requests are not taken over the phone.
In case you wish to cancel your trek please e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org
1- Cancellations up to 21 days prior to departure date - 70% refund
2- Between 21 days to 14 days prior to departure - 50% refund
3- Between 14 days to 10 days prior to departure- 30% refund
4- Less than 10 days of departure – No refund or you can transfer your trek (same batch date & same trek) to your dear one.
a) Change of trek batch date is dependent on the availability of seats in the batch.
b) In case of transferring a trek to your dear one, he/she should satisfy all the mandatory requirements laid down by Trekkaro.
c) Trekkaro holds the right to change/cancel the policies, without prior notice.
The applicable refund amount will be processed within 10 working days.
If we have to cancel/suspend your trek before the date of departure or at the last moment due to a natural calamity/unforeseen circumstances (like rains, earthquake, landslides, strike, curfew, etc.), then you will get the TrekCash Voucher of the total fee you have paid to us and you can redeem it with lifetime validity on any trek but where this is of a higher price, you will be expected to pay the difference. The TrekCash voucher will be generated within 3 working days and sent to your email address by us.
Note: In an instance of exchanging a TrekCash Voucher to your dear one, he/she ought to fulfill all the obligatory necessities set around Trekkaro.
When you take an adventurous trek with us, then be assured that whatever we do is more than your expectations. In fact, our wish to excel goes beyond the point where your boots hit the trail – it begins the moment that you get in contact with us, and it never ends. There is nothing more satisfying than hearing from our trekkers that they’ve just had “another trip of a lifetime with Trekkaro”.
Of course, this is a non-negotiable. Safety is embedded in our business and it’s something that we take very seriously in all our treks. It's the primary reason we're very popular in just a year.
• Personalized Service, Care, and Attention to Detail
For some organizations, this is, surprisingly, negotiable. But it isn’t for us. After safety, if we can do one thing right, every time, it’s to ensure that we sweat the small things.
• The Best Guides
If you are already trekking with us, then you’d be forgiven for thinking our guides are superhuman. It doesn’t mean a feat to entertain, cook, guide, and facilitate, but our guides, handle it with grace and all the while the attention is on you.
• The Best Itineraries
It takes a lot of refinement to make a perfect trek, from dawn to dusk there are a lot of moving parts and the potential for things to go awry. For last year, we’ve balanced on the tight rope of offering the right amount of activity, flexibility, and trek time. Whilst utilizing the best lodgings in the most unique places.
We’re not in the business of making money and providing you with nothing. Our treks aren’t expensive, they represent excellent value for money, and for those seeking to maximize their time, there is no better way.
It may come as a surprise, but the reality is that it is a two-way street (or trail), you are ultimately responsible for the nature of the experience that you have with us. And not only that, but you also have an influence on the experience of others in your small group.
This is your vacation, and the attitude that you bring will set the tone for your experience. We get that at times it’s difficult (we plan to challenge you) and we get that at times it’s a bit uncomfortable (this is not a cruise trip). All we ask you to keep an open mind, a big smile on your face, and readiness for the unexpected.
• Physical preparedness
Our treks are designed for everyday people. You definitely don’t have to be an athlete, but to be fair to yourself and your group members, you do need to be ready. Worried about it? Do not stress it, our team is 100% dedicated to helping you pick the right trek, bring the right gear, and be physically and mentally prepared.
• Know who’s in charge
As we’ve mentioned, you rightly expect when you join our trek to be in good, safe hands. For us to ensure the entire group’s safety, we suppose you, as our guest, to listen to your lead guide. They are the expert when it comes to decisions made on the trek.
Trekkaro team will specifically ensure your safety with...
1. Daily oxygen saturation & pulse reading (if required in trek)
We do treks which have a different environment than our daily life. We live in an environment where we less care about a healthy lifestyle. When it’s come to doing treks or surviving in a not-so-pure environment for more than a day our body should accept the changes. What oxygen saturation is the fraction of [oxygen]-saturated hemoglobin relative to total hemoglobin in the blood. So we ensure the specific balance of oxygen in your blood.
Our team ensures the health condition by oxygen saturation and pulse reading before trekking so everyone should aware of their health.
2. Oxygen cylinders and medical kit
When it comes to high-altitude trek the body doesn't get enough oxygen. It’s not always that you cannot survive in high altitude treks but for a safer side if your body is not adjusted to the environment we are always ready with the oxygen cylinders. Our team member carried the portable oxygen cylinder on the trek.
To prevent high altitude conditions -do more exercise and cycling. The more you practice it’ll easier for you.
Our team also carries all the basic medicines including high altitude sickness-specific medicines.
3. Stretchers on every campsite
Although we are physically and mentally ready for the environment there are chances of accidents or uncertain things. In those situations, we have stretchers every campsite so in an emergency, the porter will safely drop you at base camp where we can do further treatment.
4. High Quality Trek Gears and Equipments
Trekkaro is the only trekking company in the world which is providing Free Trekking Gears(FTG) at no charge/rent only for use during the treks. Expensive FTG includes Decathlon Quechua Trek 100 Shoes, Quechua SH 100/300 Jackets, Hiking Pole/Stick, Gaiters, Crampons, and Headlamp. Now, before registering for the trek, there is no need to think about the expensive trekking gear, and also, do not need to buy or rent expensive trekking gear to go on a trek.
Trekkaro team will ensure you with quality tents and sleeping bags where you can survive in extreme cold. We provide sleeping bags that can hold cold up to -5 to -20 degrees Celsius. It’s always warmer in tents so we ensure you with quality shelter.
So even though we are ready for the storm you should tell us if anything bothers you regarding safety.
5. Radio (for communication in between camps and guides)
Our camps are a bit far from each other. But they connect through radio though the network is the issue in hills. Although you miss anything or the weather is not good or we need medical help from the base we can communicate through radios.
6. Technical team on all snowy slopes
All the treks come up with an adventure. But safety is important in all trails and treks. Wherever we find the risky slopes or areas we ensure the turn with the technical team. As we already mentioned earlier we have a well-trained team having knowledge of handling hustle in emergency and even know how to take care of the trekkers.