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Hampta pass connects the valleys of Lahaul and Kullu, each with their own distinct cultures and terrain. Lahaul being mainly Buddhist is full of monasteries and Buddhist style architecture with dry and cold climate desert climate. Whereas, Kullu is a Hindu influenced valley with beautiful and ancient temples scattered throughout, and lush greenery and forest cover serving as their backdrop. This unique trek allows us a glimpse of both sides, as well as a chance to visit the beautiful Chandertal Lake, named after the Moon and its crescent shape, and located at a height of over 4000 meters. This is an ideal trek to take for beginners and those who wish to discover the beauty of the Himalayas firsthand.
Manali ( H.P) – Manali (H.P)
Easy – Moderate
Altitude :- Chika 10100ft
After breakfast, we will board a taxi for Jobra after reporting at Ram Bag near Manali Mall road at 9:30 am.
The trek starts from Allain Dhuangal Hydro Project site, Jobra. With the mesmerizing topography of the Himachal coming into play, you barely realize the climb. The sight is very refreshing. Chika campsite is a huge, flat & spacious green patch. Lunch at prini village as per timing. Camp for the night in tents. After a typical outdoorsy meal, retire for the day.
Altitude :- 11900ft.
The Second-day trek is a gradual ascent. Though you would trek for barely 5hrs, the journey is beyond impressive. While trekking we will be able to see the magnificent view of Dhauladhar.
Commonly referred to as The White Range, you’ll notice the mighty towers occupy the entire frame with meadows and flower-filled valleys dotted for a company. Arrive at Balu ka Ghera. You will also find Maggi point on the way. We will have our packed lunch after crossing the Jwara nala. It will take around 2 hrs more from lunch point.
Altitude:- Hampta pass 14100ft.
Siagoru campsite 12900ft.
Day 3 is one where you get to experience the barren landscape of the Himalayas in the Lahul and Spiti Valley. Today we will start early in the morning around 7 in the morning. The climb is almost tough all the way up to Hampta pass. Walk at a steady pace with few breaks.
After a brief stopover at Hampta village, which gives the pass its name, you’ll begin the descent to the base camp at Siagoru. After some walking, you will be able to spot the campsite of Siagoru far in the distance in the direction of river flow. Siagoru in local means “Cold Street”. It is definitely very cold here due to the winds. Earn the well-deserved rest here after the 8hr long journey as you halt for the night.
Altitude:- Chatru campsite 11000 ft.
Massive Pir Panjal Ranges,
Chandra Tal This day we have an easy descent through the Hampta Valley. After breakfast, begin an easy descent through the Hampta Valley. The massive mountains of the Pir Panjal and Spiti ranges dominate the entire landscape during the Hampta Pass Trek till the campsite at Chhatru. A confluence of three paths – Hampta Pass, Spiti, and Rohtang Pass, this green paradise in the barren cold desert is like a breath of fresh air.
Enjoy the spectacular view of a high altitude cold desert at Spiti Valley.
After breakfast, we leave for Manali via the Rohtang Pass. traverse the high altitude pass that connects the humid Kullu Valley and the arid Lahaul and Spiti Valley. Our wonderful experience of trekking in Himachal ends.
You can visit Chandratal if road and weather condition permits us. If not, you will have to drive directly from Chatru to Manali and skip Chandratal all together.
You must have done a small trek of 2-3 days before Hampta Pass and hiked to an altitude of more than 3000 meters.
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Manali is well connected to Delhi with through road and air. There are no direct trains from Delhi though.
By Road: The road distance from Delhi to Manali is 536 km. There are overnight HPRTC buses and Volvos available from ISBT Kashmere Gate, Delhi for Manali. It is a 14-hour journey by bus. You can book your bus tickets online through hrtchp.com or any other bus services available. You can also hire a private taxi or an outstation cab from Delhi.
By Rail: To reach by train, take a direct train from Delhi to Pathankot. Some of the trains that run on this route are Delhi-Pathankot Express, Jammu Tawi Express, Delhi-Dhauladhar Express. You can then take a bus from Pathankot to Manali. Or you can take a connecting train from Pathankot to Joginder Nagar which is the nearest station to Manali. There are buses running frequently between Joginder Nagar and Manali.
By Air: The nearest airport is Bhuntar airport which is located 50 km from Manali. There are taxis available at the airport which will take you to Manali. You can also take local buses that keep running from Bhuntar to Manali at a very regular frequency. Buses are decent and very cheap compared to a taxi that can cost you around INR 2000 to 2500 depending upon the season.
The mobile connections are available till Prini. There will be no mobile reception after this point.
We dig dry pit toilets for every batch of 7 people on the trek. A separate tent is installed over it.
ID Proof (Soft Copy to be sent to us in Advance & original to be carried) and Medical Certificate (Soft Copy to be sent to us & original to be carried) are the mandatory documents required for the trek.