Region: Himalayan Ranges in India(Himachal Pradesh). Trek Type: Group Adventure. Trek Begins and Ends at: Manali. Trekking Duration: 4 nights / 5 days. Difficulty level of the Trek: Medium. Total Trekking Distance: 26 Kilometres (approx). Maximum Altitude Gain: 4, 298 meters / 14, 100 feet. Type of Accommodation: Tent.
If you want to endure four days of a trekking expedition, you should try the Hampta Pass trek. The excitement that you will get by walking along the beautiful landscape, glacial valleys and snow in Himachal Pradesh, the most popular state for tourists in India is unparalleled. If you are a beginner, the Hampta Pass trek is for you because it is considered the easiest and the most convenient of all tracks in Himachal Pradesh. The most convenient months according to the weather conditions are May, June, and August through October. The maximum altitude will be 14, 100 feet / 4, 298 meters, which is perfect if you have never been on a trekking expedition before.
When you pack yourself with adequate gear for easier snow climbing, your adventure can begin!
Day 1: Manali to Chika via Jobra.
First, you will have to adapt your body to high altitude so you will ride from Manali to Jobra in a vehicle. It is a great journey because you are going to climb from 6, 726 feet to 9, 800 feet / 2, 050 meters to 2, 987 meters when you will arrive in Jobra.
The next moment of excitement will be when you will start by foot through small roads that will lead to pine tree forests where you will enjoy the natural surroundings before you reach Chika, at the end of a vast meadow. You will have the possibility to decide whether you are going to pass through a meadow or climb up the hill on the left side. No matter what your choice is, you will reach Chika, a perfect place for setting tents and resting for the night.
Day 2: Chika to Balu ka Gera.
After you get to rest in the Chika camp site your next destination is Balu ka Gera. You will have to follow the river that will appear on your right side. The path you will cross is the slope of boulders and rough terrain but you will accomplish it without a problem. Once you reach the dwarf Rhododendron forest you will be able to see Dhauladhar snow clad peaks in front of you and clean waterfall for your pit stop.
The waterfall will lead you through the river and then you will enter Jwara, a valley with huge snow rocks that melt in the river. On the end of the valley is Balu ka Gera, a place covered with snow and greenery where you will make a campsite and rest for the night.
Day 3: Balu Ka Gera to Shea Goru and crossing Hampta Pass.
Now, it is time to continue your journey. First, you will walk along the river and it will take you to the base where the climbing begins. The Deo Tibet peak will be right in front of you. After you reach a plateau and then the ridge’s end you will have to climb Hampta Pass (the vertical one) and it will be the hardest for you. It will take you fifteen minutes to reach the pass, but you will be tired so you will rest there for a lunch before you proceed to Sia Goru.
You will have to decline through the base of the mountain by sliding down the slope and using ropes for protection. After a while, you will reach the Sia Goru flat land by the river side where you will set your camps and take a deserved rest for the night.
Day 4: Sia Goru to Chatru.
You will walk downhill to Chatru by foot from 12, 900 feet to 11, 000 feet / 3, 932 meters to 3, 353 meters. You will be able to see Chatru from a distance, but the trekking is not over yet. The edge of the mountain and ridge could be slippery and you will have to walk carefully. Of course, you will enjoy sliding and getting down the mountain will take you approximately two hours until you see Chandra River flowing beneath you. After crossing two Glaciers you will get to the camping zone in Chatru. You can also decide to camp at the Chandratal where you will find a better view than in Chatru, but it will take you another two hours to get there.
Day 5: Chatru to Chandratal to Manali.
Getting to Chandratal Lake depends on the weather conditions because, in some months, the roads are impassable. You can visit Chandratal Lake only in the summer time. If you get to Chandratal Lake, which has another name ‘Moon Lake’, the deep blue color will give you an extraordinary feeling of personal success and you will enjoy the Mother Nature all around you. The lake is 70 km away from the Chatru campsite and the vehicle will be arranged to take you back to Manali. Your journey is then finished and you will be able to enjoy your memories and take another trekking journey, which will be slightly harder to pass than this route.
What does it include?
Accommodation 4 nights (Camping).
Meals while on trek (Veg / Egg).
First aid kit and oxygen cylinder.
Qualified and experienced trek Guide, assistant Guide and Support staffs.
Transport from Manali to Jobra and return Chatru to Manali.
What it does not include?
Accommodation and food in Manali.
Any kind of personal expenses.
Food during the transit.
Any type of Insurance.
Mules or porters to carry personal luggage.
Anything not specifically mentioned under the section “What does it include?”.
Items to bring with you
Trekking Bag(60-70 Liters).
UV Protected Sun Glasses.
Best Quality Hiking Shoes (Preferably Water Proof).
Water disinfection Drops / Tablets.
Knapsack / Backpack / Rucksack.
Good jacket to protect from cold.
Thermals – Top and Bottom.
Poncho (for rain).
Knee Cap 1 Pair.
1 quick drying towel.
Sun blocks (SPF 50 and above) and Lip Salve with Sun blocks.
Wet-Tissue Papers/ Baby wipes.
Headlamp, Torch with spare batteries.
Gaiters for hiking in winter.
Basic First Aid Kit.
2 light weight trekking pants.
3 light weight trekking T-Shirt.
4 pairs trekking socks.
Dry Fruits and Chocolates.
INR. 9, 500*
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