Himachal Pradesh, an abode to numerous picturesque treks-some of which are still unknown to people, is tucked away behind the towering mountains. Most of the adventure junkies and nature lovers are aware of the Hampta Pass trek, however not many are acquainted with Hampta Pass Circuit trek trail, one of the most pristine routes, which goes through alpine forests, beautiful waterfalls and lush green meadows embroidered with beautiful flowers. It offers a stunning route where one might come across new places till the very end.
The scenic trek starts in Manali, which is the closest city to most of the treks around Himachal Pradesh. On the first day, travel around the city to nurture your mind and soul, and cherish the authentic beauty of Manali. Explore the local markets and cuisine, and get yourself familiarised with the cultures and the traditions of Himachal Pradesh. Also, if you have forgotten any equipment required for the trek, you would easily find it in the local market. Your overnight stay would be arranged at the camp where you will be provided with the basic amenities.
As soon as the morning unfolds, we leave for Jagatsukh from where your trek would commence. It would be a steep trail filled with thrill, vigour and adventure. The scenery along the route would be a sight to behold. Vast meadows, lush greenery and the alpine and oak forests will definitely captivate you for a while. Jagatsukh village is synonymous to its name, as the worldly peace one feels while trekking here gets etched in your heart forever. The wooden temple at the top offers a majestic view of the entire Manali, which is really enchanting.
At daybreak we would set out for Tilgan, elevated at an altitude of 3,380 m above the sea level. Tilgan is a picture-perfect spot for photographers, as the place offers an encompassing view of Manali. Moreover, the village here gives one an opportunity to interact with the daily life of locals. The camps are also in the same area, because who doesn’t want to sleep in the lap of Mother Nature?
After a radiant sunrise and a scrumptious breakfast, the next stopover in the circular route would be Sarotu where the hike is more demanding, as one needs to walk on the snow. It is a slow and steady trek because of the slippery ground where you need to be extra cautious while walking. It would be an entire day trek, depending on how much distance we cover. On reaching Sarotu, take rest and try to keep yourself warm. The atmosphere at this point would be quite harsh, so consume hot water and food to keep your body well-hydrated and warm.
On the next day, you traverse through the shortest day on the trek of your journey to Hampta Circuit. The trek mostly descends from one point to another, however, it could be quite an exertion for your knees if you move downwards rapidly. Then, you would move across Sarotu hills and cross a stream to reach the Jobra Dam. From the dam, you will be heading for Manali straight away down the hills and you’ll be okay. On reaching the base, rest at your hotel and spend your remaining time at your own leisure.
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Day 1: Arrival in Manali
After arriving in Manali get transferred to your respective hotels to freshen up from the tiresome journey. Settled at an elevation of 6,725 feet, Manali is renowned for its gorgeous environs and laid-back culture. In summers, the weather here remains pleasant, which makes it promising for people to participate in trekking and adventure sports like paragliding, etc. Your trek leader will be briefing you about the do's and don’ts of the trek. And also, you will have an entire day for exploring the nearby delights of this quaint town. Your stay for overnight would be arranged in the camp settled in the same area.
Day 2: Drive to Jagatsukh (2015m) 7 km away from Manali, Jagatsukh to Tilgan (2430m) | 5hour trek
As soon as the morning unfolds, we leave for Jagatsukh from where your trek by walking would begin. The trek is quite steep up through the village until we reach a wooden temple in the forest. It is advised to carry a hiking pole along with you, as you might give a little exertion to your knee. From the temple, the trek goes continuously up through the shadows of pine trees, lush meadows, cool breeze and offer an enticing view of Manali from the mountain ditch. Stay overnight at the campsite and let your body regain the lost energy.
Day 3: Tilgan to Sarotu (3380m) | 5 - 6 hours trek
The trek to Tilgan is more gradual and is elevated at an altitude of 3,380 m above the sea level. At daybreak, we would cross a river and later hike through the forest. Thereafter, the trek goes up again and passes through a temporary settlement of farmers who come to the lower mountain region during snowfall and harsh weather conditions. Campsite of this day is settled at an amazing location surrounded by the magnificent view of the Himalayan Mountains. Sleep within the lush-green pasturelands and take in the good vibes of the enthralling atmosphere around you. Click pictures or simply bask in the beauty of nature.
Day 4: Sarotu full day hike a maximum distance of 4200m
Today the hike is demanding and steep as you need to hike a maximum distance of 4,200 m on the snow. The temperature up in Sarotu will be low so you need to keep yourself warm and hydrated throughout the journey. Wear thermal clothes to keep your body warm. Carry medications along with you just as a precautionary measure.
Day 5: Chikka or Sarotu to Manali | 5 hours trek
As soon as the morning unfolds, we will leave for the remaining part of the journey. The trek from here runs down through the valley and alpine forest. While descending, you would come across a water dam where we would rest for a while to have lunch and gain back the drained energy. It is easy to descend, but one should remember to do it slowly as it hurt your knee later on. From the dam, we will be heading to Chochaga village which is just opposite to New Manali. On reaching the base, you will be transferred to the hotel where you have an overnight stay to have rest and leisure at your own will.