Let your wanderlust take you to the foothills of Majestic Himalayas with Hampta Pass trek. This is one of the most picturesque and enchanting treks in the Manali region of Himachal Pradesh. The ideal trek for beginners who have just discovered their love for trekking. This trek will take you to the altitude of 14000 ft and will give you breathtaking views of the Himalayas.
The trek starts from Manali, a beautiful hill station in Himachal Pradesh and will take you to different places in the Himalayas. You start your trek entering Jobra- a lush green valley with thick forest. Your first stop will be Chikka- a beautiful small valley. Walk through colourful flower beds and trail which lie between the mountains. You will trek to a scenic valley- Bhalu ka Ghera. You will find yourself standing in the middle of clouds all around you. Feeling all refreshed start walking along the river to Hampta Pass. The wide snow fields will take your breath away. Take in the beauty of Deo Tibba peak which you will see on the way. You will be astounded to see the views after reaching at the top of Hampta Pass. Pack your bags and get ready to trek to the enchanting Hampta Pass!
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Day 01: Acclimatization Day in Manali (2050m)
Orientation Session, Manali Exploration
Arrive at Manali on your own and report at the base camp. After resting for a while, spend the day exploring the beauty of Manali on your own. Visit the intriguing Hadimba Temple or take a tour to the beautiful Solang Valley. In the evening, get briefed by our trekking guides and have dinner. Stay overnight at Manali.
Day 02: Manali to Chikka (3080m) via Jobra
Distance/Duration - 20km Drive ( 2 Hours), 2.5km Trek (4-5 Hours)
Grade - Easy
Get ready to leave the base camp after an early breakfast to start the day. We will start with a jeep ride to Jobra. While moving towards Hampta Dam we will get to view the exquisitely beautiful Pine forests, rock faces and trees like Maple, Walnut and Oak etc. We will trek from Hampta dam till Chikka, which is our campsite for the first day. It takes around 2 hours to complete this part of the trek. The trek is easy with very less ascend. There is a small forest patch and then two wooden bridges to get you to the campsite. Chikka camp site is identified by big boulders and a beautiful waterfall. Stay overnight.
Day 03: Chikka to Balu Ka Ghera (3628m)
Distance/Duration - 6km / 5-6 Hours
Grade - Moderate
Balu Ka Gera is a flat ground amidst the mountains at an elevation of 11,900 ft. Today’s trail will take you through Jwara- a beautiful scenic sheltered valley. After an early breakfast, you will begin the trek from Chikka and walk along the banks of the river to the left. The route will encompass several small waterfalls, lush green meadows and Dhauladhar peaks will be your constant company throughout the hiking hours. We set up our camps and relax for the rest of the day as we slowly reach an altitude of 11900 ft. Stay overnight.
Day 04: Balu Ka Ghera to Shia Ghoru (3932m) via Hampta Pass
Distance/Duration - 8km / 9 Hours
Grade - Moderate
This is the crowning day of your trip and the most challenging one as we are going to climb the treacherous Hampta Pass . The trek is long on this day and should be started at around 7 AM. It would take approximately 4-5 hours to reach the top of the pass.
As we start walking towards the mountains from Balu Ka Gera along the river for an hour when the gradient begins, the trail takes you straight towards Hampta Pass. In no time, you will see the first plateau, the magnificent Deo Tibba peak right in front of you. Climb up the ridges as you come closer to Hampta Pass. The climb is vertical and steep which demands concentration and effort, which is all worth at the end. Now at 4268m, you are on top of Hampta Pass with breathtaking views that will leave you in awe. The descent is slightly trickier than the ascent as always. It can vary slightly depending on the snow condition too. After climbing down to Shia Ghoru, stay overnight at the campsite.
Day 05: Shia Ghoru to Chhatru/ Drive to Manali
Distance/Duration - 4km Trek (2 Hours), 83km Drive (4 Hours)
Grade - Easy
This morning brings an end to this Hampta Pass adventure. Have breakfast at the campsite and start trekking towards Chhatru. The walk should take around a couple of hours with an initial climb through rocky terrain followed by a descent. After arriving in Chhatru, board the vehicle and start the journey to Manali. You will reach by later afternoon or early evening.
Duration: 4 Nights / 5 Days
Region: Kullu District
Grade: Easy (Subject to snow conditions)
Maximum Altitude: 14100
Best Time to go: May to October
Departure 1st May till 15th October Every saturday
1). Accommodation in tents from Day 1 to Day 4 on a sharing basis.
2). Meals while on trek day 1 dinner to day 5 breakfast
4). First aid/medical kits and oxygen cylinder
5). Qualified & experienced trek Leader, Guide and Support staff
3).Anything not mentioned under the head inclusions.
4).Cost incidental to any change in the itinerary / stay on account of flight cancellation due to bad weather, ill health, road blocks and / or any factors beyond control.
5).The tariff does not include barbecue and activities.
For those on the first time for a trek in Manali, I would suggest the Hampta Pass trek. The services were up to the mark.
I had a great trekking experience. This trek was the best trek ever. I totally loved it. It was a unique and an amazing experience. Recommend to everyone.
Manali has always been my favourite destination and this trekking experience has made me love it even more.