Himachal Pradesh is beyond doubt one of the most popular destinations in India. It is well known for its quaint and picturesque hill-towns, and also for the many thrilling Himalayan Treks that it has on offer for the adventure seekers. Places like Manali, Naggar and Dharamshala have many treks originating from them. From easy to challenging, you will find all varieties of treks here. So whether you are just beginning your tryst with trekking or you are a seasoned trekker, you will find something that quenches your thirst for adventure.
Hampta Pass Trek with Chandratal is one such trek that is ideal for beginners and experts alike, and offers breathtaking views of the Himalayan vistas, from valleys, mountains to meadows and waterfalls. If you are planning to begin your adventure journey and are looking for that first trek to begin with, then your search ends here. This easy to moderate trek starts from Base Camp of Himachal Pradesh. Arriving here is easy, as there are regular buses that run from prominent cities like New Delhi and Chandigarh.
You get enough time on the first day for acclimatization, Report at the Base Camp. Over the next 5 days you get to walk through thick forests, cross rivers and meadows, and even get a chance to watch the breathtaking valleys of Lahaul and Spiti. Hampta Pass Trek with Chandratal is for all adventure lovers and a must-do if you are trek crazy!
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Day 01: Report at the Base Camp
First day is reserved for meet and greet, and orientation, after you reach the base camp the trek leader will take a small orientation session, covering information like packing, walking techniques. You will also be given general information about the trek and the route. Stay overnight at the base camp.
Day 2: Drive from Manali to Jobra then start trek to Chikka
On the second day we leave the base camp by 8 am. We will be carrying lunch and breakfast with us. The first leg of the day’s travel would include a jeep drive from base camp to Jobra. On the way, the scenic route will keep you intrigue with maple, pine, walnut and oak trees, making it refreshing and enjoyable. After reaching Jobra we prepare to trek to Chikka, which is also our final destination for the day. It will take approximately 2 hours to reach this place, and it is also an easy stretch, crossing two wooden bridges and a small patch of forest. We reach the campsite at Chikka and prepare for our stay overnight.
Day 03: Chikka to Balu ka Ghera
Today we will trek from Chikka to Balu ka Ghera, which will take about 4 -5 hours to complete. Balu ka Ghera is situated at 11900 feet approximately. The initial stretch for the day would take you through rocky banks of the river. Soon snow valleys would come in view making the trekking experience more exciting. You will pass streams and boulders, and finally get to Balu ka Ghera, which is a large, lush ground on the banks of the river. Camping here will be like a dream come true! Your overnight stay will be at the camps at Balu ka Ghera.
Day 04: Balu ka Ghera Hampta Pass and further to Shia Ghoru
On day 4 of the Hampta Pass Trek with Chandratal, we would aim at leaving the campsite by 7 AM as the trek ahead is long and somewhat tedious. We will go from Balu ka Ghera to Shia Ghoru, which is at 12900 feet. It will take approximately 4-5 hours to reach Hampta Pass top (14000 feet), and from there another couple of hours to descend to Shia Ghoru. This would be a steep descend and post reaching Shia Ghoru, prepare for overnight stay at the camp.
Day 5: Siaguru to Chatru drive to Chandratal
On this day we will head towards Chatru and this is the place that will offer us the most breathtaking and unforgettable views of the valleys of Lahaul and Spiti. The Spiti and Pir Panjal Ranges will add to the grandeur and magic of the place. Chatru is the center point for three locations namely Hampta Pass, Rohtang Pass and Spiti Valley.
This stretch of the trek would then be followed by a jeep ride to Chandratal, which is believed to be the place from where Yudhishthira, the eldest Pandava, ascended to heavens. If weather conditions are suitable, you will camp at Chatru.
Day 06: Jeep Ride from Chatru to Base Camp (Departure after 4 PM from base camp)
Last day of this adventurous trip would begin early as we will be covering a lot today. We will aim at leaving Chatru by 7 AM after having breakfast. Our first stop would be Manali, which we will reach by lunch time, after crossing the stunning Rohtang Pass. After having lunch at Manali, we will then leave for Base Camp and depart from there for our respective destinations.
Daily departure from 8th June to 7 th July
Departure on every Saturday till last week of September.
Maximum Altitude: 14000 feet
Region: Manali, Himachal Pradesh
THINGS TO CARRY
1. Woollen clothes/Jackets/Windcheater
2. Socks(2-3 pairs)
3. Thermal wear(1-2 pairs)
4. Trekking shoes
5. Normal gloves/snow gloves
6. Sun glasses/goggles
7. Lunch box, water bottle, spoon
8. Sunscreen lotion
9. Personal medication
11. Torch and batteries
12. Normal bags (to carry small stuffs)
13. ORS /dry fruits
· Trekkers are requested to bring their entire luggage in a rucksack only
· Good trekking shoes are a must
· Thermal inner wear for night
· Extra pair of socks
· Torch/ head torch is necessary
· Separate tents for male and female
· Smoking and drinking is strictly prohibited
· Buying drugs or any illegal material is strictly prohibited, the participant will be detained and handed over to government authority
· Instructions from Guide should be strictly followed
The Hampta Pass trek with Adventure Nation was a nice experience! Chandratal lake is awesome.
I was bewitched the whole time! First view of Chandratal made my trip successful. Thanks for the wonderful experience
Excellect service of food and camping by Adventure Nation. The end with the visit to the lake was mind blowing.