Region – Kullu and Spiti Valley
Total Duration – 4 Nights / 5 Days
Grade – Moderately difficult
Maximum Altitude – 4227 m/ 14600 ft
Best Season – Mid June to October
Accommodation – Hotel/Guesthouse; Organized Campsite
Food – On trek – All meals included
Distance – 50 KM
Hampta Pass Chandratal Lake Trek
Hampta is the eastern – most pass on the Pir Panjal range which divides the valleys of Lahoul, Spiti and Kullu. This trek route is the shortest line between the Chandra and Beas rivers and was the favored route before the road over the Rohtang Pass was constructed. Hampta Chandra Taal trek is surrounded by magnificent Himalayan peaks, Deo Tibba, Indra Asan, and Indra Kila. Hampta pass is a popular destination for trekkers & campers accessible on foot from Sethan about 5 days. This is one of the most beautiful and feasible trek for all trekkers, Leads through the meadow of flowers, pine forest, oak and Rhodo, Over the Hampta pass 4200 mtrs to arid and dry Chandra valley as Compare to Kullu Valley. First reach Manali, drive to Prini. Trek starts through Prini village, ascending to Jobdi nala via taxi offers extensive view of the Kullu valley. Easy walk of two hour to the campsite just after the road head. The trail begins by flat from Jobri nala to Chhika walking through the forest of Mapple, Silver Fir, Pine and Oak, paved by the grass and stone and fields of the wild flowers. One can have à cup of tea in a small teahouse on the way, which will refresh you. a gentle ascending walk of an hour ends at the first days camp site- Chikka(3500m.). A pleasant meadow between high bluffs, just above the tree line: common to see a couple of gujjar encampments there. Stay at beautiful campsite in Chhika. As we start on the following day, after an hour once have to cross the river than hiking through zigzag uphill on snow and moraines brings you to the Balu ka ghera camp site after full day trek. Balu ka ghera offers magnificent evening and twilight views that one cannot forget .High altitude valley often have great lights in the evening and mornings. Next day the trail begins to ascend towards the mighty Hampta pass from Balu ka Gera to Shea Gohru camp. As we go higher to 4000m.the oxygen level starts to decrease and weather can cause any situation. The trail is steep incline till the pass on ice, snow, along glacial lakes and rocky valley. After the incline and passing over the hampta pass, one can enjoy the view of magnificent Himalayan peaks, Deo Tibba, Indra Asan, Indra Kila. The view of the north – Lahoul and spiti is Amazing.2000 feet straight below is the Hampta stream, emerging from the Hampta glacier to the east and flowing north wards to the Chandra valley. Descent is initially very steep, but then it is a lovely walk of about three hours on the alpine grasslands on right bank of Hampta to the Chandra River. In between descending down one can have snow slides alongside on the route. As we arrive at Shea Gohru landscape is quite different and desolate. Shea gohru is located aside of a river and has very cold temperature with strong winds which makes this place coldest campsite of the whole trek. The trail from Shea Gohru to Chhatru (3360m) descends towards the left bank of the river and have to cross it once. Soon the Chandra River and distant valley of Lahul/ Spiti come in to view. After 5 hours of descending to river bank slopes down from the high cliffs all around Chhatru, is an ideal location for the end of the day. Have some rest at Chhatru and drive to Chandratal Lake if time allows or In the morning after breakfast drive to Chandratal Lake. Take magnificent scenery of the lake surrounded by bald peaks vast meadows on the banks of the lake, is a perfect site to explore and hang around. Drive back to Chhatru. Drive to Manali through Chandra valley over Rohtang pass (4050 m.) the gateway between Lahul/ Spiti and Kullu “valley of the Gods” Descending by snake-curved road through the pasture of wild flowers and forest of silver Oak, Fir, Popular and waterfalls will accompany till Manali.
How To Reach Manali
Distance by road:-
Manali is well connected to Delhi. Take an overnight bus from Delhi and you will reach Manali in 12 ‐ 14 hours(approx 540 KMS). Tickets can be booked online at www.redbus.in or www.hrtc.gov.in Tip : Since Delhi Manali is a long journey most Volvo private buses leave Delhi between 5 pm and 6 pm. The last govt bus leaves at 8.30 pm from ISBT Kashmere Gate. Volvo buses charge between Rs.1,000 to 1,400 per sector from Delhi to Manali and vice versa. Manali to Delhi: Like the onward journey, buses leave from Manali to Delhi between 4 and 5 p.m. Your tentative arrival at Delhi may be anywhere between 6 a.m and 10 a.m. Plan your onward journeys only post noon giving enough buffer for bus delay.
Nearest Railway Station:-
Nearest Railway station is Ambala (350 kms) and Chandigarh (310 kms). Tip: Regular Volvo and Buses are available from Chandigarh to Manali in the evening. Volvo buses charge between Rs.800 to Rs.1,200 per sector from Chandigarh to Manali and vice versa.
Nearest Airport :-
Nearest Airport is Bhuntar is 60 Kms. Bhuntar, which is 52 km away from Manali, is the nearest airport. Taxi services are available from Bhuntar to Manali, which costs about Rs.1000‐ Rs.2,000. Bhuntar is well connected to Delhi by air. The airliners that take you to this Airport are Indian Airlines, Kingfisher airlines, MDLR Airlines and Jagson Airlines, operating flights from Delhi and Chandigarh to Kullu.
Things To Carry:-
- Trekking Shoes: You need good trekking shoes with good grip & ankle support. Do not carry sport shoes.
- Clothing: You need to have warm clothes with three-layer jackets, fleece or down feather jacket. Carry 1 or 2 full sleeves t-shirt. For lowers carry cotton pants suitable for trek. Do no carry jeans or shorts for trekking.
- Thermals: Carry top and bottom thermals.
- Socks: Carry 2 - 3 pair of sports socks along with woolen socks to be worn at night.
- Headlamp/Led Torch are mandatory
- Sunglasses: To protect from sunlight in snow you require UV rays protected sunglasses
- Woolen Cap and Gloves are also necessary as the climate will be cold. Carry waterproof gloves as they get wet in snow.
- Lunchbox & Water bottle: Every participant should carry lunch box and water bottle of their own.
- Raincoat/Ponchos: At high altitudes, snowfall and rain are quite common and it’s mandatory to carry a poncho so that one doesn’t get wet.
b)Medical Certificate (signed by a registered MBBS doctor)
c)NOC form (by trekker)
Fix Departure tariff 7,500/- excluding tax of 5% G.S.T.
Day 1 - Arrival in Manali, Drive from Manali to Jobri Nallah (9,800ft) and trek to Chhika (10,100ft).
The fun and excitement of this amazing Chandratal Lake Trek with Hampta Pass begins with your arrival in Manali. 11:00 AM Move to sethan the last roadhead via taxi from base camp. Start trekking from Jobri nallah. Than cross the stream and keep walking aside the river till Chhika. First day of the trek is easy through wild forests of oak, birch and fir trees, settle down in the base camp and retire for the night.
Day 2 - Trek from Chika to Balu ka Ghera (11,900ft)
5 Hours Trek, Majestic Peaks, Dhauladhar Range
Timings as same as the previous day. After a wholesome and nourishing breakfast, set on an easy trekking trail that is supremely impressive! Today, you’ll experience the true beauty of the Himalayas as you set eyes for the very first glimpse of towering snow-capped peaks. Chhika to Balu ka Ghera is a moderate trek about 5-7 hours. In between we have to cross the freezing river once on the way and climb the gradual hike. These are the Dhauladhar ranges, the outer Himalayan chain of mountains. Walk through flowering meadows and valleys that create a delightful picture-perfect scenery for you to revel in. Cross a log bridge; over a fast flowing mountain stream, cautiously to arrive at Balu ka Ghera, the hibernating grounds for the great Himalayan brown bear followed by overnight stay in camps. Balu ka Ghera is a beautiful camping site with mesmerizing sunsets.
Day 3 - Trek from Balu ka Gera to Shea gohru (12,900ft) crossing Hampta Pass (14,100ft))
8 Hours Trek, Hampta Pass, Kullu Valley, Lahul & Spiti Valley
This days trek is the hardest, because your trek is steep incline till the pass and then the downhill to the next camp at Shea Gohru. The beauty at the top of the pass is unforgettable and one can see the valley below from where we had started. The altitude of the pass is pretty much high as 4227m. So one could have breathing problems, but not to worry we have all the medical facilities such as portable oxygen cylinders, pulsemeters and medical kits with trained guides. Once we have crossed the pass we enter into the totally different valley of Lahoul and Spiti. The camp is just few hours below the pass. The downhill has loose rocks on the way so one has to be careful while walking downwards. Shea Gohru is a beautiful location but with strong winds and freezing nights.
Day 4 - Trek from Shea gohru to Chhatru (11,000ft), Drive from Chatru to Chandra Tal
4 Hours Trek, Pir Panjal Ranges, Chandra Tal Lake
From Shea Gohru we have to cross the river once and descend alongside the river on the stone slopes. After reaching to the base of the mountain the route is flat and have to cross the stream via a temporary bridge made by the trekkers. Soon the road will appear which will lead you to Chatru. After lunch visit to Chandratal Lake by taxi. Spend some time taking pictures, explore around the beauty of majestic lake. The Chandra Tal Lake will serve as the main attraction for the day! A high altitude moon-shaped lake, it is located at an altitude of 14,100ft and is a delight for the visitors. Exploring and discovering the stunning beauty of the lake. Head back to Chatru where we will stay overnight.
Day 5 - Drive from Chhatru to Manali.
Chandra Tal Lake, Tour Ends Here.
In the morning after breakfast wind up the camp and start back to Manali via Rohtang pass. After reaching at manali group will break and head towards their willing destinations.
What is included in the tour
- Local transport during Trek.
- Highly Advanced and qualified Guide from Himalaya Destination.
- Skilled Local Guide who has ample knowledge of the route.
- Vegetarian meals on the trek (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner)
- Cooks/Helper and other requisite staff.
- Porters/mules for carrying common equipment (like rations/tents/utensils)
- Equipment’s – Tents on sharing basis / Sleeping bags / Sleeping Mattress.
- While on trek all meals will be provided. Meals will be freshly prepared and will be a mix of Indian, Chinese & Continental.
- Basic First aid Kit with portal oxygen.
- Forest Permits and camping charges.
What is NOT included in the tour
- Personal Porters for carrying trekker’s backpacks.
- Personal trekking equipment – like trekking poles or sleeping bag liners.
- Personal insurance or cost of emergency evacuation.
- Purchases of personal natures (like mineral water bottles/bottled or canned beverages/chocolates/dry fruits etc)
- Food to/from the trail head.