Hampta Pass Trek

 

Highlights
• High Altitude lake Chandratal.
• Fully supported camping based trekking with 3 hearty meals per day on trek.
• Spectacular views of the Pir Panjal Ranges.
• High Passes.

Season:June to October
Duration:6 Days
Difficulty level:Moderate

Introduction
Rarely do the Himalayas present a trek for first timers that pack in everything – easy access, dark pine forests, open meadows, glacial valleys and an adventurous crossing of a pass that leaves the heart pumping. The Hamta Pass trek in Himachal is tailor made for those looking to experience high Himalayan adventure. This trek takes you from the lush green Kullu valley to the dry and cold desert of the lahoul valley and we conclude our trek the magnificent High Alpine Lake of Chandra Tal or Moon Lake (4000m).

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Drive Manali To Jobri Nullah Or Start Trek Near Vashisht (2500m) And Trek To Chhika, 6 To 7 Hours.
The vehicle from Manali after passing the Prini village takes you up through 40 hairpin bends and drops you off at Jobri. You have already gained quite an altitude from Manali and you start your trek at 9800ft. The forest is mostly Pine with an occasional Maple tree with its new lush green leaves -a pleasant change in the vegetation. It’s an easy slope and after 20 minutes into the forest, you come to a bend with a huge rock which overlooks a meadow strewn with small rocks. Take a photo/water break at the rock and head into the meadow.

Accommodation: Camping
Meal: Pack Lunch and Dinner

Day 2: Chhika To Balu Ka Gera (3300m) 5 Hours
Start from Chhika after breakfast. The destination for the day Balu-Ka-Gera is not seen but is towards the right of your camp site. Set out head right but you are all along on the left bank of the river. The initial climb is mainly through stones and boulders. The going is never too difficult. The right bank of the river is laced with dwarf Rhododendrons in the lower and middle region of the mountain and Birch trees grow at the upper end.Look back and you see the Dhauladhar range with its snow clad peaks. It makes a pretty picture. You encounter a water fall on to your left. Fill your water bottles and take a break if you wish to. It’s a level ground at Balu-Ka-Gera and behind you are the mountains you traverse the next day to cross the Hamta Pass. Pitch your tent and relax for the day. You are close to 11000 ft.

Accommodation: Camping
Meal: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 3: Balu Ghera (3300m) To Shea Gora, 3700m (Over The Hamta Pass, 4270m) 6- 7 Hours
The trail takes us through steep barren hills and over boulders and rocks. The ascent takes us over 4270m high HamtaPass. From here you can enjoy the broad vista of the Valley. On a clear day one can even spot the peaks of Inderkila, Deo Tibba (6001m) and Indrasan (6220m) some of the highest peaks of Kullu. We then descend towards our campsite which is near a stream in Shea Gora.

Accommodation: Camping
Meal: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 4: Shea Gora (3700) To Chattru 5 Hours Trek, Drive To Chota Dara 3745mtrs 1 Hour.
We follow the stream on the right bank, until it joins the Chandra River. The camp is about 3 hours from here. We’ll cross the stream by a small wooden bridge and follow the river on the left bank. Once we get to Chattru, taxi will be waiting here to take you onwards towards Chandratal. We will drive along a dusty and rough road. On both sides are huge boulders which are quite famous among rock climbers. We also get to see the Glacier of Bara Shigri, it extends to about 12kms and is the longest in Himachal. One can also view the magnificent peaks together famous as the “White Sail”. The lake is about 14kms from Batal. The lake is situated in a bowl beneath a massive mountain.

Accommodation: Camping
Meal: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 5: Drive From Chota Dara 3745mtrs To, To Kunzum Pass (4551m) 2 Hours. & Trek To Chandertal Lake 3 - 4 Hours Trek.
We drive towards Kunzum la following small stream, which originated above pass. Arriving at pass has a glimpse of Spiti valley, which runs 170 kms towards south. We take a path, which goes to Lake 8 km; approach large meadows - a favorite area with a multitude of shepherd’s huts. Passing and crossing a long stretch of stony ground and small stream arrive at the lake. Across Chandra river most fascinating sight of Samudra Tapu glacier, North Dakka glacier, South Dakka glacier and Silver glacier. Above the glaciers towering mighty peaks of Moulkila and C.B. peaks. Leaving Kunzum we trek to Chandratal which is 8 kms long and has a wide panoramic view of Chandra Bhaga peaks all around. Camp after Chandratal.

Accommodation: Camping
Meal: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 6: Chandratal To Manali
Transfer back to Manali in taxis. We will go over the famous Rohtang Pass, a wonderful opportunity to look down on to the lush green Kullu Valley.

Accommodation: Camping
Meal: Breakfast and Lunch

Included:
• Meals: As mentioned in the itinerary.
• 1 Expert guide.
• Support Staff: 1Cook, 2Helper.
• Group Medical kit& Oxygen Cylinder.
• Gear Package for use during the trip including kit bag, sleeping bag, and mattress.
• Private transportation to start of trek and back to Manali.
• All park entrances and permits.
• Mules to carry all personal and group baggage.

Excluded:
• Aerated and alcoholic drinks on trek.
• Meals not mentioned in the itinerary.
• Items of personal nature such as phone calls, laundry etc.
• Tips
• Airport Transfers and Flight.
• Travel Insurance.

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