Trek to Hampta Pass & Chandratal

Gio Adventures
INR10500
  • 5 days
    (Duration)
  • Tough
    (Difficulty)
  • 4.9
    (Rating)
  • Hilly
    (Terrain)

Trek to Hampta Pass & Chandratal. The trek starts from the beautiful Manali valley with a short ride from Manali town getting us to the starting point of the trek.



Description

Grade: Moderate +

Region: Lahaul & Spiti Valleys (Himachal Pradesh)

The striking highlight of any trek involving crossing over a pass into the Lahaul/Spiti region is the wonderful contrast in landscape that one gets to enjoy and this trek is similar in this regard. We start from absolutely lush green valleys of Kullu & Manali and land up in semi-arid region of the Lahaul valley. This wonderful trail is meant for everyone, right from fit/adventurous first timers to seasoned hikers.

The pass itself is very inviting and poses fewer challenges compared to some of its brethren but is in no way a cakewalk. This trek is quite interesting and moderately challenging in stages with the difficulty of the pass being governed by weather conditions. You will be required to cross the reasonably high Hampta pass (4300m), do a few river crossings, camp in complete wilderness and walk long stretches on certain days. The trek to Hampta pass offers unmatched variety & excitement all along the trail to take care of any exhaustion that might set in.​


Itinerary

  • Day 1

    MANALI (2000M) – JOBRA (2707M) – CHIKHA (3000M) DRIVE/45 MINS & TREK/2 HRS

    In the morning, we drive to the dam site at Jobra and from here walk through a very pleasant landscape. The walk initially will take us through a mixed forest having pines, spruce, deodar, chestnut and maple trees. We cross a beautiful meadow having a gaddi shepherd camp there. We will need to cross the river at a vantage point if the gaddis haven't made a makeshift bridge somewhere along the river. We cross the river and climb to a beautiful meadow called Chikha along a side stream. Today's hike is a gentle one and will take about 2 hrs. Having rested for some time one will be advised to walk up a short distance to a nearby waterfall which also plays host to a number of white capped redstarts. Overnight in tents.

  • Day 2

    CHIKHA (3000M) – BALU-KA-GHEERA (3600M) TREK/4-5 HRS

    It's an interesting day's hike today. We cross the stream immediately after the campsite and start gaining height and moving towards a gorge section towards the right side moving along the river. We will walk through boulder sections, meadows filled with wildflowers, cross a waterfall and a side river which might require careful handling to reach our campsite for the day, Balu-ka-Gheera. This hike will take about 3.5 to 4 hrs with a few breaks in between. This campsite is along a network of river channels and has big mountains guarding it on all sides. Our guides might also take the decision to walk for an additional hour and reach an upper campsite also called by the same name. This will make next day's climb a bit shorter. We rest and relax at the campsite and get charged for the next day's climb to Hampta pass. Overnight in tents.

  • Day 3

    BALU-KA-GHEERA (3600M) – HAMPTA PASS (4300M) – SHEA GAHRU (3700M) TREK/6-7 HRS

    Today weather and trail conditions will decide what time we leave but it's going to be an early morning departure for sure, between 5-6:00 a.m. The walk is in all probability going to be partially/completely on snow depending upon season and weather conditions. From the camp we start with a steep climb on scree slopes to reach a ridge and from here we continue climbing towards another ridge which leads to the pass. This climb will take about 4-5 hrs and one will be rewarded with absolutely out of the world views all around. Indrasan and Deotibba peaks completely dominate the landscape and the ranges towards Lahaul look quite majestic. We spend some time at the top taking pictures and to have lunch and having regained our energy start climbing down carefully towards our destination for the day, Shea Gahru campsite, which is set beautifully between the mountains. This descent will take about 2-3 hrs. Overnight in tents.

  • Day 4

    SHEA GAHRU (3700M) – CHATRU (3300M) – CHANDRATAL (4300M) TREK/3-4 HRS & DRIVE/2-2.5 HRS

    The hike today is completely downhill and in a completely contrasting landscape typical of Lahaul & Spiti regions. There are a couple of tricky sections in between involving careful traverse and river crossings so we let our guides carefully guide us through these sections. We move through a long scree and boulder section which overlooks the road leading to Spiti. We finish at Chatru and from here board the waiting vehicles to take us to Chandratal. This ride will take about 2 – 2.5 hrs. Chandratal is a complete delight to senses and lazing around the lake can be a surreal experience. Overnight in tents.

    Please note that there is a possibility that the road to Chandratal is not open. In this case our guides will decide the course of action in consultation with the group members

  • Day 5

    CHANDRATAL – KUNZUM PASS (4600M) – MANALI (2000M) TREK/3-4 HRS & DRIVE/5-6 HRS

    After breakfast we start on our hike from the lake to the top of the Kunzum pass at 4600m. This is an easy hike and one moves along the landscape getting a very good feel of this semi-arid terrain. We finish at Kunzum pass where we board the waiting vehicle and from here drive to Manali via the Rohtang pass. TRIP ENDS HERE.


Price Includes

  • 2 Guides for the group of maximum 12 trekkers so 1 guide for 6 group members. This will ensure high safety and more information and personal attention which are necessary to appreciate a trek. All our guides are professionally trained and have many years of relevant experience in guiding treks.

  • Accommodation in a hotel/guesthouse at on single/ double occupancy. Accommodation will be in a basic but neat & clean hotel/guesthouse

  • High quality Camping arrangements

  • We believe that roughing it out necessarily doesn’t mean sleeping in smelly sleeping bags, compromising on safety by using low quality equipment and having unappetising meals. We focus on your safety, basic comforts and the environment while camping. Keeping this is mind, the following equipment is provided on the trek:

  • 3/4 season imported alpine tents.

  • Fresh and clean sleeping bags of very good quality

  • Good quality Camping Mattresses

  • Camping stools & tables

  • Mess Tent

  • Toilet tent with portable toilet seats

  • First Aid / Medical kit

  • All meals starting from dinner on Day 1 till breakfast on Day 9. A lot of emphasis is given to nutritional needs and a menu of vegetarian dishes is prepared accordingly. Tea/coffee will be served throughout.

  • Porter/mule charges for carrying camping equipment & rations

  • Forest entry charges, permits & camping fee (if any)

  • First aid kit (our guides are certified in handling first aid situations)

  • Service Tax


Equipment Rental

  • Windproof, Water resistant Warm jacket (with hood): 250

  • Down jacket (for additional warmth): 300

  • Lightweight & Warm Fleece pullover: 75

  • Warm Gloves: 50

  • Waterproof Trekking boots: 300

  • Balaclava: 50

  • Rucksack (60 ltrs): 150

  • Waterproof gaiters: 50

  • Warm high-length woollen socks: 50

  • Poncho/Raincoat: 50

  • Trekking poles: 60

  • *Cost in INR per day

  • *Taxes extra


Price Does Not Include

  • Porter/mule charges to carry your personal bag
  • Any meals/services not mentioned above
  • Any charges for video cameras, still cameras, etc.
  • Alcohol, soft drinks, beverages, etc.
  • Personal expenses like tips, telephone calls, laundry, etc.
  • Any costs arising out of unforeseen circumstances like landslides, road blocks, bad weather, etc.
  • Insurance
  • Service Tax

Payment Terms & Conditions

  • Less than 45 Days: Full refund (after deducting any expenses that have been incurred for hotel bookings, transport, etc.)

  • 30-45 Days: 75% of trip cost will be refunded (after deducting any expenses that have been incurred for hotel bookings, transport, etc.)

  • 15-30 Days: 50% of trip cost will be refunded (after deducting any expenses that have been incurred for hotel bookings, transport, etc.)

  • <15 Days: No refund


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Puneet Prakash Arya

Best place to enjoy

Samiksha Khanduri

One of the finest adventure travel company. Kudos to their spirit of adventure. Would love to go for many more treks & trips with their excellent team!

parul sharma

As an amateur to trekking (because of the sound of it) i wasn’t expecting much in terms of services provided in the wild. To my surprise i found myself to be in such great care, in every aspect. Both the guides, Samiksha and Hem coordinated extreamly well throughout the journey. Highly recommended.

Jatin Balani

This was my first trekking experience with GIO. They are just awesome guys. Took care of small everything. Worth the price they charge you. I went to Kedarkantha Trek for 6 days and the quality of service is excellent. Food, lodging was good. Tough guides can piss you off sometimes.

swati kurra

This was my second trek with GIO. They really took good care of my basic and even some of the luxury needs admist wilderness. They provided top notch accommodation and food all throughout the trek. I would highly recommend to go with GIO. Try them once to stick forever. Thanks Samiksha and Hem for the great hospitality!


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