Trekking at Hampta Pass, Himachal Pradesh

Gio Adventures
INR9250
  • 4 days
    (Duration)
  • 4.9
    (Rating)
  • Hilly
    (Terrain)

Hampta Pass Trek is one such trek that underlines the breathtaking scenery that enchants minds and hearts of the trekkers. The highlighting fact of this trek is indeed the thrill of scaling a Himalayan pass to enjoy the nature from the top.



Description

The striking highlight of this trek is the thrill of scaling a moderately high Himalayan pass and to enjoy the views that one gets from the top. On one side is the absolutely lush green valleys of Kullu & Manali and on the other is the 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. This trek is surely one of the best short treks available in the country. In this itinerary we don’t cross over the pass and go to Lahaul region which poses a challenge early in the season as the road connecting Lahaul to Manali is still under heavy snow. Instead we retrace our steps and exit from Manali only. unlike the traditional Hampa pass route which opens up in late June this itinerary is possible in the months of May & early June also ​ The trek to Hampta pass offers unmatched variety & excitement all along the trail to take care of any exhaustion that might set in. The trek starts from the beautiful Manali valley with a short ride from Manali town getting us to the starting point of the trek. During the first two days of the hike we move through lush green landscape having several meadows inhabited by local gaddis (shepherds). This is a very enjoyable and relaxed stage and one camps at beautiful spots. We walk along rivers and streams and cross a few waterfalls. There is an interesting mix of spruce, horse chestnut, pine, deodar, oak and birch trees all along this section. Shepherd dogs, sheep, white capped redstarts and whistling thrushes comprise the wildlife you get to encounter. Depending upon the season you will also get to see a good variety of alpine flowers. Next stage we approach the Hampta pass through a relatively challenging terrain which involves walking over scree slopes and boulder ridden trails. The route to the top might be under snow depending upon the conditions and might pose some difficulties. The close views of Deotibba, Indrasan and other unnamed peaks will give you a feel of being completely immersed in the lap of the mighty Himalayas. This is an experience you will surely cherish all your life. The last stage of the trek we walk back to Cheekha and from there to Jobra where we board a waiting vehicle to be driven back to Manali


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) – BALU-KA-GHEERA (3600M) TREK/7-8 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 to 6 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 back towards Balu Ka Gheera. This descent will take about 2-3 hrs. Overnight in tents.

  • Day 4

    BALU-KA-GHEERA (3600M) – CHIKHA (3000M) - JOBRA (2707M) – MANALI (2000M) TREK/5-6 HRS

    On this day we trek back to Jobra via chikha. This will take about 5-6 hours. From Jobra we board the vehicle and drive back to Manali. The trek 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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