Hampta Pass is a cross-country trek that begins in the lush greenery of the Kullu region and ends in the arid desert of Spiti. Throughout the trek, you will be treated to a diverse array of exotic mountain wildflowers. The first side of the pass is a gradual ascent that aids in summit success, and the other side of the pass is a steep descent that provides all of the mountain rush you were looking for. The trek is located in Himachal Pradesh’s Pir Panjal range and is classified as easy to moderate in difficulty. At its highest point, the trek reaches an elevation of 14,100 feet.
The months of June to September are ideal time for the Hampta Pass trek. The temperature typically ranges from 10 to 18 degrees Celsius during the day and 0 to 5 degrees at night. Hampta Pass is located in a narrow corridor between Lahaul’s Chandra Valley and Himachal Pradesh’s Kullu Valley. On the journey, there would be no mobile network. You’ll be mostly trekking alongside flowing streams, with a couple of water crossings along the way. Also, because this is one of the colder treks, you’ll need to bring warm layers.
If you want to experience snow, we recommend coming in June and July. If you prefer the lush green sections of this trek, you must visit between August and September. On one side, the mountains overlook the lake, and on the other, a cirque closes it. An interesting fact about this lake is that there is no visible source of water for it, but there is a visible outlet, implying that the water in this lake comes from underground, which is extremely unusual. According to legend, God Indra’s chariot picked up Yudhisthira from here, attracting a large number of devotees to this beautiful lake.
Day 1: Manali to Chika via Jobra
In a vehicle, the trekking expedition travels from Manali to Jobra. Manali is already at a height of 6,700 feet above sea level. Jobra is reached after two hours and forty hairpin bends. Jobra is located at an elevation of 9,800 feet. On the first day, you will reach a height of 10,100 feet and trek for two to three hours. After about 20 minutes, you will come to a bend that overlooks a lush green meadow strewn with small rocks. After a few moments of contemplation, proceed to the meadow. The Rani nallah, which flows directly through the meadow, appears. There are also a few sheep and cows grazing in the field. The Chika camp site is a large, open patch of green.
Day 2: Chika to Balu ka Ghera
The next destination is Balu ka Ghera, which is not visible from the Chika camp site but can be seen to the right. Take a moment when you reach the end of the silver birch trees to admire the entire range of Dhauladhar snow-clad peaks in front of you.The scenery is breathtaking. A clear stream waterfall will be visible to your left in the distance. The best place to refill your bottles. After crossing the waterfall, take the next path to the river on your left. You can only get to the other side by wetting your feet and crossing the rivulet. The water is extremely cold and will undoubtedly prick your feet. You will want to immerse yourself in the beauty of Go.
Day 3: Balu Ka Ghera to Siagoru crossing Hampta Pass
You’ll come to another plateau and then a ridge. It will take another half hour to reach the end of the ridge. Then, from the first ridge, make your way up to the second ridge. The descent is more difficult than the ascent. The drop is so steep that even craning your neck, you wouldn’t be able to find the mountain’s base. The best way to descend is to either slide down the slope or to use ropes for support. The valley is surrounded by snow-capped mountains, and the only open side is Siagoru’s path. On flat ground, the trek to Siaguru is simple.
Day 4: Siagoru to Chatru
You will walk from Sia goru to Chatru, which will take approximately 5 hours of easy downhill trekking. Siagoru is located at an elevation of 12,900 feet, while Chatru is located at an elevation of 11, 000 feet. It is a gentle downhill trek from Siaguru. Again, the trail follows the side of a river valley between mountain ranges. Chatru can be seen from afar. The barren mountains are devoid of vegetation. The tricky part is yet to come. You must exercise caution because the trail may occasionally lead you to the edges of mountains and ridges. You’ll notice the Chandra River flowing below and a road running alongside it. There are more than two glaciers to cross after that. Chatru is on the other side of the Glacier.
Day 5: Chatru to Manali
On day 5, a ride from the Chatru camp site to Manali is planned. After a 7-hour journey filled with pleasant memories of the hills, you will arrive in Manali in the evening. An overnight trip to Delhi after 06:00pm should be the best option.
Chandratal will be visited on either Day 4 or Day 5. Hike up to the magnificent Chandratal Lake (known as the moon lake). The lake’s deep blue colour has a stunning effect on its surroundings. The distance between Chatru camp and Chandratal Lake is 45 kilometres. You can only visit Chandratal during the summer months, if the road and weather conditions allow. If not, you’ll have to drive straight from Chatru to Manali, skipping Chandratal entirely.