The word ‘Hima’ means snow in Sanskrit and hence the name Himachal Pradesh which means ‘In the lap of Himalayas’. The mountains of the state are used for many adventure sports.
Hampta Pass Trek is considered the easiest and well-located of all treks. The variation in the trails is enormous, scenic landscapes, open green pastures and meadows, glacial valleys, easy access and an exceptional, adventurous and hair raising crossing of the pass makes this trekking expedition to Hampta pass an exciting one.
Generally, it takes 4 days to complete the Hampta pass trek, but one more day is further added to the itinerary so as to visit the well-known and striking Chandratal, a high altitude alpine lake few hours from Chatru.
Report at Ram Bag near Manali Mall road at 9:30 am and we will board taxi for Jobra. The trek starts from Allain Dhuangal Hydro Project site, Jobra. A variety of trees like maple, deodar, toss and oak can also be spotted on this trail. The sight is very refreshing. The gradient of today’s trail is easy and ideal for a first day hike. Chika camp site is a huge, flat & spacious green patch. With water stream flowing by the side makes it a perfect spot for setting up the tents.
The Second day trek is a gradual ascent. While trekking we will be able to see the magnificent view of Dhauladhar. The best part of today’s trek that we have to cross two rivers one at the start just near to Chikka Campsite and other at Jwara Nala. We will have our packed lunch after crossing the Jwara nala. It will take around 2 hrs more from lunch point.
Today we will start early in the morning around 7 in the morning. The climb is almost tough all the way up to Hampta pass. Walk at steady pace with few breaks. The pass is not easily identifiable from balu ka ghera. It will take around 4-5 hrs to reach summit. As you cross the pass you enter the Lahaul region & change in the scenery is very contrasting. The trail is completely downhill from the Pass. This trail is steep & not clearly identifiable. Be extra careful while descending. After some walking you will be able to spot the campsite of Shea Goru far in the distance in the direction of river flow. Shea Goru in local means “Cold Street”. It is definitely very cold here due to the winds. Camp & overnight stay in Shea Goru.
This day we have an easy descent through the Hampta Valley. Trek begins with the crossing of river which is flowing by the campsite. Now crossing this river is one hell of an experience in itself. Let’s keep it as a surprise for the trek. The massive mountains of the Pir Panjal and Spiti ranges dominate the entire landscape during the Hampta Pass Trek till the camp site at Chhatru. Chhatru is a confluence point of paths from Rohtang Pass, Hamta Pass and Lahaul & Spiti. From Chatru if road and weather condition permit we head to the Chandra Tal and camp at suitable place according to the conditions.
After breakfast we leave for Manali via the Rohtang Pass. Our wonderful experience of trekking in Himachal ends.