Difficulty Level: Moderate
- Drive through one of the most beautiful roads in the world, well-accompanied by extended landscapes and high mountainous pass
- Flora and fauna
- Camping, photography and stargazing at Chandra Taal
Hampta Pass is a link that connects Kullu Valley with the Lahaul Valley. This trek is famous for being one of the best and most versatile in terms of landscapes and terrains it takes you through. Vivid colors of Himalayas this narrow trail introduces you to are far more beautiful than you might have imagined. The trek starts at a lush green and fertile valley of Kullu where there are beautiful flowers and meadows extended as far as you can see, where you can watch unbridled horses running across all length and breadth of high grasslands.
A desolate land starts to reveal itself as soon as you hit the top. Chandra Valley of Lahaul & Spiti district of Himachal Pradesh awaits and welcomes you as you start your descent on the other side of the slope to ultimately reach Chattru and give your aching legs some rest. Chattru in Lahaul Valley is the small place situated on Manali-Kaza road that offers you a chance to explore the lake of the moon, i.e., Chandra Tall, which is just 50 km from here.
Embarking on the journey to Hampta Pass – that stands unaltered for centuries at an altitude of about 14,000 ft – is a way to be part of Indian heritage as this route was the only channel that connected Kullu with Lahaul before the Rohtang Pass was opened. Not just that, you get a chance to get a closer look at a couple of 6 thousanders including Mt. Indrasan and Deo Tibba once you reach the top.
Day 1: Drive from Manali to Jobri Nala & trek to Chhika from Jobri Nala
Day 2: Trek from Chhika to Balu Ka Ghera
Day 3: Trek from Balu Ka Ghera to Sia Goru via Hampta Pass
Day 4: Trek from Sia Goru to Chattru & drive from Chattru to Chandra Taal
Day5: Drive from Chandra Taal to Manali
Day 1: Manali to Jobri Nala to Chhika (6 hrs)
After a short briefing session, we drive from Manali to Prini and take a left on a jeepable road to reach Jobri Nala. Jobri Nala is the starting point of our trek. We start an ascent on a narrow trail for about 5-6 hours through multiple small glacial streams and wooden bridges and a narrow gauge to finally bring ourselves to a place called Chhika – some 3150 m (10335 ft) above sea level – for an overnight stay in tents.
Day 3: Chhika to Balu Ka Ghera (6 hrs)
Next morning we start off a bit early through lovely meadows and wonderful landscapes. We cross a number of snow bridges over the Hampta stream. We reach Balu ka Gera (3660 m, 12,000 ft) before the sun sets behind mountainous peaks, and stay in camps. Balu Ka Ghera is located in the middle of an open meadow, offering the glimpses of the snow-covered Hampta Pass.
Day 4: Balu Ka Ghera to Sai Goru (8 hrs)
Next morning we hit the trails early to cross the snow-covered pass in order to get on to the other side of the peak. The ascent isn’t very challenging, though, but walking on snowy and slippery slopes gaining gradient gradually pose some real world difficulties when we have to tread last few hundred feet. After three hours of trekking, we reach the top of Hampta Pass (4,268 m, 14,000 ft). You can have a clear view of Mt. Indrasan and Deo Tibba and two valleys on either side once you stand at top. After having a beautiful 360-degree view of surroundings, we start descending on snow-free slopes and reach Sai Goru and camp for the night here.
Day 4: Sai Goru to Chattru to Chandra Taal (8 hrs)
We walk for about four hours to reach Chattru. Initially the descent is gradual which eventually starts getting steeper and steeper until we reach Chattru, situated on the left bank Chandra River in Lahaul. On a clear day, the snow peaks of the Mulkila and Chandrabhaga Ranges are visible.
We are back on the road once we reach Chattru. From here we drive upstream of Chandra River through Batal to reach Chandra Taal. We camp here for the night on the bank of Moon Lake to watch the star-studded sky as we lie down to recollect some beautiful memories before catching good night’s sleep.
Day 5: Chandra Taal to Manali (150 km, 8 hrs)
After breakfast, we leave for Manali via Rohtang Pass and reach Manali in the evening.
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Tour cost includes
- All meals (Veg.)
- Qualified trek leader
- Entry fees
Tour cost does not include
- Additional food or beverages ordered, porter
- Costs arising out of unforeseen circumstances
- Anything not mentioned in inclusion list