Duration :- 5 days
Grade :- Easy to Moderate
Max Altitude :- 14,100 Ft.
Approx Trekking Km :- 26 kms.
In the afternoon, arrive in Manali and transfer to your lodgings.
The hill station of Manali lies at an altitude of 6725 feet, and it is famous for its scenic environs and vibrant culture. In summers, the weather here remains pretty gentle, which makes it favourable for people to indulge in trekking and adventure sports like paragliding. Winters transform this colourful place into white elegance attracting people to come here and enjoy skiing.
After reaching your lodgings, enjoy a tasty lunch and rest for some time.
Soon after lunch, get ready to begin your Hampta Pass trek from this pretty hill town.
Begin hiking and climb up till Chika, a picturesque valley, about 10250 feet above sea level. It has a lush grass-covered flat terrain, surrounded by gentle slopes. The mountains host thick coniferous vegetation, and a river also flows through this beautiful valley. Along the way, you will pass Prerni and Jobri villages as well as Aleo Nallah stream.
After you reach Chika, proceed to your lodgings for an overnight stay.
Continue your Hampta Pass trekking after relishing a scrumptious breakfast
and head to Bhalu ka Ghera, which lies at an approximate altitude of 11480
feet and its name translates into the terrry of bears. It has been named
so because during winters, brown bears come down here from further up and
make it their hibernation grounds.
Like Chika, Bhalu ka Ghera is also a scenic valley, comprising flat lands and high mountains all around. The difference between the two places is that there are no trees in Bhalu ka Ghera and the clouds flow at ground height here.
Beginning from Chika, you will be required to cross a makeshift bridge, made of logs. High caution should be taken while crossing the bridge. Just ahead of it, you will encounter a rapidly flowing river. Keep to the left and continue your Hampta Pass trek towards Bhalu ka Ghera.
After a while, you will start gaining altitude rapidly and the hike will become somewhat challenging. All through the journey, your eyes will feast on varieties of colourful flowers, growing in the wilderness. A little onwards, another stream will come your way, which you should cross in the morning itself. As the sun becomes stronger, more snow will melt in the mountains high above and the volume of water in the stream will rise.
This day you will cover a distance of around 18 km and the journey will take 4-5 hours.
Find your campsite as you arrive at Bhalu ka Ghera and then retire for the night.
As this is an important portion of the trek, you wake up early in the
morning to commence it.
Most of the day will be spent meandering through a tranquil valley. Maintain left to enter the Lahaul and Spiti districts. As you continue walking, you will reach Hampta Pass, which lies at an elevation of about 14000 feet above sea level. Summers bring the place alive with lush green grass and hordes of animals that graze here without fear of anything. Wild flowers impart a rich vibrancy to the mountain pass and small water streams make their way through here. A small amount of snow may still be seen due to its high altitude and in the distance permanently few snow-covered peaks.
Along the way, there are numerous spots where you may stop and rest, after this gruelling phase of Hampta Pass trekking.
Further on the journey, which is quite easy due to the flat terrain of the region, you enter the Lahaul region of Himachal Pradesh. The last in the series of bridges that you cross is a bit challenging because of the steepness of the climb. Once you cross the bridge, you descend for a while before reaching Siagoru, which is around 13000 feet above sea level and is an exceptional destination to set up camps.
Following this roughly 14-km long excursion through the Himalayas, you will be exhausted. On arrival in Siagoru, transfer to your campsite and retire for the night.
Early in the morning, begin the next section of your Hampta Pass trek after
a delicious breakfast at the campsite.
To begin with, cross the river that was visible from the camps in Siagoru.
The first section of this day’s journey is easy as it comprises a long descent through the slopes. After the descent, you arrive in the valley, carved by the Chandra River, at an approximate elevation of 11000 feet above sea level. On your way to Chatru, you will see numerous makeshift stalls, selling delicious food.
By the time you reach Chatru, you would have covered a distance of about 8 km in around 5 hours.
As you arrive here, travel towards the campsite for an overnight stay.
At Chatru, board a vehicle and drive down to Chandratal.
This lake is located at 14000 feet approximately and is known for its resplendent natural beauty. It reflects the blue sky and surrounding mountains amazingly and makes for an excellent photography spot.
Post relaxing in the pristine setting and clicking photos, start the last portion of the Hampta Pass trekking and trace your way back to Manali. First, travel to Chatru by vehicle and then to Manali on foot, hiking down the slopes and meandering through the Himalayas.
|Pickup & Drop.||Air fare / train fare|
|4 Dinner & 4 Breakfasts||Monuments Entrance fees during sightseeing|
|Welcome Drink on arrival.||Camera Charges / Rides etc.|
|Sight-Seeing as per Itinerary||Any other item not specified in the Package Inclusions.|
|All toll taxes, parking fees and driver’s allowances||3.5% Government service tax|
|Inclusive of all taxes||Vehicle service on leisure days not included.|