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Hampta Pass Trek is one of the most delightful treks in the Manali to Leh region, located in Himachal.

Hampta Pass Trek is one of the most delightful treks in the Manali to leh region, located in Himachal.


• This trek proceeds through forests of walnut, oak and the occasional alder.
• This trek keeps one spellbound and is spectacular.
• Hampta Pass trek begins from in the vicinity of Manali in the Kullu Valley and ends in Lahaul and the Chandra Valley.
• The trek is scattered at a height of 4270 meters.
• This is a moderate trek.
• The right time to visit this place is May to October.
• This trek is also promising in the Monsoons when the wild flowers are in full bloom.
• It offers a close view of Mt. Deo Tibba, Mt. Indrasan and their Glaciers.
• The initial trek follows the river valley leading to the Hampta pass.
• As trek proceeds, one will cross a river, across a Valley and get a beautiful view of Deo Tibba, Indrasan.
• Deo Tibba is popular among climbers who have good mountaineering knowledge.

General Itinerary of the Trek

Day 1
• Drive to Jobra.
• 2 hours easy ascent 9800 ft to 10,400 ft.
• Trek from Jobra to Chika.
• Camp at Chika.
Day 2
• Trek from Chika to Balu-Ka-Gera.
Day 3
• Trek from Balu-Ka-Gera to Sheagoru via Hampta Pass.
Day 4
• Trek from Sheagoru to Chatru.
Day 5
• Pick up at Chatru’s road head and drive to Manali.
• Arrive at Manali at approximately 5-6 pm.

Hampta Pass Trek

1. Towards Cheeka
• The forest is mostly Pine with an occasional Maple tree.
• It’s an easy slope and after 20 minutes into the forest.
• One will come to a bend with a huge rock which overlooks a meadow strewn with small rocks.
• Take a photo/water break at the rock and head into the meadow.
• The meadow has the Rani Nala or Rani River flowing in between.
• On either side we have the hills with rock faces.
• Some cows and sheep graze in the meadow which is lined with maple and pine trees.
• Early in the season one may mind some old snow by the side of the river.
• Traverse on the meadow or climb up the left hill.
• The climb makes the path slightly shorter.
• Chika is the camping ground for the day is at the end of this meadow.
• The river flows right in the middle and water is not an issue.
• Choose a nice ground and pitch your tent for the day.
• The temperature at night would be around 8-10 degrees.

2. Hampta Pass Trek – Cheeka Camp Site
Chika to Balu Ka Gera: (4 hours easy ascent)
• Start from Chika.
• The destination for the day Balu-Ka-Gera is towards the right of your camp site.
• Set out head right along on the left bank of the river.
• The initial climb is mainly through stones and boulders.
• The right bank of the river is laced with dwarf Rhododendrons in the lower and middle region of the mountain.
• Birch trees grow at the upper end.
• Look back and you see the Dhauladhar range with its snow clad peaks.
• Encounter a water fall on to the left.
• Fill your water bottles and take a break.
• After the waterfall, move towards your right heading towards the river.
• Lots of boulders around and to cross the river.
• Jump accross the rocks on the Rani Nala.
• The water is icy cold.
• You are now at Jwara.

3. Hampta Pass Trek-Jwara
• In front are snow clad mountains beyond which somewhere lays the Hampta Pass.
• Walk along the Rani River heading into the stage like rectangular valley.
• Find a variety of tiny flowers, Purple, yellow, pink etc.
• The trees are now left behind.
• It takes about half an hour to cross the valley
• After you come out of Juawara, walk further along crossing small snow flows and jumping accross rocks
• You then reach Balu-Ka-Gera or the bed of sand
• The ground is mainly the sand and dust brought down by the river.
• It’s a level ground at Balu-Ka-Gera
• Traverse the next day to cross the Hampta Pass
• Pitch your tent and relax for the day
• You are close to 11000 ft.

4. Hampta Pass trek – Balu Ka Gera Campsite
• The climb to Hampta pass is moderately steep and then the steep descent from Hampta Pass to Sheagoru

5. Hampta Pass Trek – Towards Hampta Pass
• Head out towards the mountains from Balu-Ka-Gera.
• There are lots of tiny pink and yellow flowers growing by the side of the river.
• Move along the river for an hour after which you may be over it.
• Half an hour of climb and come to the first plateau.
• Early summer, there is a good chance that this entire section is snow bound.
• At other times, there are only patches of snow.
• See the Deo Tibba peak right in front of you.
• Begin the next ascent.
• This is another inclined part which has two stages to it and finally ends at the ridge.
• The climb will take you another 20-30 minutes.
• From the top of the ridge its next parallel one is your next destination.

6. Hampta Pass Trek – The first ridge
• Hampta Pass is a bend away from the top of the second ridge.
• Descend a bit from the first ridge and traverse the side of the second ridge before starting the vertical assault.
• After 15 minutes of going by the side, begin the vertical climb and it gets over in 20 minutes.
• At the end of it but you are almost there at 14000ft and on top of Hampta Pass.

7. Hampta Pass-14300 ft
• The descent is slightly trickier than the ascent.
• From the pass take a turn towards the right.
• See the Spiti side of the pass below.
• Go down in a zig zag route and then stick to the right flank of the mountain.
• In half an hour the first downhill run is done.
• Take a U-turn and you are right below the pass now.
• From here its a straight down hill on snow or follow the zig-zag path down untill you hit the valley below.
• In an hour and a half you are down to the base of the valley.
• Tall snow clad mountains surround you from three sides and the open side leads you to Sheagoru.

Other treks of Himachal

• Bhabha Pass Trek
• Bir Bhangal Trek
• Darcha Lamayuru Trek
• Darcha Padum Trek
• Deo Tibba Expedition
• Friendship Peak Expedition
• Hampta Pass
• Indrahar Pass

Trekking routes in Himachal

• Hamta Trek
• Malana History Trek
• Chander Trail in Kullu Valley
• Wild Trek in Kullu Valley
• Dharamsala Chhota Bhangal over sari Pass Kullu
• Morchella trek
• Manali Hamya Herbal Trek
• Kinner Kailash Parikrama
• Hamirpur Deotsidh Sri Naina Devi Trek
• Maidi to Nadaun
• Bharmaur Kugti Udaipur Manali trek

Best time to visit / climate

• The climate in Manali is predominantly cold during winters, and moderately cool during summers.
• The temperatures range from 4 °C (39 °F) to 30 °C (86 °F) over the year.
• The average temperature during summer is between 14 °C (57 °F) and 20 °C (68 °F), and between ?7 °C (19 °F) and 10 °C (50 °F) in the winter.
• Monthly precipitation varies between 31 mm (1.2 in) in November to 217 mm (8.5 in) in July.
• In average, some 45 mm (1.8 in) of precipitation is received during winter and spring months.
• The average total annual precipitation is 1,363 mm (53.7 in).
• Snowfall in the region, takes place in the month of December.
• It has been delayed over the last fifteen years to January or early February.

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How to get there ?

1. By Air
• The nearest airport (IATA code KUU) is at Bhuntar town.
• It is situated on NH21 about 50 km (31 mi) south of Manali and 10 km (6.2 mi) south of Kullu town.
• The airport is also known as Kullu-Manali airport and has more than a kilometre long runway.
• Indian Airlines and some private airlines have regular flights to the airport.
• Chandigarh airport is the nearest large airport.

2. By Road
• Manali can be reached from Delhi by national highway NH 1 up to Chandigarh.
• From there by national highway NH21 that passes through Bilaspur, Sundernagar, Mandi and Kullu towns.
• The road distance from Delhi to Chandigarh is 248 km and from Chandigarh to Manali is 273 km.
• The total distance from Delhi to Manali thus is 521 km (324 mi).

3. By Rail
• Manali is not easily approachable by rail.
• The nearest broad gauge railheads are at Chandigarh (275 km (171 mi)), Pathankot (325 km (202 mi)) and Kalka (310 km (193 mi)).
• The nearest narrow gauge railhead is at Joginder Nagar (135 kilometres (84 mi)).

Some travel books from Amazon about The Hampta Pass Trek

DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: India Lonely Planet Indian Himalaya Lonely Planet Trekking in the Indian Himalaya

Places to stay (hotels / restaurants along with website / contact numbers)

Hotels at tripadvisor.in
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Hotels at holidayiq.com
Hotels at wikitravel.org

Blogs / Sites about Hampta Pass

Blogs and reviews at hamptapass.com
Blogs at hamptapass.co.in
Blogs and reviews at thrillophilia.com

Images and photos of Hampta Pass

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