Hampta Pass and Chandratal Trek
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Vacation Style Holiday Type
Snow & Ice
Activity Level Strenuous
Group Size Medium Group
Region:- Himanchal (Manali)
Duration: – 4 Nights/5 days
Grade: – Easy to Moderate
Suitable time: – July / August / Early September
Max Altitude: – 14,100 Ft.
Cost: INR 8500/- per person
ABOUT HAMPTA PASS AND CHANDRATAL
If you are a first time trekker and wondering for a trek then Hampta Pass is the best ideal chosen place. The unforgettable high moderate Himalayan adventure Hampta Pass Trek is based in the region of beautiful Himanchal (Manali) at an altitude of 14100 ft. high. Hampta pass trekking can be done in any season, but the best time to go for trek is in the month of June to September. Hampta Pass trekking gives an amazing experience of exploring your life with special hues of nature. One gets an incredible view of rock faces, frosty valleys, thick pine forest, open meadows, adrenaline pumping waterway and pleasant as well as adventurous crossing areas.
It connects two beautiful valley named; Kullu and Lahaul, were one get various Landscapes. Colorful Himalayan birds, species and flowers attract the viewers by their beauty. The scenic landscape, frequently change in weather and atmosphere delights the trekkers and gives a good option of clicking pictures. Climbing on the snow stretch and finding peace with nature with the surroundings of Himalaya is vast.
Manali to Chika
All the tourists will be reaching Manali which is also known as the paradise of India by afternoon. Many types of transportation facilities buses and cars are available for you to reach Manali. In Himachal Pradesh Kullu and Manali are the too small towns which are located very close to each other. Both the places are visited at the same time by all the tourists. As soon as you reach Manali you will take rest in the provided lodge or hotels. This place is famous for good food and weather. The people over here are you helping nature. After having a delicious lunch at any restaurant,
You can start your journey for today towards Chika. It is situated 10,250 feet about the sea level. All along the way, you will be able to see a very famous temple which is known as the origin of small hot spring. This temple is called Vashisht temple. According to beliefs the spring is holy water. This place is just 3 kilometers away from Manali. If you are going by a cab, then there is an intermediate destination called Johari.
You can also visit many small villages, which is the covered with snow one of these villages name, is Prerni. Trekking along the roads of Himachal Pradesh is a very delightful scene, and you will have your lifetime experience over here. It is known for its hill station and its beauty of it. While you will be travelling to reach Jobri, you can see the roads are dividing, and there is an altitude gain. Jobri is nothing but a place where all the temporary workers have set up their houses. All the workers working a hydro power plant which is located nearby. From this place, your actual trek starts. There is a manmade bridge made up of concrete what is supposed to be crossed by you. After crossing the bridge, keep yourself to the left, and it will take you the forest having coniferous trees.
The geography of this place doesn’t allow any other kind of trees to grow because of snow. After you have your final crossing Aleonallah, you will reach beautiful meadow, having full of greenery. The grasses on the meadows are evenly spread giving you a nice glimpse of the scenery. You will not have to worry to travel this place as the terrain is flat. After travelling for 2 to 3 hours in the same direction, you’ll reach the final destination for the day-Chikka. You will be camping beside the stream of water and you can spot very beautiful site of the waterfall from the camping area.
Chika to Balu ka Ghera
After having a good tight sleep, have the healthiest breakfast and get ready to continue your trek. For today, your destination will be BhalukaGhera. This place is famous for brown bears and hence the name of this place stands on them. During winters, all the brown bears come over here and hibernate. As you continue to travel in the same direction, you can see a bridge, which is made up of logs.
It is necessary to cross the bridge with caution. Just after crossing the bridge you will be able to view a stream in which water is flowing in a very high speed. You should keep yourself left to reach the destination. After a point of time, you will face some attitude to come across. Many different varieties of flowers can be seen all the way. After some time again you will again see a stream of water flowing. It is recommended to cross the stream on the morning itself as that time the water current is slow and steady as compared to the later time of the day.
Again you will need to keep yourself left till you do not reach your campsite for the day. Totally you will travel about 8 kilometers, and it will take approximately 4 to 5 hours to cross so much distance. Take some rest in the camp and enjoy the scenic beauty down there.
Baluka Gera to Siagoru, Cross Hampta Pass
It is very important for you to start little early for the trekking today. Keep yourself left of the valley which you will travel full day. It totally depends on the time of trekking but sometimes if you look back all you can see is some snow bridges. Maintaining left is the ultimate object in this trek, and you will keep it till you reach Hampta pass. Trekking in Hampta pass just drives you crazy as it is one of the most fabulous experiences you can have. It has so much natural beauty that cannot be explained in words. It is a perfect location to click some fabulous pictures. Stalls are provided on the way where you can take some rest. About 14000 feet above the sea level is Lahaul which you will reach after leaving behind Hampta Pass.
There will be a surprising element waiting for you. There you can view a field full of snow, and it is covered for almost the entire year. The trekking is not that difficult as the altitude is moderate, but the last bridge to cross will take some of your efforts. The climb is very steep and may be little difficult for your legs. As you complete the climb, it will follow a huge descent.
The descent terrain will be vanished with a flat surface and many boulders all over the place very soon. After travelling for about some time in the direction, you can again see some stream, and you will have to keep left.
After travelling in the leveled ground for some time, you will be heading closer to your destination Siagoru. It is situated 13000 feet above the sea level and is the best place to set up camp for the day. The beauty has its own level and gives a majestic feeling when you view the mountains and river streams. Today was a bit hectic day for you as you would have traversed 14 kilometers all together making you very tired. So do not waste any more time and get to your bed soon to give your body some rest.
Siagoru to Chatru - Drive and short Trek to Chandratal
Get up soon and have your breakfast. Get ready for the trek and cross the river which is seen from the campsite. Half of your trek is very easy as it will be full descend and the rest of the trek will be very tiring for you to traverse very steep altitude. It will make your path difficult when you will face the rock zone. After descending you will see the large valley of river Chandra.
Chandra River is at 11000 feet above the sea level and is located on the highway of Manali and Kaza. It is an exhibition place as one side you can view the mountains full of snow and the other side you will view barren mountains. On the way, you can satisfy your hunger on the dhabas located on the way of your trek. The food quality is ultimate and delicious, and you will find to have some more of them as you are doing some of the real physical work. By the end of the day, you will cover 8 kilometers approximately, and it should not take more than 5 hours to complete it.
You will be starting your journey by car. The roads will lead you to Chandra Tal. It opens at the mid of July, and it ends by the last week of October. Rest days of the year this road cannot be traversed as it will be covered with snow. If you have come to trek in some other days, then you will have to choose an alternate path, which is via Kunzum la. It makes a border between Spiti and Lahaul. You will cross Chotadhara on the way from Kaza to Batal. From Batal, you will have two options. Either you can move towards Chandra Tal, which is about 14000 feet from the sea level, or you can choose to go towards Kunzum la.
The name Chandra Tal is because of the moon shaped lake which has crystal clear water. The sight from the mountains of Chandra Tal is an awesome experience, and you can spend some memorable time over there. Kunzum la also gives a night sight of the Chandra Bhaga range. On the way, you can see that there are many prayer flags. These prayer flags are usually put up by the people over here in various occasions. If the colour of the flag is white in colour that means death and if it is some coloured flag that means it is an indication of prayer fulfilled. There is also a good luck wheel which has a major significance in the daily life of people. It is assumed that one who rotates the wheel; it will bring good luck in their lives.
Chandratal to Manali
After viewing all such places, you will return to Manali via Chhatru and Rohtang pass by the end of the evening. Total distance is covered is 200 kilometer by today itself and you will reach by evening. You can leave for your city by that day itself of you can wait for the day over the hotel and leave for your home next day morning. You will be reaching back to Manali and end the journey with lots of memories.
How to Reach?Click to expand answer
By Air: – Bhuntar, which is 52 km away from Manali, is the nearest airport. Taxi services are available from Bhuntar to Manali, which costs about Rs. 700- Rs1000. Bhuntar is well connected to Delhi by air.
The airliners that take you to this Airport are Indian Airlines, Kingfisher airlines, MDLR Airlines and Jagson Airlines, operating flights from Delhi and Chandigarh to Kullu.
By Road: – Manali is well connected to Delhi. Take an overnight bus from Delhi and you will reach Manali in 12 – 14 hours.
Tip: Since Delhi Manali is a long journey most Volvo private buses leave Delhi between 5 pm and 6 pm. The last govt bus leaves at 8.30 pm from ISBT Kashmere Gate.
Manali to Delhi
Like the onward journey, buses leave from Manali to Delhi between 4 and 5 p.m. Your tentative arrival at Delhi may be anywhere between 6 a.m and 10 a.m. Plan your onward journeys only post noon giving enough buffer for bus delays.
Things to Carry?Click to expand answer
Rucksack, Cotton clothes, Good trekking shoes, Warm jacket, Warmer, Woolen or monkey cap covering head and ears, UV rays protected sunglasses, Raincoat, Extra socks, Water bottle, Torch, Cold Cream, Sunscreen, Toilet Soap, Towel, Walking Stick , Personal Medicines, Waterproof over trousers and waterproof Jacket, Trekking Gaiters, Comfortable Backpack with good back support and accessibility (easy access), Backpack Rain cover, Hiking Pole, Good stretchable and Quick-dry Trek Pants, Light and warm base layer (Preferably Merino wool. It can be used over a long period of time and stinks less), Warm and waterproof Jacket (Preferably Down Jacket with one extra layer for waterproofing), Fleece for layer 2, Warm Socks (Preferably Merino wool. It can be used over a long period of time and stinks less), Trekking shoe with good grip, traction and a very good non-compressible mid-sole, Gloves, Warm hat, Small Daypack.
When to Book?Click to expand answer
It is wise to make your booking at least two months in advance. However, if you want a good deal on your domestic/international flight, we recommend organising your trip at least three months in advance. (Please contact us if you require a late booking)