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Chandertal Trek over Hampta Pass 2018

 Manali    4 Nights/5 Days
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Duration
4 Nights/5 Days
Start Point
Prini, Manali
Finish Point
Manali
Experience Type
Group
Trip Code
O310A1093
Group Size
6 to 15 people
Language
English, Hindi
Grade
Moderate

Overview

When I ventured into the adrenaline dripping world of trekking and climbing, a seasoned trekker told me that the trek to Chandertaal over Hampta Pass was a good point of initiation. And, of course he was right.

That being said now let me share some gyaan shyaan about this fabulous trek.

Kullu and Lahaul are two adjoining districts and are separated by the formidable Rohtang La. Rohtang La is snow bound from October to June. Both the valleys are geographically quite different. The Kullu/Manali valleys are green with thick forest cover and heavy rains. However, Lahaul is in a rain-shadow area with partial Trans-Himalayan barrenness. The trail to Chandertaal over Hampta Pass combines both these areas gives a wonderful walk with two completely different terrains to enjoy. 

Highlights:

  • Hampta Pass
  • Kunzum La
  • Chandertaal 
  • Rohtang La 

Trek Duration: 4 Night/5 Days
Maximum Altitude: 4590 m
Route: Manali - Pirni - Chikka - Hampta Pass - Chattru - Kunzum La - Chandertaal - Rohtang Pass - Manali.

Brief Itinerary:

Day-1: Manali - Pirni - Chikka (3530 m - 40 min drive - 3-4 hr trek) 

Reporting time: 08:00 am 

Trekkers are expected to reach Pirni (2 km from Manali) by the reporting time, here you will be received by our team. Once all the group members have come-in, we'll drive to the trek starting point Jobri (In the spirit of trekking, we'll wait for the whole group to come-in before the trek starts, that said, drive to jobri will start latest by 09:00 AM).
 
The trekking trail alternates from thick forests and open grounds till Chikka. We will be crossing few glacial streams over improvised wood bridges. After 3-4 hrs into the trek, we'll greeted by beautiful forested peaks, visible form Chikka. From here we also get an excellent view of Deo Tibba and Indrasan group of peaks. We'll be in Chikka by lunch time. Overnight camping in Chikka.

Day-2: Chikka to Bhalu Ka Ghera (3530 m - 4-5 hrs trek)

The trail leads to alpine meadows, full of interesting flora. After crossing stream at Juara, the glacial features of the surrounding mountains can be seen along the way. Bhalu ka Ghera (Bear’s Circle), in it's literal sense, is a place where brown bears are said to hibernate during winters. A beautiful camping spot and it is here that we camp for the night.  

Day-3: Bhalu Ka Ghera to Hampta Pass (4298 m) to Shiya Goru (3597 m)

Start the day early by climbing up for about 2 km up to the Hampta pass, while walking on the snowfields. It is now time to get shutter happy with your camera. The final ridge is a little steep to climb and when snow-bound you will you will have to cut steps in the ice up the pass. The view from here is jaw dropping. The peaks of in Lahaul, particularly in the Kulti valley and of the Chandrabhaga group, are seen as a huge cluster, with peak of Mulkila IV raising its head above them.  From top of the pass you can see the majestic Mt. Deo Tibba (6001 m), Indrasan (6221 m) and the mighty Greater Himalayan and Pir Panjal Range. A short descent leads to the campsite at Shiya Goru. We will camp in a beautiful meadow by the stream. 

Day-4: Shiya Goru to Chattru (3360 m) to Batal (3960 m) to Kunzum La (4590 m) to Chandrataal (4270 m)

Today’s trek begins with crossing a small stream and a walk following the valley stream down to the mighty River Chandra. The descent to River Chandra is a bit steep and follows a long ridge. Once in the valley you will rejoin the road which crosses the bridge across the river to Chatru. However gentle the river appears, do not try to ford the River Chandra – always use a bridge. This deceptive river has swept away many trekkers trying to take a shortcut. Arriving by the side of Manali-Spiti road at Chattru, we will stop here for tea and lunch break before driving to Chandertaal via Chhota Dhara (3517 m) and Batal.

 There are lovely views of the “Chhota Shigri” (small glacier) and “Bara Shigri” (big glacier) along with several high peaks of Lahaul. From Batal onwards it can be very windy as the valley opens up here. The road climbs steeply around many bends to Kunzum La in the east. This road leads to Spiti valley. There is a new footpath leading from Kunzum La that descends to Chandertaal, however the more direct approach is the road from Batal, going into the Chandra valley in the north. We wil be driving along the left bank river Chandra after crossing a bridge near Batal. The trail continues for about 14 km to the scenic campsite at the bank of Chandertaal, from here you can see the panoramic view of the Chandra-Bhaga Range.

Day-5: Chandrataal - Batal - Chatru - Rohtang Pass - Marhi - Manali

The emerald colored expanse is breathtaking. Spend the morning at leisure by the mesmerizing Chandertaal Lake. Situated in a bowl and in a beautiful crescent shape, it offers a view of many peaks. The massive Samundri Tapu glacier joins the valley from the west. It is linked with some major peaks and the Mulkila group at its head.

Then, as all adventures come to an end to make way for new ones, we drive back to Manali via ChatruRohtang Pass (3980 m) and Marhi. We can trek back or drive to Batal and have lunch there or at Chatru. For the adventurous few who want to spike the adventure even more, there is the option of boarding the much sought after “Himachal Tourism” bus back to Manali.  That is what I did and it was great fun. Rohtang Pass offers splendid view of the Lahaul Valley.  
 
We will then head on to Manali by 9 am or even earlier and reach anytime between 4 pm to 6 pm depending upon weather, road and traffic conditions. The trek ends here and those leaving the same day will be dropped in Manali to continue your journey back to Delhi. 
 
Customisation Available:
  • Complementory stay at the basecamp before the trek - FREE
  • Pick up from Patlikuhal bus stop, in case you decide to avail of the complimentary stay: Rs. 200 per person 
  • Meals during the stay at basecamp - Rs. 150 per meal (payable on spot)
  • Personal porterage: Rs. 1600 per 10 kg  (complete trek)
  • Personal 2 person tent- Rs. 1000 (complete trek)
Please Note: Incase group size is less then 5 members, then the road transportation will be done in state public transportation(ticket cost paid by the operator). For personal group transportation - cost will be split equality as per actual. 

Inclusions

  • Services of experienced lead guide and experienced high altitude cook, assistant guides and trek coordinator.  
  • Porter/pony for equipment and camping gear 
  • Stay in 2-4 men hiking tents during the trek  
  • All meals during trek (nutritious freshly cooked vegetarian) from lunch on day 1 to breakfast on day 5.  
  • Kitchen equipment, cook and helper  
  • All the Camping arrangements  
  • Wildlife/ environmental permits and other permits & levies.
  • essential first aid/ first responder equipment including oxygen and medicines
  • Transport from Chandrataal to Manali in shared cab* (only if the group size is more than 5 - Incase of 5 or less than 5 members - commute will be done in state public transportation)

Exclusions

  • Cost of any form of insurance (Personal/Baggage/Medical) 
  •  lunch on day 4 in Dhaba
  • All meals during travel and at dhabas. 
  • Cost of rescue, evacuation, hospitalization, etc.   
  • Any expenses of purely personal nature like laundry, phone/fax calls, tips to drivers, guides, any beverages.    
  • Any expenses that arise due to change in itinerary and decrease/increase in no. of days because of natural forces like landslides, weather, roadblocks, flight cancellations, sickness etc.   
  • Porter/pony for your personal gear (rs. 500 per day per 10 kg bag per person)
  • Cost of any optional activity we offer, like paragliding, angling, rafting etc. 

Important Info

  • Failing to report at the reporting time till 3 hours will be considered as a "No-show" case.
  • Reporting time at Prini is 08:00 AM
  • The trek can be customized and facilitated for 1 participant also and for this trip we take max. 12 participants in one group -  In case of less then 5 members, commute will be made through public transport.
  • In case you are travelling by your own car, we suggest you arrive directly at our basecamp located in Haripur (address will be shared after booking), 16 km from Manali on the Naggar road, the day before the start of the trek.
  • Participants are expected to have a reasonably good fitness level.
  • In the trek, if the group size is not met, the trek will not be cancelled; however we will travel in public transport.
  • Trekking programs in the Himalaya not necessarily would always run exactly as scheduled. Allow for unplanned long days or early camps due to weather disruptions or similar causes.
  • All participants are recommended to have a travel insurance that covers trekking and wilderness travel.
  • Wear shoes and clothes you are comfortable in and do not forget waterproof jackets and warm clothing.
  • Do not litter the environment. Polythene and plastics are non-biodegradable and unhealthy for the environment and must not be littered or burned and should be carried back
  • Soak up the atmosphere – close your eyes and take in the sights and sounds as you explore and observe. 

Cancellation

We understand life can be unpredictable at times, and that plans can change, that’s why we are pretty flexible about cancellations. For last minute emergencies we offer future trip credits on a case by case basis. Please talk to us before you cancel any trip with us.

  • From confirmation up to 30 days prior to departure - 10% of the total amount payable would be charged
  • Between 15 - 29 days - 50% would be refunded
  • Less than 15 days prior to departure - No refund

Please Note: Failure to show up at reporting point (till 3 hours of the reporting time) - Would be considered as a NO SHOW case and Operator has right to cancel the trip with No Refund.

Note:

  • Any additional expenses which might occur due to delays, weather disruptions, medical evacuation etc. would need to be borne by the participants as per actual. All overstay due to delay beyond our control would be charged on pro-rata based as per tour cost for planned days.
  • In case of unforeseen weather conditions or like, certain activities may be cancelled and in such cases we will provide an alternate feasible activity. However no refund will be provided for the same. 
  • Operator reserves the right to change the itinerary due to unforeseen circumstances such as due to political reason, natural calamities, serious sickness, and special reasons.
  • In case the road from Chatru to Chandertaal is not open we will camp at Chatru.
  • No refund will be payable to any client who voluntarily leaves a trip in the middle.
  • In case any participant falls sick or is injured during the program, the medical, travel, porter and any other expenses has to be borne by the concerned individual. However, primary medical facilities will be made available wherever possible.
  • Once the tour starts and is cancelled due to any reason beyond our control, the Company reserves the right for the payment of refunds to the client and will be on Company's discretion.
  • Please note that cancellation charges also apply to reductions in group size, not only for cancellations of entire bookings.
  • In case the strength falls below the stipulated group strength or the Client can travel as individual travelers, then a different rate i.e. not group rate would be applicable. If the company cancels the trip due to group size, 100% refund would be given.   
6 - Customizations Available
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Stay at basecamp
Pick-up from Patlikulhl Bus Stop for stay at base camp
Porterage
Private Tent
Manali to Delhi Luxury Volvo ticket
Pick-up from Manali for stay at base camp

Reporting/Start Point:

Prini
No Booking or Convenience Charge!
INR 9950 INR 7990 Per Person
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