Hampta Pass Trek to ChandratalManali 4 Nights/5 Days
4 Night/5 Day Trek
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.
- Hampta Pass
- Kunzum La
- 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.
Day-1: Manali - Pirni - Chikka (3530 m - 40 min drive - 3-4 hr trek)
Reporting time: 08:00 am
Day-2: Chikka to Bhalu Ka Ghera (3530 m - 4-5 hrs trek)
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.
- 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)
- Services of experienced lead guide (MOI) and experienced high altitude cook, assistant guides and trek coordinator.
- Porter/pony for equipment and camping gear
- Stay in 3-4 men hiking tents during the trek
- All meals during trek (nutritious freshly cooked vegetarian) from lunch on day 1 to breakfast on day 5 except lunch on day 4 at dhabha in Chatru.
- Kitchen equipment, cook and helper
- All the Camping arrangements
- Wildlife/ environmental permits and other permits & levies.
- 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)
- 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
- Meals at the basecamp (available at Rs. 150 per person per meal during complimentary stay)
- Cost of any optional activity we offer, like paragliding, angling, rafting etc.
- 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.
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.
- 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.
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Prini, 2 km from Manali mkt