Hampta Pass with Chandrataal 2018
Hampta pass - A stunning crossover trek from Manali to Spiti
The Chandrataal over Hampta pass trek offers that peek into the 2-sides of the Himachal. Starting from the lush green of Kullu valley to the barrenness of Spiti. This trek is a good initiation into high altitude trekking in Himachal Pradesh.
- Trek to the high altitude Hampta Pass and crossover to enter the Spiti region
- A Trans-Himalayan trek to the beautiful Chandrataal - The moon lake
- Visit Kunzum La in the Spiti region of Himachal Pradesh
Route: Manali - Pirni - Chikka - Hampta Pass - Chattru - Kunzum La - Chandrataal - Rohtang Pass - Manali.
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Day 1: Manali - Pirni - Chikka |3530 m - 40 min drive, 3-4 hrs trek
Reach Manali and meet the team at Pirni (2 km from Manali). You will be meeting other trekkers and team here. We'll drive to the trek starting point Jobri, after a briefing session with the trek leader. (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 be greeted by the beautifully 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 lunchtime. Our camping site for the night will be in Chikka.
Day 2: Chikka to Balu Ka Gera | 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 its literal sense, is a place where brown bears are said to hibernate during winters. A beautiful camping spot and it is here that we will set up our camps for the night.
Day 3: Balu Ka Gera to Hampta Pass (4298 m) to Shea Goru | 7 hrs trek
After a hearty breakfast, we’ll 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 snowbound you will you will have to cut steps in the ice up the pass. The view from here is jaw dropping. The peaks of the Kulti valley and of the Chandrabhaga group.
From the top of the pass, you can see the majestic Mt. Deo Tibba (6001m), Indrasan (6221m) and the mighty Greater Himalayan and Pir Panjal Range. A short descent leads to the camping site at Shiya Goru (also written as Shea Goru). We will camp in a beautiful meadow by the stream.
Day 4: Shiya Goru to Chattru to Batal to Kunzum La (4590 m) to Chandrataal | 3-4 hrs trek
Today’s trek begins with crossing a small stream and a walk following the valley stream down to the mighty Chandra river. The descent to the river 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 cross river alone, always use the bridge. Arriving by the side of Manali-Spiti road at Chattru, we will stop here for tea and lunch break. After the lunch, we drive to visit Chandratal 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. Once we reach Batal, the onward journey 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 Chandrataal, however, the more direct approach is the road from Batal, going into the Chandra valley in the north.
We will 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 Chandrataal, from here you can see the panoramic view of the Chandra-Bhaga (CB) range.
Day 5: Chandrataal - Batal - Chatru - Rohtang Pass - Marhi - Manali | 7-8 Hrs drive
The emerald coloured expanse of the Chandrataal lake is breathtaking. Spend the morning at leisure by the 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.
As all adventures come to an end to make way for new ones, we drive back to Manali via Chatru, Rohtang Pass (3980 m) and Marhi. 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 a 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 on 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.
Day 6: (Optional): Head to the base camp for a celebratory dinner and bonfire. Next day after breakfast explore Manali, go for paragliding or zip lining or spend a day at leisure, angling by the river. later we'll drop you to Patlikuhal bus stop for your onward journey.
- Services of experienced lead guide and experienced high altitude cook, local 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 or public transportation
- All meals during road journeys at dhabas/restaurant
- 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 (choose add-on if required)
- Cost of any form of insurance
- Failing to report at the reporting time till 3 hours will be considered as a "No-show" case.
- Reporting time at Prini is 10:00 am
- In case you are travelling by your own car, we suggest you arrive directly at our base camp 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 i.e 6 is not met, the trek will not be cancelled; however we will travel in public transport. and the trip to chandertaal will be subject to availability of shared transport. if participants are 5 or less than 5 then the treansport cost will be split equally among the participants.
- 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.
- 100% refund if cancelled before 30 days
- 50% refund if cancelled before 7 days
- No refund after that
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Some of our own trek leaders are qualified, experienced ladies. All treks are extremely safe for ladies and we have a lot of solo clients who are ladies.
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There are no doctors on the trek; however our trek leaders are experienced in first aid and basic medical protocols.
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Our thoroughly researched itineraries are designed to offer you access to some of the world\'s best-kept secrets. We have personally explored the destinations we offer with in-depth knowledge that goes towards making your experience more than worth your while. However, at times due factors beyond any one’s control, situations may arise which can pose a challenge to the safety and security of the group members. To minimize any negative impact, we subscribe strictly to “Safety Protocol” which is an intensive and comprehensive compilation of safety and security measures undertaken to ensure a seamless and safe experience for its guests. There are factors which are controllable and attention to them ensures lower risks and toned down consequences.
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We provide our clients with porters/ponies for their convenience on demand and at a fixed price (Rs.500 per day for the duration of the trek and a maximum of 10 kg per person)
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You need to carry an original ID card and a photograph.
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Our trip will start from the base camp in Haripur, 14 km short of Manali. If you are travelling by Volvo bus, you are requested to de-board at the Patlikuhal bus stand and we will receive you from there and drive you to the base camp
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The water during the trip is fresh and it is recommended to carry your personal reusable water bottles and filters as well.
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Meet-up Information/Reporting Point:
- Prini, Manali
- Reporting instructions will be communicated on e-mail/phone by trek coordinator
₹ 7690 Per Person