Kullu, Himachal Pradesh
Manali Bus Stand
Manali (Bus stand)
One of the most beautiful and popular treks in Himachal Pradesh, Hampta Pass Trek with chandratal is great for all the fun-loving (and fit) first-timers. The trek will start from Manali and will take you through amazing meadow and snowy trail. From vast grassland to raging rivers, from high rock mountains to snowy patches. This is the most popular route for the shepherds to reach Lahaul valley from the verdant Kullu valley.
Apart from the treks, Hampta pass trek takes you to a drive along Lahaul valley and hike to Chandratal Lake, which is one of the most beautiful and virgin lakes in the whole country. The first glimpse of the lake as you hike hypnotizes you completely. The best part is that is it an easy to moderate trek and thus popular amongst first timers and photographers!
If you’re looking for other monsoon trek option click here.
Pick up from Manali at around 10-11 am in the morning and drive to Jobra. Trek from Jobra to Chika. 2 hours easy ascent 9800 ft to 10,400 ft. Overnight camping at Chika.
Trek from Chika to Balu Ka Ghera on second day. This is a green beautiful trek patch. It involves 4 hours of easy ascent. The total distance is 8 kms. Overnight camping at Balu ka Ghera.
Trek from Balu Ka Ghera to Sia Goru crossing Hampta Pass. This will be a little tough and long day. The total duration will be around 8-9 hours and distance covered will be around 14 kms. It involves easy to moderate steep ascents followed by a sharp descent. Overnight at Sia Goru.
This day, we trek from Sia Goru to roadhead at Chatru in Lahaul. It is a 4-5 hours of trek. Once you reach the roadhead, we’ll drive to Chandratal Lake. We go till the road ends and then hike up to Chandratal Lake. It is one of the most beautiful and undisturbed lakes in India. Overnight near Chandratal lake.
Early morning, we start our return journey from Chandratal Lake to Manali via Batal, Chatru and Rohtang Pass. Usually we arrive back by 4-5 pm in the evening. PLEASE NOTE THAT SOMETIMES DUE TO LANDSLIDES IN THE REMOTE AREAS, WE GET DELAYED. SO WE ADVISE TO MAKE ARRANGEMENTS TO STAY AT MANALI OVERNIGHT.
|08 Jun – 12 Jun||Open|
|15 Jun – 19 Jun||Open|
|22 Jun – 26 Jun||Open|
|29 Jun – 03 Jul||Open|
|06 Jul – 10 Jul||Open|
|13 Jul – 17 Jul||Open|
|20 Jul – 24 Jul||Open|
|27 Jul – 31 Jul||Open|
|03 Aug – 07 Aug||Open|
|10 Aug – 14 Aug||Open|
|17 Aug – 21 Aug||Open|
|24 Aug – 28 Aug||Open|
|31 Aug – 04 Sep||Open|
|07 Sep – 11 Sep||Open|
|14 Sep – 18 Sep||Open|
|21 Sep – 25 Sep||Open|
Accommodation (Tourist Lodge + Camping)
Meals while on trek (Veg. + Eggs)
Trek equipment (Sleeping bag, mattress, Kitchen & dining tent, crampon, utensils, tent)
All necessary permits and entry fees.
First aid medical kits, stretcher and oxygen cylinder.
Mountaineering qualified & professional trek Leader, guide and Support staff.
Transport from Manali to Manali.
Any kind of personal expenses.
Food during the transit.
Mules or porter to carry personal luggage.
Anything not specifically mentioned under the head.
GST of 5%
Every adventure has its own set of risks and precaution one needs to take.
Hampta pass trek is a beginner’s easy-grade trek. But the same makes it risky because many first-timers come who are unaware of the basic risks in an adventure.
Risks in a fine weather day can be something like pain in the legs due to fatigue, injury due to slip or fall. Mountains can also present harsher climates which include heavy storm and rainfall, snowfall etc. They may add risk to the route.
Things to Get:
1. Backpack (55 – 65 L) with sturdy and comfortable shoulder straps and supporting frame. Add-on poncho can be considered to keep it dry.
2. Trekking shoes. Ensure the shoes are well broken in before the trek. Shoes should have good grip, ankle support and waterproofing.
3. 2 x waterproof track-pants. Track-pants are light. Plus when things get cold you can wear one over the other. DO NOT bring Jeans, Shorts, Capris, etc.
4. 3 x cotton t-shirts – full sleeves preferred.
5. 1 x Fleece jacket; a woolen sweater would be an alternative.
6. 1 x Wind-proof jacket. 7. 1 pair x thermal inner.
8. 2 pairs x sports socks and 1 pair x woolen socks.
9. Woolen monkey cap / balaclava that covers the ear.
10. 1 pair x woolen gloves and 1 pair of synthetic gloves (water proof).
11. Sun Cap and Sun-glasses which cover your eyes well.
12. People who wear spectacles, choose one of these: a) Use contact lenses. b) Photo-chromatic glasses c) If either of the above is not possible, wear your spectacles and carry a big sunglass that can be worn over your spectacles.
13. Towel (Thin, quick drying type).
14. Cold cream and sun screen lotion (SPF 40+) and one Lip-balm.
15. 2 x Water bottles (1 L each).
16. Torch with extra set of cells (head lamps preferable).
17. Personal toilet kit (minimal) and toilet paper.
18. Although we carry first-aid kit, we recommend you carrying a personal medicine kit. If you are travelling with friends, you can share one amongst 2-3 people.
19. Camera, memory-cards, batteries etc. (carry enough spare batteries. Electricity is not available during trek)
20. Slippers / sandals (for walking around campsite, you can share this with tent mates).
21. Trekking / Hiking Poles (at least one – mandatory)
22. Some trekkers feel loss of energy more than others. While there is adequate food provided on the trek, carry dry fruit combinations as light snacks. Glucon-D can help in instant energy and considered good in AMS as well (not proven).
23. Gaiters (Mandatory for snow treks)
24. While packing, use plastic bags to compartmentalize things and carry few extra plastic bags for wet clothes.
25. ADVENTURE SPIRIT.
IMPORTANT: NEVER LEAVE ANY PLASTIC OUT IN THE NATURE. Plastic is only for use. If you’ve spare plastic bag, free hands and some will, we’d recommend you collecting non-biodegradable waste from the trail and bringing back as much as possible. We all can do our bit for the Mother Nature.
1. Leave your denims behind – these are ill suited for treks and add weight.
2. Snacks, colas, alcohol and personal food – No need to overburden yourself with food. Plus it is not recommended medically and we do not allow any!
3. Do not carry any disposable plastic bottles (Bisleri etc.), plastic wrapped/packaged items. Do not bring any non-bio degradable material.
4. After packing, weigh your gear. It should be in the range of 7-8 kg – preferably on the lighter side. Anything heavier, you will need to iterate and remove what is not essential.
5. Carry light and what is essential. As an example, toothpaste should be bought in small size (that can last you 15 days). The list of things mentioned here are exactly what you need and nothing more.
6. To protect yourself from cold, dress in layers. Two T-shirts worn one over the other is warmer than a T-shirt that is thick. 3 T-shirts worn one over the other is as good as a full sweater. This is just a guideline. If you are prone to cold carry an extra sweater.
7. The trek dates / itinerary / plan are liable to be changed in case of non viability or hostile weather conditions.
We always serve Indian vegetarian food and eggs during our trek.
Trekkers can enjoy it mostly in the month of June, July, September and first week of October.
Yes, it is always advisable. We only carry basic first aid medicines. Also, where our team helps in emergency situations. In no way, one can replace a physician. If you have been specially prescribed some medicines, please do bring them along.
Yes, our first priority is to provide the safety environment for all trekkers. Girls’ safety and comfort is of foremost importance to us. Even our allocation of tents and rooms is made on the basis of female to male ratio in the group.
Our trek leaders are certified mountaineers with knowledge of first aid in the wilderness and they carry necessary first aid medicine kit. At each camp, they assess your condition and can take appropriate action in case a rescue is required.
Our group size is minimum 5 people and maximum 15 people with mix of men and women.
We have an experienced trekking guide who leads the trek.