Hampta Pass Trek
HAMTA or Hampta Pass Trek is a 5 day trek, originating from Prini Village (on the Naggar side of the Beas) of Manali. The trek invites you to relish the beauty and serenity of the vicinity. That is why it is very famous trek for amateurs in The Himalayas and only one with such a variety of landscapes to offer in a single trek.
The locations you will pass by offer wonderful scenic beauty with grass enveloped grounds and snow loaded peaks. The expedition unfurls the charm of the Himalayan region. The Hampta Pass Trek generally lasts for four to five days where you get to soak in the charisma of the site.
Hampta Pass connects Kullu valley with Lahaul valley in Himachal Pradesh ,a place where people often find peace with nature and a mesmerizing spectacular landscape that invite tourists to enjoy trekking at its best. A very thick forest, quite flat, some streams, towering rocky cliffs off to one side, you may see wildlife such as wolves and even bears if you are lucky. Lot of birds (colorful Himalayan birds).At an altitude before crossing the Hampta Pass Deo Tibba Peak is clearly visible that is a memorable experience.
The unforgettable high Himalayan adventure Hampta Pass Trek is a perfect blend of thick pine forest, open meadows, and an adventurous crossing of a pass that makes you feel the adrenaline rush. The camping grounds at Rola Kholi and Pandu Ropa as a personal choice should be a rest place on the way.
The most astonishing thing about this trek is that one can reach a remarkable altitude of 14,000 feet,
This trek which will end up at an altitude of 14100 ft. high at ChandraTaal.
Taal (meaning the Lake of the Moon), is situated at an altitude of about 4,300 meters (14,100 ft) in the Himalayas. Mountains of screed overlook the lake on one side, and a magnificent cirque presents a view on the other. The name of the lake originates from its crescent shape. Situated in the Spiti part of the Lahul and Spiti district of Himachal Pradesh ,Chandra Taal is a popular destination for trekkers and campers and its deep blue color is rarity.)
The trek will charm you with captivating sights of varied landscapes, rough and barren areas ,rocky and grassy sites as well.
Region:- Kullu to Lahaul Spiti valley (H.P)
Duration:- 5 Days
Trek Type:- Easy
Maximum Altitude:- 14100Ft
Day 1:- Manali to Chika. (MANALI TO PRINI DRIVE)
Day 2:- Chika to Balu ka Ghera.
Day 3:- Balu ka Gera to Siagoru VIA Hampta Pass .
Day 4:- Siagoru to Chatru. (Drive to Chandra Tal)
Day 5:- Chandra Tal to Manali
Hire a taxi to Prini Village(on the Naggar side of the Beas) from Manali.A very snaky road (roughly 40 hairpin bends ) hairpin bends will be numbered ,road trip ends at HYDRO power project towards Hamta Pass.At the end where the RESTRICTED ZONE stops the road trip from there the trek(few hours) starts for people who want to get to Hampta Pass by car .On the way you’ll notice that those 40 hairpin bends were worth the natural scenic beauty you have from the top.
While getting through barrier at prini security is a issue, foreigners need to have their passports and preferably be in the company of a local, in some cases even have to use some references(like someone repudiated from the village), . on the way u won’t find any village or shop ,just one small village SETHAN up near the top inhabited mainly by Khampas originally from Tibet, here you can get some basic general store stuff like eatables recently I even noticed basic trekking equipments like rechargeable lamps ,tents, sleeping bags etc are also available at sethan on rent or hire.
And after going through road with 40 hairpin bends please it is humble request don’t expect that those shops at the barren land would offer you items for sale at a discount more over it would be above the MRP,and you will realize it yourself on the way.
Credit: Rohan Thakur,Content Writer,Visit Himalaya