Hampta Pass trek and Chandratal Lake.
Trip Type: Trekking Holiday India
Region: Kullu / Lahaul Valley - Himachal
Grade: Moderately Challenging
Duration: 6 days
Max Altitude: 4270m
Batch Dates: Custom Dates Only
Hampta Pass Trek and Chandratal Lake Overview
The Hampta pass trek is one of the most beautiful and also easy treks to do around Manali. Hampta pass trek connects the main Kullu valley to Lahaul. Some of the highlights of the trek is the ever-changing landscape that you get to witness from lovely mountain streams on the trail to beautiful alpine meadows and beautiful carpets of flower, surreal green grass. As you cross the pass into Lahaul you get to see stark barren landscapes and distant glaciers. And at the end of the Hampta pass trek you get to behold the blue waters of the amazing Chandratal lake also know as the moon lake this lake forms the most amazing treat of the Hampta pass trek.
The Hampta pass trek begins in Manali with a drive to Jhobri Nulla form where we will start our days trek. From here we will head to our Campsite at Chikka. Over the next few days we will hike up to a higher campsite at Bhalu ka Ghera and then cross the Hampta pass. Once we cross the Hampta pass we will descend into Lahaul and make our first camp at Shea Goru and then will head to our road head camp at Chatru.
From Chatru SUV's will pick us up the next day and drive us to Chandratal lake where we will send sometime and then drive back to Manali the same day.
This is a custom departure tour and so please write to us for prices and more info on this trek.
Hampta Pass Trek with Chandratal Lake Detailed Itinerary
Day 01: Arrival in Manali
Arrive in Manali in the morning. Walk around town and orient yourself to your surroundings. The group meets for a trip orientation in the evening by the trip leader at the hotel. Overnight in a hotel - meals and stay not included in the trip cost.
Day 02: Drive Manali to Jobra via Panduropa, Setan (2700m) and Hampta villages and then trek to Chikka.
Duration: 1 hr drive + 2 hours trek.
A very scenic drive. It passes through apple orchards and forests of blue pine, cedar, oak, fir and chestnut. The villages that the trail passes through - Chhalet, Hampta and Ghoratbari. Legend is that when people die and are on the way to heaven, their souls have to pass these villages. It is said that people here hear sounds of crying if the soul is condemned to hell and sounds of a trumpet if it is ascending to heaven.
Day 03: Chikka - Bhalu Ka Ghera (3730m)
Duration: 5 hours
The path to Bhalu ka ghera is from Chhika. The trek passes through some spectacular landscape to just below the Hamta Pass, on a grassy bank sloping down from the cliffs. The impressive grandeur of immediate surroundings, the nearness of the Tokru-Shakru peaks, the wonderful coloring of the rocks and mountainside, all make this one of the best campsite on the route. Chikka also has the river, Alain Nullah, which has its snout in the Hamta Pass.
Day 04: Bhalu Ka Ghera - Shea Gahru (3200m) via Hampta Pass (4270m)
Duration: 8 - 9 hours
The trail now begins to ascend towards Hamta Pass and one can have close views of Deo Tibba and Indrasan peaks. After that, it is a descent all the way right to the campsite at Shea Gahru. "Shea Gahru" means a very cold place in the Spiti dialect because it is adjacent to a glacier snout. During summer, it's a grazing pasture or halting place for the shepherds on the way to the Lahaul valley.
Day 05: Shea Gahru - Chhatru (3360m)
Duration: 3 hours
The fourth day's walk is quite easy, along the river up to a boulder field, which is hard to cross during the monsoons. The river has to be forded at one point from where one can see the valleys of Lahaul and Spiti. The massive mountains of the Pir Panjal and Spiti ranges dominate the entire landscape till the campsite at Chhatru. Chhatru is a confluence point of paths from Rohtang Pass, Hamta Pass and Spiti.
Day 06: Chhatru - Batal (3960m) - Chandetal Lake (4250m) and drive back to Manali by Evening.
Duration: 10 hours
We will have SUV's pick us up from Chatru to Chandertal and return to Manali. Tempo Traveller will be sent specially from Manali it will meet us at Chatru and drive us to the Chandertal Lake. We will spend sometime by the lake and then drive back to Manali via Batal. Our meal plan ends with breakfast today. We will stop enroute for lunch at a Dhaba and people can choose to eat meals at their own expense. We will drop you off in Manali at the main Market in the evening. Trip ends!!
- Accommodation on twin sharing basis in tents.
- Camping Tents, Kitchen tents, Dining Tents, Western Style Toilet Tents.
- Sleeping bags (Down Feather/ Primaloft).
- Insulated sleeping pads.
- All meals as detailed in the itinerary and safe drinking water. Meal plan begins with Lunch on Day 2 and ends with Breakfast on Day 6.
- Guides, Cook and camp staff.
- Pack animals (Horses/Mules) to carry loads on the route with personal portage up to 10kg/person
- All HP state Forest Permits
- All transport Manali to Jobra and Chatru to Manali via Chandertal.
- Any hotel stays in Manali
- Any food in hotels.
- All expenses of personal nature like bottled water, drinks, tips, telephone calls, mineral water etc.
- Personal Clothing.
- Medical and evacuation expenses, we strongly recommend purchasing a suitable insurance cover - asc360 provides adventure insurance in the Indian Himalayas.
- Any transport outside of mentioned inclusions.
- Any expense incurred due to force majeure such as landslide, bad weather or reasons beyond our control.
- Backpack 40 - 50 Lt with rain cover - Goes on the horse/porter
- Day Pack 15 - 20 lt with rain cover- to carry your camera, water bottle, trail layers, trail food etc.
-Trekking Shoes: Please do not wear sports shoes as on most treks, as we go higher it gets harder to use sports shoes.
- 2 -3 pairs of trekking socks.
- 2 pairs of woolen socks - ideal to sleep in and best to use when in camp. We do not recommend them while trekking
- Pants: 3 pairs (including the ones you wear) - Ideal are the quick dry trekking pants. Alternatively, track pants are also comfortable to trek in.
- T-shirts 3 pairs (including the ones you are wearing) - Preferably quick dry, full sleeve t-shirts You can also choose to get T-shirts with collars, they offer extra protection for the neck from sunburns.
- Fleece Jacket
- Rain & Wind Protection
- Down filled / Hollow fiber fill insulated Jacket
- Thermal liners - 1 pair upper and lower (optional).
- Warm Cap
- Sun Cap
- Sunglasses with UV protection.
Other recommended necessities:
- Toiletries - sunscreen SPF 40+, moisturiser, lip balm, soap, toilet paper.
- Repair Kit (needle and thread).
- Headlamp/ Torch.
- Water Bottle- Ideally keep two bottles 1 liter each.
- Trekking Pole - Optional.
- Plastic Packing covers. (Please pack all your gear in waterproof plastic bags so that your clothes etc do not get wet while on horses or porters. Also, carry extra plastic bags in case you need to pack wet clothes.)