Hampta Pass is one of the best monsoon trekking destination in Himachal Pradesh.
About the trek
Famous for being one of the best crossover treks in the Himalayas, the Hampta Pass trek offers quite a dramatic experience to the trekkers and hence gets visited by trekkers from all over the world. With an amazing display of changing landscape, the diverse terrain and scenery are dramatic in its true sense and that too in a short span of mere 5days.
This crossover trek at the Pir Panjal Range of the Himalayas offers a variety of setting from the very first day. During the trek, you will experience scenes like vast stretches of vertical rock walls, vibrant green grasslands, streams, waterfalls, monumental mountains, and frozen glaciers, all in one trek. And with such majestic features of nature as a backdrop, the campsites of the trek look all the more gorgeous, offering the trekkers an unforgettable experience.
With the trek starting from Manali, and Jobra serving as its basecamp, the trek is considered to be ‘easy to moderate’ in terms of difficulty, as you climb your way to 14010 feet over a span of five days. Starting from camping at the edge of the forest, you trek your way through the narrow valleys, meadows, fjord and desert oasis to the pass which offers a panoramic view of beautiful mountains.
Best Time to Visit Hampta Pass Trek
It is one of those rare high altitude treks that can be enjoyed during the monsoon season. On looking at the features of the treks, people often plan their trek during the time between mid-June and mid-October. Because of its altitude, on the trek, you get to witnesses snow on the higher regions of the pass during the early days of the season, but the snow melts down completely by August.
During this period, as the snow melts, expect the streams, rivers and the lakes to be filled with gushing water, and the water bodies show off their true beauty with their as they flow down the terrain as they get replenished by the monsoon rainfall. Although you can expect rainfall in the Kullu-Manali valley, Spiti remains bright and sunny nevertheless. Along with the sparkling waterfalls flowing down the rocky terrain of the mountains, during this period, the meadows get rejuvenated by the monsoon rain and exhibit a glossy vibrant look that fills the trekkers with a sense of freshness.
Being in its near proximity, trekkers prefer to undertake this trek from mid-June to mid-October, as the Chandra Taal lake becomes easily accessible during this time period, becoming one of the prime reasons of favoring this trek.
During the early months of this trekking season, expect the temperature to stay within a comfortable range of 12° Celsius to 20° Celsius during the daytime. Post-sun-down, as the night falls, the temperatures are likely to dip but will stay between 6° Celsius to minus 2° Celsius.
During the latter half, from September to mid-October, the region at times experiences snowfall. While during the daytime, the temperature stays within a comfortable range of 12° Celsius to 18° Celsius, from the evening the area starts getting cold and often drops down, and stays within a range of 4° Celsius to minus 6 ° Celsius.
Day 1: Manali to Chika via Jobra
Day 1 starts with an adventurous 16km drive from Manali to Jobra, which will take around 2 hrs as your ride takes to through the 42 hairpin bends. Following the drive, you will experience an easy 2km trekking to the Chika campsite through the alpine forest and rich mountain vegetation.
Day 2: Chika to Balu ka Ghera
On the second day, the trek starts from Chika and takes you to the next campsite at Balu ka Ghera through rocky terrain, grasslands, and streams. It is an 8.5 km of trekking that takes about 6 hours to complete and lets you experience an altitude gain from 10,990 feet to 12,000 feet.
Day 3: From Balu Ka Ghera ascent to Hampta Pass, and descent down
to Shea Goru
Today being the third day of the trek, it is the most challenging day of the entire trek as today is the day you to the pass and you trek 7kms in 6 hours. Starting with a steep incline and an adventurous ascent from Balu ka Ghera you reach the Hampta pass to experience a view that is worth the effort. After that, you have an equally challenging descent to Shea Goru.
Day 4: Shea Goru to Chhatru OR Visit Chandrataal lake and return to
Chhatru campsite, depending on accessibility.
Even though being a simple trek for the day of 7kms that takes about 4 hours, we start off a little early so that on reaching the campsite we can do a bit of sightseeing. If possible we visit the Chandrataal lake on our way.
Day 5: 4 hour drive from Chatru back to Manali Via Rohtang Pass
The concluding day of the trek is all about a beautiful drive from Chatru to Manali via Rohtang Pass which happens to be an 85km drive and will take about 4 hours – depending on the traffic en route.