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Top 5 reasons to trek Mount Kilimanjaro

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Top 5 reasons to trek Mount Kilimanjaro

Mount Kilimanjaro is the highest free-standing mountain in the world that attracts approximately 40,000 trekkers every year. Mount Kilimanjaro is the major source of tourism in Tanzania, Africa. It is popularly known as ‘Every man’s Everest’.

Mount Kilimanjaro is Africa’s tallest peak and it’s summit is called as Uhuru Point which is 5,895 meters or 19,341 feet above sea level. While most of highest peak in the world are part of Mountain ranges for example Mt Everest is part the The Great Himalayas where is Mt Kilimanjaro is a free standing mountain which is a result of volcanic activity.

 

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We have discovered top 5 reasons to trek Mt Kilimanjaro:

1. No Technical Skills Required: Out of the Seven Summits, Mt Kilimanjaro is the easiest to climb. You don’t need any mountaineering equipment or any former mountaineering experience to climb Mt Kilimanjaro. All you need to climb this mountain is to be fit, resolute, and well-versed.

2. Nature’s Wonder: Mt. Kilimanjaro is one of the most beautiful natural wonders of the world. Thick green rain forests, snow-covered mountains, a host of animals in their natural habitat and a chance to experience five climatic and six ecological zones.

3. The Sense of Achievement: People frequently take up challenges to get out of their comfort zones and Mt. Kilimanjaro offers just that. High altitude and constantly varying temperatures make it a challenge to many. Hence, getting to the top of one of the seven summits is not a small accomplishment.

4. Picturesque Views: Mt Kilimanjaro is one of the world’s most prominent natural wonders: a snow-capped peak on the equator, a sea of lush green forest surrounded by dry grasslands. This makes for an amazing, bone-melting view from the top.

5. Availability of accommodation: Mt Kilimanjaro offers proper accommodations to support the trekkers. There is an availability of hotels, mountaineering gears on rent, transportation, and guides. Also you can include Africa wild life safari with you mountaineering expedition.

There are many reasons to trek this beauty and not enough lists to prove that. So don’t think twice and accept the challenge!

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Is Hampta Pass in February possible?

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Is Hampta Pass in February possible?

Situated at an altitude of 4277.86 meters above sea level, the Hampta Pass is an essential part of Manali’s landscape, which is definitely India’s much loved adventure spot, this trek is certainly amongst the easiest of treks and most accessible to beginners. An electrifying experience, trekking around Hampta Pass unlocks the door to a whole new beautiful world.

While the whole of India is enjoying spring with cool pleasant weather all around, Hampta Pass in February is still a cold desert with harsh weather and unpredictable snowstorms. Though the Hampta Pass trek is not that difficult, it is nearly impossible to complete in the month of February.

Hampta Pass in February is closed due to Snow 

Hampta Pass in February is covered with a thick blanket of snow and the weather is unpredictable. The narrowing and constriction of the valley increases the amount of the snow that collects there. The temperature gets as low as 5°C even during the day and there is snowfall. In February, the track to the valley is too steep and sharp to trek which can be risky to walk on and is highly unsafe. But if you plan to attempt Hampta Pass, you should be experienced with other treks in the Himalayan region in order to complete the trek. But it is not advisable to attempt Hampta Pass in February.

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Hampta Pass in February

But if you want to enjoy Hampta Pass, you should do this trek in mid-June. In mid-June, you will find a beautiful green valley with a few patches of snow – they are abundantly present and found all through the trek. In a nutshell, Hampta Pass in February is not a good idea unless you have a lot of experience. Mid-June to mid-October is the best time to trek the Hampta Pass. After the mid-June, trek fever ends in July and the snow melts down and the valley turns intoa green paradise.

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Is doing Hampta Pass solo a good option?

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Hampta Pass Solo Trekking

Even though Hampta Pass is not an easy trek, it is undeniably a popular one. Every year many trekkers witness lush green valleys of Spiti and Kullu. You will find many shepherds on your way to the pass but you should not rely on their availability if you are planning to do Hampta Pass solo. One should never risk being alone in the mountains. But if you are an experienced trekker, who has completed other high-altitude treks and have adequate gear and maps to mark the track, there is some possibility that you can attempt Hampta Pass trek solo, without any guide.

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Hampta Pass Solo 

You might be very self-assured on your skills but it is always recommended to take a guide along.

1. One should always be modest when encountering nature as humans are of no consequence in front of nature. Since Hampta Pass is a multi-day trek, it is wise to hire a guide or go with a group as you would have to carry your own camping gear and food. A local guide or a trek organizer can hire a cook, an aid and mules to carry your bags.

2. Things may seem to go completely fine without any glitch, but if things begin to go wrong you would not be able to deal with it alone. While trekking or otherwise, it is always about understanding the risk level and figuring out your mental and physical capability. If you have no trekking knowledge and experience, it can lead to benightment.

 

But if you still choose to attempt Hampta Pass solo, remember a few things.

Don’t rely too much on the internet for weather forecast since the weather on mountains can change in just minutes. A clear blue sky can turn grey with clouds in just a few minutes. One should stay prepared.

So, carry warmers, a good tent and sleeping bags and ample amount of food in advance. Many trekkers and tourists have diverged from their track and gone missing due to sudden snowfall and dense mist. So, we will recommend for you to get a guide along, it might give a good first experience for you to endeavor by yourself in future.

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Is Hampta Pass in November possible?

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Hampta Pass in November

Hampta Pass trek is a beginner’s delight as it has all the components of adventure with easy access. This trek offers diverse landscapes of thick pine forests, vast meadows, adventure-filled river crossings and a high altitude mountain pass. It is named after the village of Hampta. Shepherds and villagers have used this pass to come into Lahaul Spiti valley of Himachal. Traditionally, this was the alternate route between Lahaul and Kullu Valley before the road was built over Rohtang Pass. Hampta Pass is a moderate trek with a possibility of mingling a lot of other adventure activities to suit variable duration and interest of tourists.

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Best Time for Hampta Pass Trek 

The best time to trek the Hampta Pass is from mid-June to mid-October. There is a possibility of witnessing some snow on the high altitude areas in the early days of the trekking season but gradually it melts down completely post monsoon. But the Pass completely changes its face in the winter season and the weather turns extremely harsh.

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Hampta Pass Trek in november Hampta Pass in december

 

Hampta Pass Trek in Winters

One of the worst times to trek the Hampta Pass would be the winter season. Hampta Pass in November is tremendously cold and the weather is changeable which makes it unsafe to attempt. Hampta Pass in November is covered with snow, the trekkers seem to avoid this trek due to risk factors associated with narrow roads and slippery ice. Even though the maximum temperature can be 25°C to 26°C during daytime, the temperature goes down at night. The weather can be very unpredictable and can change overnight. The native guides are the best judge of the weather conditions as they change very brusquely on the mountains. This makes the Hampta Pass in November extremely unsafe. Trekkers can go for the Hampta Circle Trek instead of the Hampta Pass in November if they want to experience an adventure.

Hampta Pass Trek in December

We are planning to launch Winter Hampta Pass Trek in December but as we all know that it snows heavily in Manali so reaching Hampta Pass is difficult so we have explored a new itinerary from Manali. Here is the Hampta Pass in December itinerary

Day 1 Arrive at Manali and check into Camp

Day 2 Trek to Setan Snow Camp

Day 3 Trek to Khar Myundari and Return to Manali

Day 4 Trek ends

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Hampta Pass in October

How is Hampta Pass Trek in October?

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Hampta Pass Trek in October

Linking the beautiful valleys of Lahaul and Kullu, the Hampta Pass hiking trip is a well-liked trek amidst trekkers. Making your way from Manali through various isolated villages and towns, this trek offers gorgeous landscapes that charm plenty of travelers every year.

Starting from Manali’s altitude of 14,100 ft., this trek will take you through beautiful high-altitude woodlands and glaciers on the way to the Hampta Pass and the magical Chandratal Lake. This mesmerizing trek offers you an amazing sight of flowers, birds and picturesque landscapes together with rocky terrains, pine woodlands, glacial valleys, and streams.

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The approach to crossing the Hampta Pass is not difficult but a tiring one. Climbing the sharp climb to reach Hampta Pass is a long haul. With fluctuating weather and wobbly and rough climb, one needs to be smart enough to attempt this trek during trek season.

Hampta Pass Trek in October
Hampta Pass Trek in October ” All Barren Landscape”

 

Best Time for Hampta Pass Trek – Mid June to Mid October 

The best time to do Hampta pass is from mid-June to mid-October. Hampta Pass in October is a great time to do this trek but only until the second week. October marks the beginning of Winters and there are chances of snowfall as well, you have clear weather and clear views of high peaks and mountains. No rains, bright sun and cold nights you will get to face when doing Hampta Pass Trek in October. But in the second half of October, Hampta Pass is a dicey terrain there are chances of snowfall and getting struck due to road closure at Rohtang Pass. There is not really heavy snowfall but there is a high chance of snowfall and the weather turns unpredictable.

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Temperatures during Hamtpa Pass Trek in October

The temperature in the first half of October is approximately 15°C but the temperature gets as low as – 2°C in the second half of the October. The snow starts coming back and it gets harder to trek due to constriction and narrowing of treks due to the accumulation of snow.

There is much less greenery in Hampta Pass Trek in October and you find more snow patches. In conclusion, October is a dicey time to attempt Hampta Pass trek. If there is no hefty snowfall, you may be able to complete it, but it is sensible to avoid any high Himalayan pass at that time. Most people who try to attempt the Hampta Pass in October will come back from the top instead of descending down to Lahaul, as Rohtang Pass may get shut.

But if you are still adamant and plan to attempt Hampta Pass, make sure you have enough experience in the Himalayan region and local guides.

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Is Hampta Pass Trek in May a good option?

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Hampta Pass Trek in May

The Hampta Pass Trek is one of the most enjoyable treks in the Manali region of Himachal Pradesh.  Hampta Pass Trek is a moderately difficult trek with a possibility of a manageable schedule to suit one’s time. The exquisiteness of this trek is that the landscape changes each day and every season. And even though this Pass is open for much more time duration than other treks, it does not make it less dangerous in off season.

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Hampta Pass Trek in May

If you are thinking of attempting the Hampta Pass Trek in May, you should think again. Usually, the Hampta Pass trek opens in the first or second week of June. Attempting this trek a bit early would mean a couple of things. Even though the Hampta pass is not very difficult it can be a bit risky while there is still snow. Even for an experienced individual who might know the route pretty well, one can’t be too sure when dealing with snow and ice or any alteration in the landscape because of loose rocks or landslides.

Hampta Pass Temperatures in May 

The temperature in Hampta Pass Trek in May ranges from -1°C at night to 10°C during daytime with snowstorms and cloudy skies. All of these situations could be sufficiently dangerous if things start to go wrong. A person who is thinking of attempting the Hampta Pass trek in the month of May is possibly the first trekker of the season and is, in fact, opening the trek route. Inaugurating a trek route is a job which should be best left to the experts.

Another reason to not go for the Hampta pass trek is that road gets blocked from Chatru to Manali. And if the road is not open by the month of May, then a better option would be the Hampta Circle trek, which is very similar to the Hampta Pass trek but it doesn’t cross the pass.  Chatru is linked to Manali by road through the Rohtang Pass. The Rohtang pass is shut down during the winter season and opens when the previous season’s snow is cleared. This generally happens in May. Hence, Hampta Pass in May is not possible.

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Hampta Pass in September

How is Hampta Pass in September?

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Hampta Pass in September

Hampta Pass Trek in September is the best time to go to see the lush green cover after monsoon rain and clear skies. Hampta Pass is not difficult but can be tiresome. With shifting weather pattern and loose residual ridge hike, one has to have some experience. The massive peaks surrounding the Hampta Pass looks frightening. A couple of unknown mountains around it give an impression of a dry cold desert. As one reaches the pass, one can marvel the magnificence of the place.

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Unlike the majority of trekkers that prefer snow patches and ice in a narrow valley of the Hampta pass, many prefer to attempt this trek post monsoon. The valley that appears to be a completely spectacular alpine snow glacier in the month of June changes into a green  and flat field in September. The sharp peaks across the river have a strange pattern that attracts immediate attention. Hampta Pass in September or post monsoons offers an exceptional impression about the trek which one barely gets to see in the summer months. You will witness less greenery and rare beauty of the barren fields of cold Himalayas, comparative to monsoons. Conformist and experienced trekkers will feel at home.

Hampta pass in September

While you camp at Balu Ka Ghera, you will witness the beautiful view of Hampta pass in September. There is nothing better than the solitude that Rani Ka nalla offers which is found to be lacking any snow bridges that make the trek more difficult. You get to observe a remarkable range of streams, seeping down the glacial sink. The whole scenery of the area takes a complete twist as you reach the barren Spiti valley as you leave Kullu valley behind.  There is an abundance of beauty in this valley which takes a lot of time to be absorbed by anyone. Even though the valley is snowless, there is so much more to see like an unhindered view of majestic Indrasen peak and its glacier basin.

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Hampta Pass height

What is the Hampta Pass height?

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Hampta Pass height or Hampta Pass Altitude 4270 M


Hampta Pass
 is situated at an altitude of 4270m on the Pir Panjal range of the Himalayas. Hampta Pass height is approximately 14,010 ft.and it serves as a small passageway between Lahaul Spiti Valley and Kullu valley in the state of Himachal Pradesh, India. This pass is often used by shepherds, in search for high altitude fields with grass in the dry and cold desert of Lahaul during summers.  It’s named after the Hampta situated in the region Lahaul Spiti. From the pass, you can see the Lahaul valley in a wide panoramic curve. Hampta Pass height gives it the X-factor that every pass needs, Hampta Pass height makes it easier and more accessible than other treks but at the same time makes it and snow-filled and adventurous pass.

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Hampta Pass height

The pass starts from the Prini village and takes us to the magnificent hills of The Great Himalayas, the Pir Panjal Range. Over this trek one witnesses diverse shades of nature as one gains altitude from thick green forests of pine to a gorgeous view of Mt. Deo Tibba and Mt. Indrasan and their glaciers to the infertile and barren lands of Lahaul and Spiti valley. Just like the landscapes, the weather at the Hampta Pass can change at every 100m and in no time. A clear blue sky can turn grey with clouds in just a few minutes as it is a Pass.

There are many ways Hampta Pass height can be measured. There are mainly three ways to do that, Barometric altimeters, radio altimeters and GPS. Barometric altimeters use barometric pressure in order to measure the altitude or elevation. The drawback of using barometric altimeter is that the barometric pressure also changes with the weather, mainly the change in air pressure due to change in weather.  Hence, you cannot fully rely on these.

The second way to measure altitude is by using Radio altimeter. It measures altitude above the terrain radio waves.  GPS is the most accurate because when it works, it always provides the geometric altitude without the need for setting that might be incorrect; it calculates one’s location in 3-Dimensional space within a few feet. But the only drawback could be the unavailability of the cellular network in secluded areas.

If you want to get a better idea about Hampta Pass height, and even other surrounding popular places, you can refer to our detailed map. Click here

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How is Hampta Pass Trek in July?

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Hampta Pass Trek in July

Hampta Pass in July is beautiful. Even though there is a possibility that it would be raining after mid-July. But, there are several trek organizing groups which organize Hampta Pass trek from June till September. So, you shouldn’t worry about the weather as there is only partial rainfall. Moreover, the rains would only increase the exhilaration.

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Hampta Pass Trek in July is an off-beat, adventure-filled pass. The Hampta Pass is thought to be an ideal trek for beginners, the trek is moderately difficult. It is a short trek of 5 days that gives you an ample amount of time to enjoy the diverse landscape that it offers. Its landscape varies from plush green Kullu valleys to a vertical ledge, high in the mountains.

Hampta Pass Trek in July

 

The ledge gives you the feeling of standing on a balcony, only giving you the best view of the Himalayan Range and the deserts of Lahaul. You get a mesmerizing view of Lahaul Valley in one wide panoramic shot. And the best time to enjoy these views is from mid-June to mid-October. Hampta Pass in July and August is a haven for adventurers and amateur trekkers, giving them the right amount of adventure and beauty.

 

According to many,

Some of the high points of the trek are meadows at Jwara covered with green alpine trees and the sand campsite of Balu ka Gera that serves as an overnight campsite. The ascent and descent while crossing from Balu Ka Gera to Shea Goru via Hampta Pass is sharp that makes the trek, thrilling.

In August, the weather would be fiddly since there would be snow and ice with rains but nothing to be very anxious about. The land is very flat and the climb is gradual. The second day can seem slightly hard in bad weather. You should not go without local guides if you don’t have any experience of trekking in the Himalayas before. Just make sure you carry good protective winter apparel, trekking shoes, gloves, a raincoat and essential medications, trek pole, sunglasses, sunscreen (with SPF of at least 50).

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Spiti Valley – How to reach Lahaul and Spiti Valley?

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How to reach Lahaul and Spiti Valley?

Lahaul Spiti Valley can be reach by two routes one from Manali to Spiti Valley via Rohtang Pass, Chandratal Lake and Kunzum Pass and other one is Chandigarh to Spiti Valley via Shimla – Sarahan- Sangla – Nako – Tabo – Kaza. These two routes are beautiful and full of adventure. Now depending upon the no. of days you have you can decide which route you want to opt for. If you are driving yourself then we recommend that you take only SUV and avoid Hatchback cars to Spiti Valley.

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How to reach Spiti Valley from Manali by Road? 

To reach Spiti Valley from Manali you have to start early and take the Manali to Rohtang Road, you will also require the necessary permit from Manali Administration which can obtained online from  Rohtang Pass Permit Online Read details How to get Rohtang Pass Permit Lahaul and Spiti are two regions of Lahaul and Spiti district of Himachal Pradesh.

How to reach Spiti Valley and Lahaul Valley

 

Lahaul can be reached from Manali, with the road leading to Keylong. Keylong is also the district headquarters of Lahaul. You will have to cross Rohtang Pass to reach Keylong and this road remains closed between November and May due to snowfall.

Spiti Valley can be reached by taking the Gramphu Kunzum Kaza Road which is around 140 Kms. Road condition from Gramphu to Kunzum pass is very bad conditions once you cross Kunzum Pass you will find much better conditions roads. Kaza is the largest city of Spiti Valley and other important places of interest in Spiti Valley are Kibber, Ki Monastery, Tabo, Komic, Langza, Demul, Dhankar Monastery to name a few. Kibber serves the base of Kanamo Peak Trek and also famous for Snow Leopard during Winter Spiti Tour.

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How to reach Spiti Valley from Shimla by Road? 

Road trip from Shimla to Spiti Valley will takes you to the most scenic places and get to stay in unique home stays of Spiti Valley. The Highway NH22 takes you to the most beautiful village of Himachal Pradesh of Sangla Valley, Nako and leads straight to Tabo in Spiti Valley. It is a 10 hour Spiti Road best to be done in two or three breaks to enjoy the entire journey and also some roads are closed during the winters.

The valley is connected by road to the rest of Himachal Pradesh and other nearby states from between May and November. Regular buses ply from Manali across the Rohtang Pass to enter Lahaul and connect to Keylong as well.

Lahaul is on the route to Leh along the National Highway from Manali. Buses and taxis connect Spiti to Manali across the Kunzum La pass.

Nearest Railway Station to Spiti Valley 

The closest Railway station is Chandigarh. From Chandigarh, you can reach Lahaul via Manali and Spiti via Shimla by road. The journey by road would be an approximate of 5 and 9 hours respectively. Alternatively, one can also reach Shimla by train and then take a cab for the onward journey.

 

Nearest Airport to Spiti Valley 

The nearest airport to the Lahaul and Spiti Valley is the Bhunter Airport in Kullu. Air India is the major service provider here and has regular flights connecting Kullu to large cities like Delhi, Chandigarh, and Shimla. The airport is situated at a distance of 160 kilometers from Keylong. From the airport, Manali lies at a distance of 40 kilometers. From Manali, the valley can be reached in 6 hours by road via taxi or bus.  The route passes through Rohtang pass and leads to Keylong.