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.
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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If you’re an adventure seeker and you love mountains and trekking in the Himalayas, then attempting Hampta Pass trek can turn out to be a perfect week for you to experience the beauty of nature from up close. The best thing about Hampta Pass trek is its moderate level of difficulty and not so high altitude that makes it ideal for amateur mountaineers and inexperienced trekkers. As the maximum altitude to be scaled is around 14000 feet, no pre-requisite preparation is compulsory and altitude sickness is not much of a concern. This trek will give you tons of knowledge in treks and will bring you a step closer to attempting harder treks in the Himalayan Region.
Mid-June to Mid-October is the finest time to trek to Hampta Pass. Several trekkers opt to trek Hampta Pass because of heavy snowfall even in the month of June in the Hampta Pass but the same wonderland changes into a dangerous valley that not many people take the risk of trekking in the month of January due to the high risk and danger.
Hampta Pass in January is Closed due to Snow
Hampta Pass in January is not a recommended time to do this trek as Hampta Pass in January will experience deep snow. The valley gets covered in snow making the trail even narrower and making the ascent sharper. This adventurous trek can be a risky business in winter months due to drop in temperature. The temperature during the month of January can vary from 5°C to 22°C with chilly days and even colder nights. Crossing over the Hampta pass gets to be nearly impossible due to slippery snow and harsh unpredictable weather. The roads from across the pass get closed due to heavy snowstorms and cloudy skies. Hampta Pass in January is not a good idea and not possible to even attempt. The best time to do the Hampta Pass trek is definitely mid-June and post-monsoon.
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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.
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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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.
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.
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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Bagini Glacier runs down northwards from Changabang & Trishuli peaks and then the Bagini river turns westwards where it is joined by Dunagiri Glacier waters running down from Purbi-Dronagiri ridge. Further west, it is joined by the Lampak stream and finally flows into the Dhauli-Ganga, just north of Jumma Village.
Region: Uttarakhand Duration: 9 Days Cost per person: INR 14,900 Grade: Moderate Max Altitude: 14,816 ft. Approx Trekking: 43 Kms.
Day 1: Haridwar to Joshimath. Day 2: Joshimath to Jumma & trek to Ruin village Day 3: Ruing Village to Dronagiri Village Day 4: Dronagiri village to Longatulli Day 5: Langatuli to Basecamp Day 6: Base camp to Bagini Glacier and Back to Basecamp Day 7: Base camp to Ruing Village Day 8: Ruing Village to Joshimath Day 9: Joshimath to Rishikesh.
Day 1: Haridwar to Joshimath (8-9hrs. Drive)
Drive to Joshimath from Haridwar is about 256 km. If you arrive Haridwar in the morning, drive to Joshimath through Devprayag, Srinagar, Rudrapryag, Karnprayag. You can have breakfast and lunch on the way.
Day 2: Joshimath to Jumma & trek to Ruin village
The trek starts from a non-descript village called Jumma which is an hour ride from Joshimath. Tapovan, Reni, Lata, Suraithota, Phagti are many villages which fall on the way. In between Suraithota and Jumma, the road is on par with the Dhauliganga River, which makes it a good watch in autumn. The trail starts with a steel suspension bridge over the Dhauliganga after which the ascent of Ruing begins.
Day 3: Ruing Village to Dronagiri Village
The trail from Jumma to Ruing is a well-laid path through the forest sometimes meandering up and sometimes down. At a distance of around 3.5mtrs from the Campsite, we reach the beginning of the landslide zone. The trail is dusty and full of mudslides, small streams crisscrossing your path.Once we reach there, a cemented pavement awaits in silent anticipation to take us to the Village. The scene is straight out from a Swiss alpine landscape. The horizon is dotted with the snow-laden peaks of Hathi Parvat, Ghori Parvat. For once we forget this is not a trek but a walk in the Swiss Alps.
Day 4: Dronagiri village to Longatulli
After leaving Dronagiri we reach a meandering path which leads us to a high ridge from where the first view of the Rishi peak is visible. Bagini nala too is first visible from here. After we leave the village we will reach a concrete bridge over the Bagini Nala.
Day 5: Langatuli to Basecamp
After crossing that bridge the path again takes a meandering turn upwards. Further an hour more we reach the camping ground of Longatulli which is again a very good campsite.
Day 6: Base camp to Bagini Glacier and Back to Basecamp
Bagini lower base camp is reached after a sound 3 hours hike on a rocky trail from Longatulli. Bagini lower campsite is a plain plateau. Few stunning peaks that can be observed from this place are Satminal, Hardeul and Rishi Pahar. From Bagini Advanced Base camp the route to Changabang base camp again ascends. The road is full of a moraine, and we will spot a number of crevasses on the bagini glacier.Changabang Base Camp is a huge amphitheater. The peaks which are visible from here are Hathi, Ghori,Satminal, Dunagiri east,Garur peak, Trishuli, hardeul, Rishi, Kalanka, Changabang.
Day 7: Basecamp to Ruing Village
After Breakfast, we trek all the way back to Ruing village through Dronagiri Village. Overnight camp at Ruing Village.
Day 8: Ruing Village to Joshimath
Today we descend down to Jumma to drive back to Joshimath. Overnight stay at a hostel.
The Buran Ghati trek is built to perfection. It feels like a wormhole between two worlds– one green and verdant with meadows and hills and the other rough, jagged and majestic.
This trek is suitable for those who have some trekking experience and have followed the fitness schedule regularly. The minimum age requirement to be eligible for this trek is 12 years.Buran Ghati is a moderate to difficult trek. The 1628 ft climb to Dunda can be challenging and requires a decent level of fitness. On this trek, your mental strength is as important as physical fitness. At the top of the Buran pass, you will see the main obstacle ahead- a 400-meter vertical ice wall. This stretch is a great adventure but one must tread carefully.
Region: Himachal Pradesh
Duration: 8 days
Highest altitude: 15,000 ft
Average temperature: Daytime: 13°C-18°C; Night time: 0°C-7°C
Cost per person: INR 13,950
Day 1: Reach Diude/Janglik; 9-10 hours drive from Shimla. Day 2: Diude/Janglik (9,200 ft) to Dayara (11,075 ft) Day 3: Dayara (11,075 ft) to Litham (11,737 ft) Day 4: Expedition to Chandranahan Lake (13,900 ft) Day 5: Litham (11,737 ft) to Dhunda (13,365 ft) Day 6: Dhunda (13,365 ft) to River campsite (11,800 ft) via Buran Ghati (15,000 ft) Day 7: River campsite (11,800 ft) to Barua (6,700 ft) Day 8: Buffer Day
Day 1: Reach Diude/Janglik; 9-10 hours’ drive from Shimla.
Report at the road ahead of the trek in Diude/Janglik.
Day 2: Diude/Janglik (9,200 ft) to Dayara (11,075 ft)
The trek starts from Diude. The trail till Dayara is covered with beautiful flowers– yellow, white and purple and myriads of sweet-smelling herbs. Every little stream is covered with bright yellow flowers.
Day 3: Dayara (11,075 ft) to Litham (11,737 ft)
These streams are all over the place, glistening as they go on their way. The trail takes you through a dense forest of oak and pine before a nights halt at the Litham valley.
Day 4: Expedition to Chandranahan Lake (13,900 ft)
Chandranahan lake is set in a glacial nest surrounded by prayer pillars and other symbols of spiritual adoration. The lake is considered sacred by many locals. The view of both sides from the Buran pass is exquisite! After spending some time at the lake we turn back to the campsite. This short excursion will help you acclimatize for the trek ahead.
Day 5: Litham (11,737 ft) to Dhunda (13,365 ft)
The 1628 ft climb to Dunda can be challenging and requires a decent level of fitness. Continue north-east along the Pabbar River which originates from the slopes of the Buran Ghati. Pass through Khubrini Thach and leaving the tree line behind climb steeply through boulders to enter Dunda Thach, located at the foot of the pass.
Day 6: Dhunda (13,365 ft) to River campsite (11,800 ft) via Buran Ghati (15,000 ft)
Out of the Dhunda campsite follow the ridge and hop over boulders towards the base of the pass. From the base, it is an hour long climb to the top, mostly on snow. Buran Ghati at exactly 15,000 ft is a thrilling climb. Descending on the Buran Ghati trek is quick and very soon you lose all the altitude that you have gained. It takes about 2 hours to get to the end of the snow line. You also lose about 3,000 ft in altitude. Out of the snow line, the descent takes you down a ridge with junipers and lovely flower crested shrubs. Descend for another hour to get to a stream that needs to be hopped over. Across the stream, the first farmers’ huts appear. This is where you camp for the night.
Day 7: River campsite (11,800 ft) to Barua (6,700 ft)
The trail is well marled from river campsite. Take the lower trail descending into the valley. The trail passes through grasslands & forest of pine trees. Arrive at kahrcham by the afternoon. You deserve to spend some easy time after an arduous trek. The campsite itself is very beautiful. Enjoy the evening at the campsite.
Day 8: Buffer Day
This day will only be used if the need arises during the trek. You are advised to keep a buffer day in your travel plan.
From beauty to adventure this trek has it all.So let’s get going folks!
Himachal never disappoints any visitor who reaches here seeking adventure and hardcore trekking. Himachal boasts of Himalayan elegance and natural beauty. It proudly challenges the seekers of the offbeat tourism spots. Churdhar is one such awesome destination where you can quench your thirst of experiencing nature at one of its best faces. At a modest elevation of just under 12,000 feet, Churdhar is the highest peak of outside Himalayan range. Very few know that it is from the top of this peak George Everest made his astronomical reading of Himalayan Mountains. Churdhar is also called Chur Chandni, which means mountain dressed in the moonlight. From the summit, you get a panoramic view of the lowland tracts on the south and snow clad ranges, including the peaks of Badrinath and Kedarnath in the Garhwal region towards the north. For almost six months, the north face of the mountain is snow-clad, and below that the flanks are covered with verdant forests. The Churdhar peak is only marginally higher than the long east-west ridgeline separating the rivers Tons and Giri.
Duration: 2 days
Cost per person: INR 4250
Best season: May to November (Except Monsoon season)
Day 1: Drive from Chandigarh to Nauradhar (2175 meters) and then an easy trek from Nauradhar to Jam Nallah (2855 meters) Day 2: Moderate trek from Jam Nallah to Churdhar Peak (3655 meters) and return Day 3: Trek back from Jam Nallah to Nauradhar and then we drive back from Nauradhar to Chandigarh
Day 1: Drive from Chandigarh to Nauradhar (2175 meters) and then an easy trek from Nauradhar to Jam Nallah. (2855 meters)
Nauradhar is a small town where one can purchase basic essentials. Trek starts right from the center of this town. First 2 km is a bit steep, and after that, it is a gradual incline through a forest of pine trees till Jam Nallah, our first-day camping site
Day 2: Moderate trek from Jam Nallah to Churdhar Peak (3655 meters) and return
During a trek of almost 5 hours, you don’t feel tired as the striking views, like that of the Kedarnath and Badrinath peaks, ranges of Lahaul and Spiti, a thick forest full of chirping noises, Gujjars with their cattle and many more, keep your energy level up. Also, a few other charming spots and temples, that you come across while you are on the way to Churdhar, make the journey unforgettable. After that, we start our descend towards the campsite.
Day 3: Trek back from Jam Nallah toNauradhar and then we drive back from Nauradhar to Chandigarh
We descend down from Jam Nallah to Nauradhar. It would take 3-4 hours to reach Nauradhar from Jam Nallah. Later we drive back to Chandigarh from Nauradhar
Most people think Spiti Valley is inaccessible in the winters. For the adventurous soul, this may turn out to be the best time to visit. There are hardly any tourists around and you will have all of Spiti to yourself. Winter is a perfect time to see local life in Spiti, as it has existed for centuries.
Winter in Spiti is harsh and temperatures are known to plummet to lesser than -35 degree Celsius at night. Everything is quite likely to be frozen and there is no running water in the taps. If you are lucky, there is a huge possibility of experiencing snowfall in Spiti, and sighting a snow leopard is a good possibility.
The change in landscape means it is quite possible to think of Spiti as an entirely different land as compared to summers. There are frozen waterfalls, azure blue skies, trees devoid of leaves, pristine freezing rivers in the winter that make Spiti a more beautiful and novel experience.
It is a good idea to first get acclimatized to the bare cold and high altitude of Kaza (3700 m) before exploring the various sites in the region. While coming from the Shimla route, the monastery of Nako coupled with a walk to the frozen or semi-frozen Nako Lake will help in acclimatization and be getting used to the cold. The oldest monastery in India, Tabo Gompa complex can be explored at leisure before making the final run to Kaza.
Apart from these places, there are other noteworthy monasteries in Spiti, including the Sakya Gompa in Kaza, Ki Monastery, Dhankar Monastery and Dhankar Lake, Komic Gompa, Giu Monastery, Lhalung Gompa and Kungri Monastery.Keep in mind that, depending on the amount of snow, the roads to these places may or may not be open. If the roads are closed, it is possible to trek to these villages on foot in the snow; it is advised not to trek by yourself and have a local guide or villager around. Major Spiti Valley attraction in the winters is the possibility of walking on the frozen Spiti and Pin rivers; keep in mind that there have been instances of people drowning in the past and any attempts are off the recommended list. A visit to a high altitude Spitian village is another major attraction, you will get to see local life and experience how it goes on in spite of the unbearable freezing temperatures. Reaching the village of Losar is a big upcoming attraction in Spitian winters. It is the biggest and farthest of all the Spitian villages and is a cultural delight. Locals celebrate festivals and folk dances by singing traditional Spitian songs. To revive the tradition, winters also see young men learn the art of carving Buddhist prayers on mane stones. In Kaza, locals can be seen playing the favorite Spitian game of ‘Cholo’.
The road to Losar is almost unbelievable in the winter and the landscape is covered in a blanket of white. There may be blossoms of various colors of almond, plum, peach and apricot trees along the route in February/March. Celebrating the festivals of Dechang and Losar is another big attraction in the winters.
Ghorepani Poon Hill Trekking, also popularly known as Annapurna Sunrise Trekking, or Annapurna Panorama Trekking is one of the most popular and relatively easy treks that meander through the beautiful ethnic villages of Annapurna Region. Invigorating through some rhododendron forests, Poon Hill Trekking in Nepal will let you feel the Himalayan Panorama while providing you the opportunities to get close to the local Culture.Poon Hill Trek is obviously best known for the views from Poon Hill.
Being popularly known as the Photographer’s Paradise, you can capture some of the best snaps of impressive Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges. Poon Hill offers you the striking panorama of the huge Himalayas including Annapurna South, Annapurna I, Annapurna II, III, and IV, Dhaulagiri, Lamjung Himal, Gangapurna, and Manaslu ranges among few others. The phenomenal sunrise from Poon Hill is just unmissable. A provocative glimpse of high mountains surrounding you can mesmerize anyone who’s the part of this awesome trek. In addition to that, Poon Hill Trekking will also let you witness terraced slopes, warm villages, beautiful paddy fields, and wonderful culture and lifestyle of ethnic people like Gurungs and Magars. Ghorepani and Ghandruk are two of the largest Gurung settlements in the Annapurna Region.
You will hike 2 days to Ghorepani (which used to be a rest stop where ancient traders found water (pani in Nepali) for their horses (ghoda in Nepali). You will experience sunrise at Poon Hill, with breathtaking views of the Himalayan peaks of the Annapurna Sanctuary, including Gangapurna, Annapurna South, Annapurna I, Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri, and Hiunchuli. Along the trail, you will hike through bamboo and rhododendron forest which will be in full bloom in the spring if you trek the Himalayas in March-April.
Enjoy the energizing fresh mountain air while you are totally enthralled with the breathtaking view of the dramatic Annapurna and Fishtail range. Hiking in the serene mountains is truly a blessing and it is made even better with the presence of the Himalayas. The sense of joy that comes to you while you see the snow capped mountains is indescribable; you must experience it for yourself.
200 km west of Kathmandu is the unbelievably beautiful city of Pokhara, a six hours bus ride or twenty-five minutes flight from Kathmandu, it is the main-gate way to the Ghorepani Poon hill trek. From Pokhara there is another one and half hour drive to Nayapul where your trek of the lifetime starts. As you walk the rugged trails, you will enjoy the beauty of nature as you cross small beautiful mountain streams, green hills that overlook the white Himalayan peaks and eventually watch the sunrise over the Annapurna mountain range which is blissful.
This short but spectacular trek will make you fall in love with the Nepal Himalayan Mountains, and make you want to see more.
College is probably the most amazing experience one can ever have.What makes college so exciting?!Friends, fun, partying and what not!But the most amusing part is embarking on adventure tours with our buddies!Here are some of the coolest adventure tours you must set out on:
Jodhpur or popularly known as “Blue City” is one of the most popular tourist locations. In Jodhpur, there is much scope for adventure at Mehrangarh Fort. At Mehrangarh Fort, you can enjoy the 6 zip line tour of the fort, lakes, Rao Jodha Desert Rock Park, and have the mesmerizing view of the blue city.
Punjab is also a good option for adventure trips. Kikar Lodge is a good option where you can enjoy the forested safari experience with adventure activities like aerial zip lining in India, elephant riding, and much more.
If you are an all-boys group, make sure you don’t miss this road trip. If you have girls along, well, it makes it all the more memorable! Rent Royal Enfields and get ready to put your endurance skills to test. Brave streams of ice-cold water, snow-capped mountains and glacial melts to complete this Mecca of all road trips!
Havelock Island, Andaman
If your group has traveled on all of the Indian soil, try plunging into the deep Indian waters! Jetpack to Havelock Island, take your bestie’s hand and go snorkeling beneath the azure waters and witness the splendid coral reefs, only to come back with unforgettable sights.
Dandeli is an ideal vacation destination in north Karnataka for those who love nature.Whitewater rafting, kayaking, and canoeing on the Kali River make it an unforgettable experience for adventure seekers. Overland treks, cycling and mountain biking can be spontaneous or fully catered with equipment and guides.Wildlife enthusiasts will fall in love with the Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary offering a glimpse of black panthers, Sambhar deer, bison and Malabar giant squirrels.
You don’t get to visit Ladakh every day. But you should make sure you go there at least once. Visit the Pangong Lake and experience cotton candy clouds over you and unblemished water at your feet. Also, try the Yak Safari to navigate your gang through the glacial valleys.