10 Reason Why Hampta Pass and Chandratal Trek is must do Trek for Beginners
A Short Hampta Pass Video by Renok Adventures which shows what experiences you can expect during this trek a stunning crossover from Kullu Valley to Spiti Valley via Hampta Pass
The Hampta Pass and Chandratal Trek base location is Manali which is well connected with Delhi with Volvo buses and Jobri which is trek starting is just an hour drive from Prini & Manali. The best way to reach Manali is by taking an overnight Himachal Pradesh Tourism Volvo Bus. The other way reach Manali by flight to Bhuntar and then around One Drive from Bhuntar Airport to Manali. Nearest Railway station to Manali is Chandigarh you can travel by flight, bus, train or Taxi.
It’s beautiful in short duration of 5 days Hampta pass and Chandratal Lake you get to see such a variety of Landscape which no other trek in Himalayas offers. You start you Himachal Pradesh trekking by driving from Renok Manali Trekking Camp at Prini to Jobri and then on Day 1 trek through thick forest, Day 2 Cross Rivers, Day 3 barren landscape of Lahaul Spiti …may be this is only trek which gives such variety in landscape.
3. Short & Sweet
As mentioned above hampta pass and chandratal trek is just 4 days trek or 5 day if you include beautiful Chandratal – The glacial lake. So in such a short duration you complete this trek and after the trek you can chill in Old Manali for a day or 2. Old Manali offers variety of Old Manali Cafes and Old Manali Guest House where you can relax after the trek. No other trek offers such a variety in short period of 5 days.
4. Easy to Moderate Grade
Hampta Passand Chandratal Trek is the best trek if you are thinking of your first trek in Himalayas. Hampta Pass Difficulty level is of moderate grade but you are physical fit you will find it of easy difficulty level. Except third day the entire trek is through gradual slop so it’s a best for beginners who want to have their first trek in the Himalayas as well for experienced trekkers who want to savor the variety of Landscape of Kullu and Spiti Valley.
Now Hampta Pass is one of the most famous trek in India as well among the foreign trekkers who come to India to experience the thrill of trekking in Indian Himalayas. Here is the Picture of Hampta Pass taken by Samuel Bourne in 1866
6. Gorgeous Waterfall:
Cascade of water falling through the sky is the earth’s most captivating natural wonders and just imagine you are going beneath it. The sight of gorgeous Water along the hampta pass trekking route is mesmerizing. On day 2 Chika Beautiful Campsite with a gorgeous view of the mighty Waterfall.
Here is the video of Waterfall Crossing during Hampta Pass Trek.
7. River Crossing at Jawara:
Sheer thrill of River crossing in Icy cold water will give you goosebumps. There are total 2 prominent river crossing during the entire Hampta Pass trek but there may be more in case weather goes bad. The first river crossing is between Cheeka and Balu Ka Gera and the next river crossing just after Sia Goru Camp.
8. View of Indrasan:
The view of Mt. Indrasan from Balu ka Gera is simply awe inspiring and view of Mt. Indrasan form Hampta Pass Summit is simply awesome. The glacier of Mt. Indrasan is huge and comes till Hampta Pass. Mount Indrasan is at an altitude of 6221 m above sea level in Lahaul and Spiti district, Himachal Pradesh.
9. The Hampta Pass:
Reaching Summit of Hampta Pass is a exhilarating experience and after uphill climb to summit you overcome your fears not only of trek for of your life as well. On a clear day the strikingly different landscapes on two sides of Hampta pass of lush green on Kullu valley and barren on Spiti valley is something you’ll never forget
10. The Chandratal Lake:
Once you reach Chhatru and driving on Chhatru to Chandratal Road will be the most memorable road trip you have ever taken in your life. Big boulders, water flowing over the road and narrow road are the striking feature of this road trip from Chhatru to Chandratal Lake. If you are crossing Hampta Pass then you might as well take a ride to the magnificent Chandratal Lake (the Moon Lake) which appears to have different colors from different vantage points
The Hampta Pass trek is ideal for first-time trekkers as it packs in everything from dark pine forests, open meadows to glacial valleys and stunning views all of which combine to give you an adventure of a lifetime.
So off we went, into the wild. Our journey commenced from Manali to Prini by road. Then onwards, by foot to a place called Chikha. Chika is the starting point for the trek to Hampta pass.
As anticipated, the conditions, even for a fit person, were hard. Sleeping in tents, crossing ice cold rivers and navigating the dense forests were just the beginnings of the adventure that lay ahead.
Day 1: The trek started from Jobra as we slowly disappeared into a forest of Deodar, Toss, Oak and Maple trees. The beauty was breathtaking. Soon, we crossed a makeshift wooden bridge over the Rani Nalla.The dense forest made it hard for light to reach us. We were surrounded by tall Deodars that rose over 100 feet. On the way, we crossed numerous small streams that weren’t obstacles on the trek. Then the Rani Nalla spreads out into a wide valley as we climb a grassy ridge and found ourselves in Chikha. After all the trekking, we set up camp and had tea followed by a scrumptious dinner.
Day 2: The only way to enjoy the mountains is to get up early in the morning. After tea and an early breakfast we moved from Chikha to Balu-ka-Gera. We crossed a stream and started an upward climb towards the closed end of the Kullu Valley. The scenery changed rapidly. Below us, snow patches on the valley increased in frequency. Ahead, the snow-covered slopes of the Hampta Pass revealed themselves. Everything was a dazzling white. The snow looked magnificent. On the way, a stream welcomed us. We took our shoes off to cross this stream and on the other side was Balu Ka Gera.
Day 3: On the third day there was no sun, only a light drizzle. We moved to Siagoru via Hampta Pass. The serious climb started now. It was clear that no one had ever been here before. There were no footprints. The virgin snow was soft. The pass is a wide plateau. On its eastern flanks are the towering cliffs of the mountain. On the west, it curves to the left and drops down to Spiti Valley. As we walked down we soon found ourselves in the Spiti Valley. We halted and camped in Siagoru.
Day 4: The fourth day was a Himalayan blessing. There was no drizzle and the sky was clear. This part of the trek comes in a rain shadow area. We moved towards Chatru and then drove to Chandratal Lake. It was again a steep climb up to the main trail. The scenery is different. You expect it to be barren, but surprisingly the slopes are green—but they are boulder strewn. Another surprise is Chatru itself, which only has around 40 houses !
Our plans for Chandrataal flopped, thanks to a sudden landslide on the way to the lake. Instead, we decide to go ahead to the Kunzum Pass. It is one of the highest motorable passes across the Kunzum range at an altitude of 4,551 m. It serves as an entrance pass to the Spiti Valley from Lahaul. It is said that Goddess Kunjum (Durga/Parvati) resides in a temple on the Kunzum top and keeps guard over the pass warding off evil spirits. Visitors normally do a round of the temple to seek her blessings. We then came down to Batal and set up our camps. Batal is a village that lies at the foot of the Kunzum Pass and serves as the resting point for tourists. Moreover, the Bara Shigri Glacier and the triangular peaks in the south can be seen from Batal.
1)One month prior to a high altitude trek, you should build up stamina, muscle strength and flexibility. Running, skipping, pushups and other forms of exercise help.
3)Carry high energy foods like dry fruits, and energy bars etc. for the trek to Hampta Pass
4)Essentials like a torch, extra batteries, first-aid kit will come in handy.