Hampta Pass is yet another beautiful and adventurous trekking opportunity for you to undertake after the memorable Kheerganga Trek which we discussed earlier. This 35 Km long Hampta pass trek acts as a connecting link between the valleys of Kullu and Lahaul & Spiti Valley. If you are not a novice trekker and can undertake small difficulties on the verge of adventure, Hampta pass trek is there for you.
Where is Hampta Pass Trek
Hampta pass lies in between two beautiful valleys of Kullu and Lahaul & Spiti in the Himachal Pradesh of India. It connects both of these two valleys and is located at an altitude of 14035 feet. You can take the help of a guide and he will let you know each and every detail about it. Hampta Trek will make you feel weather ranging from 15 to 18 degrees in the daytime to 0 or nearly minus mercury at night time. This trek will offer you beautiful landscape and natural scenery throughout the range. Loaded with difficult geography, dead turns, and heavy slopes, this trek has heavy mountains and forests within the route.
Another trek that is quite popular within is Hampta pass to iconic ChanderTaal lake. Although Chandertaal lake which is located at 14100 feet, is not accessible throughout the year because of heavy snow. Chandertaal lake is closed from the month of November to May because of tough weather. You can witness the pristine beauty of three paths joining each other from Rohtang, Spiti, and Hampta pass amidst amazing landscape and mountain peaks.
Why Hampta Pass trek is famous
Hampta pass got its name after the village Hampta, which is located below the Sethan village in the Pir Panjal region of Himalaya. Sethan village is another gifted beauty for you to explore if you are not taking trekking as an option. This pass is usually taken by the local villagers to access higher grasslands when the upper Spiti region gets barren in the summer season. This pass connects Kullu valley to the Chandra valley of the Lahaul and Spiti region of Himachal Pradesh. This trek also got popular because of the iconic Chandertaal lake which can be enjoyed by the trekkers through this trek experience.
How to reach Hampta Pass
Hampta pass can be reached by a moderate trek which generally starts from a village Jobri, which is located at a distance of just 19 Km from the beautiful Hill station of Manali. You can drive up to Jobri and thereafter can start your trek, which will take you through high mountains, lush green valley, and barren land of Spiti region. You have to come to Manali a day prior before your actual trek starts. Manali can be reached easily by bus or flight from the main cities like Chandigarh and Delhi. Manali has the nearest airport at Bhuntar which is 40 Km from the hill station, whereas it has numerous deluxe and semi-deluxe buses plying at regular intervals from Delhi to Manali.
Best Time to Visit Hampta Pass
As this pass is located at a height of 14000+ feet, it is not accessible throughout the year by tourists. But you can plan your trek in any month out of six months starting from Mid May to Mid November. But it is recommended to plan in the months of Mid July to August if possible, because, in the month of may, Snow in some parts can give you some difficulty.
You will lot of snow enroute in the month of June because of the narrow valley leading to Hampta pass which obstructs the sun to reach the valley. Snow starts to meltdown from the month of July onwards, and the trek becomes a bit easy for trekkers to explore the valley. The first rain of monsoon shower starts from mid-July onwards, after which wildflowers and hilly terrain take another turn. You can see a different colour of this pass in the month of September when the sky gets clearer after the monsoon and natural beauty throws another level of excitement for you.
Difficulty level of Hampta Pass Trek
Hampta pass is located at an altitude of 14000+ feet height, which means you should be medically and physically fit to undergo it. Although, this trek can be recommended as ‘Moderate’ in terms of difficulty level and you as a fresher can undertake this trek quite comfortably, crossing this height has its own limitations. At such a high altitude, sickness related to mountains like difficulty in breathing due to lack of oxygen for some personnels can be a hurdle. So, a person who is physically fit in terms of cardio means who runs regularly will not find this trek difficult in any way. As guidance, you can have 10-12 Diamox tablets to prevent you from acute mountain sickness and it is highly recommended to carry a small travel medicine kit with you all the time. It is further recommended not to have alcohol or smoke during the trek because it will lead you to feel dehydrated and thirsty.
Trekking Route or Itinerary to Hampta Pass
Actual trekking to the pass starts from the village of Jobri which is 19 Km from the popular hill station of Manali. It will take another one hour of drive from Manali to Jobri to reach there. After crossing the village of Sethan and Jobra, the road ends at Jobri from where you have to start your trek after crossing a river or Rani Nallah. Generally, all the trekkers, agencies who are in the business of hiking and arrangement of such adventurous activity plans their trekking as per the followed itinerary:
Day 1, Jobri to Chikka
Your first-day trek will cover a distance of roughly 4 to 5 hours (2Km) a trek till the campsite at Chikka. The route of the first day runs along the Hampta river and you will camp near a waterfall at chikka. You will come across the small forest section enroute the first day while moving through the forests of pine, maple, and birch trees. The climbing for the first day will be quite gentle and smooth and you will not find any problem at the campsite as well.
Day 2, Chikka to Balu ka Ghera
Your second day will start from the Chikka campsite and will lead you to the campsite at Balu ka Ghera, which is the popular location from where you will get your first glimpse of the Hampta Pass. Your second-day trekking will be a bit lengthy for 6 to 7 hours, but gentle as per geography and terrain. There is one tea stall midway, which acts as a refreshment point for all the trekkers to have some rest and start freshly. You will witness beautiful Jwara meadows on the second day with lush green nature around you.
Day 3, Balu ka Ghera to Shea Goru
You have to trek for almost 7 to 8 hours on your third day to reach Shea Goru which is the best campsite throughout the route. The third-day trek will be with some fairly gradual and some steep heights enroute. You will be at Hampta Pass after a trek for almost 4 to 5 hours, and you can enjoy the landscape of other famous peaks like Indrasen from the Hampta pass stop. The climate at the pass generally tends to be cold enough making people stop here for less time. You have to climb steeply to cross the Hampta pass for about one hour. After a break at the Hampta pass, you have to descent sharply for almost two hours in the Lahaul valley followed by a simple trek to the campsite at Shea Goru. You will cross the glaciers and some river streams, making your day more adventurous.
Day 4, Shea Goru to Chhatru
The fourth day will be your final day of the trek if you don’t want to include the iconic Chandertaal lake in your visiting list. This beautiful lake is 45 Km from the last stop at village Chhatru and you can halt there as well. The trek during the fourth day will include crossing some melting glaciers streams and rocks in the dry desert of Spiti valley. If you want to extend your journey and want to explore the most scenic Spiti valley, you can take a bus from Chhatru to Kaza. If not, you can get back to Manali the same day by a drive of almost 3 to 4 hours from Chhatru.
Hotels during Hampta Pass trekking
Hampta pass trekking lets you enjoy the very natural beauty of Himalayan peaks, and it has only camping arrangements at the selected places, but if you are arriving early for the trek, you can reside at Kullu or Manali. Both Kullu and Manali have a lot of options available for you to reside ranging from three-star to deluxe hotels and budget hotels to Homestays. You can easily find ATM facility at both the location, hence you can pay the bills online or offline as per your convenience. You can book your hotel on the trip online easily, by paying with Plastic money like Credit Cards and other methods.
Homestays: Sethan and Jobra village have these options for you to halt and to explore the local culture closely. Both these villages have basic facilities to eat and reside, hence it is advised to buy the needful items from here only because you will be charged heavily for the same item during the trek, at a refreshment spot.
Nearby locations to Hampta Pass to visit
Chandertaal lake — 45 Km
Awesome Spiti Valley — 145 Km
Manali — 50 km
Important Information about Hampta Pass trek
- Always give attention to basic but important points while planning your trip and do check the important things to carry on a trip with you.
- Please be adhere to simple but effective travel safety tips.
- While planning trekking, you must go through 6 basic trekking tips.
- Food and other required stuff are priced heavily at the villages, hence it recommended to carry sufficient stock.
- Carry sufficient water and chocolates along in the trek to keep yourself energetic. Please keep filling your reusable water bottles from the waterfalls and streams you are going to cross during the trek. It will save your pocket and also it will save the environment in another way.
- Don’t litter the place around you while at the peak or during the trekking, it is our moral duty to respect mother nature.
- You must have enough cash available with you as there is no ATM in this valley. So it is better to dispense cash from Manali or Kullu itself before coming for trekking.
- No mobile network is available at the peak
- Kids below 12 years of age are not recommended for this trek
- A beginner can face altitude-related sickness during the trek, hence it is recommended to go through a medical checkup on your own prior to boarding for this trek.
- You must carry a small travel medical kit with you on every trip to make you safe from small infections and allergies.
- Try to have minimal weight in your backpack because a heavy load at the back can cause discomfort while trekking. You can go through a helpful guide to backpack for travel.