Hampta Pass was my first multiple day trek and I had an amazing experience overall. The base points like Chika, Jwara, Balu ka Ghera are all placed ver...
Hampta pass trek was my first ever trek and thanks to the operator for making it a trek I will never forget. Starting from day 1 everything was very we...
Location - Manali
Start Point/End Point: Manali Bus Stand
Start Time/End Time: The trek starts at 10:00 AM on day 1 and ends at around 03:00 PM on day 5
About the Chandratal Lake Trek with Hampta Pass:
The Chandratal Lake trek has the starting point as Manali. From Manali, you will be taken to Jobra and then to Chika located at a height of about 10,100 feet. The route will have plenty of greenery, River Rani, and the mountainous stretches on one side. When you climb up to reach Balu ka Ghera from Chika, On this impressive journey catch the first glimpses of the mighty towers in Dhauladhar Ranges occupy the entire frame with meadows and flower-filled valleys. What awaits you next are the gradual slopes until you reach the mighty Hampta Pass and on the way, Hampta Village will be your host for some time. Discover the serene calmness that surrounds the valley.
About the Destinations:
The ultimate destination of the Chandratal trek is the beautiful Chandratal located amidst the pristine surroundings dominated by the white peaks and clouds above. A confluence of three paths – Hampta Pass, Spiti, and Rohtang Pass and the green paradise will accompany you to achieve a height of about 14,100ft.
The whole experience of the Chandratal Lake trek will be beautifully driven by our experienced and well-trained guides along with the porters and kitchen staff. The team will also help you in allotting your dome tents for each night for to keep you hassle-free so that you can just enjoy the beauty of the places without getting into any operational stuff.
Quick Facts About Chandratal trek:
Hampta Pass Trek Distance: 35km
Hampta Pass Altitude: 14,100ft
Difficulty Level: Moderate
Electricity: There will be no electricity on the trek
ATM: You will find ATMs in Manali
After a wholesome breakfast at Manali, you will drive to Jobra from where the Chandratal Lake trek originates. At this transfer point, receive briefing from your trip leader and gear for an easy ascent of 10,400ft to Chika
It's an easy trek to the Chika campsite on the banks of Rani Nallah, a 2 km trek that walks you into a mixed forest of pine, green maple and birch trees
With the mesmerizing topography of the Himachal coming into play, you barely realize the climb. While trekking, walk along River Rani who introduces the surroundings of big rocky hills in absolute splendor
Stay in dome tents.
Leave from Chika campsite on yet another easy day. Though you would trek for barely 5hrs, the journey is beyond impressive.
Feel the reality of being in the Himalayan region as you catch the first glimpse of the outer Himalayan chain of mountains as the Dhauladhar ranges begin to appear.
Commonly referred to as The White Range, you’ll notice the mighty towers occupy the entire frame with meadows and flower filled valleys dotted for company.
Arrive at Balu ka Ghera. Settle down at this base for the day. Have lunch and spend the rest of the time, loosing yourself in an ambiance which will take your breath away.
Day 3 is one where you get to experience the barren landscape of the Himalayas in the Lahul and Spiti Valley. Such a variety in one region is what makes the Hampta Pass Trekking most attractive especially among amateurs.
Start your day with steep ascend till the Pass. Enjoy a beautiful panoramic view from the top and then start descending towards the next campsite.
Discover the serene calmness that surround the valley, you might meet shepherds at this high altitude pass who visit the valley to nourish their sheep with the special grass that grows around the area.
After a brief stopover at Hampta village, which gives the pass its name, you’ll begin the descent to the base camp at Siagoru.
Earn the well deserved rest here after the 8hr long journey as you halt for the night.
Massive Pir Panjal Ranges, Chandra Tal
This day will prove to be a fairly simple expedition around the Himalayas. After breakfast, begin an easy descent through the Hampta Valley.
Find the group of Pir Panjal ranges of the inner Himalayan circle appear ahead of you. This dominating landscape trails along with you all through Spiti till you arrive at the base camp at Chatru.
Enjoy the spectacular view of a high altitude cold desert at Spiti Valley.
Post your brief interaction with yet another natural beauty of the Himalayas, head to Chatru. A confluence of three paths – Hampta Pass, Spiti, and Rohtang Pass, this green paradise in the barren cold desert is like a breath of fresh air.
You’ll drive to Chandratal, a moon-shaped alpine lake located at an altitude of 14,100ft. One of the most enchanting lakes in this region, it is here that you’ll fall head over heels in love with the Himalayas.
Find yourself become one with nature as the lake’s placid waters throw open a vista of reflections of the enveloping Himalayan peaks.
It is the day when your Hampta pass trekking adventure comes to an end.
After breakfast, traverse the high altitude pass that connects the humid Kullu Valley and the arid Lahaul and Spiti Valley.
Arrive at Manali and disperse for your homeward journey with a bag full of memories.
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Rated : 5.0
Hampta Pass was my first multiple day trek and I had an amazing experience overall. The base points like Chika, Jwara, Balu ka Ghera are all placed very well from each other and serve as a perfect checkpoints for the overall trek. Our trek started on 14th Oct and due to snowfall our group could not complete the trek and we had to come back from somewhere near Blau ka Jheel. So my advice would be to plan this trek before September end otherwise it gets too cold and you can't even compete the trek. But apart from this, the Hampta Pass Trek is thoroughly enjoyable with scenes that feel straight out of some fairytale or wallpapers. As for beginners, this trek is easy-to-moderate with only very few tough patches. Happy Trekking!
Rated : 5.0
Hampta pass trek was my first ever trek and thanks to the operator for making it a trek I will never forget. Starting from day 1 everything was very well organised. Sadly we couldn't make it to the pass and chandratal lake due to the weather, nevertheless every bit of the journey was well worth the experience. The camp sides Pandu ropa, Chika, Jwara were beautiful with breathtaking views. The peace and beauty of the mountains would make anyone fall in love with them. The trek was well organised. First two days were kept easy to get everyone acclimatized to the climb and altitude. Operator truly lived up to their name making every moment an adventure to recount. Evenings they always had a bonfire ready for us to enjoy the starry nights. The views just got better as we went higher up into the mountains. Our guides Dev, Rahul and Jitender were just amazing.. kudos to those guys.. they ensured that each of us made it safe to every camp and were always encouraging us with smiling faces when we would get tired. They did a great job in making the entire team work together ..Also a special mention to the cooks.. the food they dished out was just amazing.. every meal was something different. The entire team would look forward to what's cooking for that day :) Overall it's a wonderful experience.. something everyone should experience.. I totally loved the quiet and peace of the mountains, the fresh air and most importantly being away from the busy urban life. It's fun to meet new people from all walks of life. The entire team connected instantaneously making the 5 days a super fun journey. Thanks to Udith and his team.. great job.. looking forward to more adventures with you guys
Rated : 4.0
Where the trek between manali to chika was pleasing, but the trekking from chik to bula ka ghera was damn exciting. After spending the whole night in camps we moved from bula ka ghera to discover other cool places. we crossed the beautiful valleys of kullu and hampta. The valley was covered with dense vegetation and the landscape was awesome. After crossing the valleys and hampta pass we reached iagoru base camp. Our all basecamp locations were really nice including chika, bula ka ghera and siagoru. As we started moving forward the trails started getting easier qith small slopes. The chandratal lake is an amazing site and the beautiful mointains covers the lake from all around making it the perfect point. our one journey eneded with camping in caping near chandratal lake.
Rated : 5.0
From the first day of trekking i realized that i am going to have the most amazing moment in my life. Driving to manali to chika, visiting the vashist temple, them spending over night in chika and heading towards Bula ka ghera was exciting journey. The lake looks beautiful almost in all season, and there are plenty of places to discover.
Rated : 4.0
Wao what a trekking it was, we crossed all the popular trekking points like Balu ka Gera, Siagoru and also the Hampta Pass. It felt great to spend some quality time in the camps, we also got to,see the kullu valley, lahul & spiti Valley. Wao the himalayan dynamics were just amazing, can not explain in few words. i was trekking for the first time and all went so smoothly , it is just perfect for beginners like me. The unique attraction of our trip was sightseeing only, since every location was something new in its scenery. When we reached the hampta valley the entire nature welcomed us, we also interacted with local people of the hampta village. Overnight stay in camps was lovely and overall i loved this.
Rated : 5.0
A trek to Hampta pass was a great five day experiece. To begin with, it was not my original choice. However since I planned at very short notice, a trek to Hampta Pass was suggested by Thrillophilia, which was starting the very next day, with a promise of loads of thrill n adventure. And, indeed, the next five days were spent in the lap of nature....experiencing tall mountains, lush green valleys, beautiful wild flowers of various colours, wild strawberrys, mist n light showers, camping by the side of gushing streams, the occassional sighting of the marmots and star gazing - a mesmerising sight of The Milky Way, identifying the favourite constellations and witnessing shooting stars in the night sky... The trek was easy to moderate and comfortably paced, providing time and opportunity to admire nature and make new friends. It helps that the mobiles dont work here... Hampta Pass connects the Manali Valley to Lahaul- Spiti Valley and the marked change in the topography is easily evident....lush green Manali Valley to the Cold Desert of Lahaul-Spiti... Ours was a small group of six trekerrs, from various parts of the country...It goes without saying that we all had a great time and thoroughly enjoyed the trek... our Guide Banu Thakur was knowledgeable and friendly, we were spoilt by the delicious spreads prepared by Ganga Ram, the support provided by the ever smiling Deepak and the cheerful mule drivers... Kudos to team Thrillophilia... The icing on the cake was a trip to Chandrataal Lake... The tranquillity and serenity makes it a truly divine experience... Overall a great experience...
Rated : 5.0
The trek is beautiful with a superb variety of terrain and scenes. The operator guides managed it very well! Food and tents were more than luxury in such remote locations. Naresh, Ankush and Rakesh are fun and really encouraging guides to have and we were fortunate to have them along. VERY IMPORTANT: THIS IS NOT AN EASY TREK. Most of the people who came with me (including me) did this trek thinking it was for beginners. Where as it is clearly a moderate to intermediate trek. Please be well trained and acclimatise yourself for this.
Rated : 5.0
The hosts of the event is one of the best. There can be no better than Rahul, Nishant, Nanak, Dev and Viduth for such events. Food was better than what you may have in many hotels. Special thanks to all the other staff members who helped make the trek a 5* + experience. Request to future trekkers: Just like the staff and ourselves, please take ALL your rubbish (empty packages, plastic bags and others garbage) back home. Keep mother nature clean.
Rated : 5.0
It was an amazing trek. Thanks to the prompt decision making of our guides.. special thanks to Rahul, Nanak, Nishant and Dev.. the guider were superb.. the food provided was even better. You guys did a fantastic job and I hope I get a chance to trek with you guys again..
Rated : 5.0
Trip wouldn't be awesome if we didn't get nice guides like Rakesh n Rahul they are very helpful, friendly and handled everything patiently. Food was excellent especially when you are in a survival condition. Thankful to chef Karan one more little guy for serving tasty food. Kudos.
The difficulty level of Chandratal Lake trek is Moderate. Hence, it is recommended that you have a little prior experience of trekking and have the optimum level of fitness. It is advisable that you go through a thorough medical check-up before booking the trek.
You should carry the following essentials for the Chandratal trek.
Full sleeve shirts/T-shirts Track-pants Cotton socks Woollen socks Full sleeves sweater or fleece jacket (preferable) One light jacket Thermal inners Gloves Sun cap Scarf Trekking Shoes
Head-light or flashlight Extra batteries Walking stick Backpack with rain cover
Water bottle Towel Lip balm, Cold cream sun-screen (SPF 40+) Toiletries and toilet paper Personal medicine kit Dark sunglasses (U/V protected)Water bottles and energy bars/snacks are advisable. A Flashlight (with spare batteries) will help once the sun goes down and it’s always smart to carry insect repellent and emergency medical kit.
Please do not carry the normal sports shoes. As you need the good traction during the trek, shoes from Woodland or Forclaz 500 is a recommended choice.
During this Chandratal trek, you will be provided with vegetarian food which is cooked according to the well-planned menu suitable for trekking up the high altitudes. The menu varies from bread and butter to poha to sandwiches for breakfast and roti or puri with vegetable curry for lunch and dinner will include rice, roti, dal, or some dessert every day.
You will also get biscuits and snacks as well. It is advised to carry energy bars, nuts, and dry fruits if you like. Since the campsites are located near water sources, you will not find any difficulty in getting fresh water to drink and it is always better to carry two liters of water every day.
It is advisable to carry a 6L backpack, weight to be carried will depend on your requirements and capacity.
During your Chandratal trek, you may find mobile connectivity in some places. But for the majority of times, there will no mobile connectivity during the Chandratal Lake trek.
Medical and first aid kits will be provided and it is included in the package. Very rarely any type of emergency comes up and all the teams will be made perfect with everything needed for meeting such emergencies beforehand only.
Chandratal Lake trek is considered as a moderate trek. The major reason for this is the atmospheric pressure that changes as you trek higher. The weather conditions are also one of the reasons for the moderate difficulty of the trek.
On this trek, you would be climbing up to 14,100 ft and will pass through several rivers, valleys, and thick jungles.
Consumption of alcohol or cigarette is prohibited while you are on any type of high altitude trekking because both these activities can let your body dehydrate easily. Then you will find it very difficult to complete the stretches.
Alcohol will open the pores in your skin and let the cold get inside and make the body temperature in terms with the temperature outside. But it will finally lead you to feel dehydrated and thirsty. Hence try not to smoke or consume alcohol.
Many of the trekking tours will not allow the participants to do any such activities during the trek.
Almost moderately warmer climate can be experienced at Hampta Pass if you choose June and July and the day temperature varies from 13 to 18 degrees Celsius and it falls into 0 to 7 degrees Celsius at night. When it comes to September, the climate will become colder with slightly lower temperatures during day time as well as at night.
There will be snowfall at different points on the trek till the early days of July and if it is raining, then the snow will melt away.
Yes, to prevent Acute Mountain Sickness or simply altitude sickness, Diamox is a must medicine you should have handy. You will be reaching a height of more than 14000 feet and it will be great if you have 10-12 diamox tablets with you to avoid the uneasiness happens due to acute mountain sickness.
A proper cardio-vascular structure is needed for doing Chandratal Lake trek as it is a moderate level trek and you might cross slippery roads and gradually climbs through forest ranges, high altitude landscapes, and rough terrains.
For making your lungs work properly during the trek and get oxygen intake smooth, then you need to follow some exercises that will help your cardio-vascular systems function properly. Start with jogging every day and daily increase the distance and speed.
Simple exercises like squats, skipping, swimming will also be perfect for your muscles and flexibility. Stretching exercises can also be of use while perfecting your body to do this trek.
There will be separate toilet tents arranged at each campsite for men and women. Depending on the size of the group, the number of toilets varies. Toilet tents will have a deep pit, mound of soil and a shovel to cover it up.
All of them usually will be dry toilets where you have to use toilet papers alone. A room freshener will also be provided.
The Hampta pass trek is about 35 km long and takes you to the beautiful segments of the Dhauladhar range. The trek begins from Manali and takes you to the Chikka that is located at an elevation of 10,000 feet above the ground.
On the second day, you can head to Balu ka Khera for about 5 hours where you can take a look at the snow laced displays. On the final day, you will be heading to Siaguru that will be your final camping destination. From here you can drive to Chadar Tal and gape at the constellations along with the stellar views of nature.
Yes, the Hampta pass trek is a safe trek as no accidents are reported till now. Apart from this, there are slight rains that make trekking a little difficult but is doable. In the winter months, the trek is not safe as it is covered with deep snow and the routes are all blocked.
Also, this is a safe trek for solo travelers as the routes are well-defined and you need not worry about avalanches or any other harm from the wildlife.
No, the Hampta pass trek is not open in December as the routes are all snow-covered and the mercury meters stoop down too low that make trekking almost impossible. Apart from this, even the roads and passes are closed due to the heavy snow.
Instead of exploring the Chandra Valley, you can head to other peaks of the Himalayan range at this time like KedarKantha.
No, you cannot do Hampta Pass trek in February or March! As these are the winter months for Hampta pass there is deep snow all over the region and trekking is almost impossible. At this time, not only the trekking routes but the roads are also closed due to snow.
The favorable months for this trek is from June to October as there is hardly any snow and the views of the Chandra Valley are just beyond one’s imagination.
No, the Hampta pass trek is not doable in the winter months as the entire valley is snow-covered and the roads are all blocked. Whether it is the road connectivity or the route to the peak, both are inaccessible. In these months, you can head to the Kedarkantha trek which is a famous winter trek.
Planning for Hampta pass trek in the month of August can be a problem for you as at times the rains are quite a lot that makes trekking difficult. The terrain becomes slippery but the entire valley revives with the onset of monsoons.
If you are planning the trek in this month then you need to be an experienced trekker as the routes are not that easy for a first-timer.
The Hampta pass trek connects the Lahaul and Kullu valley and begins from Manali. In the month of October, the charm of the valley increases as the high-elevation woodlands are surrounded by glaciers, and the view that it offers is just magical.
This month marks the beginning of winters at Hampta pass the temperature gradually drops down. At this time, there is a shiny sun, sparkling snow, and no rain that makes it the perfect time for trekking.
To your surprise, the month begins with a temperature of 15 degrees celsius and drops down to -2 degrees celsius in the second half of the month.
The total trekking distance of the Hampta pass trek is about 35 km that is to be covered on foot. The circuit of the trek is as follows: Manali - Jobra - Jwara - Balu ka Gera - Hampta Pass - Shea Goru - Chatru - Manali.
For this trek, you will need four active days in which you can complete the entire trek. Make sure that you cross-check with the local guides as they can tell you the best about weather conditions and routes.
The best time for Hampta pass trek is mid-June as there are clear skies contrasting with the snow-capped peaks. The snow begins to settle on the peaks and temperature ranges between 5 to 15-degree celsius.
The trails of alpine and deodars are arched on the corners of the routes and the pleasant sunshine makes the aura even more beautiful. If you are a first-timer then you should head in these months. The local guides can help you the best with the weather as the region faces a drastic change in climatic conditions.
The cost of Chandratal Lake Trek With Hampta Pass starts from INR 8500 per adult where you can enjoy 30% off. In case, you are traveling in a group you can also enjoy great discounts on group bookings.
The best time for this trek is from June to October as in the winter months the routes are all snow-covered and the trekking is closed. The package is inclusive of meals, transfers, guide, stay, and various other amenities and one must ensure that they select the best package with all-inclusive facilities.
Hampta Pass is located at a distance of 634 Km from New Delhi. To reach the pass, you need to start your journey from Delhi to reach the base camp in Manali. The distance between Delhi and Manali is about 536 Km, which can easily be covered by taking direct flights or by travelling overnight in any of the luxury buses or cabs.
Yes, you can find a lot of snow in Hampta Pass from mid-June to July. After that, the snow completely melts in the month of August till November. Other than that, the winter months of December and January also encounter a lot of snowfall and below-freezing temperatures.
Although, it is very difficult to walk in such harsh weather conditions so it is not advisable to trek to Hampta pass during the winter season.
To reach the Hampta pass, you would first need to reach the base camp of the trek. You can drive or take a cab from Manali to Jobra, which is the base of Hampta Pass trek. It is about 18 Km away and will take around 2 hours to reach.
After that, you can start your 2-day trek till the Hampta Pass. You will be walking and hiking for a total of 35 Km to the pristine valleys.
Hampta Pass trekking is a moderate trek in the Himalayas. Located at an altitude of 4270 meters, the trek is pretty interesting as the rough terrain varies while you walk ahead. Also, the weather conditions and the low air pressure make the trek a little difficult.
If there is snow present, you may have some difficulty in walking through it. But, a lot of seasoned trekkers, as well as beginners, succeed in finishing this trek.
Yes. The Hampta Pass trek is quite safe for solo female travellers. During the trip, you will be accompanied by a professional trek leader, a guide as well as adequate staff that will assist and support you on the tour.
Moreover, this is a group activity where you will get to meet other solo and female trekkers and seek help if needed.
Yes. As part of the Hampta trek tour package from Thrillophilia, drinking water along with other basic amenities would be arranged. Moreover, it is important to carry a reusable water bottle that can be filled with water before starting the activity.
Hampta Pass trek is one that can be done any time regardless of the season. Still the most suitable to enjoy each moment of the trek are the months from June to September. During this time, the temperature level will be at an average of 13 to 18 degrees Celsius during day time and it drops to a low of 0 degree Celsius at night.
In September, the temperature drops down evermore. June has a special place in Hampta Pass trekkers' mind and the reason behind it is the snow. So, a lot of adventure lovers have pointed out that mid-June can be considered as the best time to do a thrilling trek to Hampta Pass.
The Hampta Pass trek package offered by Thrillophilia provides you with an experienced trip leader, a well-informed guide, and support staff that will help you with your luggage as well as other services throughout the trip. Moreover, it is advisable to pack light and only carry a backpack with essentials during the main trek.
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