The Ultimate guide to Hampta Pass trek, Manali (Himachal Pradesh)


Hampta Pass Trek

Himachal Pradesh, India’s most visited place. Mountains covered with snow makes tourist to come regularly. Not only from India but also from all over the world.

The meaning of Himachal Pradesh is “IN THE LAP OF HIMALAYA”, it is because in Sanskrit “HIMA” means “SNOW”. Himachal Pradesh gives its viewers a number of adventure sports to enjoy and Trekking is among them.

With more than 100s of trekking trails such Triund Trek, Parvati Valley trek, Sari Pass trek, Beas Kund trek, Kakeri trek, Chamba and Pin Parvati trek, Hampta Pass trek and many more.

SO are you ready to step into the world of Hampta Pass trek…!!

Really!! I cannot listen to you…But I know you are very excited.

SO here you go!

Hampta Pass got its name from the village Hampta (Hamta) which lies in the valley of Kullu.

Hampta pass trek is one of the easiest and convenient treks in Himachal Pradesh. It starts off from Manali. This trail will welcome you with presenting its glacial valleys, open green pastures and meadows and scenic landscapes.

Also Hampta Pass connects the Kullu Valley to Lahaul Spiti Valley,where locals shepherd take their animals to their castles and herds for grazing in Lahaul Spiti Valley, where “Neeru (a type of grass)” grows which acts as nutrients for goats and sheeps.

Overview of Hampta Pass trek

Region:                         Manali (Himanchal Pradesh)
Duration:                     Total 5 Days
Grade:                          Easy To Moderate 
Altitude:                       14,100 Ft. 
Trekking Distance:     30 Km (Approx)
Temperature Range:  0 to 20 degree Celsius
Activities:                      Trekking and Camping
Stay:                              In tents

How to reach Manali to get started for Hampta Pass Trek

By Flight

Ye Aasamaan hi Manjil dikhaayega..!!

As there is no direct flight for Manali. You need to get a ticket of Kullu form Delhi. Then take a cab or local bus to Manali.

I will recommend you to take local bus.

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By Train

Jindgi Ek safar hai Suhana…….

Even Bollywood dramas inspires you to go and travel by Trains.

No, No, Not Chennai Expresss.Its Manali Expresss…Yoo!!

Start your train journey from New Delhi and train will take you to Chandigarh (Beautiful City), then take a public transport from Chandigarh to Manali.

By Road

Ek ankahi, ansuni OR sunder duniya…..

Board into a Bus or book a cab. It does not matter what you will prefer. But believe me, Road journeys are one of the best thing you can have.

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Best time to do Hampta Pass Trek

You can do Hampta pass trek in the month of June to October.

In Mansoon months, July and August. You may experience heavy rainfall.

Now when you get an idea about place, best time, things to do. It is the time to go into those unforgettable 5 days trekking in Hampta Pass trek.

I have already mentioned that the trek will take only your 5 days, and it starts as

Day 1

Manali to Jobri & Trek to Chika.

First reach at Manali Bus stand and take drive from Manali (6000 ft) to Jobri. After taking a brief, start your trek to Chika (10100 ft).

It’s a 2 hour easy trek from 9700 ft to 10,400 ft through thick forest, villages like Hampta, Panduropa, Allan Duhangan Hydro Power Project and crossing small bridge.

Trek to chikha
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Initial part of trekking goes along Rani River, thick forest of Oak and Maple trees.

Cross the wooden bridge over the river and climb a bit and you will reach the Chika camp.

Feed yourself here and prepare for more.

Day 2

Chika to Balu ka Gera

It’s a 5 hours easy ascent.

Balu ka Gera
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On day 2 you will be able to see the view of Indrasan peak in front and Dhauladhar range in the background. Most amazing part of day 2 is crossing two rivers one is just near to Chika and other at Jwara Nala.

After crossing the river, it will take an hour to reach Balu ka Gera.

Day 3

Balu ka Gera to Sia Goru to Hampta Pass trek

One of the toughest days among all. On reaching upper Balu Ka Gera the steep ascent of Hampta Pass begins and it will take 3 to 4 hours to reach the Hampta Pass.

Sia Goru Hampta Pass Trek
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But snow capped peaks and glaciers will take your breath away and the view from top of Hampta Pass and Mt. Indrasan are simply mesmerizing.

After reaching Hampta pass trek, it will take another half an hour to reach to Sia Goru campsite.

Day 4

Sia Goru to Chatru

An easy day of trek in Spiti and Lahul Valley which will take you to Chatru(Small place on Manali Kaza Road).

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Pir Panjal and Spiti ranges will walk with you Step by Step to the camp site.

Chatru is a confluence point of paths from Rohtang Pass, Hampta Pass and Spiti.  You can also visit Chandra Camp if the roads are in good condition.

Day 5

Chatru to Manali

The hardest thing to say is GOODBYE.

Chandra Tal
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But it is what makes you to visit the places again. But before leaving, take bit of time to visit Chandra lake.

After getting up, leave to Manali via Rohtang Pass. This will end up your unforgettable journey of Hampta Pass trek.

Things which you should take with you

Points to concern

  • Check Climatic condition.
  • Do not consume alcohol
  • Do not do trekking at nights.
  • Go for health checkup
  • Do not litter here and there.

At last, it’s your journey so enjoy to the fullest.

Ps: Do comment, if I missed something.

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The Ultimate guide to Markha Valley Trek, Ladakh.

A Detailed guide to Triund Trek.



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1 Comment

  1. Aparesh Kundu on

    That was a very wonderful description of the trek. I am from kolkata and planning for this trek with last night staying in chandratal camp site, during october this year. I want to plan this trek on my own not with any organisation , that’s why I need some information, which are
    1.How and where will I get a good n trusted guide and a porter?
    2.Can it be done after reaching manali? (I am planning to take a day for these arrangements after reaching manali, as I have all other trekking equipments)
    3.Can I get a approx cost estimate of hiring guide and porter as of this year or last?

    We , four childhood friends are trying to do this trek so it will be very helpful for us if you can help us with this informations.

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