In the heart of the Himalayas lies a trekker’s paradise, where every step unveils breath-taking vistas and every turn brings a new adventure – welcome to the Hampta Pass trek. Tucked up in the mountains of Himachal Pradesh, India, this hike is more than simply a trip—rather, it’s a journey that transforms the spirit of each traveller who ventures over its route.

The Hampta Pass walk, sometimes referred to as a “crossover trek,” provides the perfect blend of diverse landscapes, including lush valleys, dry deserts, roaring rivers, and serene lakes. This pass, which links the Kullu Valley with the Lahaul and Spiti Valleys and is named after the Hampta town in the Kullu region, provides hikers with an exciting experience full of rewards and challenges.

Introduction To Hampta Pass

Hampta Pass Trek

Historically, Hampta Valley served as a passage for horse-herders and shepherds traveling between Kullu Valley and Spiti Valley. However, it is now recognized as one of the most popular trekking destinations. It connects Manali and Chandratal and has become one of the most popular treks among tourists visiting Manali. Situated in the Pir Panjal range, the highest point of Hampta Pass lies at an elevation of 4270m above sea level. 

Historic & Cultural significance of Hampta Pass

In addition to being a stunning trekking destination, Hampta Pass has an interesting cultural and historical background .It was once a part of an ancient trade route that linked the valleys of Spiti, Lahaul, and Kullu. The pass was used by traders to transport tea, spices, wool, and silk. The indigenous communities of Kullu and Lahaul encircle Hampta Pass. For generations, these communities have cultivated their cultural heritage in harmony with nature.

The Hampta Pass trek provides an opportunity to explore the region’s cultural and historical significance, as well as its natural beauty.

Diving into the trek

Day-1, Jobra from Manali to Chika

The adventure begins in the beautiful town of Manali, huddled in the lush valleys of Himachal Pradesh. From Manali, the trekkers leave for the starting point of the trek, Jobra. Along the way, one can witness scenic views of lush forests, gushing waterfalls, and snow-capped peaks, preparing us for the adventure ahead. Upon reaching Chika, the first campsite, it feels as if a painting has come to life. Towering mountains rise in the distance, their rough peaks reaching for the sky. The air is fresh and clean, with the scent of pine and wildflowers.

Day-2, Trekking to Balu Ka Ghera

On the second day of the expedition, as the day breaks, the group treks to the next destination, Balu Ka Ghera, a place full of adventure and natural wonder that lies at an altitude of 11,900 feet. It is an 8-kilometre hike that takes about 6 hours to reach the magical location. The trail is mostly flat. Trekkers are treated to plenty of water sources along the route, which guarantees they stay hydrated the entire time. The trail leads through captivating settings, providing views of meadows, old forests, and wild terrains.

 With each and every step, the travellers get closer to the heart of the Himalayas.

Day-3, Hike through Hampta Pass to Shea Goru

At an altitude of 14,100 feet lies the Hampta Pass that descends to Shea Goru at 12,900 feet. This is the coldest part of the trek. It’s a 7 km long, 10-hour hike. Getting water is challenging as it totally depends on the snow conditions. The first hour of the hike is a steady incline, followed by a steep ascent to the pass. From the pass, it takes about 1 hour to walk to the campsite along with 2 hours to descend steeply.

Besides the extreme cold, the descent towards Shea Goru fills trekkers with excitement as the Hampta Valley, a thing of unmatched beauty and striking landscape, opens up in front of them. Trekkers encounter a moderate ascent as they approach Shea Goru, preparing them for the challenging descent that lies ahead. The stunning Hampta Valley surrounds them with every step, providing a window into the wild Himalayan landscape. A sense of relief and amazement fills the trekkers as they eventually arrive at Shea Goru and make themselves at home in their campsite.

Day 4: Trek to Chhatru & visit to Chandratal Lake

At an elevation of 11,000 feet lies the camping site of Shea Goru. This section of the trip is about 7 km long and takes about 5 hrs to finish. Trekkers are met with a striking contrast in landscape as they reach Shea Goru. The landscape transforms into Lahaul’s barren valley, which feels like a scene straight out of every mountain lover’s fantasy. Views of the Pir-Panjal Range, the Lahaul and Spiti ranges, and the majestic Lahaul range unfold from Shea Goru.

The journey continues to the Chhatru campground, from where trekkers take a drive to Chandratal Lake. Situated in the Lahaul and Spiti region, Chandratal Lake is an incredible sight. It is an extremely captivating location with emerald blue waters and a backdrop of desert mountains. The trekkers’ visit to this magnificent lake is the icing on the cake. With this, another amazing day on the Hampta Pass comes to an end as the expedition spends the night in Chhatru after concluding another unforgettable day on the Hampta Pass.

Day-5, Chhatru to Manali via Atal tunnel

Last day of the Hampta Pass Trek begins with a substantial breakfast to prepare them for the journey ahead. Following breakfast, the group sets on a scenic drive to Manali via the renowned Atal Tunnel and Solang Valley. Trekkers are rewarded with breath-taking views of the majestic Rohtang Pass, along with stunning mountain ranges, and the small towns of Kullu and Manali as the journey progresses. The drive is a feast for the eyes, offering glimpses of the natural beauty that Himachal Pradesh is renowned for.

The Hampta Pass Trek is not only a physical journey, but a spiritual one as it unites you with the raw power and beauty of nature. With its magnificent scenery, rich cultural heritage and diverse terrain, this trek offers an unforgettable experience that stays with you long after the journey is over. So pack your bags, lace up your boots, and embark on an adventure of a lifetime with Haven Riders India.

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