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10 Reasons to do Hampta Pass Trek

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Hampta Pass Trek Overview

Hampta Pass trek is all about witnessing the beauty of Chandratal Lake and watching the confluence of Spiti Valley, Rohtang Pass, and Hampta Pass. The 5-day and 4-night trek takes you through an ever-changing trail that starts around the green meadows, and dense forests of green maples, firs, and pines and leads up to the cold barren landscapes. This is a beginner-friendly trek that takes you to an altitude of 4550 meters to witness the beauty of Chandratal Lake while crossing the Spiti and Hampta Valley. The campsites are beautiful as you can set up your tents near Rani Nallah River, Chandratal Lake trek, and Hampta Village. One of the main highlights of the trek is Spiti Valley and its barren landscapes- known as Cold Mountain Deserts. Another stunning thing about this trek is that you end your journey by taking the enchanting Rohtang Pass with the views of snow-capped mountains.

Top Reasons to Do Hampta Pass Trek

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Easy Accessibility

Hampta Pass Himalayan trek is easily accessible via Manali. You can reach Manali from Delhi covering 550 km either on a car service or taking local buses like volvo. Another option is to board a direct flight to the nearest Kullu-Manali Airport. This airport is located in Bhuntar, just 50 kilometers from Manali. Cities like Delhi, Chandigarh, and many others offer direct flight connectivity. Furthermore, the base camp Jobra is located 17 km from Manali, reachable within an hour.

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Changing landscapes

The ever-changing beauty of Hampta Pass trek is one of the reasons to take the trek. The lush greenery starts as you trek from Jobra base camp to Chika. The forests of green maple, birch, and pine trees come across your trekking journey. As you ascend higher from Balu ka Ghera, the green fields turn to Spiti Valley’s cold barren landscape, also known as the cold desert. There are some steep ascents as you pass the Hampta Village. Again, green meadows come into the picture as you trek to the mystical Chandratal Lake surrounded by wildflowers.

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Chandratal Lake

Chandratal alpine lake is what makes Hampta Pass trek beautiful. Nestling at an altitude of 4551 meters, the emerald lake lies secluded from the human touch. It is the source of Rivers Chandra and Chenab. The name of the lake “Moon Lake” stays true as it changes its colors multiple times a day to reflect the best views of the Himalayas. It reflects the enchanting views of the Chandra Bagga Mountain range and its lush greenery. The greatest pleasure of Hampta Pass Himalayan trek is that it allows you to camp near this lake and watch its beauty as green meadows along with wildflowers encircle it.

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Throughout the journey

The journey starts from Jobra Base Camp near Manali and lets you trek to Chika at 10,400 ft. The journey lets you ascend through the forests of pines, green maples, and birch, and camp near Rani Nallah reflecting big mountainous views. The further trekking journey takes you to Balu Ka Ghera and the views of the Dhauladhar Range cover your eyes entirely, a phenomenon known as the “White Range”. From there, the trail rapidly changes to the barren cold landscapes of Spiti Valley. The further trekking journey lets you camp near the beautiful Chandratal alpine lake before ending the trek at the confluence of Rohtang Pass, Hampta Pass, and Spiti Valley.

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Spiti Valley

Spiti Valley is the main highlight of the Hampta Pass trek that bifurcates Tibet, and India. The name “Spiti” translates to “The Middle Land” as it is a border area that lies in the high altitude Northeastern region of Himachal Pradesh. It adjoins breathtaking trekking destinations like Kullu, Lahaul, Kinnaur, Ladakh, etc. Most of Spiti’s landscapes are barren landscapes, known as the Cold Deserts of the mountains. The Spiti River flows through the valley and originates from Kunzum Range and mountains rise high covering the river.

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Rohtang Valley

Nesting at the eastern end of Pir Panjal Range, and 51 km from Manali, Rohtang Pass connects Kullu, Spiti, and Lahaul Valleys. The pass crosses through Beas, and Chenab Basins and the Beas River flows towards its Southern side and the Chandra River towards its West. Besides the beauty of gushy rivers, and alpine lakes, the beauty of Rohtang Valley lies in its picturesque landscapes of lush greenery, and snow-capped mountains covering the views of its road. The Rohtang valley is beautiful enough to be featured in the song “Yeh Ishq Haaye” in Jab We Met.

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Picturesque Campsites

The campsites of Hampta Pass trek in June are breathtakingly beautiful as you get near to set up your tents just along the alpine lakes, and green meadows. One of the earliest places to camp is on the banks of the Rani Nallah River at Chika. The picturesque site rewards you with the views of big Himalayan rocky hills. The next campsite is the Hampta Village where you can indulge in local activities to understand their mountain culture. The final campsite is near Chandratal Lake surrounded by green meadows, and purple wildflowers.

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Valley of flowers of Himachal

Hampta Pass Himalayan trek is nicknamed as Himachal Pradesh’s “Valley of Flowers''. This is because the trekking trail flourishes in lush greenery and presents you with many flowers throughout the journey. After crossing Chika, and before reaching Balu ka Ghera, there is a green meadow named as “Jwara”, which showcases Yellow Marigolds, Pink Hill Geranium, Himalayan Blue Poppy, and many more mesmerizing flowers. You can even find wildflowers blooming on the sides of Chandratal Lake at high altitudes.

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Trek for Beginners

Hampta Pass trek is a beginner-friendly moderate-level trek rated grade 3. The trek starts from Jobra Village near Manali and takes you through the ever-changing trail to reach the campsites at Chika, Balu ka Ghera, and Hampta Village. First-timers can attempt this trek with a little practice as it requires you to cross grasslands, valleys, barren lands, and forests of pine, green maple, and birch. The challenge of the trek arises when you are about to reach Hampta Pass and takes about 9 hours to complete. These steep climbs can be easily completed if you train yourself well, and maintain a good fitness level. However, it is just a small part of the journey, the rest of the trek is easy for a first-timer.

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Elevation of the Trek

The altitude of Hampta Pass Himalayan Trek lets you reach an altitude of 14,100ft above sea level. The trek starts from Jobra Village near Manali already at an altitude of 6,725 ft. You gain approximately 8000 ft of altitude in 4 days. This is beginner-friendly and easily manageable with standard acclimatization techniques. The elevation of Chandratal Lake is 14,100 ft.

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FAQ's of Reasons to do Hampta Pass Trek

Is there snow on the Hampta Pass trek in June?

Yes, there is a little snow on the Hampta Pass Trek in June. It is the summer season and the lower parts of the trail are mostly green, devoid of any snow. But the upper parts of the trail starting from Balu Ka Ghera have patches of snow. Even the views of the mountains after Chika form the “White Range” as they are covered in snow. June is the perfect weather to witness the green part of the trail along with the snow.

How many days are required to trek Hampta pass?

Hampta Pass Himalayan Trek takes 5 days and 4 nights to complete. The trek starts from Jobra base camp near Manali and covers Chika, Balu ka Ghera, Siaguru, Hampta Pass, and Chandratal Lake, and ends at Rohtang Pass.

How long is the Hampta Pass Trek?

Hampta Pass Himalayan Trek is a 35 km long trail that starts from Jobra base camp, near Manali to reach Chandratal Lake at an elevation of 4550 meters. Within a span of 4 days, you ascend to reach this altitude after crossing Spiti Valley and Hampta Pass. The trek ends at Manali and you can reach the same via the enchanting Rohtang Pass.

When is Hampta Pass open?

Hampta Pass Himalayan Trek is open from June to October, the seasons of Summer, and Autumn. The best time for a Hampta Pass Trek is around June because you can witness the green trail, flourishing forests, and patches of snow.

Is the Hampta Pass Trek for beginners?

Yes, Hampta Pass Trek is a beginner-friendly trek. A first-time trekker can easily conquer the trek as most of the trail follows a path of green lands, barren landscapes, and forests of pines, green maples, and firs. The trail is simple to ascend with a trekking distance of 35 km in total. The altitude to cover is 14,100 ft in a span of 4 days. This is easily manageable with standard acclimatization techniques.

Is Hampta Pass a difficult trek?

No, Hampta Pass is not difficult but a moderate-level grade 3 trek in India. It is a beginner-friendly trek that can be taken by first-time trekkers with a little bit of practice. Most of the trail follows an easy path of green meadows, barren cold landscapes, and forests of pines, firs, and green maples. The moderate part of the trek with steep ascents starts shortly before reaching Hampta Village, taking 9 hours to finish. But this part can be easily crossed with a little bit of prior practice.

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