Hampta Pass is a high altitude trek near Manali. This trek is a crossover trek from Kullu valley in Manali crossing over Hampta Pass @ 14000 feet to the barren deserts of Spiti valley. This is a 5-day trek from Manali with an excursion to Chandratal lake. The lake is around 80 km from Chatru which is the last campsite for the trek. This trek is an easy-moderate trek which can be done by beginners as well as seasoned trekkers with a minimum level of fitness and preparedness. This is a summer trek which is open from June to October first week. The best time to do Hampta pass is in June when there is lot of snow. but if you don't like snow and cold weather you can do it between July mid to September when the weather is much pleasant and you get to see a lot of greenery on the trail to Hampta.
1. Kullu valley to Spiti valley: Double treat for the eyes
On Hampta pass trek trail, we start the trek from Kullu valley which is lush green, with forests of oak and alpine all the way to Spiti valley which is barren desert mountains. Both the views are so the contrast in nature and a treat to the eye. It provides you two different contrast in nature.
2. River Crossing: Adventure on the go
While covering the Hampta pass trek, you cross a river and streams with crystal clear whitewater which makes it so exciting and thrilling experience for the trekker.
3. Beautiful campsites:- Natures bed
Campsite such as Chika, Balu ka Ghera, and Shea Ghoru are elegant & alluring to watch. Chika is a picture perfect location with abundant vegetation and grassland, boulders, rivers and beautiful waterfalls. Residing at 13000 ft, The scenic mountain peak, snowy landscapes, and freshwater rivers make Shea Ghoru location a much-treasured campsite location.
4. Accessibility:- Reaching Manali
The best part is that this trek starts from Manali which is well-connected to major metropolitan cities like Delhi, Chandigarh, and Pathankot. People from across the country can easily reach Manali from where you can start the trek.
5. Difficulty:- Easy to Moderate
Trek to Hampta Pass is considered as a high altitude trek which can be done by all with a minimum level of fitness and experience. People new to trekking have also completed this trek by maintaining a good fitness level.
6. Chandratal Lake:- Icing on the cake
Chandratal Lake in Spiti Valley is a high-altitude lake at 14000 ft. This trek gives you an opportunity to visit this lake which has pristine waters which change color & is open for only 4 months in a year. This high-altitude lake is a famous tourist attraction near Manali for adventure lovers. The Hampta pass trek is over at Chatru on the 4th day after which you can plan a drive to Chandratal Lake which is around 80km distance. The adventurous and bumpy ride through the remote and less explored roads will lead you to some extraordinary views of the Himalayan snow-capped mountains with a pristine and mesmerizing lake in the middle of nowhere.
Here is a brief of the Hampta pass trek