Hampta Pass Trek is a great initiation to Himalayan trekking. The trail to Hampta Pass combines 2 different side of the Himachal for you. Kullu and Lahaul are two adjoining districts and are separated by the formidable Hampta pass which is snowbound from October to June. Both the valleys are geographically quite different. The Kullu/Manali valleys are green with thick forest cover and heavy rains. However, Lahaul is in a rain-shadow area with partial Trans-Himalayan barrenness.
Day 1: Arrive in Manali - Prini - Jobri - Chikka | 40 Mins Drive and 3 Hrs Trek
Reporting Time: 9:30 am at Prini, 3 kms from Manali
Trekkers are expected to reach Pirni (2 km from Manali) by the reporting time, here you will be received by our team. The guides and team leads will share the Dos and Don’ts of the trek. Once all the group members have come-in, we'll drive to the trek starting point Jobri (In the spirit of trekking, we'll wait for the whole group to come-in before the trek starts, that said, drive to jobri will start latest by 11 am).
The trekking trail alternates from thick forests and open grounds till Chikka. We will be crossing few glacial streams over improvised wood bridges. After 3-4 hrs into the trek, we'll greeted by beautiful forested peaks, visible form Chikka. From here we also get an excellent view of Deo Tibba and Indrasan group of peaks. We'll be in Chikka by lunch time. Overnight camping in Chikka.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and refreshments
Travel: Drive and Hiking
Day 02: Chikka - Juara - Bhalu ka Ghera (3530m)(3-4 Hours)
After an early breakfast, we will start the trek. The trail alternates between thick forests and open grounds to Chikka. The trek crosses many glacial streams over improvised wooden bridges. Beautiful forested peaks are visible from Chikka after 3 or 4 hrs of scrambling. From here, we will get an excellent view of Deo Tibba and Indrasan group of peaks. When we arrive at Chikka, we will break for lunch and head on to Baloo ka Ghera. The trail continues to the alpine meadows which are full of interesting flora, crossing stream at Juara, glacial features of the surrounding mountains can be seen along the way. Bhalu ka Ghera, also known as the Bear’s Circle, is the place where brown bears are said to hibernate during winters and during the right time of the year, several species of wild flowers can be seen. It is a beautiful camping spot and we will camp here for the night.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 03: Bhalu Ka Ghera – Hampta Pass (4270 m) – Bhalu Ka Ghera (7-8 hours)
Today is when you feel the trek the most, it's going to be a long day. We start early (at around 7 am) and trek for 4-5 hours before we reach Hampta Pass. Today is also the day you'll use your cameras the most, keep extra battery in handy. The final ridge during the trek is a little steep accent. When snow-bound you will have to cut steps in the ice and be very sure footed. All this hard is rewarding, views from here are breath taking.
The peaks of in Lahaul, particularly in the Kulti valley and of the Chandrabhaga group, are seen as a huge cluster, with peak of Mulkila IV raising its head above them. From top of the pass you can see the majestic Mt. Deo Tibba (6001m), Indrasan (6221m) and the mighty Greater Himalayan and Pir Panjal Range.
Meals: Breakfast, Bhaluka Ghera Lunch and Dinner
Day 04: Bhalu Ka Ghera to Jobri - Drive to Prini -| 6/7 Hrs Trek, 1 Hr Drive
After the hearty breakfast, we'll check out from the camps by 9 am and proceeding to Juara and then Chikka. After lunch at Chikka we walk to Jobri. This is where the trek comes to an end. There will be vehicles waiting here to drop you to Prini, Manali.
Meals: Breakfast and Lunch
Pass By: Hamta Pass, Kullu 600119 India