Hampta Pass Trek The Best Monsoon TrekHimanchal Pradesh / Manali / 29-Jul-2017
Hampta Pass is a mystique pass in its own way. Emerging out from the valley of Kullu, Hampta pass is a magical corridor which leads you to Lahaul. It’s a pass with stream flowing by, clouds floating overhead, big boulders, with the most stunning vertical mountains and glaciers right beside it. Trekking along the terrain by the stream in a total wild, with the music of just the water and mounts, it feels no less than a paradise. The pass offers you to treasure the beautiful, commanding view of the Lahaul Valley.
Located at a height of 4270m (14,009 ft), Hampta pass falls in the Pir Panjal range of Western Himalayas. The pass got it’s name from a nearby village, named Hampta village. The place is mainly nomadic. In summer time the pass is used by the shepherds for grazing their animals in the Lahaul valley (opportunity to know their life). The Hampta pass trek is a 5-6 day trek. You can turn your trip back from Chhatru, but for those who desire more adventure can extend their journey to the beautiful Chandrataal lake.
Climate of Hampta Pass Trek The Best Monsoon Trek
Weather in Hampta pass is cold as it is located at an high altitude. Average temperature: Daytime 13°C-18°C; Night time: 0°C-7°C. It is advisable not to plan the trip during heavy monsoons. The place has unpredictable weather and is prone to landslides with the rocky mountains and glaciers, making it unsafe for trekking in heavy rainfall. You can plan the trek during post or pre monsoon for best experience.
Starting point of the trek: Manali
Duration of trek: 6 Days
Difficulty level: Moderate to Tough
Highest altitude: 14,035 ft
Best time: June to September (Pre or Post Monsoon)
Average temperature: Daytime 13°C-18°C; Night time: 0°C-7°C
It is believed that Hampta pass got it’s name after Hampta Maharishi, who meditated here. Hampta pass is also known as the ‘Stairs to the heaven’, as believed, Yudhishthira took this place on his accent to heaven.
Warm & waterproof clothing
A rucksack of around 60L (preferably waterproof)
Trekking shoes or Sports shoes
Waterproof bags or plastic bags
First aid kit
How to reach Hampta Pass Trek The Best Monsoon Trek
The Hampta pass trek is moderate to difficult trek. It is advisable to start your trek under the guidance of professionals, as the route is risky with big boulders and glaciers. You can online register yourself at any of the available travel agencies which will cover your accommodations, meals, camping etc. Few are listed below:
WHEEL WANDERERS; www.wheelwanderers.com/hamptapass-chandratal-trek
INDIA HIKES; www.indiahikes.com/hampta-pass/
ADVENTURE NATION; www.adventurenation.com/promotions/hampta-pass-trekking-tour
YHAI; www.yhaindia.org/ You have to reach Manali first, for the trek to begin. Manali is 537 km from Delhi by road. You can also get a flight upto Bhuntar, nearest airport that is 50 km away from Manali.
By YHAI: Upto Chhatru
DAY 1: Prini Base Camp
DAY 2: Sethan
DAY 3: Chikka
DAY 4 Balu Ka Gera
DAY 5 Shia Goru
DAY 6 Chatru
By Wheel Wanderers: Upto Chandrataal
DAY 1: Manali to Chikka
DAY 2: Chikka to Balu Ka Gera
DAY 3: Balu Ka Gera to Shia Goru via Hampta Pass
DAY 4: Chhatru to Chandratal
DAY 5: Back to Manali
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