Day 5 of the Hampta Pass trek is from Shea Goru to Chhatru campsite crossing the Chenab river. Trek to Chhatru Himachal Pradesh from SheaGoru is a moderate 2-2.5 hours of walking on moraine and loose rocks on gentle inclines. This is followed by a descent to Chhatru across a couple of glacial flows. As you move closer to the road, the descent gets a steep and little tricky. The last stretch is right next to the Chenab river and the trek ends next to the bridge.
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Shea Goru Campsite
Even though Shea Goru campsite is just below the Hampta pass and in a valley, the evenings next to the stream can be beautiful. Golden hours can light up the snow cap mountains gold. The view of Mount Indrasan can be majestic from slightly above Shea Goru campsite. You can even spend the mornings and evenings with your legs dipped in the ice-cold stream. This is one of the most beautiful campsites of this entire trek. Also, you should feel great here as you have already crossed the Hampta Pass, and is now at a viewable distance.
Crossing the ice cold stream
Our hike downhill on the next day starts with the crossing of an ice-cold stream, right next to the campsite. It is hard to cross the stream barefoot as there are sharp rocks underneath from the glacier above. From here it is a gradual descent, continuing to the valley below. By the way, we are now in the Lahaul and Spiti region of Himachal.
The hike downhill towards Chhatru
You will need to traverse the edges of rocks. Sometimes it might just be easier to get down into the river/glacier bed below to skip the rocky section and get back up. There are also a couple of places with slippery loose soil. Also, you get to see too many hiking trails here in the region. These are formed by the livestock raised by the locals. This section would take three hours when you are out of the mountains. You are still at a height but you have the road right across. The Chenab river separating you from the road. You can even see the vehicles appearing like a toy from here.
Glacier View above Chhatru
There are multiple huge glacial flows come down from the mountains on the side to the Chenab river. Also, the view from this place of the glacier in front is breathtaking. Zoom in your camera to see the glacier in detail as shown in the image below. There isn’t much human activity in this region other than few shops which remain closed half the year. Moreover, the highway connecting Manali with Kaza has to be constructed every year because of the extreme weather.
Weather at Chhatru campsite
Winter in this region is inhabitable and the roads remain closed. During the monsoon and summer, the Chenab river water level and the water current can be menacing. Continue to hike till you reach the bridge. You will find a few shops and dabhas here where you can have some hot tea and parathas. This is the Chhatru village. You may camp here or go further to find some flat land to camp. If time permits then consider visiting the Chandratal (lake).
To conclude, the last day of the hike can be much more relaxing as it is all downhill but can be exhausting as well as it is a long walk downhill. This is where you need to have a good pair of shoes else you can easily get blisters. Check out the video below and consider SUBSCRIBING to my YouTube channel.