Hampta Pass | A Crossover trek from Kullu to Chandra Valley

When you talk about treks in Himachal, the one trek that no one will forget to mention is the Hampta Pass trek. Himachal Pradesh’s Hampta Pass, at 14,000 feet, is one of the Himalayas ‘ rare and dramatic pass crossings. Firstly, the lush green valley of Kullu is on one side of the trail, with forests, grasslands, and flowers in bloom. Secondly, Lahaul’s landscape is almost arid, with barren mountains and little vegetation on the other side. In short, the landscape on either side of the pass, standing on the pass’s crest, what lies ahead and behind is a world apart.

Hampta Pass trek
Hampta Pass trek. Photos by Ravindra Joisa

For an average person or someone hiking in the Himalayas for the first time, the trek can be completed in five days. The slope is of medium difficulty. The weather in Hampta Pass is cold but bearable. Also, the best time to go on a hike to see the colorful meadows is during the summer or monsoon season, which runs from June to September. Here is a day-by-day itinerary that you can follow to get a sense of how this trek will go.

Day 1 – Trek to Jobra, start of Hampta Pass trek

The drive starts from the Manali bus stand and ends near the hydel plant and the reservoir. After that, you will have to hike for another 45 minutes from here to reach basecamp. As you enter the forest, the trail is through the pine trees, a few maple trees. In addition, the last stretch as you come out of the forest area is the meadows. For more details on day 1 of the Hampta Pass trek read trek to Jobra Campsite and watch this video. By the way, consider subscribing to my YouTube channel to support my work.

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Day 2 – Trek to Jwara

The second day of the Hampta Pass trek to Jwara from Jobra is an empyrean. In addition, the best landscape, waterfall, flower bed, hiking trail right next to the stream, through the boulders and ice-cold stream crossing. Moreover, a beautiful campsite where clouds and fog play hide and seek with ice-clad mountains. A perfect place for a nature lover. For more details on day 2 of the Hampta Pass trek, read trek to Jwara Campsite and watch this video.

Day 3 – Trek to Balu Ka Ghera

Trek to Balu ka Ghera campsite is moderate and is another beautiful campsite. It is a short meadow walk followed by a boulder section for a couple of hours, leading to a trail on loose rocks all the way to the campsite. By the way, Jwara is one of the most beautiful campsites in the Himalayas. For more details on day 3 of the Hampta Pass trek, read trek to Balu Ka Ghera and watch this video.

Day 4 – Trek to Shea Goru via Hampta Pass

Trek to Shea Goru via Hampta Pass is a few hours of gradual ascent. The trail after becomes a steep downhill after the pass. You get to see some amazing landscapes when you are at the pass from the most beautiful valleys, to the mountain peaks and glaciers. This day of the trek is the most challenging. It can be tricky at some places and is dangerous as well. For more details on day 4 of the Hampta Pass trek read trek to Shea Goru via Hampta Pass and watch this video.

Day 5 – Trek to Chhatru Campsite, end of Hampta Pass trek

Day 5 of the Hampta Pass trek is from Shea Goru to Chhatru campsite crossing the Chenab river. Firstly, trek to Chhatru Himachal Pradesh from SheaGoru is a moderate 2-2.5 hours of walking on moraine and lose rocks on gentle inclines. Secondly, this is followed by a descent to Chhatru across a couple of glacial flows. In addition, as you move closer to the road, the descent gets a steep and little tricky. Finally, the last stretch is right next to the Chenab river and the trek ends next to the bridge. For more details on day 5 of the Hampta Pass trek read trek to Chhatru Campsite and watch this video.

A visit to the most picturesque lake – Chandratal

Chandra Taal is one of the most beautiful lakes located at an altitude of about 14,000 feet. Tso Chikgma or Lake of the Moon or Chandra Taal, or Chandratal is a lake in the Spiti part of the Lahul and Spiti district of Himachal Pradesh, India. The lake is near the source of the Chandra River. Moreover, it was designated as a world heritage site back in 2005. Despite the rugged and inhospitable surroundings at 4300 meters, it is in a protected niche with some flowers and wildlife in summer. Moreover, the lake is not too far from the Chhatru campsite. For more details on Chandra Taal (lake) read Chandra Taal, the most picturesque lake in Spiti valley, and in addition, watch this video.

To conclude, this is one of the best Himalayan treks to start with. The trek is not too easy but at the same time not too challenging. Firstly, this is a no ordinary hike, and the experience you gain is worth the time and money you spend here. Secondly, if you are a landscape photographer then this is a must-visit place. Moreover, the trek isn’t too expensive and will cost under ₹ 10,000 and totally worth it.