The second day of the Hampta Pass hike from Jobra to Jwara is a paradise. The most beautiful scenery, waterfall, flower bed, hiking trail right next to the stream, between the boulders, and icy-cold stream crossing. Furthermore, a lovely campground where clouds and fog play hide-and-seek with ice-clad mountains. A paradise for nature lovers.
Also read: Trek to Jobra Campsite – Hampta Pass – Day 1
The golden hours at Jobra campsite, in the evening and early morning, are ideal hours for photographers to get some amazing shots. The campsite at Jobra is just before the wooden bridge. Trekkers usually spend their time enjoying the view where they had come from on the previous day or next to this wooden bridge. ‘Rani Nalla’, the stream nearby is the main source of water at this campsite.
The first half of the trail
Day 2 of the trek starts from this wooden bridge and is almost a flat walk in the meadows, followed by a gradual climb uphill. This is where the trail gets narrower. The entire trail to the Jwara campsite is right next to the Rani Nalla. The trail is full of boulders and unnamed seasonal waterfalls.
The ideal time to visit this place is during the monsoon when you get too many small waterfalls. Also, less snow in the lower region. During monsoon, you may expect snow only near the Hampta Pass and you may find a snow patch on the way up. In addition, as you walk along the banks of the Rani Nalla, you get to see the Maple and Pine forests around.
The tricky place
The trail is slippery and right next to the stream. The trail is narrow, full of huge boulders, and can be tricky in some places. There is one place where you are directly under the waterfall. The view is breathtaking and you get to see wild horse grazing and also if you are lucky you even get to see vultures.
Once you reach the top of the stream is where the final adventure of the day begins. To reach the Jwara campsite, the crossing of the ice-cold stream is a must. Be prepared for a slow crossing in this ice-cold water as the stream is full of sharp stones. In addition, the current and water level might be higher. You may even find a tent where they sell toffees, biscuits, maggie, and cold drinks, but cannot be guaranteed.
Where to camp in Jwara
Once you cross the stream, the trail is a 20-degree gradual ascent to the Jwara campsite. The trail is full of wildflowers and meadows. If you look back at the trail that you had just covered, the view appears more like a tunnel where dramatic cloud movements are seen. Therefore, an ideal place to get some timelapse videos.
Meanwhile, you may want to watch the YouTube video below where I have made some timelapse of this location. A few meters further is the Jwara campsite. In the evening, you may visit the nearby waterfall and go on handpicking wild strawberries.
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To conclude, the day is full of adventure and a short hike – with too many waterfalls, a slippery trail full of boulders, stream crossing. In addition, check out my YouTube video, and do not forget to subscribe to my YouTube channel and to follow me on Instagram – @ravindra_joisa. Also, check out the remaining days of the trek by clicking here.