Trekking in the Himalayas is always a lifetime experience, with mixed feelings, strenuous, but in the end a wonderful experience with lots of memories. The scenic landscape changes its nature gradually offering a visual delight to the trekkers. The horizon is filled with the infinities of the sky and a unique tranquility surrounds the atmosphere. You can hear the sound of the wind and feel the true power of nature which is otherwise lost in a hustling city life. All you feel at that moment is completely ‘humbled’ in front of Mother Nature.
The route of the Hampta pass through delightful alpine pastures, snowfields offers magnificent views of peaks such as Mount Indrasan (6221 mtr), Mount Deotibba ( 6001 mtr ) and the other side of the valley known as the Spiti Valley in Lahaul District . The trail has a rich flora and fauna with forests of cedar, fir, walnut, oak etc. and colorful birds.
- Activity type : High Altitude Trekking
- Duration : 5 Night & 6 Days
- Region: Himachal - India
- Trek Grade: Easy to Moderate
- Meeting Point: Manali Bus Stand
- Maximum Elevation: 14100
- Temperature: Day time: 10 C to 15 C. Night: 5 to -5 C.
Day 1: Arrival at Manali
Arrival at Manali. After meeting the trek coordinator, proceed to the campsite. Introduction and briefing about trek. Overnight stay at Manali at campsite.
Day 2: Trek to Chikka ( 10,050ft)
After having breakfast, 2 hrs drive to Hampta dam which will be our starting point of the trek. You will witness beautiful views of the Pine Forest, Rock faces & trees like maple, walnut, fir, oak on the way. With a walk just along the river side, you can refill your water bottles using this pure mountain water. Today's trek is easy to moderate level and you can able to finish it in 4/ 5 hrs. The final stretch is more rocky, but the beautiful landscape view around along with regular shepherds and colourful flowers keep you engaged. Overnight stay in tents.
Day 3: Chikka (10,050ft) to Balu ka Ghera (11,900ft) 9 km Trek (6hrs)
Today’s trail will be a moderate one. Trek would be through the bank of river, best place to fill-up your water bottles. There will be one part where you need to cross the river which will make this trek more adventures. Balu ka Ghera trek had multiple small waterfalls and lush green meadows. The path gradually leads to steep unfriendly slopes that will be welcoming you. The moment you reach the top you can see the picturesque views of snow-capped mountains and Dhauladhar range will be mesmerizing you. At night weather is good, if the sky is clear and moonlight on peaks made them more beautiful. Overnight stay in tents.
Day 4: Balu ka Ghera (11900ft) to Hampta Pass (14100ft) to Sia Goru(12900ft) 8km Trek (8/9 hrs)
The day starts early compared to other days because today we will be reaching highest point (Hampta pass) of the trek. We make challenging hike to Hampta pass (14100ft) 5/6 hrs walking from Balu ka Ghera camp. Today you have to prepare mentally as well as physically. But once you reach top you will realize that all your pain is worth where you are. You can see mesmerizing view of Lahul and Sipti valley along with Deo Tibba and Indrasan peaks. After having pack lunch, spending some time we start descending towards Sia Goru. Climbing down is steep and tiring, it will take two hours, then flat walk till Sia Goru campsite. At Sia Goru wind is very chilly but on clear night you can see millions of stars which will charm you. Overnight stay in tents.
Day 5: Shiagoru (12900ft) to Chatru (11000ft) & drive to Chandar Tal 7 km Trek ( 4/5 hrs)
After having early breakfast we start our trek towards Chartu. A gradual descend on moraine that offers excellent view of snow-covered mountains. On the way there are few water points where you can fill water bottles. After few hours of trek, you will be reaching Chatru camp. Chatru is a magnificent camping place and it is a consensus of three passes which is Hampta Pass, Rohtang Pass, and Sipti. From here we go by jeep to Chandratal lake, also called Moon Lake. After exploring Chandratal lake we come back to camp Chatru. (Please note that drive to Chandratal lake visit is completely depending on road condition)
Day 6: Chatru to Manali (Drop at bus stand)
We will serve the breakfast at 7am and will start our journey to Manali by jeep, on the way we will be crossing famous Rohtang pass. Manali is 85 km from this place and it will take 5/6 hrs depending on road and traffic condition at Rohtang pass. On the way we will stop for self-sponsored lunch. Make sure your travel plan further is from Manali 6pm onwards
What is included in the tour
- Activity: Trekking, Camping, sightseeing etc
- Tented Accommodation
- All meals while on trek (Veg)
- Permits (Foreign national need to pay extra on spot)
- Basic First aid medical kits
- Qualified and experienced Trek Leader (2), support staff, Helpers
- Camping Tents, Kitchen tents, Dining Tent and Sleeping bags and Carry mats.
- Local route guide
What is NOT included in the tour
- Meals during transit
- Mineral Water or soft drinks
- Transportation of any kind (but can be shared between trekkers)
- Mules or porter to carry personal luggage. (extra luggage if any can be left at luggage store srinagar with the authorities, charge per day Rs 100-150)
- Cost Escalation due to natural reason.
- Unscheduled stay due to landslide.
- Ruck Sack : Compulsory to carry strong and steady rucksack, Between 55 to 60 Litre
- Ruck sack cover : Protect your things from quick rain or snowfall
- Day Pack : Optional, carry only if you are planning to offload your bigger bag. If you are offloading your bigger backpack then you have to carry your personal valuable things, water bottles, pack lunch, raincoat/poncho etc.
- Trekking Shoes: Good quality rubber soul shoes with ankle support is advisable. Please make sure that shoes are well use before trek. Note: Sports shoes are not recommended but you can carry as additional back up shoes.
- T-shirts: As per your need, carry at least one quick dry type, avoid too bright/dark colours T-shirts. Cotton T-shirts avoid especially while walking. Full sleeves T-shirts are recommended.
- Track Pants: As per your need, one synthetic quick dry type track pant is highly recommended.
- Warm Jacket: Highly recommended, one thick fleece jacket/ Down feather jacket is must to carry. You can use this when you cool down at camp.
- Windproof Jacket/ Windcheater: We advised to carry, it is resisting wind chill/snowfall and quick burst of light rain.
- Thermal Wear: You can use this once you reach at campsite. Thermal keep your body warm especially during harsh winter temperatures.
- Towel: One medium size light weight towel quick dry type
- Raincoat/ Poncho: Raincoat/ ponchos is a water-resistance to protect the body from rain.
- Woollen Cap / Balaclava: Mandatory to carry woollen cap or balaclava to protect from cold.
- Sun cap / Hat: To protect you from direct sunlight
- Undergarments: As per your need.
- Socks: Hiking socks has ability wick moisture and keep feet dry. Full length socks are advisable.
- Hand Gloves: Compulsory to carry, few gloves are constructed of water resistant or waterproof material that keep your fingers dry.
- Walking stick / Trekking pole: Trekking pole provide useful literal stability on rough terrain and give balance while descending also reduce pressure on knee.
- Water Bottle/ Hydration pack: Compulsory to carry, please do not carry packaged drinking water bottles.
- Sunglasses: Compulsory to carry. It is protecting from snow blindness. Person who use spectacle need to carry custom make powered sunglasses.
- Head Torch / Torch: It is mandatory to carry with extra batteries. Head torch is advisable to keep your hands free while walking.
- Sunscreen Lotion: Optional, advisable to carry sunscreen lotion (SPF 50+ and more)
- Chapstick/ Cold cream: Optional, As per your need
- Toilet Kit Must to carry, Personal toilet kit (toilet paper)
- Sandals / Slippers: Optional, to walk around camp
- Small Lunch Box & Tea mug: Compulsory, sometimes we give pack lunch so you can carry pack lunch items in it (one small leak proof lunch box is the best one), also carry one tea mug/glass
- Dry Fruits / Energy Bars: We provide healthy adequate food on trip. Some do feel very less energetic compare to others, so you carry energy bars, dry fruits etc.
- Repairs Kit: Must, one small repair kit which includes safety pins, needle, thread and string
- Personal Medical Kit: Must to carry small basic first aid. If you are taking any specific medicine from your doctor please inform us in advance. There will be a basic first kit will be available throughout the trek. Our Instructor has done a first aid course.
- Camera: Optional, to capture your lifetime memories.