On Pir Panjal range in Himalayas at an altitude of 4270 m (14039 ft) lie Hampta Pass. It is a small corridor between Lahaul’s Chandra Valley and Kullu valley of Himachal Pradesh, India. This pass is frequently used by shepherds of lower Himalayan region, seeking for high altitude grassland in the dry cold desert of Lahaul during summer time.
Considered to be a beginners trek, having lots to offer to its trekkers in the form of vertical rock walls, water falls, hanging glaciers, pinewoods, rhododendron forests, open meadows, tiny lakes and mountain peaks rising above 6000 meters, making this trek a must-do-trek for everyone. The extra surprise element in this trek is the visit to Chandratal Lake, which is a high altitude glacial lake.
It will be a fun-filled downhill trek for 5 Hrs today, accompanied by mountains on both sides and river flowing along with us. After crossing 2 prominent glaciers we reach the campsite at Chatru, it is a confluence of 3 passes Hampta, Rohtang and Kunzum. From here one can go and visit the Chandratal Lake; however, a lot depends on the road and climatic conditions on that day.
Distance: 88 KMs
Time: 5 Hrs
Altitude: 6,750 ft
You can visit Chandratal If road and weather condition permits us. if not, you will have to drive directly from Chatru to Manali and skip Chandratal altogether.
Who can Go – Climbing a mountain is physically demanding and an easy trek does not mean it can be easily done if one fails to prepare for the trek. For all easy graded treks, the participants must be fit and have the stamina to cover a distance of 5 KMs within 45 minutes while carrying a backpack weighing not less than 10 Kgs.
Best time – Hampta pass is an ideal monsoon and post monsoon trek. The trail has a lot of exposed rocks during the summer months making it a little difficult to climb. However, the settings during the monsoon change completely and the months of July and August would be ideal for this trek.
Established Market – Manali is the last established market. Some last minute shopping can be done here.
Phone Network – All major networks are available at Manali and Prini. It is advisable to make all the phone calls here before starting the trek as the network would not be available during the trek. Weak connectivity is observed at some sections of the trek however, we would not recommend relying on it while planning your travel.
Internet Connectivity – Internet is available at Manali and Prini however, When it is available, one would also be able to make online transactions albeit, with a little patience (to give you an idea of the speed).
ATM Facility – Manali and Prini is the last point where ATM is available.
Medical Facility – Prini has a primary health center and Manali which has a hospital.
The interesting thing about traveling alone is that you get to meet new people from diverse backgrounds, and towards the end you are no longer strangers. Hence solo travelers are always welcome to join us on our trips. Read more about solo travelling here and get inspired! https://www.plantheunplanned.com/solo-yet-accompanied/
Safety and security is our priority at all times. Hence it is absolutely safe for women/girls to join us on our treks and travels. Our trek leaders accompany the team at all times, and our campsites are secured and safe for accomodation. We also have female trek leaders who accompany on most of our treks.
Usually, we take maximum of 15-18 people in one group. We believe bigger groups have less fun and less coordination so that’s why we prefer smaller groups.
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