Hampta Pass Trekfrom
Kullu and lahaul are adjoining districts but very different geographically. While the kullu manali valleys are green, with heavy forest cover and heavy rains, the lahaul valley lays in the rain shadow area with trans himalayan barrenness. A trail combining both these areas gives a wonderful walk with two completely different terrains to enjoy. The Hampta Pass trek is a lovely contrasting trek through Forest, Streams and big Rock walls. It is also one of the more fascinating yet less frequented treks beginning from the Kullu valley.
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Vacation Style Holiday Type
Activity Level Challenging
Group Size Medium Group
The trail begins from prini village (6370ft) with a climb up a steep ridge to reach sethan (9840ft) in about 3 hours. The trail passes through a lovely forest to the lahauli village of Hampta. The trail alternates between forest and open grounds for 12km to chhika. On the way you will pass a place called Bhalu ka gera, where brown bears are said to hibernate during winters. At this place you will find several species of wild flowers. Beautiful forested slopes are visible to the east which can be surmounted by 3-4 hrs of scrambling. The reward is an excellent view of DeoTibba and Indransan peaks.
The trail continues at almost the same height along the Hampta nala passing several side streams and vast meadows. We will trek for 6 kms and set camp at Shea Gheru The third day we would start early to reach the Hampta pass (14000ft) which is a 2 km climb from the camp. The final ridge enroute the Hampta pass is a steep climb. The view from the pass is beautiful and you get to see the chandrabhaga range and the Mulkila peak. We descent to the chandra river along a long ridge and once in the valley we have our vehicle in chhatru to bring you back to manali.
- Transport to Prini
- English speaking Guide
- Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Tea, Dinner
- Trekking Gear
- Kitchen Tent
- Sleeping Bags and Sticks
- First Aid Kits
- Mineral Water
- Tips and Donations
- Admission fees for monuments and Monasteries
Prini To Jabru
Drive to Prini and walk from Prini to Jabru (2780M). The trekking time is 4 to 5 hrs. The climb is steep with a view of the Manali valley from above. The camp is set at Jabru.
Jabru - Bhalu ka Gera
The walk starts along the river valley with a view of Jobri Peaks. The route crosses many Glacial streams and improvised wooden bridges. You can also see the magnificent Dhauladhar range with its snow clad peaks. Passing through a narrow gorge we arrive at a meadow called Balu ka Gera (3540M), as this is the place brown nears come to spend their winters in. The Meadow is lush with wild plants and an ideal place to set camp. Total trekking time for the day is 5 hrs.
Balu Gera - Shea Gheru
We walk through meadows full of high altitude flowers. Many interesting glacial features can be seen along the way. The trek starts in snowfields, with a with a climb upto Hampta pass (4270M).From the top the pass you can view Indrasan and Deo Tibba peaks, both are a part of the Greater Himalayas. from here its a short descent to nest campsite at Hampta for overnight camping.
Shea Gheru- Chhatru
Descend to Chhatru. You will pass between two high cliffs and can see the Chandra Bhaga range with many 6000M peaks. in the beginning, its a gentle downhill walk from Shea Gheru . You will walk along the river in the valley between mountain ranges. After about an hour, the road at Chhatru can be seen at a distance. The mountains opposite are barren, typical for Spite Valley. The trek finishes near the Chandra river in the Lahaul Valley. The drive back to Manali is 4 hrs.