Moderate | Level 3
8 to 62 years
One of the Most Dramatic Crossover Treks in the Himalayas
At 14,000 feet Hampta Pass in Himachal Pradesh falls under those rare, dramatic pass crossings in the Himalayas. On one side is the lush green valley of Kullu — with forests, grasslands, and flowers blooming on the side of your trail. On the other is the almost arid, stark landscape of Lahaul, with barren mountains and almost no vegetation.
Standing on the top of the pass, what’s ahead and behind are two different worlds. It changes in a matter of minutes.
Simply put, the Hampta Pass is Himachal’s Valley of Flowers. The landscape is strikingly similar to that of Valley of Flowers – a green narrow valley protected by snow-covered mountains – but there’s a bonus here.
When you get onto the other side of the Hampta Pass, you’ll be in awe looking at the stark contrast from what you just left behind. The landscape that stretches in front of you is Spiti Valley, known for its barren stretches, rugged terrain and forget-me-not blue skies.
What makes the dramatic changes heightened, even more, is how thrilling the climb to Hampta Pass is. For trekkers, crossing the Hampta Pass (even without the scenery changes) is a great story of adventure. They will love the nervous excitement of climbing to the pass over many ledges, almost appearing to get to the pass, but never really sure until you get there.
On this trek, you move from one side to the other over 6 days, covering 25 km.
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Arrive at Indiahikes Jungle Line Campus, Manali by 8.00 am. Drive to Jobra Roadhead, and Trek to Jobra
Drive Distance: 27 km | Drive Duration: 1 hour 20 minutes | Pick-up point for Indiahikes trekkers: Indiahikes Jungle Line Campus, Manali
Trek Distance: 1.5 km | Trek Duration: 1 hour
Get to Indiahikes Jungle Line Campus, Manali by 8.00 AM. Start for Jobra immediately after lunch (3 hours drive). The cab fare is not included in the trek fee. It is to be shared by trekkers and paid directly to the driver. It costs Rs 3,200 per vehicle. Trek to Jobra campsite (30-minute trek).
To reach Jungle Line Campus, you can either reach directly or choose the pick up arranged by Indiahikes from Beas Bridge, Manali at 7.00 am. The cost of the cab is Rs 1,000 and has to be shared by trekkers.
Trek from Jobra to Jwara
Trek Distance: 4.50 km | Trek Duration: 4 hours | Altitude Gain: 8965 ft to 11005 ft
Trek from Jwara to Balu Ka Ghera
Trek Distance: 5 km | Trek Duration: 4 hours | Altitude Gain: 11005 ft to 12220 ft
Trek from Balu ka Ghera to Shea Goru via Hampta Pass
Trek Distance: 8 km | Trek Duration: 9 hours | Altitude Gain and Loss: 12220 ft to 12695 ft via 14,065 ft
Trek from Shea Goru to Chhatru
Trek Distance: 7 km | Trek Duration: 4.5 hours | Altitude Loss: 12695 ft to 10785 ft
Drive from Chhatru to Manali. | Optional: Drive from Chhatru to Chandratal Lake to Manali
Drive Distance: 64 km | Drive Duration: 5 hours
Optional: Drive Distance: 160 km total | Drive Duration: 9-10 hours | Altitude Gain: 10,785 ft to 14,036 ft
5 hours drive. The transport cost from Chattru to Manali will be Rs 7,000 per vehicle.
Optional: Visit Chandratal and then return to Manali. 9-10 hour drive. If you choose to visit Chandratal Lake, the transport cost would be Rs 9,000 per vehicle.
Please note: The distance between campsites may vary by 100 meters depending on the weather conditions and the route you take. The altitude may also vary by 100 feet for similar reasons.
- It is mandatory for trekkers to carry a copy of their photo ID for entry at forest check posts on the trek.
- On the trek, you will be staying 3 in a tent on all days.
- We have a cloakroom facility at the base camp for extra luggage. Anything beyond that is chargeable at Rs 500 per luggage. Do not leave behind any valuables in the cloakroom.
Study this map to know about Hampta Pass trek route, itinerary, campsites, terrain and more.
- Onward Travel
Get to Indiahikes Jungle Line Campus, Manali by 8.00 AM. Have the trek briefing, take your rentals and drop off your cloakroom luggage. Start for Jobra immediately after lunch (1 hour 20 minutes drive). The pick-up will be arranged by Indiahikes but the cost is not included in the trek fee. It is to be shared by trekkers and paid directly to the driver.
If you are travelling from Delhi, you can get down at 15 Mil Bridge and travel to the Basecamp. If you plan to arrive a day before your trek starts and stay in Manali, we will have the pick-up cab arranged from Beas Bridge, Manali at 7.00 am on Day 1 of your trek. It costs Rs 1,000 for a Sumo and the cost of it has to be shared by the trekkers and paid to the driver directly.
- Return Travel
On the last day, you have a 5 hours drive. The cost of transport from Chattru to Manali will be Rs. 9,000 per vehicle if you choose to go to Chandratal. Otherwise, it is Rs 7,000. This has to be shared by trekkers and paid directly to the driver.
Know Your Trek
We have always wanted trekkers to be well-informed before they go on a Himalayan trek. Knowledge is the difference between a safe trek and a dangerous one. It’s also the difference between a wholesome experience and a superficial experience.
Use this section to learn about the Hampta Pass trek. It has in-depth information about each day of the trek, what to expect, and how you need to prepare for it. Many years of expertise have gone into this content. Trekkers find that extremely useful.
Day 1: Arrive at Indiahikes Jungle Line Campus, Manali by 8.00 am. Drive to Jobra Roadhead, and Trek to Jobra
Drive Duration: 1 hour 20 minutes | Trek Duration: 2 hours
Altitude: 8965 ft
Arrive at Manali a day in advance. Reach Indiahikes Jungle Line Campus, Manali by 8.00 AM. You can also choose to stay nearby at Sarsai or Naggar.
The base camp for the Hampta Pass trek is Jobra. The picturesque drive especially from Manali, along with 42 hairpin turns, has panoramic views of Kullu Valley. The Rani Nallah, which you will trek alongside till it disappears under the snow of Hampta Pass, starts accompanying you from here. From the road head at Jobra, the campsite is a 30-minute trek through a mixed forest of pine, bright green maple trees and luminescent silver birch.
Cross the road where you get off from the vehicle and take the small path into the forest. The forest is mostly Pine with an occasional Maple tree with its new lush green leaves - a pleasant change in the vegetation. It's an easy slope and after 20 minutes into the forest, you come to a bend with a huge rock that overlooks a meadow strewn with small rocks.
Camp in the meadows for the night to acclimatise better.
Day 2: Trek from Jobra to Jwara
Trek Duration:4 hours | Trek Distance: 4.50 km
Altitude Gain: 8965 ft to 11005 ft
Difficulty: Easy-moderate. Easy walk to Chika for about an hour followed by 2 hours of ascent through a boulder section. Descent for 1-1.5 hours easing off into a level walk.
The meadow near Jobra has the Rani Nallah or Rani river flowing in between and on either side, you will see hills with rock faces. Some cows and sheep graze in the meadow which is lined with Maple and Pine trees. Early in the season one may find some snow by the side of the river.
You can traverse the meadow or climb up the left hill. The climb makes the path slightly shorter. The river flows right in the middle and water is no issue. You can take a break here at Chika.
Jwara is to the right of Chikha and can be identified by a couple of waterfalls in the distance. Head right but stay on the left bank of the river throughout. The initial climb is mainly through stones and boulders. The going is never too difficult. The right bank of the river is laced with dwarf Rhododendrons in the lower and middle region of the mountain and Birch trees grow at the upper end.
Look back and you will see the Dhauladhar range with its snow-clad peaks. It makes a pretty picture. You will find a waterfall to your left. Relax and replenish your water supplies at this spot.
After the waterfall, you move to your right, heading towards the river, which has a lot of boulders around it. Take off your shoes if you wish and jump across the rocks on the Rani Nallah. The water is icy cold as one would expect.
You are now about halfway through your trek as you enter a walled valley. On one side of the valley are the rock faces and on the other end is the river below. Once you cross the river, you are at Jwara where nature is at her dramatic best.
Day 3: Trek from Jwara to Balu Ka Ghera
Trek Duration: 4 hours | Trek Distance :5 km
Altitude Gain: 11005 ft to 12220 ft
Difficulty: Moderate. Short meadow walk followed by boulder section for a couple of hours, leading to a trail on loose rocks all the way. Very gradual incline through the day.
The river has snow flows melting and feeding it while numerous sheep and mules feed on the green grass. In front are snow-clad mountains beyond which lies the Hampta Pass.
Walk along the Rani river heading into a rectangular valley. On your way, you will find a variety of tiny flowers - purple, yellow, pink etc. The trees are now left behind. You won’t find them anymore for quite some time. It takes about half an hour to cross the valley.
Our Senior Trek Leader, Aditya Bodke says, "There is a section on this day that goes through a flattish terrain where you are surrounded by flowers. You see the long, pink distorts, marigolds, and blue poppies. The Rani Nallah is flowing on the side. The ascent is gradual, so you get time to walk at leisure, introspect as you go through this section."
After you come out of Jwara, you need to walk further along. The terrain flattens as you reach Chota Balu ka Ghera where you can rest for a bit and have a quick snack. Then continue further along the river, crossing small snow flows and jumping across rocks.
Towards the end, the rocks are quite far apart and jumping across gets tricky. Soon after, you will reach the destination for the day – Balu Ka Ghera or the bed of sand. The ground is formed mainly by the sand and dust brought down by the river.
It is level ground and behind you are the mountains you will traverse the next day to cross the Hampta Pass. Pitch your tent and enjoy a beautiful sunset behind the Hanuman Tibba peak. You are now close to 12,500 ft above sea level.
Day 4: Trek from Balu ka Ghera to Shea Goru via Hampta Pass
Trek Duration: 9 hours | Trek Distance: 5 km
Altitude Gain and Loss: 12220 ft to 12695 ft via 14,065 ft)
Difficulty: Moderate. An hour of gradual ascent after which the trail becomes steep uphill till the pass, interspersed with short descents. 2 hours of steep descent from the pass, easing off into a flat walk.
Today’s trek can be broken into two stages - the climb to Hampta Pass which is moderately steep followed by a steep descent to Shea Goru. You will want to take a small break at the top of the pass to make it your target to reach the pass by lunchtime, have lunch there and then start the descent.
You begin your day by heading towards the mountains from Balu Ka Ghera. You may get a pleasant surprise with lots of tiny pink and yellow flowers growing by the side of the river. Move along the river for an hour after which you will be above it. At some points, the trail may fade out so be careful not to get lost. Stay with your team.
After an hour of a gentle gradient in a rockfall prone area, the climb picks up. This is the first serious incline you will encounter. Half an hour into the climb, you will reach the first plateau. Here you get to see the Deo Tibba peak right in front of you.
If you are here during early summer, there is a good chance that this entire section is filled with snow. At other times, you may get only some patches of snow.
Take a breath, wait for your team to catch up and begin the next ascent. This is another inclined part that has two stages to it and finally ends at the ridge. The climb will take you 20-30 minutes. From the top of the ridge, you will see another parallel one, which is your next destination. Hampta Pass is a bend away from the top of the second ridge.
Before descending to the side of the second ridge, continue walking on the first ridge for a small distance to get a 360-degree view of the intriguing mountain peaks like Peak 5260 surrounding you. This is a good spot for a panoramic shot.
After descending and 15 minutes of going by the side, you begin the vertical climb which gets over in 20 minutes. You may be panting at the end of it but you are almost there at 14,000 ft, atop the Hampta Pass.
The descent is slightly trickier than the ascent. It can vary slightly depending on the snow condition too. Sliding down may be an option if there is snow. From the pass, take a turn towards the right. You can see the Lahaul side of the pass below.
Go down in a zig-zag route and then stick to the right flank of the mountain. You will have to walk over slippery soil and stones too. In half an hour the first downhill run is done.
A u-turn brings you right below the pass. From here it is a straight downhill trek on snow; you could also follow the zig-zag path down until you hit the valley below. In an hour and a half, you will be at the base of the valley. Tall snow-clad mountains surround you from three sides and the open side leads you to Shea Goru.
Shea Goru is an almost level walk from here. It should be an easy walk though some may find it tiring after the long day traversing the pass. You will find the river again, flowing to your right. Choose a nice campsite close to the river and retire happily for the day after crossing the Hampta Pass.
Day 5: Trek from Shea Goru to Chhatru.
Trek Duration: 4.5 hours | Trek Distance: 6 km
Altitude Loss: 12695 ft to 10785 ft
Difficulty: Moderate. 2-2.5 hours of walking on moraine and loose rocks on gentle inclines, followed by a descent to Chhatru across a couple of glacial flows.
The descent gets a little tricky as you move closer to the road. You will need to traverse by the edges of rocks, and sometimes it might just be easier to get down into the river/glacier bed below to skip the rocky section and get back up.
There are also a couple of places with slippery soil. So you need to be nimble and hop down them to prevent yourself from sliding.
This section would take 2½ – 3 hours when you are out of the mountains. You are still at a height, but you have the road right across and the Chandra river separating you from the road.
Two to three massive glacial flows come down from the mountains on the side of the Chandra river.
You will need to cross these streams to reach a camping spot which has water.
Choose a camping spot close to one of the numerous streams that join the river. Chhatru is a lovely camping site. You get lovely views of the different mountain ranges. The Chandra river flows at speed right below.
Day 6 Chhatru to Manali Optional: Drive from Chhatru to Chandratal and then to Manali.
Drive Duration: 5 hours | Drive Distance: 64 km
Optional | Drive Duration: 9-10 hours | Drive Distance: 160 km
After an early morning debriefing, bid the Spiti Valley goodbye and head back to Manali. The journey from Chhatru to Manali passes through Rohtang Pass and can take up to 5 hours. The scenery all through the route is a treat in itself.
Don't forget to ask our Trek Leaders to teach you some group games like Hand Uno and Lateral Situations to play on the way back!
If the roads are clear and devoid of snow, visiting Chandratal, the moon lake, is a must when you are in Spiti. Chhatru is about 50 km away from Chandratal. You will take a vehicle to Chandratal from Chhatru.
The journey takes about 3 hours one way, and the road is quite bumpy, so it is advised that you start well in the morning. Those who have motion sickness don't forget to take Avomine tablets.
Please note that the road to Chandratal is highly dusty and can lead to a problem if you are asthmatic.
If you have some energy to spare, walk up the hill next to Chandratal. From the top, apart from being able to identify the moon shape of the lake, you'll be able to see a second lake out in the distance surrounded by scenic peaks like the CB-13.
Since Chandratal is at an altitude of 14,026 ft, there are good chances of being hit by Acute Mountain Sickness if you're not well hydrated.
Remember, the excursion to Chandratal and back to Manali (if accessible) is optional. But we recommend visiting the lake if the weather & road conditions permit.
In late summers, the road opens up to Chhatru and beyond. If you are early or late in the season, Chandratal may be ruled out, and you may have to walk on the road to a place where the road has been cleared off its snow flows.
Please note that as a part of the Hampta Pass trek, you'll not be camping at Chandratal. After a morning visit to Chandratal, you'll be heading to Manali.
Moderate | Level 3
Suitable for Fit Beginners
At Indiahikes, while rating a trek difficulty we consider several factors. These include, altitude gained every day, length of a trek every day, highest altitude, nature of the terrain, weather etc. Based on this we rate a trek as easy or difficult or somewhere in between.
Hampta Pass Trek is a moderate trek level 3 in difficulty level ranging from easy to difficult.
You start from Manali which is at an altitude of 6,725 ft and reach an altitude of 14,000 ft in a matter of 4 days.
For the most part, though, it is an easy hike through the valley. However, the terrain becomes difficult as you get closer to the pass. The pass crossing day is a long walk of almost 9 hours.
This makes the trek a moderate one. It is a good trek for fit first-timers.
You will need at least 4 weeks of solid preparation for this trek. You can begin preparation by going for brisk walks and then doing brisk jogs to improve your cardio. Your target should be to cover 5 km in 37 minutes comfortably by the start of the trek.
Watch this video to know more about difficult sections on the Hampta Pass trek
The good news is that the terrain at Hampta Pass trek does not have many sections that pose a major safety challenge. Amongst our very high altitude treks (treks that go over 14,000 feet), Hampta Pass poses the least risk.
The only few risky sections are stream crossings and the descent from the pass down to Shea Goru campsite.
1. Stream crossings on the way to Jwara
You will cross two streams on the second day of your trek, before reaching the Jwara campsite. Only two wooden logs form the narrow bridge across these streams.
We recommend that you cross the bridge one trekker at a time here. A slight imbalance will cause you to slip and fall in the stream. Chances of taking a fellow trekker along with you into the stream are more when you slip. At Indiahikes, you will see that our Trek leader will follow the same process.
2. Descending from the Pass
You have to descend the pass until you get to the section where the slope starts to become gradual. This trail is very steep and has a lot of switchbacks. It has a lot of snow too, in June.
If you are trekking in June, you will need microspikes for this section. You can wear it wherever you start to see hard snow. On your way down the pass, also ensure that you do not throw any hard objects or stones from the past, as you may end up injuring your fellow trekkers.
3. Stream crossings before reaching Chhatru
Your final day has multiple stream crossings depending on the month of your trek. In June and July, there will be glaciers on which you can walk across the streams. In August and September, these glaciers would melt and flow as ice-cold streams.
Here, we strongly recommend that you form a human chain wherein you lock one of your elbows with a fellow trekker and you cross together. Do not stop till the stream is crossed because of the chill you experience. The only way to warm your feet is to make it to the other side quickly by following a rhythm.
The Hampta pass trek starts rather high at 9,000 ft and climbs taking you to 14,000 ft by the third day itself. This high start makes you susceptible to altitude sickness in the first couple of days.
Keeping that in mind, we at Indiahikes have planned the route in a way that helps mitigate the risk of AMS:
– The night spent at 9,300 ft at Jobra (with a very short trek) instead of Manali at 6,700 ft helps you acclimatize quite a bit.
– The hike from Jwara to Balu Ka Ghera is a shorter altitude gain – roughly 500 ft. This gives you ample opportunity to rest and acclimatize before the long summit day.
– Overall, the campsites are placed well within a normal altitude gain for each day. With a steady pace, the chances of getting AMS are lesser.
However, there are still chances of getting hit by AMS.
Over the last 8 years that we’ve been running this trek, we’ve noticed that trekkers usually start displaying symptoms of AMS at Balu Ka Ghera.
Trekkers usually complain of a headache or tiredness mixed with perhaps lack of appetite or sleep.
If you are trekking with Indiahikes, at any point in the trek, especially around Balu Ka Ghera, inform your trek leader about your condition immediately if you feel any symptoms of AMS. All Indiahikes trek leaders are trained to take care of your health and safety during medical emergencies of any sort.
In the case of AMS, early detection and treatment can ensure your successful trek completion.
If you are trekking on your own, the immediate step to take would be to start on a curative course of Diamox which is 250mgs every 12 hours followed by ample rest.
The earlier you treat these symptoms, the higher the chances of recovering and completing the trek. If the symptoms don’t alleviate after treatment, it is best to head down to Jobra immediately. (if you haven’t crossed the pass). Do not continue the trek if any of the symptoms persist.
You might also notice its symptoms while descending from the pass on the other side of your body that hasn’t adjusted to the altitude. In such a case, descend to Chhatru immediately.
Here’s a Complete Guide to Acute Mountain Sickness, HAPE and HACE:
The trek is safe for all 4 months of the year it is open - from June to September.
However, there are a few times when you need to be careful.
First is early in the season in June, when there is a lot of snow on the trail starting from Balu Ka Ghera, the trail can get slippery. However, this can be managed with the right gear - microspikes, gaiters, etc.
Second, in July and August, rain is a common occurrence. The rain too makes the trail slippery and tricky. Moreover, the force of water at river crossings can increase making it challenging to cross them.
In both cases make sure to get a firm footing before you take the next step. Follow the instruction of your trek leaders.
Pro Tip: Place your foot firmly on the ground and make sure your feet are not slipping and you’ve got a good grip before you take the next step. Do not be in a hurry to ascend or descend but take a second to be mindful of your steps.
The trek can get extremely cold resulting in cold-related injuries. But this can be tackled with the right winter gear, the right technique of layering and good insulation techniques.
Emergency Exits: Hampta Pass being a Pass-crossing trek has limited exit points. If you haven’t crossed the pass then head down Jobra before moving on to Manali. While after crossing the pass you’ll have to make it to Chhatru before heading to Manali via Rohtang Pass.
Closest Hospitals: Mission Hospital in Manali is the closest one to Hampta Pass, in case of a medical emergency during the trek.
Address: Model Town, Siyal, Manali, Himachal Pradesh – 175131
Manu Diagnostics Center and Hospital is another option.
Address: Snowdrop Hotel building, Gompa Road, opposite Buddhist Monastery, Manali, Himachal Pradesh – 175131
Even though Hampta Pass is a high-altitude trek, it can be done for almost 6 months in the year. The very best time would be between June and September. You can extend it to the end of October.
Some attempt the trek in the middle of May, but the snow is too high for a comfortable pass-crossing. Even in the best months between June and September, the trek is not the same every month.
Watch this video to get an idea of how the trek looks like in different seasons
Hampta Pass in June
Day time: Between 15 °C and 20 °C | Night time: Will drop to temperatures between 1 °C and 5 °C.
Presence of snow: Despite it being summers, expect snow patches on the ground. Especially close to Balu Ka Ghera and above it is still snow bound.
No. of warm layers required: 3 warm layers
In June expect a lot of snow from Balu Ka Ghera onward. You will find good snow slightly after Balu Ka Ghera camp right until the pass. You’ll get snow even until you get down on the Lahaul side. The depth of snow on both sides is quite high. The flats leading to the grassy camp of Shea Goru could have some patches of snow too.
The reason for the good snow even in late June is because the valley leading up to the Hampta Pass is narrow, with not too much sun on it. The depth of snow is high.
Hampta Pass in July and August
Day time: Between 15 °C and 20 °C | Night time: Will drop to temperatures between 1 °C and 5 °C.
Presence of snow: Snow starts to melt as we enter July. By August most of the snow is gone, except for some patches near Hampta Pass.
No. of warm layers required: 3 warm layers
In July the snow starts to melt rapidly but stays in good patches on the higher reaches of the pass. But different magic starts to unfold from mid-July onward.
Our Senior Trek Leader, Aditya Bodke says, "Anyone who has been on the Hampta Pass trek must have noticed those long, pink flowers in the valley. These are called 'distorts'. Apart from these, you spot many other flowers like the marigolds and blue poppies in the flowering season which begins in July."
The valley starts to get its first monsoon showers. Wildflowers begin to sprout in the entire green belt on the Kullu side. Sometimes trekkers have to wade through a bed of wildflowers on either side of the trail.
If there is a favourite time to do the trek, then mid-July to the end of August is the best time to do the Hampta Pass trek. The grasslands are a vibrant green. The slopes are alive with swaying wildflowers. On the other hand, the skies are generally cloudy though. Be game for good showers on the trek. The rains last until the mid of September.
Hampta Pass in September
Day time: Between 12 °C and 15 °C | Night time: Will drop to temperatures between 0 °C and 3 °C.
Presence of snow: You will not find snow in the month of September on the trail.
No. of warm layers required: 4 warm layers
Post-mid-September, the skies start to clear up and the early autumn colours strike the slopes. The Hampta Pass is at its most colourful. The sunrises and sunsets are gorgeous, the snow-clad mountains stand tall against the deep blue skies. The trek is at its most perfect.
At Indiahikes we wind up the Hampta Pass season at the end of September.
By the end of the first week of October, the air is nippier. The early winter chill is felt. Night temperatures will fall below zero in most camps. At the higher camps, it could be icy cold. The streams dry up and water sources become increasingly difficult. The earth is browner. The boulders were starker.
While it is possible to do the trek in October it is not as much fun.
Planning your onward flight/train booking
If you are travelling from Bengaluru, Chennai, Pune, Mumbai or any other city, book your air tickets for Day Zero, which is the day before Day 1 on the itinerary.
Example: If your trek start day is 25 September, then book your air tickets for 24 September to either Chandigarh or Delhi.
There are two options for your flight tickets.
Option 1: Fly directly to Chandigarh
We recommend this. It gives you an added rest day at Manali. It also makes your travel timeless. However, if the cost of the flight ticket to Chandigarh is too high, book to Delhi and travel to Manali by bus.
Tip: Land at the Chandigarh airport and directly head to Sector 43 (which is the main Interstate bus terminal of Chandigarh). You get AC airport buses to Sector 43, from just outside the arrivals. It is about 10 km and the buses run every half hour or so. A ticket costs Rs 60 for these buses.
Always target to reach Chandigarh by around 7.30 pm. It takes an hour or so to get out of the airport and get to ISBT in Sector 43. Getting a bus connection to Manali may take about half an hour or so. It is usually a 9-10 hour bus journey to Manali (294 km on mountain roads).
Avoid reaching Chandigarh post 7.30 pm, unless pushed to it. We recommend travelling by bus during Lakshmi Holidays. They are clean, affordable and usually run on time.
Tip: Avoid taking buses that are expected to reach Manali after 9 am. The route is prone to very bad traffic jams. Often with a 3-4 hour delay.
Pro Tip: If you are in a group of 3-4, then it may make sense to take a taxi from Chandigarh airport to Sarsai directly. A taxi charges about Rs 3,200 for the trip. You can book a taxi from Goibibo or Ola in advance. We use this system often.
Option 2: Flying to Delhi
Flying to Delhi may be a lot cheaper than getting to Chandigarh. Make sure to book a flight that reaches Delhi by 4.00 pm. You must arrive in Delhi on Day zero and not on Day 1.
Note: If you notice the difference in air ticket prices between Delhi and Chandigarh is less than Rs 1,000 then book directly to Chandigarh. The rest and shorter travel time are worth the difference.
Bus to 15 Mil: Take the bus before 6 pm from ISBT Kashmiri Gate to the Manali Bus Stand. It is a 13-14 hour bus journey from Delhi to Manali. Take a bus that leaves Delhi at around 5.30 pm. Get down at 15 Mil. We recommend travelling by bus by Lakshmi Holidays. They are clean, affordable and usually run on time.
Pro Tip: Avoid taking buses that are expected to reach Manali after 8.30. The route is prone to very bad traffic jams. Often with a 3-4 hour delay.
Note: If you are planning to reach and stay at Manali a day before your trek starts, you can. There'll be a pick-up cab arranged by Indiahikes from Beas Bridge, Manali. The pick-up time is 7 am. It costs Rs 1,000 per vehicle and the cost has to be shared by the trekkers.
Planning your return flight/train booking
Booking your return tickets requires some thought. First, always book your return ticket keeping in mind the monsoons. It generally causes delays on mountain roads with slower-moving traffic.
Option 1: Flying out from Chandigarh
Assuming you have stayed at Manali the day before, take a bus to Chandigarh. Book a flight that flies out of Chandigarh post 8 pm. It takes about 10 hours to travel from Manali to Chandigarh by bus. And a further one hour from Chandigarh ISBT at Sector 43 to the Airport by bus.
You get buses at the Manali bus stand from 8.30 am onward.
Tip: You can also choose to share a cab with 3 to 4 fellow trekkers from Manali to Chandigarh.
Option 2: Flying out of Delhi
Assuming you are not staying overnight at Manali, you get buses to Delhi starting at 5 pm from the Manali Bus stand. The travel time to reach Delhi ISBT is around 14-15 hrs. If you are booking a flight from Delhi and taking a bus, then book a late morning flight post 9 am.
Tip: Experience the different cafes in Manali and take a night bus after 9 pm to Delhi. Then onward flight to your cities on the evening from Delhi.
If you cannot reach a day early, ensure you leave at around 6.00 PM the previous evening (Day 0), so that you are well on time for the pick up in case of unexpected delays in reaching Manali.
These are documents required for legal purposes by Indiahikes and the forest department. Without any of these, you will not be allowed to trek.
- Original and photocopy of government photo identity card. Anything such as a driver’s license, Aadhar Card, or passport will do. This is required by the forest department for your identification.
- Medical and Disclaimer certificate. There are two sections to this. One is to be filled by a practicing doctor and the second is filled by you. The disclaimer certificate is a legal requirement.
Download the PDF, read carefully, print it back to back, and sign it. This must be handed over to your Trek Leader during the registration at the base camp. This is a requirement by both the forest department and Indiahikes – Download the PDF
Note: Please carry the above document with you. The document needs to be downloaded (PDF), filled in, signed, and handed over to the trek leader at the base camp. Please print these back-to-back on two sheets. Do not print separately and help in reducing paper usage.
Keep important documents in a clear plastic cover and slide them into the inner pocket at the back of your backpack to prevent them from getting wet.
1. Trekking Shoes
Hampta Pass requires sturdy trekking shoes, has good grip, has ankle support and can handle snow. Here is a quick video on how to choose your trekking shoes.
| Buying Tip: The Trek series and MH series are good options by Decathlon. They are tried and tested. There isn’t any necessity to buy the higher-priced models. Here is a list of other budget shoes that trekkers are using.
| Rental: We have the Trek series and the MH series by Decathlon available for rent from the Indiahikes store. They are already broken into and in good condition. Rental shoes are not dirty or unhygienic. This is how they are kept clean.
For a trek like Hampta Pass, you need a 50-60 litre backpack. Make sure your backpack has good hip support, shoulder support and quick access pockets. Here is a guide on how to choose a backpack.
| Buying Tip: Wildcraft, Decathlon and Adventure Worx usually make good backpacks. While Wildcraft has more expensive ones, the other two brands have budget-friendly backpacks to choose from.
| Rental: The 48-litre backpack by Adventure Worx is available for rent from the Indiahikes store. They are custom-made for our Himalayan treks. Rent them if you don’t have a backpack.
Wearing layers is the mantra in the mountains. Layers give you maximum protection from all elements. And when the weather changes in the mountains (as it happens every few hours), you take off or put on layers as required.
Base Layer: 3 T-Shirts
Wear one T-shirt and carry two. Carry full sleeve dry-fit T-shirts (preferably collared). These prevent your arms and neck from getting sunburnt. In the rarified air on the trek, especially at high altitudes, UV rays can burn you in no time.
Dry-fit T-shirts quickly dry your sweat, they are easy to wash and in case of a rainy day, they dry quicker. Round neck T-shirts are ok, but collared ones are better.
| Cotton or Synthetic? As Indians, we love cotton. Down in the plains when the heat is blistering 40°C it makes sense to wear cotton. But it takes a long time to dry when it gets wet. In the mountains, where it is cooler, synthetic is what you wear. They wick sweat rapidly and keep you dry. (But they do tend to smell quickly, so carry a roll-on deodorant with you.)
| Buying Tip: You can get dry-fit T-shirts from Decathlon. Also, stores like Reliance Trends and Max have dry-fit T-shirts. They don’t usually cost much.
| Pro Tip: If you are extra susceptible to cold, you could get a set of thermal inners. In our experience, wearing two T-shirts over another works as a better thermal. And they save you weight and space since you’re already carrying them.
3 Insulation Layers
The highest altitude you reach on this trek is 14,065 ft. At these altitudes, it can get cold even in the middle of summer. You will need at least 2 insulation layers for this trek.
You will need 1 pair of inner thermals, 2 light fleece layers or 1 thick fleece layer. Do not get your grandma stitched sweaters, which can be very heavy. You need sweaters and fleece jackets that can fold into compact rolls.
1 Outer Layer: For your outer layer, a padded jacket serves the purpose here. You don’t need a water-resistant material. But you need an outer padded jacket that keeps the wind and cold out. Ensure your padded jacket has a hood as well.
| Do you need a down/feather jacket? Not really. A regular padded/shell jacket will do. This video here will help you to learn more about the difference.
| Note: Down/feather jackets are not available these days. Many jackets masquerade as down/feather jackets. They are essentially fine polyester-filled jackets. They mimic the function of a down jacket but are usually expensive.
| Rental: Padded jackets made by Fort Collins are available for rent at the Indiahikes store. They are custom made for Indiahikes and trekkers find them terrific, even in winter.
A minimum of one pair and a maximum of two pairs of trek pants should suffice for this trek. Wear one pair and carry one just in case it rains/snows. Trek pants with zippered cut-offs at the thighs are very suitable for treks. Also, choose quick-dry pants over cotton. They dry up soon even in the cold climate.
| Buying Tip: Go for pants with zippered pockets. They come in handy to keep your phone, handkerchief or pocket snacks.
| Track pants or Trek pants? Stretchable track pants make a good backup and can double up as your thermal bottoms. But track pants do not trek pants -- so don’t use them as your main outerwear. Keep them only as a backup.
Mandatory Accessories, without these too you won’t be able to do the trek.
These accessories are mandatory. Don’t go to Hampta Pass without them. Trekkers generally put off purchasing / borrowing the accessories for the last minute. We suggest the opposite. Start gathering these accessories first.
Sunglasses are to prevent snow blindness. A small overexposure to direct sunlight on snow can lead to snow blindness (about a half hour’s exposure). That’s because fallen snow is like thousands of mirrors that reflect direct UV rays. So you need sunglasses with UV protection.
| Wearing Tip: Wear sunglasses if the trekking day is bright and sunny (on open sections, meadows). On a snowy section, you must never take off your sunglasses until the section has been fully crossed.
| Buying Tip: Try getting sunglasses that wrap around instead of those that have openings on the side. Even peripheral UV ray exposure is not a good idea.
| If you wear spectacles: If you wear spectacles, you can get oversized sunglasses that you wear over your regular glasses (available at Decathlon). If that is cumbersome, photochromic lenses work equally well. Here’s a quick guide on managing sunglasses with spectacles.
| Contact lens users: If you use contact lenses, you can use them on the trek too. The lens solution will not freeze. You will also not face any problems in changing your lens in your tent. Just carry enough cleaning solution with you to clean your fingers well. Wear your sunglasses over your contact lens. Read this article for more guidance on managing contact lenses on treks.
A sun cap is mandatory. Trekking without a sun cap can lead to headaches, sunstrokes, quick dehydration and a sharp drop in trekking performance.
| Tip: In the mountains, the general rule is to keep your head covered at all times. During the day a sun cap protects you from the harsh rays of the sun (it is doubly stronger with naked UV rays). A sun cap keeps your body temperature in balance. In the evening/early morning, the reverse is true. Your head loses your body heat quickly. A woollen cap prevents heat from dissipating from your head.
| Pro Tip: Sun caps with flaps are a blessing for trekkers. They cut out almost all UV leaks. They prevent sunburns in every possible way. They are a lot more effective than sunscreen lotion. A wide-brimmed sports hat also helps to prevent sunburn in a big way.
3. Synthetic Hand Gloves
On a trek like Hampta Pass, you’ll need gloves to grip something or to steady yourself. You also want the gloves to keep you warm. Get synthetic hand gloves that have waterproofing on the outside and a padded lining on the inside. If you find the combination difficult to get (not likely), wear a tight-fitting fleece hand glove inside a synthetic hand glove. Hand gloves are mandatory on this trek.
4. Woollen Cap or Balaclava
Ensure these cover your head. In the cold mountains, you lose maximum heat from your head, not from your hands, feet or the rest of your body. This is why you need to keep your head protected, especially when the sun is down. Early mornings, late evenings, and a cold trekking day are when you must use your woollen cap.
Your ears are sensitive too, so a woollen head cap that covers your ears is essential. A balaclava is a modern version of the woollen cap. It covers your ears, neck and parts of your face as well. If you get a woollen cap that only covers your head, you will need a neck warmer or a woollen scarf.
5. Socks (4 Pairs)
Apart from three to four pairs of sports socks, take a pair of woollen socks. Sports socks give you cushioning plus warmth. Again the mantra is to wear synthetic socks or at least a synthetic blend. Cotton socks soak in water and sweat. They are very hard to dry.
As for woollen socks, they help you to keep warm and snug at the night. If you cannot get woollen socks, wearing two sports socks serves the purpose as well.
Trekkers are often confused about whether they need to get a headlamp or a handheld torch. You need to get a headlamp because it leaves your hands free to do other activities. On the Hampta Pass trek, you’ll need your hands free to wash dishes, pitch tents and hold your trek poles.
| Buying tip: Ensure your headlamp covers a wider area and is not too focused as a single beam. On a trek, your headlamp must help you see around you as much as ahead of you.
| Rental: Headlamps are available for rent at the Indiahikes store.
7. Trekking Pole (A Pair)
Trekking poles give you stability and balance. They reduce your energy consumption by almost 40%. On the Hampta Pass trek, there are steep ascents and descents. A pair of trekking poles will make the difference between a comfortable and a strenuous trek. In India, we tend to use a single trekking pole. However, two trekking poles give you greater stability and balance. They also increase your walking pace.
| Rental: Imported side-locking trekking poles are available for rent at the Indiahikes store.
On a trek, the weather can change quickly. A bright sunny day can turn into a downpour in a matter of minutes. Carry a poncho or a rain jacket to tackle this. A poncho is a big rain cover with openings for your arms and your head. It is extremely effective because it covers both you and (partially) your backpack. It is extremely light and weighs next to nothing.
| Pro Tip: Rain jackets are more streamlined and less cumbersome but weigh more. Rain pants are not required. Dry fit trek pants dry quickly even if soaking wet.
| Rental: High-grade ponchos are available for rent at the Indiahikes store.
9. Rain Cover for your Backpack
Backpacks are your life. You carry all your dry clothes and your warm gear in your backpack. Your backpack must stay dry at all times. Modern backpacks usually come with built-in rain-covers. If your backpack does not have a rain cover, ensure you get a rain cover by either (a) buying a rain cover or (b) or cutting a large plastic sheet to the size of your backpack. You can roll the plastic sheet around your backpack and keep it in place with a string or elastic.
| Pro tip: It's good practice to compartmentalise your clothes, accessories and other things in plastic covers inside your backpack. That way, even if it rains and your backpack gets wet, your things are water-proof inside the backpack.
10. Daypack (20-30 litre, optional)
In your daypack, you carry essentials like water bottles, rainwear, emergency medicines, a headlamp, some snacks and a warm layer. Your main backpack that carries most of your equipment is accessible only at the campsites.
A daypack is a smaller backpack that is usually of 20-30 ltr capacity. Laptop bags are not daypacks. Do not get them.
Other Mandatory Requirements
1. A Toilet Kit
Keep your toilet kit light. Carry just the basics -- toothbrush, toothpaste, small soap, toilet tissue roll, a small moisturiser, lip balm, and a roll-on deodorant. You will not be able to have a bath on the trek, so don’t overload on soaps and shampoos.
| Pro Tip: Carry miniature-sized items. You will not need more than that. If you’re travelling in a group, share one toothpaste for all.
| Pro Tip: Avoid getting large toilet rolls. The smallest size roll is more than enough for a trek like Hampta Pass.
| For Women: If you are likely to have your periods on your trek date, don’t worry about it. You can use your pads, tampons or menstrual cups on the trek. There will be toilet tents where you can get changed. Make sure you carry ziplock bags to bring back your menstrual waste. Don’t leave behind any waste in the mountains. Watch this video to learn how to dispose of your sanitary waste.
Carry a lunch box, a mug and a spoon. Your lunch box must be leakproof. You are expected to wash your cutlery. Trekkers often expect Indiahikes to wash their cutlery. When you allow Indiahikes to wash your cutlery, your cutlery becomes part of a mass washing system. You immediately invite germs, and bacteria to settle on your cutlery. The incidence of stomach disorders rises exponentially.
| Pro Tip: Carry stainless steel cutlery. Avoid fancy high-grade plastic cutlery. Stainless steel cutlery is infinitely easier to wash in cold water. Grease is easier to remove and hygiene is at its highest.
| Two 1 litre bottles or a 2-litre hydration pack: Hampta Pass has many hours of trekking every day (approximately 6 hours). You need to carry two one-litre water bottles to keep yourself hydrated over the distance. If you are used to a hydration pack, then that is ok too. If one among the two bottles is a lightweight thermos, then that helps you to store warm water on a really cold day or for late evenings and early mornings.
| Rental: You could rent lightweight thermos flasks from the Indiahikes store.
3. Plastic Covers
Carry 3-4 old plastic covers to keep your used clothes. You could use them even for wet clothes. Re-use old plastic bags for this and do not buy new ones.
Carry these medicines with you, easily accessible at all times. Do not take any medicine unless you have consulted your trek leader.
- Diamox (1 Strip): Be on a course of a half tablet of Diamox starting from Delhi every 12 hours (125 mg). Carry on the medication until you descend to Chhatru. Being on a preventive course of Diamox greatly reduces the chances of Acute Mountain Sickness on the Hampta Pass trek.
- Dolo 650 (5 tablets): This is a paracetamol. It helps to tackle fever, mild pain
- Avomine (4 tablets): Carry this especially if you are prone to motion sickness. Pop one-half hour before the start of your road journey.
- Combiflam (5 tablets): Take a combiflam if you get a sudden twist of the leg or a muscle strain. It is a pain reliever. It also contains paracetamol.
- Digene (4 tablets): Take it if you feel the food that you’ve taken is undigested. Alert your trek leader immediately. It could be a sign of AMS.
- ORS (6 packs): Consume a pack of ORS water at least once a day, usually mid-day when you are in the middle of your trek. It replenishes essential salts lost while trekking. Tip: It also makes cold water easier to drink.
- Knee Brace (optional): Carry this if you are prone to knee injury or have known issues of knee pain.
Our trek leaders carry a high altitude medical kit with them which also consist of Life Saving Drugs. If there is an emergency our trek leaders know how to tackle it. Meanwhile, contact your trek leader before consuming any of these medicines listed here.
Pro Tip: We find that these medicines by trekkers are rarely used. But you cannot do away with them. At the end of the trek please donate unused medicines to your trek leader. Some of these medicines get distributed to villages on the trek and some are added to the Indiahikes medical kit.
Hampta Pass is at a height of 14,065 feet/4287 meters above sea level.
Starting at Jobra (9379 ft/ 2858 m) you climb to Hampta pass(14065 ft/4287 m) over two and half days of trekking. That’s an average of 2000 ft/600 m of height giant everyday.
The trail climbs steadily until Balu Ka Ghera followed by a steep climb to the pass. The descent from the pass is steep to Shea Goru beyond which is a gentler descent.
Hampta Pass Trek is a moderate trek on a difficulty level ranging from easy to difficult.
You start from Manali which is at an altitude of 6,725 ft and reach an altitude of 14,000 ft in a matter of 4 days.
For the most part though, it is an easy hike through the valley.
However, the terrain becomes difficult as you get closer to the pass. The pass crossing day is a long walk of almost 9 hours.
This makes the trek a moderate one. It is a good trek for fit first timers.
Yes you can!
If you are above the age of 58 years, you’ll need to submit a Treadmill Test (not older than 12 months) within a week of completing your trek registration. Apart from this, you should also be able to jog 5 km in 45 minutes.
A Himalayan trek like Hampta Pass requires a good fitness level. The trek has long walks daily. As a measure of your fitness, we need you to:
Run at least 5 km in 35 minutes before your trek. Consistency of your workout also matters, so aim to jog 20 km a week or 80 km in a month. It's a minimum mandatory requirement if you wish to trek with us
Once you get confirmed for your trek, we will diligently follow up on your fitness routine. Our team will also assist in putting you through a fitness plan. It will ultimately help you have a safe trek experience.
There is no network connectivity on this trek. Network will stop right after you climb up from Prini. Prini is the last place you will get network on the way forward.
On your return, you will get a network near Rohtang Pass and Manali only.
Before leaving Manali, call your family and friends and know that you won’t be available for them until you get back to Manali on Day 6.
Unlike other treks there is no base village for Hampta pass. The trek starts at a place called Jobra where the taxi will drop you.
There are multiple ATMs at Prini en route to the base camp. If you need some cash handy this is the place to make a withdrawal.
There are no ATMs after the pass crossing too until you get back to Manali.
There is no electricity throughout the trek. The only place you’ll find a plug to charge your phone or camera batteries will be Manali before and after the trek.
Therefore use your electronic equipment wisely. Fully charge your batteries before leaving your hotel and use your electronic equipment minimally.
Another thing to note the cold temperatures drain the batteries faster. Having extra batteries or a power banks helps.
Yes, we have an option of leaving behind extra luggage you do not need on the trek, at Indiahikes Jungle Line Campus, Manali. It will be handed over to you at Chhatru on the last day of your trek.
Ensure you leave no valuables (laptops, cash, electronics) in this luggage. Every trekker is permitted to leave behind one piece of luggage at no charge. Anything beyond one piece of luggage is chargeable at Rs 500 per luggage.
(The luggage could be a backpack / suitcase / duffel bag or anything similar.).
Having too many mules on a trail isn’t good for the ecosystem. This is why, at Indiahikes, we do not encourage offloading. A trekker carries his/her own backpack in the true spirit of trekking.
But if — due to a medical condition — you are unable to carry your own backpack, you may offload your backpack.
The total cost of offloading on the Hampta Pass trek is Rs 1,575 including tax.
Indiahikes Jungle Line Campus, Manali is located at Sarsai which is on the Manali-Naggar road, about 3.5 km away from the 15 Mil bridge. To reach there, you can get down at 15 Mil bridge, if you are travelling by a bus from Chandigarh or Delhi.
If you are reaching a day early, you can stay at Manali and reach the campus by the pick-up cab arranged by Indiahikes at 7 am, from Beas Bridge, Manali.
For a detailed travel plan, head over to how to reach section.
We recommend jogging as the best routine to get fit for a trek. It works on the same muscles that you use while trekking — your calves, glutes and hamstrings. It helps increase your stamina day by day. It is also an easy routine that does not require any equipment or tools.
To do this trek comfortably, you must be able to cover 5 km in under 35 minutes. This is the minimum fitness required for this trek.
How to achieve this fitness?
- Start jogging at least 4 days a week
- If you cannot run 5 km immediately, start with 2 km and increase to 5 km over 2-3 weeks.
- Once you’re able to run 5 km, increase your pace day by day.
- Gradually increase your pace and bring it down to 5 km in less than 35 mins.
- You must be able to run 5 km in 35 mins consistently for at least 2 weeks before the trek.
This trek requires at least 6-8 weeks of preparation. The longer, the better. So plan your trek soon and start preparing.
Strength training tips:
How to get Fitness Approval from the Indiahikes team:
Every trekker needs fitness approval from the Indiahikes team 20 days before the trek date. Without this, you will not be allowed on the trek.
What to upload?
- A minimum of 3 screenshots of your runs/jogs/walks/cycling
- Monthly summary of your routine
Why fitness matters:
Every high-altitude trek comes with a set of challenges. Steep ascents and descents, uneven terrain, snow walks, stream crossings, pass crossings, and summit climb. Even the easiest of treks have some of these challenges if not all of them. Without fitness, trekkers struggle, get injured easily, lag behind, or simply fail to complete the trek.
At Indiahikes, we take pride in the fact that our trekkers are among the fittest in the country. Those who do not meet the fitness requirements are often sent back. Our philosophy is that trekking and fitness go hand in hand. Without fitness, there’s no trekking.
Morning view on the way from Jobra to Jwara is dreamy.
Picture by: Mohit Dev
En Route to Jwara
What I Like About Hampta Pass
Campsites at a glance
At Indiahikes, we are very particular about choosing terrific campsites. For the Hampta Pass trek too, after a lot of back and forth, we have settled on these terrific campsites, which trekkers have come to love and have a great experience.
Jobra Campsite. Picture by Jothiranjan
Jobra Campsite. Picture by Jothiranjan
Jwara Campsite. Picture by Jothiranjan
Why I Believe Everyone Must Trek: A Note from the Founder
Trekking transforms lives. It has completely changed my life. When I see my colleagues at Indiahikes, all of them have been impacted greatly. The transformations have been profound and irreversible.
I see it in our trekkers too. I have seen them change professions, careers or start a new life. I have seen them get in and out of relationships, and start new projects. These are life-changing experiences.
I have seen children building resilience. I have seen families come together. When I see those above 55, I see them rediscover passion and a sense of purpose. These are not small gains.
In the mountains new professions, new economies and new businesses have opened up. Our staff no longer go to cities to earn their living. Their income has increased. Above all, they are happiest working in this world. Trekking has been truly transformative.
Everyone must trek. It transforms lives far more than you imagine.
Leaving the mountains better than we find them
At Indiahikes, we focus on bringing in new practices that can reduce our impact on the environment. This is done through constant R&D. Once these new practices are implemented we focus on achieving the results consistently on all our treks. You will see this as part of our G6 practices.
Golden 1: Green Sweep - Clean the trail of visible litter. We have collected more than 1,00,000 kgs of waste since 2016.
Golden 2: Segregation At Source - Segregate all waste collected so that we do not add all this waste to the landfill. We have diverted 50% of the waste from landfill through segregation
Golden 3: Food Composting - All our kitchen waste is composted into useful humus for the mountain soil. All food waste is either eaten by mules or composted at source.
Golden 4: Biotoilets - All our human waste is composted at source through our specially designed dry toilet pits.
Golden 5: Water efficient dispenser - We have reduced our waste used per trekker by 70% through specially designed water dispenser systems.
Golden 6: Save energy - We use solar panels for our energy use at our campsites. We are also in the process of redesigning our stove and menu to reduce the amount of gas used on our treks.
Our trekkers are a big part of us keeping our promise to leave the mountains better than we found them.
- Indiahikes trekkers do not carry anything that can harm the environment - be it wet wipes, or any packaged food on the trek. In fact they practice a zero waste trek.
- Indiahikes trekkers do not buy any packaged food in the dhabas on the trek - they do not take part in feeding the demand for packaged food
- Indiahikes trekkers clean the trails of waste using the eco bag as part of the Green Sweep Initiative
- Indiaihikes trekkers carry their own backpacks on the trek. They do not offload unless absolutely necessary
- Indiahikes trekkers do not pee/poop near any water source
- Indiahikes trekkers do not stray away from the marked trail
Trekkers who sign up with us pledge to follow these practices. When you sign up with us, you do too.
How you can be a Green Trails Crusader on the Rupin Pass trek? - We can majorly identify 3 waste hotspots which you can collect and leave the mountains better.
The first one would be near the lower waterfall. The second hotspot is present around all the villages of Jiskun and Jakha. The third spot would be at Udaknal.
Everything you do on a trek creates an impact. The trail you trek on, the water you use, the waste you generate, how you poop, how you cook, what you eat — everything has an impact. The higher the impact, the greater the damage to the environment.
Yet, when done sustainably, trekking is one of the most environment-friendly sports.
When you trek with Indiahikes, you trek to leave the mountains better than we found them. This is part of our Green Trails promise.
How we keep you safe
Our Trek Leaders play a pivotal role in keeping all participants safe on the trek. It is not easy to be a Trek Leader with Indiahikes. There is a long, stringent, and difficult selection process. All our Trek Leaders are certified mountaineers with a Basic Mountaineering Course or Advanced Mountaineering Course.
Apart from the Trek Leaders, we have technical guides, trek guides, program facilitators and assistants who accompany all team members of the Collaborative Leadership Program. All of them are given specialised training in handling emergency mountain situations. If a situation arises, anyone of our team members will be able to evacuate the team members to safety, even in the middle of the night.
Ultimately, even an expert team such as ours cannot keep all participants safe unless they follow stringent safety processes. These are processes that have been developed by us for over ten years. They have been put in place after considering every scenario and evaluating every risk of a trek.
Our risk assessment and management systems are extensive and deep, as you will discover when you sign up with us. There is a process for preparing team members, a process to monitor their health 3 times a day, a process for management of accidents, a process for managing altitude sickness, and a process for evacuation. There are processes for even trekking and a separate process for difficult sections. Any potential risk is nipped in the bud.
Our extensive trek experience matters here. The trekking trails are not new to us. These trekking trails have been nurtured and developed by us for many years. We have our own base camps on these trails.
From the time the trek starts till it ends, the safety of all team members is our responsibility.
On the trek, we have a staff-to-team member ratio of 1:5. This means for every 5 team members there is an Indiahikes staff monitoring them closely.
Most of the modern safety equipment used in the Indian trekking community has been introduced by us. This has fundamentally changed how trekking is done in our country.
In all of our treks, we carry a high-altitude medical kit, an evacuation kit, a technical kit, radio equipment, and oxygen cylinders (pulse oximeters and BP monitors are standard equipment carried by our Trek Leaders, including ropes and carabiners).
Things Nobody Tells You About Hampta Pass
Hampta Pass is often considered Himachal's Valley of Flowers in Monsoon
Hampta Pass turns into a Valley of Flowers in monsoon
Not many people know this, but with monsoons, the meadows of Hampta Pass turn into a riot of colours!
There are several sections on the trek, where you see wildflowers spread out across the valley, so much so that you may not know where to step!
But to witness this, you have to time your trek right. Late July to late August would be the best time to see these flowers.
These are indeed the rainiest weeks, but it's worth every drop!
Hampta Pass turns into a Valley of Flowers in monsoon
Myth: Hampta Pass and Pin Bhaba Pass are Similar
Hampta Pass and Pin Bhaba Pass are often spoken about in the same breath. They are both crossover treks; both of them climbing from a lush side of Himachal to a barren side. Many people make the mistake of ignoring the Pin Bhaba Pass if they have done the Hampta Pass.
Yet, you cannot be more wrong.
Frankly, the Pin Bhaba Pass and Hampta Pass treks don’t compare. The grandeur of the Pin Bhaba Pass is much greater than the Hampta Pass.
You have more forests, more grasslands, more valleys, more rivers and streams and a lot more desert land to trek through on the Pin Bhaba Pass.
Yet, Hampta Pass is a shorter, quicker trek with terrific scenery changes. It is just one great scene after another in a very quick time! It also gives you the experience of climbing to high altitudes, with a terrific pass crossing.
So if you have done Hampta Pass, consider the Pin Bhaba Pass as a level-up!
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