What makes Hampta Pass a terrific crossover trek
Hampta Pass is an unusual, special pass. It climbs out of lush green valleys of Kullu to a perpendicular overhang, high in the mountains. The overhang you stand on is almost like a balcony view to a different world below: the deserts of Lahaul. From the pass, you see the Lahaul valley in one wide panoramic sweep. It is one the most dramatic twists in landscape you’ll see!
Take the picture above for example. You can see the Shea Goru camp in Lahaul Valley. Notice the semi-barren hills around the campsite. Compare this to the greenery of the Jwara meadows in the next picture. None of our moderate level treks offer such sudden changes in scenery as the Hampta Pass trek.
Added to this, each of the campsites on this trek are very pretty – Jobra which lies at the edge of the forest , the wildflower meadows of Jwara campsite, the river delta camp of Balu Ka Ghera, the desert oasis that is Shea Goru and picturesque Chhatru, besides Chandrabhaga river. Every day of this trek brings forth a different terrain to experience. Do the trek for its rapid, dramatic scenery changes and, of course, the novel pass-crossing.
The base camp – Jobra
The picturesque drive to Jobra 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.
The trail on the first day of the trek (Day 2) leads you from the edge of the forest at Jobra to the grasslands of Chikha. This forest walk, which will take you about half an hour, is the only forest you’ll encounter on the entire trek! You go from one valley to another from here. Jwara, your campsite of the day, lies at the intersection of two valleys. This vast grassland is often filled with wildflowers after the rains.
The trek to Balu ka Ghera on Day 3 is a short one. It helps you acclimatise and prepare for the next day – a long one across Hampta Pass. The valley gets narrower as you trek out of Jwara. The rock faces and tumbling Rani Nallah are your companions here. Once you have climbed 1,000 ft out of Jwara, you’ll see the true Hampta Pass from a distance. After a while, the Rani Nallah quietens and fans out into a ford that is your next campsite, Balu Ka Ghera. From here, you’ll see a series of ledges going up to Hampta Pass and you’ll know the adventure you are in for next day!
Day 4 is a long one. The valley you’ll trek through is like a gorge, with intimidating mountains rising on either side. Mt Indrasen will tower over you on your right. The Pass itself is like an overhang. You can have lunch here while you experience the incredible twist in scenery: the expanse of desert mountains of Lahaul decorated with scattered groups of red flowers.
From Hampta, it is steep descent to the extraordinary Shea Goru campsite. A light coating of vegetation around the campsite, barren mountains covered with patches of red flowers and a river snaking through makes this campsite an oasis in a desert. No wonder this campsite is a favourite!
Now, you are entering deeper into Lahaul Valley, with its sparsely green dessert landscape. There is a lot of moraine and scree walk on Day 5. These landscapes are in such terrific contrast to the settings of Kullu valley that you feel like you are on an entirely different trek!
If the weather is kind, we drive to Chandratal, Spiti’s equivalent of the famous Pangong lake in Ladakh. Impossibly blue water among the reddish brown mountains of Spiti makes for a fantastical landscape.
Day 1: Arrive at Manali, reach Prini by 11:45 AM. Drive to Jobra (Indiahikes will organise lunch and transport from Prini). Trek to Jobra campsite (30 minute trek).
Day 2: Trek from Jobra (9,800 ft) to Jwara (11,072 ft); 7.14 km, 6 hours
Day 3: Jwara (11,072 ft) to Balu ka Ghera (12,411 ft); 5 km, 4 hours
Day 4: Balu Ka Ghera (12,411 ft) to Shea Goru (12,254 ft) via Hampta Pass (14,035 f); 6.65 km, 9 hours
Day 5: Shea Goru (12,254 ft) to Chhatru (10,898 ft); 6.87 km, 5 hours; visit Chandrataal and return to Chhatru camp
Day 6: Chhatru to Manali; 4-5 hours drive. You are expected to reach Manali around 4.00 pm.
Please note that you will be staying in tents on all days of the trek (3 per tent).
Day 1: Reach Manali and drive to Jobra
- Altitude: 9,800 ft
- Time taken: 20 minutes to reach Prini from Manali; 1.5 hours drive from from Prini to Jobra; 30 minute trek to Jobra campsite. Reach Prini by 11:45 AM. Lunch and transport to Jobra will be arranged by Indiahikes.
You can either take buses (HRTC or HPTDC) from Delhi to Manali which takes 12-14 hours. Or take a bus from Chandigarh to Manali which will take you 8-10 hours. Prini is about 3 km from Manali and you can get an auto or bus to reach there. Ensure you reach Prini by 11:45 AM. Indiahikes will arrange for lunch and transport from Prini. The meeting point at Prini will be communicated to you by your Ground coordinator over email.
Start for Jobra at 1:00 PM. The drive from Prini to Jobra lasts about 1.5 hours and takes you up through 42 hairpin bends.
The Jobra campsite is a short, 30 minute trek away.
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 which overlooks a meadow strewn with small rocks.
Camp in the meadows for the night to acclimatise better.
Day 2: Jobra to Jwara
- Altitude: 9,800 ft to 11,072 ft
- Time taken: 5-6 hours, 7 km
- Trek gradient: 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.
- Water sources: Carry sufficient water from Jobra. You can refill your water bottles from the river along the trail.
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 on 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 – Chika.
Jwara is to the right of Chika, 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 on to your left. Relax and replenish your water supplies at this spot.
After the waterfall, you move towards 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 half way 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
- Altitude: 11,072 ft to 12,411 ft
- Time taken: 4-5 hours, 5 km
- Trek gradient: 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.
- Water sources: Carry sufficient water. You will find streams along the trail to refill your water bottles.
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. 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 a 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 Bandarpunch peak. You are now close to 12,500 ft above sea level.
Day 4: Balu Ka Ghera to Shea Goru via Hampta Pass
- Altitude: 12,411 ft to 12,254 ft via 14,035 ft
- Time taken: 9 hours, 6.65 km
- Trek gradient: 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.
- Water sources: None. Carry 2 litres of water from Balu ka Ghera. Late season streams likely once the snow melts.
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 so make it your target to reach the pass by lunch time, 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 gentle gradient in a rock fall 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 which 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 down 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 down 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.
It can get windy at the top and sudden rain or snow also cannot be ruled out. Stop for some time, have lunch and enjoy the place.
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 down hill 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 camp site close to the river and retire happily for the day after crossing the Hampta Pass.
Day 5: Shea Goru to Chhatru; drive to Chandratal* and back to Chhatru
- Altitude: 12,254 ft to 10,898 ft to 14,100 ft
- Time taken: 4 – 4.5 hours; 6.87 km
- Trek gradient: Moderate. 2-2.5 hours of walking on moraine and loose rocks on gentle inclines, followed by descent to Chhatru across a couple of glacial flows.
- Water sources: Carry sufficient water from Shea Goru. You will find a few sources on the way to refill your water bottles.
* depending on the condition of the roads and weather
You start this day by crossing the ice-cold Shea Goru Nala. Because of the water’s temperature, it is preferable to cross it after the sun is completely out (after 8:00 AM). It is a gentle down hill walk in the beginning from Shea Goru. You still move along side the river in the valley between the mountain ranges. After an hour you get to see the Chhatru road at a distance. The mountains opposite are barren with specs of greenery and red flowers – a typical Lahaul look.
As you move closer to the road, the descent gets a little tricky. 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 huge glacial flows come down from the mountains on the side to 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 in speed right below.
If the roads are clear and devoid of snow, a visit to Chandratal, the moon lake is a must when you are in Spiti. Chhatru is about 70 km away from Chandratal. You will take a vehicle to Chandratal from Chhatru. The journey takes about 3 hours and the road is quite bumpy, so it is advised that you start well before 3:00 PM. Those who have motion sickness, don’t forget to take Avomine tablets.
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 with scenic peaks like the CB-13.
Since Chandratal is at an altitude of 14,100 feet there are good chances of being hit by Acute Mountain Sickness if you’re not well hydrated. Head to the Safety section to find out more.
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 upto a place where the road has be cleared off its snow flows.
Day 6: Drive from Chhatru to Manali
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 upto 4 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!
How to get fit for the Hampta Pass trek
The Hampta Pass trek is classified as a moderate trek . You trek up to an altitude of over 14, 380 ft. You start from an altitude of 9,800 feet at Jobra and reach the highest point of 14,035 feet at Hampta Pass. Your first day of trekking- Jobra to Jwara sees a lot of altitude gain (9,800 ft to 11,000 ft). You have to make sure your lungs are strong for this.
This trek requires a good amount of cardiovascular endurance. You can begin by jogging everyday. Start jogging at a slow pace and then keep increasing your pace day by day. In order to be prepared for high altitude trek, you should have a combination of distance and speed targets.
In case you’re just starting with a regular fitness routine, you can phase out your distance targets in the following manner –
- Target completing 5 km in 45 minutes when you begin
- Gradually increase the distance to 7 km. Target completing this in 63 minutes
- Before you go on the trek, you should be able to walk at least 10 km at a stretch. Target completing this in 90 minutes
In terms of speed, make sure you’re able to jog 5 km in 35 minutes before the start of the trek. If you are 45 years old and above, your target should be completing at least 3 km within 29 minutes before you go on the trek.
Strength – Target 3 sets of squats with 15 in each set
This is another area you should work on. There is a lot of trekking distance that you will cover in high altitude carrying your backpacks. You have to walk on uneven terrain during the trek. It could be taxing for your legs. For this, strengthening your legs will help. You can do some squats to strengthen them. Do around 3 sets of squats and calf raises with 8 squats and 20 calf raises in each set and work towards reaching your target in 3 weeks.
Another aspect that will help you trek comfortably is flexibility. For this, you can do some stretching exercises – stretch your hamstrings, ankles, quadriceps, hip flexors, lower back muscles and shoulders regularly. On your trek, it is important that you arrive on the slopes with your muscles relaxed. Carrying a backpack, however light, can become a strain after a while. These exercises will help you to be in good shape before the trek.
Here’s a guide to help you get fit for the trek.
Working out indoors
If you can’t go out and jog because of time and space constraints, here’s a video you can use to work out indoors.
What to take on the Hampta Pass Trek
Hampta Pass is conducted during the monsoon months, so it highly likely you’ll encounter rain/snowfall on your trek. Ensure you carry a windcheater and rain pants or a poncho to have a comfortable trek.
- Trekking shoes: Carry trekking shoes and not sports shoes. The trail will be slippery at several places and will require shoes with good grip and ankle support. You can watch this video to learn to choose the right trekking shoes.
- Backpack (40-60 litres): A backpack with sturdy straps and a supporting frame. Rain cover for backpack is essential.
- Daypack (20 litres): As this is a crossover trek, you would only need a daypack if you are offloading your backpack.
- Three layers of warm clothes: Carry two sweaters, and a padded jacket. If you are more susceptible to feeling cold, add another layer.
- Three trek pants: Carry light cotton trek pants. One of your pants can be tights that you can wear as an inner layer while trekking, especially on the Pass day.
- Three collared t-shirts: Carry light, preferably quick-dry, full sleeved t-shirts that prevent sun burns on the neck and arms. If you’re too cold, you can wear two tshirts together for more insulation. A common mistake that trekkers make is not changing their tshirts often enough. Regardless of how cold it is, the body tends to sweat a lot. Trekkers who don’t change to fresh clothes fall ill due to wet clothes and are often unable to complete their trek.
- Thermals: Carry thermals (top and bottom) to keep yourself warm at night. Keep your thermals fresh and don’t wear them while trekking.
- Sunglasses: Sunglasses are mandotory. In June, there will be abundant snow on Hampta Pass, and you would need it to protect yourself from snow blindness.
- Suncap: At high altitude, the sun is extra harsh, as the UV rays don’t get filtered. So carry a suncap to protect yourself.
- Synthetic hand gloves: Avoid woollen gloves as they will get wet if you touch snow. You can add a fleece glove as an inner layer, and wear two gloves on each hand if you’re more susceptible to cold.
- Balaclava: You’ll need this to cover your head, as most of the heat escapes from your head.
- Socks (2 pairs) and a pair of woollen socks: Apart from two sports socks, you can take a pair of woollen socks for the night.
- Headlamp/LED torch: Mandatory
- Trekking pole: Watch this video to understand why you need a trekking pole.
- Toiletries: Sunscreen, moisturiser, light towel, lip balm, toilet paper, toothbrush, toothpaste, hand sanitiser. If you plan to use wet wipes to clean up after a trek, make sure you do not leave the used wipes/tissues back in the mountains since these are not biodegradable. The same holds for used sanitary napkins. Carry a zip lock bag to put used tissues and napkins. Bring this ziplock bag back with you to the city and do not dispose wet tissues and sanitary napkins in the mountains.
- Cutlery: Carry a spoon, coffee mug and a lunch box. We insist on trekkers getting their own cutlery for hygiene reasons.
- Two water bottles: 1 litre each
- Plastic covers: While packing, use plastic bags to compartmentalise things and carry few extra plastic bags for wet clothes.
Mandatory Personal Medical Kit
- Diamox – 10 tablets (to prevent AMS)
- Dexamethasone – one strip
- Nifedipine – 5 tablets
- Crocin – 6 tablets (fever)
- Avomine – 4 tablets (motion sickness)
- Avil 25mg – 4 tablets (allergies)
- Combiflam – 4 tablets (Pain killer)
- Disprin – 6 tablets (headache)
- Norflox TZ & Lomofen– 6 tablets each (diarrhea)
- Digene – 10 tablets (acidity)
- Domperidone – 6 tablets (vomitting)
- Omez/ Rantadine – 10 tablets (antacids)
- Crepe bandage – 3 to 5 meters
- Gauze – 1 small roll
- Band aid – 10 strips
- Cotton – 1 small roll
- ORS – 10 packets
- Betadine or any antiseptic cream
- Moov spray (aches, & sprains)
- Original and photocopy of government photo identity card- (driving license, voters ID, etc.)
- Medical Certificate and Disclaimer (to be filled by the trekker) – Download PDF
- Medical certificate (to be filled by a doctor) – Download PDF
Here’s a guide to help you pack for the trek –
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Trek fee: Rs. 9,950/-*
*GST at 5% is payable on the trek fee
- Accommodation during the trek (camping: 3 per tent)
- All meals – vegetarian
- Transport cost from Prini to Jobra and return from Chhatru to Manali
- Trekking permits and forest camping charges
- Trekking equipment (tents, sleeping bags, ice axes, ropes, etc.)
- Safety equipment (first aid, medical kit, oxygen cylinders, stretcher, etc.)
- Services of an expert trek leader (qualified in basic/advanced mountaineering courses)
- Services of an expert trek team (guides, cooks, helpers, porters/mules)
- Food during transit, and food at Manali on the first and last day
- Backpack offloading charges – Rs 1,000* plus GST of 5%. Charges for last minute offloading during the trek will be Rs. 335 per day plus GST of 5%. The backpack cannot weigh more than 9 kg. No suitcases/strolleys/duffel bags will be allowed.
- Stay at Manali on the last day
- Personal expenses of any kind
- Anything apart from the inclusions
Terms & Conditions
1. Cancellation: If a trek is called off at the last moment due to a natural calamity/unforeseen circumstances (like rains, earthquake, landslides, strike, bandh etc), Indiahikes will issue a trek voucher for the full amount. The voucher can be redeemed for the same trek or another trek in the next one year.
In case, you wish to cancel your trek, please e-mail us at email@example.com. Cancellation requests are not taken over phone.
The cancellation charges are as under.
- Cancellations prior to 30 days from the start of the trek — full refund.
- Cancellation between 30 days and 20 days to the start of the trek — 50% refund.
- Cancellation less than 20 days to the start of the trek — no refund.
2.Pick up: Trekkers are required to reach Prini, 3 km from Manali, by 11:45 AM on Day 1. After a short briefing session and lunch (provided by Indiahikes), we will start for Jobra at 1:00 PM.
3. Backpack carrying: Indiahikes expects all trekkers to carry their own backpacks. All common gear will be carried by the support team. If for some reason a trekker is unable to carry his or her backpack, he/she can offload the same by paying an additional charge.
Backpack offloading charges – Rs 1,000* plus GST of 5%. Charges for last minute offloading during the trek will be Rs 335 per day plus GST of 5%. Partial offloading is not allowed. The backpack cannot weigh more than 9 kgs. No suitcases/strolleys/duffel bags will be allowed.
4. Emergency during trek: In a trek a medical emergency or any other emergency may arise. If for any reason you are sent down from the trek then Indiahikes will make arrangements for your return to the base camp or nearest road head. A staff will accompany you. He may not be a trained personnel.
Evacuation or dealing with emergencies is extremely difficult in the mountains. It is time consuming as well. A normal trek of 2 hours may take 6 hours in an emergency (a sick person is not easy to evacuate). Doctors do not go along with a team. Doctors are not available at the base camp or nearest road head either. Indiahikes trek leaders are trained to administer first aid and know how to deal with issues related to the mountains. However, they are not doctors.
Registering for this trek is an understanding that you have read up on the difficulties of high altitude trekking and understand the risks. You have also understood what AMS, HAPE and HACE are. You have taken efforts to educate yourself and you are in a position to manage your own altitude related emergency.
5. Fitness: An high altitude trek in the Himalayas requires considerable fitness. Your body needs to train itself to process more work with lower levels of oxygen. Therefore, on treks, cardiovascular training is critically important. You need to be able to jog a distance of 4.5 km in 30 mins before start of the trek. Unable to do so can make your trek difficult. In addition, preparation of trek needs to include strength and flexibility training. Registering for the trek is an understanding that you will undertake the mandated fitness training. Trekkers who have not adequately prepared may be asked to discontinue the trek at any point. Indiahikes has the right to reject candidates who do not meet our eligibility requirement at the base camp.
6. Non-liability: Indiahikes is not responsible for any loss/damage of your gears/equipment or other belongings on the trek.
7. Payment: Payment for the trek can be done online through credit/debit card or net banking. Cheque/draft or cash is not accepted.
8. Drinking and smoking during the trek is strictly prohibited. If found flouting the rules, your participation on the trek will be cancelled with immediate effect.
9. Route changes, postponement, delay or finishing the trek a day earlier: Under some extraordinary circumstance, your trek may end a day earlier or start a day later. This may become necessary due to inclement weather, snow and ice conditions, political restrictions or any other cause. In the event of a change, postponement or delay, participants have no right to refund of the trek (in whole or in part) or other compensation for any injury, loss or damage. Trek fee is not charged broken down in terms of days but is a composite fee for the whole trek.
10. Safety Protocol:
a. While our itineraries are designed to allow for adequate acclimatisation, most treks in Indian Himalayas climb quickly, which is called forced accents. Unavailability of camp sites and the Indian Himalayan terrain are the reason for this. There are chances that you will feel the effects of altitude sickness and oxygen deprivation while on this trek. Please be aware that your trek leader may deem it unsafe for you to continue trekking at any time, and arrange for you to descend to a lower attitude.
b. Our trek leaders will conduct routine health checks at all camps to measure oxygen saturation, pulse and blood pressure. Indiahikes reserves the right to exclude any trekker from climbing higher on the trek without refund if the trekker’s vital readings are below accepted norms for that altitude. These norms are available with Indiahikes trek leaders.
c. This is a high altitude trek with rough, rocky and snowy terrain. It is important that you are a fit and confident walker in mountain terrain, able to manage ascents and descents by yourself within a reasonable time. Indiahikes reserves the right to turn around a trekker if in the opinion of our trek leader they are unable to complete the itinerary without requiring exclusive assistance. Please realistically self-assess your fitness and suitability for this trek before registering.
What are the risks on the Hampta Pass trek?
Since the Hampta Pass is a pass crossing trek, in case of emergencies there are no easy exits. In winter, the trail will have snow at higher sections. Micro spikes will be provided to walk over slippery snow patches. On the first day’s drive from Manali to Jobra you gain 3,075 feet. With significant altitude gain there are chances of being hit by Acute Mountain Sickness. To prevent this we recommend that you stay well hydrated and go on a course of Diamox starting from Delhi.
What Indiahikes does to ensure your safety:
Our philosophy is simple. We ingrain safety aspects in the people we work with, in the processes that we follow and in the equipment we carry. All our trek leaders are trained repeatedly on safety issues and protocols. Most issues are resolved with their intervention.
But we strongly advocate the statement,”Prevention is better than cure.” Right from the time you decide to register for the trek till the last day of the trek, these safety procedures will be running in the background. We have listed a few of them below.
1. Fitness criteria before registration
Over years of organising high altitude treks, we have found that safety issues thrive amongst those who are unfit and unprepared for the trek. So we have introduced an eligibility criteria for the Hampta Pass trek. Anyone who wants to register for the Hampta Pass trek has to meet the fitness requirements, with the ideal BMI. The BMI and fitness regime will require proof. A high altitude trek is not to be taken casually.
2. Monitoring health on a trek
Any abnormal reading will be paid special attention to and action will be taken immediately.
On the Hampta Pass trek, your Trek Leader will be monitoring two aspects thrice a day.
- Oxygen Level
- Pulse Rate
Your Blood Pressure levels will be checked once a day.
This will help us ensure that your body is acclimatising as required.
Every trekker will be given a Health Card at the beginning of the trek.The Health Card is issued to monitor the trekker’s daily health, wherein he will be entering details about his health everyday. It also contains details of what symptoms he should look out for and what action he should take during emergencies. These Health Cards will be taken back at the end of the trek.
4. High Altitude Medical Kit
Your trek leader will also be carrying a full-fledged high altitude medical kit. This will include basic medicines and specific medicines catering to altitude sickness – Diamox, Dexamethasone (tablets and injections) and Nifedipine. Your Trek Leader will also be carrying a portable oxygen cylinder throughout the trek. In addition to that, there are oxygen cylinders installed at all high campsites for any emergency situations.
5. High Altitude Trek Equipment
To ensure safe trekking on snowy terrain, Indiahikes will provide you with micro-spikes to attach to your shoes. This will give you good traction on hard snow. To avoid snow from entering your shoes, Indiahikes will provide you with gaiters that you can put on over your shoes. You will have qualified technical guides with you, who will lead the way on difficult terrain, where there might be too much scree or moraine.
All our sleeping bags and tents are custom-made for high altitude. If it is cold outside, it will be around 10 degrees warmer inside the tent. The sleeping bags can withstand temperatures up to -10 degree Celsius.
6. Being hydrated and well nourished on the trek
You need to drink a minimum of 4 litres of water every day during the trek to ensure that you’re well hydrated. De-hydration on a trek can make you lose energy very quickly and intensify the effects of AMS. Your trek leader will brief you about the amount of water that you need to carry with you at the start of each day as well as water sources on the trail.
We provide trekkers with nutritious meals to ensure that they are energized to complete the trail each day. Apart from this, snacks or packed lunch is provided wherever the trail before a meal break is likely to be long. Make sure that you do not skip any meal as this can lead to serious health emergencies on high altitudes.
With all these processes and equipment in place, you can be rest assured that you will have a safe trek with Indiahikes.
Nevertheless, you will need to be cautious and report the slightest of symptoms to your trek leader as soon as you feel them.
What you compulsorily need to know if you’re going on the Hampta Pass trek
If you have registered for this trek, then here is some information that you must know in order to have a safe trek. At Indiahikes, we believe that as long as you are well-informed and well-prepared, you can survive easily at high altitude.
First thing you should know is that Hampta Pass is a High Altitude trek. It climbs up to an altitude of 14,035 ft. So it comes with its fair share of risks – altitude sickness, lack of easy exit points, unfriendly terrain and extreme altitude gain.
Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS)
AMS is one of the biggest dangers on a high altitude trek such as Hmapta Pass. AMS occurs when your body isn’t acclimatising to its surroundings. It can accelerate very rapidly, so it is important to identify the symptoms as soon as you see them. Before you read further, watch this video to understand the symptoms of AMS.
Where on the Hampta Pass trek is AMS likely to affect you:
We camp at Jobra (9,800 ft) on Day 1 to help your body to get acclimatised to high altitude since you climb over 2,000 ft the next day. It is is especially critical that you start drinking enough water and dress up warmly at Jobra to get used to the temperature drop from Delhi to Manali to Jobra. Given that you will be continuously ascending till the pass crossing day, you need to be cautious at all times.
Drive to Chandratal:
After the trek gets over at Chhatru people tend to forget that they still have to stay hydrated. Even though you’re driving to Chandratal, the lake is at an altitude of 14,100 ft which is higher than Hampta pass itself. Since you’re gaining more than 3,500 ft in less than 3 hours, there are high chances of getting hit by AMS. So it is strictly advised that you stay well hydrated throughout Day 5 and Day 6.
If you feel any symptoms of AMS on the trek, you must report to the Trek Leader immediately. Do not wait till the end of the day’s trek. Do not try to handle it yourself either. Our Trek Leaders are well-trained and experienced to handle any cases and they will be the decision makers in any such cases.
Watch the video below to understand how to treat and prevent AMS. The information in this video is rare to find. With this knowledge, you can probably save your own life or another’s trekkers life.
As a first step, your trek leader will run you through the Triple One Test – One Disprin, One litre of water and One hour of rest. If you’re suffering from dehydration, this will solve the problem and you will be fine in one hour. If the symptoms don’t go away, then he’ll begin to treat you for AMS, perhaps with a course of Diamox. If you’re already on a course of Diamox, your trek leader is likely to increase the dosage.
It is very important to be on a preventive course of Diamox on the Hampta Pass trek. Diamox helps prevent AMS by around 80%. Click here to know how it works.
Exit points on the Hampta Passtrek:
The safest point on a trek where a trekker can descend to and rest is considered an Exit Point. On the Hampta Pass trek, if an emergency occurs before crossing the pass, you will need to descend to Jobra. If you have already crossed the pass, then the Chhatru would be the closest exit.
Manali is where you’ll find a hospital in case of a medical emergency. Descending to the closest exit and getting to Manali could take up to a day or more depending on where you start from.
Why you should personally know about the risks and precautions of high altitude treks
If ever you find yourself alone at high altitude, either while trekking independently or with another organisation, there are some life-saving steps you can take. Firstly, you should be able to recognise symptoms of altitude sickness. So acquaint yourself with the symptoms.
Secondly, there might be instances when you have to administer medicines to yourself or to a fellow trekker.
If you are trekking independently then you need to know when exactly to administer these medicines and in what dosage.
The video below will help you understand what medicines to administer when and how much. Sandhya UC, partner at Indiahikes, explains in detail about HAPE and HACE. Here, you can learn about the advanced symptoms are and how to tackle them.
It is a myth that fit and experienced people are not affected by Acute Mountain Sickness
If you’re of the opinion that fit people don’t get AMS, please get rid of that notion right away. AMS can affect anyone without paying heed to their fitness and prior experience at high altitude! Altitude sickness does not distinguish between a first timer and an experienced trekker.
For more detailed information about Acute Mountain Sickness, you can download and study the manual below.
1. What is the style of accommodation in this trek?
Trekkers will be staying in tents for the entire duration of the trek. Each tent will be shared by three trekkers.
2. Will you provide us with tents and sleeping bags?
Yes, Indiahikes trekkers will be provided with tents and high altitude sleeping bags that can withstand temperatures as low as -10 ºC.
3. What will the temperature be like during the months of June and September?
Day temperatures in June/July at Hampta Pass go up to an average of 13°C -18°C. It may fall to 0°C and 7°C at nightfall. Temperatures in September will be slightly lower.
4. Which are the best seasons for the Hampta Pass trek?
June to September are the best months to go on this trek.
5. When will there be snow on this trek?
You will encounter snow on different parts of trail till early July. Once it rains, the snow melts away hence you’re unlikely to find it later in the season.
6. What will we do if it rains?
If it starts raining while you’re trekking, we will continue on the trail as planned. Your poncho should protect you from the rain. Carry a backpack cover for extra protection from rain for your belongings. When it rains at the campsite, we usually get together in the dining tent and play games. The tents that you will be staying in, the dining tent, kitchen and toilet tents are all water proof, so you will stay dry inside.
7. At what time should we reach Manali?
Reach Manali any time in the morning of Day 1. From Manali, you will need to come to Prini, which is around 3 km away. You can get autos or buses from Manali. At Prini, you will be provided with lunch by Indiahikes, and after a briefing session, start for Jobra. Please reach Prini by 11:45 AM.
8. How will we get back to Manali?
Chhatru will be your last campsite. From here, we will arrange for a vehicle to drop trekkers back to Manali. You can expect to reach Manali by 4.00 PM. The cost of transport from Prini to Jobra and Chhatru to Manali is included in your trek fee.
9. Will backpacks, raincoats and other equipment be available for rent?
Indiahikes does not rent any equipment on this trek. There are several other websites that rent out trekking equipment. You may purchase trekking poles and other equipment from the Indiahikes store.
10. Is this a good trek for a first timer?
The Hampta Pass trek is moderately difficult. Beginners can attempt this trek provided they stick to the fitness schedule and meet the health requirements.
11. If not the Hampta Pass trek, what is a good alternative trek?
Buran Ghati trek is a good alternative that will provide you with similar expansive views. However, you will miss the transition into a high altitude desert such as Lahaul. Rupin Pass in another option, but that is a slightly longer trek.
12. Is there an option to offload my backpack on this trek?
Yes, there is an option to offload your backpack. This will cost Rs.1,000 + 5% GST if you inform us in advance. If you decide to offload once you reach Jobra, the amount will be Rs.335 per day + 5% GST. The offloaded bag should not weigh more than 9 kg. Strolleys, duffel bags, suitcases etc. are not allowed. We suggest you read “Why carrying a trekking backpack is not difficult” before making a decision.
13. Can I take my child along on this trek? What is the age limit?
Hampta Pass is a moderately difficult trek and requires a certain level of fitness. Minimum age for eligibility is 14 years. You can take your child along if s/he meets these requirements.
14. What kind of food is served on the trek? Should we carry any food?
Indiahikes uses a well planned menu suitable for high altitude treks. Breakfast varies from bread and butter, semia, poha to sandwiches and cornflakes. Lunch mainly comprises of roti or puri with sabzi. Dinner is complete with Dal, rice, roti and dessert. Dry ration of biscuits and chikki will be provided as well. You may carry nuts and dry fruits if necessary.
15. Who will be there with us on the trek from Indiahikes?
An Indiahikes team consisting of a qualified Trek leader, trek guides, porters and cooks will be with you throughout the trek.
16. What are the washroom/toilet facilities like on the trek?
During the trek, toilet tents will be set up along each campsite. There will be 2 to 4 of these toilet tents depending on the size of the group. A toilet tent will have a deep pit, where one can answer nature’s call. There will be a mound of soil and a shovel to cover it up. These are dry toilets, where you’ll have to use toilet paper. This is the most hygienic and convenient way to answer nature’s call in the wild. Please use plain toilet paper and refrain from using wet wipes since these are not biodegradable.
17. Will there be water sources on the way? Will two litres of water be enough?
Our campsites are pitched near water sources. For your day’s trek, two litres of water should be enough. You will find streams and spots along the river to refill your water bottles on all days of the trek except Day 4 when you cross the Hampta Pass to go from Balu ka Gera to Shea Goru.
18. Is there mobile network on this trek? Are there any electricity charging points on this trek?
You will not receive mobile network beyond Prini. Hence, make sure that you finish all your important telephone calls here and inform family members about poor connectivity during the trek. There will be no electricity charging points anywhere on the trek.
19. Do I need special snow shoes on this trek?
You don’t need special snow shoes. A good trekking shoe is sufficient for the trek. We recommend shoes that are water resistant. When there is snow, we provide micro spikes and gaiters.
20. Why is the trekking pole necessary?
A trekking pole provides stability and balance, and helps reduce fatigure. We suggest you watch this video to for a better understanding of why a trekking pole is necessary: https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=5&v=LXezaCVjEao
21. When it gets really cold can I consume alcohol?
Alcohol is dangerous in extreme cold, especially at high altitudes. Contrary to what people believe, alcohol does not make you warmer. Instead it opens your pores making your body colder. Moreover, it dehydrates you very quickly. Hence consumption of alcohol is absolutely prohibited on all Indiahikes treks. Anyone found with alcohol is quickly removed from the trek. Smoking, similarly, is not allowed on Indiahikes treks.
22. How long do we trek every day? What is the distance covered?
Day 1 – Reach Prini (3 km from Manali) by 11:45 AM. After lunch and a quick briefing session, we will drive to Jobra, which is about 1.5 hours away. You will have to trek for 30 minutes to reach the campsite.
Day 2 – Jobra to Jwara is a 5-6 hours trek. Though the trail has sections of ascent through boulders, it is not a difficult day.
Day 3 – 4-5 hours of trekking to reach Balu ka Gera. Most of the trail is on loose rocks and boulders.
Day 4 – This is the longest day of the trek. It will take you around 9 hours to cross the Hampta Pass and reach Shea Goru.
Day 5 – 4-4.5 hours of trekking brings you to Chhatru. Most of this part of the trail is descending. Visit Chandratal and return to Chhatru camp.
Day 6 – Drive back to Manali.
Refer to the itinerary for more details.
23. How do I manage the negative temperatures on the trek? Do I need special jackets?
At high altitudes, temperatures are sure to dip into negative at nights.. For these extreme cold temperatures, you need to keep the rule of 3 in mind. The rule of 3 usually takes care of cold that dip to -10°C. It is a simple formula of wearing 3 layers of woolen, inners and lower wear.
Follow this guide:
Wear one thermal and two T-shirts, three layers of woolens (two sweaters and a jacket). For your lowers wear a thermal inner with two layers of track suit. If you are prone to more cold, just add a layer.
The temperatures dip only late in the evening and early mornings. During the day if the sun is out, then you may even be trekking in your T-shirts. Make sure you use your thermal wear only at night and not while trekking.
A woolen cap/balaclava and gloves are a must.
Watch this video for tips on how to stay warm on a high altitude trek.
24. What all do I need to carry on the trek?
Click here to get the list of all the things you need to carry on the trek.
25. Is it safe to trek with Indiahikes?
All high altitude treks come with their share of risks. At Indiahikes, we pay utmost importance to safety of trekkers. While we do our bit to ensure a trekker’s life is safe, we also expect any trekker who is enrolling with us to know what could go wrong, and if it does, how to tackle it. Before you go on the trek, make sure you’re thoroughly acquainted with the safety procedures followed on a trek.
26. What are the interesting places to visit if I have time before or after the trek?
You can spend time exploring the popular hill station of Manali and surrounding places. This is only a suggestion – Indiahikes does not make any arrangements for sightseeing.
How to get to Prini
Delhi → Manali
Prini is 3 km from Manali, which is a popular hill station in upper reaches of Himachal. Being a major road head on the route to Lahaul and Spiti, and further on to Ladakh, it is a hub for travellers and tourists alike. You will be able to buy some of your trek gear here.
Take an overnight bus from Delhi or Chandigarh. You will reach Manali early the next morning (travel time from Delhi is 12-14 hours/ Chandigarh is 8-10 hours). Tickets can be booked online on www.redbus.in or www.hrtc.gov.in. HRTC or HPTDC buses are usually on schedule.
From Manali, take an auto or bus to reach Prini, which is 3 km away. Indiahikes will arrange for lunch here, after which we will set off for Jobra. The drive to Jobra will be 1.5 hours and will be arranged by Indiahikes.
The meeting point is Hotel Keylinga Inn, Naggar Road, Prini. This should give you an idea:
The trek ends at Chhatru. You will visit Chandratal if the weather and road conditions are favorable. Indiahikes will arrange transport to Chandratal from Chhatru and back on Day 5. We will also arrange transport to Manali on Day 6. It will take about 4-5 hours to reach Manali. If you leave before 9 AM, you’ll be reaching Manali well before 4 PM(depends on road conditions). Stay for the night at Manali and book your return tickets for the next day. Buses from Manali to Delhi leave between 4.00 and 6.00 p.m. You will reach Delhi the next morning.
Here is what our trekkers have to say about the trek!
“Loved every bit of the trek. Amazing arrangements by the staff, finger-licking good food by the cooks, very good trek leader. His friendliness, his strategy to succeed the trek, his way of handling a huge team was amazing! I am now a fan of Indiahikes. Loved the green trail initiative. It was sad to see such beautiful places being polluted. But thanks to Indiahikes for such a great initiative! Hope every trekker becomes a ‘Responsible Trekker’ by this. What goes around, comes around! What we give the earth, the earth gives it back! Hope to see a cleaner trail next trek so that our eco-bags become useless. Keep it up! Proud to have gone on a trek with you guys!” – Meghana YR, batch of September 2016
“It was awesome. I discovered the magic of the Himalayas late in life and this was my first Himalayan trek. And it lived up to all my expectations: the mountains, the streams, the sky, the stars, the Indiahikes team, fellow trekkers, the support team, the green trail initiative. Let me elaborate on a few of the highlights:
The Trek Leader – By the end of the trek I had come to respect him immensely. The way he handled the large number of trekkers with vastly different physical capabilities was impressive. He literally hand-held trekkers up and down difficult sections. He ensured all our needs were taken care of. This is not an easy job and hats off to him for doing it so well.
Assistant Trek Leader – I wish I had so much maturity and a sense of purpose at his age. He has so much passion and zeal for the green trails initiative. He was always running around and helping everywhere serving food, with the tents, taking care of the trash collected.
Support staff – Everything was so professional, the tents being setup before we arrived, the delicious food always on time, packed lunch, the amazing guides, the amazing camping locations.
Fellow trekkers – An advantage of trekking with a group of strangers is that you meet some amazing people. I was fortunate to trek with awesome trekkers and listen to their stories. My trek is so much better thanks to them.
It has been a week and I have still not recovered from the hangover.” – Sudhindra Aithal, batch of September 2016
“It was a awesome experience for me. The trek was well organized. Special thanks to the trek leader for managing the team very well and the Green trails crusader for co-coordinating and guiding us regarding Green trails(A great Initiative by India Hikes to keep the mountains clean). Special thanks to the crew members for providing delicious food throughout the trek. It was my first trek with IH and indeed one of the the best memories I have made. I would love to trek again with them.” – Harpreet Singh, batch of September 2016
“I really enjoyed the trek. I thought it had been laid out well on the India treks website so I felt prepared for what was ahead. I enjoyed the smaller size of the group, and really liked that we were able to hike at a slightly more relaxed pace than normal hikes I’ve been on. It gave me the opportunity to shoot a lot of photos and really enjoy my surroundings. Being a big nature and outdoors lover this trek was really a breath of fresh air and such a nice escape from city madness for a few days. The team and crew were also really good and entertaining and the food was tasty every day. I enjoyed hiking with the Trek leader, because he was laid back, kind and funny. You could tell he was really passionate about his job and that he was really loving what he did. If I get the opportunity to hike with Indiahikes again then I’ll be really happy. Thanks for the whole thing, and keep up the good work.” – Andrea bellen, batch of September 2016
“Being a first time trekker, I couldn’t have asked for more. Never did it occur to me that I wanted to do it till I came across Indiahikes on the internet. The friendly batch and amazing trek leaders and a breath-taking, challenging trek, now has made me live in the dreams of Himalayas even while working in office and have made me crave for more treks. Now I crave to see the beauty of nature by foot but even live in the valleys and gaze at the sunset and sunrise with beautiful mules, sheep, goats and fluffy dogs around me. Thanks for the wonderful trek and a special mention to the Trek Leaders. I hope to do more treks with Indiahikes.” – Saranya Arumugam, batch of September 2016
“It was a great trek. The trek leader and supporting staff were all very helpful and caring. The food was great.
Overall the trek helped me get out of my rut and challenge myself. It kept me excited even before the trek since I had to get myself in a good physical condition. It also helped me meet new people.” – Ravi Hegde, batch of September 2016
“I was happy with the trek. The trail was beautiful and there was sufficient stops for water and rest. The trek description provided beforehand was accurate and prepared us for the next day. Spirits were high and no question was gone unanswered by keen trek/ co trek leaders.” – Jason, batch of September 2016
“This was my first trek and I had my anxieties about it – a solo, female traveler on my first ever trek that stretched over a few days and at a high altitude. It turned out to be the most incredible couple of days. Hampta Pass is a gorgeous trek route that traverses a variety of landscapes, from the green Kullu Valley to the haunting desolation of the Spiti Valley. The group was filled with lovely, fun people. The trek leaders were absolutely fantastic. They were professional, supportive and inspired confidence and awe. The supporting staff and guides were delightful and worked very, very hard to make this a wonderful experience.” – Priya S, batch of September 2016
“The trek was an amazing experience. I loved every bit of the trek. This was my first high altitude trek and the Indiahikes team made me super easy for me. Everything was arranged very nicely. The Trek leader and the two guides were very helpful and coordinated the team really well. Their tips during the trek made us less fatigue and helped in reaching our destination easily.” – Drishti Malik, batch of September 2016
“This was an awesome trek. I really enjoyed the beautiful Himalayan landscape. This is my first visit to Spiti and I fell in love with it. I really like the IH green trail concept. Indiahikes has done an awesome job in making us aware of the Green trails initiative and motivated us to contribute to the same.” – Nikshay Shrivastava, batch of September 2016
“This is my 2nd time with Indiahikes and I loved the trek. Our trek lead was amazing and his leadership skills have made sure we all reach a common ground and kept our group together. Overall everyone had a good time.” – Padmanava Sen, batch of September 2016
“I loved the trek. Everything was very well organised. Never felt like we were away from home in a sense. The entire team of Indiahikes – the trek leaders as well as porters and support staff – were very capable and efficient.” – Anshul Bansal, batch of September 2016
“The organisation was remarkable. The food was delicious. The staff was efficient. Our guides were extremely helpful, patient and skilled. Our trek leader was constantly motivating all of us and taking care of our health as well.” – Amir & Mahjabeen, batch of September 2016
“The trek was memorable and the five days were one of the best five days of my life. Our Trek leader was very proactive and did his best to keep the group together and kitchen staff, hats off to them. I’ve never thought there can be such good food in the mountains; they’ve done a fantastic job. Overall Indiahikes has delivered more than expected, good job to the whole team. I’d also like to mention the mails floated before the trek; all the information was provided right in time so that there won’t be any last minute rushes. Keep up the good work, hope to trek with Indiahikes soon again.” – Sunil Bandaru, batch of August 2016
“The Hampta Pass trek was a lovely experience. The itinerary was well planned, keeping in mind the comfort and safety of first timers and at the same time, not making it too slow or boring for anyone. The arrangements for accommodation and food and other settings was brilliant and superbly managed. Last but not the least, hats off to the Indiahikes team. From the TL, to the entire staff that traveled with us, cooked for us, made us comfortable and the entire ground staff who managed the trip for us, everything was just perfect. It was a great experience and is definitely bringing me back to the mountains soon.” – Vasu Agrawal, batch of August 2016
“I honestly loved the trek. Indiahikes goes slow, takes into account everyone ‘s strengths and weaknesses . Waits for everyone to catch up and gives enough breaks to catch you breath. The trek leader too was very calm and patient with all of us. And all the other Indiahikes staff members were sweet and motivating.” – Maitri, batch of August 2016
“Every trek is a special experience and this one was no different. The Indiahikes team members and my trek mates were something special and shall remain etched in my memory for some time to come.” – Sameer Kaushik, batch of August 2016
“I loved the trek! I was mesmerized to an extent of hypnosis. Every time I raised my head to look around, the trail was amazing. The transition from lush green to a rocky terrain was more abrupt than gradual, yet wonderful to experience. The beauty was a motivation that kept us going! Everyone was great company- warm and friendly.” –Ruchika, batch of August 2016
“It was the best thing that happened to me in over an year! The IH staff members are more like our friends now. I hope to be in contact with them even after the trek. The cooking staff did an excellent job of offering us good food at such inhospitable conditions. The camp manager was humble and down to earth. It was great getting to know him. Overall, the experience was way too good.” – Avinash Hebbar, batch of August 2016
“Loved the trek! Every tiny detail was planned out in advance. The trek leader was extremely composed and balanced, traits which I think are really important to manage a group of 25 at difficult terrain. I think it is very important to stay hygienic and healthy at high altitudes. Thanks to the kitchen staff, every meal served was nutritious and healthy. A special thanks to them for having made sure there was dessert in each day’s dinner.” – Laavanyaa, batch of August 2016
“Loved everything, from food to trek organisation to interesting trivia, games and exercise sessions by the trek leader. Weather was great as well, which made everything easier.” – Kimisha Mody, batch of July 2016
“Trek was very comfortable. Everything was very well managed and looked after. Very good trek leaders. Inspiring. ” – Rohit Vatsa, batch of July 2016
“The trek experience was wonderful.very well planned and properly managed by trek leader and other coordinating staff.They were very friendly and supportive” – Abishek Jindal, batch of July 2016
“Trek was very well planned and well guided. Both the trek leaders and the entire staff did wonderful job. Tents, sleeping bags, food and everything else was more than satisfactory.” – Amritansh Tambi, batch of July 2016
“It was a short trek “Hampta Pass”, just 4 days. All the arrangements were good. I needed a break and irrespective of my fitness level I was determined to do this trek. I am happy that I managed to complete the trek. Made lot of young friends and it was lot of fun.” –Raghav Gowda, batch of July 2016
“It was simply amazing and our trek leaders, guides n behind da screen staff were awesome.” – Ramagiri sowmya, batch of July 2016
“This was my first High altitude trek and the experience was fantastic the 4 days trek we started with day 1 in slight drizzling rains followed by nice sunny weather the Hampta pass trek does offer us to experience different terrain with a start through green valley,then followed by rocky mountain and some small snow patch.” – Mohit Suresh Udas, batch of July 2016
“The trek was awesome. Everything was so smooth.We had an amazing trek leader with us who kept us motivating. The food was so good. I started as a stranger but came back with a family !” – Nikhil Krishna, batch of July 2016
“The trek was fantastic. Very well managed (Trek leaders, assistants, cooks, tents, etc.). They all were well synched. I really appreciate the management for their efforts they have put in training their leaders, identifying right person for various jobs.” – Saurabh Agarwal, batch of July 2016
“I think the fact that this trek has seriously motivated me to go on more treks says it all.. Hampta pass was my first trekking experience and I am so glad that I grabbed this opportunity when it came my way.. I had my initial apprehensions.. about the climb, the weather, the IH team/ fellow trekkers in general. All of it melted away by the end of the very first day.. everything and everybody came together wonderfully to make it an amazing journey and an experience. The trail is absolutely mesmerizing and some of our campsites were just too beautiful to be left behind. Three cheers to the wonderful IH team, right from the staff who kept the campsites up and ready before we hit ground zero to the cooks who kept our engines running by feeding us some amazing food and finally to our trek leaders who kept us motivated, entertained and energized. You know you couldn’t have asked for more when all your check boxes get ticked and you come back a happy person :)” – Trupti Rane, batch of July 2016
“It was wonderful!!!” – Manju M A, batch of July 2016
“It was an awesome unforgettable moment for a life time. All credits goto India Hikes absolutely for their brilliant support and coordination throughout the trek. We would recommend India Hikes for all those trek enthusiasts who approach us.” – Rakesh Rayapudi, batch of July 2016
“The trek was fantastic. Very well managed (Trek leaders, assistants, cooks, tents, etc.). They all were well synched. I really appreciate the management for their efforts they have put in training their leaders, identifying right person for various jobs.” – Saurabh Agarwal, batch of July 2016
“Overall, the experience was great. Primarily because of natural beauty and my first trekking experience.” – Tarun Gupta, batch of July 2016
“The trek was awesome. The coordination was perfect. Food was devouring. Overall it was an awesome experience.” – Amit Bhangale, batch of July 2016
“The trek was awesome. It was my first high altitude trek and some expectation was definitely there of it being different and exciting but it surpassed all expectations. The trek was nicely organized and special mention must be made of our trek leader Hrishikesh and the support team which made it a truly memorable experience for us. The trekking group was fantastic, the whole thing was well coordinated and we had loads of fun. Well done!” – Ankur Bhargava, batch of July 2016
“It was super awesome. Enjoyed all kinds of weather: rains, snow, clean sky, with stars. The food was awesome. The trek was very well organized. The trek leader and the other staff including the cooks, guides, helpers were very friendly and fun loving. It would not have been possible to enjoy at the fullest without these awesome people.” – Pankajkumar Rathi, batch of July 2016
“It was my first time. It was a great experience. N the whole team did a great job especially the food was amazing n all the arrangements were hats off. Overall an exciting n adventurous trek.” – Nikita somani, batch of July 2016
“It was amazing, quite literally the best experience I have had so far. The terrain and the scenery changed so drastically, it was breathtaking.This was my first high altitude trek and India hikes team made it feel like a breeze. A loud shout out to our TL Vishal Negi and ATL karthik. They toiled very hard to make sure everyone felt at home and bonded with us like old friends. Their small gestures gave many first timers the inspiration and strength to complete this trek. Along with that the technical knowledge that they imparted surely helped a lot of trekkers. A big thanks to Shyam and panna(guides), Rahul(camp manager), Halka bhai(head cook) and his team for providing us with the finest service possible. ” – Saumya Singla, batch of July 2016
“I enjoyed it to my best” – Srinivas Das, batch of July 2016
“I had to change from KGL to Hampta pass. I appreciate the flexibility shown by India Hikes in providing me with an option so fast. I enjoyed the trek, the trek leader Vishal Negi was a knowledgeable, experienced and very humble down to earth person. Similarly the person in lead and the sweep were also very experienced and enthusiastic people. It was an injury free trek and we all enjoyed it to the fullest.” – Sanjeev Gupta, batch of July 2016
“For my first trek, this was an absolutely amazing experience. Not only was the trail full of beautiful and scenic views, the entire group became one big family which made it even more fun. Hats off to the wonderful trek leaders, SJ and Vishal who were excellent at their job and looked after everyone with utmost care. The staff members on the trek were some of the warmest people I have ever met. In a nutshell, it was the experience of a lifetime!” – Michelle, batch of July 2016
“Indiahikes is a very good and professional organisation.” – Parimal k Doshi, batch of July 2016
“Earlier i had done Roopkund trek, so comparing with it i was not much impressed because the terrain was rocky and tough and the scenery was also not that beautiful.” – Vividh Bihani, batch of July 2016
“Okay, so in one word, YESSSSSSSSSS!!! I loved the trek, guess a bit more than everybody else, as I got to make so many friends that were a bonus to the awesome trekking experience that I had. SJ was a true leader who did his best to ensure that we were safe, smiling, well fed, well taken care of and still on schedule for everything. He jumped in to pitch the tents when one or two helpers went back although he was not supposed to do that. So was all the staffs, actually. They did their best to ensure they reached before us and got everything ready before we arrived and that was all that we needed. Both the Sunils were lovely guides, smiling and chatting and helping us throughout the trek and we could not have asked for better guides. Overall, it was a superb experience for us. Excellent job. 🙂 “- Anirban Lahiri, batch of June 2016
“This was my first overnight trek and that to in the mountains. The entire experience right from registering for the trek to actually crossing the pass was excellent. All the information provided to us on the ground level before the trek was very useful. We had a lovely team of guides and helpers and ofcourse our super efficient trek leader SJ. Could not have done this without his guidance and motivation. He paid attention to each and every person on the trek. He had fun stories to share and we were privy to some fun facts of the region. I have personally been able to complete this journey only because of SJ and the guides. Even though the journey was difficult the trek itself has been epic. Will definitely plan another trek with indiahikes soon!!” – Natasha Wagle, batch of June 2016
“The trek was an amazing experience… from the first day to the last it was filled with excitement… at every turn there was unparalleled beauty…… I recommend hampta pass trek to one and all… there were meadows..and streams..and mountains and valleys.. and lakes… and endless stretches of snow… the campsites were gorgeous… couldn’t take our eyes off…and the icing on the cake was making it to chandrataal lake to end this beautiful journey with immense serenity and peace…. kullu valley is lush green and filled with snow… and spiti valley’s arid, windy and bare beauty is an experience unto itself…..the landscape on both sides left us mesmerised….our trek leader SJ was a real gem..he paid attention to every minute detail… very humble down to earth and a jovial personality… he not only made us laugh with his many trekking stories… but also was a real source of encouragement to each one of us wen the going got tough…. hampta pass was a moderately difficult trek… the summit day being the most difficult… but in the end..it was all worth it…the weather was with us n we were the first group to pass over to spiti valley in June 2016 from indiahikes… felt real pride… 🙂 Indiahikes was well organised…. the organising team was very helpful… Looking forward to my next Himalayan trek..the mountains will be calling me soon :)”- Vividha Singhania, batch of June 2016
“Hampta pass trek was beautiful and what makes it worth enjoyable is how indiahikes organize everything. It is commendable. There are few patches in every trek where the trekkers normally get scared to cross or they come to a point of giving up..but great thanks to the trek leaders who keep motivating and are always there to help you..great thanks to your team :)” – Sonal Birdi, batch of June 2016
“In a word this is my best Trekking experience so far. I have done three other self customized treks before. This was my first experience with Indiahikes and its like “why didn’t I think of going with them before”? The Trek leaders SJ and Hrishi are fabulous all through. The best part is one never feels like they can’t do it when they are with IH. The food was awesome. The technical parts also managed very well by the trek leaders and Rahul vaiya. Will look forward for many more in future. If I come to the beauty part of the trek, its heavenly. The scenic beauty is out of the world. In a nutshell this trek should be on the bucket list of every trekker.”- Abhishek Bandyopadhyay, batch of June 2015
“This was my first trek. No one recommended me to go on a Hampta Pass trek. I just went through different trekking sites, went through the presentations, reviews and then finalized. I really enjoyed the 5 days with the entire group. One of the best coordinated treks. The trek leaders were well experienced people and the guide was very familiar with the trail and the surroundings.”- Deepesh, batch of June 2015
“Out of the world, it is breathtaking and with Indiahikes it was sheer walk in the path. Haven’t had such a warm support staff even in the best of 5* hotels around the world”- Naresh Agisha, batch of August 2015
“Hampta Pass was my first trek. The entire experience was overwhelming. Walking through the beautiful landscape, the meadow, valleys , drinking fresh water from the stream, making new friends..everything was amazing about the trek.”- Prach Rashmi, batch of June 2015
“The trek is full of adventure. This trail keeps you gripped for the whole length by offering you surprises every now and then.”- Ishir Borkar, batch of July 2015
“This was my first Himalayan trek and it was awesome. It was very challenging off-course for a beginner but totally worth it and the view is breathtaking.”- Tanwi Shaw, batch of June 2015
“Hampta pass trek will take you on breathtaking trek , awesome view, cleanliness, rocky-hilly-icy terrain. In nut shell, one of the best trek.”-Shubham Saini, batch of July 2015
“The best part of the trek is that we get to experience all sorts of terrain- starting with green forests, to rivers to snow and ice and even crossing the glaciers as well.-Kavyasree Kolluru, batch of June 2015
“Everything about the trek is awesome! Surreal views, dramatic topographical change, extreme cold weather which will make you shiver and smile at the same time and the supportive Indiahikes team!”-Tushar Y Chavan, batch of June 2015
“One can experience varied terrain on different days of the trek. Also, the trek duration is adequate – not so long that its too difficult to take a break from work and not so short that one does not get a feel of camping in the Himalayas.”-Karn Thakuria, batch of July 2015
“The best things about Hampta Pass is that it is a package as a trek one gets to see snow, lush green meadows, do river crossing and also gets to do the road trip to beautiful Chandratal Lake.”-Hardik Joise, batch of July 2015
“Hampta Pass has variety of landscapes, amazing weather conditions , beautiful campsites, valleys to lush meadows, to snow-capped peaks to barren Spiti Valley. The most beautiful experience was the Chandratal Lake.”-Sandesh Jain, batch of July 2015