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 an overhang high in the mountains. The overhang you stand on is a window to a drastically different world: the deserts of Lahaul. From the pass, you see the Lahaul valley in one wide panoramic sweep! It is one the most surreal twists in landscape you’ll see!
Take the picture above for example. The trekkers are descending down the pass towards Lahaul Valley. Notice the semi-barren hills on the other side compared to the greenery just below the pass. Not many moderate level treks offer such dramatic changes in scenery as the Hampta Pass trek.
Added to this, each of the campsites on this trek are so distinct from one another- the wildflower meadows of Jwara, the fjord of Balu ka Gera, the desert oasis that is Shea Goru and Chhatru, which lies beside Chandra river in the interiors of Lahaul. Every day of this trek serves a different terrain to experience. Do the trek for it’s rapid, dramatic scenery changes and of course, the novel pass crossing.
The base camp- Manali
Arrive at Manali on your own. Take up a hotel room on Mall Road so you can take the pick up from Rambagh Circle next day. Manali was once an old sleepy town in the upper reaches of Himachal before it exploded into a tourist destination in 1980s. Now it serves as major roadway on the way to desert valleys of Lahaul and Spiti, and Ladakh region; and a base for many treks in Parvati and Beas Valley.
If you have time on your hands, explore the bustling town teeming with travellers, try food at Tibetan Gali or even go up to Naggar which retains the charm of old Manali. While you’re there, you could even treat yourself with some live music at Cafe 1947.
We’ll pick you up from Rambagh Circle at 7 am sharp. The drive, which climbs from the road behind Manali, is extremely picturesque with 42 hairpin turns and 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.
Your first day of trekking (Day 2) will cover 7.14 kms in 6 hours. The trek starts from Jobra through a mixed forest of pine, bright green maple trees and luminescent silver birches which opens to 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! It is a valley walk 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 wash them out.
Day 3’s short trek to Balu Ka Gera is an acclimatization trek to prepare for the long day of Hampta Pass next day. You’ll cover about 5 kms. Out of Jwara, the valley gets narrower, the rock faces and tumbling Rani Nallah are your companions. Once you have climbed 1000 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 Gera. From your campsite, you’ll see the Bandarpunch peak on one side and on the other side – 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 day with 6.65 kms and 9 hours of trekking ahead. The valley you’ll trek through is almost 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.
From Hampta, it is steep descent to the outlandish Shea Goru campsite. A light coating of vegetation around the campsite, coupled with 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. Day 5 will have you’ cover 6.87 kms in 5 hours. There is a lot of moraine, scree walk today- and 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- which is Spiti’s equivalent of the famous Pangong lake in Ladakh. Impossibly blue water among the reddish brown mountains of Spiti- it is makes a fantastical landscape. From Chandratal, we will reach Dhadharpur by 9 pm.
Who is this trek for?
This is a good trek for a well prepared beginner. On the Hampta Pass trek you trek from Kullu valley to Lahaul valley. Such treks are usually extremely difficult, this is one rare cross over trek that is accessible to beginners. Anyone above the age of 14 can go on this trek.
How difficult is the trek?
Hampta pass is a moderate trek. Though there aren’t any sections that require technical expertise, the terrain itself is quite rocky and undulated. Trekking on such terrain gets trickier when it’s raining. A good pair of trekking shoes with ankle support will help a lot. The pass crossing day requires you to trek for 9 hours. This can be physically demanding. The descent to Shea Goru is steep and can take a toll on your knees.
What are the risks involved?
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 3075 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.
How to prepare for this trek?
To begin with your preparation, jog for a distance of 5 km. Gradually increase your pace till you can cover 5 km in 25-30 minutes. Ankle strengthening exercises will prepare you for the rough terrain on this trek. Regularly practicing flexibility exercises is mandatory. Your backpack, however light can become a strain after a while. Being a monsoon trek, make sure that you carry a poncho, backpack cover and wear proper trekking shoes with a good grip.
Here is the short itinerary for Hampta Pass trek
Drive to Chandratal* and back to ChhatruDriver to Chandratal and back to Chhatru
|Day 1||Arrive at Manali and drive to Jobra (Indiahikes will organise this transport.) Trek to Jobra campsite (30 minute trek).|
|Day 2||Trek from Jobra to Jwara; 7.14 km, 6 hours|
|Day 3||Jwara to Balu ka Gera; 5 km, 4 hours|
|Day 4||Balu Ka Gera to Shea Goru via Hampta Pass|
|6.65 km, 9 hours|
|Day 5||Shea Goru to Chhatru; 6.87 km, 5 hours|
|Day 6||Drive to Chandrataal* from Chhatru.
*You are expected to reach Manali at 6 pm. The excursion to Chandrataal is dependent on weather/ road conditions. If the excursion is cancelled, you are expected to be in Manali by 4 pm.
Please note that you will be staying at a hotel in Manali. The stay on all other days is in tents (3 per tent).
It is advised that you keep a buffer day because the weather is unpredictable in the mountains. Rest at Manali for the night. You can explore Manali the next day and take a Volvo bus to Delhi in the evening.
Day 1: Reach Manali and drive to Jobra
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. From Manali, Indiahikes will organise transport to Jobra.
The Jobra campsite is a short, 40 minute trek away. Camp at Jobra for the night to acclimatise better.
Day 2: Trek from Jobra to Jwara
- Altitude: 9800 feet to 11,072 feet
- Distance: 7.14 km
- Time taken: 6 hours
- Trail type: Easy ascent
The vehicle from Manali after passing the Prini village takes you up through 42 hairpin bends and drops you off at Jobra where you can have breakfast at a Dhaba and fill your water bottles. You have already gained quite an altitude from Manali and you start your trek at 9800 feet. Cross the road 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. Its 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. Take a break at the rock and head to the meadow ahead.
The meadow has the Rani Nala or Rani river flowing in between and on either sides 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. This is your lunch point – Chika.
Jwara is to the right of Chika, which 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 Nala. 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. Cross the river and now you are at Jwara where nature is at its dramatic best.
Day 3: Trek from Jwara to Balu Ka Gera
- Altitude: 11,072 feet to 12,411 feet
- Distance: 5 kms
- Time taken: 4-5 hours
- Trail type: Moderately steep ascent
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 somewhere 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 any more of them for quite some time now. 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 Gera 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 Gera or the bed of sand. The ground is mainly of 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 feet above sea level.
Day 4: Balu Ka Gera to Shea Goru crossing Hampta Pass
- Altitude: 12,411 feet to 12,254 feet via 14,035 feet
- Distance: 6.65 kms
- Time taken: 8-9 hours
- Trail type: Easy to moderately steep ascents followed by a sharp descent
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 on 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 Gera. 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 inclination 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 another 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 feet a top 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.
Take an U-turn and you are right below the pass now. From here it is a straight down hill trek on snow or you could also follow the zig-zag path down until you hit the valley below. In an hour and a half you are down to 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 feet to 10,898 feet to 14,100
- Distance: 6.87 kms
- Time taken: 4 – 4½ hours
- Trail type: Downhill trek, easy walk with some tricky sections
* depending on the condition of the roads
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 8am). 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 may 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 flow 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 3pm. 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!
It is advised that you keep a buffer day because the weather is unpredictable in the mountains. Rest at Manali for the night. You can explore Manali the next day and take a Volvo bus to Delhi in the evening.
How to get fit for the Hampta Pass trek
The Hampta Pass trek is classified as a trek of moderate. You trek up to an altitude of over 14, 380 feet. 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.
On the Hampta Pass trek, apart from huge altitude gains, the Hampta Pass day is long and tiring. This requires a good amount of endurance. You can begin by jogging everyday. Start jogging at a slow pace and then keep increasing your pace day by day. Make sure you are able to jog 4 km in 20 minutes before the start of the trek. It takes time to be able to cover this distance in the given time. Swimming, cycling and stair climbing without too many breaks in between can help too.
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.
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.
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. You can get Forclaz 600 from Decathlon.
- 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.
- 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)
- 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
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Trek fee: Rs. 9,950/-*
*Service tax at 4.5% is payable on the trek fee
- Accommodation during the trek (camping: 3 per tent)
- All meals – vegetarian
- Transport cost from Manali 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 1000* plus service tax of 4.5%. Charges for last minute offloading during the trek will be Rs 335 per day plus service tax of 4.5%. The backpack cannot weigh more than 9 kgs. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 picked up from Rambaug Circle (Mall Road) at 7 am. Usually, trekkers are clubbed together with other participants to make a group. The group travels together to Jobra in shared cabs.
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 1000* plus service tax of 4.5%. Charges for last minute offloading during the trek will be Rs 335 per day plus service tax of 4.5%. 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 Indiahikestrek 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.
How safe is the Hampta Pass trek?
At Indiahikes, safety of a trekker comes first. You will experience it first hand on the slope. Your team is accompanied by experienced trek leaders, safety gears, high end trek equipment, high altitude first aid kits and most importantly the right information.
The altitude you gain each day on the Hampta Pass trek is significant. So are the chances of being hit by Acute Mountain Sickness. It is advised to be on a preventive course of Diamox.
Diamox is a tablet that is available off the counter. You can start your course one day before the trek. Take half a tablet once in the morning and once at night (after your meal). It reduces chances of AMS by 80%. There are almost no side effects of Diamox, except a tingly feeling at your finger tips. You might also feel the need to urinate more often, which is normal as Diamox makes you drink more water. You can learn more about AMS, its symptoms and treatment here.
Note: Diamox is a sulfa-based tablet. If you are allergic to sulfa-based drugs, don’t take the tablet. If you do not know whether you are allergic to sulfa-based drugs, take a Diamox around ten days before your trek and look out for any reactions, If there are none, you can safety take the tablet on the trek.
The Hampta Pass trek by is supposed to be a moderately difficult. There are big altitude gains, tricky sections on Pass day, stream crossings and on a ice section on Chhatru day. Depending on condition of snow/ice on Pass, trekkers will be provided microspikes for better traction on snow. They will also be provided gaiters so snow doesn’t get into shoes. Being a crossover trek, there are no easy exits from the Hampta Pass trek.
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 14100 feet which is higher than Hampta pass itself. Since you’re gaining more than 3500 feet 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 there is a medical emergency on the trek, your trek leaders are trained to handle crisis, especially related to altitude and medical emergencies. Indiahikes team carries high altitude medical equipment, oxygen cylinders, and other emergency kits.
Most situations are resolved by the trek leader’s intervention. If, however, evacuation is required, it is carried out by the Indiahikes team. There are plenty of exit points throughout the trek so any evacuation needed is taken care of. The affected participant is moved down to the nearest emergency medical centre as soon as possible. This can take time, even 1-2 days, especially from high camps. Medical expenses, if required, at the medical centre are to be borne by the participant.
How to stay hydrated?
This is the first question that pops into your head when we say that you have to drink at least 5 litres of water per day (6 litres for people on Diamox). Just follow the schedule given below and you can do this without having to wake up at night for a toilet break.
Before breakfast: 1L; Sip on some water immediately after you wake up.
Before the trek: 0.5L; Drink some milk or water about half an hour before the trek.
During the trek: 2L; Sip on some water every 15 minutes.
After the trek: 1L; Drink some water immediately after reaching the campsite.
During snack time: 0.5L; Drink some soup or water along with snacks.
Before dinner: 1L; Sip on some water while playing games before and during dinner
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How to get to base camp: Manali
Delhi → Manali
Manali 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.
Stay near Mall Road as Indiahikes pick up vehicle is from Rambagh Circle near Mall Road. Jobra, the starting point of the trek is an hour and half drive from Manali.
Briefing location and Pick up point:
The Trek leader will be giving a briefing, the evening before the trek starts at Wildlife Information and Interpretation Centre located on the road that leads to Old Manali. The nearest landmark is the Nehru statue next to the Peepal tree at the Rambagh Circle.
The next day, you will be picked up from Rambagh circle at 7AM from where you’ll be taken to Jobra.
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 to Manali from Chhatru. It will take about 4-6 hours to reach Manali. If you leave before 9AM, you’ll be reaching Manali well before 4PM(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 and 6 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