Hampta Pass Trek

One of The Most Dramatic Crossover Treks In The Himalayas
Trek Fee : 9,950 + 5% GST See Inclusions
Difficulty
Difficulty
? Moderate treks may have steep ascents and descents. These can go upto 14,000 ft or higher and trekking hours can go upto 6 hours everyday. Easy exits are possible from a few campsites.
Moderate
Duration
Duration
6 Days
Altitude
Maximum Altitude
14,065 ft
Pickup point
Pickup point
Manali
Required Fitness
Base Camp
Jobra
Age
Minimum Age
12
Best time to visit
Best time to visit
June-September

The Complete Guide To Hampta Pass Trek

One of The Most Dramatic Crossover Treks In The Himalayas

There are pass crossing treks. And there are those few which are more dramatic than the others. Hampta Pass trek falls under those rare, dramatic ones.

What makes a pass crossing dramatic? It is when the scenery on one side of the pass is absolutely different and unexpected from the other.

That’s why the Hampta Pass is stunning. On one side is the lush green valley of Kullu — with forests, grasslands and flowers blooming on the side of your trail. On the other is the almost arid, stark landscape of Lahaul, with barren mountains and almost no vegetation.

Standing on the top of the pass, what’s ahead and behind are two different worlds. It changes in a matter of minutes.

What makes the dramatic changes heightened even more is how thrilling the climb to Hampta Pass is. For trekkers, doing the pass crossing (even without the scenery changes) is a great story of adventure. They will love the nervous excitement of climbing to the pass over many ledges, almost appearing to get to the pass, but never really sure until you get there.

Before we begin here are a some quick facts about Hampta Pass trek 

The Hampta pass trek is a 25 km trek hiked over a period of 6 days in the Himalayas. 

The trek is in the state of Himachal Pradesh and is easily accessible from Manali.  

If you’re a beginner to a Himalayan trek, Hampta pass is a good choice. Having said that, since you go all the way u pto 14,000 ft, this requires a good amount of preparation. 

 

Use this table to navigate through content on this page

(If you still have doubts, drop them in the comments section at the bottom of the page. We’ll have our best experts respond to your questions.)

 


What I Like And Don’t Like About Hampta Pass

Arjun Majumdar, the Founder of Indiahikes, went on this trek almost a decade ago. As one of the veterans of the trekking community in India and one of the earliest to trek Hampta Pass. He’s an expert when it comes to Hampta Pass. Here’s Arjun talking about one of the top treks in our country.

Arjun Majumdar
Founder & CEO
Hampta Pass was the first trek that we explored outside our big ones in Uttarakhand. This was in 2010. It is perhaps one of the best treks to do in Himachal. It is a trek close to my heart because I know Indiahikes put it on the map for trekkers to do. It is a trek that I would do again. My list of great treks is incomplete without this one in it.

 


What I like about Hampta Pass

1. The drive from Manali to Jobra
I find it hard to believe that most people never mention the drive from Manali to Jobra, the basecamp of the trek. It is one of the nicest mountain drives I’ve done. I remember being glued to the window when we took the drive (tip: sit on the left). The dirt track just zips up the mountain face in a dizzying series of hair pin bends.

I loved how in an hour the forests changed, from apple orchards to deodar forests to oaks. From the heat of Manali it became cooler and then really cold! I could never imagine such a road existed right behind Manali. I have passed Manali a hundred times and never spotted it!

2. The small Forest section
 It is a small forest, but it is a rare one on the Hampta Pass trek. It comes right on the first day of the trek — it totally mesmerised me! For the first time I saw oaks, birch and maple trees together — I had not seen such continuous interplay between these trees on my other treks. It was unique and it stays in my memory even now. 

Hampta-Pass-Trek-Jwara-Indiahikes
Twilight at Jwara campsite. Picture by Sourasis Das

3. The dramatic Pass Crossing
 I like pass crossings, they are usually very exciting. But the Hampta Pass crossing was a different adventure. Everything was very dramatic. On the pass day, it was almost like walking through a gorge. It is a very narrow valley  — stark brown walls on either side, deep white snow below us. Ice columns trickled down on some caves on either side. Our voices almost echoed.

You get to the pass by climbing three ledges one after the other. What sticks with me is the sense of adventure that you get when you climb these ledges leading to the pass.

When I got to the pass, I thought I would see the other side immediately. Nothing like that.

Hampta-Pass-Trek-Peak-View-Indiahikes
One of the prominent peaks visible while climbing up to the pass. Picture by Himanshu Singla

The pass was actually a long wide passage veering to the left. It went on for some time and then suddenly, it just dropped off in an opening high up in the mountains — almost hanging out of the air. I am no mountaineer, but that day I felt like I was on an expedition! I guess every trekker on the Hampta trek feels like that.

4. The contrast between Kullu and Lahaul valleys
 The first view of Lahaul stunned me. This has to be one of the big highlights of doing this trek. From the pass, many thousand feet below, to my left and right, stretched the entire Shea Goru valley, my first sight of Lahaul. Standing on top of a stark snow pass, this was a contrast I didn’t imagine.

Hampta-Pass-Trek-Lahaul-Indiahikes
View of Lahaul Valley just after crossing Hampta Pass is such a stark contrast to the valley left behind. Picture by Deepank

Behind us was the Kullu valley with its dense trees, grasslands, tall cliffs and flowers. And in front was the desert-like Lahaul with its grassy boulder ridden valley floor. It was not chocolate barren like Ladakh, but it was a different greenish desert. Just for this contrast, it is worth doing this trek.      

5. Stunning campsites of Balu Ka Ghera and Shea Goru
Give me the campsites of Shea Goru and Balu Ka Gera on this trek and I’ll compare them with any of the top campsites of other treks. Trekkers prefer Shea Goru on the Lahaul side. I can understand why — with its green settings, stream in front, mountains rising all around you.

Hampta-Pass-Trek-Balu-Ka-Ghera-Indiahikes
View from Balu Ka Ghera campsite. Picture by Akshaan Gupta

But my favourite will always be Balu Ka Ghera. The campsite on the edges of the river delta, the Hampta Pass looming right in front, an adventure beckoning, and an open valley behind me. I don’t think I could ask for more from a setting. 

6. The descent to Lahaul
As much as I loved climbing the Hampta Pass, I loved getting down on the Lahaul side more. The landscape changed so much in those 6 hours!

First, it was the tall snow-capped mountains on either side, then the slides and plunges down a moraine filled gully. Finally, the rush down to the grassy ledge overlooking the Chandrabhaga river. I sat there for a long time just taking in the experience. It was exhilarating!

 


What I don’t like about Hampta Pass

I have a few bones to pick here. It is a much-loved trek by everyone, but I’ll say it anyway.

1. The trek days are short
I think the days on the trek are too short. The trek days could be longer. Also, the trek has too much to offer for it to get over quickly in 4 days. I wish the trek was a nice 6-dayer.

2. The rough road to Chandratal
I just didn’t like the bumpy ride to Chandratal. While Chandratal was great, the ride to Chandratal rattled my bones to the core. It is supposed to be a national highway. There isn’t any highway. It is just boulders. The return journey via Rohtang Pass made up for everything though.

3. The feel of Manali after the trek
I know Manali is a favourite hill station of India. But after the trek I hated Manali. You just don’t like the hustle and bustle after such a great trek experience. Do all your sightseeing of Manali before you start the trek. After the trek, just head home as soon as you can. You don’t want to see another honeymoon couple.

Hampta Pass is a great trek. Trekkers love it. Hampta Pass was the first trek that we explored outside our big ones in Uttarakhand. This was in 2010.

Having run this trek so long, we’ve got a treasure of knowledge on Hampta Pass. So, one of the first questions trekkers ask us is “When is the best time to do Hampta Pass?”

 


Best Season To Do Hampta Pass

Even though Hampta Pass is a high altitude trek, it can be done for almost 6 months in the year. The very best time would be between June and September. You can extend it to the end of October.

Some attempt the trek from the middle of May, but the snow is too high for a comfortable pass crossing. Even in the best months between June and September the trek is not the same every month.

 

Hampta Pass in June

In June expect a lot of snow from Balu Ka Ghera onward. You will find good snow slightly after Balu Ka Ghera camp right until the pass. You’ll get snow even until you get down on the Lahaul side. The depth of snow on both sides is quite high.  The flats leading to the grassy camp of Shea Goru could have some patches of snow too.

Hampta-Pass-Trek-June-Indiahikes
Snow-covered trail in June. Picture by Krishna Bagadia

The reason for the good snow even in late June is because the valley leading up to the Hampta Pass is narrow, with not too much sun on it. The depth of snow is high.

 

Hampta Pass in July and August

In July the snow starts to melt rapidly but stays in good patches on the higher reaches of the pass. But a different magic starts to unfold mid July onward.

The valley starts to get its first monsoon showers. Wildflowers begin to sprout in the entire green belt on the Kullu side. Sometimes trekkers have to wade through a bed of wildflowers on either side of the trail.

Hampta-Pass-Trek-Shea-Goru-Indiahikes
Verdant Shea Goru campsite in July. Picture by Nikhil Joshi

If there is a favourite time to do the trek, then mid-July to the end of August is the best time to do the Hampta Pass trek. The grasslands are a vibrant green. The slopes are alive with swaying wildflowers. On the other hand, the skies are generally cloudy though. Be game for good showers on the trek. The rains last until the mid of September.

 

Hampta Pass in September

Post mid-September, the skies start to clear up and the early autumn colours strike the slopes. The Hampta Pass is at its most colourful. The sunrises and sunsets are gorgeous, the snow-clad mountains stand tall against the deep blue skies. The trek is at its most perfect.

At Indiahikes we wind up the Hampta Pass season at the end of September.

Hampta-Pass-Shea-Goru-Indiahikes
Shea Goru campsite is September. Picture by Amit Gupta

By the end of the first week of October, the air is definitely nippier. The early winter chill is clearly felt. Night temperatures will fall below zero in most camps. At the higher camps it could be icy cold. The streams dry up and water sources become increasingly difficult. The earth is browner. The boulders starker.

While it is possible to do the trek in October it is not as much fun.

| Note: The Hampta Pass crossing is very much dependent on how long the motorable Rohtang pass stays open. The Rohtang Pass is your only exit once you complete your trek at Chhatru. Before starting on the Hampta pass trek always check whether the Rohtang pass is open. You can get this information from the taxi stand at Manali.

 


Weather And Temperature On Hampta Pass

The weather on Hampta pass changes as you progress from late summer/early monsoon (June) to autumn (end of September) . Take a look at this video to know what to expect in terms of snow, rain and temperatures on the trail as the months progress:


 

Hampta Pass in June 

When the trek opens up for the summer in June, it is a very short season. And despite it being summers, expect snow patches on the ground. Especially close to Balu Ka Ghera and above it is still snow bound.

Expect cold nights at your higher camps. Temperature during the night can drop to around zero but generally will hover around 1-5° C. The day temperatures are usually very pleasant on the trek at an average of 15-20° C. If the sun goes behind the clouds and there is a bout of rain, then the temperature can fall to around 10° C.

 

Hampta Pass in July and August 

As we head into July, monsoons arrive. Prepare yourself for some rain while on the trail or at the campsites. Keep your ponchos easily accessible as it can rain anytime and mostly it does.

You will also have to pack differently for a monsoon trek.  You can find more information on this here.

However, once you cross the pass you’re in the rain shadow region. There’s a very slim chance of it raining on the Lahaul valley side of the trek.

Temperatures more or less remain the same as in July, with cloud cover bringing the temperatures down to 10° C.

But as we move closer to September the weather improves. The weather is pleasantly sunnier and the days are warmer too.

 

Hampta Pass in September

By early to mid September the monsoon season is over. The skies are at their clearest blue with a very little chance of rain.

Having said that, expect a 3-5° C drop in temperature every couple of weeks as we head closer to winter months of October and onward.

 


How Difficult Is The Hampta Pass Trek?

At Indiahikes, while rating a trek difficulty we consider a number of factors. These include, altitude gained every day, length of trek everyday, highest altitude, nature of the terrain, weather etc. Base on this we rate a trek as easy or difficult or somewhere in between

Hampta Pass Trek is a moderate trek on a difficulty level ranging from easy to difficult. 

You start from Manali which is at an altitude of 6,725 ft and reach an altitude of 14,000 ft in a matter of 4 days. 

For the most part though, it is an easy hike through the valley. 

However the terrain becomes difficult as you get closer to the pass. The pass crossing day is a long walk of almost 9 hours. 

This makes the trek a moderate one. It is a good trek for fit first timers.

You will need at least 4 weeks of solid preparation for this trek. You can begin preparation by going for brisk walks and then do brisk jogs to improve your cardio. Your target should be to cover 5 km in 37 minutes comfortably by the start of the trek. Here’s how you can get fit for the Hampta Pass Trek.

 


Is Hampta Pass Trek Safe?

Yes. Hampta Pass is a safe trek to do. Provided you have done your research, prepared well  and are well-equipped and carrying the necessary trekking gear. 

Having said that, there are multiple factors that impact your safety on a trek like Hampta Pass. We, at Indiahikes, have listed those factors and described them in great detail.

 

Safety of Hampta – Terrain wise 

The good news is that the terrain at Hampta Pass trek does not have many sections that pose a major safety challenge.  Amongst our very high altitude treks (treks that go over 14,000 feet), Hampta Pass poses the least risk.

The only few risky sections are stream crossings and the descent from the pass down to Shea Goru campsite.

1. Stream crossings on the way to Jwara: You will cross two streams on the second day of your trek, before reaching Jwara campsite. Only two wooden logs form the narrow bridge across these streams.

We recommend that you cross the bridge one trekker at a time here. A slight imbalance will cause you to slip and fall in the stream. Chances of taking a fellow trekker along with you into the stream are more when you slip.  At Indiahikes, you will see that our Trek leader will follow the same process.

2. Descending from the pass: You have to descend down the pass, until you get to the section where the slope starts to become gradual. This trail is very steep and has a lot of switchbacks. It has a lot of snow too, in the month of June.

If you are trekking in June, you will need microspikes for this section.  You can wear it wherever you start to see hard snow.   On your way down the pass, also ensure that you do not throw any hard objects or stones from the pass, as you may end up injuring your fellow trekkers.

3. Stream crossings before reaching Chhatru: Your final day has multiple stream crossings depending on the month of your trek. In the months of June and July, there will be glaciers on which you can walk across the streams. In August and September, these glaciers would melt and flow as ice cold streams.

Here, we strongly recommend that you form a human chain wherein you lock one of your elbows with a fellow trekker and you cross together.  Do not stop till the stream is crossed because of the chill you experience. The only way to warm your feet is to make it to the other side quickly by following a rhythm.

 

Safety of Hampta Pass – Altitude wise

The Hampta pass trek starts rather high at 9,000 ft and climbs taking you to 14,000 ft by the third day itself. This high start makes you susceptible to altitude sickness in the first couple of days itself.

Keeping that in mind, we at Indiahikes have planned the route in a way that helps mitigate the risk of AMS:

– The night spent at 9,300 ft at Jobra (with a very short trek) instead of Manali 6,700 ft helps you acclimatize quite a bit. 

– The hike from Jwara to Balu Ka Ghera is a shorter altitude gain – roughly 500 ft. This gives you ample opportunity to rest and acclimatize before the long summit day.

– Overall, the campsites are placed well within a normal altitude gain for each day.  With a steady pace, the chances of getting AMS are lesser.

However, there are still chances of getting hit by AMS.

Over the last 8 years that we’ve been running  this trek, we’ve noticed that trekkers usually start displaying symptoms of AMS at Balu Ka Ghera.

Trekkers usually complain of a headache or tiredness mixed with perhaps lack of appetite or sleep.

If you are trekking with Indiahikes, at any point in the trek, especially around Balu Ka Ghera, inform your trek leader about your condition immediately if you feel any symptom of AMS. All Indiahikes trek leaders are trained to take care of your health and safety during medical emergencies of any sort. 

In case of AMS, early detection and treatment can ensure your successful trek completion. 

If you are trekking on your own, the immediate step to take would be to start on a curative course of Diamox which is 250mgs every 12 hours followed by ample rest.  The earlier you treat these symptoms, the higher the chances of recovering and completing the trek.

If the symptoms don’t alleviate after treatment, it is best to head down to Jobra immediately. (if you haven’t crossed the pass).  Do not continue the trek if any of the symptoms persist. 

You might also notice its symptoms while descending from the pass on the other side if your body hasn’t adjusted to the altitude. In such a case, descend to Chattru immediately.

Here’s a Complete guide to Acute Mountains Sickness

What Is Acute Mountain Sickness? A Quick Look At AMS, HAPE And HACE
How To Treat Altitude Sickness – AMS, HAPE, & HACE
How To Prevent Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS), HAPE and HACE
3 Life Saving Drugs You MUST Have To Tackle Altitude Sickness – AMS, HAPE and HACE

 

Safety of Hampta Pass – Weather wise

The trek is safe for all the 4 months of the year it is open – from June to September. 

However there are a few times where you need to be careful.

First is early in the season in June, when there is a lot of snow on the trail starting from Balu Ka Ghera, the trail can get slippery.  However, this can be managed with the right gear – microspikes, gaiters, etc.

Second, in the months of July and August, the rain is a common occurrence. The rain too makes the trail slippery and tricky. Moreover the force of water at river crossings can increase too making it challenging to cross them.

In both cases make sure to get a firm footing before you take the next step. Follow the instruction of your trek leaders.

Protip Place your foot firmly on the ground and make sure your feet are not slipping and you’ve got a good grip before you take the next step. Do not be in a hurry to ascend or descend but take a second to be mindful of your steps.

The trek can get extremely cold resulting in cold-related injuries.  But this can be tackled with the right winter gear, right technique of layering and good insulation techniques.  

 

Exit points on the Hampta Pass Trek 

Hampta Pass being a pass crossing trek has limited exit points. If you haven’t crossed the pass then head down Jobra before moving on to Manali . While after crossing the pass you’ll have to make it Chatru before heading to Manali (~130 km ) via Rohtang Pass.

Hampta-Trek-Map-Indiahikes

 

Closest Hospital To Hampta Pass 

Mission Hospital in Manali is the closest one to Hampta Pass, in case of a medical emergency during the trek.
Address: Model Town, Siyal, Manali, Himachal Pradesh – 175131
Phone: +911902252379

Manu Diagnostics Center and Hospital is another option.
Address: Snowdrop Hotel building, Gompa Road, opposite Buddhist Monastery, Manali, Himachal Pradesh – 175131
Phone: +919418083587

| Note: As India’s safest trekking organization, we ingrain safety aspects in the people we work with, in the processes that we follow and in the equipment we carry. Here’s how we at Indiahikes are ensuring that we make you trek the safest.

 


How To Reach Hampta Pass?

 

How to get to Manali

The best way to reach Manali is by an overnight bus from Chandigarh or Delhi. The travel time from Delhi to Manali is around 12 to 14 hours and the travel time from Chandigarh to Manali is around 8-10 hours. We recommend that you book the Himachal Government Volvo buses. They are reliable and usually on schedule.

Ensure you leave at around 6 pm the previous evening, so that you are well on time for the pick up in case of unexpected delays in reaching Manali.

Flying to Kullu airport is not recommended, as the flights commonly get delayed and cancelled in case of unexpected changes in weather.

The journey to Manali is a very beautiful one, especially after Mandi.  Please choose to sit on the right side of the bus.  You will be driving along Beas River all the way till Manali and it is absolutely beautiful against the backdrop of the mountains.

During the monsoon season, the Beas will be flowing hard and you will catch tourists, doing river rafting as well. You will also be passing through Kullu, another major town in this drive. 

After you cross Kullu, enroute to Manali, watch out for the small villages along the way.  The houses especially stand out.  The architecture is very unique to this region.

 

How to get to Hampta Pass

To reach Hampta Pass, you start from Manali and drive to a place called Jobra. If you look at it on the map it lies a little north east of Manali.

To get there cross the Beas river and head south on Naggar Road to Prini. 

Prini is quite the tourist accommodation hub line with a number of hotels and guest houses of all kinds – luxury to boutique to budget.  Eat and refresh here before proceeding on the trek.  There are hardly any eateries as you start your travel to Jobra from Prini.

At Prini, get off the Naggar road and take a small road on the left that eventually leads to Jobra.

The only way to get to the Jobra trailhead is to hire a private taxi from Manali Taxi Stand. There are no public transport alternatives. Taxis usually charge between Rs 2500 – Rs 3000 per vehicle. It’s a 2 hour drive.

The roadhead where the taxi drops you is where the trek starts. Starting here, you have to trek around 30 minute to Jobra, the first campsite of the Hampta Pass trek.

From Jobra, it takes 4 days of trekking across Hampta Pass, to Chhatru (the last campsite) where the Hampta Pass trek ends. 

 

What to look out for en route?

The drive to Jobra though a short one is one of the nicest mountain drives, you’ll ever be on. The dirt track just zips up the mountain face in a dizzying series of hair pin bends. In an hour the forests change, from apple orchards to deodar forests to oaks. From the heat of Manali it becomes cooler and then really cold!

Protip Sit on the left!


Watch this video to know how to reach Hampta Pass:

 


How to get to Manali from Hampta Pass

Frankly speaking, the transport options are limited, infrequent and unreliable. So, it is best to pre-plan your return after the trek. 

There are two ways to get back to Manali after finishing the Hampta Pass trek

– Get a private taxi pre-arranged to pick you up at Chatru after the trek (Most reliable way) 

– Get a HRTC bus coming from Kaza heading towards Manali


Trekking with Indiahikes? Click here for more information


However, if you’re doing the trek by yourself here’s how you can make it to Manali:

Hire a private transport from Chatru to Manali — The easiest way and most reliable way  is to arrange for this from the Manali Taxi stand before starting the trek itself. Perhaps, use the same taxi that drops you to Jobra trailhead. Letting the taxi driver know when you can be expected at Chatru 

Or 

Once at Chatru inquire at dhabas if they can arrange for a taxi. Keep in mind this is the most unreliable way. You may have to end up hitchhiking or wait a really long time before a vehicle turns up that’ll take you to Manali 

Or

Get a bus coming from Kaza — There is a daily bus coming from Kaza heading to Manali. It leaves from Kaza between 6-7 am and one can expect it to arrive at Chatru any time after 12 noon. Given the road conditions and the weather, one cannot guarantee it. Your best bet is to inquire at dhabas in Chatru.

| Note: The return drive from Chhatru to Manali is a very bumpy and harsh one.  Do try to sit in the front if you have a bad back.  A big part of the travel is on a rocky mud track that is prone to frequent landslides, especially when it rains hard.  So please expect some unexpected delays due to road blocks.  However, the road becomes better once you hit the Leh-Manali Highway after which, the travel is pretty smooth.

 


What To Pack For Hampta Pass Trek

Before you start shopping and packing for the high-altitude Hampta Pass trek, watch this video to get a clear idea about what you need to take along.

 

Complete Video Playlist: How To Pack For Hampta Pass Trek

What to take on your trek 
How to pack your backpack
How to choose your trekking shoes 
Trekking shoes vs sports shoes. How are they different?
How to layer up on a Himalayan trek
Why you need a trekking pole
How to manage sanitary waste on a trek

 

Mandatory Documents to carry On Hampta Pass Trek

Carry an Original and photocopy of government photo identity card. Anything such as a driver’s license, Aadhar card, a passport will do.

You will need to submit your identification to the forest department. Without these, you will not be allowed to trek.

| Tip: Keep important documents in a clear plastic cover and slide them into the inner pocket at the back of your backpack to prevent them from getting wet.

If you have registered with Indiahikes, you also need to carry the Disclaimer Certificate and the Medical Certificate.

For an exhaustive list of things to carry, click here.

Frequently Asked Questions About Hampta Pass

 

1. Can I bring luggage I do not require on the trek and leave them somewhere before the trek begins?

Yes we have an option of leaving behind extra luggage you do not need on the trek, at Keylinga Inn. Ensure you leave no valuables (laptops, cash, electronics) in this luggage. There is no extra charge to leaving this luggage at the base camp, and you do not have to pre-book it anywhere.

 


2. Can I find a phone network on the trek?

There is no network connectivity on this trek. Network will stop right after you climb up from Prini.  Prini is the last place you will get network on the way forward. 

On your return, you will get a network near Rohtang Pass and Manali only. 

Before leaving Manali, call your family and friends and know that you won’t be available for them until you get back to Manali on Day 6.

 


3. Is there an ATM at the base village?

Unlike other treks there is no base village for Hampta pass. The trek starts at a place called Jobra where the taxi will drop you.

There are multiple ATMs at Prini en route to the base camp. If you need some cash handy this is the place to make a withdrawal.

There are no ATMs after the pass crossing too until you get back to Manali.

 


4. Is there any electricity on the trek?

There is not electricity throughout the trek. The only place you’ll find a plug to charge your phone or camera batteries will be Manali before and after the trek.

Therefore use your electronic equipment wisely. Fully charge your batteries before leaving your hotel and use your electronic equipment minimally.

Another thing to note the cold temperatures drain  the batteries faster. Having extra batteries or a power banks helps.

 


5. How long is the Hampta Pass trek?

Starting from Jobra, the Hampta Pass trek is approximately 25 kms in distance till Chhatru. You cover this distance over 4 days. During these four days, you reach the Hampta Pass at the height of 14,000 feet and cross over to the Spiti side to camp at Shea Goru.

The last leg of the trek includes trekking from Shea Goru to Chhatru (6 kms) from where you may drive down to Chandratal (4-5 hours) if it is accessible by road.

 


6. What is the height of Hampta Pass?

Hampta Pass is at a height of 14,065 feet/4287 meters above sea level.

Starting at Jobra (9379 ft/ 2858 m) you climb to Hampta pass(14065 ft/4287 m) over two and half days of trekking. That’s an average of 2000 ft/600 m of height giant everyday.

The trail climbs steadily until Balu Ka Ghera followed by a steep climb to the pass. The descent from the pass is steep to Shea Goru beyond which is a gentler descent.

 


7. How to go from Hampta Pass to Chandratal?

To get to Chandratal requires a 45 km/2-3 hour drive from Chattru (the last campsite on Hampta Pass trek).

If you’re trekking with Indiahikes, then on day 5 after reaching Chatru campsite and having lunch, trekkers go to Chandratal and return to Chatru for the night.

The road conditions are generally bad irrespective of the months of the season. Mostly it’ll be a rocky and muddy drive to Chandratal and back. An SUV with a 4×4 drive is a must.

What we have noticed is that the accessibility to Chandratal is easier some months than the other.

In June, the snow enroute to Chandratal hasn’t melted yet. There are huge blocks of snow  making it impossible to drive.

While at some other places snow melts from the mountain tops gives birth to a number of ‘nallahs’, especially after Batal. Some of these might be huge and uncrossable. It is advisable to turn around and make your way to Manali.

It is usually late June onwards Chandratal is more accessible. However, in spite of the lake being in a rain shadow, the odd time it rains or a sudden landslide making it to Chandratal might get challenging.

We recommend that you assess the conditions carefully before pushing on further to the lake.

From Chandratal, Manali is 130 km approximately and will take 4-5 hours by a private car. There is no public transport from Chandratal to Manali (or the other way round).


 

SHORT ITINERARY

Day 1: Arrive early in the morning at Manali. Get to Keylinga Inn, Prini, by 11.30 am. Start for Jobra immediately after lunch (2 hours drive).  The cab fare is Rs.2,500 per vehicle. This is not included in the trek fee. It is to be shared by trekkers and paid directly to the driver.  Trek to Jobra campsite (30 minute trek). 

Day 2: Trek from Jobra (9,379 ft) to Jwara (11,194 ft); 4.5 km, 4 hours
Day 3: 
Jwara (11,194 ft) to Balu Ka Ghera (12,411 ft); 5 km, 4 hours
Day 4: 
Balu Ka Ghera (12,411 ft) to Shea Goru (12,864 ft) via Hampta Pass (14,065 ft); 5 km, 9 hours

Day 5: Shea Goru (12,864 ft) to Chhatru (10,898 ft); 6 km, 4.5 hours; visit Chandrataal and return to Chhatru camp
Day 6: 
Chhatru to Manali; 4-5 hours drive. The cost of transport from Chhatru to Chandrataal and return and Chhatru to Manali is not included in the trek fee. This will be INR 9000 per vehicle.You are expected to reach Manali around 4.00 pm.

Important points:

Please note that you will be staying in tents on all days of the trek (3 per tent).

You can leave extra luggage at the cloakroom in Hotel Keylinga before your trek begins.

It is mandatory for trekkers to carry a copy of their photo id for entry at forest check posts on the trek.

The Trek

Day 1: Reach Jobra

The base camp for the Hampta Pass trek is Jobra. The picturesque drive from Manali, along with 42 hairpin turns, has panoramic views of Kullu valley. The Rani Nallah, which you will trek alongside till it disappears under the snow of Hampta Pass, starts accompanying you from here. From the road head at Jobra, the campsite is a  30-minute trek through a mixed forest of pine, bright green maple trees and luminescent silver birch.

  • Altitude: 9,379 ft (2,859 m)
  • Time taken: 2 hours drive from Manali to Jobra; 30-minute trek to Jobra campsite. Reach Prini (Keylinga Inn) by 11.30 am.  The cab fare is Rs.2,500 per vehicle. This is not included in the trek fee. It is to be shared by trekkers and paid directly to the driver.
Hampta-Pass-Jobra-Indiahikes
A small walk away from Jobra. Picture by Vignesh

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: 9,379 ft (2,859 m) to 11,194 ft (3,412 m)
  • Time taken: 5 hours, 5 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.
Hampta-Pass-Jwara-Indiahikes
The beautiful Jwara campsite. Picture by Nilesh Deshpande

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 Chikha, and can be identified by a couple of waterfalls in the distance. Head right but stay on the left bank of the river throughout. The initial climb is mainly through stones and boulders. The going is never too difficult. The right bank of the river is laced with dwarf Rhododendrons in the lower and middle region of the mountain and Birch trees grow at the upper end.

Look back and you will see the Dhauladhar range with its snow-clad peaks. It makes a pretty picture. You will find a waterfall on to your left. Relax and replenish your water supplies at this spot.

Hampta-Pass-Trek-Chikha-Indiahikes
River crossing after Chikha. Picture by Dr Samir Mehta

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 halfway through your trek as you enter a walled valley. On one side of the valley are the rock faces and on the other end is the river below. Once you cross the river, you are at Jwara where nature is at her dramatic best.

Day 3: Trek from Jwara to Balu Ka Ghera

  • Altitude: 11,194 ft (3,412 m) to 12,411 ft (3,783 m)
  • Time taken: 4-5 hours, 4.5 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.
Hampta-Pass-Jwara-Indiahikes
Lush meadows surround the campsite at Jwara. Picture by Dr Samir Mehta

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.

Hampta-Pass-Balu-Ka-Ghera-Indiahikes
Tents set up at Balu Ka Ghera campsite. Picture by Samir Mehta

Towards the end, the rocks are quite far apart and jumping across gets tricky. Soon after, you will reach the destination for the day – Balu Ka Ghera or the bed of sand. The ground is formed mainly by the sand and dust brought down by the river.

It is level ground and behind you are the mountains you will traverse the next day to cross the Hampta Pass. Pitch your tent and enjoy a beautiful sunset behind the Hanuman Tibba peak. You are now close to 12,500 ft above sea level.

Day 4: Balu Ka Ghera  to Shea Goru via Hampta Pass

  • Altitude: 12,411 ft (3,921 m) to 12,864 ft (3,735 m) via 14,065 ft (4,287 m)
  • Time taken: 9 hours,  5 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.
Hampta-Pass-Indiahikes
Climbing to Hampta Pass. Picture by Dr Samir Mehta

Today’s trek can be broken into two stages – the climb to Hampta Pass which is moderately steep followed by a steep descent to Shea Goru. You will want to take a small break at the top of the pass to make it your target to reach the pass by lunchtime, have lunch there and then start the descent.

You begin your day by heading towards the mountains from Balu Ka Ghera. You may get a pleasant surprise with lots of tiny pink and yellow flowers growing by the side of the river. Move along the river for an hour after which you will be above it. At some points, the trail may fade out so be careful not to get lost. Stay with your team.

After an hour of a gentle gradient in a 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.

Hampta-Pass-Trek-Indiahikes
Mt Deo Tibba on the left and Mt Indrasan on the far right. Picture by Amit Gupta

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.

Hampta-Pass-Lahaul-Indiahikes
Looking towards Lahaul from Hampta Pass. Picture by Dr Samir Mehta

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.

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.

Hampta-Pass-Shea-Goru-Indiahikes
Panoramic view of the Shea Goru campsite. Picture by Nachiket

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: 12,864 ft (3,735 m) to 10,898 ft (3,322 m) to 14,100 ft (4,298 m)
  • Time taken: 4 – 4.5 hours; 6 km
  • Trek gradient: Moderate. 2-2.5 hours of walking on moraine and loose rocks on gentle inclines, followed by a descent to Chhatru across a couple of glacial flows.
  • 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

Hampta-Pass-Shea-Goru-Indiahikes
The picturesque Shea Goru campsite. Picture by Madhura Salunke

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.

Hampta-Pass-Chhatru-Indiahikes
A view of Chhatru campsite surrounded by the barren mountains of Lahaul. Picture by Udit Kapoor

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.

Please note that the road to Chandratal is extremely dusty and can lead to a problem if you are asthmatic.

If you have some energy to spare, walk up the hill next to Chandratal. From the top, apart from being able to identify the moon shape of the lake, you’ll be able to see a second lake out in the distance surrounded with scenic peaks like the CB-13.

Since Chandratal is at an altitude of 14,100 ft 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.

Remember, the excursion to Chandrataal and back (if accessible) is completely optional. But we do recommend to visit the lake if the weather & road condition permit.

In late summers, the road opens up to Chhatru and beyond. If you are early or late in the season, Chandratal may be ruled out and you may have to walk on the road to a place where the road has been cleared off its snow flows.

Please note that as a part of the Hampta Pass trek, you’ll not be camping at Chandrataal. After a late afternoon-early evening visit to Chandratal, you’ll come back to Chattru and camp there for the night before heading to Manali the next day

Hampta-Pass-Chandratal-Indiahikes
The clear blue waters of Chandratal. Picture by Nikhil Joshi

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 up to 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!

Banner image by Chirag Sadhnani

Plan Your Travel for the Hampta Pass Trek

It is great to see you going on the Hampta Pass Trek, one of the most dramatic crossover treks in the Himalayas. While it is a great trek to do, you need to get your travel plan worked out perfectly.

Here is a step-by-step guide on what to do next. Use this guide and nothing else to plan your travel.  

Here’s a quick view on how to plan your travel

Day zero (the day before Day 1): Book your air ticket to Chandigarh or Delhi. If Chandigarh, proceed to Sector 43 and take a bus to Manali. If Delhi, book an overnight bus to Manali. 

Day 1: Manali to Jobra (9,379 ft) drive and then trek for 30 mins. It is a 2-3 hour drive from Manali. Jobra is the basecamp for your trek. 

You need to report to Keylinga Inn at 11.00 am. There is a registration process followed by lunch. You will then proceed to Jobra. Transport to Jobra is included in your trek fee. 

Day 2 to Day 5: Trek the Hampta Pass trail

Day 6: Chhatru to Manali; 4-5 hours drive. You are expected to reach Manali around 2.00 pm. Due to the monsoon conditions, we advise you to book your return from Manali only after 8pm. 

Day 7: Book return flight/train ticket from Chandigarh or Delhi or Bhuntar. Do not book plane tickets to your hometown from Delhi/Chandigarh/Bhuntar on Day 6.

| Important points to note:

1. While getting to Manali, we recommend you arrive a day earlier and stay in Prini area. Staying at Manali gives you a well deserved rest for the night. Plus you avoid the traffic snarls in the morning. 

2. On your return, your trek ends at Chhatru. Chhatru is a small village next to the highway. We again arrange for the transport for the return to Manali on the same day. You reach Manali between 6.00 pm and 7.00 pm.  

It costs Rs 8,500 per vehicle for Chhatru to Chandrataal, back to Chhatru and Manali on the next day. There is no part charges applicable. In case you want visit Chandrataal or any other place in Spiti on your own, you can depart on Day 5 itself. You get share cabs or buses to Spiti from Chhatru.

3. During peak monsoon, the roads in and around Himachal are prone to landslides. They get cleared within a few hours, however there are delays and slow traffic. We recommend you reach Manali a day early and return a day after your trek to mitigate any delays due to the rains. 

Your travel route to the Jobra basecamp is a picturesque drive from Manal along 42 hairpin turns. It has panoramic views of Kullu valley. The Rain Nallah, which you will trek alongside till it disappears under Hampta Pass, starts accompanying you from here. See map

 

2. Planning your onward flight/train booking

If you are travelling from Bengaluru, Chennai, Pune, Mumbai or any other city, book your air tickets for Day Zero, which is the day before Day 1 on the itinerary.

Example: If your trek start day is 25 September, then book your air tickets for 24 September to either Chandigarh or Delhi. 

There are two options for your flight tickets.

Option 1: Fly directly to Chandigarh.

We recommend this. It gives you an added rest day at Manali. It also makes your travel time less. However, if the cost of the flight ticket to Chandigarh is too high, book to Delhi and travel to Manali by bus.

| Tip: Land at the Chandigarh airport and directly head to Sector 43 (which is the main Interstate bus terminal of Chandigarh). You get AC airport buses to Sector 43, from just outside the arrivals. It is about 10 kms and the buses run every half hour or so. A ticket costs Rs 60 for these buses.

Always target to reach Chandigarh by around 7.30 pm. It takes an hour or so to get out of the airport and get to ISBT in Sector 43. Getting a bus connection to Manali may take about half an hour or so. It is usually an 9-10 hour bus journey to Manali (294 kms on mountain roads).

Avoid reaching Chandigarh post 7.30 pm, unless really pushed to it. Use HRTC or Himachal Tourism buses. They usually run on time.

Tip: Avoid taking buses that are expected to reach Manali after 9 am. The route is prone to very bad traffic jams. Often with 3-4 hour delay.

Pro Tip: If you are in a group of 3-4, then it may make sense to take a taxi from Chandigarh airport to Manali directly. A taxi charges about Rs 3,200 for the trip. You can book a taxi from Goibibo or Ola in advance. We use this system often.  

Option 2: Flying to Delhi

Flying to Delhi may be a lot cheaper than getting to Chandigarh. Make sure to book a flight that reaches Delhi by 4.00 pm. You must arrive in Delhi on Day Minus One and not on Day 1.

| Note: If you notice the difference in air ticket prices between Delhi and Chandigarh less than Rs 1,000 then book directly to Chandigarh. The rest and shorter travel time is worth the difference.  

Bus to Manali: Take the bus before 6pm from ISBT Kashmiri Gate to the Manali Bus Stand. It is a 13-14 hour bus journey from Delhi to Manali. Take a bus that leaves Delhi at around 5.30 pm. Use HRTC or Himachal Tourism buses. They usually run on time. 

| Pro Tip: Avoid taking buses that are expected to reach Manali after 9am. The route is prone to very bad traffic jams. Often with 3-4 hour delay. 

Option 3: Flying to Bhuntar

Flying to the Kullu Airport is a risky and expensive option as it is a small airport and flights can get cancelled easily if the weather is bad. Make sure to book a flight that reaches before 9.00 am. You must arrive in Delhi/Chandigarh on Day Minus One and not on Day 1.

Cab to Manali: There are cabs available right outside the airport. They will charge around Rs. 2500 from Bhutar to Prini (Manali).

Tip: Keylinga Inn, your pickup point, comes before you enter Manali. So give your driver the hotel location and not Manali.

3. Planning your return flight/train booking

Booking your return tickets require some thought. First, always book your return ticket keeping in mind the monsoons. It generally causes delays in the mountain roads with slower moving traffic. 

Option 1: Flying out from Chandigarh

Assuming you have stayed at Manali the day before, take a bus to Chandigarh. Book a flight that flies out of Chandigarh post 8pm. It takes about 10 hours to travel from Manali to Chandigarh by bus. And a further one hour from Chandigarh ISBT at Sector 43 to Airport by bus. 

You get buses at Manali bus stand from 8.30 am onward.

Tip: You can also choose to share a cab with 3-4 fellow trekkers from Manali to Chandigarh.

Option 2: Flying out of Delhi

Assuming you are not staying overnight at Manali, you get buses to Delhi starting in the evening at 5 pm from Manali Bus stand. The travel time to reach Delhi ISBT is around 14-15 hrs. If you are booking a flight from Delhi and taking a bus, then book a late morning flight post 9 am. 

Tip: Experience the different cafes in Manali and take a night bus after 9pm to Delhi. Then onward flight to your cities on the evening from Delhi. 

Option 3: Flying from Bhuntar (Kullu Airport)

Book return flight from here on Day 7. Again, this is an expensive and risky option due to the monsoon season. Flights can get delayed or cancelled.

Cab to Bhuntar: Pre-book your cab to the airport. They will charge around Rs. 2500 from Prini (Manali) to Bhuntar. Your hotel can help you arrange for the cab.

4. Planning your hotel/stay

Booking stay at Manali is fairly easy. There are quite a few hostel options available around Old Manali. 

| Tip: Book around Prini area if you arrive a day before your trek date. And for after the trek, book stay around Old Manali. 

Hotel options at Manali

Keylinga Inn

Your pickup and drop point has rooms that you can stay at. A decent hotel to spend a night in Manali. The cost is around Rs 1100 for a double bedroom.

Pro-Tip: You can rent a room here for a few hours to freshen up for Rs. 250 per head. It is best if you share a room with a few others from your batch. 

Website: http://www.keylinga-inn.com/.
Location:
https://goo.gl/maps/8SR7JMYYg6NBNqCM9

Hotel Peak View
This is right opposite your picku point Keylinga Inn. The cost is Rs 800-900 for a one-night stay.

Contact Number: 0124 398 6193
Location: https://goo.gl/maps/wJQdAVz58UvXr9T47


Hotel Rock Sea
This is a moderate priced hotel close to the bus stand. You can book this is you are taking a morning bus. The cost ranges from Rs 1,000 to Rs 1,200 for a  double bedroom. The cost varies according to the seasons.

Website: https://www.oyorooms.com/15461-oyo-rooms-oyo-9912-hotel-rock-sea-manali/.
Location:
https://goo.gl/maps/SCrw9LJKajJi7adH6

Hotel Mount View

It is a moderate priced hotel close to the bus stand. You can book this is you are taking a morning bus. The cost ranges from Rs 1,000 to Rs 1,200 for a  double bedroom. The cost varies according to the seasons. 

Website: https://www.oyorooms.com/45840-oyo-rooms-oyo-23533-mount-view-manali/.
Location:
https://goo.gl/maps/LaxXKyi3p7pNiPQG9

You can also look up Hostel World for good budget options in Old Manali. The price varies from Rs. 200 to Rs. 350 per head for a dorm room. 

Network Connectivity

There is no network connectivity on this trek.On your return, you will get network near Rohtang Pass and Manali only.

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.

Cardiovascular endurance
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.

Here’s a fitness routine that works:

  • –>Target completing 5 km in 40 minutes when you begin.
  • –>Gradually increase your pace by running 4 times a week and bring it down to 5 km in less than 37 mins.
  • –>If you are 45 years old and above and are comfortable with long distance walking than jogging, then 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.
    If jogging is fine for you, your target should be completing 5 km in 45 minutes. As you get closer to the trek date you should be able to cover 5 km in under 40 minutes
  • –>If you are somebody who prefers cycling over running, your target must be to cover 22 km in 60 minutes.

Here’s a guide to help you get fit for the trek.

trek-fitness-indiahikes-moderate-treks
One month trek fitness routine for moderate treks

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 a high altitude trek In winter, the temperatures drop to negative temperatures. You’ll need enough warm layers and accessories to keep you warm and help you trek comfortably. So pay careful attention to this entire section. 

First, The Essentials. You cannot do the trek without these.

1. Trekking Shoes

Hampta Pass requires trekking shoes that are sturdy, have good grip, have ankle support and can handle snow. Here is a quick video on how to choose your trekking shoes.

| Buying Tip: The Trek series and MH series are good options by Decathlon. They are tried and tested. There really isn’t any necessity to buy the higher priced models. Here is a list of other budget shoes that trekkers are using.

| Rental: We have the Trek series and the MH series by Decathlon available on rent from the Indiahikes store. They are already broken into and in good condition. Rental shoes are not dirty or unhygienic. This is how they are kept clean. Rent here.

2. Backpack

For a trek like Hampta Pass, you need a 50-60 litre backpack. Make sure your backpack has good hip support, shoulder support and quick access pockets. Here is a guide on how to choose a backpack.

| Buying Tip: Wildcraft, Decathlon and Adventure Worx usually make good backpacks. While Wildcraft has more expensive ones, the other two brands have budget-friendly backpacks to choose from. 

| Rental: The 48 litre backpack by Adventure Worx is available on rent from the Indiahikes store. They are custom-made for our Himalayan treks. Rent them if you don’t have a backpack. Rent here.

3. Clothes

Wearing layers is the mantra in the mountains. Layers give you maximum protection from all elements. And when the weather changes in the mountains (as it happens every few hours), you take take off or put on layers as required. 

Base Layer: 3 T-Shirts

Wear one T-shirt and carry two. Carry full sleeve dry-fit T-shirts (preferably collared). These prevent your arms and neck from getting sunburnt. In the rarified air on the trek, especially at high altitudes, UV rays can burn you in no time.

Dry-fit T-shirts quickly dry your sweat, they are easy to wash and in case of a rainy day, they dry quicker. Round neck T-shirts are ok, but collared ones are better.

| Cotton or Synthetic? As Indians, we love cotton. Down in the plains when the heat is a blistering 40°C it makes sense to wear cotton. But it takes a long time to dry when it gets wet. In the mountains, where it is cooler, synthetic is what you wear. They wick sweat rapidly and keep you dry. (But they do tend to smell quickly, so carry a roll-on deodorant with you.)

| Buying Tip: You can get dry-fit T-shirts from Decathlon. Also, stores like Reliance Trends, Max have dry-fit T-shirts. They don’t usually cost much.

| Pro Tip: If you are extra susceptible to cold, you could get a set of thermal inners. In our experience, wearing two T-shirts over another works as a better thermal. And they save you weight and space, since you’re already carrying them. 

3 Insulation Layers

The highest altitude you reach on this trek is 14,065 ft. At these altitudes it can get freezing cold even in the middle of summer. You will need at least 2 insulation layers for this trek.

You will need 1 pair of inner thermals, 2 light fleece layers or 1 thick fleece layer. Do not get your grandma stitched sweaters, which can be very heavy. You need sweaters and fleece jackets that can fold into compact rolls.

1 Outer Layer: For your outer later, a padded jacket serves the purpose here. You don’t really need a water resistant material. But you need an outer padded jacket that keeps the wind and cold out. Ensure your padded jacket has a hood as well.

| Do you need a down/feather jacket? Not really. A regular padded/shell jacket will do. This video here will help you to learn more about the difference.

| Note: Down/feather jackets are really not available these days. Many jackets masquerade as down/feather jackets. They are essentially fine polyester-filled jackets. They mimic the function of a down jacket but are usually expensive.  

| Rental: Padded jackets made by Fort Collins are available on rent at the Indiahikes store. They are custom made for Indiahikes and trekkers find them terrific, even in winter. Rent here.

Trek Pants

A minimum of one pair and maximum of two pairs of trek pants should suffice for this trek. Wear one pair and carry one just in case it rains/snows. Trek pants with zippered cut offs at the thighs are very suitable for treks. Also, choose quick-dry pants over cotton. They dry up soon even in the cold climate.

| Buying Tip: Go for pants with zippered pockets. They come in handy to keep your phone, handkerchief or pocket snacks.

| Track pants or Trek pants? Stretchable track pants make a good backup and can double up as your thermal bottoms. But track pants are not trek pants — so don’t use them as your main outerwear. Keep them only as a backup. 

Mandatory Accessories, without these too you won’t be able to do the trek.

These accessories are mandatory. Don’t go to Hampta Pass without them. Trekkers generally put off purchasing / borrowing the accessories for the last minute. We suggest the opposite. Start gathering these accessories first. 

1. Sunglasses

Sunglasses are to prevent snow blindness. A small overexposure to direct sunlight on snow can lead to snow blindness (about a half hour’s exposure). That’s because fallen snow is like thousands of mirrors that reflect direct UV rays. So you need sunglasses with UV protection

| Wearing Tip: Wear sunglasses if the trekking day is bright and sunny (on open sections, meadows). On a snowy section you must absolutely never take off your sunglasses until the section has been fully crossed.

| Buying Tip: Try getting sunglasses that wrap around instead of those that have openings on the side. Even peripheral UV ray exposure is not a good idea.  

| If you wear spectacles: If you wear spectacles, you can get oversized sunglasses that you wear over your regular glasses (available at Decathlon). If that is cumbersome, photochromic lenses work equally well. Here’s a quick guide on managing sunglasses with spectacles.

| Contact lens users: If you use contact lenses, you can use them on the trek too. The lens solution will not freeze. You will also not face any problems in changing your lens in your tent. Just carry enough cleaning solution with you to clean your fingers well. Wear your sunglasses over your contact lens. Read this article for more guidance on managing contact lenses on treks.

 2. Suncap

A sun cap is mandatory. Trekking without a sun cap can lead to headaches, sun strokes, quick dehydration and a sharp drop in trekking performance. 

| Tip: In the mountains, the general rule is to keep your head covered at all times. During the day a sun cap protects you from the harsh rays of the sun (it is doubly stronger with naked UV rays). A sun cap keeps your body temperature in balance. In the evening/early morning, the reverse is true. Your head loses your body heat quickly. A woolen cap prevents heat from dissipating from your head.

| Pro Tip: Sun caps with flaps are a blessing for trekkers. They cut out almost all UV leaks. They prevent sun burns in every possible way. They are a lot more effective than sunscreen lotion. A wide-brimmed sports hat also helps to prevent sunburn in a big way. 

3. Synthetic Hand Gloves

On a trek like Hampta Pass, you’ll need gloves to grip something or to steady yourself. You also want the gloves to keep you warm. Get synthetic hand gloves that have waterproofing on the outside and a padded lining on the inside. If you find the combination difficult to get (not likely), wear a tight fitting fleece hand glove inside a synthetic hand glove. Hand gloves are mandatory on this trek.   

4. Woollen Cap or Balaclava

Ensure these cover your head. In the cold mountains, you lose maximum heat from your head, not from your hands, feet or the rest of your body. Which is why you need to keep your head protected, especially when the sun is down. Early mornings, late evenings, a cold trekking day are when you must use your woollen cap.

Your ears are sensitive too, so a woollen head cap that covers your ears is absolutely essential. A balaclava is a modern version of the woolen cap. It covers your ears, neck and parts of your face as well. If you get woollen cap that only covers your head, you will need a neck warmer or a woolen scarf.

5. Socks (4 Pairs)

Apart from three to four pairs of sports socks, take a pair of woollen socks. Sports socks give you cushioning plus warmth. Again the mantra is to wear synthetic socks or at least a synthetic blend. Cotton socks soak in water and sweat. They are very hard to dry.

As for woollen socks, they help you to keep warm and snug in the night. If you cannot get woolen socks, wearing two sports socks serves the purpose as well. 

6. Headlamp

Trekkers are often confused about whether they need to get a headlamp or a handheld torch. You need to get a headlamp because it leaves your hands free to do other activities. On the Hampta Pass trek you’ll need your hands free to wash dishes, pitch tents and hold your trek poles. 

| Buying tip: Ensure your headlamp covers a wider area and is not too focused as a single beam. On a trek, your headlamp must help you see around you as much as ahead of you.

| Rental: Headlamps are available on rent on the Indiahikes store. Rent here.

7. Trekking Pole (A Pair)

Trekking poles give you stability and balance. They reduce your energy consumption by almost 40%. On the Hampta Pass trek there are steep ascents and descents. A pair of trekking poles will make the difference between a comfortable and a strenuous trek. In India we tend to use a single trekking pole. However, two trekking poles give you greater stability and balance. They also increase your walking pace.

| Rental: Imported side-locking trekking poles are available on rent on the Indiahikes store. Rent here.

8. Rainwear

On a trek, the weather can change quickly. A bright sunny day can turn into a downpour in a matter of minutes. Carry a poncho or a rain jacket to tackle this. A poncho is a big rain cover with openings for your arms and your head. It is extremely effective because it covers both you and (partially) your backpack. It is extremely light and weighs next to nothing. 

| Pro Tip: Rain jackets are more streamlined and less cumbersome but weigh more. Rain pants are really not required. Dry fit trek pants dry quickly even if soaking wet.  

| Rental: High grade ponchos are available on rent on the Indiahikes store. Rent here.

9. Rain Cover for your Backpack

Backpacks are your life. You carry all your dry clothes, your warm gear in your backpack. It is important that your backpack stays dry at all times. Modern backpacks usually come with built in rain-covers. If your back pack does not have a rain-cover, ensure you get a rain cover by either (a) buying a rain cover (b) or cutting a large plastic sheet to the size of your backpack. You can roll the plastic sheet around your backpack and keep it in place with a string or elastic.  

| Pro tip: It’s good practice to compartmentalise your clothes, accessories and other things in plastic covers inside your backpack. That way, even if it rains and your backpack gets wet, your things are water-proof inside the backpack.

10. Daypack (20-30 litre, optional)

Some trekkers opt to offload their bags to a mule on the Hampta Pass trek. While we do not encourage this practice, in case you opt for offloading, then carrying a daypack is mandatory. In your daypack you carry essentials like water bottles, rainwear, emergency medicines, headlamp, some snacks and a warm layer. Your main backpack that carries most of your equipment is accessible only at the campsites. 

A daypack is a smaller backpack that is usually of 20-30 ltr capacity. Laptop bags are not daypacks. Do not get them. 

Other Mandatory Requirements

1. A Toilet Kit

Keep your toilet kit light. Carry just the basics — toothbrush, toothpaste, small soap, toilet tissue roll, a small moisturiser, lip balm, and a roll-on deodorant. You will not be able to have a bath on the trek, so don’t overload on soaps and shampoos.

| Pro Tip: Carry miniature-sized items. You will not need more than that. If you’re travelling in a group, share one toothpaste for all.

| Pro Tip: Avoid getting large toilet rolls. The smallest size roll is more than enough for a trek like Hampta Pass. 

| For Women: If you are likely to have your periods on your trek date, don’t worry about it. You can use your pads, tampons or menstrual cups on the trek. There will be toilet tents where you can get changed. Make sure you carry ziplock bags to bring back your menstrual waste. Don’t leave behind any waste in the mountains. Watch this video to learn how to dispose your sanitary waste.

2. Cutlery

Carry a lunch box, a mug and a spoon. Your lunch box must be leak proof. You are expected to wash your own cutlery. Trekkers often expect Indiahikes to wash their cutlery. When you allow Indiahikes to wash your cutlery, your cutlery becomes part of a mass washing system. You immediately invite germs, bacteria to settle on your cutlery. Incidence of stomach disorders rises exponentially.  

| Pro Tip: Carry stainless steel cutlery. Avoid fancy high grade plastic cutlery. Stainless steel cutlery is infinitely easier to wash in cold water. Grease is easier to remove and hygiene is at the highest. 

| Two 1 litre bottles or a 2 litre hydration pack: Hampta Pass has many hours of trekking everyday (approximately 6 hours). You need to carry two one litre water bottles to keep yourself hydrated over the distance. If you are used to a hydration pack, then that is ok too. If one among the two bottles is a lightweight thermos, then that helps you to store warm water on a really cold day or for late evenings and early mornings.   

| Rental: You could rent lightweight thermos flasks from the Indiahikes store. Rent here.

3. Plastic Covers

Carry 3-4 old plastic covers to keep your used clothes. You could use them even for wet clothes. Re-use old plastic bags for this and do not buy new ones.

Personal Medical Kit

Carry these medicines with you, easily accessible at all times. Do not take any medicine unless you have consulted your trek leader

  1. Diamox (1 Strip): Be on a course of a half tablet Diamox starting from Delhi every 12 hours (125 mg). Carry on the medication until you descend down to Yamunotri. Being on a preventive course of Diamox greatly reduces the chances of Acute Mountain Sickness on the Hampta Pass trek.   
  2. Dolo 650 (5 tablets): This is a paracetamol. It helps to tackle fever, mild pain
  3. Avomine (4 tablets): Carry this especially if you are prone to motion sickness. Pop one half hour before the start of your road journey.
  4. Combiflam (5 tablets): Take a combiflam if you get a sudden twist of the leg or a muscle strain. It is a pain reliever. It also contains paracetamol. 
  5. Digene (4 tablets): Take it if you feel the food that you’ve taken is undigested. Alert your trek leader immediately. It could be a sign of AMS. 
  6. ORS (6 packs): Consume a pack of ORS water at least once a day, usually mid day when you are in the middle of your trek. It replenishes essential salts lost while trekking.  Tip: It also makes cold water easier to drink.
  7. Knee Brace (optional): Carry this if you are prone to knee injury or have known issues of knee pain.

Our trek leaders carry a high altitude medical kit with them which also consist of Life Saving Drugs. If there is an emergency our trek leaders know how to tackle it. Meanwhile, contact your trek leader before consuming any of these medicines listed here.

| Pro Tip: We find that these medicines by trekkers are rarely used. But you cannot do away with them. At the end of the trek please donate unused medicines to your trek leader. Some of these medicines get distributed to villages on the trek and some are added to the Indiahikes medical kit.   

Mandatory Documents to Carry

These are documents required for legal purposes by Indiahikes and the forest department. Without any of these, you will not be allowed to trek.

  1. Original and photocopy of government photo identity card. Anything such as a driver’s license, Aadhar card, passport will do. This is required by the forest department for your identification.  
  2. Disclaimer certificate. This is a legal requirement. Download the PDF, read carefully and sign it. This must be handed over to your Trek Leader during registration at the base camp – Download PDF
  3. Medical certificate. There are two sections in this. The first part must be filled by a practising doctor. The second part must be filled by you. Without the medical certificate the forest department will not issue permissions for your trek. It is also a requirement by Indiahikes – Download PDF

| Pro tip: Keep important documents in a clear plastic cover and slide them into the inner pocket at the back of your backpack. This keeps them from getting wet. 

Here’s a quick info-graphic to give you an overview of everything you need in your backpack.

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:

ams-symptoms-indiahikesWe 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.

Closest hospital:

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.

There are three life-saving medicines that you should always carry on you – Diamox, Dexamethasone and Nifedipine.

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.

ams-manual-indiahikes-2-pages
Click on the AMS Manual to open and download

The Indiahikes Cancellation Policy 

We understand the pain of cancelling a trek. As trekkers, we always look forward to treks, and after months of training and planning, if we have to cancel our trek, there’s no greater disappointment than that. 

Given that, we have one of the most trekker-friendly cancellation policies. 

Take a look at the Indiahikes cancellation policy below. This policy is effective starting January 29th, 2020.

In the event that you cancel your trek, this is the cancellation policy we follow:

– Cancellation 30 days before the starting date of the trek — Get your full trek fee back in an Indiahikes Trek Voucher OR get a monetary refund with 15% cancellation charges.

– Cancellation between 30 days and 20 days before the starting date of the trek — Get 80% of the trek fee in an Indiahikes Trek Voucher OR get a monetary refund with 50% cancellation charges.

– Cancellation less than 20 days before the starting date of the trek — No monetary refund, get 50% of your fees in an Indiahikes Trek Voucher 

 

In the rare event that we cancel your trek, this is the cancellation policy we follow:

We almost never cancel our treks. But in case we cancel a trek because of natural calamities (snowstorms, thunderstorms, floods, landslides, earthquakes) or unexpected political unrest, curfews, local riots, government orders, unexpected global health issues, Indiahikes will issue a voucher for the full amount of your trek fee (minus the trek insurance). You can redeem the Trek Voucher on any of our treks over the next one year.

Important note: The Trek Insurance amount is not refundable once it has been paid for. 

If you cancel any rental gear from our store:

  • Cancellation of rental gear 7 days before the starting date of the trek — Get a monetary refund with 4% cancellation charges.
  • Cancellation of rental gear less than 7 days before the starting date of the trek — Get a voucher of the whole amount you have paid for the rental gear. This voucher is applicable on your future treks.

If you cancel the offloading of your backpack:  

The offloading fee will be refunded to your account with a 4% transaction charge. 

If you choose to cancel your backpack offloading AFTER reaching the base camp, you will get a voucher of the offloading fee. 

Special Cases That Could Occur:

There are some special cases that could occur when you’re on a trek.

1. You may not be able to complete the trek because of bad weather, high snow conditions, or any natural calamity.

2. You may have to leave your trek abruptly (could be due to altitude sickness, abnormal BP, unpreparedness for the trek, any emergencies at home)

In the above two cases, you’re welcome to come back and repeat the same trek any time in future. You do not have to pay us for this. If you’d like to repeat your trek, get in touch with your Trek Coordinator and they’ll help you. 

Important note: Your offloading and rental fee will not be refunded in the above two cases.

3. You may not be able to report at the base camp at all (could be due to blocked roads / cancelled flights/curfews), we will try to accommodate you in the next day’s team (if we have one). 

In the third case, if we cannot accommodate you in the next day’s trek, we will give you a Trek Voucher of the entire trek fee (including your offloading and rental fee), which you can use on any Indiahikes trek within the next one year.

How to cancel your trek: 

In case, you wish to cancel your trek, follow these steps. 

  1. Login to your Indiahikes Trek Dashboard using this link
  2. Find your upcoming trek on your home page. 
  3. Click on “Cancel Trek” 
  4. Mention why you’re cancelling your trek on the form that appears.
  5. Choose either a voucher or a refund (where applicable). 
  6. Click on “Cancel Booking” 

How long does the refund process take?

After you have cancelled your trek, if you have opted for a refund, the refund amount will land in the same account that you have made the payment from. It will take 4-5 working days.

If you have chosen a trek voucher, it will land in your inbox within an hour. You will also be able to see it on your Trek Dashboard.

What is a Trek Voucher?

Trek Vouchers are credit amounts added to your Indiahikes account. You can redeem these on any of your future treks with Indiahikes. Every Trek Voucher has a validity of one year.

Important note: Indiahikes Trek Vouchers are non-refundable, not transferable to others or extendable. 

How to use an Indiahikes Trek Voucher?

If you have received an Indiahikes Trek Voucher, you will automatically see it when you are making a payment for your next trek. 

Once you click on the voucher and apply it, the system will deduct the voucher amount from your payable amount. 

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to get in touch with your Trek Coordinator. 

The Indiahikes “Repeat My Trek” Policy (trekkers love this!)

At Indiahikes, we can’t help but fall in love with a few trekking trails. And we love revisiting them, perhaps in other seasons, when treks take on a totally different hue. In such cases, we do not like the thought of having to pay for it. Our trekkers shouldn’t have to pay either.

So if you have loved a trek that you did with us and want to repeat it, you’re welcome to sign up for the trek. We will not charge you for this. (Many people think this is a rumour, but it’s true.) 

To repeat your trek for free, just get in touch with your Trek Coordinator. We’ll help you sign up with no charges. 

Note: The Indiahikes “Repeat My Trek” policy does not apply for our international treks.

Your trek fee includes:

  1. Accommodation – Stay is included from Day 1 to Day 5 (Jobra to Chhatru). You will be camping on all days of the trek (3 per tent).
  2. Meals – All meals from lunch at Prini on day 1 to breakfast at Chhatru on Day 6 are included. We provide simple, nutritious vegetarian food on all days of the trek.
  3. Camping charges – All trekking permits and forest camping charges are included.
  4. Trekking equipment – You will stay in high-quality tents and sleeping bags in all the camps. Our high altitude sleeping bags can withstand temperatures as low as -10 ºC. We provide ice axes, roped, microspikes, gaiters etc. as required.
  5. Safety equipment – First aid, medical kit, oxygen cylinders, stretchers etc. will be available at all campsites to deal with emergencies.
  6. Services of an expert Trek Leader – All our trek leaders are qualified in basic/advanced mountaineering courses.
  7. Services of an expert Trek Team – The mountain staff on this trek consists of well-trained guides, cooks, helpers, and porters.

Your trek fee does not include:

  1. Food during transit to and from the base camp – The trek fee does not include meals purchased during the drive to Jobra or return from Chhatru.
  2. Backpack offloading charges – If you wish to offload your backpack, there will be an additional charge of Rs. 1,000 + 5% GST. The backpack cannot weigh more than 9 kg. Suitcases/trolleys/duffel bags will not be allowed. Please note that charges will vary for last minute offloading in case you decide to offload your bag after reaching Jobra/Manali (Rs. 350 per day inclusive of tax).
  3. Transport – The transport from Manali to Jobra on day 1, Chathru to Chandrataal and back as well as Chhatru to Manali on day 6 is not included in the trek fee. Refer to Short itinerary for details.
  4. Stay at Manali on the last day 
  5. Personal expenses of any kind
  6. Anything apart from inclusions
Cancellation Policy

Cancellation Policy

In the event that you cancel your trek, this is the cancellation policy we follow:
– Cancellation 30 days before the starting date of the trek — Get your full trek fee back in an Indiahikes Trek Voucher OR get a monetary refund with 15% cancellation charges.
– Cancellation between 30 days and 20 days before the starting date of the trek — Get 80% of the trek fee in an Indiahikes Trek Voucher OR get a monetary refund with 50% cancellation charges.
– Cancellation less than 20 days before the starting date of the trek — No monetary refund, get 50% of your fees in an Indiahikes Trek Voucher

Fitness

Fitness

A 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. The trek has gradual climbs and steep descents on the summit day. As a measure of your fitness, we require you to be able to run at least 5 km in 37 minutes by the time your trek starts. If you are 45 years or above, try to cover 5 km in 45 minutes. This is a minimum requirement.

If you prefer cycling over running, then try to cover 22 km in 60 minutes.

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 and upload the fitness screenshots on your dashboard. Trekkers who have not adequately prepared may be asked to discontinue the trek at any point.

Indiahikes has the right to reject trekkers who do not meet our eligibility requirement at the base camp.

Backpack Offloading

Backpack Offloading

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. 375 per day inclusive of tax. You can opt for offloading directly your dashboard after your payment is done for the trek.

Partial offloading is not allowed. The backpack cannot weigh more than 9 kg. No suitcases/strolleys/duffel bags will be allowed.
Online offloading in advance is possible up to three days prior to the trek start date.

Transport

Transport

Indiahikes will arrange transport from Manali to Jobra on Day1, Chhatru to Chandratal and back on Day 5, and also transport to Manali on Day 6. The cost of this transport is not included in your trek fee. This will be an additional INR 2,500 on Day 1 and 9,000 per vehicle for th journey back. The vehicles will be 5-6 seater vehicles, and the cost of one cab will be shared by co-trekkers in the same vehicle.
Participants are expected to share the cost of the cab. The amount is to be paid directly to our transporter.

Indiahikes only arranges the vehicle pick up and is not responsible for any issues during transport.

Repeat Trekker Policy

Repeat Trekker Policy

At Indiahikes, we believe that the mountains hold all the aces. The weather could play spoilsport, the altitude could mess with a trekker, the unpredictability of nature itself could turn against him. Whatever the reason might be, it is never nice to turn away from a trek midway.

In the event that a trekker has to come down without completing your trek, they can always head back to the mountain and do the same trek again. If this happens, trekkers don’t have to pay the trek fee. They have to just make the optional payment for the insurance amount.

On another note, it could also happen that you love a trek so much that you want to go back time and again. Trekkers don’t have to pay the trek fee for repeating a trek.

Note – The Repeat Trekker Policy holds good only for Indian Treks.
It is not valid for treks we run in Nepal.

Discount Policy

Discount Policy

Discount for a group of 10 and above

If there is a group size of 10 trekkers and above, then we will waive off the trek fee charges for one person.

Note - There is no discount available if the group size is 9 or less than that.

You can register the entire group and send us an email. If the group is registering individually, then the primary participant needs to send an email to the Trek Coordinator with the list of trekkers from the same group.

If you want to make the payment individually, then individual registrations have to be done.

This will be the case for a group of 10 trekkers. So if you have a group of 20 trekkers, then we will waive off the charges for 2 trekkers.

I am a first timer. Is Hampta pass an easy trek, a good trek for me?

I am a first timer. Is Hampta pass an easy trek, a good trek for me?

Hampta pass trek is considered a moderate trek. You start from Manali which is at an altitude of 6725 feet and reach an altitude of 14,000 feet in a matter of 4 days. The pass crossing day is a long walk of almost 9 hours. This makes the trek a moderate one. It is a good trek for fit first timers.

You will need at least 4 weeks of solid preparation for this trek. You can begin preparation by going for brisk walks and then do brisk jogs to improve your cardio. Your target should be to cover 5 km in 37 minutes comfortably by the start the trek.

What is the pick up location for the trek? How do I get there?

What is the pick up location for the trek? How do I get there?

The meeting point for the trek is at Hotel Keylinga Inn, Prini at 11:30 am on the first day of the trek. Prini is around 3 km from Manali. You get autos and cabs from Manali to Prini.

How can I reach Manali?

How can I reach Manali?

The best way to reach Manali is by an overnight bus from Chandigarh or Delhi. The travel time from Delhi to Manali is around 12 to 14 hours and the travel time from Chandigarh to Manali is around 8-10 hours. You can book the Himachal Government Volvo buses. They are reliable and usually on schedule.

Ensure you leave at around 6 pm the previous evening, so that you are well on time for the pick up in case of unexpected delays in reaching Manali.

Flying to kullu airport is not recommended, as the flights commonly get delayed and cancelled in case of unexpected changes in weather.

What is the extra cost payable mentioned at the end of the trek? How much is it?

The trek ends at Chhatru on Day 5 of the trek. You will visit Chandratal lake on Day 5, if the weather and road conditions are favourable.

Indiahikes will arrange transport from Manali to Jobra on Day1, Chhatru to Chandratal and back on Day 5, and also transport to Manali on Day 6. The cost of this transport is not included in your trek fee. This will be an additional INR 2,500 on Day 1 and 9,000 per vehicle for th journey back. The vehicles will be 5-6 seater vehicles, and the cost of one cab will be shared by co-trekkers in the same vehicle.
Participants are expected to share the cost of the cab. The amount is to be paid directly to our transporter.

Indiahikes only arranges the vehicle pick up and is not responsible for any issues during transport.

At the end of the trek, what time will I reach back to Manali? Can I travel back on the same day?

At the end of the trek, what time will I reach back to Manali? Can I travel back on the same day?

You are expected to reach Manali by around 5 pm on the last day of the trek. However, the journey is on rough mountain roads and unexpected delays are highly likely It is strongly advised to stay back at Manali on the last day and book your onward journey the next day.

If you are keen on leaving the same day, book your transport anytime after 7 pm, to factor in unexpected delays in reaching Manali.

Can I bring luggage I do not require on the trek and leave them somewhere before  the trek begins?

Can I bring luggage I do not require on the trek and leave them somewhere before the trek begins?

Yes we have an option of leaving behind extra luggage you do not need on the trek, at Keylinga Inn. Ensure you leave no valuables (laptops, cash, electronics) in this luggage. There is no extra charge to leaving this luggage at the base camp, and you do not have to pre book it anywhere.

Here is what trekkers have to say about their experience at Hampta Pass Trek

Chandrashekar Gowdar

Batch of
September 2018

IndiaHikes really took a great care of fellow trekkers. It was raining constantly in Manali for 2 days and IndiaHikes arranged the accommodation for us which helped us to mingle with other fellow trekkers.
We couldn't go to Hampta Pass due to bad weather, but the 3 days of trek gave us infinite memories which will stay with us forever.
Out Trek Leader Gurukirit has a great Communication skills and made sure we are fit for trek and encouraged us.
Also special thanks to our Trek Guides Praveen ji and Tara ji and our cook Rahul ji for having great conversations
Next year will come back again to trek with IndiaHikes

MORE

Dr komal Shah

Batch of
September 2018

This is my first experience of trekking and I enjoyed it thoroughly..  Undoubtedly the best days of my life.  

Emails from Indiahikes regarding practice,  choosing gears and other basic stuff were really helpful in preparation for the trek and to improve my strength and stamina.  

Hampta pass is exceptionally beautiful route to travel having huge mountains and soothing rivers acompaning us throughout the trek.  
Every camp site is very beautiful and soothing.  Special mention of sheaguru camp site which stole my heart. I never wanted to come back from there!!! 

The local guides hired by Indiahikes are like 'superheros'.  Especialy shyambhai (like hritik roshan of the movie Krish) could climb huge mountains in 3 easy steps.  And pravinbhai would very patiently and polietly push all draggers from the back.  

All 3 trek leaders saumitra,  Fey and Madhu were super supportive and very friendly.  

Food made by Rahul and team was beyond our imagination at that high altitude that too with limited resources.  I was thrilled to see my surprise birthday cake being served there!! 

We had super fun in dining tents playing games and sharing experiences.  Got a huge bunch of new friends. 

I am way too happy to have chosen Indiahikes as my trek partner.  It was much more then expected.  Thank you.  I am definitely coming for many more treks in futue

MORE

Sanjay R

Batch of
September 2018

The trek went really well, Indiahikes made sure that we had an amazing 6 days in the mountains.
Everything was spot on, our's was a running batch, and the way the trek leads and all the staff went about their job, they should be given a big round of applause.
All the arrangements were spot on.
While our trek lead Krupa made sure that the health of the trekkers were in good condition by continuously monitoring oxygen level, pulse rate, the other two leaders sai pavan and leo lifted up the trek experience.
Leo with his amazing work related to green trails and with a bunch of amazing hobbies kept us motivated and was really fun to spend time with him.
Pavan, well we call him pavan baba was just amazing throughout the trek, his energy, his enthusiasm, his passion towards mountains, the ability to engage with trekkers to have fun and at the same time strike a balance as a trek lead to convey the message bluntly to maintain discipline especially on pass crossing day was just amazing.
I could narrate many incidents where pavan went out of his way, beyond his duty as a trek lead to help the trekkers and also other trek leads.
Pavan's energy and passion are quite contagious, we were lucky to have met him on this trek.
I will remember the name selke sai pavan, I am sure he will reach great heights in his life!
I have saved the best for the last --> Hampta pass trekking trail.
The trail is so beautiful, green valleys, gushing water, Indrasan and deo tibba peaks, beautiful mountains of spiti valley and all the campsites are just amazing.
Kudos to Indiahikes for making this an unforgettable experience in our life, thank you very much!

MORE

Sachin MK

Batch of
September 2018

We had awesome experience. Everything was well coordinated and went according to plan. Food was very testy. Each day we enjoyed lot.

MORE

Shruthi S

Batch of
September 2018

This was my first trek and had wonderful experience.I got to know the importance of small resources we get and ignore in our comfortable daily life.I really felt I should spend more time with nature and understand myself more. This one trekking has given me so many good memories and so many good friends.Life time experience

Trek leads-Pawan,Leo and Krupa always ensured our safety. Krupa regularly did health checkups and ensured we were safe.These 3 people really made our trek more memorable.Pawan made sure we followed proper timings and we didn't face any issues because of proper planning.

MORE

Nihar Shah

Batch of
September 2018

Hats off to the India Hikes team! I had a wonderful experience in the complete trek and surprisingly have no complain at all.

I'd like to shed light on very efficient and excellent team that was with us all along, I am referring to the trek leader Krupa Vyas and assisting her were Sai Pavan, Leo Saldanha and the whole cooking and shifting team. This team was on toes at all times and they didn't let us feel like anything was missing.

The food served was served hot and delicious...got a homely feeling. The food was always ready before time.

With this amazing experience I would love to trek again with this esteemed organisation and would highly recommend this organisation to my friends and family too.

MORE

Lekhini Fultariya

Batch of
September 2018

Words will not do justice as to what I have felt after completing this trek.The views,the trek mates,the trek leaders,guides,cooks-all amazing.Also,since there was a fitness proof necessity,I felt like I was enjoying the trek more and wasn't panting for my breath every few minutes.

The sleeping bags were amazing-warm and snug.The idea of liners-superb.The tents were also warm and helped us stay dry even when it was raining heavily.

Checking oxygen saturation levels is an amazing idea.With your safety standards,I genuinely felt safe on the trek.

MORE

Ruchita Raut

Batch of
September 2018

The trek went way better than my expectations. Rampriya was helpful and fun right from the start and the trekmates were fun. The first day was a bit of an inconvenience because of the rains but it only made me enjoy the  consequent days which were mostly dry. The food was delicious. The organization from Indiahikes was good .

The safety instructions given to us we're very useful and reliable. Rampriya, our trek leader made sure everyone was comfortable and healthy throughout the trek.

MORE

Blake Candler

Batch of
September 2018

The trek was fantastic. Guru and Roshan were excellent leaders. The trek was very well organised, safe and fun! Otherwise the equipment we rented was high quality and the food was great. Thanks for all the emails before the hike!

MORE

Anand Babu Arunagiri

Batch of
September 2018

During the trek I realised how simple life and enjoying nature is way more fun than a city life. We human always had destroyed nature to build something for entertainment, but never met the beauty that nature offers. 

One thing I have taken from the trek is Respect nature and every human being have responsibilities to protect nature. Most importantly I am convinced that even in my old age I can be fit .... :))

MORE

Venkatesan Vijayarangan

Batch of
September 2018

I loved the arrangements and Ashish looked after us very well.   Have no complaints
Important to know is i got the "trekfit" badge and a voucher for Rs.1000/-.  it feels good and Indiahikes has good motivation ideas.

MORE

APARAJITH NAGARAJAN

Batch of
July 2018

The trek was really great. Things were done better than expected and there were some luxuries I wasn't expecting. There were no issues or complaints. Vignesh was especially an amazing trek leader and handled everything smoothly

MORE

Shyam Menon

Batch of
July 2018

Trek was wonderful - very relaxing- the pace was slow and steady . The trek leaders were excellent - the locations and the tents were wonderful . 
Just one suggestion - though i didnt take part in the last leg which was to Chandratal - wanted to inform you that the best time to visit Chandratal is early morning at 530 to get the perfect reflections instead of afternoon or evening- i wil be sending you snaps to show the difference 
In any trip the difference between a WOW and a nice- is marginal - but when you are ending a tiring trek and see something so wonderful as the early morning reflection of the snow capped mountains in the CHandratal lake - every single person would say - that Chandratal view in the early morning would be the highlight of the trip . 
 

MORE

Vaishnavi S

Batch of
July 2018

Absolutely loved everything about the trek: the trek leader, the briefing session, instructions given, the way the trek leaders never failed to look after each and every one of us, the food, the concept of green trails, the spirit of always being together and so many many more things to go on with. The trek on a personal level was absolutely an awesome experience with me. 
There is one small concern however, if the number of solo travelers are a little less in number and of group travelers are more, chances are that the socialising aspect becomes a little difficult because people tend to remain in their own comfortable circles. I had initially planned on coming solo for the trek and I couldn’t thank my friend enough for accompanying me for this trek because the groups that had come along were not very social. This is my personal feedback and could vary with my other trek mates. 
This issue hardly mattered towards the end since I was awestruck by the beauty of the trek itself.

MORE

Nireeksha K N

Batch of
July 2018

The trek was simply amazing! 
We had expected heavy rains but to our surprise it didn’t rain throughout the trek. 
The entire team was very sportive and enthusiastic. 
The interaction sessions and the games that we were made to play was very fun and kept the trekkers entertained. 
To sum it all up, id say it was a great experience. 

MORE

Shalin Patel

Batch of
June 2018

Best of the Best Experience. Amazing time in the Mountains. Had never thought that getting away from the world would be so peaceful. No calls, No work, Just chill!!. Thanks to India Hikes for a wonderful memory and an unforgettable experience. Will keep coming for other treks every year. This has motivated me so much that I cannot think of any other place to go than mountains. Each and every spot of the trek is wordless. "Its difficult to improve perfection" had read this many times but have felt it first time!

MORE

Vaidehi Kelkar

Batch of
June 2018

The trek went really well. It was well organised. Food was delicious! Hot drinks like ginger water and ajwine water were much needed. The trek leader was responsible and knew what he was doing with health check-ups. The two guides were awesome. They provided us with much needed information about sites and history. Overall we were taken care of very well.

MORE

The story on how I got addicted to treks — Hampta Pass in July 2016

"Just as the campsite was getting visible, we started to understand why it is called the prettiest." Read on to see some of the most beautiful campsites in the Himalayas.

Read full blog

Trek to Hampta Pass

Trekker Shaily Sings writes about her trek to Hampta Pass. It has been documented with several pictures. You must have a look at this!

Read full blog

Six days in the mountains …

Read about Priyanka Ghosh's trek to Hampta Pass that changed the way she looks at life.

Read full blog

Available dates

No cancellation charges for trek bookings from July 1st until Dec 31st

(choose a trek any time in future)

In light of COVID-19, since travel and treks are uncertain, Indiahikes has waived off all cancellation charges if you register for a trek before Dec 31. Which means, for all registrations before Dec 31, even if the trek is in December or later, apart from the basic 4% transaction charges, there are no cancellation charges from Indiahikes.

This helps you to register for a trek with peace of mind, knowing you can cancel your trek even until the last moment. Trekkers have started registering for treks, and we'd like you to do so with full confidence. We don't want you to worry about losing out through cancellations.

We will open up dates shortly. Click here to see other similar treks that might have dates.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

8 thoughts on “Hampta Pass Trek

    1. Hi Priyatosh,

      Given the current state of the pandemic in our country , and the safety of our trekkers, and our team in the mountains, we do not think it would be possible or even a wise step to re-open treks in the Himalayas so soon.

      Having said that, keep an eye on our website or our social media channels to get the latest updates about reopening of treks

    1. Hi Monika, we don’t run this trek in November, because winter sets in and most of the water sources dry up at campsites. It becomes near-impossible to do the trek, and gets very cold as well. We run this trek only in July, August and September. Unfortunately, the window to do the Hampta Pass trek in 2020 is over. We’ll have to wait for 2021 to do the trek.

      You’ll find all the details about the best time to do the Hampta Pass trek in this video – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yxd0ZzJf0X4