Season: June to October
Maximum height gained: 4,200m (13,779ft)
Hampta Pass trek is one of the most interesting and scenic treks in the Manali region in Himachal Pradesh. It used to be a traditional route between Kullu and Lahaul valleys, now it is a very popular destination for nature and adventures lovers. It is a moderate to strenuous trek offering unforgettable views over Himalayan snow-peaked ranges, lush forest, deep green valleys and hills. This trek gives outstanding view of Deo Tibba peak (6,001 m) and its huge lynching glaciers.
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ARRIVAL IN DELHI
Meet upon arrival in Delhi International Airport and check into the hotel for rest and relaxation after a long flight. Overnight stay in Delhi.
DELHI / CHANDIGARH / MANALI – 2,050m (6,726ft) / 4hrs train ride and 5-6hrs car drive
Early morning transfer to New Delhi railway station to catch train for Chandigarh. After 4 hours train ride we board a car for Manali. This is a 5-6hrs scenic mountain drive. Manali, a beautiful Himalayan hill station nestled near the Northern end of the Kullu Valley at an altitude of 2,050m (6,726ft) in the Beas River Valley. Evening explore the surroundings followed by the opening dinner and overnight stay in hotel.
MANALI / BOGI THACH -2,400m (7,874ft) / 3-4hrs trekking
We begin our day with 30min drive to the starting point of trek at Jagatsukh. After loading the entire luggage on mules we start marching through small villages and visiting one of them to experience culture of Himachal Pradesh settlers. First day is short, after reaching Bogi Thach at the elevation of 2,400m (7,874ft), we set the camp site. Rest of the day is spent on exploring surroundings. The camp is in the forest and it is surrounded by big trees and offers great views of massive snowcapped mountains around. Overnight in tent.
BOGI THACH / LAMADUGO – 3,000m (9,842ft) / 6-7hrs trekking
We start our day hike with heading up to the left side of our camp site. Most of the day it is up hill walk and it passes through few summer settlements of Gujjars shepherds (nomads) who live here for few months of summer to graze their cows, buffalos, goats and sheep herders in these high Himalayan pastures during the monsoon time. We pass Jumari Thach and from here we climb few more hundred meters up and then cross the river. After a short steep climbing we start descending down to our camp at Lamadugo at the elevation of 3,000m (9,842ft). It is a small camping place in the woods. Water source here is supposed to be holy. Overnight in tents.
LAMADUGO / DEO TIBBA BASE – 3,480m (11,417ft) / 6-7hrs trekking
We start our day with an uphill walk and leave the tree line below. From the top of the ridge we can see amazing views of Barabangal range and Manali town. We reach Rauli Kauli camp area though we do not camp here. It is a huge meadow usually full of horses from local villages of Manali who are left here to graze all summer. After crossing the bridge we walk downstream few hundred meters and reach our camping place at the elevation of 3,480m (11,417ft), from where we can admire Deo Tibba Mountain. Overnight in tents next to the stream.
AT DEO TIBBA BASE – 3,700m (12,139ft) / 3-4hrs trekking
After good rest and breakfast we start a rather relaxing day trip and head up to the glacier of Deo Tibba which is located at the elevation of 3,700m (12,139ft). The glacier is full of moraine and boulders. According to the locals this place has white and black crystals though difficult to find. It is a great spot to have a closer look at the Deo Tibba Mountain – 6,001m (19,688ft). We head back to camp for hot lunch. Overnight in tent.
DEO TIBBA BASE / CHHIBBA – 3,000m (9,842ft) / 5-6hrs trekking
Gradual uphill walk brings us high on the ridge, which gives the opportunity to enjoy the outstanding view of the Himalayas – in the front Hanuman Tibba Peak and back Deo Tibba proudly standing. We gradually start walking downhill and later trek begins little steep down to the riverbed. After a break we start following the river upstream. It is about half an hour walk when we reach river crossing point. Usually there is a bridge (locally made) but some time people may have to cross the river without bridge as it gets washed down with monsoons, then one river crossing takes place after another till trail goes up to the camp site at Chhibba at the elevation of 3,000m (9,842ft). And it is a very nice camping place at the confluence of two rivers. One can walk to the big waterfall point which offers great view of the camp.
CHHIBBA / BELUGERA – 3,700m (12,139ft) / 5-6hrs trekking
Today climb starts gradually, we cross the stream coming from true right of the valley called Chhibba Nala. The valley is narrow until we reach summer settlement at Jwara. After Jwara trail keeps climbing more and after an hour it gets flatter and after one more hour we reach the base camp at Belugera at the elevation of 3,700m (12,139ft). It is a beautiful spot in the shadow of Indrason peak at 6000m (19685ft). We can view the Hampta Pass. Overnight in tent.
BELUGERA / SHERAGURU via HAMPTA PASS – 4,200m (13,779ft) / 6-7hrs trekking
Today we stick to true right side of the valley and start heading up to Hampta Pass at the elevation of 4200m (13779ft). After crossing river, we start gaining altitude. There is another river crossing to the true right side of the tributary before we start the final climb. The other side of the pass is very steep downhill and it is very problematic for mules. After two hours trek from the top we get down to our camp site at Sheraguru, at the elevation of 3815m (12516ft). This camp site is beautiful with flat ground and river running close by. Upstream and downstream both sides offer great views of the Himalayas. Overnight in tents.
SHERAGURU / CHATRU / MANALI – 3hrs trek and 4-5hrs drive to Manali
Morning starts with a river crossing to true right side of the tributary (this crossing could be avoided if done the same day when we cross Hampta pass, but river can only be crossed if we manage to cross the pass early enough otherwise in afternoon water level goes high and it is very difficult to cross it with so much force of water). After river crossing the trek goes mostly downhill and leads us to the road side in Chatru, where we have our vehicles waiting. After saying goodbye to our horse team, we board our vehicles and drive back to Manali. The scenic drive takes us over Rohtang Pass – 3800m (12467ft). This place offer beautiful views of the mountains and valley of Manali. Our trip finishes at the arrival at Manali. In the evening closing dinner ceremony. Overnight in hotel.
MANALI / CHANDIGARH / DELHI
Departure: according to the train schedule from Chandigarh
Morning after breakfast drive to Chandigarh railway station to catch train for Delhi. After arrival in Delhi check into hotel for dinner and overnight stay.
DEPARTURE FROM DELHI
Breakfast in a hotel, 12 noon check out and transfers to Delhi International Airport