Hampta Pass and Chandratal Trek is one of the most amazing treks for beginners to trek in Himalayas. The trek route with remarkably rich with vegetation, has lot of scenic landscapes and huge rock formations. Explore trails that meander through alpine forests. The place is a religious Jamdagini Rishi. This trek is a gateway to the Spiti Valley from the Manali valley.
BRIEF ITINERARY FOR HAMPTA PASS & CHANDRATAL TREK:
Day 1: Reporting and Acclimatization at Rumsu.
Day 2: Rumsu to Chikka.
Day 3: Chikka to Balu ka Ghera.
Day 4: Balu ka Ghera to Hamta Pass. Descend to Balu Ka ghera.
Day 5: Shia Ghoru to Chandrataal to Chatru.
Day 6: Jeep Ride from Chatru to Rumsu base camp. Departure at 4 PM.
DETAILED ITINERARY FOR HAMPTA PASS & CHANDRATAL TREK
Day 1 : Reporting at Rumsu base camp and Acclimatization walk
Get down at Patlikuhal(20 kms after kullu and 20 kms before Manali). Transport options are readily available from Patlikuhal to Rumsu camp.
All the participants should report at Rumsu base camp by 8 AM and will undergo registration process. Freshening up and breakfast will happen at the base camp. Post breakfast we will go for an acclimatization walk.
Lunch at 1 PM. Post lunch orientation. Orientation will cover all the general instructions that could be helpful for the trek like backpacking, marching technique and medical awareness. Post snacks we will have an ice breaking session. Overnight stay at Rumsu base camp.
Day 2: Rumsu to Chikka
After morning breakfast we will start the day’s trek with a beautiful drive to Hamta dam from Rumsu at 8 am.The trek to Chikka starts from Hamta Dam and is easy. It takes around 2-3 hours to complete it. There is a small forest patch and then two wooden bridges before you reach the campsite. Chikka has big rock boulders and a beautiful waterfall. Overnight in tents at Chikka.
Day 3: Chikka to Balu ka Ghera
After morning breakfast we will start the trek for Balu Ka Ghera. Trek duration is around 4 to 5 hours from Chikka to Balu ka Ghera scaling 11900 feet. The initial part of the trek goes through the bank of the river crossing few rock boulders. There is a water stream that needs to be crossed on the way.
Balu ka Ghera is a large plain ground on the bank of the river and camping at this spot is a dream in reality. One can spot Indrasan, the highest peak of Manali valley from here. Snacks would be served in the evening followed by dinner. Overnight camping at Balu Ka Ghera.
Day 4: Balu ka Ghera to Shia Ghoru
Today’s trek starts early as we will try covering the maximum snow patch before sun rise. The trek route from Balu Gehra towards Shia Ghoru is a moderate climb, scaling 4,200 meters. The trek duration is relatively long and starts by 5 am in the morning from Balu ka Gera. It takes around 4 to 5 hours to reach the top of the Hamta Pass. The aerial views of Spiti valley from Hamta Pass is quite breathtaking. We will then descend from Hamta top towards Shia Ghoru. The descend is steep and at times when snow is abundant one can slide down to reach Shia Ghoru.
Day 5: Shia Ghoru to Chandrataal to Chatru
After morning breakfast we will start the trek to Chatru. The beautiful view of the valleys of Lahaul and Spiti are not to be missed during the trek. The mountains of Pir Panjal and Spiti ranges adds to the beauty. Chatru is a meeting point of roads coming from Rohtang Pass, Hampta Pass and Spiti. Jeep safari to Chandrataal from Chatru . Myths say that Yudhishthir, the eldest Pandava was called to heaven from Chandra Taal. Overnight camping at Chatru.
Day 6: Jeep Ride from Chatru to Rumsu base camp. Departure at 4PM
After morning breakfast we will start the jeep ride to Manali via Rohtang Pass. Certificate distribution.Departure after 4 PM from Rumsu base camp for New Delhi.