Hamta Pass Trek
Best Time: April-October
Weather: Days 13-18°C / Nights 0-7°C
Grade: Easy to Moderate
Altitude: 14,100 Ft
Trekking Distance: 26 kms
Eligibility: 12 years and above
Cost Per Person: Rs.______________________
# Transfers from Manali by car to base camp/ trek start point.
# Accommodation on twin/ triple share basis in tents.
# Trekking arrangements including experienced guide, tents, sub-zero sleeping bags, carrymats, all meals (vegetarian/ eggitarian), porterage (up to 10 kilos).
# Applicable taxes & tips.
Cost does not include:
# Personal expenses.
# Bottled mineral water. Boiled water and potable spring water available while on trek.
# Any Insurance and expenses incurred due to natural/human calamities.
Hamta Pass is an iconic trek that offers immense scenic diversity during the course of the trek. Trekkers get to witness varied mountainscapes – green pastures, scenic valleys, rolling meadows, glistening glaciers, snow covered plateaus and panoramic 360 degree views.
Hike up from the lush valleys to the harsh plateau region and witness Breathtaking views of the endless snow capped mountains and gorgeous valleys will remain etched in your memory for eternity. The variations from easy meadow walks to wading through feet numbing streams to the challenging high altitude crossing at the Pass is sure to get your adrenalin pumping!
Day 1: Manali-Solang Valley
Arrive in Manali (6726 ft) at 8am. Drive to Solang Nala Base Camp, 13 kms and an hours drive from Manali. Day at Leisure, acclimatize and overnight. Optional – post lunch trek to Patalsu.
Day 2: Solang Valley-Jobra-Chika (10400 ft/ 2 kms/ 3 hrs)
Post breakfast, trekkers are driven to Jobra (9800 ft), an hour from Manali. The trek starts from here to Chika. Walk up a gradual slope through forests of Maple, Deodar, Pine, Birch and Oak. In 20 minutes reach a bend that opens out to a beautiful green meadow dotted with small rocks. Cross the meadow to reach the Chika campsite. The Rani River flows through the beautiful green pasture at Chika.
Day 3: Chika-Balu Ka Ghera (11900 ft/ 8.5 kms/ 5 hrs)
Post breakfast, start trekking along the left bank of the Rani River to Bhalu ka Ghera. Trek up a slope riddled with boulders. Cross blooming Rhododendrons lining the right bank to reach a cover of bhoj patra trees. Reach a waterfall cascading into aclear stream. Take a short break and enjoy panoramic views of the Dauladhar peaks. Wade through the chilling waters of the stream to continue to Jwara valley. After crossing Jwara, the snow line begins and the path is covered with snow and rocks. Reach Balu ka Ghera campsite.
Day 4: Balu Ka Ghera – Hampta Pass (14,100ft/4297m) – Siagoru (12,900 ft) : (10 kms/ 9 hrs)
The day begins with a steep climb upto Hamta pass at 14,100 ft. Follow the riverside trail for an hour amidst delightful carpets of bright red and yellow wild alpine flowers to reach the base of Hampta Pass. Walk for another hour to reach the snow covered plateau with the Deo Tibet peak towering right in front of you. Cross a second plateau to reach the ridge. In 30 minutes you will reach the next ridge. From here it’s a short but steep and strenuous climb upto Hampta Pass. The breathtaking views that await you at the pass is worth all the effort. Enjoy a packed lunch. From here, it’s first a steep 90 minutes descent to the valley below followed by an easy trek to the SiaGoru campsite. The view from Siagoru is breathtaking.
Day 5: Siagoru – Chatru (11,000ft/ 5.5 kms / 5 hrs)
The day starts with an easy riverside descent down a barren mountainside to Chatru which takes 5 hours. Cross 2 glaciers to reach Chatru. See the Pir Panjal and Spiti Ranges.
Day 6: Chatru – Chandratal – Manali (14000 ft/ 70 kms/ 2 hrs)
Drive to Chandratal and back to Manali.
Return home with unending memories of a magical trek!