Located at an altitude of about 4,270 meters, the Hampta pass in the Kullu district of Himachal Pradesh connects the Kullu valley and Lahaul’s Chandra valley. One of the most famous trekking destinations in the state, the Hampta pass trek is definitely a sheer delight for every nature lover.
- Pick up point: Manali.
- Duration: 5 days.
- Difficulty level: Easy to moderate.
The Hampta pass got its name from a small village along the route, named Hamta. The Hampta pass is often used by shepherds from the lower Himalayan region to move to the grasslands at higher altitudes during the summers. Best known for its unique and constantly changing landscapes, the Hampta pass trek is visited by trekkers and mountaineers in large numbers every year. It has become quite popular among trekkers and mountaineers from all over the world over the past decade owing to the development in connectivity, and nature lovers are once again setting out to visit this trek after the lockdown.
Trekking in Hampta Pass
The Hampta Pass trek starts from a small village called Jobra, which is at a distance of about 22 km from Manali. The picturesque drive through the apple orchards and forests of pine, oak, and deodar and along 42 hairpin turns makes it an even more special one. The entire trek typically covers places like Balu ka Ghera, Shea Goru, the Hampta pass, Chhatru, etc. Chhatru is a confluence of three famous paths i.e., the Hampta pass, the Rohtang Pass, and the Spiti. One begins the trek from the beautiful lush green valleys and meadows of Kullu and Manali and traverses the barren and semi-arid deserts of Lahaul and Spiti. The path will lead one through numerous vertical rock walls, streams, glaciers and waterfalls, forests of mostly pine, oak, maple, spruce, and deodar, open meadows, valleys and grasslands as well as deserts- making it a unique and distinctive one in its own way. One can also drive to the beautiful moon-shaped alpine freshwater lake named Chandratal at an altitude of about 4,250 meters.
The trek starts off easy with its relatively gradual terrains and becomes a little difficult especially during the latter part, where one has to descend along the narrow and steeper terrains. Though considered to be an ideal trek for both beginners and professional trekkers, it is generally advised for amateur trekkers to seek help from professional guides as they are aware of the routes and weather conditions of the region.
It is most suitable to visit this trek during the months of May to October. Though the trek becomes a little difficult during the monsoons owing to the slippery roads and frequent landslides, it is still the best time to visit the Hampta pass trek during the monsoons. One can get a ravishing view of the grasslands and valleys filled with blooming flowers especially during the monsoons. A large number of trekkers and mountaineers visit this trek especially during the monsoons.
Reasons to do Hampta Pass trek
What makes the Hampta pass trek so unique and special is the constantly changing views all along the way. Every day one gets to witness a different version of the mountains’ beauty and serenity. The trek starts from the lush green valleys of Manali, and also covers the deserted regions of Spiti and Lahaul. Along with the landscapes, the temperature also changes drastically all along the way. The stunning views of the forests and grasslands along with the snow-capped mountains along the skyline also add to the appeal of the climb. One gets to witness stunning views of the mountains of the Dhauladhar ranges (commonly known as the white range) with its beautiful meadows and valleys, along with the mountains of the Pir Panjal ranges (commonly known as the Lesser Himalayas).
Often termed as Himachal’s Valley of Flowers, the Hampta pass trek is the most sought-after trek in the state for a reason. Despite being a long and strenuous trek, with stunning views along the way, one can barely even realize the climb. Apart from the breathtaking views of the mountains, one also gets to witness the diverse and exotic flora and fauna of the region. One also gets to closely experience the rich cultural diversity of the Himalayan villages. Overall, the Hampta pass trek is definitely a must-visit trek post lockdown in 2021.