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Hampta Pass located in Himachal is one such destination that makes for a perfect trekking paradise for every adventurer.
The trekking route of Hampta Pass meanders over the mountains passes in the Manali region and ends at Chatru near Chandratal. Walk past the incredible views of snow clad mountains decorated with rippling ridges and infinite stretch of green shrouded in mist. You really can’t do much other than considering yourself as lucky to have lived the moment and express gratitude to nature for creating such wonderful outdoors.
Hampta Pass Chandratal Trek is also what many trekkers address it as. The reason for calling it so is because of the fact that after letting you on an incredible journey, the beautiful trek ends at Chandratal Lake – the crescent moon. Chandratal is one of the most sought-after attractions in Spiti region and most sought after by the adventurers for camping. The lake is a popular attraction in the Lahaul Spiti district and it’s indeed a pleasant gift for the travelers who brave the extreme conditions and negotiate those dangerous curves to complete the trek.
Hampta Pass gets its name from the Hamta Village located in the Pir Panjal region. At 14000 feet, this place is mostly ventured by shepherds and a handful of trekkers. Glaciers, rivulets, jagged mountains, and meadows, Hampta Pass trek is an elusive beauty that not many are aware of.
The fascinating Bhrigu Lake Trek commences from the city of Manali in Himachal Pradesh. The destination for the day is to reach the first campsite, the Katerni evening time. Onward journey from Manali is scheduled at 2pm so travelers are requested to reach the destination by morning time. In Manali, there are several prominent sightseeing spots like Hadimba Devi Temple,Tibetan Monastery, Mall road etc since it is one of the preferred tourist spots of the country. Spending some time in Manali, the schedule is to be at the Manali bus stop by 2pm where our representative will cordially welcome you and help fetch a drive to Katerni from where the trekking trip commences. This is almost a drive of 08 kms distance and it takes about 40 mins to reach the camp site by 3:00 to 3.30 it is expected to reach katerni.
The trekking expedition starts from Manali to Jobra in vehicle at 8.00am. So, it is a good place to acclimatize your body before beginning the trek. It takes an hour and forty hairpin bends to arrive at Jobra. The trek on foot initiates from Allain
Guhugal Hydel Project junction. You will also nd other variety of trees like maple, deodar, toss and oak. The sight is refreshing.The slope that is supposed to be climbed is an easy one and not very steep. Twenty minutes into the trek, you will reach a bend that overlooks a lush green meadow strewed with small rocks. The Rani nallah comes into view which bows directly in between the meadow. The sight looks exactly as if taken out from fairy tale. Either way you will reach Chika which is at the end of the vast meadow. But, climbing the hill and descending down to Chika is a better and easier route.
Chika camp site is a huge, spacious patch of green. The Rani River owing in the middle makes this place perfect for setting up the tents. 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 somewhere 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. It takes about half an hour to cross the valley. After you come out of Jwara, you need to walk further along, crossing small snow flows and jumping across rocks. You will now reach the destination for the day - Balu Ka Gera or the bed of sand. The ground is mainly of the sand and dust brought down by the river. It is a level ground and behind you are the mountains you will traverse the next day to cross the Hampta Pass. Pitch your tent and relax for the day.
You begin your day by heading towards the mountains from Balu Ka Gera. After an hour of gentle gradient, the climb picks up.This is the first serious inclination 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. 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. 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. You will now have to descend a bit from the first ridge and traverse the side of the second ridge before starting the vertical climb. You may be panting at the end of it but you are almost there at 14,000 feet a top the Hampta Pass. It can get windy at the top and sudden rain or snow also cannot be ruled out. Stop for some time and enjoy the place.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. In half an hour the first downhill run is done. From here it is a straight downhill trek on snow or you could also follow the zig-zag path down until you hit the valley below. In an hour and a half you are down to the base of the valley. Tall snow-clad mountains surround you from three sides and the open side leads you to Shea Goru. Shea Goru is an almost level walk from here.
It is a gentle downhill walk in the beginning from Shea Goru. You still move alongside the river in the valley between the mountain ranges. After an hour you get to see the Chatru road at a distance. The mountains opposite are barren with specs of
greenery – a typical Lahaul look. 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 may just be easier to get down into the river/glacier bed below to skip the rocky section and get back up. 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 down from the mountains on the side to the Chandra River. You will need to cross these glaciers to reach a camping spot which has water. Choose a camping spot close to one of the numerous streams that join the river.
Drive from Chatru to Chandratal and Chandratal to Manali
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