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The Hampta Pass

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  • Challenging
  • 9 days

At a glance

  • Trek the Kullu and Lahaul Valleys
  • Visit the high altitude lake at Chandra Tal
  • Summit the Hampta Pass, with amazing views of the Indian Himalayas
  • Camp all along the trek
  • Hang out in the hill station of Manali
  • Explore one of the World's mega cities - Delhi

Why this tour?

The northern Indian Himalayas have been a well kept secret for many years, but it's hard to understand why. The scenery and remoteness of this area is unique and very different from neigbouring Nepal. This trip takes you from the urban sprawl of Delhi and up into the remote wilderness of the Kullu and Lahaul valleys in the mountains. The trek will start in the lush, green Kullu valley, at Manali, and end in the barren wilderness of Lahaul. The difference couldn't be more stark. In this adventure you get the added bonus of seeing the high altitude lake, Chandra Tal

Highlights

  • Trek the Kullu and Lahaul Valleys
  • Visit the high altitude lake at Chandra Tal
  • Summit the Hampta Pass, with amazing views of the Indian Himalayas
  • Camp all along the trek
  • Hang out in the hill station of Manali
  • Explore one of the World's mega cities - Delhi

Included

  • All necessary trekking permits
  • Accommodations in Delhi and Manali
  • All domestic transportation
  • All meals and accommodation during the trek
  • Fully qualified guides
  • Porters to carry group personal equipment during the trek

Excluded

  • International flights to and from Delhi
  • Meals in Delhi, Naggar and Bhuntar (allow USD 7-10 USD per meal)
  • Carbonated and alcoholic drinks
  • Bottled water along the trek
  • Items of a personal nature such as phone calls, laundry, etc.
  • Tips
  • Travel and medical Insurance (covering rescues)
  • Rescue and early departure from the trek
  • Personal gear

Itinerary

Day 1- Arrival in New Delhi

We’ll arrive in Delhi and will be met by our ground staff at the airport, who will accompany us to our hotel. We’ll have the evening to get our gear checked to make sure we are well prepared for the adventure ahead of us, and if we have time we’ll go and explore some of the Capital. An early night will put us into a good position for our early morning flight to Kullu.

Day 2 - Flight to Kullu and on to Manali before beginning our trek to Chikka (2,960m)

An early will get us to Kullu, followed by a 90 minute car to Manali! It’s amazing how soon we have left behind the Capital and replaced it with the Himalaya. After breakfast in Manali we’ll drive via Jagatsukh to the far end of the road constructed by the hydro- electric project to Khanool. Here on we hike up the valley to our campsite at Chikka (2960m). The meadow of Chikka is home to a temple of the Nag Devta and acts as a refuge to skiers and snow-shoe hikers in winter. Dinner and overnight at camp.

Day 3 - Trek to Bhalu ka Gera

Our trail today continues up the valley for approximately 4-5hrs. Our trail will be flanked on one side by high rock cliffs and the raging Rani Nala on the other, which we will have to cross. Our campsite for the evening, Bhalu ka Gera, is an open flatland formed by silt and sand depositions from the river. Dinner and overnight at camp.

Day 4 - Trek to Shea Goru via Hampta Pass (4,268m)

The actual ‘Pass day’ is always the longest on any trek. We’ll make an early start today. After walking up the first real steep incline on the hike, you’ll arrive at a meadow and be greeted by the spectacular Mt. Deo Tibba (6,001m) right in front of you. From here, we continue climbing up the ridge to the top of Hampta Pass, a snowbound area at 4,268m. Atop the pass
you’ll have a spectacular view of the peaks in Lahaul, especially the cluster in Kulti valley and the Chandrabhaga peaks. After a quick photo session and a bite of our packed lunch, we’ll start walking down the other side. This descent is steeper than the ascent you just made, and will be initially on snow. Once we make it to the base of the pass, we’ll continue on the flats till we come to Shea Goru,our campsite for the night.

Day 5 - Trek to Chhatru, drive to Chandra Tal

Today you walk through open meadows down to the road head at Chhatru. While descending, we’ll traverse some landslide area above the Chandra river and continue till we come to our campsite at Chhatru for the night.

Day 6 - Day Trip to Chandra Tal

After breakfast this morning, we’ll load up in the taxis and drive to Batal, from here you’ll hike for 8 kms to visit Chandertal. On the way the cars will be waiting for you at the road head to drive you back to our campsite at Chhatru.

Day 7 - Chhatru to Manali

This morning, you will be driven 80 kms to Manali. On arrival in Manali you will check into your hotel, and will have the rest of the day at leisure.

Day 8 - Manali to Delhi via plane

We’ll retrace our steps today, back on the plane to Delhi where we’ll have the day to explore before a good night’s sleep at the hotel.

Day 9 - Head home at your leisure

Today is yours to discover Delhi before catching your flight home. What a pleasure it’s been to guide you in this beautiful place!

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