Area: Kullu and Spiti Valley (Himachal Pradesh)
Duration: 9 Days (4 days travelling and 5 days trekking)
Best Season: Mid June to October
Altitude: 4227 m/14600 ft
Total Trekking: 50 K.M
About Hampta Pass Trek
Hampta Pass Trek is the ideal destination for all those who love mountains and want to carry out an adventure in the lap of the giants. The enticing thing about this trek is the moderately high elevation that makes it perfect for the novices and amateur mountaineers. The maximum altitude that a trekker scales in this trek is about 14000 feet. There is no profound requirement of acclimatization.
The tour starts from the scenic spot of Manali and takes the tourists through distinct and beautiful places such as Chikka, which is the first stop of the excursion. The trek also takes the trekkers through the immense fields of Rhododendron, Oak, and Pine. Hampta River also comes en route. This river serves as the bridge for the natives of Hampta to reach Lahaul and Spiti Valley. Prini Village is the starting point of Hampta Pass Ranges. The trek then goes uphill to bring a change of panorama. The trail is replete with lush greenery and spellbinding landscapes.
This 8 nights and 9 days itinerary is a comprehensive schedule for Hampta Pass Trek. The tour incorporates exploring the beauty of nature at its best. In few words, it is a perfect trek for nature lovers with zeal to satiate adrenaline rush.
Hampta Pass Trekking Tour Highlights
- Witness the immaculate and picturesque alpine like Chandratal
- Camp under the star-studded sky and enjoy delicious and nutritious meals everyday
- Get the opportunity to capture the splendid views of the Pir Panjal Ranges
- Find excitement in crossing some of the high mountain passes
Best Time to Visit Hampta Pass Trek
The best time to trek to Hampta Pass is from mid-June to mid-October. There are chances to witness some snow on the high passes in the early days of the season and then it melts down completely by August. Rain is expected during the monsoons in Kullu-Manali valley but in Spiti, the sun will be bright as usual. The temperature is likely to stay between 12 and 20 °C during the day, while at night, temperature at the highest campsite would be between -2 to 6 °C. In the latter part of the trekking season (Sep – mid-Oct) a bit of snowfall is a possibility. The temperatures during the day will be between 12-18 °C and the evenings will start getting cold with temperature dropping down from 4 to -6°C.
Where is the Hampta Pass Trek
Hampta pass is located the east of Manali and Pir Panjal range in the state of Himachal Pradesh. The south East Ridge can be clearly witnessed while Hampta Pass Trek is done. Lying at an elevation of about 4,268 meters, the Hampta Pass stands as a bridge that connects the Kullu valley with Lahaul.
How to Reach Hampta Pass Trek ?
Nearest Airport:The Kullu Manali airport at Bhuntar Town (about 50 km from Manali and 10 km Kullu town) is the nearest airport for Hampta Pass. Indian Airlines and some private airlines have regular operating flights to the airport. Chandigarh is the nearest international airport.
Nearest Railway Station:Jogindar Nagar is the nearest railway station (l166 km from Manali). The other convenient rail heads are at Chandigarh and Pathankot.
By Road:Manali is well connected by road with Delhi, Ambala, Chandigarh, Dehradun, Haridwar, Shimla, Dharamsala and Chamba/Dalhousie. Regular buses and taxis ply between these stations.
Kareri Lake Trek (Detailed Itinerary)
In the evening, you will board AC Volvo Coach to McLeodganj from one of the meeting points in New Delhi. Overnight journey.
Upon arrival, you will be transferred to a hotel for stay. On this day, you can either choose to relax in the hotel or can explore McLeodganj. Dinner and overnight stay in a hotel.
Post breakfast, you will start the first phase of the trek to Kareri Village. On this day, you will walk through the dense pine jungles and remote villages. For initial few kilometers, you will walk to the bottom of the slope and after reaching a point, you will start climbing. Dinner and overnight stay in Kareri Village Camp.
After having breakfast, embark on a tough trek till Lioti. During the 4-5 hour journey, trekkers are going to have the best time of their life, they will stroll along the river, cross bridges and even will walk on boulders. Lioti, which is going to be the camping site for the day, is beautiful alpine grassland located at an elevation of 8038 feet above the sea level. Dinner and overnight stay in Lioti base camp.
Finally comes the day for what everybody has been waiting! Today, you will trek to Minkiani Pass, the point where the lake is located. For initial kilometers, trekkers will walk on the narrow, rocky and muddy track, lined with thickly forested mountains on one side, and a river gorge on the other. Since it’s a high altitude trek, here one can see coniferous, and deciduous forest clung to the mountains and clouds surrounding the peak. With every step, attitudes and the level of difficulty will keep on increasing. Trails will get rough; trekkers will have to cross rough rocky paths. The campsite for this night will be another pleasant meadow, and from here you will be able to see Minkiani Pass, Baleni Pass and a valley below.
Today is going to be the less leg of the trek. Trek downhill till Ghera, as one will walk the hill, they will see a drastic change in geographic, forest and vegetation will start getting dense with every step. At Ghera, drivers will be waiting to drop off at McLeodganj hotel. From McLeodganj catch AC Volvo for Delhi. Overnight journey.
Arrival in Delhi marks the end of Kareri Lake Trek.
Things to Carry for Friendship Peak Trek
- Duffel bag Down/synthetic camp booties
- Sunglasses, Light gloves
- Sleeping bag
- Flashlight/Headlamp with extra batteries
- One liter water bottles wide mouthed
- Trekking Boots
- Water purification/filter
- Camp shoes/sneakers
- Walking stick/Trekking pole
- Cotton socks
- Note book with pens and pencils
- Gore-Tex jacket
- Lip balm
- Light wind jacket Sunscreen / Moisturiser
- Down jacket/vest
- Camp towel/towel/sarong
- Fleece jacket/vest
- Personal toiletries
- Personal medicines
- Money pouch/belt
- Trekking pants
- Energy bars
- Thermal tops
- Vitamin tablets
- Thermal bottom
- Extra passport photos
- Warm hat and Bandana/scarf
- Sun hat/baseball cap
- Wind- and rain-gear with hood
- Swiss Army Knives (Classic pocket tool)
- One pair cotton trousers or shorts
- Two cotton shirts/T-Shirts One warmer (jacket with hood)