The Hampta Pass Trek, Himachal Pradesh

This is a beautiful trek in Himachal Pradesh, India. It goes up green valleys with lush meadows with many waterfalls and rocky crags.

The trek is in a wide valley allowing great views of the surrounding high, snow capped Indian Himalayan peaks. From Hampta Pass you can see the 2 – 6000ers of Indrasan and Deo Tibba.

When to trek The best time to trek is before or after monsoon season which is June (there may still be snow on the pass) and Sept to Mid-Oct. Many companies do this trek in July and August during monsoons season which will limit the views.

What to bring – In addition to the usual hiking and camping equipment be sure to bring: Rain gear including pack covers, warm clothing, warm sleeping bag (-5°C), sunscreen, food for the entire time (except for 2 dhabas there are no other facilities)

Do I need a guide – If you have your own equipment a  guide is not necessary. The route is easy to follow and has many different options to camp.

Getting to Jabri Nullah – You can hire a private jeep taxi in Manali or Old Manali, Himachal Pradesh. The drive to the start of the trek climbs over a small mountain pass on a dirt road.

Getting to Manali from Chattru – You should pre-arrange a pick up from Chattru as there will not be rides waiting.We did the trek in 3 nights//4 days and arrived in Chattru around noon of the 4th day. There are dhabas in Chattru if you need to wait.

Do I need a Permit? – You do not need a permit to trek Hampta Pass.

  • We did this trek in the first week of September. It still rained every day, usually in the late afternoon. The sun was hot when it was out, but evenings were chilly (near 5°C)
  • Trekking times listed below do not include breaks
  • We didn’t bring camping gear to Asia so we used a guiding agency, Himalayan Extreme Centre, in Old Manali. They were very good with quality tents and very good food. They arranged permits for us and advertised the trek’s dates so we could share in the expenses with other trekkers. The fee is based on the number of trekkers, but they will not take more than 9 in one group. Some agencies will take 30+ trekkers per trip.
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Day 1 Jabri Nullah(2800m) to Chikkha (3000m),  1hr 20 min, gain 20m

We left Old Manali and drove 16 km to the start of the trek. The road is a dirt road up a small pass with 32 switchbacks on the way up and 8 on the other side of the pass. We started trekking at Jubriwalla above the dam. Some trekking companies sell 6-day packages, but we saw these groups trekking up this gravel road for their first day of ‘trekking’.

From Jubriwalla, the trek goes though a pine, fir and fern forest to reach and cross the river on an old wooden bridge after 20 minutes. It then follows the Hampta River where it gradually ascends the valley. There is a large granite rock wall on one side. The valley is very green with grass, bushes and ground cover. There also many gorgeous waterfalls on the mountains on either side of the valley. The day ends at Chikkha (3000m) in a small open cirque under a small waterfall. There is a rough dhaba (shelter) where you could sleep and eat if needed. There are many areas to set up tents.

Day 2 Chikkha (3000m) to Camp 2 (3900m) (above Balu Ka Ghara), 5hr 55min, ascend 900m

The trek from Chikkha crosses a small stream in front of the dhaba and then ascends the green, boulder strewn narrow gorge above for about 300m. The trail then follows a wide green valley. Look behind for a view of the valley. The rocky trail slowly ascends the valley to reach Balu Ka Ghara (3690m). Some parties camp here. The trail continues up the valley with high rocky cliffs on either side and many more waterfalls. In July the meadows are covered in alpine flowers, but in September the flowers were mostly gone. You’ll reach a tea house and permanent tents. They even have porcelain squat toilets! After the tents the river widens to form a small pond. Some groups camp where the river widens. Our group continued to scale a boulder field to reach a gorgeous green cirque (3900m) under the Indrasan glacier at the base of Hampta Pass. We had a great view of Hanuman Tibba (5928m)down the valley. There are multiple streams for water here. The benefit of camping here rather than the lower camps is that the next day is much easier.

Day 3 Camp 2 (3900m) to Shea Goru (3750m)(also called Siliguri) via Hampta Pass (4270m), 3hr 19min, gain 370m, descend 520m

From camp 2 the trail immediately climbs over a scree slope and boulder field on the left side of the valley. Follow cairns to reach the pass (4270m) (1hr 35min). There’s a natural viewing platform at the pass. From the pass there are views of Indrasan (6221m) and Deo Tibba (6001m) and to the north, the mountains of Lahaul. From the platform, take a sharp turn left to begin the descent. The trail is a quick 30min, 350m descent down a rocky path until it gently follows the river to green meadows and campsites along the river. During the descent, look up the valley to have more gorgeous views of the Indrasan Range. Some of our group went to see the toe of the Indrasan glacier after getting down 250m.

Day 4 Shea Goru (3750m) to Chattru (3360m), 2hr 15min, descent 390m

From our camp at Shea Goru we had to begin the day with a freezing, 3°C, ford of the Indrasan River. Then it was fairly steep descent down a boulder field and then a rocky, scree path. There were amazing views of the 7 Sisters mountains as you descend. Finally, you reach a gassy field where you can see the highway and dhabas of Chattru. One last steep descent to cross a stream on a rickety bridge and then a flat 1 km to Chattru where our jeep was waiting. The drive from Chattru to the main valley is a rough dirt road that was very muddy from all of the rain. A few times we thought we may get stuck in the thick, deep mud or spin out over the steep edges of the road. After 2 hrs we made it to the paved highway to the begin the crossing of Rohtang Pass.

For more of our treks click here, or go directly to Great Lakes Trek (Kashmir), Markha Valley Trek (Ladakh), Hidden Valley Trek (Ladakh), Phuktal Trek (Zanskar), Everest 3 Passes Trek (Nepal), Manaslu Circuit (Nepal), Upper Mustang Trek (Nepal), Jumolhari Yaksa Trek (Bhutan), Kalaw to Inle Trek (Myanmar), Pinnacles Trek (Borneo), Carstenz Pyramid (Indonesia).

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