For those looking to get a taste of a Himalayan trek, there are fewer better options than the trek to Hampta Pass. The Hampta Pass trek, a high altitude hike, takes you over varying landscapes, each of them stunning and mesmerising in their own right.
Most of the treks begin near Manali before cutting across the Kullu Valley, through the Hampta Pass and into the deserts of Spiti valley. A majority of these treks average just under a week and have you hiking at about 14,000 feet.
The trek to Hampta Pass is an automatic choice for both experienced and novice hikers because of its easy-moderate level of difficulty. Even those with no hiking experience but a basic level of fitness can hope to conquer the Hampta Pass. We strongly suggest reading up about high-altitude trekking and how you can prepare for it.
The best time to go for the Hampta Pass trek
While there is no disagreement among hikers whether one should consider Hampta Pass trek, there is always a debate about the best time to visit Hampta Pass.
It all comes down to personal choice and what whether you are a summer child or a winter buff. For those who enjoy the snow, June is the ideal month because the pass is dressed in snow. If you, however, relish the greenery, look to the months of July to mid September when plants and trees decorate the hills and valleys.
What makes the Hampta Pass trek unique
Another reason for the immense popularity of the trek is the juxtaposing views it has to offer. The trek to Hampta Pass shows you two different sides to nature, regardless of the season, which are as contrasting as the earth and the sky.
You start off in the Kullu Valley which is awash with foliage (during the summers) or engulfed by snow (during the winters). The green of oak and pine forests or the white of snow is a treat for any outdoor enthusiast. The landscape gradually changes as you enter the Spiti valley, a barren desert, which has its own allure and charm.
When it comes to nature, the Hampta Pass trek is one that continues to give you. It has you cross over rivers and streams with water as clear as polished diamonds. They not only add to the visual appeal of the trek but also augment the challenge and thrill of the trek.
Some of the campsites of this trek are well renowned and known to experienced hikers. Sites such as Chika, Shea Ghoru and Balu ka Ghera stand out in that respect. Chika and Balu ka Ghera are picturesque locations thriving with vegetation and swamped by waterfalls. Shea Ghoru, on the other hand, offers vistas of snowy peaks and freshwater rivers that soothe the soul.
The cherry on top
We’ve saved the best for last; the Chandratal Lake. Sitting pretty at a height of 14,000 feet, it is a high altitude lake within the Spiti Valley. Changing colors like a wild chameleon, it is wildly famous among outdoor enthusiasts.
The Hampta Pass is ever changing and highlights the best that the Himalayan ranges have to offer which is what keeps hikers coming back for more. Not convinced? Read more about why we love the Hampta Pass trek!
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