Hampta Pass lies in the Lahaul and Spiti district in Himachal Pradesh, India. At 14,100 feet, the Hampta Pass connects two beautiful valleys Kullu and Lahaul and the trek takes you across the Pir Panjal Range, in the foothills of the Himalayas. This region is known for its bewitching landscape and the Hampta Pass trek is perfect if you want to experience the picturesque valleys of Kullu and Manali before moving into the more arid, desolate landscape of Lahaul. The showstopper however, is the visit to the turquoise Chandratal Lake.About the Hampta Pass trek and Chandratal Trek
This is one of the best loved treks in the Himalayas, and rightly so. It is a moderately difficult trek that includes the thrill of being able to scale a pretty high mountain pass, but is easy enough that beginners are able to tackle the challenges of the trail. The Hampta trek starts from Kullu near Manali and you will be trekking through lush green valleys, mixed forests of spruce, pine, maple and oak, with birds chirping, shaggy sheep dogs, and goats dotting the landscape. You'll also see a colourful abundance of wildflowers depending on the season. As the Hampta trek progresses, the ground changes underfoot, moving into the strikingly bare environs of the Lahaul region, known for its pristine beauty and if you're lucky, you'll be walking on snow on the Pass day.
One of the highlights of the trek is camping at the Chandratal or moon lake - one of the finest high altitude alpine lakes in the country. Your Chandratal lake trek will end on a high note at your gorgeous campsite close to the lake. You’ll be tempted to dip your feet into the cool waters of the mountain lake. Apart from the heavenly sight of the Chandratal lake, the trek offers incredible views of glacial valleys, thick pine forest, open meadows, adrenaline pumping waterways, the fjords at Balu ka Gera and an adventurous crossing of a high altitude pass. When you come back home, you’re going to have a hard time deciding which part of this trek you loved best!Hampta Pass weather: When to vist Hampta Pass and Chandratal Lake
The Hampta Pass experiences cool weather throughout the year and the best season to visit is May to September. There are some campsites on the Hampta Pass trek that are cold and windy, but your operator will ensure that you are equipped with good quality tents and sleeping bags. Dress in warm layers and remember to keep your hands, head and feet warm.