The Hampta Pass trek is one of the best treks in the Himalayas. At 14,100 feet, the pass connects the Kullu Valley to the Spiti Valley, winding across the Pir Panjal Range, in the foothills of the Himalayas. You’ll get to see the green valleys of Kullu and Manali before moving into the more arid, desolate landscape of Spiti. The showstopper however, is the visit to the turquoise Chandratal Lake.
There are many reasons that make this one of the best loved treks in the Himalayas. 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. Find out more in our blog post Five Reasons You’ll Love the Hampta Pass and Chandratal Lake trek.
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 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 a gorgeous campsite that is a short trek away from the lake. Apart from the heavenly sight of the Chandratallake, the trek offers incredible views of glacial valleys, thick pine forest, open meadows, adrenaline pumping waterways, the fjords at Baluka 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!
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.
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