Hampta Pass and Chandratal Lake trek

The Hampta Pass trek is one of the best treks in the Himalayas. It offers great contrasts in views, connecting the green valleys of Kullu-Manali to the more arid, desolate landscape of Spiti. The highlight however, is the visit to the turquoise Chandratal Lake.

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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.

Explore Hampta Pass trek and visit Chandratal Lake

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!

Hampta Pass weather: When to visit 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.

Want to know about more adventures in Himachal Pradesh. Read our blog about The Top Adventures in Himachal Pradesh.

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Hampta Pass trek
Manali, Himachal Pradesh
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The Hampta Pass trek is one of the best treks in the Himalayas, and also one of the most popular. Reaching as high as 14,000 feet, but suitable for fit first-timers, this five-day Hampta Pass trek itinerary takes you on a picturesque adventure. You'll start in the lush environs of Manali, and trek through pine forests and into the more stark landscape of Spiti. The third day involves a rather demanding climb up the Hampta Pass, which will be well worth it when you see the breathtaking views.
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  • Accommodation in triple/quadruple sharing tents
  • Sleeping bags and mats
  • Common dry toilet tent
  • All meals during trek
  • Transfer from Manali base camp to Jobra and back
  • Lockers at base camp for storage (if required)
  • Wash and change facility at the base camp
  • Experienced and professional guides
  • Porters or mules for camping equipment
  • Camping fees, permits, forest entry as required
  • All necessary safety equipment
  • Certificate on completion
  • All applicable taxes
    Exclusions
  • Porter for personal luggage (can be arranged at an extra cost)
  • Meals during road journey
  • Airfare or transportation to Manali from your base city
  • Travel insurance
  • Any expenses towards medical or other emergencies
  • Unforeseen handling costs due to weather disturbance, landslides, political unrest etc.
  • Personal expenses towards tips, telephone calls, laundry, beverage etc
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Hampta Circuit Trek
Manali, Himachal Pradesh
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One of the most beloved trekking routes in Himachal Pradesh, the Hampta Pass trek begins in Manali and takes you as high as 14,700 feet. You'll trek through the lush grasslands of the Hampta Valley, and will see the landscape change to barren mountains and rugged slopes as you approach Hampta Pass. This is the shortest itinerary for the Hampta Pass trek, so it is perfect for those who don't have time or who want a short getaway in the mountains.

NOTE: This itinerary does not include Chandratal.
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  • Accommodation in alpine tents on triple or quad sharing basis (twin-sharing tents can be arranged on request, in case of a couple)
  • Sleeping bag and mattresses
  • Kitchen tent
  • Toilet tent
  • All veg meals from lunch on Day 1 to lunch on Day 4
  • Experienced trek guide
  • Services of travel guides and cooks
  • First aid
  • All applicable taxes
    Exclusions
  • Transportation from base city to Manali
  • Any additional costs due to weather/unforeseen situations
  • Porter/mule to carry personal luggage (a porter can be hired for INR 750 per day and a mule can be hired for INR 575 per day)
  • Personal expenses such as tips, laundry, phone calls etc.
  • Any expenses not mentioned in inclusions
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5-Day Trek to Hampta Pass and Chandratal
Manali, Himachal Pradesh
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This 5 day trek to Hampta Pass and Chandratal is one of the most fun treks in Himachal Pradesh. It is a moderate trek with some steep stretches, so is suitable for fit beginners. The route starts from the lush greenery of the Kullu Valley, and takes you through the pass into the arid Spiti Valley. You'll see the landscape changing with each day, and will enjoy the change from cool pine forests to rolling expanses of weather-bleached hills. The showstopper however, is the visit to the turquoise Chandratal Lake, where you'll find peace and beauty under the open skies.
    Inclusions
  • Tented accommodation on triple sharing basis during the trek
  • Vegetarian meals during the trek
  • All permits for Indian nationals
  • Transport from Manali and back to Manali
  • First aid kit
  • Tents, sleeping bags, crampons and gaiters if required
  • Qualified and experienced trek leader and support staff
    Exclusions
  • Trekking poles, jackets, boots etc
  • Any deviation from the plan or detour
  • Rise in cost due to unforeseen natural causes
  • Porter/mules charges for carrying personal luggage.
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Hampta Pass and Chandratal Trek
Kullu, Himachal Pradesh
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This trek to Hampta Pass and Chadratal Lake takes you to the gorgeous landscapes of Himachal Pradesh as you trek through dense forests and towering mountains. En route to Hampta Pass, you'll catch breathtaking views of the snow-covered mountains of Dhauladhar and Pir Panjal. As you climb uphill to an altitude of 14,000 feet, you'll spend your days hiking through thick jungles of pine trees and crossing rivers over dangling wooden bridges. In the evening, you'll reach picturesque locations where you'll spend the night in tents pitched under the star-studded Himalayan skies.

Another highlight of the trip, you'll visit the famed moon-shaped Chandratal Lake and admire the barren and brown mountains that flank the still waters of the lake.

Please note that a minimum of 2 travellers are needed to book this trek.
    Inclusions
  • Travel arrangements in jeep or similar vehicle from Manali-Manali
  • Accommodation in dome tents on triple sharing basis
  • All equipment required for camping
  • Dome tents, sleeping bags and mattresses
  • Common kitchen/dining and toilet tents
  • All meals from dinner on Day 1 to breakfast on Day 6
  • Services of experienced trekking guide and camping crew
  • Permit charges, entry fees and camping charges
  • First aid kit
  • All applicable taxes
    Exclusions
  • Transport between base city and Manali
  • Any costs arising out of unforeseen circumstances such as bad weather, road blocks etc.
  • Personal expenses such as tips to staff, alcohol or beverages etc.
  • Travel or medical insurance
  • Anything not mentioned in inclusions
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Hampta Pass and Chandratal Trek
Manali, Himachal Pradesh
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The Hampta Pass trek is one of the most well-known treks in Himachal Pradesh. The reason that so many people love the Hampta Pass trek is that it isn't too hard, but takes you to 14,000 feet in just 5 days. In addition, you get to experience all the adrenalin of scrambling over glaciers, navigating a challenging section at the pass, and walking over snowy patches and rocky stretches.
    Inclusions
  • Travel arrangements from Manali-Manali in shared, private vehicle
  • Accommodation in tents for 4 nights on twin-sharing basis
  • All equipment required to go camping: tents, sleeping bags, mattresses
  • Common kitchen/dining and toilet tents
  • Vegetarian meals from dinner on Day 1 to breakfast on Day 5
  • Technical or safety gear required for trekking, if any
  • Permit charges, entry fees and camping charges
  • Services of experienced trek leader and camping crew
  • Services of porters/mules to carry common camping equipment
  • First aid kit (including oxygen cylinder)
  • All applicable taxes
    Exclusions
  • Travel arrangements between home city and Manali
  • Any accommodation or meals in Manali
  • Any meals during transit in vehicles
  • Services of porters/mules to carry personal luggage (available at an extra cost of INR 1,500, for the entire trip, for a rucksack of maximum 11 kgs)
  • Any costs arising out of unforeseen circumstances such as bad weather, road blocks etc.
  • Personal expenses such as tips to staff, additional meals or beverages etc.
  • Adventure travel or health insurance
  • Anything not mentioned in inclusions
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Trek to Hampta Pass and Chandratal
Kullu, Himachal Pradesh
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This trek to the Hampta Pass takes you deep into the interiors of the Himalayas. From varied landscapes of meadows and pine forests, to snowy mountains and a barren terrain, you'll get to experience the full beauty of the Himalayas. Your Hampta Pass trek ends at the enchanting moon-shaped Chandratal Lake. With its clear blue waters reflecting the arid mountains around it, this day is the cherry on the top of this trek.

This itinerary gives you time to enjoy the beautiful campsites that you'll be stopping at, with short walks to explore rivers and viewpoints each day. This 6-day trek to Hampta Pass is perfect for seasoned trekkers as well as fit first timers.
    Inclusions
  • Transport from Manali-Manali as per itinerary, in private shared vehicles
  • Meals from packed lunch on Day 1 to packed lunch on Day 6
  • Snacks and soup in the evening
  • Accommodation for 5 nights in alpine tents on twin sharing basis
  • Sleeping bags with fleece lining
  • Camping mattresses
  • Toilet tents, separate for men and women travellers
  • Microspikes, if required, on hard ice
  • Gaiters, if required, in deep snow
  • Qualified trek leaders and support staff
  • Mules/porters for common camping equipment
  • Camping permits and charges, if any
  • Permits and fees for Chandratal Lake
  • Bonfire, if weather permits
  • Activities at the campsite, if time permits
  • First aid kit
  • All applicable taxes
    Exclusions
  • Upgrade to single occupancy at an additional cost of INR 500 (excludes taxes)
  • Personal porters can be arranged for an additional cost of INR 300 (excludes taxes) per rucksack, per day
  • Raincoat/poncho on rent can be arranged for INR 100 (excludes taxes) per day
  • Trekking pole on rent can be arranged for INR 100 (excludes taxes) per day
  • Personal expenses such as extra meals, soft drinks, tips, telephone calls, etc.
  • Additional costs due to unforeseen circumstances such as road blocks, landslides, political unrest, natural calamities, etc.
  • Insurance
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Hampta Pass and Chandratal trek
Manali, Himachal Pradesh
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If you are looking for an adventure that offers a gamut of different landscapes, then the Hampta Pass trek is the best option for you. From grasslands to snowy patches, raging rivers to high rocky mountains, it has it all! Apart from the thrill of trekking, you'll also experience the more peaceful joys of Himalayan trekking. You'll see flocks of sheep grazing on the green slopes. You'll visit Chandratal, a serene blue lake in the shape of a moon. This lake, and the area around it, emanates a quiet beauty of a different quality. And the best part is: thanks to its varying landscapes, the Hampta Pass trek is considered as one of the best treks for first time trekkers and photographers!
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  • Transport from Manali to Manali
  • Accommodation in tents on triple sharing basis
  • Sleeping bags and mats
  • Kitchen tent and utensils
  • Toilet tents
  • Meals while on trek (veg + eggs)
  • All necessary permits and entry fees
  • Qualified and professional trek leader
  • Guide and support staff
  • Service tax
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  • Any kind of personal expenses
  • Food during transit
  • Insurance
  • Mules or porter to carry personal luggage
  • Anything not specifically mentioned under inclusions
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Hampta Pass and Chandratal trek
Manali, Himachal Pradesh
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The Hampta Pass and Chandratal trek is one of the best treks in the Himalayas, and also one of the most popular. Reaching as high as 14,000 feet, but suitable for fit first-timers, this five-day Hampta Pass trek itinerary takes you on a picturesque adventure. You'll start in the lush environs of Manali, and trek through pine forests and into the more stark landscape of Spiti. The third day involves a rather demanding climb up the Hampta Pass, which will be well worth it when you see the breathtaking views. But the highlight is the visit to Chandratal at the end. Chandratal is a spectacular blue lake that sparkles like a gem in the midst of the stark terrain. You'll have some time to explore the surrounding area and take plenty of photographs before heading back to Manali.
    Inclusions
  • Accommodation in triple/quadruple sharing tents
  • Sleeping bags and mats
  • Common dry toilet tent
  • All meals during trek
  • Transfer from Manali base camp to Jobra
  • Lockers at base camp for storage (if required)
  • Wash and change facility at the base camp
  • Experienced and professional guides
  • Porters or mules for camping equipment
  • Camping fees, permits, forest entry as required
  • All necessary safety equipment
  • Certificate on completion
  • All applicable taxes
    Exclusions
  • Transport from Chatru to Chandratal/Manali (This will be collected on the spot if weather allows it. Will cost between INR 800 to INR 2000 per person)
  • Porter for personal luggage (can be arranged at an extra cost)
  • Meals during road journey
  • Airfare or transportation to Manali from your base city
  • Travel insurance
  • Any expenses towards medical or other emergencies
  • Unforeseen handling costs due to weather disturbance, landslides, political unrest etc.
  • Personal expenses towards tips, telephone calls, laundry, beverage etc

FAQs about the Hampta Pass and Chandratal Lake trek

Is the Hampta Pass trek difficult?

The Hampta Pass trek is suitable for fit beginners. It is not too hard, but there are some stretches that can be quite challenging, especially the steep slopes as you get to the Pass. However, if you’re fit and active, you’ll be able to manage this trek.

When is the best time to go for the Hampta Pass trek?

The best season for the Hampta Pass trek is from May to September, when the trail is green and lovely in Himachal, and stark and dramatic in Spiti.

Can I camp next to Chandratal Lake?

No, camping at Chandratal Lake is not allowed, for environmental reasons. Most campsites are set up at Chatru (about 40 kms away), and trekkers will be driven to Chandratal to visit. Some operators have permission to camp about 3 kms away from the lake, but this changes from season to season.

What should I carry for the Hampta Pass trek?

Your operator will provide you with a full list of everything you need to pack for the trek. However, do make sure you are fully equipped for cold nights and warm days. You’ll have to dress in layers, so that you can add or remove clothing as the weather changes. Don’t forget to take a poncho, as well as rain covers for your backpack and day pack. The trail sees some rain showers now and then.