• Trip introduction

    The real beauty of this trek is that, at the start, you warm up your trekking muscles in the picturesque valleys of Kullu and Manali before moving into the more arid, desolate landscape of Lahaul. It shows you the best of Himalayan experiences, from alpine meadows and friendly shepherds to scree-covered slopes that require your complete focus. You’ll end on a high note at your gorgeous campsite alongside Chandra Tal, a lake with cool mountain water that will tempt you to dip your toes in.

    This is a backpacking trip, which means you and your gang will need the spirit of adventure. The entire team pitches in to set up campsites, cook food and thrive in the wild. Everyone carries their own bags, so pack light! You’ll come back leaner, tougher and stronger, and with a whole new set of skills.


    The trek starts from Kullu and Manali which over the years have become popular tourist destinations, and progresses on to the semi-arid landscape of the Lahaul region, known for its pristine beauty. Crossing the Hampta pass en route poses a good challenge with scree slopes and boulder-ridden trails. One of the highlights of the trek is camping at the Chandratal lake - one of the finest high altitude lakes in the country.

    There are some fantastic camping sites en route with unending panoramic views of the snow-capped mountains of the Himalayas.

    Destination highlights

    Kullu and Manali have always been known as some of India’s most stunning landscapes. With lush green valleys, alpine forests, fruit-laden trees, and all mountain views you could wish for, this section of the trek is a memory on its own. As you cross over into Lahaul however, you’ll find that the strikingly bare environs have a drama of their own. When you come back home, you’re going to have a hard time deciding which part of this trek you loved best!

    Activity Details




    22 kms

    18 hrs

    7 kms

    Trip details
  • Day 1: Trek from Jobra to Chikha

    We drive to the dam site at Jobra from Manali, and begin our trek with a light hike through a mixed forest of pine, oak, chestnut, spruce, deodar and maple trees. After a short river crossing, we ascend towards the beautiful Chikha meadow along a stream. We also pay a visit to a nearby waterfall, which is host to the White-capped Redstart.

    Camp overnight in tents.


    Stay in clean and comfortable tents, in the lap of nature.

    Day 1 Milestone



    07:00 AM


    Lunch | Dinner

    Veg|Non veg|||
    Day 2: Chikha to Ballu Ka Gheera
    Day 3: Ballu Ka Gheera - Hampta Pass - Shea Gahru
    Day 4: Shea Gahru to Chandratal
    Day 5: Chandratal to Manali
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  • Cancellation policy

    If you cancel 45 days before departure: Full refund (after deducting any expenses that have been incurred for hotel bookings, transport, etc.)

    If you cancel 30-45 days before departure: 75% of trip cost will be refunded (after deducting any expenses that have been incurred for hotel bookings, transport, etc.)

    If you cancel 15-30 days before departure: 50% of trip cost will be refunded (after deducting any expenses that have been incurred for hotel bookings, transport, etc.)

    If you cancel 15 days or less before departure: No refund

    Rules on trip

    We as adventure travellers try to bring no harm to the environment around us in our pursuit of wilderness travel in the Himalayas and seek assistance from each participant too in this regard. We have a set of guidelines that we adhere to based on the tenets of Leave No Trace and Tread Light policies. These guidelines are very simple and emphasise travelling in small groups, understanding the impact of camping, proper waste disposal, respecting local cultures, sensitivity towards wildlife and so on. Kindly cooperate to achieve the best experience.

    Participants need to adhere to the instructions of the trip leader/guide at all times.

    Additional instructions, booking policies, terms and conditions

    Great Indian Outdoors (P) Ltd. takes utmost care to ensure safety of its clients. However in the case of any unforeseen mishaps, Great Indian Outdoors (P) Ltd. will not be liable for any injuries caused or for loss of life. All disputes rising due to the above are subject to the jurisdiction of the courts in New Delhi/Delhi only. All participants would be required to sign an Indemnity Form before the start of the program, without which they would not be allowed to take part in the trip/program/activities.

    Acclimatisation and High Altitude Sickness: This is one of the most important aspects of travelling in the high Himalayas and cannot be ignored or set aside. Acclimatisation basically means our body adjusting to lower levels of oxygen (rarefied air) and reduced air pressure as me move up. In case one does not acclimatise properly there are chances of the person facing extreme discomfort and this can be fatal in extreme cases. While there is no set route to getting properly acclimatised there are a general precautions and steps that one can take to initiate good acclimatisation. Our trekking guides will assist you with these steps. 

    The most important thing is to select the right trek keeping in mind your experience or inexperience, health, objectives and ability.
    • Hampta Pass  Chandratal Trekking Adventure Nature
    • Hampta Pass  Chandratal Trekking Adventure Nature
    • Hampta Pass  Chandratal Trekking Adventure Nature
    • Hampta Pass  Chandratal Trekking Adventure Nature
    • Hampta Pass  Chandratal Trekking Adventure Nature
  • Includes / Excludes


    • Transport in jeep/SUV/Tempo Traveller as required during the trek

    • 2 guides for the group
    • Accomodation in basic hotels/ campsites/guest houses with neat and clean rooms with basic amenities on triple sharing
    • Clean and fresh sleeping bags, camping mattresses, toilet tents while camping
    • All meals as specified
    • Forest entry charges, permits and camping fees
    • First-aid kit


    • Any costs or services not mentioned in inclusions

    • Any charges for video cameras or still cameras
    • Charges for alcohol or soft drinks or beverages
    • Personal expenses like tips or laundry or telephone calls
    • Any costs arising from unforeseen circumstances like landslides, bad weather or road blocks, etc.
    • Insurance
    • Airport/railway station transfers from Delhi to Manali

    What to Wear

    What to Wear

    • Shirts/T-shirts – 2/3
    • Warm and thick fleece pullover/full-sleeve woollen sweater
    • Jeans/Trekking Pants (water resistant/repellent, with inside lining for extra warmth) - 2
    • Windproof jacket of decent quality (no flimsy wind cheaters please) preferably with a hood
    • Thermal inner wear (upper and lower)
    • Woollen cap
    • Woollen gloves
    • Woollen socks and regular socks (3-4 pairs)
    • Scarf/muffler (optional)
    • Comfortable trekking/hiking shoes (shoes with a thick sole are recommended)
    • Lightweight floaters/sandals/slippers
    • Raincoat / Poncho
    • Gaiters
    • Comfortable trekking/hiking shoes (shoes with a thick sole are recommended)
    • Not to wear - Expensive watches or jewellery
    • Unnecessary electronic devices

    What not to Wear

    • Loose clothing that will tangle around you while swimming
    • Restrictive clothing
    • Flip-flops

    Equipment / Gear

    We Provide

    • Accommodation in 3/4 season alpine tents
    • Fresh, clean sleeping bags
    • Camping mattresses
    • Toilet tent for women
    • First-aid or medical kit

    You need to get

    • Walking stick /Trekking pole
    • Torch / Flashlight (with extra batteries)
    • Sunscreen lotion
    • Lip balm
    • Personal toiletries
    • Day pack/small bag which you will carry on your back every day
    • Small lightweight towel
    • Sturdy water bottle
    • Cap/hat
    • Sun glasses
    • Carry rain cover for your bags
    • Day pack/small bag for everyday essentials
    • Keep a few poly bags or waterproof bags in your bag in which if required you can put your belongings in case of heavy rain
    • Camera (with fully charged batteries)
    • You can save on buying expensive trekking equipment for the trek by hiring the same from our gear store. High quality equipment is provided at reasonable rental/sale and you are assured of clean equipment that has been checked for its efficacy.

    Medical Kit

    • Specific personal or prescribed medication only
    • We carry a first aid or medical kit