Hampta Pass and Chandratal Lake Trek

This Hampta Pass and Chandratal Lake trek takes you on a 6-day adventure in the mountains of Himachal Pradesh with stunning views of Mt. Indrasan, the highest peak in the Kullu valley. As you trek to an altitude of over 14,000 feet in the Pir Panjal range, you'll make your way trek past roaring waterfalls and river streams, get distant views of peaks in the Spiti Valley, camp in alpine tents under the starlit sky and wake up to misty mornings deep in nature! The highlight of this adventure: you'll also get to witness the gorgeous moon shaped Chandratal Lake!

Another highlight of this trek, you'll travel to visit the crescent-shaped Chandratal Lake, a pleasant high-altitude lake with beautiful reflections of surrounding mountains. With a relatively easy trail through forests of oak, maple and pine, this Hampta Pass trek is perfect for all types of trekkers, seasoned and amateur. So, don’t think twice, book your spot, pack your bag and here you are.

Destination

Perched in the midst of the Pir Panjal mountain range, Hampta Pass connects the two valleys of Lahaul and Spiti in Himachal Pradesh. Decades ago, the trail going through the Hampta Pass served as an important route for traders in the valley. On this Hampta Pass trek, as you trek deeper and deeper in the Kullu valley, you'll witness a changing landscape, from the lush, green hillside to the barren, arid terrain. Often, the Hampta Pass is layered by vast patches of snow, offering panoramic views of a pristine white landscape.

Destination highlights

Explore the scenic route of the Hampta Pass trek. | Get astounding views of the Pir Panjal mountain range. | Trek through dense jungles, green meadows and snowy patches. | Camp in tents pitched at some of the most picturesque locations. | Enjoy to detour to the stunning Chandratal Lake. 

11900

14150

6500

24 kms

18 hrs

6 kms

Rumsu base camp

Get Direction >

Rumsu base camp

Non AC Jeep or similar vehicle

Hampta Dam

Get Direction >

08:00

16:00

Report to the base camp at Rumsu by 08:00 hrs. Upon arrival, you'll undergo a registration process and then embark on an acclimatization walk.  In the afternoon, you'll have an orientation to prepare for your upcoming trek and the distribution of trekking equipment like microspikes, trekking rucksack, gaiters etc. Overnight in tents at Rumsu.

Overnight in tents at Rumsu Base camp.

Food

Lunch | Dinner

Veg | Jain

Day 1 Milestone

Rumsu Base Camp

Rumsu Base Camp

08:00 AM

You'll begin your journey towards Chikka by 08:00 hrs. It begins with a drive from Rumsu to Hampta Dam via non AC jeep. From Hampta Dam you'll continue on foot, hiking 2-3 hours over a short and simple trail through the woods. You'll cross a few wooden bridges over river streams and trek across a gorgeous waterfall. Spend the afternoon at leisure after arriving at Chikka. Overnight in tents at Chikka.

Overnight in tents at Chikka.

Food

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Veg | Jain

Day 2 Milestone

Rumsu Base Camp

Chikka

06:00 AM

You'll depart for Balu ka Ghera by 07:00 hrs. During the initial stretch of today's trek, you'll hike through a river bank with large boulders all around you. En route, you'll stop at vantage points with exquisite views of Mt. Indrasan, the highest peak in the Manali valley. Crossing a river stream, you'll soon reach the large meadow of Balu ka Ghera. Enjoy the evening at peace with sunset views. Overnight in tents at Balu ka Ghera.

 

Overnight in tents at Balu ka Ghera.

Food

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Veg | Jain

Day 3 Milestone

Chikka

Balu ka Ghera

06:00 AM

You'll begin your day by 04:00 hrs today to take advantage of the hard snow. The first part of your climb includes a moderately trail for 4 hours, after which you reach the Hampta Pass at 14,000 feet. From here, you get aerial views of the surrounding landscape, including Spiti Valley on the horizon. Crossing Hampta Pass, you'll descend down to Shia Ghoru on the other side of the pass after another 4 hrs of trekking.  Overnight in tents at Shia Ghoru.


 

Overnight in tents at Shia Ghoru.

Food

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Veg | Jain

Day 4 Milestone

Balu ka Ghera

Shia Ghoru

04:00 AM

After an early morning wake up call, you'll continue descending until you arrive at Chhatru after around 3 hours of trekking. Stunning views of mountains in the Pir Panjal range accompany you throughout the day's trek. After a short rest stop at Chhatru where you will break for lunch, you'll board a vehicle and travel to Chandratal Lake. A high-altitude, crescent-shaped lake, Chandratal is open for visitors only in the summer. You'll return to Chhatru by late evening. Overnight in tents at Chhatru.

Overnight in tents at Chhatru.

Food

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Veg | Jain

Day 5 Milestone

Shia Ghoru

Chhatru

06:00 AM

You can lay in and havea  lazy morning on the last day of your trip. After breakfast, you will board vehicles for an off-road experience to Gramphoo falls, before heading to Manali via the famous Atal Tunnel. You should reach Manali by 15:00 hrs. Your trip ends here.

Food

Breakfast

Veg | Jain

Day 6 Milestone

Chhatru

Manali

06:00 AM

Includes / Excludes

Includes

  • Non AC jeep transport from Rumsu base camp to Hampta Dam and from Chhatru to Manali
  • Non AC jeep transport to the Chandrataal Lake and back
  • Accommodation in high quality tents on double or triple sharing basis throughout the trek (separate tents are provided for men and women)
  • In-tent amenities include sleeping bags
  • Separate toilet tents
  • Meal package includes vegetarian and jain meals of breakfast, lunch, snacks and dinner on all days of the trek 
  • Services of an experienced trek leader with training in basic/advanced mountaineering and first aid
  • Services of a certified guide
  • Services of a support staff including cooks, helpers and porters
  • Trekking equipment include 60 litre rucksack with plastic cover and gaiters
  • Safety and emergency equipment including first aid kit, oxygen cylinders, oximeter etc
  • HAPO bag
  • Trekking permits and forest camping charges
  • Personal insurance
  • All applicable taxes

Excludes

  • Any transportation to the Rumsu base camp from Patlikuhal (transport can be provided at INR 700 for a Sumo or INR 500 for a small car)
  • Any transport from Manali to your home town
  • Bottled water throughout the trek
  • Any form of personal insured
  • Any personal expenses
  • Any costs arising out of unforeseen circumstances such as bad weather, strikes, roadblocks, etc.
  • Anything not mentioned in the inclusions

What to Wear

What to Wear

  • Good gripped trekking shoes
  • 2- 3 layered jackets
  • Fleece jacket
  • Padded jacket
  • 2-3 trekking pants
  • 3 full t- shirts that prevent sunburn on neck and arms
  • 1-2 dry-fit t-shirts
  • Thermal inner-wear
  • Muffler
  • Scarf
  • Waterproof gloves
  • Woolen cap
  • Nightclothes
  • 2-3 pairs of woolen socks
  • 2-3 pairs of regular thick socks
  • Windcheater or raincoat or poncho

What not to Wear

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

Equipment / Gear

We Provide

  • Private, non-AC jeep or similar vehicle for transport between Rumsu base camp and start/end point
  • All equipment required for camping: alpine tents, sleeping bags, mattress
  • Common kitchen/dining tents and washroom tents
  • One 60-litre rucksack with a rain cover
  • Technical and safety gear required for the trek, such as micro spikes and gaiters
  • First aid kit (including oxygen cylinders and HAPO chamber bag)
  • Facility to store luggage at the Rumsu base cam

You need to get

  • UV protected sunglasses
  • Cap
  • 20 litre daypack with plastic cover
  • Waterbottle
  • Luncbox
  • Mosquito repellent
  • Dry Snacks
  • Sunblock
  • Toiletries
  • Light towel
  • Camera
  • Headlamp or torch with batteries
  • Extra money
  • Government identity card (Aadhar card)
  • Medical certificate (signed by a registered MBBS doctor)
  • NOC form (printed and signed by the participant)

Medical Kit

  • Please carry specific personal or prescribed medication, personal first-aid kit.

Cancellation policy

For cancellations made 15 days or more before departure of the Hampta Pass and Chandratal Lake trek: INR 2000 will be deducted. | For cancellations made less than 15 days before departure date of the Hampta Pass and Chandratal Lake trek: No refund. | In case of no show: no refund. | Rescheduling the Hampta Pass and Chandratal Lake trek is possible for up to 6 months, however you need to inform the operator 15 days prior to departure date. | In case of cancellation of the Hampta Pass and Chandratal Lake trek in HImachal Pradesh due to natural calamities (such as rains, landslides, earthquakes etc) no refund is provided. Alternatives may be provided at the time of cancellation. | All refunds will be processed after deducting a transaction fee of INR 200 per person. This fee is charged by The Great Next.

Rules on trip

Participants must adhere to the instructions of the trip leader/guide at all times during the Hampta Pass and Chandratal Lake trek. | Consumption of alcoholic beverages/drugs is not permitted during the Hampta Pass and Chandratal Lake trek. | Littering or any damage to natural habitats is strictly forbidden during the Hampta Pass and Chandratal Lake trek. 

Additional instructions, booking policies, terms and conditions

It is mandatory for all participates to carry an original and photocopy of the government photo identity card (Aadhar card), a medical certificate (signed by a registered MBBS doctor) and the NOC form (printed and signed by the participant). | Transport from Patlikuhal to the Rumsu base camp can be provided at INR 700 for a Sumo or INR 500 for a small car. | Any additional expenses that occur due to unforseen circumstances during the Hampta Pass and Chandratal Lake trek have to be borne by the participant. | The operator cannot be held responsible for any loss, damage, accident or death that occurs during the Hampta Pass and Chandratal Lake