Hampta Pass Trek: Explore the Himalayan Beauty

Located in the Pir Panjal range of the Himalayas, the Hampta Pass Trek is a popular choice among trekkers in Himachal Pradesh. Starting from the scenic town of Manali, the trek unfolds the beauty of lush green terrains as you proceed. You'll journey through stunning valleys, snow-capped mountains, and crystal-clear rivers.

Often referred to as the 'Valley of Flowers' of Himachal Pradesh, the trek offers a blend of contrasting landscapes. On one side, you'll encounter beautiful valleys rich with vegetation, while on the other lies the barren and almost empty side of the Lahaul area. This diversity in landscape enhances the trekking experience, while the steep climbs add an element of adventure.

The dramatic crossover between the two worlds presents a unique opportunity to explore different landscapes within a single trek. Moreover, the trek offers panoramic views of some of the highest Himalayan peaks, including Indrasan, Deo Tibba, and Hanuman Tibba.

Suitable for beginners, the trek can be attempted by first-time trekkers with a moderate level of fitness and enthusiasm. The beautiful campsites along the way, including the scenic Chandra Taal lake, further enhance the overall experience of the trek.

Let's delve into some quick facts about this magnificent trek in Himachal Pradesh.

Quick Facts:

Region: Himachal Pradesh

Start/ End Point of the Trek: Manali Base Camp

Duration: 5D/4N

Trek Distance: 25 Km

Altitude: 14,107 ft.

Difficulty level: Moderate to Difficult

Temperature: Day (12°C to 20°C) and Night (-2°C to 6°C)

Best Time to do Hampta Pass Trek: May to October

4 Nights 5 Days 06 Jul, 13 Jul, 20 Jul, and more Prini, Himachal Pradesh
What makes this tour special
  • Highlights of the ‘Valley of Flowers’ of Himachal Pradesh
  • As the name suggests, the terrain comprises the most awstrucking views of attractive and colorful landscapes. The scenic beauty is Instagram-worthy, and really paints a picture in your head!
  • The campsites are majorly loved by travelers and trekkers. The unique locations, large stretches of empty grasslands, and extremely raw exposure to nature are what make the campsite fulfilling and enjoyable to stay at.
  • The river crossing on the second day of the trek is another most-liked part of this trek. Every traveler is enthused to reach that point and experience the ever-cold and refreshing water running through their feet. People wait excitedly to reach this point as it oozes out screams of adventure and enthusiasm!
  • This trek offers the fusion of two worlds. One on hand, the kully valley is filled with colorful flowers and bounties of greenery. On the other hand, after climbing at further elevation towards Spiti valley,you’ll witness barren grasslands with almost no vegetation.
  • One word: Chandratal. This crescent shaped lake with crystal clear waters (depending on when you’re visiting) with a backdrop of lavender and grey mountains and an endless open sky stretching to as far as you can see is definitely going to take your breath away!
  • Trekking isn’t just a hobby sometimes, it makes you a strong and fun-loving person. Sometimes, it becomes your personality and unfolds the stories that you didn’t know you’d been living. Nature, traveling, trekking, befriending strangers, and facing harsh conditions together really counts for an experience. So, if this was something that blew your mind away, then you’re at the right place.
What we'll give. What we won't

What is included in the tour

  • Accommodation on sharing basis.
  • All Meals (Veg), Including lunch from the 1st day to Breakfast on the 5th Day.
  • Well Qualified Trek Leader.
  • Supporting Staff and cook.
  • Forest Permits.
  • Basic Medical Kit.
  • Accommodation on Tent Stay.
  • Camping and Trekking Equipment (Tent, Sleeping bags, Gaiters, Microspikes etc).
  • Transportation ( Manali To Jobra Village, Chandratal To Manali)
  • Anything which is not included in the above inclusion.
  • Porters or Mule to carry your personal Luggage.
  • Any kind of Personal Expenses.

What is NOT included in the tour

  • Anything which is not included in the above inclusion.
  • Porters or Mule to carry your personal Luggage.
  • Any kind of Personal Expenses.
  • Personal Medication.
Day 1: Drive from Manali to Jobra Village (2hrs); Trek To Chikka | 3-4 Hours Trek

Upon reaching Manali, you will receive a packed lunch and meet our trek guides, the superheroes of your adventure! They will provide a briefing about the trek and address any questions or concerns you may have. The journey from Manali to Chikka is nothing short of magical. Prepare to be enchanted by the ever-changing landscapes and explore the hidden gems of the Kullu Valley. Along the way, you'll be treated to breathtaking views of the mountains, including Hanuman Tibba and the seven sisters peak. The trek typically takes around 2-4 hours to complete. Upon arriving at the Chikka campsite, unwind in your tents and relax after a day of trekking. Enjoy a delicious dinner under the mesmerizing starlit sky, making your first night on the trek truly unforgettable.

Day 2: Chika to Balu ka Ghera | 4-5 Hours Trek

Wake up to the breathtaking views of the colorful Chikka valley! Take a moment to appreciate the beauty around you and prepare for the magical day ahead. Fuel up with a hearty and delicious breakfast at the campsite, accompanied by a refreshing cup of tea. Lace up your shoes and get ready for the next adventure! Today's goal is to trek 9 kilometers from Chikka to Balu Ka Ghera, which will take approximately 4-5 hours. While the journey may be physically demanding, it's incredibly rewarding for the soul. Along the trail, you'll encounter mesmerizing waterfalls, rocky river banks, and stunning Himalayan peaks. Crossing the chilly rivers adds an extra thrill to the adventure! After hours of exhilarating trekking, arrive at the vibrant and peaceful campsite at Balu Ka Ghera. Settle into your tents and perhaps take a well-deserved nap before dinner. End the day with some stargazing and maybe even an acoustic guitar-karaoke session, replenishing your energy for another exciting day ahead.

Day 3: Balu ka Ghera to Sia and crossing Hampta Pass | 7-8 Hours Trek

Wake up to the stunning landscape of Balu Ka Ghera, surrounded by vibrant colors. But as a traveler, you know it's time to move on to the next adventure. Prepare yourself for the most challenging yet thrilling day of the trek. The trek from Balu ka Gera to Shia Ghoru via Hampta Pass will take approximately 9 hours to cover a distance of 5 kilometers. The climb to Hampta Pass, the highlight of the trek, is finally here! The ascent is moderately steep and leads to a flat descent towards Shia Ghoru. The trail is filled with excitement and challenges, perfect for adrenaline junkies! As you trek alongside the river, you'll notice colorful flowers blooming in the grass beneath your feet, giving the landscape a vibrant touch. The climb becomes more intense as you progress, and upon reaching the first plateau, you'll be greeted by the majestic Deo Tibba peak, one of the highest Himalayan peaks. After a few more hours of trekking, you'll finally reach Hampta Pass. Celebrate your achievement, but remember, you still have to trek down to Shea Ghoru. The descent to Shea Ghoru is relatively easier, and you'll reach your destination without any difficulties. Upon arrival, check into your camps and treat yourself to a hearty dinner.

Day 4: Sia Ghoru to Chatru, Drive to Chandratal and Return to Chatru | 3-4 Hours Trek

Good morning! Start your day with a hearty breakfast and prepare for an enjoyable trek followed by a scenic drive. As the descent becomes riskier and more tiring, this part of your journey will take approximately 2 to 2.5 hours to complete. Once you reach Chatru, drop off your luggage in your assigned tents and embark on a journey to the majestic Chandrataal lake. Marvel at the breathtaking landscape surrounding the lake, home to a variety of flora and fauna, including vibrant wildflowers and playful marmots. After exploring Chandratal lake, return to Chatru and settle into your designated campsites. Chatru offers a picturesque camping site, providing a mesmerizing overnight stay experience. Relax and enjoy a delicious dinner before bidding farewell to these landscapes the next day!

Day 5: Drive from Chatru to Manali via Atal Tunnel and Return to Manali Base Camp

Depart from Chatru after breakfast at 8 am and head back to the Manali base camp. It's time to sit back, relax, and enjoy a scenic 5-hour drive amidst the majestic mountains. Let the breathtaking views of nature unfold before your eyes as you journey back. Although the views are stunning, be prepared for bumpy and dusty roads, so hold on tight and enjoy the adventurous jeep ride. Sadly, this marks the end of your beautiful journey, but take a moment to reflect on your experiences and celebrate the memories you've made along the way!

Things to Carry

Basic Essential
✓ Backpack (Main bag, preferably rucksack
✓ Small backpack (to carry water bottle & personal stuff /20-30 ltr)
✓ Refillable Water bottle
✓ Sports/Trekking shoes (comfortable in long hikes/treks)
✓ Socks (extra pair of woollen socks)
✓ Slipper/Sandals
✓ Original ID proof

✓ Thermal Inners
✓ Pair of light clothes, as per requirement
✓ Winter jackets/Woolen/Sweater
✓ Raincoat/poncho (In case of snow/rain )
✓ Winter cap/Headcover/woollen cap
✓ Hat/Cap to cover your head in direct sunlight
✓ Handkerchief - towel – napkin
✓ Gloves

Personal Utilities & Accessories:
✓ Sunglasses
✓ Skin Moisturizer, lip balm, Sunscreen etc.
✓ Personal Sanitary Items
✓ Camera, Power Bank, Charger, Earphones, Bluetooth speaker
depending on personal need
✓ Personal Medication if any
✓ Polythene bags to store wet clothes/personal waste


Difficulty Level of the Trek

The Hampta Pass Trek offers varying difficulty levels, ranging from moderate to difficult. If you're in good physical and mental shape, you're ready for this adventure. The trek involves traversing different terrains and includes considerable ascent and descent. While some sections may be steep, they are manageable with the right preparation and determination.

Renting Equipment for the Trek

YouthCamping provides convenient access to a wide range of trekking equipment available for rent, offering reasonable prices and excellent quality. Equipment arrangements can be made in advance with prior notice, ensuring you have all the necessary gear for a safe and enjoyable trekking experience.

Hampta Pass Trek Height and Distance

The Hampta Pass Trek reaches an impressive altitude of 14,107 feet, covering a total distance of 25 kilometers. The journey encompasses diverse landscapes, from vibrant terrains to barren lands, flat grasslands to challenging climbs, adding excitement and challenge to the trek.

How to Reach Manali for Hampta Pass Trek

  • By Air: The nearest airport to Manali is Bhuntar Airport, offering regular flights, particularly from cities like Delhi and Chandigarh.
  • By Bus: Buses can be booked online in advance, with regular departures from ISBT in Delhi. The journey is comfortable and safe, with affordable ticket prices.
  • By Train: Manali is well-connected by railways, with Chandigarh Railway Station being the nearest. From there, you can take a local bus or private/public taxi to reach Manali.
Pickup point
Prini, Manali, Himachal Pradesh 175103, India View on Map