Hampta Pass – Chandertaal Trek

  • SEASON
    APRIL TO NOVEMBER
  • MAX. ALTITUDE
    4551 Meters (Max. Elevation)
  • TREK GRADE
    EASY - MODERATE
  • TREK DURATION
    8-9 Days

Overview

Manali is the launching point of this trek. One goes through lush green forests of Pine, Fir, Oak and Cedar. Crosses meadows laden with wild flowers often crossing brilliant streams. This trek also provides the opportunity to catch glimpses of magnificent old Himalayan villages, its people and their way of life. This trek starts right from Prini (a village around 6 KM from the main town of Manali). Trek provides dazzling landscapes. And one can have splendid panoramic view of many snow capped high mountains, such as Indrasan (6220 Mts.), Inderkilla (6000 Mts.), Deo-Tibba (6001Mts.). Towards Hamta pass (a mountain pass dividing the boundaries of Kullu and Spiti, one can get commanding view as these Ranges of mountains stretch in the front. Trek provides an ample opportunity to explore the glacier and moraine in this part of the Himalaya

The Hampta Pass (4270m), is on the true right side of the valley. However, there is an excellent vantage point for viewing the Lahaul Range, which can be reached by diverting from the main trail through the moraine towards the center of the valley. From here, the peaks of Deo Tibba (6001m) and Indrasan (622 1 m) can also be appreciated. The history of climbing these peaks dates back to 1912 when CG Bruce led a British team on the first ascent of Hanuman Tibba. The next ascent, however, was not until 1966. In between, the first ascent Of Deo Tibba was made in 1952 after many attempts, while Indrasan was first climbed in 1962.

The Chandrataal is a jewel of a lake, surrounded by the Glaciers and High Summits; this blue water Lake is also known as The Lake of the Moon. Further through the massive mountains cape we trek to Baralacha La – 4,800 Mts. high motor able Pass between Leh Manali Highway. This Pass creates the boundary between the Middle Himalayas and the Great Himalayas.

Detailed Itinenary

Day 1

Manali Jagatsukh (Drive) trek Tilgan Thach (2650 Mts.) (04 hrs.) Ascent through the villages, Himalayan deciduous Alpine Forest. Once the tree line is passed the camp is set in the meadow with excellent view of the valley.

Day 2

Tilgan – Sarotu (3300mts.Apprx.) ( 6 -7 Hrs.) Over the high altitude meadows. First gradual climb through the open meadows initially providing awesome mountains cape, takes one to the High altitude meadows of Sarotu . Here local Shepard’s of Kullu Valley graze their herds of sheep’s and goat.

Day 3

Sarotu Thach - Piyangniru (3,600m.Apprx.)(6 -7 Hrs.) Over the high altitude meadows of Raurikhaudi (4,200 Mts.) First gradual climb through the open meadows initially providing awesome mountains cape, takes one to the High altitude meadows of Raurikhaudi. On the way, one can have a good scenic beauty of a small mountain tarn in the meadow, where local Shepard’s of Kullu Valley graze their herds of sheep goat. We trek further through the meadow and Next is steep descent through the rhododendron bushes and birch trees with splendid view of Mount Deo Tibba (6001 Mts.), to the base of the mountain (Piyang niru). An absolute Alpine area with massive glacier and moraine. The sight of the Deo Tibba Mountain from Piyangniru, fascinate all the trekkers. Camp at Piyangniru.

Day 4

Piyangniru - Chhika (3200m.Apprx.) and further down to Manali Around 6 Hrs An early start. Trek from Piyangniru, in the Valley floor along the stream, which originates from the Deo Tibba Glacier and the Deo Tibba slowly drifts away. The whole area is surrounded by high summits, hanging glacier, and massive moraine. This is true alpine zone that we are trekking in. Finally we get to the beautiful meadow of the Marhi, further we descend to the other side of the Valley at Jobri. Camp at Chhika.

Day 5

Juara – Ratni Thach (3900 Mts.) (04 Hrs.) . High Alpine meadows, little Vegetation. Mountainous landscape. Following the main Valley the train ascends gradually and vegetation becomes scarce and one does feels air getting thinner so advised to take small steps with many sips of water and small stops during the walk. Steep climb over scree slopes before reaching a plateau where you can gain views back down the Hampta Valley and across to the peaks on the far side of the Kullu Valley. The view to all sides a extraordinary with high cliffs surrounding the Valley. (High Camp at Ratni Thach, the base of Hampta Pass). (Climb is gradual to steep with some rocky paths paving the way up to camp.

Day 6

Ratni Thach over Hampta Pass (4270 Mts.) To Chhatru (3500 Mts.) (06 Hrs.) The last bit of climb to the pass is steep with walk over the lateral moraine outcrop involving boulders, scree etc. with views of rock spires and hanging glaciers completing the panorama. The Hampta Pass (4270m), is on the true right side of the valley. However, there is an excellent vantage point for viewing the Lahaul Range, which can be reached by diverting from the main trail through the moraine towards the center of the valley. From here, the peaks of Deo Tibba (6001m) and Indrasan (622 1 m) can also be appreciated. The history of climbing these peaks dates back to 1912 when CG Bruce led a British team on the first ascent of Hanuman Tibba. The next ascent, however, was not until 1966. In between, the first ascent Of Deo Tibba was made in 1952 after many attempts, while Indrasan was first climbed in 1962. From the pass there is a very steep descent down switchbacks to the valley floor. In June, when the trail is under snow, an ice axe is necessary. On reaching the valley floor, there is a choice of campsites at around 3750m. Those, which are normally selected, are on the true left of the Indrasan River. This area is referred to as Silagauru. (Gradual ascent through Moraine and boulders steep descent. Tremendous view of the mountains and glaciers.). An early morning stream crossing, though the water in the stream is very less in the Month of the order of the day before following the valley down on the true right through the boulder field to your first views of the Chandra Valley. Camp at Chhatru.

Day 7

Drive to Kunzum Pass (47 Kms.) (4551 Mts.) (2:30 Hrs.) Trek to Chandertaal (4270 Mts.) (4 Hrs.). (Camp at Chandertaal area). If vehicle is not accessible to get to the lake then after visiting the lake but we reach the camp few kilometers before Chandertaal.

Day 8

An extra day in Chandertaal is worth. Exploring the unique surroundings and beauty of the lake and whole region surrounded by glaciers and high summits. Camp at Chandertaal.

Day 9

Drive back to Manali over Rohthang Pass (3978 Mts.) (137 Kms.)

This trek in particular provides excellent opportunity for bird watching (Himalayan Bird Life) That includes spectacular pheasants such as Cheer Pheasant, Himalayan Monal, Koklass, Khaleej Pheasant. Other birds are Black and Yellow Grosbeak, Rufous Breasted Accentor, White Collared Black Bird, Spotted Nutcracker, Red-billed Chough, Eurasian Hobby, Himalayan Griffon and the Lammergeyer

 

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