- Trek Overview
- Inclusions / Exclusions
About the trek –
Hampta pass is perhaps one of the most comprehensive treks one can go on! The starting point for this trek is the beautiful town of Manali, nestled in the Kullu valley. While on this trek you walk through beautiful coniferous forests and lush green meadows, camp right next to a river, experience the thrill of a river crossing, climb through snowfields to cross a high altitude pass and enter a cold desert (Lahaul-Spiti).
About the area –
This trek lies in the Kullu and the Lahaul valley of Himachal. The Kullu valley is a prime tourist and adventure destination. It’s unparalleled beauty along with easy accessibility has attracted many adventurists. No wonder some call it the Chamonix of India. The language the people speak here is called Kulvi. Apple is the major cash crop and the whole valley turns red in August!
Expected weather –
- Chances of rain/Hail – Moderate rainfall can be expected.
- Snow on trail- Possible on the pass.
- Temperatures – Afternoon – 15 degrees, Nights – Around zero degrees at higher camps (June) – 5 (October)
- Day 1: Arrive at Manali
Reach Prini by 10:00 AM. Drive to Jobri (We will organize lunch and transport from Prini). Trek to Cheeka campsite;
Trek Distance - 4 Kms , Trek Time -2-3 hours
Flat walk through forest takes us to the campsite.
- Day 2: Trek from Cheeka (3060 mts) to Balu ka Ghera (3781 mts)
Trek Distance - 6 kms, Trek Time - 6 hours
Starting with a gradual ascent we move towards our campsite, high chances of walking on snow bridges today! Overall its an easy-peasy day!
- Day 3: Trek from Balu Ka Ghera (3781 mts) to Shea Goru (3733 mts) via Hampta Pass (14,035 ft)
Trek Distance - 7 kms, Trek Time - 9 hours
Today is the D day! We start with a gradual ascent, as we get closer to the pass, the ascent gets steeper. Enjoy some time at the pass with the majestic views of Deo Tibba, and Indrahasan. Coming down from the pass by a steep descent, we reach the most beautiful campsite of this trek - Shea Goru!
- Day 4: Trek from Shea Goru (3733 mts) to Chatru (3320 mts)
Trek Distance - 7 kms, Trek Time - 5 hours;
Drive from Chatru to Chandrataal and back; 4-5 hours drive.
- Day 5: Drive from Chatru to Manali after breakfast.
You are expected to reach Manali around 6:00 - 7:00 pm
- All accommodation and food from Manali to Manali.
- Rentals for all common gear provided to you like tent, sleeping bags etc.
- Forest Entry Permission charges.
- Guide and expertise charges.
- 5% GST
- Meals or drinks purchased by participants during the travel or trek (example biscuits, fruits etc)
- Rentals for personal gear (Refer things to get section)
- Trek Insurance (Optional)
- Travel to Manali and back
- Backpack offloading charges. You are expected to carry your own backpack. Trekkers unable to do so can opt for a porter service at ₹400/day.
Manali is well connected from Delhi/ Chandigarh. You have regular bus service from both Delhi and Chandigarh. The nearest airport is Kullu. One can take a cab from Kullu to Manali which costs approximately 2000INR.You also get regular bus service from Kullu to Manali. Note, it is advisable to book a cab to avoid inconvenience.
A certified trek leader, a guide, cook & porters will accompany you during the trek
The common perception is that alcohol makes you feel warmer, however it also dehydrates you & dehydration can be fatal while trekking. Hence consumption of alcohol is prohibited. Smoking in camps is not allowed.
We’ve been organizing treks for over four years and have had many female trekkers trek with us. In fact, a lot of them come solo for treks. There has never been a complaint about the atmosphere of a trek, about other trekkers or our professionalism. They have all been kind enough to leave a review.
Wild animals do not frequent camps. They tend to stay away.
You will be sleeping in twos or threes in your tents in sleeping bags. The sleeping bags are snug and comfortable. If you are used to sleeping on a pillow, do carry an inflatable pillow or any small cushion that could provide you pillow-like comfort to sleep.
In all the camps where the accommodation is in guest houses/home stays, there will be proper toilets. On the day of camping, we will have toilet tents, the standard, most hygienic way of answering nature’s call. A deep pit will be dug in the ground and once you’re done, you will have to use a shovel & throw in some dirt from a mound of dirt kept nearby. These will be dry toilets with no water hence please carry tissue roll for the toilet tent (refrain from using wet wipes as they are not bio degradable), for the rest of the days, you can carry rolls as per your convenience.
Through the trek, there are no bathing facilities at campsites.
Tents do not have charging stations.
Meals will be provided by us. However you may carry snack items to much on like dry fruits, biscuits, chocolates, protein bars, or nuts.
Yes, you are ideally expected to carry your backpack. But you do have an option of offloading your bags on a mule for an additional cost. The cost will be ₹300/ per day per bag. One is expected to inform us about offloading 1 month prior to the trek
Yes, provided you prepare for it.
5-6 kms slow jog OR 25 kms cycling. Pace is not important, consistency is important (non-stop jogging/running/cycling);;;;;Squats 20-25 x 3, Lunges 20-25 x 3, Calf raises 20-25 x 3;;;;;;;;;;;Climbing stairs 15-20 floors with bagpack
In case of cancellation If you cancel – – 60 days before the trip: we can process a complete refund minus minimum processing charges. – between 30-45 days before the trip: you will be refunded 50% of the trek fee. – within 30 days before trek starts: No refund. – and your spot is replaced in a full batch: we will process a complete refund after canceling minute operational charges. (For fixed departures only);;;;; Covid cancellation policy- 15 days before the start date of the trek – 100% refund or Wandering Boots Adventures voucher. 7 days before the start date of the trek – 50% refund or Wandering Boots Adventure voucher.
1. Good Sturdy Backpack: Prefer a trekking pack over a backpacking one. The size of the backpack depends upon the participant. Normally for a 7-9 day trek a 50-60 litre pack should suffice. 2. Shoes: Any Waterproof trek (not hike) shoe would be ideal. 3. Socks: 3 pair cottons and 3 pairs of woolens. 4. Trek pants (Ideally Water Resistant): Get two quick dry summer trek pants .On summit climb or a major altitude gain day you can replace one dry fit trek pant with Shell trekking pants. If you don’t have a trek pants you can replace it with Gym Track pants. 5. T shirt/Base layer: Get 3 T shirts/trekking base layer on the trek, one of which should be thick and full sleeve. Avoid cotton and prefer dry fit. 6. Fleece/ Sweater/Good quality Hoodie: Get 1 fleece jacket or sweater . Fleece is preferred over sweater or hoodie as it is lightweight and easy to carry. Sweaters and Jackets can be heavier than Fleece for the warmth they offer. 7. Down/ Padded Jacket – Down/Padded jacket (Upto -5 degrees ). If you don’t want to get a padded/Down jacket, get two fleece. Cotton track pants for camp – These are specifically for cold evenings at the campsite.This can be ignored if you are comfortable wearing your trekking pants in the camp. 8. Thermals : 1 pair. We wear thermals only upon reaching the campsite not while trekking. 9. Windproof Jacket: All rain proof can be used as Wind proofs. Required as an additional layer during trekking in windy conditions. Avoid if you have a rain proof jacket. 10. Rainwear: Option A – Rain set – One Waterproof jacket (3000 mm waterproofing), Rain proof pants and Bag cover Option two – Poncho that covers your body and bag completely. We ideally recommend Option 1 as poncho makes trekking difficult. 11. Woolen Cap/ Balaclava: (1) To cover your ears, head and neck.Get one woolen cap and one neck warmer or balaclava. 12. Neck Warmer/ Scarf (1): For evenings. Avoid if you are comfortable using a Balaclava. 13. Gloves: 2 gloves out of which 1 can be water proof and one woollen. The waterproof one has to ideally be padded and a size larger than you normally use. This is so that you can wear both your gloves together if required. 14. Suncap – 1 15. Sunglasses – 1 16. Toiletries – Also include sunscreen, moisturizer and lip-cream 17. Headlamp/Torch -1. Preferably headlamp. 18. Two water bottles (1 litre each) – One can be a thermos Flask. One can also get a hydration pack. 19. Camp shoes/Flip flops for camp Plastic covers for inside the backpack to keep your clothes dry 20. Daypack – Required if you have a summit days climb. Preferably one that can be compressed. 21. Documents: 2 passport sized photograph, Address and Photo proof (Driving License or Aadhaar card), Doctor’s Medical certificate saying that you are fit for the trek. We reserve the right to not take you on the trek if you fail to produce this. 22. Trekking pole