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Hampta Pass Trek Blog

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This blog is in a sense my Hampta Pass trek review and I would give it 4.5 stars out of 5. I kept the 0.5 stars with myself for the parts which I do not know are missing in this trek :) Possibly as I continue my vagabond life at some point in time, I would hit upon what is missing on this trek. As of now, it is a complete package!

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The famous bridge on the hampta pass trek


The Hampta Pass Trek is a delight for old and new trekkers. The most exciting aspect of this trek is the contrasting scenery between the Manali Valley and the Spiti Valley when a trekker crosses over. Words fall short to describe the beauty of the landscape on this trek, so I wonder if I should even make the effort to try and describe it!  When I did this trek in the month of July, I was amazed by the number of shades of green and brown I saw while trekking from Manali towards the Hampta Pass. And after crossing the pass, the majestic mountains just start feeling a lot more grander, possibly because of much lesser vegetation on the spiti side. The space seems so much vaster and larger, it makes us humans realize how tiny a speck we are in this vast universe.

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The Road to Spiti after completing Hampta Pass Trek and  Spending a night at Chandrataal


The Hampta pass trek starts towards the beginning of June, when enough of the snow melts making the pass permissible for trekkers to cross. Trekkers need to be prepared for rains in June itself and the month progresses it gets more and more wetter!


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The famous bridge again, which comes before Chikka camp on way to Jwara

The Hampta Pass Weather like on any other himalayan trek is unpredictable, that said, from mid July to August it is officially the monsoon season. The trek in the monsoon is a different experience. With the rains, the clouds and the sun playing their game of hide and seek. When we did this trek, it rained the whole night but as day broke the rain stopped and we were welcome with sunshine. But that was being lucky I think. It is said to be raining most of the time during these days. The rain lasts only till the pass, Spiti is known for its dry weather. The sudden change in climate in both the valleys is a very pleasing aspect of this trek. At least for me, as I get easily bored with anything monotonous even if it is the weather!



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The river is always on your side on the hampta pass trek! (Pun intended)
The Hampta Pass in July would be for most parts rainy and for some parts sunny, July is typically the wettest month in the year on Hampta Pass.

The Hampta Pass in August would be a little less rainy than July, a great time to do the trek! August is also one of the best times to visit the Spiti Valley, so after crossing over the pass and if there is time to visit Kibber and Dhankar there is nothing like it :). Thats what we had done, after visiting the Chandrataal lake.

The Hampta Pass Weather in September starts getting cold, a sign of the coming winters. As we climb higher on the trek, the weather gets colder.


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The pristine white water river which gushes making a loud noise on the hampta pass trek

The Hampta Pass Weather gets very cold after October mid. The trek more or less comes to an end sometime during Deepavali time frame. Well, but there are enthusiastic local guides and trekkers who would still continue trekking till November, but there are very few of them.

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Near the Jwara Camp, clouds playing hide and seek with the sun


The Hampta Pass Altitude is about 4300 meters, which makes the Hampta pass height in feet to be slightly above 14000 ft, this makes it a high altitude trek. So it is best not to rush through this trek to ensure proper acclimatisation. I need to confess through, when I did this trek I did it in three days! Thanks to a local trekking guide whom we had booked directly and he guided us through it :)


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Just before hampta pass summit, we cross some hard snow.

The Hampta Pass trek difficulty as per me would be graded from a moderate to bordering on a difficult level trek. This is mostly because of three things, the first being the high altitude of above 4000 meters which it touches, secondly there are two river crossings which totally freeze the legs and make it numb. These crossings could also be dangerous if not guided properly. We had with us the local guides who held her hands tightly and helped us cross, what a relief that was to have them :)

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Sunlight and bright blue sky towards July end


When we trekked here we carried our own tents and equipments and the local guide was kind of enough to give us a discount on the same, but even if you do not have your own equipment there are quiet a few local guides available online who have different Hampta Pass Trek Packages which could suit any kind of trekker. You just need to google for hampta pass local guides and contact them to get their packages, much better than trekking with a large unknown group of people! Thats my way :)

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After crossing over to Spiti, the vegetation disappears and the mountains and space seem so much larger!


The hampta pass chandratal trek is optional, a trekker could choose to do or not to do the chandratal lake. My suggestion is if time permits spending one night at Chandrataal lake is to be done and then if time permits a visit to Kibber and further. In this age, everything depends on the availability of time rather than money :)


Kunzum Pass On Hampta Pass Trek
Kunzum Pass after visiting chandrataal lake on hampta pass trek

Hampta pass is one of the best high altitude treks close to Delhi. New Delhi to Hampta Pass is connected with comfortable Volvo buses, which makes the journey to Manali bearable. Unlike other very good high altitude treks in Uttarakhand, which unfortunately do not have good Volvo connectivity or are much farther off compared to Manali from Delhi!