MANALI HAMPTA PASS TREK

9 Nights / 10 Days

Overview
Itinerary

Day 1 : (New Delhi)Day 1 - Delhi/Chandigarh:

Leave Delhi early in the morning and drive to Chandigarh which is approx. 240 kms. & takes about 5 hrs. Upon arrival in Chandigarh, check in at your hotel. Evening free for independent activities or visit to the Rock Gardens. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 2 : (Chandigarh)Day 2 - Chandigarh/Manali:

Leave Chandigarh after breakfast & drive to Manali which is approx. 290 kms & takes about 6 hrs. Upon arrival, check in at your hotel. Remainder of the day at leisure. Overnight at the Hotel.

Day 3 : (Manali)Day 3 - In Manali:

Morning visit to Vashisht temple, Hadimba Temple & the other places of interest. Afternoon free for independent activities and make preparations for the Trekking. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 4 : (Manali)Day 4 - Manali/Prini/Synthen Camp- Average walking time 3-4 hours.

                                                                   START TREKKING
Leave Manali & drive to Prini village which is a short distance & takes about 1/2 hour. Start trekking from Prini village and climb the trail to the small temple above the village before commencing a steep climb up an eroded ridge to the sparse pine forest below Synthen village. Just before reaching the village there is a tea stall & a welcome rest stop. Synthen {2710M} was settled by villagers from Spiti several generations ago. From here the trail levels out before entering a narrow pine forested valley. The camp is a small clearing near a springline with an adequate water supply throughout the season. Camp near Synthen village. Overnight stay in Tented Camps. 

Day 5 : (Chika)Day 5 - Synthen Camp/Chikha. {Average walking time 3-4 Hours}.

From camp the trail crosses meadows where Gujjar shepherds herd their buffalo and graze their sheep from the end of May till September. Immediately after the Gujjar camp site, cross the bridge over a side river before descending to the Hampta River. In the early part of the season, until mid-July, there should be Snow Bridge over the river. If the shepherds are crossing the snow bridge you can follow suit; if not, continue on the true left bank for about 2 kms. until the river widens & it is safe to cross. The exact place should not be difficult to locate. There may even be an improvised bridge to save you getting your feet wet! After crossing the river, the trail passes through a series of meadows before a short ascent to the grazing meadows at Chikha {3270 M} the camping ground is set beneath waterfalls & is covered in wild flowers as soon as the snow melts in late June. It is also about the upper limit of the trees, except for a few birches scattered on the nearby ridges. The days trek is Average. Overnight stay in Tented Camp.

Day 6 : (Chika)Day 6 - Chikha/ Bhaluka Kera - {Average walking time 3 Hours}.

This is comparatively short stage included in order to allow you to acclimatize before crossing the hampta pass. From camp the trail winds high above the valley floor on the true right of the valley. There are some side streams to cross before descending back to the main valley floor. This area is popular with the Gaddi shepherds in the early part of the season, grazing their flocks before continuing their migration to Lahaul. The camp at the base of the Hampta pass is named BaluKaKera {3700 MTS}; brown bears are said to hibernate in the nearby rock caves during winter. Overnight in Tented camp. 

Day 7 : (Siliguri)Day 7 - BhalukaKera over Hampta Pass to Siliguri {Average walking time 7 Hours}.

From camp there is a short, steep climb over screed slopes before reaching a plateau where you can gain views back down the Hampta Valley & across to the peaks on the far side of the Kullu Valley, including Hanuman Tibba {5928M}. The last 200 mts. to 300 mts. to the pass are steep, 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 centre of the valley. From here, the peaks of Deo Tibba {6001M} and Indrasan {6221M} can also be appreciated. The history of climbing these peaks dates back to 1912 when C G 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 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. This area is referred to as Siliguri. Camp here for the overnight stay. 

Day 8 : (Manali)Day 8 - Siliguri/Chatru/Manali {Average walking time 3 Hours}.

An early morning river crossing is 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. It soon becomes apparent why you descend on this side of the river, as the cliffs on the opposite side do not lend themselves to easy trekking. In fact, unless you are exceptionally sure footed, forget it. Some of the Gaddi shepherds follow this route, but they are more sure footed than the average mountain goat. Continuing down to the valley floor, there may be a problem recrossing the Indrasan River to reach the Road Bridge and Chatru. The Gaddi shepherds have been commissioned to complete a bridge over the river, but you cannot rely on this, particularly if the bridge is swept away during the monsoon storms. A carefully selected crossing spot and preferably the aid of the rope is necessary before continuing on for about 1 km to where the trail meets the road coming down from the Rohtang Pass. Arrive Chatru {3360 M} and meet the Car/Jeep & drive to Manali, approx. 80 Km takes about 2 hours. Overnight stay at Hotel. 

Day 9 : (Chandigarh)Day 9 - Manali/Chandigarh:

Leave Manali after breakfast & drive to Chandigarh, approx. 390 Kms which takes about 6 Hours.  Upon arrival in Chandigarh transfer to railway station to Take evening fast train to Delhi. Arrive Delhi and transfer to a Hotel.

Day 10 : (New Delhi)Day 10 - Delhi/Onward Destination:

Departure Transfer to international airport to board your return flight for onward destination.