WHY SHOULD YOU TAKE THIS TREK?
Located in the Himalayan Pir Panjal range and rising to an altitude of more than 14000 feet, the Hampta Pass Trek is one of the most unique and thrilling treks that the Himalayas have to offer. It is lauded by thrillophiliacs and premier trekkers as one of the most stupendous scenery changing experiences of one’s lifetime. This is because the trek ascends from pristine maple forests to high altitude open grasslands of the Kullu valley and dramatically twists into the rugged desert landscapes of Spiti valley. The trek route is also peppered with vertical rock walls, astonishing waterfalls, hanging glaciers, sinewy pinewoods, blushing rhododendron forests and several peaks rising tall (some even above 19000 feet). All in all, the Hampta Pass trek is truly an unforgettable experience not only because of the contrasting terrains that trekkers experience but also because of the splendid natural views that the narrow valley has to offer.
Indulge in one of India’s most dramatic treks: twists and turns ahead!
EVERYTHING YOU WANT TO KNOW ABOUT THIS TREK
- Check in The Hosteller Manali at around 11 am. Drop your bags in your rooms and take some time to check out the entire hostels. Lounge in the comfy common room sofas and take some quirky selfies at The Hogger Cafe.
- The Hosteller Manali is located super close to the main town of Manali so you can take a quick tour of the city while you are at it. We recommend trying the local ‘momos’ at Mall Road and maybe some juicy strawberries.
- As evening descends, our trip coordinator will take you on an initial acclimatization walk. This is to ensure that you are warmed up for the next two days of the trek.
- Gather around the bonfire later as our trip coordinator engages everyone in a game of Never Have I Ever – the Travel edition! Get to know him and all your fellow trekkers a little bit better.
- A delicious vegetarian is served before you retire at night.
Meals: Dinner only.
- A hearty breakfast is served in the morning. Eat well and charge yourself for the day. After all, breakfast is the most important meal they say!
- The first part of the trek is the drive to Jagatsukh. The drive to Jagatsukh is a short and pleasant one, which will go by only in a matter of time. (the excitement builds!)
- The small town of Jagatsukh serves as our first stop as we begin to ascent to Baggi. The entire area is peppered with large apple orchards so DO NOT forget to sample some of these sweet, juicy treats.
- Traversing through postcard-worthy dense pine forests, our trek leader will guide you to the first base camp of Baggi.
- Challenge yourself and help set up the camps for the night. In authentic trekking spirit – we shall be unloading the tents from our porter (mules) and setting up the sleeping tents and kitchen tents.
- A good idea now is to form an assembly line for dinner preparations. Our trip coordinator shall give you an impromptu lesson on how to cook in the wilderness. Bear Grylls who?
- After dinner, you can laze around under the star-dotted skies and lull yourself into a fitful sleep.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
- Roll up those sleeping bags and get ready for another day of fantastic views and maybe a little sun on your eyes. After a hearty communal breakfast, we will start the trek onward to Sarotu.
- We shall be crossing the vast grazing lands of Saraha Baggi on the way to Sarotu. Stop a while a Saraha Baggi and soak in the phenomenal views that it provides.
- Known as the ‘best seat in Manali’ this vantage point provides absolutely phenomenal views of the entire valley. For all of you photo enthusiasts, this is the perfect photo op.
- We shall proceed onward to the final destination of Sarotu. On the way, you shall cross large meadows filled with yellow flowers, several open grasslands filled with grazing buffaloes and horses till you finally reach your last campsite.
- The campsite is a wide meadow that is way too much fun to run around and get breathless in. Relive your childhood and enjoy the simple pleasures of nature – the chirruping of hill mynas, the gurgling of a freshwater stream and the neighing of wild horses.
- Set up camps like the night before. If you can collect a bunch of firewood – then a bonfire can most definitely ensue. Play a game of Bluff around the fire or indulge in a traditional song circle to hum your favourite tunes. A perfect ending to the day.
- Delicious vegetarian meals (which you probably helped to cook) will be served around the bonfire.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
- We bet you will rub your eyes quite a few times when you wake up. The gorgeous views of the valley will seem quite unbelievable at first.
- After a hearty breakfast, our trek leader will escort you back down to Jagatsukh.
- Catch up on any missing photo ops on the way. This is the last day, so we permit you to bug our trek leader to stop as many times as you’d like. Don’t’ miss a single selfie in the great outdoors!
- The trip ends at Jagatsukh. Our trip coordinator will click that one last groupfie (which will be sent to all of you later in the week).
- Merry meet and merry part folks!
Meals: Breakfast only.
Meals & stay as mentioned in the itinerary.
Camping & trekking equipment.
Expert trek leader and local guide.
Forest permit charges.
First aid (if needed).
Lunch on all days.
Local transfers to and from Manali.
Any personal expenses and needs.
Any unforeseen fees/costs due to natural causes or government policies.
Trekking equipment like trekking shoes, hiking pole etc.
Comfortable clothing and raincoat.
Warm woollen clothes.
Items like knife, lighter, torch, power banks, notebook, pen etc.
Camera or any other photography/videography equipment (personal decision).
All disclosure form (shared by The Hosteller).
Q: What is the best time to do this trek in the year?
A: March – October.
Q: What is the difficulty level of this trek?
A: This trek is only moderately difficult. With the right fitness routine and basic hiking skills, even beginners can attempt it.
Q: What should I pack?
A: Refer to our “things to carry” section.
Q: Would I need to buy camping equipment and accessories?
A: No, you don’t need to buy anything except items listed in “things to carry” section.
Q: Who would lead us on the trek?
A: Our highly experienced trek leaders would guide the trek.
Q: How would the weather be during the trek?
A: March – June (Bright & Sunny)
July – August (Sunny & Rainy)
September – October (Bright & Sunny)
November – December (Snowy).
Q: What all activities would be involved apart from trekking?
A: Apart from trekking, you would also be learning how to set up your camps, lighting a bonfire, jungle survival techniques, stargazing, s’more making and much more.
Q: How do I pack?
A: We recommend you pack lightly but efficiently. Avoid overloading your backpack and do not carry any airbags or suitcases on the trek.
Cancellations made 7 days before the start date of the trip will attract 50% of booking value as cancellation fees.
Cancellations made within 3 days before the start date of the trip will attract 100% of booking value cancellation fees.
In the case of unforeseen weather conditions or government restrictions, certain activities may be canceled and in such cases, the operator will try his best to provide an alternate feasible activity. However, no refund will be provided for the same.
Refunds would be made through bank transfer and would be processed within 5-7 working days