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Hampta Pass Trek is One of The Most Adventurous Treks in Himachal Pradesh

by Geetika Gautam

The Hampta Pass Trek is a trek that most people can easily do by themselves. Most of the route includes moderate heights, which means it doesn’t take too much effort to walk. However, there’s one stretch in particular where the height increases and requires some climbing help. It is an extremely rewarding hike and an amazing experience for people looking for a challenge. Also, it is for those who are just trying something new. It’s also fairly easy to travel around the places that are nearby.

From Manali to Hampta Pass: 

On Day 1, you’ll start at Manali. From there, take a bus to Koksar which is a little more than 12 km away (an hour drive). On your way, you’ll pass other locations like Solang Valley, Kalga and Sissu. From Koksar onwards, it will mostly be a cold, barren landscape with small villages here and there. The trek will start from Koksar onwards, as you’ll need to climb to the Hampta pass, which is at an elevation of around 7500 ft. 

From this point onwards, the weather will continue to stay cold and bleak. You’ll also be walking for about 10 km for a total distance of about 14 km (6 miles). There’s one location where you can stay overnight – it’s called Hampta Pass Camp. The camp is located in a nice spot with a view of the mountains. The place is fairly well maintained. You can charge your devices here. There are also some ‘traditional’ restaurants that you can eat at.

There’s one restaurant where the experience is not worth much. But if you plan to trek further south, then you might want to check out another nearby location – it’s called Sang-La .

Manali to Sankri Pass: 

You’ll continue for another 10 km or so and reach a place called Sankri Pass. From here, the trail will take you up another 40 km or so before you meet Pangi village. 

The trail continues further up to Sankri (over 8000 ft), hence the name (Sankri is just a destination). It’s more of a gradual climb with mostly wide open places to walk in. This part of the journey offers beautiful views and opportunities to enjoy nature. The trek continues to continue through the day and you’ll reach Sankri (over 8000 ft) in the afternoon. There is nothing to do here other than take lunch or dinner at one of the restaurants. Sankri is also a good place to stay overnight if you have time.

Hampta Pass: 

Hampta is a village that was carved out of the mountains during ancient times by some mighty Rishis and Yogis who wanted to live in seclusion away from all worldly matters. The trek continues for about another 55 km or so through the beautiful and barren snowy landscape, before you reach Hampta Pass (8000 ft). The pass is considered to be the highest point in Himachal Pradesh. 

From here onwards, the trail is much less ‘interesting’ as there’s only a road that leads further down to various villages like Dharampur and Kiogarh. After the pass, you’ll need to walk for another 45 km or so. From Hampta to Dharampur village (6000 ft), the trek can be done by almost everyone. There are some hotels and restaurants available on the way if you need food/shelter. If you’re planning on staying overnight, then it is better  to go to Kiogarh village (5000 ft). But it takes nearly an hour or so of walking to reach there. You can also stay overnight at Dharampur .

The trek continues from Dharampur or Kiogarh. You’ll need to walk for another 35 km or so, which will take you over a mountainous terrain with many alpine lakes. You’ll reach the next stop at Deo village. There are probably some hotels & restaurants here if you’re in need of some food or shelter for the night. The trek then concludes with a long walk down to Kalpa-La (5000 ft).

It is better having a local guide at least while walking through Hampta Pass, as there’s always a high chance of getting lost on this stretch – particularly when clouds start to form over the mountains.

Also, it’s better to have some prior knowledge about the area, such as some things about the culture and communication methods with locals in case it gets foggy and you can’t see anything.

Why is Hampta Pass a Must Do Trek?

Nestled in the Himalayas at an altitude of 3,000 meters, Hampta Pass is one of the most scenic and popular treks in India. Carefully plotted itineraries running from two days to five days will take you through some of the most beautiful mountain terrain on earth. Enjoy breathtaking views from Sar Pass at 5,029 meters, witness a colorful celebration during festival time at Kausani and local arts and crafts made by the friendly people who inhabit this region. The village of Bhimbetka is known for its interesting rock inscriptions, temples and cave paintings. The museums of Hampta and Pataliputra are a must visit as well. The twelfth century A.D. Pataliputra, capital of the Mauryan Empire during the rule of emperor Asoka, attracts many visitors who come to explore this museum dedicated to an unknown period in history.

What You Can Expect at Hampta Pass Trek?

If you’re thinking about the Hampta Pass Trek, then you must be looking for some adventures! This hike takes you through mountain ranges and along glaciers. This trek also covers two valley names – the verdant Kullu Valley and Spiti valley in Himachal. 

How Difficult is The Hampta Pass Trek?

Ever thought of trekking through the Hampta Pass Trek? Here’s some great advice and suggestions on what you should take with you. Hampta Pass Trek is considered one of the adventurous treks. This trail attracts people from all over the world. Because it is an adventure that requires courage, determination, physical endurance, and mental toughness.

It is a fact that this path is not just a trek but almost an ascent. It combines both steep mountain paths and dense jungle climbs. The elevation changes can be up to 4,500 metres (15,000 feet) in the short distance of 120 kilometres (75 miles). 

Though the Hampta Pass Trek is a high altitude trek, it can be done for almost 6 months in a year. The best time to trek is between June and September.

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