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Hampta Pass – Just right for first time trekkers


Hampta Pass is a beginners delight in every possible way, be it easy accessibility, mystical pine forest, mesmerizing meadows, adrenaline pumping river crossings and a high altitude mountain pass. It is named after the Hampta village situated in there; shepherds and villagers used the pass to enter in Lahaul Spiti valley of Himachal. This has been traditionally the alternate route between Lahaul and Kullu Valley before the road was built over Rohtang Pass.


Day1: The trail for the trek began once we crossed the hydel power project buildings. We started walking through the magical pine forest. After some time, with a mild gradient we ascended a wooden bridge to cross a beautiful sparkling fresh water stream. It was a beautiful location for photography. We had a Photography / Lunch break on the banks of the stream. We could not wait to grab the opportunity to capture the beauty of the location in our camera. We walked further along the banks of the river for about couple hours to reach Chikka (Camp site). The location of the camp site was right at the middle of a riverbed of two streams flowing along side. We could hear the burble of stream the whole night. I would like to introduce our team here. We are independent small group of people from different parts of the country; began as strangers and befriended by end of the trek. Day2: The weather was pleasantly cold since it was summer (June end). Moreover, we got acclimatized during the base camp too. After a nice nap in the lap of Mother Nature, we began to ascend to our next destination Balu Ka Gera (Balu ka Gera means heap of sand) which is about 4-5 hours gradual ascent from Chikka. We played dump charades and had good fun; almost everyone was known to each other on this day. Day3: I must confess that this is the D(difficult)-day since our ascent to Hampta Pass (4100m) in extreme climatic conditions. The day started with rain and cold breeze and then started snowing. The entire day’s ascent continued under the snow. It was a daunting task for us to make our way through. Some of the members got terribly exhausted. We are thankful to our trek lead and the porters for their support to help us cross the snow laden pass. The ascent was getting harder and more difficult since it was getting steeper and slippery due to snow fall. After descending for an hour, the humongous snow laden valley appeared in front us. We were all awestruck by the sight and realized that our snow sliding dream will come true here. The day was full of twists and turns☺ and finally came to an end. We reached our camp site named Shiagoru which is in spiti valley.

Day 4: The fourth day was a great Himalayan blessing. Almighty was kind. There was no drizzle and the sky was bright and clear. We moved towards Chatru. We had to cross the Chandra River. This river starts from the high altitude lake called "Chandrataal".

Day 5 [End of Trek]: This was the last day of our journey towards the crescent lake chandrataal also called Moon Lake. This is one of the motorable lakes in the Himachal region.

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About Author: Author is an engineer by profession and a hardcore traveler. Being an outdoor person, his hobbies are trekking, Photography, Playing games and reading books. Apart from this, he does spent some time for social causes like Tree plantation, Cleanup activities etc.

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