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Hamta Pass & Chandratal Lake A stunning cross over of 4268m Hamta Pass from Beas River valley to Chandra River valley in Lahaul and a visit to Chandratal Lake in Spiti

Hamta Pass & Chandratal Lake
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Trip Route : Jobri/Chika - Balu Ka Gera - Shea Goru - Chandratal - Manali
Activities
Trekking and Hiking
Overview

Hamta Pass at an altitude of 4268m, shaped like small corridor which connects Lahaul Spiti and Kullu Manali region of Himachal Pradesh. Hamta pass is frequently used by by Sheperds of lesser Himalayan region. Seeking for high altitude grassland in the dry cold desert of Lahaul during summer time. Numbers of wild flowers, varieties of herbs can be found at the altitude between 3000 to 3800m. Hamta pass lies on beautiful Pir Panjal range.
Setting off from Manali we drive to Sethan village 2700m and continue to Panduropa - Jobri. Our starting point of trek. Setting off from Jobri first we cross the ford on Jobri nallah originating from Deo Tibba massif. The route from Chikka to Jobri passes through forest of Deodar, Oak, walnut and Birch tree. Gradual climb to Jwara and Balu ka gera. Balu ka gera is better known for Bear's den or Bear's circle. Can see only during May end to mid June. Final ascent leads through boulder and scree to the pass. Spectacular view of Indrasan 6221m and Deo Tibba 6001m only can have on clear sky. Crossing river near Shea goru camp we descend to river bed and follow the left bank of Chandra River to Chhatru. Further drive near Chandratal Lake. A short walk to Lake of moon. It is 5 hrs drive back to Manali crossing Rohtang pass. With magnificent view of Manali and Solang valley while descending to Kothi.

Package Itinerary
  • Day 1 Manali (1950m), drive to Sethan (2700m) - Jobri (2800m), Trek to Chikka (3100m), 4 hrs
    Jobri/Chika

    Setting off from Manali we drive to Sethan - Jobri (2800m). Beginning to trek from here the trail passes through thick forest of Deodar, Oak, walnut and Birch tree to Chikka, which has beautiful campsite in an open meadows. 

  • Day 2 Chikka - Jwara 3450m - Balu ka Gera 3600m
    Balu Ka Gera

    Today leaving Chikka we follow the left banks of Hamta. Later we cross Hamta stream by bridge. Another wooden bridge at short distance. AroundChhika some fantastic view of Rocky Mountains. After crossing the second bridge we climb gently to Jwara for 2 hrs. walks. Where we will pass beneath the waterfall. The next adventure is going to be a stream crossing just before Jwara. With the help of Guide and if not, with the help of riding horse you may cross the stream. Now the trail gently climbs to Balu ka Gera campsite. From where we will have first view of our next day crossing of Hamta pass. It’s a beautiful campsite close to crystal clear water. Be aware of Bear in this area by early season trek and late season trek. The area itself is known for Bears Den. Keep exploring surrounding of you for a rare view of Bear.

  • Day 3 Balu Ka Gera -Hamta Pass (4268m) - Shia Goru (3900m) 7 Hrs
    Shea Goru

    A gradual climb begins after Bhalu ka gera (bears den). Balu ka Gera that is known for wild flowers, rocks and caves. A further 1: 30 hrs. Minutes trail takes you to Hamta pass. From Hamta pass fantastic view of Inderkila, Deo Tibba (6001m) and Indersan (6220m). Which is superb to see? After crossing the Hamta pass, one enters the Lahoul valley. Walk down to the campsite near by the stream. Overnight camp

  • Day 4 Trek to Chatru (3320m), 4-5 hrs. Drive to Chandratal Lake (4270m), back to Chandra River camp.
    Chandratal

    Cross-stream near the camp and follow the right bank until it joins with the Chandra River. Again, cross the same stream by small wooden bridge. Now follow the left bank of Chandra River. 30 minutes later a motor able bridge to be cross to reach at the campsite of Chhatru. After Chatru driving along the Chandra River to Chandratal Lake. Explore in around Lake and back to Chandra River camp. 

  • Day 5 Drive to Rohtang la (3978m) - Manali (2040 m) drive 4-5 hrs.
    Manali

    Today an early departure from camp, we drive back to Manali crossing Rohtang pass. Trip ends 

Inclusions

  • All ground transportation on a comfortable vehicle as per the itinerary. Pick up from your hotel to drop.
  • Twin sharing accommodation in spacious 3-4 season North face tents, down sleeping bags + liner, Potala design comfortable foam sleeping pads, a pair of trekking poles. Safety gear Ice axe, ropes, accessories and duffel bags for your baggage's.
  • 4 nights camp with all camping facilities: Mess tent, camp chairs and table
  • All meals during trek (Bed tea, breakfast, packed lunch, snacks, 3 course dinner) from Indian, local, Tibetan, Chinese and continental cuisine Veg and Non veg.
  • Support staff: Qualified & trained local guide, chef and camp boys.
  • Muleteer or Sherpa porters for portage of your baggage's.
  • Camping fee, trekking permits and fee, park fee.
  • Medical first kit includes medicine for high altitude sickness, mini oxygen bottles.
  • Includes Govt. Service tax 9% and local tax.

Exclusions

  • Hotel accommodation in Manali, Day 1st breakfast and last day dinner.
  • Travel insurance.
  • Mineral water or hard drinks.
  • Entrance fee at monuments, heritage sites, monasteries
  • Tips for Guide(s), cook(s), camp boy(s), muleteer(s), porter(s) and driver.
  • Any unforeseen cost arises by natural hazards rain, snow, road block which cost extra lodging and boarding beyond trip Schedule.

Testimonials

It was nice experience trekking for the first time in life for all the group. Guides were very good. Cook and his group were fabulous. Food was amazing, it was getting better by better by every day. Hamta pass was amazing and thrilling because of ice. All the staff were helping and accommodation was amazing. We all love trekking for five days. Day by day trekking was getting better and ...

Mr Krutik & group – RAJKOT – 17 June
Mr Krutik & Group – RAJKOT – 17 June
Trekking Gear & accessories Check List

What we provide

We provide all the GROUP GEAR included in the following list:

  • 3-4 Person roomy 3-4 season tents for 2 people and individual as well, dining tent, toilet tent. (Toilet seats on demand) and other camping accessories.
  •  Filtered drinking water for longer trips / Water purification tablets.
  •  Sleeping bags + liner and comfortable sleeping pads.
  • Kitchen tent, Stoves, fuel, cookware,etc.
  • Three course meal (Dinner), hot packed lunch, post trek snacks.
  • Trekking poles and Duffel bags
  •  Basic first aid box and mini oxygen bottles

What you may need - Your personal gear recommended in List :-

  • Day pack: A bit of bigger size in order to keep fleece, jacket, water bottle, camera, packed lunch,
Foot wear :-
  • Good condition trekking boots – not new used before in your country side for best fit for trekking, water proof.
  • Camp shoes, light and comfortable as running shoes or sandal ( like Teva ) for river crossing. Its necessity for you to bring sandles for river crossing.
  • Socks both Woollen and cotton as desire.
  • Clothing :-
  • Gore tex jacket or similar.
  •  Down jacket/vest is good for cool evenings.
  •  Wind/Rain jacket: (ie gore-tex, northface or similar) waterproof and breathable. Its necessity to have jacket while crossing passes.
  • Trekking pants, light, comfortable, water proof /breathable.
  •  Long sleeve shirt Light weight dry-fast (for sun/insect protection).
  •  T-shirts for day time
  •  One midweight/heavyweight fleece (long sleeve) jacket or warm pullover.
  • Short pants, underwear,
  • Sun Hat: cowboy style or baseball style to protect skin from direct sunlight.
  •  Woollen cap for high altitude or while crossing pass or during evenings in camp.
  •  One fleece or sweatpants for cold evenings during dining.
  •  A pair of Hand gloves or woolen gloves
  •  Scarf to protect from dust or sunlight around neck. This is available in local markets with variety of colors.

Accessories :-

  • Sun glasses with UV protection. An extra sun glass in case to replace.
  • Sun screen and lip protection.
  • Moisturizer cream: In Ladakh the air is dry and sun is harsh and strong during day. There are local moisturizer cream available in market. To avoid somehow skin allergy bring your personal cream.
  •  Water bottle. Minimum I - 2 liter.
  • Trekking poles or sticks. If you have your own folded poles.
  • Torch or one head lamp with extra batteries. Petzl or similar.
  •  One toiletories kit, small towel.
  •  Reading and writing materials.
  • Digital Camera or digital video recorder / solar charger.
  •  Water purification tablets
  • Nylone or water proof plastic bags to storage clothes and stuff
  • One pocket knife light.

Others :-

  • Gaiter
  •  Water purification/filter: we boil water for you in the camp, what its essential you to have a water purification tablets or filter during the day of trekking.
  • Mosquito rappallent cream.
  • Small Binocular.
  •  First aid kit: We carry basic first aid kit with diamox, aspirin, paracetemol, antibiotics for diarrhoea, anticeptic, bandage and band aids, Please you bring your personal first aid kit with medicine you think to need necessity for you.
  •  Vitamine tablets or similar.
  • Extra passport photos.
  •  A bottle of wine to enjoy with staff, if you drink. Or to use for other purposes.