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Hamta Pass 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
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Trekking & Walking Holidays
Overview

Hamta  Pass trek is most beautiful trek around Manali and can be done by anyone reasonably fit. Hamta pass lies on beautiful Pir Panjal range and is small corridor between Lahaul and Kullu valley of Himachal Pradesh. Hamta village is located below Sethan village and from where it got its name. This pass is frequently used 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. 

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 Chatru. Where out trek ends. Finally 3 - 4 hrs drive back to Manali crossing Rohtang pass. With magnificent view of Manali and Solang valley while descending to Kothi. 

TRIP FACTS
Kullu Lahaul region - Himachal Pradesh
Difficulty Level - Moderate,
Max Altitude - 4268 m
Trip Length - 5/6 days Delhi to Delhi, 5 days Manali to Manali,
Activity - Trekking, hiking, walking holiday
Best time - May end to June, July, Aug, Sept to Oct end

INCLUDED IN THE COST
1) All ground transportation to & fro as per itinerary.
2) Accommodation in spacious 3-4 season tents, sleeping bags, comfortable foam sleeping pads, a pair of trekking poles. 
3) 4 nights camp with all camping facilities: Mess tent, camp chairs and table
4) All meals during trek from Indian, local, Tibetan, Chinese and continental cuisine.
5) Support staff: Qualified & trained local guide, chef and camp boys.
6) Muleteer or Sherpa porters for portage of your baggage's.
7) Camping fee, trekking permits and fee, park fee.
8) Medical first kit includes medicine for high altitude sickness, mini oxygen bottles.
9) Includes GST 5%.


OUTLINE ITINERARY
Day 1  Manali (1950m), drive to Sethan (2700m) - Jobri (2800m), Trek to Chikka (3100m), 4 hrs
Day 2  Trek to Jwara 3450m - Balu Gera 3600m
Day 3  Trek to Hamta Pass (4268m) - Shia Goru (3900m) 7 Hrs
Day 4  Trek to Chatru (3320m), 4-5 hrs. Drive to Chandratal Lake (4270m), back to Chandra River camp.
Day 5  Drive to Rohtang la (3978m) - Manali (2040 m) 4-5 hrs.


TRIP DOSSIER
DAY 1: MANALI (1950m), DRIVE TO PANDUROPA (2700m) - JOBRI (2800m), TREK TO CHHIKKA (3100m), 4 hrs
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: TREK TO JWARA 3450m - BALU GERA 3600m
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. 
Balu Ka Gera
(Pic) First view of Hamta pass from Balu Ka Gera

DAY 3: TREK TO HAMTA PASS (4268m) - SHEA GORU (3900m) 7 Hrs
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 

(Pic) - Potala Adventurers first Hamta Pass trek - Early June of 1997 - 

DAY 4: TREK TO CHHATRU (3320m), 4-5 hrs. DRIVE TO CHANDRATAAL LAKE (4270m), BACK TO CHANDRA RIVER CAMP.
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. 

(Pic) - Potala Adventurers - October Hamta Pass trek - at Chandrataal 4270m

DAY 5: DRIVE TO ROHTANG LA (3978m) - MANALI (2040 m) 4-5 hrs.
Today an early departure from camp, we drive back to Manali crossing Rohtang pass. Trip ends 

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

    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

    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

    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.

    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.

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

Inclusions

·  All ground transportation to & fro as per the itinerary.

·  Accommodation in spacious 3-4 season tents, sleeping bags, comfortable foam sleeping pads, trekking poles.

·  4 nights camp with all camping facilities: Mess tent, camp chairs and table

·  All meals during trek from Indian, local, Tibetan, Chinese and continental cuisine.

·  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 GST 5%.

 

Exclusions

·  Hotel accommodation in Manali, Day 1st breakfast and last day dinner.

·  Travel insurance.

·  Soft or hard drinks.

·  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 and beyond trip Schedule.

 

Testimonials

We would like to thank you for a wonderful experience we had with your team.This was a great 4 days walk, with great treats from the crew.Everything was so well organized, comfortable and in good and safe manner.I will put a good review for Potala on the different websites, as our appreciation for your great team.On behalf of all the group,Thank you

Mr. Shai And Group of 12 - Israel - 5 August 2017
Mr. Shai And Group Of 12 - Israel - 5 August 2017

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.