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 a small corridor between Lahaul and Kullu valley of Himachal Pradesh. Hamta pass is frequently used by Shepherds of the lesser Himalayan region. Seeking for high altitude grassland in the dry cold desert of Lahaul during summer time. Numbers of wildflowers, 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 the 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 the forest of Deodar, Oak, walnut and Birch tree. A gradual climb to Jwara and Balu ka ghera. Balu ka ghera 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 Hamta pass. Spectacular view of Indrasan 6221m and Deo Tibba 6001m only can have on a clear sky. Crossing river near Shea goru camp we descend to the river bed and follow the left bank of Chandra River to Chatru. Where out trek ends. From Chatru we drive to visit Chandratal and spend few hours at this Lake and return back to Chatru cam. Finally, drive back to Manali crossing Rohtang pass. With a magnificent view of Manali and Solang valley while descending to Kothi.
Activity - Trekking & hiking, Region: Manali & Lahaul Spiti, Himachal, Difficulty level-Moderate,
Max Altitude - 4270 meters, Max sleeping altitude - 3900 meters, Lowest trek altitude - 2700 meters,
Trip Length - 6 - 7 days Delhi to Delhi, 5 days Manali to Manali, 4 days trekking, 4 nights camping,
Best time - Mid June to Mid Oct
Hamta pass - Chandratal 5 days (Mid June to Mid Oct)
Day 1: Manali (1950m) to Jobri (2800m) drive 1 hr, trek to Chikka (3100m), 4-5 hrs.
Day 2: Chikka to Jwara (3450m) - Balu ka Ghera (3600m), trek 5/6 hrs.
Day 3: Balu gera to Hamta Pass (4268m) - Shea Ghoru (3900m), trek, 7 - 8 hrs.
Day 4: Shea Goru to Chatru (3320m), trek 5-6 hrs, Visit Chandratal (4270m) & back to Chatru
Day 5: Chatru to Rohtang La (3980m) - Manali, drive 5-6 hrs.
Hamta pass trek - Detailed itinerary
Day 1: Manali (1950m), Drive Jobri (2800m) 1 hr, Trek Chikka (3100m), 4 hrs (LD)
Setting off from Manali we drive to Jobri (2800m). An early departure from Manali, we drive 3 km south of Manali on the left bank of Beas River to Prini village. Continue to drive through the Prini to Hamta and Sethan village. Sethan village is small settlements of early horseman known as Khampas of Tibetan origin. En suite road goes through alpine forest to the Panduropa (2700m), Panduropa is known for the small paddy field - where Pandavas of Mahabharata during their exile, spent a part of the time in this region and said to be cultivated crops at Panduropa. Continue until reaching Jobri.
Our starting point of the trek. Leaving Jobri at first crossing of the bridge on Jobri nallah.
Beginning to trek from here the trail passes through the thick forest of Deodar, Oak, walnut and Birch tree to Chikka, which has beautiful meadows. Soon along the left bank for few minutes than along the right bank of Hamta nallah to Chikka. (3100m). Around Chhika some fantastic view of Rocky Mountains.
Day 2: Trek Jwara 3450m - Balu Ghera 3600m, 6 hrs, (BLD)
After crossing the second bridge we climb gently to Jwara for 2 hrs along the right banks of Hamta nallah. We will pass beneath the waterfall. The next adventure is going to be a stream crossing just before Jwara. Beautiful meadows at Jwara. From Jwara trail gently climbs to Balu ka Gera. From where we will have the first view 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.
A gradual climb begins after Bhalu ka gera. Balu ka Gera that is known for wildflowers, rocks, and caves. From where we will have the first view of our next day crossing of Hamta pass. It’s a beautiful campsite close to crystal clear water.
Day 3: Trek Hamta Pass (4268m) - Shea Goru (3900m) 7-8 Hrs (BLD)
An early departure from camp, as there is a long walk today and crossing of Hamta pass. The gradual climb begins soon after leaving Balu Ghera. It may take three to four hours to reach the Hamta pass. From Hamta pass fantastic view of Deo Tibba (6001m) and Indrasan peak (6220m). After crossing the Hamta pass steep descent to Shea goru plains for overnight camp. Crossing Hamta pass the landscape changes dramatically from lush green to barren semi-desert of Lahaul. This pass is located on the easternmost part of Pir Panjal range.
Day 4: Shea Goru to Chatru (3320m), trek 5-6 hrs, Visit Chandratal (4270m) & back to Chatru or Daddar bridge camp.
clear visible peaks nearby are Moulkila (highest in Lahaul), CB 13, CB 14 and far across Pinnacle peaks rising above Bara Shigri glacier. Explore the Lake and its surroundings and finally drive back to camp.
Day 5: .
North slopes of Rohtang la - Lahaul Valley
Southern slopes of Rohtang la - Kullu valley
Hamta pass trek reviews
"Thank you for a memorable and adventurous trip in Manali. This is my first time visiting the Himalayas. I felt welcome and enjoyable. The home stay is comfortable and your family is hospitable. Although tiring, this 5 days and 4 nights Hampta pass trek had given me a new experience. The guide Ravinder and the helpers are helpful and knowledgeable. I am very blessed and grateful that I have join Potala Adventures for this trek. If given a chance and time, I will definitely come for more trekking and adventures in the Himalayas with Potala Adventures. Thank you. Cheers"
Chong Wen Hao, MALAYSIA
"Having no experience in trekking what so ever, this trip has surely been an eye opener and a true vacation at the same time.The organization was excellent in all respects, the guidance and infrastructure were professional and adequate. This enabled us to enjoy the mountains fully and evolve the high altitude safely. We are already looking forward to trekking in the future, this trip being the inspiration to many more to come. With many thanks to the staff and organizer. "
Mr. A. Priusken & group - AMSTERDEM - The Netherlands (3 Aug - 12 Aug ) Hamta pass Chandratal & Spiti tour
"We arrived from Mumbai for this trek & from day 1 it was an amazing experience. The organizer (Mr Prem Singh) were very helpful. They guided us throughout our stay. Day 1 began with a small trek & towards the end it was of long duration. The arrangements made by the organizer were very good, especially the food. The guide Mr Ravinder was extremely good and provided us with all the information & the history of the places throughout the trek. Last but not the least it was a wonderful experience in the Himalayas. The organizer Potala Adventures made this trek much more amazing."
"Excellent trekking experience especially for first timer like me. I will definitely going to recommend Potala Adventures to anyone who wants to explore Himachal thrill. Properly organized treks with all amenities during camping. *FIVE STAR*."
"Trip arrangement was very good. For beginners it was well executed. Food quality, sleeping arrangements were up to the expectation. Travel was properly managed. Tour guide made all the trekking part easy & was fluent in communication which helped a lot. I`d give five star for entire trip arrangement & execution and will happily recommend to beginners."
Mr. Ajay, Anshul, Ashwin - MUMBAI - 29th Sept - 3rd Oct - Hamta pass - Chandratal trek
“Dear Potala Adventures Team, We really enjoyed the trek with the team. The food, planning, equipment were fantastic. Our guide was very helpful and caring. We could definitely recommend Potala Adventure and would again take services with Potala Adventures. "
Mr Anchal K. and group – Varanasi - 1 July
"The trek was really good. Had best experience of the trek. We enjoyed a lot. It was a thrilling experience. Management was excellent. The food was also good. Tara bhai and Paldhan bhai were the coolest guide ever. They helped us a lot."
Ms Pooja D & Group of 17 people
Mumbai - 10th July 2016
" I speak on behalf of my group of 8 and I am glad that we have chose Potala Adventures. They organized our trekking to the best of their abilities which far exceeded what we expected. Our guides and the whole team was really very supportive and we are glad that they were with us. Food was great !!! Our luggage carriers were also very nice people and we thank them for carrying our luggage. Over all our experience has far exceeded our expectation and for that we thank Potala Adventures and their whole team. Sincerely ."
Mr Ruchir, Meet, Roshani, Parth, Harshraj
& group - Vadodara - Gujarat
18th June 2016
"My entire journey was excellent. The two portions were like different trips. I very much enjoyed the trek. Manali - Leh highway was brutal yet visually stunning. My time in Leh was also quite enjoyable I felt, Potala Adventurers had organized things very well. The hotel in Leh was wonderful and I am happy I cancelled the time in Srinagar due to the current political climate there.."
Mr Joseph Arison T. - Beverly Hills - California - 26th July 2016
"Food, hospitality and management was very nice. We will definitely recommend to other people. We will also come next year or year later."
Mr Charuhas C. & group - Kolkata - 3 July 2016
"The trek was amazing. Very well organized. The whole team was very helpful & courteous. Special thanks to guide Pritam for bearing with us. Thank you so much."
Megha, Chahat, Prateek & Litty - Kolkata - 27th June 2016
"Trekking to Hamta pass through Potala was a lifetime experience !. The staff gave such a royal treatment that you would never expect on a camp. The quality of tents, sleeping bags, food etc was all superb. I would recommend Potala Adventurers to everyone. It is probably the best for camping ."
Miss Muskan K. - Delhi - 29th May 2016
"Awesome experience !! Small details taken care of from the beginning. Thank you for the hospitality. Everyone was very nice from the cook to the porters. Special thanks for crew. They took very good care of us. Exceptional service and very courteous staff. Will surely come back !! - Thanks."
Shipra S. - Bangalore - 29th May 2016
"Great team, superb food. Hamta pass trek with Potala was first trek. Overall great experience. Can't get any better" "The trek was difficult but the team provided by the tour was really nice. Great food and great team" "First trek was really nice. The guide was really helpful and experienced. Food was amazing. Can't wait to trek again."
Mr Nikunj, Rohan and Yash - Mumbai - 25th May 2016
"Nous sommes deux étudiants Francais en échange en Inde et nous avons décide de faire le trek de Hampta pass avec Potala Adventurers. Le trek etait magnifique avec des paysages incroyables. Nous avons passe super moments avec l'équipe de 4 porteurs ainsi que le cuisinier et le guide. En conclusion, super trek et super equipe." Mr Theo & Louis - France - 10 Oct
"Nous avons passe un très bon trek de 4 jours avec notre guide Prem. Il a tout organisé pour notre group de 6 personnes: Le campement, les repas, même les petits conseils pour s'adapter a l'altitude étaient au rendez-vous. Merci a toute l'équipe de Potala Aventurers pour le voyage."
"The trek was really cool, the guide is really kind and attentive to our problems. He accepts to change the trek steps according to our needs which was really kind of his part. Moreover, everything was well organized, the food was incredible according to the highness where we were."
Mr. Clement, Mr Benoit & group of 6 - France - 1 Oct - 4 Oct
"Potala .....An experience in itself ! The support staff & team they have (Kamal, Ranga, Direndra, Bhista, Kishan Baba) is 5-star quality. Recommend their cook, who can whip up anything you like at any temprature. And not to forget Ravinder for his patience with 2 seemingly all knowing beginners. Thank you Potala, you made the spectacular. Views very enjoyable in true "Adventure" style."
Team: Dr Rohit and Dr Sreemayi (Support staff: 7 porters Nepali, Guide Ravinder and Cook Karma. 19 May - 23 May 2014
Setting off from Manali we drive to Jobri (2800m). An early departure from Manali, we drive 3 km south of Manali on the left bank of Beas River to Prini village. Continue to drive through the Prini to Hamta and Sethan village. Sethan village is small settlements of early horseman known as Khampas of Tibetan origin. En suite road goes through alpine forest to the Panduropa (2700m), Panduropa is known for the small paddy field - where Pandavas of Mahabharata during their exile, spent a part of time in this region and said to be cultivated crops at Panduropa. Continue until reaching Jobri.
Our starting point of trek. Leaving Jobri at first crossing of bridge on Jobri nallah.
Beginning to trek from here the trail passes through thick forest of Deodar, Oak, walnut and Birch tree to Chikka, which has beautiful meadows. Soon along the left bank for few minutes than along the right bank of Hamta nallah to Chikka. (3100m). Around Chhika some fantastic view of Rocky Mountains.
After crossing the second bridge we climb gently to Jwara for 2 hrs along the right banks of Hamta nallah. We will pass beneath the waterfall. The next adventure is going to be a stream crossing just before Jwara. Beautiful meadows at Jwara. From Jwara trail gently climbs to Balu ka Gera. From where we will have first view 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.
A gradual climb begins after Bhalu ka gera. Balu ka Gera that is known for wild flowers, rocks and caves. 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.
An early departure from camp, as there is long walk today and crossing of Hamta pass. Gradual climb begins soon after leaving Balu Ghera. It may take three to four hours to reach Hamta pass. From Hamta pass fantastic view of Deo Tibba (6001m) and Indrasan peak (6220m). After crossing the Hamta pass steep descent to Shea goru plains for overnight camp. Crossing Hamta pass the landscape changes dramatically from lush green to barren semi dessert of Lahaul. This pass is located on the eastern most part of Pir panjal range.
Today we cross-stream near the camp and follow
the right bank until it joins with the Chandra River. Soon after crossing the
stream relatively easy descent to Chandra valley floor. We pass beneath the
huge rocky mountain and trail goes through moraines and boulders. Arriving at
valley floor and crossing the stream by bridge, easy trail along the Chandra
River to until reaching Chatru. Arriving at Chhatru you
will drive to visit Chandratal Lake. This lake is situated
at 4270m. Enroute Some of clear visible peaks nearby are Moulkila (highest in
Lahaul), CB 13, CB 14 and far across Pinnacle peaks rising above Bara Shigri
glacier. Explore the Lake and its surroundings and finally drive back to camp.
Today after breakfast drive
to Gramphoo at the foot of Rohtang pass and road winds up to the pass. Spend
few time at Rohtang pass and finally road winds down to Marhi.
Ø All ground transportation to & fro as per the itinerary.
Ø Pickup from hotel and drop at hotel in Manali.
Ø All camping facilities: Mess tent, camp chairs and table.
Ø Accommodation in 4 season tents, sleeping bags, foam mattress, trekking poles & safety gears.
Ø Meals on full board (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) Tea, snacks during the trek
Ø Qualified & trained well English speaking trekking guide and experienced crew.
Ø Porters or mules for porterage of trekking gear and your baggages.
Ø Camping fee, trekking permits and park fee.
Ø Goods and services tax.
Ø First aid medical kit
× Domestic flight. Delhi - Kullu, Kullu - Delhi
× Hotel in Manali.
× Delhi - Manali, Chandigarh - Manali transfer (Booking of private car on request)
× Travel insurance.
× Soft or hard drinks.
× Personal tip to staff: Guide, cook, helper, horseman, driver.
× Any unforeseen cost arises by natural hazards rain, snow, road block which cost extra lodging & boarding beyond trip Schedule.
“good organization. Fast feedback/answers on emails, great pickup at bus station at 4 am and breakfast at Tenzin’s home. Good equipment. To Guide: good communication. We learned a lot about India. Good advice for further travel planning, knows a lot about nature, animals and plants. We are very satisfied with the guide. To Cook: Incredible great food. It’s amazing what he is able to produce in the ...
“We took a trip with Potala Adventures to Hamta pass. All the people i.e. the group leader were excellent. The group helper was fantastic, the horseman did a fantastic job, and overall the team was excellent. We all had a great time. We surely would do a trek again with same team. The food we ate was excellent. ”
“Thank you so much for an incredible experience in the Himalayas. As it was our first trekking trip, we were extremely grateful to have such a wonderful team guiding us every step of the way. Everybody was extremely helpful and welcoming. We will surely return soon for another amazing adventure. A special shout out to Ravinder, he was an incredible guide – we have been on several trips but have ...
“Good communication with clients from UK – regular updates about travel – itinerary and variations on possible trek. Local knowledge excellent and efficient rides up from hotel. Driver was superb – careful yet aware of deadlines. Cook was first rate – variety of dishes and regular thought given to packed lunch, breakfast + dinner. Tents were comfortable, like sleeping bags + equipment. Guide was superb and extremely obliging – shared vast knowledge of flora and fauna regularly ...
"Our trek with Potala Adventures was fantastic from start to end. Booking was quick and easy. The trek itself was amazing. We walked Hamta pass and Chandratal. The food was outstanding and our guide extremely friendly and helpful. Apart from the walking you wouldn’t know you were on a mountainside. I would recommend anyone trekking from Manali to choose Potala Adventures. Thanks to them all. ""I had a fantastic ...
Trek Name: Hamta Pass and Chandra Tal - Days: 4 nights 5 days. Guide: very informative, helpful and friendly. Took good care and guided well.Cook: cooked very delicious food, very fast. Did not say no to anything we asked. Horseman: Megh Singh. Nice guy, friendly.Equipment: Excellent, all in good conditions. About Potala: Overall I was a beautiful, memorable experience. Service offered by Potala was very good ...
“We the member of Parvat Abhiyatri Sangha (South), Tollygung, Kolkata have completed the trek to Hamta pass & Chandratal on & from 05.10 to 10.10 under the afornoted agency. The arrangement was excellent particularly Ravinder, the guide & Prem , the cook. We were very well fed and the logistic supports, particularly the tent, sleeping bags were in good condition. The only short coming was that no tent lamp was provided and the ...
"The trek was really cool, the guide is really kind and attentive to our problems. He accepts to change the trek steps according to our needs which was really kind of his part. Moreover, everything was well organized, the food was incredible according to the highness where we were." Benoit Richer - FRANCE "Nous avons passe un tres bon trek de 4 jours avec notre guide Prem Singh. Il a ...
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
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 ...