Complete Trek Information
Day 1. Jobra to Chika
(2 hours easy ascent 9800 ft to 10,400 ft)
The forest is mostly Pine with an occasional Maple tree with its new lush green leaves -a pleasant change in the vegetation.Its an easy slope and after 20 minutes into the forest, you come to a bend with a huge rock which overlooks a meadow strewn with small rocks. Take a photo/water break at the rock and head into the meadow.
(4 hours easy ascent)
You are now at Jwara.
The river has snow flows melting and feeding it while numerous sheep and mules feed on the green grass. In front are snow clad mountains beyond which somewhere lies the Hampta Pass.
Day 3. Balu-Ka-Gera to Shea Goru crossing Hampta Pass
(8-9 hours Easy to moderately steep ascents followed by a sharp descent )
You will want to take a small break on top of the pass so make it your target to reach the pass by lunch time, have lunch there and then start the descent.
Here you get to see the Deo Tibba peak right in front of you.
Take a breather, wait for your team to catch up and begin the next ascent. This is another inclined part which has two stages to it and finally ends at the ridge.The climb will take you another 20-30 minutes. From the top of the ridge you see its next parallel one which is your next destination.
The descent is slightly trickier than the ascent. It can vary slightly depending on the snow condition too. Sliding down may be an option if there is snow. From the pass take a turn towards the right right. You can see the Spiti side of the pass below. Go down in a zig zag route and then stick to the right flank of the mountain. You will have to walk over slippery soil and stones too. In half an hour the first downhill run is done.
Day 4. Sheagoru to Chatru
(4 - 4½ hours of downhill trek. Easy with some tricky sections)
Its a gentle down hill walk in the beginning from Sheagoru. You still move along side the river in the valley between the mountain ranges. After an hour you get to see the road at Chatru at a distance. The mountains opposite are barren. The typical Spiti look.
As you move closer to the road, the descent gets a little tricky. You will need to traverse by the edges of rocks and sometimes it may just be easier to get down into the river/glacier bed below to skip the rocky section and get back up.
There are also a couple of places with slippery soil. So you need to be nimble and hop down them to prevent yourself from sliding.
This section would take 2½ - 3 hours when you are out of the mountains. You are still at a height but you have the road right across and the Chandra river separating you from the road.
Two three huge glacial flows flow down from the mountains on the side to the Chandra river. You will need to cross these glaciers to reach a camping spot which has water. Cutting steps may be a good idea on them to give confidence to those who are new to snow.
Choose a camping spot close to one of the numerous streams that join the river. Chatru is a lovely camping site. You get lovely views of the different mountain rages. The Chandra river flows in speed right below.
Day 5. Chatru to Chandratal or Chatru to Manali (depending on the Road condition)
If the roads are clear and devoid of snow, a visit to Chandratal the moon lake is a must when you are in Spiti. Chatru is about 70kms away from Chandratal and a vehicle will have to be ordered from Manali to take you to Chandratal from Chatru. You reach Chandratal by late afternoon and pitch your tents for the night by the lake. Drive back to Manali the next day and reach Manali by 3 - 4 pm.
Late summers the road opens up to Chatru and beyond and you can take the vehicle to Manali from the bridge at Chatru. If you are early or late in the season, Chandratal may be ruled out and you may have to walk on the road upto a place where the road has be cleared off its snow flows. The journey from Chatru to Manali passes through Rohtang Pass and can take up to 4 hours. The scenery all through the route is a treat in itself.
Hampta Pass Trek
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Day 1: Pick up from Manali after lunch and drive to Jobra. Trek from Jobra to Chika. Camp at Chika.
Day 2: Trek from Chika to Balu-Ka-Gera.
Day 3: Trek from Balu-Ka-Gera to Sheagoru via Hampta Pass.
Day 4: Trek from Sheagoru to Chatru. Drive to Chandratal
Day 5: Drive from Chandratal to Manali. Arrival at Manali approximately 5-6 pm.
Hampta Pass Trek Diary
Diary Extract – the Hampta Pass Exploratory Trek
(Diary of Arjun Majumdar, Team leader)
Day 1, May 11, 2010.
Manali to Chikha. 19 kms by road. 4 kms by walk.
We are met at the Manali bus stand by Rakesh, Polu and Shyam. I am meeting Rakesh for the first time, our future trek leader.
I like his natural youthful looks. He’ll make a good trek leader, I think to myself. Our guide surprises me too. Gone is the shy hill man who had met me in Delhi. Here was a rugged strapping young man with stubble. He looked handsome! Read the full story