26 km approx.
Easy to Moderate
5 days from Manali
Best time to visit
Mid June- Mid October
Hampta is one of the most delightful treks of the Himachal, and has gained more popularity with its sighting in Bollywood movies. This is one of the few treks that take us through different scenic variations such as pen green pastures and meadows, glacial valleys, easy as well as adventurous paths. The trek gives a view of the deserts of Lahaul, on one side and the greenery of Jwara meadows on the other in the same panoramic frame. Enroute the trek we come across various species of wild flowers, waterfalls, hanging glaciers, pinewoods and tiny lakes. The trek gets its name from the Hamta Village located in Pir Pangal and is often ventured by shepherds and adventure seekers or trek lovers.
Climatic conditions are very far from plain lands and hence adequate time should be given for acclimatization. The trek is not very difficult, however owing to the high altitude, it is not recommended for beginners. Basic physician consultation is recommended before the trek in case of any medical histories. At least 30 minutes of intensive cardio workout is recommended from 15 days prior to the trek.
Day 01- Arrive Manali
Manali Altitude: 8156 ft
Average Time taken: Full Day
Check in the hotel in Manali and have a night stay to get acclimatized to the climate. Relax at the hotel, visit nearby places such as Old Manu Rishi Temple, the prominent Hadimba Devi Temple and walk along the city.
Day 02- Drive from Manali to (drive) Jobra to (trek) Chika
Jobra – Chika altitude: 9800 ft – 10100 ft
Average time taken: 2 Hours + 2 hours
We start the travel, a 2 hour-long drive after an early breakfast in Manali. This drive in itself is full of adventure with around 40 hairpin turns with the view of Kullu Valley. On reaching Jobra our trek starts with a 30 minutes easy walk towards our campsite amidst pine forests and bright green maple trees. We cross the forest and camp in the meadows to further adjust to the climate.
Day 03- Jobra to Jwara
Jwara Altitude: 11072 ft
Average time taken: 5-6 Hours
Distance: 7 Km
These meadows are surrounded by hills with rock faces and the River Rani flowing through the center. We can either walk pass the meadows or climb through the hill on the left side which makes the route shorter. This place is called as Chika and is identified by the number gushing waterfalls here. We begin our climb from the right side through stones and boulders towards Jwara. Here we find waterfalls and streams, to refill our water bottles. Now we have almost reached our destination and one small part of the day’s trek is remaining that is to cross the river. Owing to the number of boulders in the river we can walk through it and jump in the water if desired, this water is icy cold and gives a splendid feeling. We reach the Jwara campsite after crossing River Nallah or Rani.
Day 04- Jwara to Balu Ka Ghera
Balu Ka Ghera altitude: 12411 ft
Average time taken: 4-5 Hours
Distance: 5 Km
A beautiful morning in front of the snow clad mountains, on lush green meadows with sheeps and mules feeding alongside. Today we walk along the river to a rectangular valley surrounded by pink and purple flowers followed by the Rhododendron trees and a view of the snow clad Dhauladhar peaks. Towards the end is a rocky terrain with huge distant rocks to reach the final destination Balu ka Ghera or the bed of sand, and witness the sunset behind Human Tibba.
Day 05- Balu Ka Gher – Shea Goru – Chatru – Manali
Shea Goru & Chatru Altitude: 12254 – 10898 ft
Average time taken: 12 Hours
Today will be the longest days of the trek with a small ascend followed by a descent to Shea Goru. The descend is slightly trickier compared to the climb. The trek starts with a half an hour incline to reach our first plateau, from where we can sight Deo Tibba. After crossing through the slippery soils we reach Chatru where private vehicles are available to head back to Manali. Our drive back is around 2-3 hours passing through Rohtang Pass surrounded by snow clad mountains and mesmerizing beauty.