Hampta Pass trek
Deo Tibba is a beautiful trek that would take you to the grazing pastures of the Gaddi shepherds, and offers magnificent views of the Deo Tibba peak (6,001 m) and its huge hanging glaciers. As you traverse across mountain streams, meadows and log bridges, the panorama of the mighty Himalayas keeps changing to give you an authentic feeling of the Greater Himalayan range, which in turn makes this a trek worth experiencing. It is an absolute delight for nature lovers and photography enthusiasts too. This trek is suitable for all age groups with a difficulty level of easy to moderate.
If you love mountains and have plans to visit Himachal Pradesh in the near future, then undertaking Hampta Pass trek can be perfect for you to see bountiful nature from up close. The best thing about this trek is its moderately high altitude and less altitude gain that makes it ideal for beginners and inexperienced trekkers too. You will cover a rough distance of 26 KM in 5 days and the same while coming back. As the maximum height that you will scale is around 14000 feet, no acclimatisation is required and altitude sickness is not much of a worry. This trek will give you loads of expertise in trekking and will bring you a step closer to attempting more difficult treks in the Himalayas.
This excursion begins from the picturesque hill station of Manali and will take you through different regions of the Himalayas. Your first stop will be Chika – a beautiful valley – where you will reach after travelling through evergreen forests of deodars, spruces and firs. On the way, you will see numerous little villages, where you may learn about the traditional way of living in this part of the country.
The following phase of Hampta Pass trekking is among the prettiest. As you walk through the mountains, you will see the area covered with different species of colourful flowers. Also from this part onwards, the hike will become challenging due to the rapid gains in height. On the way, you will cross many little streams until you reach Bhalu ka Ghera, a valley where brown bears descend from higher elevations to hibernate in winters.
The third section of the expedition involves crossing a picturesque valley on the way to Hampta Pass. It is also a natural breeding ground for colourful flowers as well as for animals that graze its lush grass during summers. You may also be able to see some snow here as its elevation is quite high, and it experiences cool weather throughout the year. When you recommence the Hampta Pass trek from here, you will walk on a comparatively flatter terrain.
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After spending the night in camps in Siagoru, next day proceed towards Chatru to continue your Hampta Pass trekking. This phase of the trail is half easy and half difficult as you cross steep elevations. After resting at Chatru for the night, you drive to a serene alpine lake called Chandratal. After clicking pictures of the enchanting reflections of the surroundings in its crystal clear waters, you drive back to Chatru and retrace the path to Manali.
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