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Hamta pass at 4268m offers a magnificent view of Deo Tibaa and Indrasan peak. It is one the beautiful trek and considered haven for trekkers. No doubt you will be spellbound with the flora and fauna, if you are looking for something unexplored and untouched beauty in the Himalayas then this will be the one trek you should opt for.
This trekking tour lasts for 4 or 5 days, sets out near Prini village 2000 m. 3 kms south of Manali or from Sethan and terminates at Chatru in Lahoul. It is considered to be the most beautiful trek around Manali and can be done by anyone reasonable fitness. The trail crosses the small villages of Hamta and Sethan.
Regions: Kullu and Lahaul(Himachal)
Best Season: Mid May to Mid October.
Trek days: 4-5 Days Ex Manali to Manali.
Trek Grade: Easy to Moderate.
Max. Elevation: 4268 m.
Day 01: Manali (1950m) - Prini (2000m) - Sethan (2750m) drive. Trek to Chikka (3100m) 4-5 hrs.
Day 02: Trek from Chikka (3450m) - Balu ka Gera (3600m) 5/6 hrs.
Day 03: Trek from Baluka Gera to Siagoru, Cross Hampta Pass
Day 04: Trek from Siagoru to Chatru. Drive to Chandratal lake
Day 05: Drive from Chandratal - Rohtang Pass (3978m) -Solang valley (2500m) -Manali (2040 m) drive 6 hrs.
Day 01 : Manali to Chika : All the tourists will be reaching Manali which is also known as the paradise of India by afternoon. In Himachal Pradesh Kullu and Manali are the too small towns which are located very close to each other. Both the places are visited at the same time by all the tourists. As soon as you reach Manali you will take rest in the provided lodge or hotels. After having a delicious lunch at any restaurant, you can start your journey for today towards Chika. It is situated 10,250 feet about the sea level.
After crossing the bridge, keep yourself to the left, and it will take you the forest having coniferous trees. The grasses on the meadows are evenly spread giving you a nice glimpse of the scenery. You will not have to worry to travel this place as the terrain is flat. After travelling for 2 to 3 hours in the same direction, you'll reach the final destination for the day-Chikka. You will be camping beside the stream of water and you can spot very beautiful site of the waterfall from the camping area.
Day 02 : Chika to BalukaGhera : After having a good tight sleep, have the healthiest breakfast and get ready to continue your trek. For today, your destination will be BhalukaGhera. This place is famous for brown bears and hence the name of this place stands on them. During winters, all the brown bears come over here and hibernateAgain you will need to keep yourself left till you do not reach your campsite for the day. Totally you will travel about 8 kilometres, and it will take approximately 4 to 5 hours to cross so much distance. Take some rest in the camp and enjoy the scenic beauty down there.
Day 03 : Baluka Gera to Siagoru, Cross Hampta Pass : It is very important for you to start little early for the trekking today. Keep yourself left of the valley which you will travel full day. It totally depends on the time of trekking but sometimes if you look back all you can see is some snow bridges. Maintaining left is the ultimate object in this trek, and you will keep it till you reach Hampta pass. Trekking in Hampta pass just drives you crazy as it is one of the most fabulous experiences you can have. It has so much natural beauty that cannot be explained in words. It is a perfect location to click some fabulous pictures. Stalls are provided on the way where you can take some rest. About 14000 feet above the sea level is Lahaul which you will reach after leaving behind Hampta Pass.
After travelling in the levelled ground for some time, you will be heading closer to your destination Siagoru. It is situated 13000 feet above the sea level and is the best place to set up camp for the day. The beauty has its own level and gives a majestic feeling when you view the mountains and river streams.
Day 04 : Siagoru to Chatru. Drive to Chandratal : Get up soon and have your breakfast. Get ready for the trek and cross the river which is seen from the campsite. Half of your trek is very easy as it will be full descend and the rest of the trek will be very tiring for you to traverse very steep altitude. It will make your path difficult when you will face the rock zone. After descending you will see the large valley of river Chandra.
Chandra River is at 11000 feet above the sea level and is located on the highway of Manali and Kaza. It is an exhibition place as one side you can view the mountains full of snow and the other side you will view barren mountains. On the way, you can satisfy your hunger on the dhabas located on the way of your trek. The food quality is ultimate and delicious, and you will find to have some more of them as you are doing some of the real physical work. By the end of the day, you will cover 8 kilometres approximately, and it should not take more than 5 hours to complete it.
Day 05 : Chandratal to Manali : Now you are at the end of your trek. You will be reaching back to Manali and end the journey. You will be starting your journey by car. The roads will lead you to Chandra Tal. It opens at the mid of July, and it ends by the last week of October. Rest days of the year this road cannot be traversed as it will be covered with snow. If you have come to trek in some other days, then you will have to choose an alternate path, which is via Kunzum la. It makes a border between Spiti and Lahaul. You will cross Chotadhara on the way from Kaza to Batal. From Batal, you will have two options. Either you can move towards Chandra Tal, which is about 14000 feet from the sea level, or you can choose to go towards Kunzum la.
The name Chandra Tal is because of the moon shaped lake which has crystal clear water. The sight from the mountains of Chandra Tal is an awesome experience, and you can spend some memorable time over there. Kunzum la also gives a night sight of the Chandra Bhaga range. After viewing all such places, you will return to Manali via Chhatru and Rohtang pass by the end of the evening. Total distance is covered is 200 kms by today itself and you will reach by evening. You can leave for your city by that day itself of you can wait for the day over the hotel and leave for your home next day morning.
How to Reach:
By Air : Bhuntar, which is 52 km away from Manali, is the nearest airport. Taxi services are available from Bhuntar to Manali, which costs about Rs. 700- Rs1000. Bhuntar is well connected to Delhi by air. The airliners that take you to this Airport are Indian Airlines, Kingfisher airlines, MDLR Airlines and Jagson Airlines, operating flights from Delhi and Chandigarh to Kullu.
By Road : Manali is well connected to Delhi. Take an overnight bus from Delhi and you will reach Manali in 12 - 14 hours. Tickets can be booked online at www.redbus.in or www.hrtc.gov.in .
Like the onward journey, buses leave from Manali to Delhi between 4 and 5 p.m. Your tentative arrival at Delhi may be anywhere between 6 a.m and 10 a.m. Plan your onward journeys only post noon giving enough buffer for bus delays.