HAMPTA PASS-a walk from the lush green valley into the cold deserts

The trek to Hampta Pass is a beautiful route which starts from Prini, a small village at a distance of 10 km drive from Manali, Himachal Pradesh.

The total trek from Prini to the last point Chhatru is around 28 km and can be completed in 4 to 5 days.

Or if you are not willing to complete the trek route and return just after viewing Hampta Pass, it’s about half way and can be completed in 3 days.

Hampta Pass Trek-as seen from 'Balu ka Ghera campsite'
Hampta Pass Trek-as seen from ‘Balu ka Ghera campsite’

How to reach Hampta Pass

You need to arrive in Manali to start your Hampta Pass trek.

How to reach Manali from Delhi?

Buses are the best mode and are easily available for Manali from Delhi and Chandigarh. From Delhi it takes around 15 hours, you can board a bus from Kashmiri-gate Bus Station. And from Chandigarh, it takes around 10 hours and can be boarded from Chandigarh bus station.

How to reach Manali from Dehradun?

Manali can also be reached from Dehradun. The bus going to from Dehradun to Manali have two alternatives. They can either choose to opt the route via Chandigarh and further follow the same route of buses from Delhi. Or they can go via Shimla and reach Manali.

Which route is shorter Dehradun to Manali via Chandigarh or via Shimla?

The route distance is almost the same around 460 km and takes same time, 13-14 hours.

Pick-up point at Dehradun

Buses at Dehradun can be boarded at Dehradun Inter-state Bus terminal (ISBT).

Hampta pass trek route

The campsites or the villages covered in the complete route from Manali to Manali round-trip are:

Manali–>Prini –>Chika–> Jobra–> Jwara–> Balu ka Ghera–> Hampta Pass–> Shea Ghoru–> Chhatru–> Gramphu–> Rohtang Pass–> Marhi–> Gulaba–> Palchan–> Manali.

Terrain view of Return motor-able Route of Hampta Pass from Chhatru to Manali
Terrain view of Return motor-able Route of Hampta Pass from Chhatru to Manali

The motor-able route from Manali divides at Gramphu. From here one leads to Chhatru and further to Spiti. The other part takes you to Keylong and further to Leh.

terrain Trek route of Hampta Pass with all the campsites
Terrain Trek route of Hampta Pass with all the campsites

Best time to visit Hampta Pass

Best time to visit Hampta Pass is from mid of June to Mid of August.

The trek route is closed from mid August onward due to heavy snowfall. Being at an altitude of 4200 meters, Hampta pass witnesses heavy snowfall. And this heavy snowfall makes the route inaccessible.

With knock of summer, June is the time when the snow has melted and the route is now accessible. But still there is heavy snow, and the trek is not completely accessible.

The trek is completely accessible around the last week of June. This is the time when you can complete the trek and reach Chhatru.

Hampta Pass trek in monsoon

As it is only this 3-months window from June to August when the trek is accessible. The trek continues in monsoon as well.

What if it rains while trekking in the monsoon months?

In trekking, there is no inappropriate weather, only inappropriate gears. So, even if it rains, the trek continues. What you can do is, prepare accordingly.

In trekking, inappropriate weather is all part of the game. Be prepared it might snow, rain or even heavy winds. It all ads up to your experience.

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