Hampta pass is known as Hamta pass and locally, it is called Hamta Jot. Hampta pass is located at an altitude of 4270 m in the east of Manali and Pir Panjal range in Himachal Pradesh. It is a small path that connects the Kullu valley with Lahaul. The name of the trek was derived from the Hamta village which is located below Sethan village, as part of the Trek route.
The main characteristics of the track are vertical rock walls, waterfalls, pinewoods, hanging glaciers, open meadows, lakes, and peaks above 6000 meters. A variety of wildflowers and herbs grow at altitudes ranging between 3000 to 3800. There are glaciers, fast-flowing rivers, and challenging Terrains. This trek is an ideal destination for all-mountain and nature lovers. The Hampta Pass trek may take up to a duration of 8 nights and 9 days to complete.
How to Reach?
You can reach Manali by any means of transport like rail, road, and air. It has good transport connectivity. The best way to reach Manali is to take an overnight bus from Delhi in the evening. You will reach there by 8 to 9 a.m. . Then book a cab to Jabri via Prini and then you have to do trekking for 2 days to Hampta pass.
Things to carry
Trekking is a perfect experience to enjoy the thrill in mountains in Harsh conditions. You need to carry some essential things during the trek to make it more memorable :
A waterproof backpack filled with trekking pants.
Woolen cap, gloves, thick woolen clothes, thermal innerwear, heavy fleece clothes, winter jacket, and waterproof coat to keep yourself warm.
Good quality durable trekking shoes, camping shoes for crossing streams, and protect your feet from harsh things.
Covers, to store used for wet clothing.
Sunglasses and sunscreen, to protect your eyes and skin from sun rays.
And other things like water bottles, first aid kit, trekking pole and other toiletries, torch, whistle.
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The best time to visit
The best time to visit the Humpta trek is from mid-June to mid-October. During the day, the average temperature ranges between 12 degrees Celsius to 20 degrees Celsius, and during the night, temperatures cool down and the average temperature ranges between -2 degrees Celsius to 6 degrees Celsius. During August, one can witness melting snow on the high passes in the early days of the season. From September to mid-October, one can observe snowfall. During the monsoon, rains are expected in Kullu Manali valley, while the bright sun can be witnessed in Spiti.
Level of difficulty
The Hampta pass trek is of moderate difficulty level. The maximum altitude reached during the Hampta pass trek is 4200 m and the total distance covered during the trek is 35 km. This trek is preferable for both beginners as well as experienced trekkers.
Reasons to do the Hampta Pass trek
There are many reasons to do the Hampta pass Trek :
Easy accessibility: The starting point of the track is Manali which is easily accessible from Delhi. You can easily reach Manali by Volvo, local bus, etc which is approximately 550 km from Delhi. The trekking starts from Jobei which hardly takes 2 hours to drive from Manali.
Small price and less time to pay: You can cover a distance of 28 km during the Trek in just 5 days. One can experience four different landscapes, terrains ranging from easy to difficult. Variety of flora and fauna and many more things can also be observed during this trek.
Ideal for both beginners and experienced trekkers: the track has a moderate difficulty level, so it makes it an ideal place for both beginner and experienced trekkers.
Places to visit during the trek
There are many places to visit near hampta pass Trek:
Rohtang pass: It is another tracking route which can be visited during a trek to Hampta pass. The Rohtang pass is just 51 km from Manali and it connects the Kullu valley and the Spiti valley of Himachal Pradesh.
Hadimba Temple: The Hadimba temple is a famous Durga Devi temple which is dedicated to Hidimbi, the wife of Bhima. The temple is situated in Kullu district. It is an ancient cave temple.
Beas Kund: Beas Kund is a lake between lush green grasslands. It is located near the Kullu valley,set against a landscape of snow- capped mountains. One can reach here easily from the Solang valley which is situated only at a distance of 12 km from Manali.
Solang Valley: The Solang valley is located at the peak of the Kullu valley. It is about 14 km from Manali. You can indulge yourself in adventures like paragliding, parachuting, skating, overriding, zorbing and many other fun sports.
About the locals
Sethan is the last village of Hampta pass trek which is resided by Kohampa people whose livelihood depends on farming. The local people are very cheerful and tourist- friendly. These people also do tourism for livelihood. The locals are from Prini, Aleo, Sethan and nearby villages. The first igloo of the country was introduced here by the two youths of the locality recently in January 2017. It is believed that Hampta pass is a path to heaven or hell. After death, all have to come to Hampta. The local people have reported that strange voices come from this place. Locals believe that if it is a crying sound of a person this indicates he or she is going to hell and if there are sounds of trumpets then the person is going to heaven. The locals have the grazing rights and legal rights on the forest for the collection of firewood from dried trees, collection of dry leaves, and fodder.