Himalayan Treks : Hampta Pass - Manali


The route of this popular trek goes along a trail, which the local inhabitants have used since time immemorial, to cross over to the high altitude Lahaul and Spiti valleys from the lush upper Kullu valley of Himachal Pradesh. The Hamta Pass trek is one of the most delightful treks in the Manali region, affording views of verdant valleys, towering snow-clad mountains and barren crags & cliff’s with surrealistic forms and shapes. Leaving the Manali valley, the trek proceeds through forests of walnut, spruce, oak and the occasional alder and through alpine meadows, where nomadic shepherds graze their flocks. Once atop the Hampta Pass (4270 Mts.), another spectacular panorama of peaks appears. After crossing this lofty pass, we descend into the rugged Chandra valley, where we camp for a night. The next day, a three hour jeep safari and a pleasant trek (of similar duration), brings us to the picturesque, almost ethereally beautiful Chandrataal – ‘The moon lake’. Chandrataal (Alt. 4270 Mts.) is a high altitude lake located in the Lahaul valley of Himachal Pradesh. It is not that uncommon to see the occasional nomadic ‘Gaddi’ sheepherder, in the meadows surrounding Chandrataal, tending to his peacefully grazing flock and playing a haunting pahari tune on his flute.


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