Trekking is almost like an addiction, making me want to run to the Himalayas very so often. I admit, I took a break from adventure travel when I had my daughter and when it was time to get back to the trails again – I doubted my stamina, my fitness and even my motivation. This is what happens when you hit the pause button for a little too long.
But then a friend, a fellow nomad, reminded me of the joy I had experienced during one of my initial treks - the Hampta Pass Trek. Remembering the Hampta Pass trek was all the motivation I needed. Hampta Pass connects the splendid valleys of Spiti and Kullu and is a moderate grade trek that I did a few years back. This journey not only transformed me as a person, but also made me see the other side of Responsible Travel in a new light.
The trek started from Manali, which in itself is a wonderful place to be and explore. The trek lasted for 5 days, and every day presented us with a new gorgeous view, a new learning and a brand new take on life. I don’t know if it is common for all trekkers and travellers, but I feel that whenever I’m up in the mountains, amidst nothing but nature and tranquillity, I tend to get reflective on life. Does it happen to you too?
Anyway, if you want to know the details about the Hampta Pass Trek, please read this. In this post I will tell you about my personal experience, and why it meant so much to me. The close views of Deotibba, Indrasan and more towering Dhalaudhar Range Himalayan Peaks gave me a chill every time I looked up and around, it was an exciting trail by all means. Also, crossing a few villages on the way, and meeting a few Gaddi shepherds on the trail is an advantage like none other.
At the beginning of the trek, while I was in Manali with a few friends and few strangers, I was a little apprehensive about it. I had done a few Himalayan Treks earlier, but nothing that lasted 6 days. But it all went great with the fun group of trekkers and the supportive and highly trained guides of GIO Adventures.
From crossing a makeshift wooden bridge over the Rani Nalla, to camping near Chadratal, and everything in between – the Hampat Pass Trek gave me so many things to be thrilled about.
Probably the best part about Hampta Pass is the view. The pass itself is like a window to a drastically different world that looks upon the striking deserts of Lahaul in a wide panoramic sweep. What I appreciate the most about Hampta Pass Trek is that is offers such a varied landscape that it feels almost unreal. Hampta Pass trek has everything in terms of terrain and landscape - beautiful lush green meadows, thick forests, glacial valleys and crystal clear views of Himalayan peaks. This magical landscape keeps changing after a few kilometres.
The Chandratal Lake is the best part of Hampta Pass Trek, according to me. This mystical lake is situated at a height of 13000 ft and is extremely beautiful. From here on, the trek gets even better, offering views and experience that you’ll remember for a lifetime.
The Hampta Pass trek doesn’t need technical expertise, but the terrain gets rocky and undulated at times so it is best to train yourself before you set for this trek. Walking and building stamina a few weeks in advance should be good. So what are you waiting for? Try the Hampta Pass Trek soon and experience the magic yourself.