Winter Trek - Hampta Pass Valley Trek | GIO Adventures

Snow trek on Hampta Valley trail


Rs.11,500
Product Code: STHVT
Availability: In Stock
Duration: 4 Days
Season: Jan-Mar
Grade: Moderate
Region: Lahaul & Spiti Valleys (Himachal Pradesh)
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ITINERARY


DAY 01: Check in Manali Lodge (2000 m)

  • Arrive at Manali and check into the Orchard Guesthouse, Prini .
  • Late afternoon go for a short hike.
  • Overnight at the guesthouse.

DAY 02: Manali(2000 m)-Jobra(2707 m)-Chikha(3000 m) drive 45 mins/2 hrs

  • Drive for 45 mins to Jobra .
  • Trek a mixed forest trail for 2 hours to Chikha.
  • Overnight camp at Chikha.

DAY 03: Chikha (3000 m) – Hampta Trail (3000 m -3500 m) - Chikha(3000 m) Trek 8-9 hrs

  • Explore the natural beauty of Chikha.
  • Trek on Hampta Pass trail as far as possible.
  • In the evening trek back to Chikha.
  • Overnight camp at Chikha.

DAY 04: Chikha (3000 m) – Jobra (2707 m) - Manali (2000 m) Trek 2 hrs /drive 45 mins

  • Soak in the surroundings of Chikha.
  • Trek for 2 hours back to Jobra.
  • Drive for 45 mins back to the lodge.
  • Arrive at the Manali lodge for evening tea.
  • Trip ends. Depart for your onward destinations.

Please note: One can also decide to stay an extra night at the guesthouse.

PRICE 


PRICE INCLUDES

  • 2 guides for the small group. This will ensure high safety and more information and personal attention which are necessary to appreciate a trek. All our guides are professionally trained and have many years of relevant experience in guiding treks.​
  • Accommodation in Orchid guest house Manali. This lodge has an absolutely fantastic location and very good quality facilities and services.
  • High quality Camping arrangements
    We believe that roughing it out necessarily doesn’t mean sleeping in smelly sleeping bags, compromising on safety by using low quality equipment and having unappetising meals. We focus on your safety, basic comforts and the environment while camping. Keeping this is mind, the following equipment is provided on the trek:
    • 3/4 season imported alpine tents
    • Fresh and clean sleeping bags of very good quality
    • Good quality Camping Mattresses
    • Camping stools
    • Mess Tent
    • Toilet tents (2) with portable toilet seats
    • First Aid / Medical kit.
  • All meals starting from lunch on Day 1 till evening tea on Day 4. A lot of emphasis is given to nutritional needs and a menu of vegetarian dishes is prepared accordingly. Tea/coffee will be served throughout.
  • Porter/mule charges for carrying camping equipment & rations
  • Forest entry charges, permits & camping fee (if any)
  • First Aid Kit (our guides are certified in handling first aid situations)

TRANSPORT TARIFF INCLUDES

Do keep in mind that transport is a very critical component of your trek. This aspect is most often not given proper attention and can result in lot of discomfort especially in the mountains. We provide transfers to get you to the starting point and back as comfortably and in as less time as possible for you to enjoy the trip. We only use quality vehicles like Toyota Innova, Mahindra Xylo, Mahindra Scorpio, Tempo Traveller, etc. and no local jeeps or similar vehicles are used except where there are short transfers from the lodge to the trek points, etc. The transport tariff includes all driver charges, fuel, parking, toll and taxes.

TRIP PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE

  • Porter/mule charges to carry your personal bag
  • Any meals/services not mentioned above
  • Any charges for video cameras, still cameras, etc.
  • Alcohol, soft drinks, beverages, etc.
  • Personal expenses like tips, telephone calls, laundry, etc.
  • Any costs arising out of unforeseen circumstances like landslides, road blocks, bad weather, etc.
  • Insurance
  • Service Tax

OTHER OPTIONAL CHARGES

  • Charges for a porter/mule to carry personal bag throughout the trek (not more than 10 kgs) per person for the complete trek. If you want us to arrange for portage of your personal luggage you can book the same by selecting the option of Personal Luggage Charges

PAYMENT TERMS & CONDITIONS

  • All payments for the trips, transfers, gears, porterage, etc. should be made in full before the trip starts.
  • Cancellation Policy
  • In the event that you need to cancel your booking due to any avoidable or unavoidable circumstances:
    • We must be notified of the same in writing. Cancellation charges will be effective from the date we receive the request in writing.
    • Payment for this trip will not be adjusted towards any future trip(s)
  • Cancellation charges will be as follows
    • >45 Days: Full refund (after deducting any expenses that have been incurred for hotel bookings, transport, etc.)
    • 30-45 Days: 75% of trip cost will be refunded (after deducting any expenses that have been incurred for hotel bookings, transport, etc.)
    • 15-30 Days: 50% of trip cost will be refunded (after deducting any expenses that have been incurred for hotel bookings, transport, etc.)
    • <15 Days: No refund
  • Please Note
    • Written cancellation will be accepted on working days (only). Any cancellation sent on a Sunday or any National Holiday(s), will be considered on the next official working day.
    • In the event of any cancellation(s) after trip commencement, there will be no refunds and any costs incurred due to this cancellation will be borne by you.

* Irrespective of when a trip is booked, the above condition will hold true

Transport Options (Delhi – Manali – Delhi)

For travel from Delhi to Manali & back, one can choose between air, rail & road. For air travel, the closest airport is Bhuntar (Kullu) airport. There are a couple of flights that link this airport to Delhi airport

Train travel though not very popular is available to cover a certain distance. One can either take a train to Pathankot or Jogindernagar (narrow gauge). From both these places one will need to drive to Manali. For train details, you could log on to www.indianrail.gov.in  and for online railway ticket bookings you could log on to www.irctc.co.in .

There are frequent Public Transport buses including Volvos available from Delhi to Manali that cost about Rs. 1300 per person. They take about 15 hrs to cover the distance. A private vehicle could also be arranged for if you require the same.

List of Essentials

Mountain/adventure travel requires one to be adequately equipped with the right kind of personal gear. Since one is travelling in the wilderness there will be hardly any opportunity to buy anything once you hit the trail so we urge you to carefully pack everything into your bags. Also please keep in mind you can rent out or purchase equipment from our Gear Store, if required..

  1. Shirts / T-shirts – 2/3
  2. Jeans / Trekking Pants - 2
  3. Windproof jacket of decent quality (no flimsy wind cheaters please!) preferably with a hood
  4. Warm and thick Fleece / Full-sleeve Woollen sweater
  5. Thermal inner wear (upper & lower)
  6. Woollen cap
  7. Woollen gloves
  8. Woollen socks & regular socks (3-4 pairs)
  9. Scarf/muffler (optional)
  10. Comfortable Trekking/Hiking shoes (shoes with a thick sole are recommended)
  11. Lightweight floaters/sandals/slippers
  12. Raincoat / Poncho
  13. Small light weight towel
  14. Water bottle (sturdy ones, no empty Bisleri bottles!!)
  15. Cap / Hat to keep the strong sun away from your face
  16. Sun glasses
  17. Walking stick / Trekking pole
  18. Sunscreen Lotion
  19. Lip Balm
  20. Torch / Flashlight (with extra batteries)
  21. Medicines, if requiring any specific medication
  22. Personal toiletries
  23. Books, if you like reading
  24. Day pack/small bag which you will carry on your back every day and keep your essentials in it
  25. Carry rain cover for your bags
  26. Keep a few poly bags or waterproof bags in your bag in which if required you can put your belongings in case of heavy rain
  27. Camera if you like (with fully charged batteries))

…LOADS OF ENTHUSIASM!! AND A PLEDGE TO LEAVE NO TRACE

Carry your stuff in a duffel bag, soft shoulder bag or a rucksack. Avoid suitcases, trolleys or any other hard luggage. As you will be walking long distances carrying a rucksack, avoid bringing unnecessary items on the trek. Please avoid carrying expensive watches, jewellery and electronic items on the trek.

NOTE: In case you are planning to put your bag on a mule or taking a porter please get a duffel bag or rucksack and keep it in mind that there is a possibility that the bag at times might brush against a rock or a tree and get slightly damaged so don't get very expensive bags. Also in case of damage we shall not be held accountable.

 

Our Trekking Code

We are mountain lovers and have pledged to bring no harm to them in our pursuit of running organised wilderness travel in the Himalayas and seek your assistance too in this regard. We are more than convinced that one can have more fun on a trip if we go about it in a way that no harm is caused to the ecology. In this regard we have a set of guidelines that we adhere to based on the tenets of 'Leave No Trace' & 'Tread Light' policies. These guidelines are very simple and emphasise on travelling in small groups, better planning, understanding impact of camping, proper waste disposal, respecting local cultures, sensitivity towards wildlife and so on. We have a complete section on our trekking code in the 'GIO trekking Manual'. This manual will be couriered to you once you confirm a trip with us.

Acclimatisation & high altitude sickness

This is one of the most important aspects of travelling in the high Himalayas and cannot be ignored or set aside. Acclimatisation basically means our body adjusting to lower levels of oxygen (rarefied air) & reduced air pressure as me move up. In case one does not acclimatise properly there are chances of the person facing extreme discomfort and this can be fatal in extreme cases. While there is no set route to getting properly acclimatised there are a general precautions and steps that one can take to initiate good acclimatisation. Our trekking guides will assist you with these steps and also once you book a trip with us the 'GIO Trekking Manual' which will cover this aspect extensively will be couriered to you. This is sure to help you enjoy the trek in very good shape.

Selecting the right trek & training for it

Most important thing is to select the right trek keeping in mind your experience or inexperience, health, objectives & ability. Our senior team people can assist you with this, so when contacting us do mention if you need guidance on this front also refer to our trek grading system mentioned below. Once the right trek is selected comes your preparation. Once you have booked a trip with us we will courier the 'GIO Trekking Manual' to you which will have a complete practice drill explained in details.

Trek grading system

We have broadly classified our treks as below:

Easy These treks are 3 to 5 days long and involve walking for about 3/4 hrs daily. The trail on such treks is well defined but not always flat. These are great for families and first timers

Moderate On these treks one is not required to trek for more than 5/6 hrs a day. Also the terrain is not too difficult. These treks are normally a week or so long. For these treks prior trekking experience is not necessary. Very rarely on these treks would one camp at altitudes higher than 3800m. These treks are great for first timers or for veterans wanting to go on a trail which is relatively less demanding

Moderate+ These are moderate treks with mostly one difficult day. These trails are fine for fit beginners also.

Vigorous On these treks one can be required to trek continuously for more than a week through remote areas and at times trekking for more than 7 hrs a day. On most of these treks one has to cross passes or areas which are snow covered and involve camping at altitude of more than 4000m. Fit people with some kind of hiking experience & a spirit of adventure can contemplate going on these trails.

Strenuous These treks apart from having continuous trekking stretches are at places technical and might require assistance from trip leader/guide and other staff people. All these treks have rest days in between. Also all of them involve crossing passes or areas having altitude of more than 4500m. First timers are discouraged from walking such routes.

Expedition Style These involve long walks at high altitudes at times around 6000m. Camping can also be well over the snow line and on glaciers at times. Safety ropes, ice axes and crampons might be required on these treks. These treks are not technically very difficult but are considerably challenging. Previous vigorous/strenuous trekking experience is required.

Disclaimer

Great Indian Outdoors (P) Ltd. takes utmost care to ensure safety of its clients. However in the case of any unforeseen mishaps, Great Indian Outdoors (P) Ltd. will not be liable for any injuries caused or for loss of life. All disputes rising due to the above are subject to the jurisdiction of the courts in New Delhi/Delhi only. All participants would be required to sign an Indemnity Form before the start of the program, without which they would not be allowed to take part in the trip/program/activities.

4Days |Jan-Mar| Mod| Max Alt: Manali Lodge (2000 m))


Sketch Itinerary

Day 01: Check in Manali Lodge (2000 m)
Day 02: : Manali(2000 m)-Jobra(2707 m)-Chikha(3000 m) drive 45 mins/2 hrs
Day 03: Chikha (3000 m) Hampta Trail (3000 m -3500 m) - Chikha(3000 m) Trek 8-9 hrs
Day 04: Chikha (3000 m) Jobra (2707 m) - Manali (2000 m) Trek 2 hrs /drive 45 mins

Description

Scale the moderately high Himalayan pass and follow the magnetizing trails to Hampta Pass. Ideal for beginners and seasoned trekkers, this trek is truly unmatchable. One of the shortest hikes, Hampta Pass trail involves walking through lush green meadows, forest foliage and dancing rivulets. While trekking the trails, the ardent roamers get to witness the rare wonders of nature. The gradient is moderate yet interesting to head out to.


This trek starts from Jobra , about 45 mins away from Manali, the backpackers hangout. One hikes across a mixed forest of pine, spruce, deodar, chestnut and maple trees. We trek further and come across shepherd settlements. Crossing a river ortwo, we climb the beautiful meadows and finally reach Chika. Heading forward on the Hampta Pass Trail, we come across boulder sections, wildflowers, waterfalls and captivating pastures.


This trek is much loved by the mountain lovers as it throws open the beauty of nature in the most spectacular ways. A picturesque setting complemented with a rich and diverse flora & fauna , the Hampta Pass trail transports a travelers to a different world altogether. Enveloped in snow in the winters, this trek is an experience, worth to be a part of.

DETAILS
Duration 4 Days
Region Himachal Pradesh - Lahaul, Himachal Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh - Spiti

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