Hamta Pass - 5 Days 
Kullu Manali most Popular Trek
Trip Route: Manali - Prini - Sethan - Jobri - Chikka - Balu ka Gera - Hamta pass - Shea Goru - Chatru - Batal - Chandrtal - Gramphoo - Rohtang la pass - Gulaba - Manali

Trip Facts

Kullu Lahaul region - Himachal Pradesh
Difficulty Level - Moderate, Max Altitude - 4268 m 
Trip Length - 5/6  days Delhi to Delhi, 5 days Manali to Manali, 
Activity - Trekking, hiking, walking holiday

Best time - May, June, July, Aug, Sept, mid Oct

Meals - All meals during the trek

Trip Introduction

Hamta Pass trek is most beautiful trek around Manali and can be done by anyone reasonably fit.  Hamta pass lies on beautiful Pir Panjal range and is small corridor between Lahaul and Kullu valley of Himachal Pradesh. Hamta village is located below Sethan village and from where it got its name. This pass is frequently used by Sheperds of lesser Himalayan region. Seeking for high altitude grassland in the dry cold desert of Lahaul during summer time. Numbers of wild flowers, varieties of herbs can be found at the altitude between 3000 to 3800m.

Setting off from Manali we drive to Sethan village 2700m and continue to Panduropa - Jobri. Our starting point of trek. Setting off from Jobri first we cross the ford on Jobri nallah originating from Deo Tibba massif.  The route from Chikka to Jobri passes through forest of Deodar, Oak, walnut and Birch tree. Gradual climb to Jwara and Balu ka gera. Balu ka gera is better known for Bear's den or Bear's circle. Can see only during May end to mid June. Final ascent leads through  boulder and scree to the pass.  Spectacular view of Indrasan 6221m and Deo Tibba 6001m only can have on clear sky. Crossing river near Shea goru camp we descend to river bed and follow the left bank of Chandra River to Chatru. Further 45 km on dirt road, driving up to Kunzom La pass (4551m) having a view of Spiti valley, 8 kms trek down in large meadows, lake of moon approached. It is 4 hrs drive back to Manali crossing Rohtang pass. With magnificent view of Manali and Solang  valley while descending to Kothi. 

Included in the Cost

  • All ground transportation to & fro as per the itinerary.

  • 3 - 4 season tent, sleeping bag, comfortable foam sleeping pad, trekking poles

  • All camping facilities: Mess tent, camp chair and table

  • All meals during trek from Indian, local, Tibetan, Chinese and continental cuisine.

  • Support staff: Qualified & trained local guide, chef and camp boys.

  • Muleteer or porter  for portage of your baggage's.

  • Camping fee, trekking permits and fee, park fee.

  • Medical first kit includes medicine for high altitude sickness, mini oxygen bottles.

  • Includes GST  5%.

Not included in the Cost

  • Hotel accommodation in Manali

  • Day 1st breakfast and last day dinner.

  • Travel insurance.

  • Soft or hard drinks.

  • Tips for Guide(s), cook(s), camp boy(s), muleteer(s), porter(s) and driver.

  • Any unforeseen cost arises by natural hazards rain, snow, road block which cost extra and beyond trip Schedule.

Outline Itinerary

 Day 1  Manali (1950m), Drive to Hamta - Sethan (2700m) - Jobri (2800m), Trek to Chikka (3100m), 3-4 hrs. 

 Day 2  Trek to Jwara (3450m) - Balu ka Gera (3600m) 5/6 hrs.

 Day 3  Trek to Hamta Pass (4268m) - Shea Goru (3900m) 7 Hrs.

 Day 4  Trek to Chhatru  (3320m), 5-6 hrs. Drive to visit Chandratal Lake - back to Chhatru camp.

 Day 5  Drive to Rohtang la (3978m) - Manali (2040 m) drive 4-5 hrs.

Shorter Version: 4 Days

 Day 1   Manali (1950m), drive to Chichoga (1980m)  trek to Jobri (2800m)/Chikka (3100m)  6-7 hrs.

 Day 2   Trek to Jwara (3450m) - Balu ka Gera (3600m) 5/6 hrs.

 Day 3   Trek to Hamta Pass (4268m) - Shia Goru (3900m) 7 Hrs.

 Day 4   Trek to Chhatru  (3320m) 4-5 hrs. Drive to Rohtang la (3978m) -Manali (2040 m) drive 5-6 hrs.

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 Day 1   Manali (1950m), drive  to Jobri (2800m), trek to Chikka (3100m)  3-4 hrs.

Setting off from Manali we drive to Sethan  village (2700m) to Jobri. Starting our trek from here the trail through Oak, walnut and Birch tree to Chikka, which has beautiful campsite.

 Day 2   Chikka - Jwara 3450m - Balu ka Gera 3600m. 5/6 hrs.

Trek.Today leaving Chikka we follow the left banks of Hamta. Later we cross Hamta stream by bridge. Another wooden bridge at short distance. Around Chhika some fantastic view of Rocky Mountains. After crossing the second bridge we climb gently to Jwara for 2 hrs. walks. Where we will pass beneath the waterfall. The next adventure is going to be a stream crossing just before Jwara. With the help of Guide and if not, with the help of riding horse you may cross the stream. Now the trail gently climbs to Balu ka Gera campsite. From where we will have first view of our next day crossing of Hamta pass. It’s a beautiful campsite close to crystal clear water. Be aware of Bear in this area by early season trek and late season trek. The area itself is known for Bears Den. Keep exploring surrounding of you for a rare view of Bear.

 Day 3   Balu Ka Gera -Hamta Pass (4268m) - Shia Goru (3900m) 7 Hrs. trek.

A gradual climb begins after Bhalu ka gera (bears den). Balu ka Gera that is known for wild flowers, rocks and caves. A further 1: 30 hrs. Minutes trail takes you to Hamta pass. From Hamta pass fantastic view of Inderkila, Deo Tibba (6001m) and Indersan (6220m). Which is superb to see? After crossing the Hamta pass, one enters the Lahoul valley. Walk down to the campsite near by the stream. Overnight camp.

 Day 4   Trek to Chatru  (3320m), 5-6 hrs. Visit Chandratal Lake and back to Chhatru.

Leaving camp after breakfast cross-stream near the camp and follow the right bank until it joins with the Chandra River. Again, cross the same stream by small wooden bridge. Now follow the left bank of Chandra River. 30 minutes later a motor able bridge to be cross to reach at the campsite of Chhatru. Arriving at Chhatru you will drive to visit Chandratal Lake. This lake is situated at 4270m. Enroute Some of clear visible peaks nearby are Moulkila (highest in Lahaul), CB 13, CB 14 and far across Pinnacle peaks rising above Bara Shigri glacier. Explore the Lake and its surroundings and finally drive back to camp..

 Day 5   Drive to Rohtang la (3978m) - Manali (2040 m) drive 4-5 hrs.

Today after breakfast drive to Gramphoo at the foot of Rohtang pass and road winds up to the pass. Spend few time at Rohtang pass and finally road winds down to Marhi. Expect to arrive Manali at 2 pm afternoon.