Bhrigu Lake and Trekking in Manali, Hampta Pass

Hamta Pass Trek

Season: – July to Oct

When we talk of trekking destinations in Manali, ‘Hamta’ is a popular name. A side river-tributary- joins the river Beas near Manali. The river called Alien falls down from a narrow gorge near village Aleo giving impression that it is not possible to enter into this side valley. But if you take a side uphill route up to Sethan village above Prini (which is now a motorable road), and then turn northwards, you find an open valley full of pine, silver oak, and maple forest. As you go high in the valley the forest disappears and meadows and pastures appear. At a place called Jobra, river Jobri meets river Hamta and together they gush through that deep ‘narrow gorge’ towards Manali with the name of Alien. From Jobra, your route goes along the Hamta river, first northwards to three km and then you turn eastwards along the river to reach the base of the Hamta Pass. This place is called Balu-ra-Ghera. This is a beautiful campsite at the foot of ‘Pass’ beside Hamta River. It takes four more hours to reach on the Pass. Here you stand surrounded by snowy peaks and hanging glaciers from all sides. Mount Indrasan and Dep Tibba stand to the south, Inderkeel and Pauri-ra-Jot to the north, down in the valley behind you, in the west Bhrigu Tung range closes the valley. But the most stunning Shea Gohru Massif (group of peaks) seems standing at an arms distance to the east in front of you. A sharp descend to the other side of pass bring you into a high altitude mountain valley – Shea Gohru. This is a glaciated valley formed by the glacier that descends from the north flanks of Mount Indrasan. A rivulet originates from the glacier and flows north-east to meet mighty Chandra river near Chhatru in Spiti. Following the rivulet you come out of this valley to Chhatru which is a road head place on Manali-Kaza (head quarter of Spiti) road.

Hamta Pass trek is a trek of moderate difficulty which has all the features of mountain topography and natural beauty to show. So it must be in the plans of all mountain trekkers.

DAY 1:- Arrival at Manali
Arrival at the Campsite of Himalayan Mountain Sojourns at Palchan in the forenoon. At lunch there will be a meeting with Guide and the other members of the group. In the afternoon, after lunch, you can visit the market if you still have something important to purchase for the trek or you may go for a short acclimatization walk around the campsite. Overnight in rooms at the Campsite of Himalayan Mountain Sojourns at Palchan.

Day 2:- Manali to Chhika (10,000ft) 2 Hours Trek
A jeep/ car will take you to Jobra where the trek begins. You trek along Hamta River towards north to reach at a beautiful place called Chhika. The area is speckled with wild flowers and there are a few waterfalls just behind the campsite. You halt here for overnight stay.

Day 3:- Chhika to Balu-ra-Ghera (12,400ft); 5 Hours Trek
The river takes a westward turn from here and so is the route. You leave behind the tree line. Beautiful mountain meadows welcome you on the either sides of the river. The path is paved by the grass and stones and field of the wild flowers. Today’s trek ends at Balu-ra-Ghera- a flat ground beside the river Hamta.

Day 4:- Balughera to Hamta Pass(14010ft) to Shea Gohru (12,200ft); 8 HoursTrek
The trekking on this day is challenging and the climb to the top of the pass (4270 mts) takes about three to four hours. From the pass one can enjoy the view of magnificent Himalayan peaks like DeoTibba, Indra Asan, Indra Kila. From the top of the pass there is one hour descend to the meadows of Shea Gohru, This is a beautiful campsite on the foot of the glacier.

Day 5:- Shea Gohru to Chhatru (11000 ft); 5 Hours Trek
From here the trail descends down along the left bank of a mountain rivulet. After crossings the rivulet at two places you reach at Chhatru…. Chhatru is a small roadside tourist destination on Manali-Spiti road on the bank of the Chandra River. Overnight camp on the bank of Chandra River.

Day6:- Chhatru to Chandertal Lake (14100ft) and back to Manali; 9 Hours Travelling

Today, taking an early breakfast you leave for Chandertal Lake in vehicle. Chandertal Lake is situated at an altitude of 4300 mts. at the source of river Chandra. On the way you cover places Chhota Dara, Bara Dara, and Batal. At the foot of the Kunzam Pass you take left turn along the river to reach at Chandertal Lake. After passing some time at the lake you travel back by the same route to Chhatru and then for Manali over Rohtang Pass. Overnight in rooms at the Campsite of Himalayan Mountain Sojourns at Palchan.

Day 7:- Departure from Manali
After breakfast you leave the campsite for Manali town from where you can board bus for your next destination.

Trek Ends.

Cost of the Trek: – Rs. 12500/-

*Service tax 9% extra

Dates (as per 2017)Status
June 20 – June 26Open
July 09 – July 15Open
August 11 – August 17Open
September 15 – September 21Open
September 29 – October 05Open
October 06 – October 12Open
  • All Meals (Vegetarian Food); starts from Lunch on arrival day and ends at Breakfast on departure day.
  • Room accommodation: quad sharing on Day1 and Day 6.
  • Tented accommodation in alpine tents during trekking days: Twin/Triple sharing tents, sleeping bags, foam trekking mattresses, dining tent, and toilet tent.
  • Qualified High Altitude Trekking Guide.
  • Trained High Altitude Field Staff.
  • Pickup from Bus Station Manali to Himalayan Mountain Sojourns’ campsite at Palchan at 11am. on arrival day.
  • Drop at Bus Station Manali from Himalayan Mountain Sojourns’ campsite Palchan at 10 am. on departure day.
  • Transportation from Himalayan Mountain Sojourns’ campsite at Palchan to road head place Jobra from where the trek starts on Day 2.
  • Transportation from Chhatru to Chandertal Lake and to Himalayan Mountain Sojourns’ campsite at Palchan near Manali on Day 6.
  • Porters/Mules to carry personal luggage. (Personal luggage should not be more than 10kg)
  • Any expense arising out of unforeseen circumstance like bus delays, roadblocks, landslides, etc.
  • Medical Evacuation.
  • Insurance Cover
  • Beverages like mineral water, soft drinks etc.
  • Any other expense not mentioned under ‘cost includes’

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