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Hampta Circle Trek - 4 Days

Hampta Circle Trek
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Hampta Circle Trek is a circular trek to Hampta, this means that unlike a regular trek here each day will be a new place and a new experience. This is an amazing initiation for those who wish to open the door to the world of trekking. The trek takes us above Manali through thick forests of pine and deodar trees, crossing streams and flowerbeds along the way. This trek gives you an idea of how other, more challenging treks would go if you get in this field of sports.

Unspoiled and untamed, the Hampta Circle Trek follows a lesser-known route in Himachal Pradesh. Confused often with the Hampta Pass trek, this is a beautiful 4 day hike, and an extremely scenic route not frequented by the hordes of tourists that nowadays flood the known trails. This route is known to local pahadis who head into the mountains for herding. The mountains come to life then, with lakes glistening in the sun, cool winds blowing on your face, green everywhere, tall trees and a river softly flowing down the majestic mountains. With breathtaking views of the Dhauladhars, Pir Panjal and Bara Bangal ranges, the Hampta circle trek is more laid back and allows us to take in the beauty as we hike up.

Day 1
Drive from Manali to Jagatsukh; Trek to Baggi

Day 2
Trek from Baggi to Saraha Baggi

Day 3
Trek from Saraha Baggi to Sarotu

Day 4
Trek from Sarotu to Jobra; Drive to Manali

Day 1: Drive from Manali to Jagatsukh; Trek to Baggi

  • Drive:  22-25 km/ 1 hr
  • Altitude: 2,430 m
  • Trek: 6-7 km
  • Time taken:  1 hour drive + 5 hour trek. Pick up from Manali at 8.00 AM
  • Stay: Overnight stay in tents

Drive to Jagatsukh from Manali in the morning. The village is known for its beautiful apple orchards. We start trekking post breakfast. The trek takes us through Bhanara village within a half hour, and this ascent includes a great number of steps to climb.

A canopy of apple trees can line our trail now, and we continue past the village and into a lovely pine forest through yet another bunch of stairs. Takshak Nag Mandir is a beautiful Shiva Temple that falls en route our trek today. We resume trekking after a short halt here. The trail soon opens up into a beautiful clearing which is our campsite for the night.

Day 2: Trek from Baggi to Saraha Baggi

  • Altitude: 3,100 m
  • Trek: 6-7 Km / 5-6 Hrs
  • Trek gradient: Moderate
  • Water sources: You’ll find a stream on the trail.
  • Stay:  Overnight stay in tents

Day two of the trek is relatively moderate but equally thrilling. We continue further into the heart of the forest until the tree line is left behind and a sweeping meadow pops up. A few minutes into the trail and the majestic Hanuman Tibba rises to greet you.

We also come across some temporary Gujjar huts, from where the path climbs uphill to Saraha Baggi. Behold the wonder of the city unfolding before your eyes in entirety, while distant Himalayan peaks watch over you. Explore around the site to your heart’s content. This is our campsite for the night.

Day 3: Trek from Saraha Baggi to Sarotu

  • Altitude: 3,160 m
  • Trek: 5-6 Km / 4-5 Hrs
  • Trek gradient: Easy
  • Water sources: You’ll find a stream on the trail.
  • Stay:  Overnight stay in tents

We leave behind one beautiful campsite and make for another. The trail unfurls over a lush green path, criss crossed by a variety of bright yellow flowers. After an hour, we reach a gushing waterfall, from where the trail climbs into a dense forest.

The trail near the waterfall must be traversed with caution, as it is narrow and likely to be slippery and muddy. The trail may be, depending on the season, laden with crisp chestnuts or a fine carpet of snow. And if you though Saraha Baggi was beautiful, today’s campsite will leave you stunned!

The trail soon leads to Sarotu, the most beautiful campsite of our trek. Guarded by massive Himalayan neighbors, you can see numerous shepherds with their flock nearby. The beauty of this campsite is overwhelming. Camp at Sarotu for the night.

Day 4: Trek from Sarotu to Jobra; Drive to Manali

  • Altitude: 2,825 m
  • Trek: 4-5 Km / 3-4 Hrs
  • Trek gradient: Easy
  • Drive:  22-25 km (1 hr)
  • Time taken:  3-4 hour Trek + 1 hour drive. Reach Manali around 2-4 PM

Despite being the shortest day of the trek, the descent may exhaust your knees. Maintain a steady pace while descending, making sure you don’t put a lot of pressure on your knees.

Trek past Sarotu hills, and cross a gurgling stream to arrive at the Jobra Dam, from where the Hampta Pass trek begins. This officially marks the end of your trek. Freshen up and rest a little at Jobra, then drive back to Manali.

The Trip Cost Includes

  • Food all along the Trek(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and a cup of coffee or tea)
  • Car pick up from Manali to the trek starting point Jagatsukh on Day 1 and from trek end point Jobra to Manali (Day 4)
  • Food as per menu on the trek
  • Forest Permits/Camping Charges , if any
  • Tents, Sleeping bags, mats,Technical equipment
  • Safety Equipments.
  • First Aid Medical Kit(Your Trek Leader will carry the Medical Kit but we also advise to bring yourself for your own use, as far as possible)
  • Trek guide, cook, helpers, porters & mules for carrying common luggage.
  • Services of a Mountaineering qualified & professional Trek Leader.

The Trip Cost Excludes

  • Accommodation and meals in Manali.
  • Meals during road Journeys.
  • Porter/Mull to carry personal luggage.
  • Insurance.
  • Any expense of personal nature.
  • Any expense not specified in the inclusion list.

Trekking Gear

  • A rucksack with rain cover
  • A water bottle or a hydration pack
  • A Hand/Head Torch with spare batteries
  • UV Protection Sunglasses
  • A trekking pole

Clothing:

Since it is a high altitude trek, at least 3 layers of clothing is mandatory. A full sleeve shirt, a fleece jacket, and a padded jacket are imperative. An additional layer (Thermal bodywarmers) for the evenings in the high altitude campsites are strongly recommended

  • Quick Dry Warm lower or Track Pants - 2
  • Full sleeves T-shirts - 2
  • Thermal Bodywarmer Upper & Lower - 1
  • Fleece Jacket - 1
  • Padded Jacket -1 (Goose down or feather is preferable)
  • Full sleeves sweater - 1 (Needed if you feel cold at high altitudes despite 4 layers)
  • Rainwear (Jacket & Pants) - 1
  • Thick woolen socks -  1 pair
  • Cotton socks - at least 2-3 pairs
  • Undergarments - 1 for every day of trekking
  • Pair of Warm Gloves - 1
  • Woolen cap - 1

Footwear

  • Hiking shoes (Preferably ankle high) -1
  • Pair of lightweight Slipper/Sandals - 1 pair.

Toiletries

    • Sunscreen lotion, lip balm, toothbrush, toothpaste, hand sanitizer, toilet roll, cold cream, small towel.
    • Anti-fungal cream: Carry an antifungal cream if you are sensitive to sweating and prone to skin irritations around genitals or groin area due to lack of bathing.
    • For women:
      • Tampons or sanitary napkins,
      • 2-3 zip pouches to dispose off non-biodegradable waste
      • Vaginal wash to avoid any irritation due to lack of bathing.

Miscellaneous

    • Water bottle
    • Camera (optional)
    • Personal medicine kit. Though our trek leaders carry a fully equipped first-aid kit, make sure you consult your doctor before the trek in case you have any special ailment.
    • Dry fruits, energy bars

Flexibility

Another aspect that will help you trek comfortably is flexibility. For this, you can do some stretching exercises – stretch your hamstrings, quadriceps, hip flexors, lower back muscles and shoulders regularly. On your trek, it is important that you arrive on the slopes with your muscles relaxed. Carrying a backpack, however light, can become a strain after a while. These exercises will help you to be in good shape before the trek.

Breathing exercises

If you’re trekking to Hampta Pass trek in Snow, note that the temperature drops to around -3 to 5 degree Celcius at night. During the day, the temperature will be at around 10 to 12 degrees. This extreme temperature could make breathing slightly difficult. Doing breathing exercises before the trek will help. Expand your lungs and learn to breathe deep. This will help you inhale more oxygen and help you breathe comfortably.

Fitness exercises

  • Jog/Run for 5 Kms in 25-30 mins or Walk continuously for 10 km (with 3-4 small breaks) on plain terrain (slight incline is better)
  • Hold your breath for 40 seconds
  • 3 sets of Climbing 30 – 40 steps in one stretch
  • Push Ups – 10
  • Lunges & Squats – 15 X 2 sets

Monitoring health on a trek

Any abnormal reading will be paid special attention to and action will be taken immediately.

On the trek, your Trek Leader will be monitoring two aspects a day.

  • Oxygen Level
  • Pulse Rate 

High Altitude Medical Kit

Your trek leader will also be carrying a full-fledged high altitude medical kit. This will include basic medicines and specific medicines catering to altitude sickness – Diamox, DexamethasoneYour Trek Leader will also be carrying a portable oxygen cylinder throughout the trek. In addition to that, there are oxygen cylinders installed at all high campsites for any emergency situations.

Acclimatisation in high  altitude

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.

Manali
Manali is the base location for our Hampta Pass trek. Our meeting point in Manali is the Government bus stand opposite the mall road.  We will pick you up at 10:00 AM in the morning and start the drive to jobri. The entire drive from Manali to Jobri takes around 1 Hour.

Reaching Manali by Road (Bus)
Manali is well connected with comfortable Volvo buses run by government and private operators. You can catch luxury and normal buses to Manali which are available from ISBT Kashmiri Gate in delhi. The journey takes around 12-14 hours.

Reaching Manali by Air 
Bhuntar, which is 52 km away from Manali, is the nearest airport. Taxi services are available from Bhuntar to Manali, which costs about Rs. 700- Rs1000. Bhuntar is well connected to Delhi by air. The airliners that take you to this Airport are Indian Airlines, Kingfisher airlines, MDLR Airlines and Jagson Airlines, operating flights from Delhi and Chandigarh to Kullu.

By Rail

To reach by train, take a direct train from Delhi to Pathankot. Some of the trains that run on this route are Delhi-Pathankot Express, Jammu Tawi Express, Delhi-Dhauladhar Express. You can then take a bus from Pathankot to Manali. Or you can take a connecting train from Pathankot to Joginder Nagar which is the nearest station to Manali. There are buses running frequently between Joginder Nagar and Manali.

Nearby attraction

Manali is the gateway to Solang Valley where you can participate in adventure activities like paragliding, and zorbing in the summer months when the snow melts. This famous tourist hill station has so many places to visit in Manali. Visit the ancient Hadimba Devi Temple which has an interesting mythological tale associated with it. Walk through the charming lanes of Old Manali. Visit the bazaar to buy some souvenirs. Jogini Fall and Vashisht Temple are other famous attractions in Manali. You can also visit Rohtang pass while you are in Manali.

 

Price From INR8,000 INR6,500/person
6,500
Total 6,500 INR

Trip Facts

  • Himachal Pradesh
  • 4 days
  • Easy
  • 12100 ft
  • Day time: 13°C-18°C; Night time: 0°C-7°C
  • 30-35 km
  • MAY & JUNE
  • 10-15 trekkers
  • Manali to Manali
  • Meals while on trek (Veg + Egg)
  • Camping
  • Chandigarh or Manali is well connected to Delhi
  • Delhi, Chandigarh, Kullu airport at Bhuntar

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