Hampta Pass Trek is one of the most dramatic pass crossings in the Himalayas. At 14,000 feet, this trek is not for the faint of heart, but it is definitely worth the climb.
On one side, you’ll be greeted by the lush green valley of Kullu with its forests, grasslands, and blooming flowers. On the other side, prepare to be amazed by the almost arid and stark landscape of Lahaul, with barren mountains and almost no vegetation.
Standing on the top of the pass, it’s like you’re looking at two different worlds. It’s like a before-and-after transformation in a matter of minutes. It’s like watching an episode of Extreme Makeover: Himalayas Edition.
The trek to Hampta Pass is not for the faint-hearted. The climb is thrilling and nerve-wracking, with ledges that seem to never end. But once you reach the top, the views are breathtaking.
During the six-day trek, you’ll move from one side to the other, covering 25 km. And let me tell you, it’s worth every step. You’ll see everything from vertical rock walls to glossy grasslands, gurgling streams, silver waterfalls, hanging glaciers, and more.
And if that’s not enough, you’ll also get to witness the beautiful confluence of three passes: Hampta, Rohtang, and Spiti. It’s like a surreal treat for your eyes.
Don’t forget to visit Chandrataal, the ‘Lake of the Moon,’ which is an incredible emerald crescent-shaped lake that changes its color throughout the day. And while you’re at it, get a chance to explore the distinct Buddhist culture of the inhabitants of Sethan, who are original migrants from Tibet and Spiti Valley.
Me and my friends did this trek in March, and we had the best possible weather conditions. The valleys were mesmerizing, and the streams had crystal clear water. The trek is difficult, but it’s also promising in terms of views and experiences.
If you’re a trekking lover and an adventure enthusiast, this is the perfect vacation for you. The best time to visit Hampta Pass is from June to August.