Hamta Pass – Baralacha La

Presentation

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Region: Kullu Manali – Lahaul – Spiti / Duration: 19 Days / 12 Days trek / Season: June to October Grade: Moderate

This is one of the most delightful treks in the Manali Region, affording views of lush green valleys, snow-capped mountain Ranges and barren hills. Leaving the Manali valley, the trek proceeds through forests, meadows etc. As soon as we arrive at the top of the Hampta Pass, one can have a spectacular view of the Inderkila & Inderasan mountain peaks.The Trek takes us over the majestic Himalayas, crossing over the Hamta Pass (4268 m) to reach the remote Lahaul & Spiti Valley. The Hamta Trek was the traditional route between Lahaul and Kullu Valley before the road was made over the Rohtang Pass. After we reach the cold and dry mountain dessert of Spiti and Lahaul Valley, we pass the Bara Shigri Glacier, the biggest glacier in Himachal Pradesh. Our way leads us further to the beautiful Chandratal Lake at an altitude of 4270 meters. Chandratal, which means the Lake of Moon, is shaped like a half moon and is set on a large meadow of edelweiss within a lower ridge and the main Kunzum range. From here you have a great view of high mountains and the Baralacha glacier which is the source of the Chandra River. The trek ends on top of the Baralacha Pass (4830) which marks our highest point of the trek.

Itinerary

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Day 1 Arrival in Delhi from abroad. Pick up from airport to hotel, evening drive to Manali (night bus) by VOLVO BUS  585 km

Day 2 Manali Arriva & transfer to hotel 

Day 3 & 4 Manali Rest day and local Sightseeing + 3 hours walk in neigbourhood on day 3 + full day walk on day 4

Day 5 Manali – Pandu Ropa (5 hours; 2700m)

Day 6 Pandu Ropa – Juara (5 hours; 3530m)

Day 7 Juara – Sheha Gohru (7 hours; 3200m)

Day 8 Sheha Gohru – Chatru (4 hours; 3360m)

Day 9 Chatru – Chota Dara (5 hours; 3,760m)

Day 10 Chota Dara – Batal (6 hours; 3990m)

Day 11 Batal – Chandertal lake (8 hours; 4270m)

Day 12 Rest at Chandertal Lake 

Day 13 Chandertal – Topko Yongma (7 hours; 4320m)

Day 14 Topko Yongma – Topko Gongma (6 hours; 4640m)

Day 15 Topko Gongma – Baralacha La (6 hours; 4830m)

Day 16 Baralacha La – Rothang – Manali Drive to Manali for about 170 km.

Day 17 Manali – Rest

Day  18 Manali & departure for Delhi by VOLVO BUS  / 585 km / night bus

Day19 Delhi & Departure from India

Details

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Day 1 Arrival in Delhi from abroad & bus to Manali

Pick up from airport to hotel, overnight in hotel evening drive to Manali by VOLVO BUS or MINi BUS / 585 km

Day 2 Manali

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Arrival to Manali transfer to hotel and rest.  Overnight in Hotel

MANALI, at the northern end of the Kullu Valley in Himachal Pradesh, is a hill station situated at a height of 2050m (6398 ft) in the Himalayas. Situated on the Beas river (Vyaas in Hindi) and near its source, it is a popular tourist spot for Indians in summer and a magical, snow-covered place in winter. A staging point for a number of treks (Beas Kund, Chandrakhani Pass) and sports such as white-water rafting, Manali is also on the road to Ladakh via the valley of Lahaul and Spiti and the Rohtang Pass which is the main attraction near Manali

Day 3 Manali Rest & Train

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Rest in morning and guided walk (3hrs) upon Manu Temple to Rasta Cafe and Manali heights. Overnight in Hotel

Day 4 Manali Train & Acclimatization

Trek to Kharma (2500 m) ascending the Manali Valley. Lunch pic nic & return to hotel. Overnight in Hotel

Day 5 Manali – Pandu Ropa (5 hours; 2700m)

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The steepest part of the trail takes about 2 hours to negotiate. We pass through apple orchards and forests of blue pine, cedar, oak, and chestnut. A further 2 hours trek brings us to our campsite.

Day 6 Pandu Ropa – Juara (5 hours; 3530m)

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The path to Juara through the tiny village Of Chhika, where the Alian Nala flows from the Hamta Pass. 5 hours of steady walking brings us to Juara, where our campsite closest to the Tokru Shakru peaks.

Day 7 Juara – Sheha Gohru (7 hours; 3200m)

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Today is long journey of 7 hours. We ascend to Hamta Pass (4,275m), stopping to appreciate the close view of Deo Tibaa and Indrasan peaks. A long decent follows the trail taking us right to the campsite at Sheha Gohru. In the local dialect Sheha Ghoru means “A very cold place”. During summer it is a cool grazing pasture and hub for shepherds on the way to Lahoul & Spiti. Valley.

Day 8 Sheha Gohru – Chatru (4 hours; 3360m)

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This 4 hours walk is quite easy. We follow the river up to the rock field, a difficult section during the monsoon season. We ford the river at a point from where you can see right across the beautiful valley of Lahoul & Spiti. Spiti range dominates entire landscape until we reach the camp site at Chatru. Chatru is a confluence of trekking routes from Rohtang pass, Hamta Pass and Spiti.

Day 9 Chatru – Chota Dara (5 hours; 3,760m)

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Today sees the trail winding through a narrow valley as the terrain becomes a gradually more rugged and the color more stark. The gushing of the river Chandra is our constant companion and becomes a roar as it rushed to join the Bhaga at Tandi near Keylong. We reach Chota Dara after 5 hours and settle down to enjoy the new landscape.

Day 10 Chota Dara – Batal (6 hours; 3990m)

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The trail finds its feet on the road to Batal. Reaching the confluence of the paths to Chandertal and Kunzum Pass into Spiti valley.

Day 11 Batal – Chandertal lake (8 hours; 4270m)

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8 hours of trekking begins on a pleasant route along the alpine meadows that embrace the Chandra river. The path then leads over the rocky plateau, crossing a small stream and traversing the incline. From here the trek is a series of gentle ups and downs until we reach Chandertal Lake. This high altitude lake is a majestic sight, surrounded as it is by the mighty Himalayan peaks.

Day 12 Rest at Chandertal Lake 

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We spend the whole day at leisure at Chandertal lake, resting and simply enjoying the unrivalled beauty and peace of surroundings.

Day 13 Chandertal – Topko Yongma (7 hours; 4320m)

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We set off again following the Chandra river. The trail rises and falls several times as we approach Topko Yongma. The trail ascends from the mountainside and we cross a stream nearing the campsite. We ford the river in a beautiful, scenic location and reach our campsite at Topko Yongma.

Day 14 Topko Yongma – Topko Gongma (6 hours; 4640m)

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An early start today, crossing to gushing mountain tributaries before beginning a steep ascent across the rock face. From here it’s an uphill walk to the campsite.

Day 15 Topko Gongma – Baralacha La (6 hours; 4830m)

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The day starts off with a steep ascent to the top of the ridge above Topko Gongma, which takes around half an hour. The trail then negotiates a rock field offering the most fantastic views of the Koa range peaks to the southwest. We cross another mountain stream before reaching Baralacha La. After a challenging walk, we go by the twin passes of Baralacha Pass, which is an important spot on the trade route as roads from Spiti, Ladakh, Zanskar and Lahoul converge here. On the northwest side lies the Bhaga river, while the Chandra river flows from the southeast. Nearby will be the campsite at Baralacha La. You also see from here the beautiful emerald lake Suraj Tal. we stop here for our last night in the mountains, reminiscing on our achievements.

Day 16 Baralacha La – Rothang – Manali Drive to Manali for about 170 km.

Day 17 Manali – Rest

Day  18 Manali & departure for Delhi by VOLVO BUS  / 585 km / night bus

Day19 Delhi & Departure from India

 

Map

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Price

PARTICIPANTSPRICE / PERSON (€)
51000
41200
31400
21600
11700

Conditions

WHAT A TOUR COST WILL INCLUDE :

  • Accommodation in Delhi & Manali
  • Arrival and departure transfers at airport Delhi with assistance
  • Trek on full board
  • All trekking equipments; sleeping tents, sleeping bags, dinning tents, kitchen tent, toilet tents, carry mats, water cans, kitchen utensils and accessories etc.
  • All trekking staff : Mountain Guide, Trek Cook, Helper, Horse/Pony
  • Transportation for trek staff, equipment and food items.
  • Potable oxygen cylinder as per requirement
  • Hyperbaric Gamow bag as per requirement
  • First Aid Box (No imported medicines and accessories)
  • Any Inner-line permits applicable as per the regions.

WHAT A TOUR COST WILL NOT INCLUDE :

  • Airfares
  • Trekking shoes
  • Food & meals while not trekking
  • Government Service tax 3.09% on package
  • Medical and insurance of any kind.
  • Any expenses arising out of unforeseen circumstances like flight delay/cancellation, strike or any other natural calamities
  • Tips, laundry, liquors, wines, mineral water, telephone charges and items of personal nature.

CANCELLATION POLICY

  • If cancellations are made 30 days before the start date of the trip, 25% of booking value will be charged as cancellation fees.
  • If cancellations are made 15-30 days before the start date of the trip, 50% of booking value will be charged as cancellation fees.
  • If cancellations are made within 0-15 days before the start date of the trip, 100% of booking value will be charged as cancellation fees.
  • In case of unforeseen weather conditions or government restrictions, certain activities may be cancelled and in such cases the operator will try his best to provide an alternate feasible activity. However no refund will be provided for the same.

REFUND POLICY

  • The applicable refund amount will be processed within 10 business days

CONFIRMATION POLICY

  • The customer receives a confirmation voucher via email within 24 hours of successful booking
  • In case the preferred slots are unavailable, an alternate schedule of the customer’s preference will be arranged and a new confirmation voucher will be sent via email.
  • Alternatively, the customer may choose to cancel their booking and a full refund will be processed.

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