Trek to Chandertaal over Hampta Pass and Kunzum La
Trek to Chandertaal over Hampta Pass and Kunzum La
Why do this trip with Mountaineerz:
Complimentary stay at ‘dA Base - Mountaineerz’, a jungle village retreat, located at edge of village Soil, which is an experience as great as the trek. Live it to believe it J
Unlike most, we do do the greatest stretch of the trek ‘Kunzum La to Chandertaal’, which is, without any argument the best part of this trek.
Visit Kaza, Ki and Kibber after the trek and that’s like the Spiti road trip done J
Group size is restricted to a maximum of 7. This ensures maximum safety and minimum impact on the biosphere.
Exceptional guides & great food.
10% discount on Paragliding and Rafting with Mountaineerz.
The cost is all inclusive; you spend just on the bus tickets and personal stuff above the cost.
DAY 00: DELHI- CHANDIGARH –‘DA BASE’, MANALI (12 – 14 HRS.)
DAY 01: MANALI – PRINI – CHIKKA (3530 M), 40 MIN. DRIVE THEN WALK 6/7 HRS.
DAY 02: CHIKKA - JUARA - BHALU KA GHERA (3627 M) – RATNI THACH (3800 M)
DAY 03: RATNI THACH - HAMPTA PASS (4298 M) – SHIYA GORU (3597 M)
DAY 04: SHIYA GORU – CHATTRU (33600 M) – KUNZUM LA (4590 M) – CHANDERTAAL (4300 M)
DAY 05: CHANDERTAAL – LOSAR – KAZA – KI – KIBBER – CHATRU – ROHTANG LA (3980 M) – MANALI.
“SCENES OF NATURAL GRANDEUR MAKE BELIEVERS OF US ALL OR AT LEAST MAKE US CONTEMPLATE THE PRESENCE OF A HIGHER POWER. “
When I ventured into the adrenaline dripping world of trekking and climbing, a seasoned trekker told me that the trek to Chandertaal over Hampta Pass was a good point of initiation. And, of course he was right.
That being said now let me share some gyaan shyaan about this fabulous trek.
Kullu and Lahual are two adjoining districts and are separated by the formidable Rohtang La. Rohtang La is snow bound from October to June. Bothe the valleys are geographically quite different. The Kullu/Manali valleys are green with thick forest cover and heavy rains. However, Lahaul is in a rain-shadow area with partial Trans-Himalayan barrenness. The trail to Chandertaal over Hampta Pass combines both these areas gives a wonderful walk with two completely different terrains to enjoy.
Like I mentioned before, the trek to Chandertaal is ideal as a point of initiation in to the world of trekking. As we trek on this trail, we will cross a high pass, dark pine forests, lush green meadows to glacial valleys and stunning views. Ideal time to go on this trek is early June to late October. It is one of the most fascinating and a moderate trek, beginning from Manali and leading in to The Lahaul Valley of Himachal Pradesh. The path was also the ancient trade route between the Kullu and Lahaul Valley.
Legend has it that this is the path The Pandavas took on their way to heaven and that it was Chandertaal from where Yudhishtra (Eldest amongst the Pandavas of Mahabharata epic) was taken to heaven in his mortal form.
We will drive from dA Base – Mountaineerz to the village of Prini and will start our trek from there. We will head on to Chikka and cross the villages of Sethan and Hampta en route. The valley is very thick and closed. Forested slopes are visible to the east of Chikka, surmountable after 3 to 4 hrs of scrambling. Fear not, my friend. J Here, we will be rewarded with an excellent view of Deo Tibba and Indrasan group of peaks.
After Chikka, we will walk at almost the same height and head on to Balu ka Ghera and will cross Juara on the way. If we are a big group, Balu ka Ghera is where we will camp for the second night. Else, Ratni Thach is where we will set up camp. After crossing over the Hampta Pass, we will arrive at our next camping spot – the beautiful Shiya Goru. From here it is a short walk to Chatru, from where we will drive to Chandertaal and camp a short distance away from the lake. This is a common practice amongst campers and trekkers so as to maintain the sanctity of the lake.
You will go crazy with all the beauty you will see. Chandertaal reflects colors off it in the early morning light that you never thought existed on any spectrum. We drive back to Manali from Chandertaal and stop at Batal or Chatru for lunch. Or, if you are a bit most adventurous, we encourage you to walk back to the road head at Batal from where the vehicle will pick you up and drive you to Manali.
However, if you want to really get the vibe of the culture and actually witness the challenges that the locals face on a day to day basis but are absolutely unfazed by them and they do so with a smile and a great zest for life. I took my husband’s word for it and bravely boarded a HPTDC bus from Kaza and heading to Manali. I boarded the bus at about 2:00 pm, after lunch at Batal and boy did I have a tough time holding my food down on the ride back. J It was a roller coaster ride rolled in with some unbelievable control of the driver over this monstrosity, crazy navigation, thunderous roar of the engine on every ascent and the cheering of the crowd on successful crossing of every crazy naalaah. And, there were over 27 when I counted. J The group energy was awesome what with people chattering and cheering. Well, that was my experience and a great one at that. I would certainly suggest that for every serious trekker.
All I can say is, this is one trek that did leave me wanting for more and the last thought when I got back was certainly not, “Thank God it’s over”. J
We have the option of trekking on to surajtaal and meet the road head at Baralacha La in 3 days and come back driving on the famed Leh – Manali highway. The other option is to combine it with the Spiti road trip and visit Kaza, Key, Kibber, Tabo, Nako, Dhankaar etc. Now, that is what I call wholesome adventure. J
There is another option for people hungry for more. We can drive to Kibber and from there do the famous 6000 mt hike to Mt. Kanamo. The unique thing about this hike is that you gain an altitude of 6000 mt (summit) in one day and be back at the base foe a warm bowl of soup. J This is an experience which can be rarely found. J
Day 00: Delhi- Chandigarh –‘dA Base – Mountaineerz’, Manali (12 – 14 hrs.)
The guests will arrive in Manali in the early morning and are requested to de-board at the Patlikuhl bust stand (16 km short of Manali). A representative of Team Mountaineerz will receive and drive them to dA Base – Mountaineerz. Unwind and refresh yourself at dA Base nestled in a beautiful apple orchard. Explore surroundings like the beautiful ‘Somvan’ by the river Beas, Naggar Castle, Roerich art Gallery etc. Please ensure you are properly geared up for the trek. Any last minute shopping can be done from Manali. Guests will then meet the team and staff in order to get comfortable with them and to clarify any doubts. The guides and team leads will share the Dos and Don’ts of the trek. Enjoy some delicious dinner around a bonfire with the group and retire early.
Day 01: ‘dA BASE’ – PRINI – CHIKKA (3530 MTS) (40 MIN. DRIVE THEN WALK 6/7 HRS)
In the morning, after breakfast we will drive 15 km to Prini, situated on the left bank of River Beas on the Naggar – Manali road. After the bridge on the junction of Duggal and Allain nala, we will climb a steep ridge to reach the village of Sethan (3000 mts). It is a 12 km trek and will take about 3 hrs. The trail passes through thick forests to the Lahauli village of Hampta. The trail alternates between thick forests and open grounds for 12 km to Chikka. The trek crosses many glacial streams over improvised wooden bridges. Beautiful forested peaks are visible from Chikka after 3 or 4 hrs of scrambling. From here, we will get an excellent view of Deo Tibba and Indrasan group of peaks. When we arrive at Chikka, we will camp here for the night.
Day 02: CHIKKA - JUARA - BHALU KA GHERA (3627 MTS) – RATNI THACH (3800 MTS)
Today we will gradually ascend the valley, the trail continues to the alpine meadows which are full of interesting flora, crossing stream at Juara, glacial features of the surrounding mountains can be seen along the way. Bhalu ka Ghera, also known as the Bear’s Circle, is the place where brown bears are said to hibernate during winters and during the right time of the year, several species of wild flowers can be seen. After a trek of about 6 km, we will reach a lovely meadow called Ratni Thach (3800 mts). It is a beautiful camping spot and we will camp here for the night.
Day 03: RATNI THACH - HAMPTA PASS (4298 MTS) – SHIYA GORU (3597 MTS)
Start the day early by climbing up for about 2 km up to the Hampta pass (4270 mts) while walking on the snowfields. It is now time to get shutter happy with your camera. The final ridge is a little steep to climb and when snow-bound you will you will have to cut steps in the ice up the pass. The view from here is jaw dropping. The peaks of in Lahaul, particularly in the Kulti valley and of the Chandrabhaga group, are seen as a huge cluster, with peak of Mulkila IV raising its head above them. From top of the pass you can see the majestic Mt. Deo Tibba (6001 m), Indrasan (6221 m) and the mighty Greater Himalayan and Pir Panjal Range. A short descent leads to the campsite at Shiya Goru. We will camp in a beautiful meadow by the stream.
Day 04: SHIYA GORU – CHATTRU (33600 MTS) – BATAL (3960 MTS) - CHANDERTAAL (4300 MTS)
Today’s trek begins with crossing a small stream and a walk following the valley stream down to the mighty River Chandra. The descent to River Chandra is a bit steep and follows a long ridge. Once in the valley you will rejoin the road which crosses the bridge across the river to Chatru. However gentle the river appears, do not try to ford the River Chandra – always use a bridge. This deceptive river has swept away many trekkers trying to take a shortcut. Arriving by the side of Manali-Spiti road at Chattru, we will stop here for tea and lunch break before driving to Chandertaal via Chhota Dhara (3517 mts) and Batal.
There are lovely views of the “Chhota Shigri” (small glacier) and “Bara Shigri” (big glacier) along with several high peaks of Lahaul. From Batal onwards it can be very windy as the valley opens up here. The road climbs steeply around many bends to Kunzum La in the east. This road leads to Spiti valley. There is a new footpath leading from Kunzum La that descends to Chandertaal, however the more direct approach is the road from Batal, going into the Chandra valley in the north. We wil be driving along the left bank river Chandra after crossing a bridge near Batal. The trail continues for about 14 km to the scenic campsite at the bank of Chandertaal, from here you can see the panoramic view of the Chandra-Bhaga Range.
Day 05: CHANDERTAAL – KUNZUM LA (4590 m) – KAZA – KIBBER – CHATRU – ROHTANG LA (3980 M) –MANALI
The emerald colored expanse is breathtaking. Spend the morning at leisure by the mesmerizing Chandertaal Lake. Situated in a bowl and in a beautiful crescent shape, it offers a view of many peaks. The massive Samundri Tapu glacier joins the valley from the west. It is linked with some major peaks and the Mulkila group at its head.
Then, as all adventures come to an end to make way for new ones, we drive to Kaza over th Kunzum La (4590 m) pass and visit Ki Monastery, Kibber before driving back to Manali via Chatru, Rohtang Pass (3980 m) and Marhi. We can trek back or drive to Batal and have lunch there or at Chatru. For the adventurous few who want to spike the adventure even more, there is the option of boarding the much sought after “Himachal Tourism” bus back to Manali. J That is what I did and it was great fun. Rohtang Pass offers splendid view of the Lahaul Valley.
We will then head on to Manali. This is where we will part ways to meet again and you will continue your journey back to Delhi. J
**Guests who are travelling the next day are welcome to extend their stay at ‘dA Base – Mountaineerz: The Himalayan Jungle Retreat’.
Relax at the base camp or go paragliding or rafting or just chill by the River Beas, angling (some nice spots near our base) the next day, before we part ways here to meet soon for our next adventure.
Live like there is no tomorrow. J
Guidelines & Suggestions:
The trek can be customized and facilitated for any number of participants, even one, and for fixed departures we take max. 7 participants.
We suggest guests arrive at ‘dA Base - Mountaineerz’, a jungle village retreat, located in Soil, 14 km from Manali on the Naggar road, the night before the start of the trek. If coming straight to ‘dA Base’ get down at Patlikuhl bus stand, 14 km short of New Manali bus stand, we’ll receive you here. If driving then just follow Google maps to ‘dA Base – Mountaineerz’.
All guests are welcome to stay with compliments of Mountaineerz at ‘dA Base – Mountaineerz’ , Manali in rooms on sharing basis the night before commencing the trek. The guests will stay on a first cum first served basis and up to 12 guests can be comfortably accommodated.
The stay at our base is optional; you can join the group at the trek starting point in Prini, Manali.
**At ‘dA Base – Mountaineerz: The Himalayan Jungle Retreat’: A choice of vegetarian and non-vegetarian meals @ INR 950/-. Package includes breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks and unlimited tea/coffee and one angling session & BBQ around a bon fire in the evening.
We always recommend that guests get their own sleeping bags. However, we will be glad to provide the sleeping bags at no extra cost.
On an “Alpine Style” trek, guests are expected to carry their own load. J
Porters can be arranged @ INR 350 per day for every 10 kgs. Prior notice will be appreciated.
For an “Alpine Style” trek, participants are expected to have a reasonably good fitness level.
In a budget “Alpine Style” trek, if the group size is small, the trek will not be cancelled, however we will travel in public transport.
In a “Luxury/Leisure Style” trek, we will travel by comfortable 4X4 vehicle and all services and camping gear will spell luxury and all porterage is included.
In a “Luxury/Leisure Style” trek, we have an extra day to explore Spiti on wheels (4X4 vehicle)
A vehicle will be arranged for the guests to travel to Chandertaal from Chatru. In case we are travelling by public transport on our way back, we will trek back from Chandertaal to the road head at Batal to board the bus. As there is only one bus in a day, the seats are issued on a first cum first served basis and no prior bookings are taken.
Trekking programs in the Himalaya not necessarily would always run exactly as scheduled. Allow for unplanned long days or early camps due to weather disruptions or similar causes.
All participants are recommended to have a travel insurance that covers trekking and wilderness travel.
Wear shoes and clothes you are comfortable in and do not forget waterproof jackets and warm clothing.
Do not litter the environment. Polythene and plastics are non-biodegradable and unhealthy for the environment and must not be littered or burned and should be carried back
Soak up the atmosphere – close your eyes and take in the sights and sounds as you explore and observe.
‘dA Base – Mountaineerz’
dA Base – Mountaineerz is a jungle village retreat located in the village of Soil, near Manali, H.P. We have two traditional Himachali Cottages and ‘Glamping’ units with all basic modern amenities. Soil is known as the oldest and ancient village of the Kullu valley. The Soil/Haripur nallah passes through this charming village and is renowned for its trout fish. The strategic location allows the guests and trekkers to unwind in a peaceful setting of a village heritage home and experience the life of the natives up close and personal. The setting of the dA Base – Mountaineerz is excellent for the guests to acclimatize as there are some amazing short hikes and treks and many activities to choose from. The guests can unwind in the thick jungles of deodar and oak and indulge in angling and hiking around or just relax and catch up on some reading.
TERMS & CONDITIONS:
Fee includes: J
Rahena – wahena: 2 nights stay at ‘dA Base’ located in an orchard in Haripur, Manali.
Uthaana Giraana: Pick up and drop from Patlikuhl bus stand, Manali.
Tamboo – Shamboo: Stay in comfortable tents during the trek.
Khaanaa – peenaa: All meals during the trek (nutritious freshly cooked vegetarian).
Sewa – Shewa: Services of experienced MOI/ BMC qualified lead guide and qualified assistant guide.
Rasoi aur Baawarchi: Kitchen equipment, cook and helper.
Tamboo Sewa: All the Camping arrangements
Ghoda Shoda – Pitthu Shitthu: Porterage – pony/porter for your personal belongings (in the luxury leisure package).
AAgya Kaagazaat: Wildlife/ environmental permits and other permits & levies.
Gaddi – Shaddi: All transportation as per itinerary in local cars / jeeps and Public Transport**
Davaa: We will provide basic first-aid medication.
Gruntee Shruntee: Guaranteed amazing Himalayan experiential adventure holiday.
Cost of travel to and from Manali from your city
Cost of any form of insurance (Personal/Baggage/Medical).
Food during transit at local dhabas.
Cost of rescue, evacuation, hospitalization, etc.
Any expenses of purely personal nature like laundry, phone/Fax calls, tips to drivers, guides, any beverages.
Any expenses that arise due to change in itinerary and increase in no. of days because of natural forces like landslides, weather, roadblocks, flight cancellations, sickness etc.
Nominal cost for bonfire, barbeque and all meals at Mountaineerz base in Haripur (choice of veg/ non-veg).
Cost of any optional activity we offer, like paragliding, angling, rafting etc.
Porterage @INR. 350/day per bag (max. 10 kg) for alpine trekkers who need a porter for personal stuff.
ADVENTURE GEAR LIST:
Woollen cap and woollen gloves, thermal under-garments, warm sweater, woollen trousers / thick track pants for trekking, woollen socks, rain gear (jacket, trousers/ poncho), warm jacket, torch, full sleeves t – shirts, sun block lotion, chap-stick (lip salve), good hiking (preferably waterproof) shoes with ankle support, gaiters, camera, films, battery backup etc. one duffel bag for personal items (sky bags etc. will not be accepted to be carried by porters/horse– not more than 10 kg strictly), one knapsack for item of daily use (to be carried by you), personal medicine
Payment Terms: 10% at the time of booking and balance 30 days before the commencement of the trip.
Cancellation Charges: We understand life can be unpredictable at times, and that plans can change, that’s why we are pretty flexible about cancellations. For last minute emergencies we offer future trip credits on a case by case basis. Please talk to us before you cancel any trip with us.
From confirmation up to 30 days prior to departure - 10% of the total amount payable would be charged
Between 15 - 29 days – 50% would be refunded
Less than 15 days prior to departure 100%.
Any additional expenses which might occur due to delays, weather disruptions, medical evacuation etc. would need to be borne by the participants as per actual. All overstay due to delay beyond our control would be charged on pro-rata based as per tour cost for planned days.
In case of unforeseen weather conditions or like, certain activities may be cancelled and in such cases we will provide an alternate feasible activity. However no refund will be provided for the same.
Mountaineerz reserves the right to change the itinerary due to unforeseen circumstances such as due to political reason, natural calamities, serious sickness, and special reasons.
In case the road from Chatru to Chandertaal is not open we will camp at Chatru.
No refund will be payable to any client who voluntarily leaves a trip in the middle.
In case any participant falls sick or is injured during the program, the medical, travel, porter and any other expenses has to be borne by the concerned individual. However, primary medical facilities will be made available wherever possible.
Once the tour starts and is cancelled due to any reason beyond our control, the Company reserves the right for the payment of refunds to the client and will be on Company's discretion.
Please note that cancellation charges also apply to reductions in group size, not only for cancellations of entire bookings.
In case the strength falls below the stipulated group strength or the Client can travel as individual travelers, then a different rate i.e. not group rate would be applicable. If the company cancels the trip due to group size, 100% refund would be given.
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