The Hampta Pass trek starts from the Prini village of Manali and goes across the Hampta Pass up the headwaters of the Chandra River in Lahaul and explores the lower portion of the mighty Bara Shigri glacier. We begin our Hampta Pass trek by driving through Prini hamlet to Jobri (a village around 6 KM from the main town of Manali). On this trail, you can have a splendid panoramic view of snow-capped mountains named Indrasan (6220 Mts.), Inderkilla (6000 Mts.), and Deo-Tibba (6001 Mts.). Trek provides an ample opportunity to explore the glacier and moraine in this part of the western Himalayas.
The Hampta Pass (4270m) is on the true right side of the valley. It provides the vantage point for the Lahaul Range, which can be reached by diverting from the main trail through the moraine towards the center of the valley. From here, the peaks of DeoTibba (6001 Mts.) and Indrasan (6221 Mts.) can also be appreciated.
Drive from Prini Village for 5/6 hrs. on the steep section that goes through apple orchards and a forest of blue pine, cedar, oak, fir, and chestnut. A small hamlet Hampta has a fascinating history. They say that the soul of a person who dies has to go through Hampta. Locals say they have heard two sorts of the noise of crying and the sounds of the trumpet. According to them, the crying sound means that a person is going to hell and the trumpet sound symbolizes the person is going to heaven. It is there because Mount Inderkilla is known as heaven and hell.
Walkthrough beautiful landscape just below the Hamta Pass situated on a grassy green bank sloping down from the cliffs. The majestic grandeur of immediate surroundings, the nearness of the Tokru-Shakru peaks, and the wonderful coloring of rock and mountainside. The river Alain Nullah source from Hamta pass follows Chikka after crossing three times you will come across along the cliffside till one finally reaches Chikka. Then trek through Panduropa is full of cliff-cascading splashes which attract a lot of foreign trekkers from all over the world. Panduropa means paddy fields of Pandavas.
From here the trail ascends towards the mighty Hamta Pass (4270 Mts.) and you can have the amphitheater vista of Deo Tibba and the fabled Indrasan peaks. Soon you will descend on a switchback trail to the campsite Shea Gahru. Shea Gahro means a cold place. Being adjacent to the glacier snout makes it cold. After spring it’s an alp and resting point for the Sheppard’s crossing the valley with a flock of sheep.
Easy walk along the river up to the rocky point, though it’s hard to cross in the rainy season. If lucky you may find a bridge at rock point during the winter bridge usually blown off by an avalanche. At a point, you have to cross the river physically in the shallow part. Also from this point, you will see the distant valleys of Lahaul and Spiti and the massive Himalayan range Pir Panjal and Spiti ranges dominate the entire landscape till the campsite at Chhatru.
Today drive through the rugged road in Chandra Valley crossing Chhtru and Grampoo. On the way, the left-hand side is Chhota Shigri glacier and the road leads to Batal/Kaza and Spiti. Grampoo divides the valley into Lahaul & Spiti. And turns right-hand side at Grampoo towards Lahaul & Leh and left-hand side turn to the Rohtang/Manali. At Grampoo the real climb to Rohtang Pass (3980 Mts.). Here one sees the majesty of the mountains at their height and splendidly. At the top of the Pass, the air seems to glitter against the snow as you look down over herringboned ridges into the Lahaul Valley. A few kilometers away from the Pass is Sonapani glacier: slightly to the left are the twin peaks of the Gepan jagged pyramid of rock and snow-crowned. And slowly descend to Rohtang Pass to Manali. (We use the Atal tunnel now).