Some trekkers believe that the monsoon cancels nearly all Himalayan treks. On the other hand, some people do not consider the monsoon’s impact. They take it for granted that all treks are accessible.
By the time the monsoon arrives (around July), the winter snow has completely melted away, and the landscape has changed dramatically from white to browns, pinks, and purples. During the monsoon season, some spectacular treks in these areas become available.
One of the best Monsoon Treks in India is Hamta Pass Trek
The Hampta Pass is Himachal’s Valley of Flowers, to put it simply. The scenery is strikingly similar to Valley of Flowers – a green, narrow valley surrounded by snow-capped mountains – but there’s an added bonus here.
When you reach the other side of the Hampta Pass, the stark contrast from what you just left behind will take your breath away. Spiti Valley, which stretches out before you, is known for its barren stretches, rugged terrain, and forget-me-not blue skies.
The trek comes to a close on the final day with a drive to Chandrataal, a stunning blue alpine lake in the middle of a barren desert. It’s a journey full of unexpected twists and turns
Hamta Pass Trek
The Hampta Pass trek is a well-loved trail among trekkers. The trek, which starts in Manali and takes you through various secluded hamlets, is full of breathtaking scenery that will captivate visitors. This trek is faithfully spellbinding due to the extremely divine beauty of nature, as well as the sightings of rare Himalayan birds and flora such as orchids. Starting at 14,100 feet in Manali, this trek will take you through beautiful alpine forests and glaciers on its way to the Hampta Pass and the mystical Chandratal Lake. Along with rock-strewn territories, pine forests, glacial valleys, waterways, and sweeping paddocks, this enthralling trekking experience offers spectacular views of birds, flowers, and scenic landscapes.
- Day 1: Drive from Manali (2050m) to Jobri (9,800ft) and trek to Chika (10,100 ft).
- Trek from Chika to Balu ka Gera on Day 2. (5 hr easy climb)
- Day 3: Return trek from Balu ka Gera to Hampta Pass (14,100 ft)
- Day 4: Drive back to Manali after trekking from Balu Ka Gera to Jobri.
HOW DO YOU GET THERE?
Jagatsukh, Manali will be the pick-up and drop-off location. We can arrange a cab for you from Manali’s bus station; however, the cost is not included in the package. The cab fare can be split among the trekkers who sign up for the trek. For the purpose of communication,
The nearest airport to Hampta pass is Bhuntar, which is 11 kilometers from Kullu and 52 kilometers from Manali. You can take a taxi from Bhuntar to Manali for around Rs 1000. Indian Airlines, Kingfisher Airlines, and Jagson Airlines all have flights from Delhi and Chandigarh. To get to Manali by plane, you’ll need to take a connecting flight through Delhi.
Delhi or Chandigarh are two options. Delhi and Chandigarh are well connected to the country’s major airports.
By road, you can get to Hampta Pass by taking an overnight bus from Delhi or Chandigarh to Manali. By road, Manali is well connected to major cities. The roads are in good condition, but during the monsoon season, there are landslides. The bus journey from Delhi to Manali can take up to 14 hours, while the journey from Chandigarh to Manali takes at least 9 hours.
We do not recommend traveling by train because the nearest station, Jogindernagar, is 5 hours away, which you will have to cover again by bus or cab.
Treks to avoid during the monsoon
- Because it rains heavily in Uttarakhand, most treks above 10,000 feet (except Valley of Flowers) are out of the question. The trails are dangerous and slick, with exposed boulders. In addition, there are no views. This eliminates treks such as Rupin Pass, Buran Ghati, and Phulara Ridge.
- Our country’s northeast region should be avoided. This is a region that receives some of the country’s heaviest rainfall. The jungles are densely forested and frequently infested with leeches. In addition, the rain is heavy and almost nonstop. Sandakphu and Goechala are off the table.
In a nutshell, mid-June is an excellent time to trip the Hampta Pass if you want to see snow in all of its colors. It’s unique because the Hampta Pass’s narrow valley emphasizes its beauty. One of the best times to complete the Hampta Pass trek is in June. Beginners should definitely try the Hampta Pass trek to get a taste of Himalayan trekking trails. Starting at 6,725 feet in Manali, you gradually climb to 14,000 feet in a few days.