The Hampta Circle Trek and beyond
Unspoiled and untamed, the Hampta Circle Trek follows a lesser-known route in Himachal Pradesh. Confused often with the Hampta Pass trek, this is a beautiful 4 day hike, and an extremely scenic route not frequented by the hordes of tourists that nowadays flood the known trails. This route is known to local pahadis who head into the mountains for herding. The mountains come to life then, with lakes glistening in the sun, cool winds blowing on your face, green everywhere, tall trees and a river softly flowing down the majestic mountains. With breathtaking views of the Dhauladhars, Pir Panjal and Bara Bangal ranges, the Hampta circle trek is more laid back and allows us to take in the beauty as we hike up.
The trek is not a difficult one with a hike up to 3200 m. We begin with a completely offbeat experience. Unlike a typical hike where the aim is to just climb upwards, we first begin with staying in a village with locals and enjoying unending conversations with them. The tasty local food and the games with the cute pahadi children is sure to make you fall in love with them!
We then head of into the mountains – hiking begins. This short hike heads into even more wonderous landscapes, one’s that is too beautiful to be true. Our team of local villagers would be our team along the hike. Camping beneath a bed of stars, with not a soul as far as you can see, and cool weather in the midst of the mountains along side a river. Mind you, this trek is still unexplored and hence the routes are rustic! We cross meadows and open stretches of mountains where you would see horses, ibex and brown bears along side differently coloured rare birds all around. The deodars, oak, pine and birch trees are ever so refreshing – you do breathe differently! We hike further on for the next few days with stories and laughter through the day, and bonfires into the nights. The hike would surely be a complete rejuvenation and will make you smile from your heart. That is the Hampta Circle Trek guys!
Well, it isn’t over yet! When back from the hike, we celebrate into the wee hours of the night with people from all over the world in old Manali… This trip is all packed in one – a trek, with a local village experience and, a celebration at the end – and that too a quick one! Ain’t that the most ideal!!
IncludedThe Hampta Circle Trek and beyond
- Diving into the local pahadi culture
- Local food, and staying with the villagers enjoying right into the night around a bonfire
- Easy hike with extremely scenic views
- Lush green mountains, expansive meadows, gushing rivers, animals and cattle strolling, rare birds spotting and beds of flowers
- Camping under a bed of stars at night with a bonfire for warmth
- Team of local villagers to help us during the hike - this gives us ample opportunity to connect with them
- Celebrating into the night with people from all over the world in a crazy backpacker hostel to wrap up the trip
Start place and end place: Manali
How to reach Manali:Manali is easily accessible by air, road and rail. It is well connected by bus from Delhi. There are buses plying through the day to Manali. There are also some overnight options which are ideal. You can buy tickets with the State transport which can be booked online as well. The nearest airport is in Bhuntar which is around an hour from Manali. There are taxis and buses that ply between Manali and Bhuntar. The nearest railway station is Jogindernagar. However it's connectivity is limited to northern cities. Best bet - head to Delhi and get to Manali from there.
- Camping equipment
- Sleeping bags and mat
- All meals, snacks, tea and coffee (except last day)
- Accommodation on sharing basis
- Guide and support staff
- Games and activities
- Food and beverage from last day noon (in Manali)
- Transport from and to Manali
- Personal expenses
Cancellation policy:Indian trips and tours:
- Upto 2 months before the event, full refund
- Between 2 months and upto 15 days before event, 50% refund
- Less than 15 days, no refund
- Upto 2 months before the event, 75% refund
- Between 2 months and upto 1 month before the event, 50% refund
- Less than 1 month, no refund
Weather:Pleasant weather through the day. We may experience some rain as well. Temperatures would be between 15 and 25 degrees.
What to carry:
- Rucksack and rain cover
- Water bottle
- Trekking shoes
- Comfortable clothing
- A light jacket/ pullover
- Hat/ cap
- Sunscreen/ cold cream
- Personal medicines