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sudhish_1971
Chennai (Madras), India385 contributions
Dec 2019
Best place to experience snow in Manali .Less crowded place as the entry is limited . From Manali the travel time is about 1 hr through a number of hairpin bends and narrow road. Within few kms of travel snow was visible on the road sides . We started our trip around 9.30 from club Mahindra snow peak resort and the entry point ,where entry passes gets issued, was few meters away from resort .

As suggested by the travel team we opted for a 4 wheel drive vehicle for the trip. Roads are narrow and in bad condition and have many hairpin bends through out the journey . For in experienced drivers this journey will be a challenging one .

Hamta pass is a must visit place and better than Solang valley . Less crowded place and one can explore the snow covered valleys all around . The snow was bout 1-2 ft thick when we visited and was fresh . Better to get the snow suits from Manali as there are very limited shops and restaurants on the way. No restroom facilities we could locate at the Hamta pass area .Food items like Maggi , bread toast , coffe/tea is available in the small shops in the last point . Even you can hire walking sticks( branches of near by woods ) for climbing the snow covered hills .

Snow got accumulated in between rocks can be about 2-3 ft or more in depth and one needs to be very careful while walking through those areas .

The day was sunny and while returning we saw many vehicles , without 4x4 struggling to drive through melting snow and slippery ice on the roads . Better to visit this place in the morning half ,as there is chance of traffic jams due to parking on road side and narrow roads.
Written January 2, 2020
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nvp
Bhavnagar, India586 contributions
May 2021 • Couples
A good half day trip from Manali. You need to take permit from SDM office in Mall road , only after that you can go to Hamta pass . A very scenic place close to Manali. You can enjoy waterfalls and treks. Actual Hamta pass is far off and difficult to reach but one can take small treks as per one’s convenience . Enroute is a hydro power project. Also it is a popular camping site and adventurous people do overnight camping enroute to Hamta pass. There are lush green meadows all around and it is less crowded place. Nature lovers will definitely enjoy it
Written June 17, 2021
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Club Mahindra Manali
Mumbai, India8 contributions
Jan 2021
We styed in Club Mahindra resort and they have arranged this tour for us. We were 5 members and one tour guide arranged by the Club Mahindra Resort. He took all of to this place and we all enjoyed . Lovely location with beautiful view of snow covered mountain . You really feel top of the world and close to the nature. Resort have local contact for food arrangements .
Written January 21, 2021
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Sugandha S
1 contribution
Jul 2016 • Couples
Here is to the hampta pass trek I went on with my husband last week. We booked it through kailash rath after reading a couple of reviews and considering their cheaper rates which we thought will not make much of a difference. But truly speaking where on one hand hampta pass and chandrataal lake were awesome, on the other the kailash rath disappointed us big time.
To begin with while booking this trek my husband confirmed with their co founder Pushkar that we being spouse of each other and wanting to spend quality time in campsites will be given a double sharing separate tent. However when we reached rimsu which is their base camp, our entire evening was estrangled with their uncertainties. The owners were not people of their word and that was the first big disappointment! After 2-3 hours of juggling and constant debate that wasted our time at rimsu, we were told that in case anyone objects, they will not allow us to stay together in campsite. Fortunately our co-op trekkers were sane enough to understand and did not create any hassle.
Day 2- we were served only dry poha were made ro climb 11 stony mountains!By the mid of the day we were starving real bad and all.of us felt that the breakfast wasn't good enough to keep us going. Also, it took us 6.5 hours which was quite exhausting and should be break into two days.
Day 3- we reached shia goru via hampta pass. First thing was we were not allowed to rest and catch our breathe which was very much required as we went believing it's a beginner trek but it was not. That's sheer marketing they are doing. It's very very tiring anf beginners can do it but be dead tired. That takes away the joys of surrounding and leaves you with Jo energy to absorb the trek. On requesting one of the guides named Rajan that let us rest and we will reach before sunset even if we take intermittent rest, he got pissed off and left us to climb the first few patches of snow alone. We were alone and the last ones to do it and were not helped at all. I felt stranded and it was very unethical on their part. Later they did not even know where the water sources are and where not and hence we were left without any water to drink at 14500 feet! Too poor service and information provided. This day has descend of 3-4 hours and must be split into two. It's the most exhausting and tiring day and keeps you out of breathe and energy.
Day 4- we had to descend for chhatru in spiti valley. In the morning while we were packing our bags, a guide VAIBHAV who was leasing the group of 44 came and unzipped our tent. And started pulling out the floor mats while we were still inside the tent sitting and packing our luggage. He started shouting that he has asked us to submit the mats few minutes before and we have still not submitted them. I was furious. That does NOT justify his behavior. He knew there is a female inside the tent. I might have been changing my clothes at that time! But his unshameful attitude with Jo regards for anyone even the females was nothing but insolent.
Last day we went to chandrataal where we were not told that the roads are so bad that it's as good as no roads. Many people got back problems and they suffered.
In short, they do not have any maturity in terms of how to treat people and how to guide also. They are a bunch of money minded people. Even the porters who carried our bags were not allowed to deal with us directly. These people had their commission and they stole Porter's money also!
I would never recommend kailash rath for Himalayan treks at least. Complete disappointment. Join in at your own risk. They do not keep their words.
Written July 4, 2016
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mehrarohan010
London, UK11 contributions
Oct 2016 • Friends
So, this was my second trek, right after a couple of days after Nag Tibba Trek! Nag Tibba grabbed me into the trekking world, and I think I had lost my soul by then.

I faced a couple of difficulties when I went on this trek earlier all by myself; but it was manageable. However, this time I thought i’d go with a travel platform. I had a couple of options in mind after researching on Google, however I finally narrowed down to Thrillophilia. They had different price levels, and were transparent about inclusions and exclusions, which helped me in putting some trust on them. So, anyway I went on this Hampta Pass trek with 3 Cousins in October 2016. We thought of taking our own car, however it would have gotten complicated once we reached Jobra and hence dropped the idea. The bus ride to Manali was blissful, I had done it earlier as well, however this time there was a different joy since trekking lied ahead in my plan! We reached Manali - and a basic orientation was given by the trek leader about the do-s and don’t-s about the Hampta Pass Trek. Right from there, we drove to Jobra, from where we began our trek - right at 9800 feet. The trek was full of deodar trees and oaks, and this was very refreshing for our group. When we reached Chikka, the accommodation at Chikka was not up to our expectation, but anyways we were too excited to care for this!

Next day, we had our breakfast early morning and started our trek to Balu ka Ghera. The trek had multiple small waterfalls and lush green meadows, and I knew once again that I chose the right trek for myself. Momentarily, I think I patted my back! :D On our third day we started our trek from Balu ka Gera to Siagoru which is the highest point at Hampta Pass. The operator advised us to be mentally prepared as this is the most challenging and difficult day during the trek. He forgot to mention that it will be mesmerising, though! The walk was just along the river, and I think in a good 5 or 6 hours, we already reached the top! I was taken aback with the view, the feelings, and the happiness that I had. I couldn’t believe that I could see the valleys of Lahaul and Spiti from up there; this was a surprise which I couldn’t digest. The fourth day was about reaching Chandrataal which they also call as the Moon Lake in the trekking world. We camped at Chandratal Campsite, and I think that the temperature must have been around 0 degrees, which called us to wrap the blankets around and sit around the bonfire which we the operator arranged for. There stars were calling out in hundreds is what I felt - I think the Milky Way had suddenly come alive. The next morning, I was greeted with sheeps in tens and tens around me Meh-ing, and i think this was the most funny wake-up-alarm I have ever had, I tell you! We had our breakfast comprised of Maggi and Tea, and then drove to Rohtang Pass and finally headed back to Manali to end our trekking expedition.

Talking about taking a travel platform’s assistance - I think the advantage lied in getting the right and experienced trek operator for my second trekking expedition. Even when we were trekking a little late into the evening, the guy knew his way around which I definitely would not have been able to do with such proficiency, or may be not at all. A couple of times, we got cut marks here and there, and the trek leader had the basic first aid to take care of it, in the moment. I also have to give 4 out of 5 stars for the hot and tasty food they made while trekking. The guys, both at Thrillophilia and the trek operator’s side were available for my concerns and queries very flexibly and with patience. Hats off guys! I already knew where am I headed to for my next trek and with whom ;)
Visited on 8th October 2016.
Written September 18, 2017
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Rashmi S
17 contributions
Jun 2017 • Family
My daughter and I planned a trip to Hampta pass and Chanderatal lake in Himachal Pradesh. After searching on net I found The International Youth Club, Delhi, site quite promising and called them up. Eashwar picked the phone and was very positive about the arrangements and trek itinerary. He just asked us to reach Manali camp site and then things will be their headache and responsibility. Once the payment was made there was no contact till the day to board the bus to Manali approached. I asked Eashwar , and he was like I am in Dharamsala but haven't they added you on the whatsapp group. I said no, then he offered to add me on the Hamta pass group that was created .
I was given a number of Mr Lal Chand thakur. who never picked up the phone. Then I contacted Mr Laviral Kalra, who asked me to contact a Mr Anil. Mr Anil was supposed to be at Astha cottage to receive us, but he was no where there.
On the whatsapp group the messages indicated that if we are not on time the group will leave without us, I was panicking as I could not locate the cottage.
I was asked to reach Astha cottage in Prini village at 10am. on 10th of June 2017., which was to be the first day of our trek. There were so many roads forking in different directions and after a lot of enquiry from locals and fellow trekkers whom I found just as lost as me we located the cottage where we were supposed to report.
Unfortunately and surprisingly, Mr Anil who was to be the coordinator for the trek was missing.
And I came to know that they have changed the itinerary and we were going to chanderatal lake instead.
This was the start to a very poorly organised trip by IYC. I am surprised that they have such good reviews
The following goofs up kept happening all along the entire duration of the trek
1. The trek that was to start at 10am , did not start till 2pm as the organisation decided to send our group to Chandratal instead. This was because they had no idea that on tuesdays Rohtang pass is closed to traffic and if we do trek first and then Chanderatal Lake , we will get stuck.
The first rule in the mountains is to gain height gradually. These guys waved off all caution and immediately exposed us to high altitude.
2 Mr Anil kept saying it'll take 5 hours to reach the Lake. It took us 10 hours. Imagine yourself on a rickety road, cooped up inside limited space , given one sandwich and one frooti for lunch , and travelling for 10 hours. The travel time given was a blatant lie.
All of us were in three vehicles. Two vehicles had a permit to cross Rohtang by 5pm. One vehicle had a permit only till 2pm. Mr Anil gave a carton of Real juice to the driver to bribe the official at the barrier. It took the driver a real long time to convince the official that juice is a good enough bribe.
Mr Anil also gave a packet of badam and kaju to the guide to silence us with these goodies if we make a noise or complain enroute.
3. Once we reached chanderatal at 12 midnight, the camp people there had no idea that 22 of us were coming. No food , poor tent arrangements. there were 3 people shoved inside pup tents, suggesting more the people , the tent would be warmer. I was sick and throwing up and had severe headache due to altitude and did not eat. But my fellow trekkers got a meal at 2am in the night.
4. The next day we dreaded the 10 hour journey back to Manali. We could only grit our teeth. Thankfully the camp guys in Chanderatal gave us a sumptious packed lunch of Roti -sabzi, which we had on the way. Due to traffic we again got delayed and reached Solang valley at 8.30 pm.
5. The arrangements here were fine and we were too battered to make any complaints. However we were all apprehensive about the next days trek, whether these guys will manage well or not. The very able guide Mr Chomuram was also concerned as the organizers never contacted him for passing on the next day's instructions. He had to call and ask every night, as to what to do the next day.
After dinner I initiated conversation with the erstwhile absconding Mr Lal Chand Thakur, that it would be better that he sends two vehicles to our location in Solang valley at 9.00am so that we could come and leave our stuff ( at Astha cottage )and another vehicle goes to take permit to drop us at the start point of the trek, so that the trek could begin at 11am. I believe all vehicles have to take permit to move around in the mountains. I cant understand that if the organizers know about it , then why dont they plan ahead. We were 22 of us and would have squeezed into 3 vehicles.
6. As usual everything was late. We reached the cottage at 12.30pm. There was a trek of 20 minutes through a village , we reached the road head, from where the vehicles had to take us another 15 km to the start of the trekking point. Here again only 2 vehicles reached us. As a group we decided to unite and stick together. Either all go together or no one goes. We kept waiting for the third vehicle . It did not come for an hour. We decided to squeeze into the two vehicles, but then the driver started asking for bribe. He told the guide that if you pay me 500/- per vehicle he will carry the extra load. We refused right away.
Then they sent a canter( in which animals are transported.). We had no choice, the young lads in the group climbed onto the canter and we reached the start point.
7. The mountains are beautiful. The blue skies, fresh air, lush green grass, emerald streams and rivers make you forget your trials and tribulations .
But people who charge a bomb to give you this experience , do nothing for the local guide and porters to make their life comfortable. And neither do they fulfill the promise that they make to their customers.
8 This wasn't the end of the ordeal. After the trek finished, vehicles had to pick us up and bring us back to Astha cottage , where we had left our extra baggage that we did not carry on the trek. Again there were only two vehicles. Many of us had to catch a bus the same afternoon or evening, and as a team we decided to let the ones in hurry to board the vehicles and go first. Six of us and the two guides waited for the third vehicle to reach us. It did not come even after 2 hours of agitated wait. As a 50 year old woman I was dead tired, and with my aching limbs , still followed the others , to walk again towards the cottage. We walked for 45 minutes , before the vehicle showed up.
The whole group felt cheated by the International Youth club organizers and we have vowed never to use their services again.
9. After finishing the trek the organizers were on telephone call for more than an hour with many of us trying to give explanations and offering complimentary packages, but the damage was already done. The trust was broken.

10. I still wonder how IYC has good ratings. Maybe its from their own kith or kin or ....for that matter ....bribes, since they are experts at that.

IYC...I hope you revamp yourself,if you still want to continue in this field.
Written June 20, 2017
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David S
London, UK6 contributions
Jul 2017 • Couples
This was my second time to India, and I thought of taking up the Hampta Pass Trek, since it’s a beginner trek, more or less; and my girlfriend is a novice. India anyway is a very beautiful country, and I didn’t want to let go of this chance to explore the wilderness that India offers. The price looked pretty reasonable on Thrillophilia and customer support reliable, after I did a quick comparison with other websites that ranked up on Google. The operators had arranged for a private car for the two of us right from Delhi to Manali to Chika on request, considering we wanted our space and time whilst the transit.
Our trek was quiet an easy one at the beginning, I must say! It gradually led to steep unfriendly slopes welcoming us every now and then. The pine trees in the dense forest were a sight to cherish, and we felt rejuvenated walking into the laps of nature. We reached Chikka and bunked in at the camps set up by the operators, and she loved the experience of camping under the stars in a foreign nation, that too as humble as India!
On our next day we ventured out trekking to Balu ka Ghera, as they call it, the surroundings of the place were beautiful and pristine. Trekking to the highest point at Hampta Pass, Siagoru was another great adventure for us although my better half slightly felt the thinning of the air affecting her body. The paths were quite steep at most of the places, and our trek leader Santosh was pretty helpful in guiding us as to how to tread along these steps and stones. I’d recommend you to have the right trekking gears for this trek, even though they call it a beginner’s trek, it’s pretty much required! We reached Siagoru after sweating it out for 7-8 hours, and finally fell flat in our camp, until piping hot dinner around the bonfire called out to us.
The fourth day marked us trekking from Siagoru to Chatru, followed by a drive to Chandartal Lake, or the Moon lake, as they call it. Chatru is a magnificent camping site and it is a consensus of the three passes, Hampta, Rohtang and Spiti, as Santosh told us! Camping there was a wonderful choice, and we could thank our stars (literally – the count and visibility was such). On our fifth day which was our last day of the trek, we took the route through Rohtang Pass and moved back toward Manali. Tired and slightly upset, we reached Manali in the late evening and then took our flight back home the next day in the evening. That night was spent at a local café out there, called Café 1947 where there was some amazing live music in Hindi and the local language. Stella (my beloved girlfriend) and I cherished all the sweet memories of the trek, and discussed our experiences that night over drinks, and promised another trek to ourselves pretty soon in the future. More than the trek and memories, we were satisfied with the campsites provided by the tour operators to us. Santosh, our tour guide, spoke fluent English and seemed like a young and brilliant chap who knew his ways around, throughout the trek.
Certain recommendations from my side:
• We almost covered around 26 km during the whole trek! A lot of steep climbing is required for this trek, and hence I’d say start your prep about 2 months prior to your date of travel, with some basic exercises so as to harness your fitness level.
• Carry little bottle of drinking water handy, and also don’t forget about your favorite munchies. Whilst trekking, the food offered is pretty average most of the times, and you can’t help it coz it’s a trek mate, not a feast.
• Carry sunscreen UV-Ray sunglasses will be a good choice, since you’re trekking at a high altitude.
• Don’t make your rucksack heaver than 10 kg. If it gets heavier, it’s time to think again about what to carry and what to not.
• It’s pretty ideal to follow the guidelines given by your booking platform or tour operators, so that you enjoy you trek how you’re supposed to!
Written November 1, 2017
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yatika101
6 contributions
Nov 2016 • Couples
I am very happy to share my feedback regarding Hampta Pass trek which was the most beautiful adventure activity I have ever done in my life. From the starting, it had an amazing influence upon us. We means me and my boyfriend. It was the fifth trekking trip of us. But the first to the Himalayas. We have done trekking at other places like Lonavala, Pune, Coorg, Kerala etc. Hampta Pass trek was in our mind for a long time and only last year, we got the chance to fulfill our dream. Last year November first week was selected to do the activity. One of my friends suggested Thrillophilia to book this tour. He tried the site and their tours before and he was 100% confident while suggesting it to us. Thus we contacted Thrillophilia and they were really supporting us from the start till the end. They have been contacting us to confirm the dates, the package and we got an offer too. The coordinator was helping us in every stage of the tour, connecting us with the local tour operator and continuously asking how the tour goes and so on. We are extremely happy with the service. We started our trip from Manali. Firstly, they took us to Chikka. Jobra was covered during the trip. The accommodation at Chikka was not up to our expectation, but when we asked for another place, we got to know that every other hotel was full. Somehow, we decided to stay there and the tour operators were also making sure that everything at the hotel was fine. The room was very small and congested. Anyway, we did not want to make it an issue because just for a night we were staying there. Everything else was perfectly fine. We went to Balu ka Ghera which is a mind blowing region. I think it is an ideal place for honeymoon couples. The serenity and surrounding were just amazing and romantic. Moreover the sights were also completely photographic. Hampta Pass was the destination on day four of the trek. It is located at a great height demanding huge stamina and energy to complete. The Himalayan Mountains looked so peaceful but with great pride. After that we went to Chandrataal, and there we were struggling to get nice views but what to do, the mist covered atmosphere was blocking the great views in the morning and also in the evening. We reached there by 6.30. So the views were not clear. But the lake looked amazing and it has a number of guests every day. Camping tents were there on the shore. We also camped somewhere near the lake. Hampta Pass trek made us extremely happy and peaceful and it was a going back to the days of peace and relief. I and my wife are really thankful to Thrillophilia and the local tour operators.
Written August 20, 2017
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Calling India Tour
New Delhi, India162 contributions
Mar 2019 • Friends
Hampta Pass Trek is the ideal destination for all those who love mountains and want to carry out an adventure in the lap of the giants. The enticing thing about this trek is the moderately high elevation that makes it perfect for the novices and amateur mountaineers. The maximum altitude that a trekker scales in this trek is about 14000 feet. There is no profound requirement of acclimatization.
Written May 30, 2019
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sharmashanx
New Delhi, India33 contributions
Mar 2018 • Family
Travelling to Hampta Pass can be challenging. You have to take a local cab as most private and outstation cabs are reluctant or not allowed to go there. The shopkeepers and local travel agents will literally force you to buy snow suits, boots, gloves and take snow sports package that include skii and tube.

DO NOT FALL for this package. For a low to moderate snow and pleasant temperature, you do not need the snow suit. It will only make you uncomfortable due to heat and they are very dirty. You only need the gloves to play in the snow which should not cost more than 100 INR per pair.

If you want to indulge in snow sports, you can get a better bargain at the spot. No point of tacking the exorbitantly priced packages from shopkeepers.

Route is very rough. Road practically does not exist and has many hairpin bend curves. It can be challenging and taxing.

But once you reach there, you will like the experience and the place.

NOTE: carry sufficient water and dry food with you. These items are extremely expensive at the spot.
Written April 26, 2018
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