Name: Hamta Pass and Chandratal Trek
Approx elevation: 14,200 ft
Starting Point: Manali
#1 : Hovering Valleys and Towering Peaks
The first day trek from Hamta Dam to Chika campsite goes through dense mixed forest and the view opens up to grassland surrounded by huge rock mountains. From the beginning of the trail itself you could see big mountains and vertical rocks standing on both sides.
Various snow-lined ridges can be witnessed beyond the riverbeds en route Chika campsite.
The landscape with steep mountains covered with trees rising vertically up will present an overwhelming sight. Surrounded by waterfalls on all the sides and with herds of sheep and horses grazing around, makes Chika an amazing camping location.
#2 : Stream crossing and waterfalls
Hamta Pass is famous for its stream crossing and waterfalls. All the campsites are picture-perfect locations with swift streams and gorgeous waterfalls. River and rivulets constantly run by your side during the whole course of the trek.
Water fall on one side and a water stream rolling on the other end is a common feature with all the campsites.
There are many stream crossings on the trek among which 2 will be challenging and bone chilling as you will have to cross them bare foot. Use the human chain technique to cross the stream.
#3 : Wide range of Flora and Fauna
The trek route from starting of trek till Balu ka Ghera campsite is rich with colorful flowers, deodar, oak, maple trees alongside thick alpine forests. The region will encapsulate you with its delightful offerings. Rhododendron trees are one of the prime attractions of this route.
The green valleys with, abundant grassland and beautiful view of the mixed forest of pine trees and birches offers an exquisite sight to experience.
#4 : Walking on long Snow patches
Snow clad mountains enclosing on all sides makes you hypnotized in the lap of nature. Attractive landscapes and glacial valleys embellish the trail that leads to the Hamta Pass.
During May – June the route from Balu ka ghera camp till Hamta pass is completely covered in snow. Here you walk right on top of a stream, covered with a thick layer of snow and ice and you can hear the sound of stream gushing down beneath your feet.
Glaciers, rivulets, streams can be found during the course of the route and the trekker has to traverse Hampta Pass, at 14,000 feet.
#5 : Chandratal – The moon lake
Chandratal – A pleasing and clandestine paradise that rests at 4300 meters is located in the Spiti Valley between a low ridge and the Kunzum Ranges. ‘The Moon Lake’ gets its name from its crescent shape with the magnificent mountains that sits beyond this exquisite lake. This amazing location is only accessible for 3 months in the year and remains frozen and cut off for the rest of the season. It changes color from blue to green depending upon the sky, which makes it extraordinary.