Day 1: Reporting Manali.(1800m)
10Am Reporting – Orientation & Briefing of the trek
Trek from Manali/ Jobri(2600m) to Chikka(2960m/8960ft; 5 hrs) (approx. 9kms)
10:00 AM Move to sethan the last roadhead via taxi from reporting point manali. Start trekking from jobri nallah. Than cross the stream and keep walking aside the river till Chhika. First day of the trek is easy through wild forests of oak, birch and fir trees.
Day 02: Chikka – Balu Ka Ghera(3300m/11096 ft; 6 to 7 hrs)Approx 8-9 kms
Timings as same as the previous day. After a wholesome and nourishing breakfast, set on an easy trekking trail that is supremely impressive! Today, you’ll experience the true beauty of the Himalayas as you set eyes for the very first glimpse of towering snow-capped peaks.Chhika to Balu ka Ghera is a moderate trek about 5-7 hours. In between we have to cross the freezing river once on the way and climb the gradual hike. These are the Dhauladhar ranges, the outer Himalayan chain of mountains. Walk through flowering meadows and valleys that create a delightful picture-perfect scenery for you to revel in. Cross a log bridge; over a fast flowing mountain stream, cautiously to arrive at Balu ka Ghera, the hibernating grounds for the great Himalayan brown bear followed by overnight stay in camps. Balu ka Ghera is a beautiful camping site with mesmerizing sunsets.
Day 03: Balu Ka Ghera – Hampta Pass(4227m)- Shea Gohru (3600 m/ 12000ft ; 9 – 10hrs)Approx 9 – 10 kms
This days trek is the hardest, because you trek steep incline till the pass and then the downhill to the next camp at Shea Gohru. The beauty at the top of the pass is unforgetable and one can see the valley below from where he had started. The altitude of the pass is pretty much high as 4227m. so one could have breathing problems, but not to worry we have all the medical facilities such as portable oxygen cylinders, pulsemeters and medical kits with trained guides. Once we have crossed the pass we enter into the totally different valley of Lahoul and Spiti. The camp is just few hours below the pass. The downhill has loose rocks on the way so one has to be careful while walking downwards. Shea Gohru is a beautiful location but with strong winds and freezing nights.
Day 04: Shea Gohru (3600m.) – Chatru(3300m.) -Chandratal lake (4300m.) (6 – 7hrs)Approx 6 – 7 km
From Shea gohru we have to cross the river once and descend alongside the river on the stone slopes. After reaching to the base of the mountain the route is flat and have to cross the stream via a temporary bridge made by the trekkers. Soon the road will appear which will lead you to chatru. After lunch visit to Chandratal Lake by taxi. Spend some time taking pictures, explore around the beauty of majestic lake. The Chandra Tal Lake will serve as the main attraction for the day! A high altitude moon-shaped lake, it is located at an altitude of 14,100ft and is a delight for the visitors. Exploring and discovering the stunning beauty of the lake. Head back to Chatru where we will stay overnight.
Day 05: Chatru(3300m) - Manali (1800m) 7-8 hours
In the morning after breakfast wind up the camp and start back to Manali via Rohtang pass. After reaching at manali group will break and head towards their willing destinations.
Hampta is the eastern – most pass on the Pir Panjal range which divides the valleys of lahul, Spiti and Kullu. This trek route is the shortest line between the Chandra and Beas rivers and was the favored route before the road over the Rohtang Pass was constructed.