About the Trek in short
Hampta Pass is a dramatic monsoon trek which you'll always remember for its changing terrain. You'll see and know whats true white, true green and true blue. The turf ranging from grasslands with pine and maple forests with mild breeze, to rocky dry hills with chilly winds and to snow capped mountains with rain and fog along the way. River Rani always gushing around you somewhere giving that white noise reminding you of nature's presence and for deep sleep at night. You also get to cross the chilly waist level raging river in chain formation with your backpacks on. That's rare on any trek. Everyday you can only think what you'll see and pass through, but will never know in advance. That's why even the guides never see it the same way they saw it the last time. It changes everyday. Here is a glimpse from Day 3 of my trek. Hope it inspires you to take this trek.
Duration: 5 days
Season: June to September
Temperature: 15 to -2 degrees Celsius
Max altitude: 14100 ft
Lets begin the journey. You can directly skip to Trek details if you are not the one planning to go from Mumbai. I'd detail out how I went Mumbai-Delhi-Manali. The trek costs Rs. 7500-9000 depending on your agency.
Mumbai to New Delhi to Manali
While I took the train from Mumbai to reach Delhi, considering to make it a budget trip, you can take a flight which will cost you bit more and will save time if you are on a tight schedule. It was a pleasant 16 hours over night journey chatting with fellow passengers.
From Delhi you can take direct bus to Manali. Almost all the buses starts in the evening till late night and reaches in morning at Manali. The bus will drop you at the main Manali bus stand.
There are several auto rickshaws/taxis right there to take you to your accommodation. Its a small town and they will most probably know your hotel or hostel just by name and take you there. You can bargain, but rates are fair, considering the steep roads and baggage you'll load. If your Hotel is situated on a really steep road, they will ask for more. Dont worry, you can pay what they ask for, you will not be cheated. You will learn at the end of your trip after you've met so many locals, that Pahadi's (people from hills) are honest, helpful and always smiling.