This was our last and easiest day of the trek. We started at about 10am. The first thing that we had to do was to cross a river, which was scary but fun. Today, was an all-descent hike from Shea Goru to Chatru. It was very relaxing as you could walk comfortably while enjoying the view. On the other days, it was quite the opposite. You would be so exhausted by the hike, that you would not be able to enjoy the beauty all around you.
We reached our last campsite by about 3Pm. Originally, we had planned our trek is such a way, that our cars would be at Chatru by the time we reached. We planned to drive onwards to Kaza on the same day. This plan did not work out because our cars were not able to get the Rohtang Pass permit in time. To give you guys an idea: Our Hampta pass trek was a short cut through the mountains and hence we were able to combine it with Spiti Valley. The normal route for vehicles was to go via the Rohtang Pass and onwards to Chatru. We had planned our trek in such a way that we could depart from Chatru on the same day, instead of camping there for the night (which is what other people would normally do). Unfortunately, our vehicles were delayed due to issues with the permit and we were forced to camp at Chatru. Every vehicle needs to have a permit to cross Rohtang pass. You can easily get this permit at Manali but be sure to get it one day in advance. My advise to travellers would be to get the permit one day in advance and also to cross the pass early in the morning (3Am), in order to avoid the ever present traffic jams. Chatru was a town of only 300 people and was frequented by, both trekkers and travellers. Less than a Kilometre from the campsite, were a bunch of dhabas that served very basic stuff like Tea, Coffee, Maggie and Eggs. After eating our trek food for four days, this was a much needed change. Maggie, Chai and the mountains is the perfect combo!
We relaxed and arranged for a cozy campfire at night. By now, we were craving meat to such an extent, that we were ready to buy a lamb from the local shepherds and get it cooked at our campsite (though, eventually, it did not work out). Our vehicles reached Chatru early, the next morning.
Overall the trek was a fabulous experience. Hampta pass is probably a moderately difficult trek. We were all beginners and we barely made it, in the end. People attempting this trek should have a decent level of fitness so that they can enjoy it to the fullest. One would be able to complete it as a beginner as well, but there is no point doing it of you don't enjoy it.
It is a beautiful picturesque trek. A setting which is nothing less than the one you would see in movies.
Beware: Walking with you backpack is not as easy as it looks. Keep it light (8Kg tops).