Travelling is really amazing for everyone as in every trip, we got to know about other culture, food, people, and new stories. In short, we are introduced to a new world. Life is not meant to stay in a single city. So, I always want to explore new destination and every new destination is like a new life or a new world to me. Being a traveller, one cannot afford losing even a single chance of travelling. God has made this world so beautiful and full of surprises so why to remain in a pond while you can swim in all the sea.
During my last trip to Redwood camp-Shimla, I became friend with a girl from Bihar who was having same craving for travelling. Our conversations made us realise that we can be good travelling partners. Indeed, after return, she texted me if I would like to join her for Hampta pass Trek. Hampta pass was quite a new word for me so I researched about Hampta pass.
Hampta pass lies at an altitude of 14035 Feet on the pin panjar range of Himalayas. It’s a small corridor between Lahaul and Kullu valley. Vertical Rock walls, hanging glaciers, water falls, open meadows, tiny lakes and pinewoods are the main characteristics of this trek. This trek deemed to have dramatic changes in landscape. The base camp for this trek is Jobra. For 5 nights, camps will be at below places: -
Day 1: - Reach Jobra
Day 2: - Jobra to Jwara
Day 3: - Jwara To Balu ka Ghera
Day 4: - Balu ka Ghera to Shea Guru via Hampta Pass
Day 5: - Shea Guru to Chhatru drive to Chandratal and back to chhatru
Day 6: - Drive from Chhatru to Manali
I was mesmerised by seeing the pictures of Hampta pass trek and the information was enough to convince me for this Moderate Trek. Therefore, we booked our slot for 2nd September-7th September 2018 and started preparing for the trek. I have already done Truind and Kheerganga trek but those were easy treks while Hampta pass was going to be Moderate trek and for 6 days so I had to prepare for this trek (mentally and Physically). We were asked to complete tasks before leaving for Trek.: -
1) 5 kms in 35 minutes (Recorded in Nike run app)
2) 3 sets of 15 squats everyday
3) Stair Climbing- 2 storeys *10 with 4 KG backpack in 17 min.
I completed my task before 15 days of leaving and it also got approved. Hence, I was ready for my trek with all trekking gadgets. We reached Manali a day before Trek and explored Manali. Next day our trek started from Phirni where we met with 22 other trekkers. They were all new faces so it was really hard to remember their names. As soon as, we were going up Himalayas, it started raining cats and dogs. The trail was slippery and uneven so it was really hard for us to reach on the destination every day. But the trekkers were really supportive and enthusiastic that we reached our camps before time every day in spite of all the hurdles.
Gradually, we developed such good friendship with the whole group that it was hard to believe that we met just few days back. We crossed all the valleys, rivers and all the hurdles with the help of others. The kind of support I saw on that trek, I have never experienced that in my entire life.
The fascinating views, good people around, simple food, sound of rivers and no network, one can not expect more than this perfect combination. Apart from great experience, we all got good friends, a sense of achievement, good fitness level, cherishable memories, and the change of mind.