Altitude: 12,411 ft (3,783 m) to 12,254 ft (3,735 m) via 14,035 ft (4,278 m)
Time taken: 9 hours, 6.65 km
Water sources: None. Carry 2 litres of water from Balu ka Ghera.
we begin day by heading towards the mountains from Balu Ka Ghera. the longest and most tiring of all, we were going conquer Hampta today!! It was difficult and steep, not mountaineering experience required as such but climbing and gaining altitude is difficult for the not the best fit ones. . And I was catching breaths every now and then.
And finally we reached, was very misty up there and we did not stay there long. Then began the descent it was quite steep, but I liked the descent; was less tiring. And then we did slide through
You may get a pleasant surprise with lots of tiny pink and yellow flowers growing by the side of the river. Move along the river for an hour after which you will be above it. At some points the trail may fade out so be careful not to get lost. Stay with your team. After an hour of gentle gradient in a rock fall prone area, the climb picks up. This is the first serious incline you will encounter. Half an hour into the climb, you will reach the first plateau.
Take a breath, wait for your team to catch up and begin the next ascent. This is another inclined part which has two stages to it and finally ends at the ridge. The climb will take you 20-30 minutes. From the top of the ridge you will see another parallel one, which is your next destination. Hampta Pass is a bend away from the top of the second ridge.
Before descending down to the side of the second ridge, continue walking on the first ridge for a small distance to get a 360 degree view of the intriguing mountain peaks like Peak 5260 surrounding you. This is a good spot for a panoramic shot. After descending down and 15 minutes of going by the side, you begin the vertical climb which gets over in 20 minutes. You may be panting at the end of it but you are almost there at 14,000 ft, atop the Hampta Pass.
The descent is slightly trickier than the ascent. From the pass, take a turn towards the right. You can see the Lahaul side of the pass below. Go down in a zig-zag route and then stick to the right flank of the mountain. You will have to walk over slippery soil and stones too. In half an hour the first downhill run is done.