Hampta Pass + Chandratal Camping & Trekking Expedition'2017
4 Nights & 5 Days

Region:                                   Manali, Himachal Pradesh
Difficulty Level:                     Moderate
Duration:                                5 Nights and 6 Days
Group Size:                            5 to 20 Participants/Batch
Best Season:                         May to September
Maximum Altitude:               14,100 Feet from the Sea Level
Accommodation Type:         Tents on sharing basis
Food:                                       Simple nutritious food suited for the trek
Reporting Base Camp:          International Youth Club, Manali
Reporting Time & Dates:       Everyday reporting at 10:00AM between 15th May to 10th September’2017
Fixed Departure Dates:         June’2017: 10th June, 11th June, 17th June, 18th June, 24th June, 25th June(06 Batches)
                                                 July’2017: 01st July, 02nd July, 09th July, 10th July, 15th July, 16th July, 22nd July,
                                                 23rd July, 29th July, 30th July(10 Batches)
                                                August’2017: 05th August, 06th August, 12th August, 13th August(04 Batches)
 
 Short Itinerary:
Day 1:  Manali to Chika via Jobra by drive(10,100 Feet)
[Meals: Lunch & Dinner/ Overnight Stay at Chika]
Day 2: Chika to Balu Ka Gera(11,900 Feet/05-06 Hours Easy Trek)
[Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner/ Overnight Stay at Balu Ka Gera]
Day 3: Balu ka Gera – Hampta Pass (14,100ft) – Shia Goru (13,800ft/08-09 Hours Moderate Trek)
[Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner/ Overnight Stay at Shia Goru]
Day 4:  Trek from Shia Goru to Chatru & Drive to Chandartal-The Moon Lake. (14,100 Ft./04 Hours Trek/02 Hours Drive)
[Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner/ Overnight Stay at Chandratal-The Moon Lake or Manali]
Day 5: Drive from Chandra Tal to Manali via Rohtang Pass.
[Meals: Breakfast/Transfer to Manali/Trip Ends]
 Long Itinerary:
Day 1:  Manali to Chika via Jobra by drive(10,100 Feet)
Report at the Base Camp International Youth Club, Manali before 10:00AM. After registration and wholesome breakfast, we will transfer you to Jobra– the last road head for the trek after crossing river beas by Jeep/Car. The vehicle from Manali after passing the Prini village takes you up through 42 hairpin bends and drops you off at Jobra. You have already gained quite an altitude from Manali and you start your trek at 9800 feet. Cross the road and take the small path into the forest. You will also find other variety of trees like maple, deodar, toss and oak. The sight is refreshing. The slope that is supposed to be climbed is an easy one and not very steep. 20 minutes into the trek, you will reach a bend that overlooks a lush green meadow strewed with small rocks. Enjoy the surrounding for a couple of minutes and head towards the meadow. The Rani nallah/water stream comes into view which flows directly in between the meadow. You will also see few sheep and cows grazing in the field. The sight looks exactly as if taken out from fairy tale. You can pass through the meadow or climb up the hill on the left hand side. Either way you will reach Chika which is at the end of the vast meadow. But, climbing the hill and descending down to Chika is a better and easier route. Chika camp site is a huge and spacious patch of green. The Rani Nallah flowing in the middle makes this place perfect for setting up the tents. Overnight stay in camps at Chika
 
 
 
Day 2: Chika to Balu Ka Gera(11,900 Feet/05-06 Hours Easy Trek)
Balu Ka Gera is a flat ground amidst the mountains at an elevation of 11,900 ft. Today’s trail will take you through Jwara- a beautiful scenic sheltered valley. After an early breakfast, trek begins from Chikka and walk along the banks of the river to the left. The route will encompass several small waterfalls, lush green meadows and Dhauladhar peaks will be your constant company throughout the hiking hours. We set up our camps and relax for the rest of the day as we slowly reach an altitude of almost 11000 ft. Dinner and overnight stay at the camps at Balu ka Gera.

Day 3: Balu ka Gera – Hampta Pass (14,100ft) – Shia Goru (13,800ft/08-09 Hours Moderate Trek)

This is the crowning day of your trip and the most challenging one. The trek is long on this day and should be started at around 7 AM. It would take approximately 4-5 hours to reach the top. Today’s trek can be broken into two stages. The climb to Hampta Pass which is moderately steep followed by a steep descent to Shea Goru. Now at 14,100 ft., you are on top of Hampta Pass with breathtaking views that will leave you in awe. You will want to take a small break on the top of the pass so make it your target to reach the pass by lunch time, have lunch there and then start the descent.
As we start walking towards the mountains from Balu Ka Gera along the river for an hour when the gradient begins, the trail takes you straight towards Hampta Pass. In no time, you will see the first plateau, the magnificent Deo Tibba peak right in front of you. Climb up the ridges as you come closer to Hampta Pass. The climb is vertical and steep which demands concentration and effort, which is all worth at the end. It can vary slightly depending on the snow condition too. 
 
Day 4:  Trek from Shia Goru to Chatru & Drive to Chandartal-The Moon Lake. (14,100 Ft./04 Hours Trek/02 Hours Drive)
You will cover Sia goru to Chatru by foot and it will take approx 4 hours of easy downhill trek. Sia Goru is placed at an altitude of 12, 900 ft and Chatru at 11, 000 ft. It is a gentle trek downhill from Shea goru. The trail here again is by the side of the river valley between mountain ranges. Chatru can be located at a distance. No vegetations can be seen in the barren mountains. You will notice the Chandra River flowing below and a road that goes by its side. More than two Glaciers comes next which are to be crossed. The other side of the Glacier is Chatru. Choose a location which has the river running around. Chatru is a magnificent camping site; it is a consensus of the three passes, Hampta, Rohtang and Spiti. You can also camp at the Chandratal camping site which has better sceneries. The location is just about another two hours.
Overnight Stay at Chandartal/Manali.  Drive to Chandratal is purely dependent upon the weather/road conditions.
 The excursion to Chandratal is dependent on weather/ road conditions. If the excursion is cancelled, you are expected to be in Manali by 4 pm.
 
Day 5 - Drive from Chandra Tal to Manali via Rohtang Pass.
Rohtang Pass, Trip ends here
It is the day when your Hampta pass & Chandratal camping and trekking adventure comes to an end. After breakfast, traverse the high altitude pass that connects the humid Kullu Valley and the arid Lahaul and Spiti Valley. Arrive at Manali and disperse for your homeward journey with a bag full of memories. Most of the Volvo starts for onward journey from Manali after 04:00 PM so you can plan to explore accordingly.
Inclusions:
Safety Equipment
Services of a Trek Leader
Food as per menu on the trek
Services of Trek Guide, cook and helpers
Porters or mules for carrying common luggage
Dome/Alpine Tents, Sleeping Bags, Sleeping Mats
Facility to keep you extra luggage at the Reporting Base Camp
Forest Entry/Permissions/Permits and Camping Charges , if any
Transfer cost from Manali Base Camp to trekking point – Jobra on Day 1
Experienced & Professional Guides, , Group Insurance, First Aid and Certification on Completion.

Exclusions:
Meals during road journeys
Cost of any kind of travel insurance
Any expense not specified in the inclusion list
Transfer from you city to Reporting Base Camp & Return
Personal expenses towards tips, telephone calls, laundry, beverage, insurance etc.
It does not include any airfare or transportation or extra over and above the expedition plan.
It also does not include expenses towards medical exigencies and other emergencies, unforeseen handling costs due to weather disturbance, landslides, political unrest, changes in local unions/associations rules and situation beyond our control. However, all best possible assistance would be provided in case of exigencies.
All applicable taxes
Transfer cost from Chatru to Chandratal/Manali on day 4 and day 5 is excluded. The transfer cost may vary between Rs.800 to Rs.2000 per person depending upon the group size.  We do not include this cost in the package as drive from Chatru to Chandratal is dependent upon weather/road conditions. Actual cost of transfer to be paid directly and shared among the group of trekkers. In case
 
How to Reach:
  • By Road: Manali is well connected to Delhi. Take an overnight bus from Delhi and you will reach Manali in 12 ‐ 14 hours(approx 540 KMS). Tickets can be booked online at www.redbus.in  or www.hrtc.gov.in  
Tip : Since Delhi Manali is a long journey most Volvo private buses leave Delhi between 5 pm and 6 pm. The last govt bus leaves at 8.30 pm from ISBT Kashmere Gate. Volvo buses charges between Rs.1,000 to 1,400 per sector from Delhi to Manali and vice versa. Manali to Delhi: Like the onward journey, buses leave from Manali to Delhi between 4 and 5 p.m. Your tentative arrival at Delhi may be anywhere between 6 a.m and 10 a.m. Plan your onward journeys only post noon giving enough buffer for bus delays.
  • By Train: Nearest Railway station is Ambala (350 kms) and Chandigarh (310 kms). Tip: Regular Volvo and Buses are available from Chandigarh to Manali in the evening. Volvo buses charges between Rs.700 to Rs.1,000 per sector from Chandigarh to Manali and vice versa
  • By Air: Nearest Airport is Bhuntar is 60 Kms. ​Bhuntar, which is 52 km away from Manali, is the nearest airport. Taxi services are available from Bhuntar to Manali, which costs about Rs.700‐ Rs.1,000. Bhuntar is well connected to Delhi by air. The airliners that take you to this Airport are Indian Airlines, Kingfisher airlines, MDLR Airlines and Jagson Airlines, operating flights from Delhi and Chandigarh to Kullu.

How to Join:
Our participation process is very simple. You may apply online to reserve your seat or call us at 8010 22 44 22 between 10:00 AM to 06:00 PM on any working day. Alternatively, you may email us at info@internationalyouthclub.org for booking and assistance.
 
You may book offline through NEFT or Direct Transfer by making the payment in below bank account:
Bank Name: YES Bank
Account Name: International Youth Club
Account Number: 006188700000308
IFSC Code: YESB0000061
Branch: Saket, New Delhi
You need to email NEFT/Transfer/Proof of deposit details at info@internationalyouthclub.org along with Expedition Name, Date of Reporting, Participant’s- Name, Mobile, Email, DOB, City and Gender in order to send you the confirmation within 48 working hours from our side.
 Cancellation, Withdrawal and Refund policy:
We would love to host you, but in case you are unable to travel as planned and need to cancel your booking, do not worry. Our simple cancellation process makes sure you receive a quick confirmation and fast refunds.
Cancellation made before 30 Days – 70% Refund
Cancellation made within 30 to 15 Days – 50% Refund
Cancellation made after within 15 Days – No Refund
Rescheduling dates within the same trek – 20% of trek charges subject to availability
The applicable refund amount will be credited to you within 30 days after trek completion date
  
What to Carry:
This is a list of essential items for individuals doing trek with International Youth Club. This list contains only those items which the participants are required to bring with them. The list excludes those items which are provided by International Youth Club on the trek. We have divided the items into five categories ie Trekking Gears, Footwear, Clothing, Toiletries and Utensils.  All the items in the list are essential except for those marked as optional.
TREKKING GEAR
  • Ruck sack bag with rain cover. Quantity -1
  • Hand Torch with spare batteries. Quantity -1
  • U V protection sunglasses. Quantity -1
  • 1 Litre water bottle. Quantity -1
FOOTWEAR
  • Non-skid deep treaded hiking shoes Quantity -1
  • Pair of light weight Slipper/Sandals Quantity -1
CLOTHING
  • Quick Dry Warm lower or Track Pants. Quantity - 2
  • Full sleeves T-shirts/ Sweatshirts. 1 for every 2 days of trekking
  • Pair of thick woolen socks. 1 pair for every two days of trekking
  • Thermal Body warmer Upper & Lower. Quantity-1
  • Undergarments. Quantity - 1 for every day of trekking
  • Warm jacket closed at wrist & neck .Quantity-1
  • Full sleeves sweater. Quantity -1
  • Rain wear ( Jacket & Pants ) . Quantity-1
  • Pair of Warm Gloves. Quantity-1
  • Woolen cap. Quantity-1
  • Sun shielding Hat. Quantity -1
TOILETRIES
  • Personal toiletries kit (Small Towel, Toilet paper, paper soap, Bar soap, toothbrush, toothpaste, cold cream etc.)
  • Sun screen lotion small pack . Quantity -1
  • Lip Balm small pack. Quantity-1
UTENSILS
  • Small size, Light weight & Leak proof lunch box. Quantity-1
  • Plate. Quantity- 1
  • Spoon.Quantity-1
  • Tea/Coffee (plastic) Mug.Quantity-1 
MISCELLANEOUS
  • Power banks
  • Camera with extra batteries (Optional) 
  • Dry fruits, Nuts, Chocolate bars (Optional)
  • Carry your medicines in plenty in case you have any specific ailment. Consult your doctor before joining the trek.
 
 
Terms:
International Youth Club takes utmost care to ensure safety of its members during the trekking expeditions. However in the case of any unforeseen mishaps, International Youth Club will not be liable for any injuries caused or for loss of life. All disputes rising due to the above are subject to the jurisdiction of the courts in New Delhi/Delhi only. All participants would be required to sign an Indemnity Form before the start of the program, without which they would not be allowed to take part in the trekking and expeditions.
International Youth Clubs focuses to promote sustainable tourism to preserve country’s environmental heritage. We aim to bring about a positive change via encouraging benefits of sustainable tourism, intercultural dialogue and culture of peace, in association with local communities, which is a motivational force for sustainable practices. These communities play a pivotal role in preservation of cultural identities and natural heritage, and they become pressure point for an equitable local share in the economic benefits of tourism. We encourage all to come forward and join the expeditions to mark the change and protect environmental heritage.
 
Additional Information and Charges:
  • Travel arrangement from your city to reporting base camp may be arranged at an additional cost.
  • Volvo tickets may be booked for your dates on actual cost
  • Additional Night at Hotel/Home stay/Hostel may be arranged with prior information subject to availability and advance booking before and after the trek as per your budget.
  • Sightseeing/Taxi can be arranged from our travel desk at the Base Camp on actual as per the rate Transport & Taxi Union.
  • Personal porters may be arranged to carry your personal backpack or luggage
  • Oxygen cylinders and first aid will be there during the trek. Rescue and medical team will be available on call at the base camp in case of any exigencies. 
  • Tented accommodation will be provided on twin/triple/quad sharing basis as per the tent size while on the trek.
  • Medical certificate is mandatory for all the high altitude treks for more than 3 Days duration.
  • You need to bring 2 passport size photographs, valid and original government issued id proof. In case of foreigners, you need to carry original and copy of your passport with valid visa. Foreigners need to pay extra amount for permits.
  • You need to sign Disclaimer certificate at the time of reporting at the Base Camp
  • Meals will be provided while on trek. Our cooks will be serving the simple vegetarian nutritious veg hot meals for breakfast and dinner during the camping. Pack lunch will be provided during the trek. (Rice pulao, potato, dal, local dishes, hot soups, eggs, breads, poha, sweet, tea, milk etc. is the regular trek menu)
  • In case the trek is cancelled for the reason beyond our control then we will offer the alternate trek for same duration otherwise 50% refund is applicable. You may opt for either refund or alternate trek on the date of reporting.
  • If we do not get minimum strength of 5 participants in a group then we have right to cancel the group at any time
  • We have right to change the itinerary during the time of trekking as per current situation like strike, natural disaster, local union regulations.
  • All participants will be responsible for safety and security of their own luggage. We will not be at all responsible for the damage/missing / lost luggage. So carry a small daypack bags to carry all expensive things with you.
  • Rucksacks, trekking poles, raincoats are available on rent subject to availability

 
The Big NO
  • No denim or jeans – not suited for this trek.
  • Snacks, colas, alcohol and personal food – No need to overburden yourself with food. Do not carry any disposable plastic bottles like (Bisleri, Aquafina), plastic wrapped/packaged items.
  • Do not bring any non bio degradable material.
  • After packing, weigh your gear. It should be in the range of 8-10 kg – preferably on the lighter side. Anything heavier, you will need to iterate and remove what is not essential.
  • Carry light and what is essential. As an example, toothpaste should be bought in small size (that can last you 10 days).
  • Some general advice about clothing: To protect yourself from cold, dressing in layers is the mantra. Two T-shirts worn one over the other is warmer than a T-shirt that is thick. 3 T-shirts worn one over the other is as good as a full sweater. This is just a guideline. If you are prone to cold carry extra warm clothing.
  • Please bring your own USB Pen drive for videos and images

  
For any queries or bookings, feel free to get in touch with us at +918010224422​ or email us at bookings@internationalyouthclub.org
 
 

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