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Hampta Pass – Day 3: Jwara to Balu ka Gera

Today would be a relatively short day as there was not much of altitude to gain. We were greeted with a clear sky and after a light warm up and a customary group snap we started the climb to Balu ka Gera.

Group Snap

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Lovit was not feeling very well and decided to head back as he didnt want to take a chance with his health. Bhuvanesh his cousin also decided to accompany him back to manali and promised he would complete the trek next june. We were down to 15 as we started our climb.

The ascent was gradual throughout and we were progressing at a good pace with occassional breaks in between. Within an hour of climbing we left jwara behind.

The valleys opened up and we could get much better views of the mountains in the background. With photos being clicked regularly we continued the trek.

Mountains and Valleys

The terrain leveled after a while and we had a smooth walk for few more kms. Myself and 3 others were at the front and Ravi told us to slow down as were going quite fast. We soon reached Chottu Balu Ka Gera which had a Dhaba.It was time for another break and we waited for rest of the group to join. Having tea and relaxing we spent some time there before the final climb to Balu and Gera which was still couple of hours away.

The ascent was still gradual and soon we could see our destination. Tents were already pitched up.

The final part of the trek was over huge boulders and we had to be careful not to loose our balance. Jumping over boulders we reached the campsite well ahead of time.

As we were relaxing the clouds gathered and soon it began to rain. Taking shelter in the dinning tent we spent the remaining time playing dumb sharats and chitchatting while waiting for the rain the stop.

The ground had again become wet and slushy and once the rain stopped we went outside and continued to play few more games which Ravi had organized.

Soon it was time for dinner and we slept early as we had to summit hampta pass the next day and a steep decent to Shea Goru the next day

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Hampta Pass – Day 1: Manali

Hampta pass is a crossover trek where one crosses over from manali to spiti valley. The landscape is a sharp contrast. From boulders on the way to hampta pass from manali to the arid desert like landscape in spiti the landscape is a sharp contrast on either side.

Hampta pass was not planned for originally as I had registered for kashmir great lakes trek with indiahikes for the Aug 13-20th batch. Things were smooth till july , and with the encounter of Buran Wani by the indian security forces in july and with subsequent protests I had to change my plans to do Hampta pass at the last moment.
The tickets which were booked had to be cancelled and flights and holidays / tickets and accomodation had to be rescheduled.

With the groundwork done, I headed to manali on 2nd evening. Things went little wrong in the airport with the flight getting delayed by half hour. This had a cascading effect as I had to miss the bus to manali which I had booked. Getting tickets on another bus, I finally headed to manali on 2nd night and after a long journey finally reached manali on 3rd afternoon. Accomodation was already booked and after quick shower I went to meet my fellow trek mates at a nearby restaurant.

The trek leader Ravi had asked us to assemble in the park for a orientation briefing. Do’s and Dont’s in the trek,  how to tackle AMS were explained and any questions we had were answered. The briefing was for an hour and later we headed back to our respective accommodation eager to start the trek the next day.

We were asked to assemble at rambagh circle at 7 AM the next morning to start the trek.

An early dinner and I hit the bed soon all set to conquer hampta pass the next day.

 

 

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