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The Hamta Circuit comprises of the picturesque Hamta Valley which leads to the Hamta Pass. This circuit was used by the people of Spiti to cross over to Manali for trade, cattle grazing, etc. This pass was also recommended by the local natives as the shortest way to reach Manali. It is said that the inhabitants of the Sethan village –the last village that we leave behind in Manali -were basically the people of Spiti Valley who settled there for a better trade opportunities. Flora & Fauna :
The variety of forests like sal, rhododendron, oak, fir, deodar, birch, and pines are the pride of this region. These forests shelter for large number of wild animal and birds. Wildlife, among which some rare species like the musk deer, ibex, thar, Himalayan brown bear and snow leopard are still found here.
Vast variety of birds can be spotted on this trail, from the Himalayan Griffin vultures soaring in the skies to clolorful Finches to sparrows.
The summer months offer green meadows laden with various species of flowers and barriers. Scents of such beautiful flowers attract the Himalayan bees, which help in pollination across the Himalayan region.
DAY 1: Kalath Base camp
Arrive at our base camp in Kalath, followed by welcome reception and check into your Luxury tent accommodation. After that get together for briefing followed by snacks and join your instructors for acclimatisation walk. Return back to base camp and prepare for your adventure in the Himalayas. Dinner and stay at your campsite.
DAY 2: Rock climbing & Rappelling
After breakfast join your instructors for a short walk, followed by introduction to rock climbing gear, demonstration on rock climbing and abseiling. Enjoy a day full of thrills of rock craft, amidst the Himalayas.
DAY 3: Kalath Base camp – Tilgan 2430m (Hike 6 hours)
After breakfast join your guides/team on the trail that crosses over slopes and alpine pasture to Tilgan. This part is fully covered with medicinal herbs and plants. Various species of wild flowers can be seen along with the birds chirping in the forests. We will be crossing nallah (small streams), and enjoy the magnificent view of Hanuman Tibba, Mt. Friendship with massive glacier and moraine. During spring till end of autumn entire area is filled with shepherds. Who move to Lahaul –high pasture land after crossing Hamta pass and in autumn return back to their home. Take a short break and continue your trek to Tilgan. Arrive to a set up camp and welcomed by the team. Check into your tents and enjoy the view of Himalayas. Stay at camp site.
Day 4: Tilgan – Sarotu 3380m (Trek 5 Hours)
Wake up among the Himalayas and enjoy the sunrise on the snow capped mountains. Early after breakfast pack up the campsite and depart for Sarotu. Today’s trek leads you above tree line following the stream and meadows. One will get to observe various species of flowers and butterflies. The air is filled with the aroma of fresh breeze and various birds. Arrive at your campsite and check inn.
Day 5: Sarotu – Chikka 3300m (Trek 4 Hours approx)
Today leaving Sarotu we start to ascend to the Chikka. Following a short easy trail along the meadows. A further trail, leading through forest we will arrive at Chikka camp site. The mesmerising views of pine forests, meadows are breathtaking. Arrive at your campsite and check inn. Enjoy sharing your experience of the past few days.
Day 6: Chikka – Kalath Base camp- Natural Sulphur spring (Hike 5 hours – 1 hour drive)
Early after breakfast trek towards road head. The trek will take you through a valley on the Sethan side of Hamta valley. Arrive and take connecting cabs to base camp. Arrive at base camp and join your instructors for a short walk to natural sulphur spring. Take a dip and refresh yourself after a great trek in the Himalayas.
Day 7: Check out & Onward Journey
After breakfast, checkout and take connecting cabs to Manali or continue your journey to the next best destination Home.
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