Overview: Healing Himalayas provides a unique opportunity to volunteer for a great environmental cause while participating in a trek in the Himalayas. The volunteers can participate in cleaning and awareness drives based on the event location, while getting to experience the terrain and beautiful Himalayas. The events are of varying degrees of difficulty and fitness level, so make sure you pick one that suits you.
Duration: 5-6 Days
Start Date: First week of September
Start Location: Manali
End Location: Manali
How to get there: Flight ( bhuntar airport ) , Volvo bus from New Delhi or Chandigarh to Manali (overnight Journey )
Fitness level: Easy to moderate.
It’s 21 kms easy to moderate walk along the small river. A bit of elevation on the day of crossing the pass.
30 mins walk everyday one month prior to the trek is recommended.
Accommodation: Two nights in Homestay (Manali) and three nights in Camps.
Essentials to carry: Trek pants , shoes , one jacket, Torch, 3-4 pair of socks, one backpack up to 35 liters.
Rest will update via email 30 days prior to the event.
Day 01: Manali
After reaching Manali rest in our homestay and acclimatize meanwhile.
Day 02: Manali/ Prini – Chikka (2900 m) 4 hours.
Drive 3 km from Manali to Prini and 16km more uphill to reach end of road at starting point of trek At Jobri. Trek to camp with 3 hrs on the easy section at the start. on the way there is Sethan village which is occupied by community those who came from Spiti & Kinnaur many years ago, known as a Khampas (gypsy community) and we finally reach the campsite on green meadow below rocky mountain beside the hamta river.Team will clean along the way and carry the garbage to chikka camp Overnight in camp.
Day 03: Chikka – Balukaghera (3600m) 5-6 hours
Today one has to cross mountain stream couple of time first to reach a beautiful c a water fall. After that trail goes along the rushing river on the right side and rocky cliff on the left side. Just before the camp site one has to cross another small but rushing and cold stream. Team will follow the routine of cleaning along the way. Overnight in camp.
Day 04: Balukaghera – SheaGahru (3200m.) 6hrs
Over Hamta Pass (4270m.). The trail now begins to ascend towards the mighty Hamta Pass (4270m.) and one can have close views of DeoTibba and fabled Indrasan peaks. After that it is all the way descend down in a zigzag right to the campsite SheaGahru. SheaGahro means a cold place because it is very adjacent to the glacier snout. The amount of garbage will increase at this point as GSI and many others have fixx camping here. We will interact with camping owners here and ask them not to burn plastic in open. o/n in camp.
Day 05: SheaGahru – Chhatru (3hrs) – Manali drive. 4-6 hrs
Today's walk is quite easy along the river. The massive mountains of the PirPanjal and Spiti ranges dominate the entire landscape till the campsite at Chhatru. Situated in Chandra valley Chhatru is a confluence point via Rohtang Pass, Hamta Pass and Spiti.Garbage along the way is insignificant but once we reach Chattru there will be a lot to clean as it's the pickup point for all the trekkers and due to small eating joints as well. After cleaning team will head to Manali overnight in Homestay.
Day 06: Volunteers can leave according to their travel plan.
Feedbacks are always welcome and we will try our best to provide transport from homestay to Bus stand.
Includes: 1.Accommodation, All Meals, Trek equipment, First aid medical kits, Qualified & experienced trek Leader, Guide and Support staff.
Excludes: Any kind of personal expenses, Food during the transit, Insurance.
About Hamta Pass: Hamta Pass lies at an altitude of 4270 m (14009 ft) on the Pir Panjal range in the Himalayas. It is a small corridor between Lahaul and Kullu valley of Himachal Pradesh, India. Hamta village is located below Sethan village and from there it got its name Hamta Pass. This pass is frequently used by shepherds of lower Himalayan region, seeking for high altitude grassland in the dry cold desert of Lahaul during summer time.
Note: Event dates are tentative, actual dates will be updated one month prior to the event.