Hampta Pass

“When words become unclear, I shall focus with photographs. When images become inadequate, I shall be content with silence.” ~ Ansel Adams
This is a view from our campsite in Balu ka Gera, on Day 2 of the Hampta Pass Trek.
A canvas from the most brilliant artist - Nature.
Himalayas has some the best canvases that nature has to offer. Until that day, I never believed that drier places can also beautiful.
The best view comes after the hardest climb.
A snow painting on the Himalayan canvas was waiting for us, as we reached the highest point of our trek -  the Hampta Pass.
When the clouds were not visible to treat us with their formation, it was fog which enhanced the tranquility of the scene.
Wish cameras had dynamic range as our eyes and the pic would have super fabulous.
“Wilderness is not a luxury but a necessity of the human spirit, and as vital to our lives as water and good food.”
When you trek amidst such beautiful vistas, the visuals will hide the tiredness from you.
The experience of camping connects you to nature in a way that is hard to describe.
On the way to the most beautiful camp site - Balu ka Ghera on Day 2 of the Hampta Pass
"I love the feeling of fresh air on my face and the wind blowing through my hair" - Evel Kneivel
Hampta Pass - In Hindu mythology, this trail is considered the path to heaven
With views such as this, I’d say that this is heaven.
Day 3 - Right on the Hampta pass - A view from the highest point in the trek
A peaceful walk towards Chandratal Lake 
but clouds seem to be ever-ready in a battle formation with the support of the mountains.
Silence of these mountains broken only by the gushing of the streams.
Hampta pass is one of the awesome treks where the streams were a constant company throughout the journey
To understand the scale, try to identify the blue for on the left side - a trek buddy of mine.
Hampta pass is one of the awesome treks where the streams were a constant company throughout the journey
Reflections and Symmetry
One of the shots that I had composed in my head at least a month before the trip/trek started. Chandratal is one of the important reasons many people choose Hampta Pass trek over others. I belong in the same camp
With a sky full of bright stars overhead, the experience of camping connects you to nature in a way that is hard to describe.
On the way to the most beautiful camp site - Balu ka Ghera on Day 2 of the Hampta Pass
“It’s not the mountain we conquer, but ourselves.” - Sir Edmund Hillary
Day 4 on the Hampta pass trek - A view from the Shea Goru base camp.
The mules that were carrying our load finish taking a break and peacefully grazing on green pasture near the stream.
Subdued shades of the Spiti Valley amplifying the magnificence of the mountains around.
The grandiose that is Spiti Valley
Home to some of the highest, postcard-perfect villages in the world and the most stunning landscapes you’ll ever see, the Spiti Valley, at an average elevation of 4000 meters, is a rugged, unexplored gem in Himachal Pradesh.
Sunrays peeking out from the clouds just before they set down for the day.
On a hike towards the Moon lake - Chandratal in Spiti Valley, on the 4th day of Hampta Pass trek.
"The most beautiful thing about the most beautiful roads is that the destination is forgotten and the journey becomes the destination itself” - Mehmet Murat Ilden
Shot on the way back from Hampta pass trek to Manali via Rohtang pass

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