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. Numbers of wild flowers and herbs grow at the altitude between 3000 to 3800 m. Vertical rock walls, water falls, hanging glaciers, tiny lakes, peaks rising above 6000 m are main characteristics of this trek. People need a proper guide to cross certain glaciers. From Hamta pass one can extend their journey towards the beautiful Chandrataal.
The trip to Hamta Pass is a relatively easy trek as it starts at the Hamta Dam, which is 2730m Mean Sea Level, this trek is conducted by Kailash Rath and YHAI. The terrain is mostly rocky and trekking amidst a large sized boulders is common, the trek from the Kullu District to the Lahaul and Spiti District, takes one from the Windward side to the Leeward side (Windward and leeward). The terrain changes for a green paradise to a rocky cold desert in just a few meters across the pass. It is also known to be the road to heaven, as it was the route taken by Yudhishthira on his accent to heaven, The Hamta Pass is also named after the Rishi that meditated there named Hamta Maharishi.