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Ookhal trek

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Great Himalayan National Park

Number of days

4 or 5


Apr, May, Jun, Oct, Nov

Max altitude

3660 m



This is one of our best itineraries in 5 days in the GHNP area for those who have average fitness. You will enjoy the scenic Marahni top, crossing a high-altitude pass, dense pristine forests and a unique hidden lake. What a pleasure to pass from one valley to another. The sceneries suddenly change radically.


Right from day 2 you enter the realm of wilderness. Many birds and mammals can be observed especially in the Sainj valley. The ecosystem’s diversity is equally great, from Oak to Himalayan Cedar forests, from meadows to rocky slopes, and from dry ridges to a mountain lake.


This trek is available for anyone who has average fitness, but preferably you must have either previous experience trekking or be sure that your body and mind will support each other in case of a tougher time on the trek. Oh ! One more star should be added to this trek : A great view of the usually masked GHNP top peak at 6246 m !

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Ookhal trek features

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Day-min : The minimum number of days required for the trek
Day-max : The maximum number of days you can spend on this trek. Prolonged itineraries can be discussed with our team.
Average walking time : Average walking time per day (<3 : easy, 3 to 5 : moderate, >5 : strenuous)

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Stamina : The physical effort involved during your trek. Rated from 0 (easiest) to 100 (most strenuous). If you have an average fitness you can consider all the treks up to 50. See here for more details
Technical : Difficulty of your trek in terms of exposure to danger and required experience.
0 to 20 : No difficulties,
20 to 40 : Walk on good mountain trails,
40 to 60 : Some walks on difficult mountain trails (steep slope, rocks, etc.),
60 to 80: You are exposed to some dangers (void, snow, falling rocks, etc.),
80 to 100 : Experience required (please inquire).
Overall : Average between Stamina and Technical rating.


Day-min : 4 0
Day-max : 5 0
Average walking time : 4½ hrs 0


Min : 2100 m 0
Max : 3660 m 0
Ascent : 1900 m 0
Descent : 1800 m 0


Stamina : 50 % 0
Technical : 50 % 0
Overall : 50 % 0
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Ookhal trek map

Map of the Ookhal trek in the GHNP

Ookhal trek itinerary in short

Ookhal trek takes you from the Tirthan valley to the Sainj valley via Marahni. From Rangthar to the lake the trek is very scenic as you walk on the edge of the mountain. Some stretches of the trail are exposed to void around the pass.

Ookhal trek elevation profile

Elevation profile of the Ookhal trek in the GHNP

Ookhal trek ascent and descent

Although there are some delightful pathways, there are a few steep slopes on the trek, and the crossing of the pass is somehow exposed to the void.

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Ookhal trek best time to go

Best time to trek to Ookhal is April, May, June, and then October and November.
You may also consider July and September. As the pass is often covered by snow, we can update you about the snow conditions before you decide on your departure date.








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Trekking in GHNP

The Great Himalayan National Park, Himachal Pradesh, offers the trekker a wide-ranging experience encompassing stunning vistas, varied terrain, and biodiversity.
Himalayan Ecotourism hosts multiple treks in GHNP. Our treks in the Great Himalayan National Park, a World Heritage Site, are for short and long durations and scale from beginner’s to more challenging treks. Whether you are looking for weekend treks in Himachal, treks in Himachal for beginners, or longer and more challenging treks, you will find it on our curated list of treks.
Each trek page has all the information you may need about the trek along with itineraries that are flexible. For more information on trekking holidays in the Himalayas and upcoming treks in Himachal, contact us.

Other treks by Himalayan Ecotourism



Day One : Rangthar

Timing Details
Morning The Ookhal trek starts from a village of the ecozone called Pekhri accessible by a jeepable road from Gushaini. From Pekhri you walk towards Lakcha (two hours), a very charming traditional Himalayan village. Have your packed lunch before Lakcha at a very scenic spot. Some parts of the trail to Lakcha are quite steep but don’t worry, anyone with an average fitness can do it..
Afternoon After Lakcha you still have at least one hour walk. You reach a flat-topped ridge where you will set up your first camp, Ranghthar. From Ranghthar you have an ideal view on the Himalayas and the Tirthan valley. A spectacular spot for camping ! It is really great to enjoy your meal at the bonfire during sunset.

Day Two : Kundri or Marahni meadow

Timing Details
Morning The sun rises over the peaks of the GHNP. Don’t miss out on this ! After a copious breakfast, everything is packed and you start your second walking day. The first step is Kauni, a very nice small summit 350 m above Rangthar. The way to Kauni is the steeper ascending trail of the entire trek. Don’t feel discouraged, it is steep but you will be reaching Kauni very fast and you will be rewarded by the view and the beauty of the forest around.
Afternoon After Kauni it is a very pleasant hike up to Kundri. You go through a golden oak forest that sporadically let you observe the giant Himalayan mountains that appear closer and closer. You have a choice of camp site : Kundri or Marahni. According to the weather, snow conditions, water availability and your physical fitness you decide with your guide where to camp. Both meadows are great for camping. If you reach the Marahni meadow it is worth climbing up to the Marahni top (3670 m) before the sunset to admire the entire valley illuminated with golden sun rays.

Day Three : Ookhal meadow

Timing Details
Morning From your camp have a walk up to Marahni top to Enjoy the spectacular 360° view. The entire Tirthan valley with its surrounding snow-capped mountains above 5000 m height, one side. The lower green Himalayas and even the plains of Punjab on the other side. If you never reached a high peak in your life you will never forget the pleasure of reaching Marahni ! After enjoying the scenery your guide will take you on the way to the pass for the Tirthan valley. You move towards the pass on an impressive ridge. Then you suddenly discover the sceneries of the Sainj valley.
Afternoon Be cautious around the pass some parts of the trails are exposed to heights. You continue on the ridge that separates the Tirthan valley from the Sainj valley. Today is definitively a scenic day ! Leave the ridge and go down to a small meadow : Ookhal Thach. Just relax, your trekking staff take care of everything. Dinner and night at the camp with a bonfire.

Day Four : Sara lake

Timing Details
Morning Today is a shorter/easier but very nice day. After your breakfast you packed up the camp and have a pleasant hike on the ridge of the mountain. The path weaves in between meadows and forest. It is an ideal day to observe birds and other wildlife. Get your camera ready. You never know what may appear and at what precise time. The Western Tragopan might be on the list of the special guests. Footprints of Bear and droppings of Leopard are commonly found on this trail.
Afternoon The sceneries remain stunning. You are still far from any civilization. You stop nearby a very beautiful small lake where you will have your last camp. The lake is called the Sara lake.

Day Five : Shangarh

Timing Details
Morning Today you need to reach the village Shangarh. From the lake, you have a very steep descent through a dense forest. After 800 m of descent, you finally reach a small village.
Afternoon From there you are again with the local villagers on the paths. You comfortably reach Shangarh after re-climbing 200 m. Shangarh is an awesome village which has a holy ground naturally clear from any trees or bushes despite of the proximity of an invasive forest. Pay a visit to the temple that lies at the extreme north of the ground. Be blessed by the local deities after having travelled to a unique part of the Himalayas.

Ookhal trek in 4 days


Day 1 : Rangthar

This itinerary is made possible in 4 days by skipping the night at Sara lake.

It would be best to have strong legs and knees to descend from Ookhal straight to Shangarh.

The first day is the hike to Rangthar.


Day 2 : Marahni meadow

On day 2, you can reach the Marahni meadow. If the weather or other conditions force you to stop at Kundri, that’s also fine.


Day 3 : Ookhal Thach

Crossing the pass to the Sainj valley and nightstay at the Ookhal thach.


Day 4 : Shangarh

This is the long descent day to reach Shangarh.

You can expect a 7-hour long descent.

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