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Shilt hut trek

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Area

Great Himalayan National Park

Number of days

3 or 4

Season

Apr, May, Jun, Oct, Nov

Max altitude

3600 m

Difficulty

Moderate

Shilt hut trek is the easiest and shortest trek in the GHNP that offers you a real experience of the Park’s wilderness.

 

On the first day of the trek you remain by the riverside upto the campsite of Rolla.
On the second day, after Rolla, you have a steep climb to the Shilt hut. During the climb you have great chances of observing the colorful Monal as you are going through dense forests, home to many bird species. You can barely see the mountains around before reaching the hut; it is only from the meadow at Shilt that you can enjoy the view of the surrounding peaks.

 

Though you can go to Shilt and come back in 3 days we recommend you to do it at least in 4 days so that you can reach Rakhundi top, a very scenic spot over the Tirthan valley. Moreover walking towards Rakhundi will allow you to spot local mammals like the Goral, the Himalayan Tahr, the Blue Sheep or even the Black & Brown Bears. So if you are nature enthusiast and you have enough time, keep 5 days for the trek !

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Shilt hut trek features

Duration of your trek

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)

Altitudes of your trek

Min : Minimum altitude of your trek.
Max : Maximum altitude of your trek.
Ascent : An estimate of the total climb during your trek.
Descent : An estimate of the total descent during your trek.

Difficulty of your trek

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.

Shilt hut

Duration

Day-min : 3 0
Day-max : 4 0
Average walking time : 4 hrs 0

Altitudes

Min : 1580 m 0
Max : 3000 m 0
Ascent : 1420 m 0
Descent : 1420 m 0

Difficulty

Stamina : 40 % 0
Technical : 30 % 0
Overall : 35 % 0

Rakhundi top

Duration

Day-min : 4 0
Day-max : 5 0
Average walking time : 4.5 hrs 0

Altitudes

Min : 1580 m 0
Max : 3600 m 0
Ascent : 2200 m 0
Descent : 2200 m 0

Difficulty

Stamina : 50 % 0
Technical : 50 % 0
Overall : 50 % 0
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Shilt Hut trek and Rakhundi trek map

Map of the Shilt hut and Rakhundi trek in GHNP

Trek itinerary in short

The trek starts with an easy and pleasant walk along with the Tirthan river up to Rolla. Then there is a steep but somehow short climb (3 hrs) to Shilt. From Shilt the way to Rakhundi is first easy and then very steep. Be careful in case there is still snow on the trail (early season).

Shilt Hut trek and Rakhundi Top trek elevation profile

Shilt hut trek elevation profile

Trek ascent and descent

The climb to Shilt is moderate (1420 m in 2 days). You need to be in good shape to reach Rakhundi since after Shilt the path goes down before climbing back up to 3600 m. Hence the total climb to reach Rakhundi is actually about 2500 m.

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Shilt Hut trek and Rakhundi Top trek best time to go

Best time to trek to Shilt and Rakhundi is April, May, June, and then October and November.
You may also consider July and September. In case you go only to Shilt, March and December might also be possible.

JAN

Avoid

FEB

Avoid

MAR

You may go

APR

Good to go

MAY

Best time to go

JUN

Best time to go

JUL

You may go

AUG

Avoid

SEP

You may go

OCT

Best time to go

NOV

Best time to go

DEC

You may go

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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

Itinerary

1

Day One : Rolla

Timing Details
Morning The trek begins at the road-head Gushaini. From there, you trek through the ecozone of the park and along the valley of the Tirthan river to the reach the park gate where the National Park begins. You will pass through 2 villages - Ropa and Kauncha. As your trek is in progress the human population starts decreasing and nature turns into natural wilderness. After walking for 3 hours along the Tirthan River you will reach the park entrance gate. Before you enter the park gate you may have your lunch.
Afternoon As you cross the park gate you are in the realm of Nature. On your way to Rolla, you will only come across one wood house where lives the last inhabitant of the Park, an old but very charming lady. The path will get narrower and forest will become denser. After hiking for about 45 minutes from the park gate you will reach Rolla Huts and campsite. Enjoy the company of our staff who prepares you amazing food and spend your first night under tents.
2

Day Two : Shilt hut

Timing Details
The two options In case your adventure is a 3 day trek you will be going down back to Rolla and then all the way to Gushaini. Because the way back is only descent you can do in one day all the way you climbed in 2 days. End of your trek late afternoon. In case you have 4 or 5 days you can continue your trek towards Rakhundi top
Morning Don’t miss the beautiful sunrise over the GHNP peaks because of sleep! You won’t forget the view. Observe the birds early morning. The changing colors of the sky are another treat you shouldn’t miss. On the way to Rakhundi you cross path with a small colourful waterfall and then a typical high altitude bamboo forest. If you don’t have a walking pole offered by us while trekking under our "Everest plan” you can take a dry bamboo stick to help you on the way to Rakhundi . After the bamboo forest the path goes steeply towards a ridge that leads to Rakhundi.
Afternoon From Rakhundi top you have a 360° view over the Tirthan valley. A stone lies at the top. You will recognize it because of some colourful fabrics that ornate it. The stone shelters the local deity. Take sometime to respectfully greet the deity with your guide. Then feel free to enjoy the stunning feeling of being at the top of a mountain that is a unique panoramic viewpoint. Go down to Shilt via the same way and spend a second night at Shilt.
 
3

Day Three : Rakhundi top

Timing Details
The two options In case your adventure is a 3 day trek you will be going down back to Rolla and then all the way to Gushaini. Because the way back is only descent you can do in one day all the way you climbed in 2 days. End of your trek late afternoon. In case you have 4 or 5 days you can continue your trek towards Rakhundi top
Morning Don’t miss the beautiful sunrise over the GHNP peaks because of sleep! You won’t forget the view. Observe the birds early morning. The changing colors of the sky are another treat you shouldn’t miss. On the way to Rakhundi you cross path with a small colourful waterfall and then a typical high altitude bamboo forest. If you don’t have a walking pole offered by us while trekking under our "Everest plan” you can take a dry bamboo stick to help you on the way to Rakhundi . After the bamboo forest the path goes steeply towards a ridge that leads to Rakhundi.
Afternoon From Rakhundi top you have a 360° view over the Tirthan valley. A stone lies at the top. You will recognize it because of some colourful fabrics that ornate it. The stone shelters the local deity. Take sometime to respectfully greet the deity with your guide. Then feel free to enjoy the stunning feeling of being at the top of a mountain that is a unique panoramic viewpoint. Go down to Shilt via the same way and spend a second night at Shilt.
4

Day Four : Gushaini

Timing Details
Morning After your breakfast the camp is packed and you go down to Rolla where you have your lunch by the riverside.
Afternoon Walk down to Gushaini after your lunch.

Shilt trek in 3 days

1

Day 1 : Rolla

This is the short version in 3 days. You can then reach the Shilt Hut only.

The first day is the same : hiking to Rolla from Gushaini.

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Day 2 : Shilt Hut

On day 2, we have the same climb to the Shilt Hut campsite.

Have your night at Shilt or if you prefer you can come back to Rolla for the night. This may be the case if the weather is cold, if the campsite is covered by snow, or if you are not sure about your physical fitness and prefer to remain on the safe side keeping your basecamp at Rolla.

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Day 3 : Gushaini

Descent from Shilt of from Rolla to Gushaini.

End of the trek.

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