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Wild trails in the Great Himalayan National Park

About your trek in the GHNP

Treks in the GHNP – What do you need to know ?

Why to trek in the GHNP ?

In contrast to various other Himalayan parks, the Greater Himalayan National Park (GHNP) region stands apart with its pristine natural environment devoid of any human interference. It presents unparalleled prospects for immersing oneself in nature’s beauty, engaging in invigorating treks, and engaging in captivating wildlife observation.

The remarkable diversity of both flora and fauna within the park is truly exceptional. Encompassing a realm of unspoiled wilderness, the landscapes remain unblemished, treating visitors to awe-inspiring vistas that leave a lasting impression.

Whether you’re a novice trekker or an avid explorer, our aim is to provide you with an authentic GHNP experience that will undoubtedly astonish you.

However, prior to charting out your trekking adventure, we strongly recommend perusing this comprehensive guide. It contains a wealth of practical information essential for ensuring an optimal and gratifying GHNP expedition.

The must-read basics

Nestled amidst the awe-inspiring expanse of the Himalayas, the Great Himalayan National Park (GHNP) emerges as a haven of pristine wilderness. This revered sanctuary stands as a meticulously safeguarded realm, intentionally devoid of roads, infrastructure, and modern amenities, ensuring an unadulterated communion with nature. The GHNP beckons to be traversed on foot, a journey that unveils its secrets at every step.

Embarking on this expedition requires a minimum commitment of two days and one night of camping. This time span is indispensable, as the entry point to the park lies a 3-hour walk away from the road in the picturesque hamlet of Gushaini.

Guiding you through this enthralling escapade are our local luminaries, acknowledged and seasoned guides, porters, and culinary artisans. Venturing into the GHNP independently or in unguided clusters is a path forbidden, for the presence of a proficient guide and their adept team is mandatory.

Delight in delectable sustenance meticulously prepared by our dexterous staff during the trek. While essential sustenance is provided, you might consider supplementing with some treats like biscuits, chocolates, or fruits.

As twilight descends, find solace under the canopy of stars within the embrace of your tent. Our comprehensive array of top-notch camping equipment guarantees nights of unparalleled comfort in the heart of untamed landscapes. The selection encompasses an assortment of superior camping gear and indispensable gadgets.

Transporting provisions, culinary essentials, and camping paraphernalia is a responsibility shouldered by our dedicated porters. This lightens your load, permitting you to focus on personal effects such as attire and cherished possessions. Should you prefer liberation from carrying personal belongings, a porter can be enlisted to your expedition crew (additional fees apply). On average, a porter accommodates the belongings of three trekkers, with each trekker’s possessions limited to 7 kg, and the porter’s capacity maxing out at 21 kg.

Embark on this odyssey to the GHNP, where nature’s grandeur is preserved in its most unadulterated form. Let the echoes of untamed beauty and ecological sanctity resonate as you traverse this sanctuary on foot, guided by adept locals, nourished by expertly crafted sustenance, and encased in the comfort of high-quality camping gear. Your passage into this realm of wonder awaits – step into the embrace of the Great Himalayan National Park.

Who can go for a trek ? The required fitness?

For an enjoyable trekking experience in the park, maintaining a reasonable level of fitness and good health is essential. If you find yourself comfortably able to ascend a two-story staircase without excessive breathlessness, then you possess an average level of fitness. This indicates your suitability for our range of 2, 3, or 4-day treks. However, it’s important to note that longer treks generally demand a higher degree of fitness.

Our trekking options are categorized based on the requisite fitness level, as outlined in the trek features section. These ratings range from 20 (least demanding) to 100 (most challenging). If your fitness level falls within the average range, you’re capable of participating in treks rated up to 50.
Trekking experiences rated above 50 necessitate a higher level of fitness to effectively tackle the potential rigorous conditions encountered during the journey. For a personalized assessment of your capability, refer to the fitness rating table on the right.
Prior to confirming your trek reservation, we kindly request you to complete and return a provided form. Should you harbor any uncertainties about your physical fitness or possess known medical concerns, we recommend seeking guidance from your medical practitioner.

Trekking with Children:
When considering trekking with children, their age largely dictates the possibilities. For children below 4 years old, expect to carry them for most of the trek. We offer assistance in the form of a baby carrier (supporting up to 20 kg) and the option of an additional porter. This arrangement empowers you to venture to diverse locations even with a young child in tow.
Children aged 4 to 6 exhibit a reasonable ability to walk, although fatigue sets in quickly. For this age group, we recommend opting for easier treks or our “Easy camping in the wild” package.
Between the ages of 6 and 8, children might possess the fitness level required for treks rated up to 40. However, some guidance and support might still be necessary, leading to a slower pace during the trek.
Beyond this age range, assessing a child’s trekking capacity becomes a subjective matter. Parents are best positioned to gauge their children’s readiness and capabilities accurately.

While our team is dedicated to assisting you, parents bear the responsibility for their children’s well-being during the trek. If any specialized assistance is needed, please don’t hesitate to inform us.


Beginners trek in the Great Himalayan National Park

The Marahni trail
On a very steep but short (500 m) slope. The required fitness for this trek is rated 50/100.

Seniors on trek
Our senior guests are welcome on our treks.
But be careful. You may have not noticed that your stamina has weakened over these last years.
You can try to rate yourself with the help of the above table, but avoid overestimating yourself.
It is possible that you are actually 10 or 20 grades lower than what you think.
When was the last time you run for more than 5 minutes ?
You are above 60 and you are no more very sure about your physical fitness ? We recommend you to take advice from your physician.

How much time do you need?

Two days is the minimum time required since its gate is at 3 hours walking distance from the road at Gushaini. So in one day you can just reach the gate and come back, entering the park automatically involves a multi-day trek.
If you don’t have even 2 days the only option for you will be to go for a day hike in the ecozone of the GHNP.

Although you can go into the GHNP in only 2 days we strongly recommend you to go at least for a 3 or 4 day trek if you wish to have a better experience of the GHNP.
Actually only the Rolla trek allows you to cross the Park gate in 2 days. Any other treks in the GHNP require from 3 to 9 days.
If you have limited time try to go for 3 days (not 2) so that you spend an entire day in the wilderness and reach more interesting places.

The most popular short treks in 3 days are Marahni/Kundri and Shilt Hut.

The easy path to reach Rolla

The trail to Rolla
This trek can be done in 2 days

What to take for your trek?

Rule of Thumbs

  • Always think light weight ! It becomes troublesome to trek with a rucksack that weighs more than 10 kg. Hence it is wise to select all your gears considering the weight.
  • Take a rucksack which is comfortable for you. It should be adjusted to your body height.
  • Be aware that while crossing forest you may damage your clothes because of thorns etc. So avoid pants and other garments that you use in the city
  • Never start a trek with shoes that you have never used before ! Use them at least for a couple of days before using them for trek.
  • The mountains are much colder that the plains. Don’t hesitate taking your warmest clothes.
  • It is wise to check the weather forecast for Himachal Pradesh just before leaving so that you can have a better idea of the weather you will have during your trek.
A medium size rucksack (min 40 litres) for your personal stuff
Trekking shoes/boots with good water resistance and grip
Raincoat/windcheater for snowfall/rainfall
Spare clothes for change and warm clothes for the cold early hours
Warm undergarment for the night when trekking in winters
A handy torch
Sunglasses, sunscreen, toiletries, personal care items
A hat/cap to protect from the sun and cold
A flask or waterbottle
Essential gadgets for your need, avoid heavy items.

Park entry fee

There are fees for entering the Park and additional fees for tents, cameras, video and filming.

For Indian nationals the park administration charges 400 rupees per person per day. For foreign national, the entry fee is 800 rupees per person per day.
Each tent will also be charged 100 rs per day.

There is no fee for still camera. Video cameras for non-commercial use are charged 150 rupees per day for Indians and 300 rupees per day for foreigners.

Video for commercial purpose requires permission from the Park Director at Shamshi.

Please note that the Park administration changes the Park entry fee from time to time. Enquire with us to get the latest fare.

Your food during the trek

BBQ Dinner in the Tirthan Valley with Himalayan Ecotourism

Food during trek
You will enjoy locally cooked meals

On trek with Himalayan Ecotourism ?
You will be amazed by the food we are able to give you in the wilderness, where there is no facilities. Our cooks are excellent and experienced trekkers !

Mostly you will give you traditional Indian food but on your special request we can even prepare some other mountain delicacies cooked with herbs and “real” cheese (continental style).
The menu will be vegetarian because meat could get quickly spoiled while carried in a rucksack, and canned meat isn’t available here. Nevertheless you can have chicken for the first dinner if you wish.

Please do not ask for the complete menu. We prefer not to give you all the details of what you will have because :

  1. The menu may vary according to the availability of fresh ingredients
  2. You will feel good having the food surprise 🙂

But for those who really wants to know the basics, here are some details for information purposes only :

  • Breakfast : A substantial breakfast with bread, butter, jam, omelet, cereals/porridge a fruit when available. An Indian breakfast is possible as well. Let’s know you preference.
  • Lunch : A packed lunch consisting of paranthas or sandwiches, a juice, a chocolate & a fruit.
  • Snacks : A hot snack early evening.
  • Dinner : A rich and varied Indian dinner with rice, chapati, dal, vegetables, paneer or a non-veg dish (first night and on your request only), salad, pickles

Links to other pages

Trek to Tirth or Tirath in the Great Himalayan National Park
Go on trek in a world heritage site

Multi-day treks
Meet the mighty Himalayas and explore GHNP’s wilderness on our 2- to 10-day treks.

Day hikes in the Great Himalayan National Park
One day to enjoy natural jewels

Day hikes
Enjoy the Himalayan nature and quaint villages in one day with one of our day hikes.

Fixed departure treks in the Great Himalayan National Park
Don't go alone

Fixed dates departure
Join one of our group treks with fixed date departures to the GHNP.

Contact us to know more and book your trek in the GHNP

Videos about trekking in the GHNP

Trekking in the Great Himalayan National Park

Rangthar Trek
Trekking in the ecozone of the park.

Amazing scenery of Tirthan Valley

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