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Trekking in Great Himalayan National Park, Tirthan Valley Overview

The Great Himalayan National Park is a blessing in disguise for nature lovers. From lush green forests to blooming flowers and meandering streams, this place also houses various well laid out trek paths.

Depending on the difficulty level, one has an option to choose from half day, full day, overnight or multiple day camping. Whatever you may opt for, this place does promise a wonderful experience and equally amazing trip.

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Food Availability

Dhaba food is available up along the way. You can pack essential food for the rest of the climb.


Guest houses are available at all destinations. Camping can also be adopted by trekkers on the trek because of the natural beauty that it boasts of.

Water Availability

Water is available in the guest houses along the way. It is advisable to stock up in reasonable quantities whenever a refilling option is available.

General tips and tricks

1) Make sure you carry warm clothes along with you no matter during whichever season you are travelling in. 2) Be always prepared with your trekking gear and equipment. 3) Carrying your own medication and a good pair of shoes is a must. 4) Make sure you obtain all the permits well in advance required for trekking in the region. 5) Also carry raingear along as weather at higher altitude changes at every moment. 6) Choose a well-qualified and professional guide and fix the rates in order to avoid any misunderstanding. 7) Carry spare batteries and film roll for camera as there maybe no electricity supply.

How to reach Trekking in Great Himalayan National Park

  • Rail: There are trains every hour from Delhi to Pathankot. Ideal would be Uttar Sampark Kranti Express, which departs from New Delhi Railway station at 8:50 pm and reaches Pathankot by 4:20 am. From Pathankot, it's a 5 hour long drive to Aut.

  • Road: The shortest route to Aut goes through Chandigarh, Bilaspur, Mandi, and then Banjar or Sainj, the two main entry to the Park. (Delhi - Banjar, 12 hours). You can also come from Shimla going through Jalori pass (Shimla - Banjar which is a 8 hour long drive). Be aware that Jalori pass is closed in winter because of snow (December to March).

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About Trekking in Great Himalayan National Park

Base Camp : Aut

Difficulty : Moderate

Nearest Airport : Bhuntar Airport

Nearest Railhead : 245 km

Region : Kullu District

Snow : Summer and Autumn are the best time for the trek.

Starting point of trek : Aut


Day 1 : Aut to Gushaini

Reach Aut in the morning and from here, you can be driven to Gushaini, Tirthan valley. The surroundings are very eye catching and spectacular. There is a confluence of rivers Beas and Tirthan at Larji. The drive along river Tirthan and this off beat journey will take you about an hour. On arrival, check into the home stay/camp and enjoy a hot cup of tea followed by breakfast. Have a Bird watching walk to waterfall; participate in Flying Fox Adventures and, Sai Ropa trail and spend the evening watching a documentary on GHNP with bonfire dinner. Spend overnight in a camp/home stay.

Day 2 : Gushaini to Kharong Cha

Distance: 9 Km , Duration: 3 Hrs

Start the day with a short 15 minute drive to Gushaini(1500 m). From Gushaini ,itÕs an easy walk to enter the park which is at a pleasant height and surrounded by thick jungle with a mind blowing spectrum of colours the trees exibit. Walk past Ropa village on the way which has traditional houses made of deodar(cedar) wood. The walk takes youthrough a n easy trek of 9 km to Rolla (2100 m). Have lunch at the entrance of the national park where one can sit by the Tirthan river. Spend overnight camping in tents at Rolla. Cherish the good views of the surrounding mountains which look majestic and magical.

Day 3 : Kharongcha to Shilt Thach to Rolla

Distance: 8 Km , Duration: 7-8 Hrs

Today's a 8 km streneous trek uphill to Shilt Thatch which takes you through an amazingly thick jungle full of monals, deers and wild animals. The dense forest has a lot of under growth and grass. At times, you may have to scramble up slopes & slide under trees during our walk to Shilt. During this accent, if you are lucky you might be able to see some wild life as well. Once at Shilt hut you get beautiful views of the surrounding valleys and adjacent mountains. Do look for the Western Trapogan on the trek, as this forest is home to this endangered king of the birds. Spend some time at the top and take in the beautiful views of the Great Himalayan National Park and later descend to Rolla. Overnight in tents/forest hut at Rolla

Day 4 : Rolla to Gushaini

Distance: 9 Km , Duration: 3 Hrs

Trek down to Gushaini and from here drive to camp/ home stay. After evening tea, leave for Aut. This journey will take you one hour but at certain times due to narrow roads the traffic jam makes the drive a bit longer. Trip ends at Aut

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