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Great Himalayan National Park (GHNP) is a hikers and trekkers paradise close to Kullu and Manali, Himachal Pradesh, India.
Trekking, camping, wildlife & culture tour, adventure activities are what you can do with us in and around the GHNP in a very safe and friendly atmosphere.


Great Himalayan National Park (GHNP) offers a stunning experience of the Himalayan range. The landscapes are breathtaking, the ecosystems are well preserved and it shelters many ayurvedic plants and rare Himalayan animals like the Himalayan Black Bear, Himalayan Tahr, rare Himalayan Brown Bear, and the Phantom of the Mountains - the Snow Leopard. The colourful Western Tragopan (Jujurana) and the Monal Pheasant represent the birdlife.

Trekking is the only way to enjoy and explore the Great Himalayan National Park. There are several trekking and hiking routes in the Great Himalayan National Park. A short 2 day trek is a gentle introduction to the park. Longer treks of upto 9 days take you deep into the heart of the park to the source of rivers.

Himalayan Ecotourism organizes comfortable eco-tours in the Great Himalayan National Park (GHNP) in cooperation with the local grassroots cooperative. Your trekking crew are members of the local cooperative that we have encouraged and supported from its creation. Your visit supports conservation of the Great Himalayan National Park.

Since its inception in April 2014, Himalayan Ecotourism has been operating towards the preservation of the Himalayan ecosystem by engaging the local community in managing their invaluable resources.

For non-trekkers who want to enjoy the experience of camping in the Himalayas we also offer "Night under the stars" in the ecozone of the GHNP.

For adventure seekers we offer activities like rappelling, river crossing, rock climbing and fishing!

Himalayan Ecotourism also organizes exploration tours around the Great Himalayan National Park specially designed for birdwatchers and for people interested in the rich traditions and culture of the Himalayas.

As a community-based initiative, Himalayan Ecotourism offers the unique experience of discovering the Great Himalayan National Park and the remote corners of the Western Himalayas with people welcoming you to their Home.

Great Himalayan National Park Videos

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All you need to know for planning your trek in the GHNP with us

Video about the trek to Marahni, GHNP

Marahni trek

The trek to Marahni organized by Himalayan Ecotourism in GHNP

Rangthar Trek

The trek to Rangthar organized by Himalayan Ecotourism in GHNP



What to do in the Great Himalayan National Park ?

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Multi day treks

Meet the mighty Himalayas. Explore the Park wilderness.

One day hikes

Wanna enjoy the Himalayan nature in one day only. See our selection of short hikes

Adventure activities

Ready for a rush of adrenaline in a very safe environment ?

Night under the stars

You wish to have an outdoor camping experience without an effort ?

Wildlife tours

Our selection of treks and tours for observation of wildlife

Himalayan culture tours

Discover a way of life that has been forged by the giant Mountains







Great Himalayan National Park photos



View of the Great Himalayan National Park (GHNP)

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Great Himalayan National Park conservation area


The Great Himalayan National Park (GHNP) is a World Heritage Site (WHS).

The Ecozone is the buffer zone between the Park and the rest of the region. It comprises villages and lands within a 5km radius around the Park. Villages located in the Ecozone are supposed to be closely associated to the protection of the park. Their culture and traditional livelihood have to be protected and a special emphasis is normally given to the development of the villages.

The majority of inhabitants of the Ecozone are agriculturalists ; they are almost self-sufficient for their own subsistence. They grow wheat, corn, rajma, (organic beans) and many vegetables and spices. They also grow fruits that are sold to larger markets in India. The region is well known for its apples and apricots.

Many of the villagers have large herds of sheep and goats. Both are used for wool and for their meat. Goats are often offered to the local Devatas (gods) on special occasions and also served as one of all-time-favourite delicacies of the region.

Since the creation of the Great Himalayan National Park, local community’s access to the Park has been prohibited. The park used to be an important source of livelihood for local communities be it by collecting medicinal plants, wood, or grazing their cattle.

Hence creation of the Park resulted in an important loss of income for the local community. Himalayan Ecotourism social and environmental objectives aim at facilitating availability of alternative sources of income so that welfare of the locals and protection of the Park are ensured.

The GHNP and the Tirthan Valley Ecozone are a hub of biodiversity. It only takes a glance to spot exceptional species of birds. The more patient and experienced naturalists can see the rare and ‘difficult-to-spot’ mammals. Many are on the Red List of threatened species. The process of conservation of these species by the Park is essential to their survival.

A trekker must respect the environment he travels in. The main cause of extinction of animal and plant species is the destruction of the ecosystems. The GHNP and the Ecozone community are dedicated to protect and manage these exceptional natural environments.


great himalayan national park conservation area map

Map of conservation area, treks and hikes

Great Himalayan National Park (GHNP) consists of 3 valleys: Tirthan, Sainj and Jiwa Nala valley


Best time to visit Great Himalayan National Park


Best time to visit Great Himalayan National Park GHNP is April, May, June, and then October and November.

Avoid the monsoon between July and August as it rains a lot and the paths become slippery and there are chances of landslides.

Avoid the winter months of December to March. GHNP receives heavy snowfall in winter.
  • Jan

    Cold

    Snow

    Avoid
  • Feb

    Cold

    Snow

    Avoid
  • Mar

    Cold

    Changing

    You may go
  • Apr

    Chilled

    Sunny

    Good to go
  • May

    Pleasant

    Sunny

    Best time to go
  • Jun

    Pleasant

    Sunny

    Best time to go
  • Jul

    Humid

    Stormy

    You may go
  • Aug

    Humid

    Rainy

    Avoid
  • Sep

    Pleasant

    Variable

    You may go
  • Oct

    Chilled

    Sunny

    Best time to go
  • Nov

    Cold

    Sunny

    Good to go
  • Dec

    Cold

    Sunny

    You may go

How to reach Great Himalayan National Park


The ecozone of the Great Himalayan National Park is just 1 hour off the main Delhi-Kullu-Manali road. There are regular overnight Volvo buses from Delhi and Chandigarh to Kullu and Manali.

Inform the conductor of the bus that you need to be dropped at Aut town just after the tunnel. We can arrange a taxi to pick you up from Aut from where it is 1.5 hours to Gushiani - the main starting point for treks to the Great Himalayan National Park.

See next section for more information and maps for getting to GHNP.


Traveling to GHNP


Deluxe Volvo Bus

DEL

Delhi ISBT

Aut

Kullu valley

Departure Time

6 pm

Arrival Time

6 am

Fare

1200

Class

Semi-
sleeper

Breaks

2

Distance

480km
Travel options

A bus is the preferred option to travel from Delhi to GHNP via Aut.
There are comfortable Volvo buses (min Rs 1000) from Delhi to Manali. Most of the busses start in the evening from Delhi. You have to get off the bus at Aut early morning, and take a taxi (about Rs 1000) or local bus to Banjar or Sainj. Or we can arrange your transportation from Aut by sending our own taxi.

You can also come from Shimla going through Jalori pass (Shimla - Banjar, 8 hours drive). Be aware that Jalori pass is closed in winter because of snow (December to March).

If you come by your own vehicle, the shortest route goes through Chandigarh, Bilaspur, Mandi and Aut. Then you need to move to Banjar or Sainj, the two main entries to the Park (Delhi - Banjar, 12 hours). The road to GHNP diverts before reaching Aut. Just before Aut, there is a tunnel (the only tunnel on the road from Delhi).
Do not enter the tunnel.
Just at the entrance of the tunnel there is a smaller road on the right. Take this one. After crossing a dam and then a bridge, either you continue straight to Sainj (for Sainj valley), or if you need to go to Banjar (for Tirthan valley), you need to cross the next bridge on your right to reach the small town of Larji. Turn right after the bridge and continue straight to Banjar (about 20 km from Larji).

Road map

Road map of the Great Himalayan National Park showing how to get to GHNP



Great Himalayan National Park stay


Great Himalayan National Park stay options are limited to tents!

Himalayan Ecotourism has excellent quality imported light-weight European made tents with comfortable sleeping mats and sleeping bags. The tents are carried by porters and you only have to carry your personal items. The tents are suitable for camping in the wilderness of the park. They are comfortable and resistant to the most harsh weather conditions.

See accommodation in Great Himalayan National Park for detailed information about accommodation in GHNP.

Accommodation

Great Himalayan National Park stay in imported European made tents

Accommodation

Great Himalayan National Park stay in imported European made tents

Robens tent

Himalayan Ecotourism is an authorized importer of Robens tent from Germany


Great Himalayan National Park hotels

Great Himalayan National Park does not have any Forest Rest House (FRH), hotels, guest houses or homestays inside the park. Tents have to be carried by porters for stay inside the park.

Great Himalayan National Park does has Forest Rest House, guest houses or homestays outside the park. You will likely stay at these places at the start of your trek and at the end.

We will arrange hotels or home stays for you at the start and end of the trek depending on your preference and budget.

There is also a government managed very basic Sai Ropa Tourist complex in the Tirthan valley. It is about 30 minutes from the start of the trek at Gushiani. It has comfortable rooms and a dormitory. Bookings can be arranged. However, there are other more convenient homestays and guest houses closer to the start of the trek.

See accommodation in Great Himalayan National Park for detailed information about accommodation in GHNP.

Accommodation

Guest houses and home stays are available at the start and end of the trek in the ecozone


Great Himalayan National Park GHNP map

Great Himalayan National Park map is shown below. It shows the main trek trails in the Great Himalayan National Park.

Map

Great Himalayan National Park map with main trekking trails



Tours around GHNP

Rolla trek

A gentle introduction to the park

Duration
2
days
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Shilt hut trek

Reach a panoramic viewpoint in the Park

Duration
3
days
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Rangthar Trek

A spectacular view of the park

Duration
2
days
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FAQ's

What is the best time to come to GHNP.

May to June and then October.

How to get to GHNP

The best is to go to GHNP by Volvo bus from Delhi to Manali and get off the bus at Aut.

Is it accessible for kids.

Kids from the age of 6 are welcome on our treks. Below this age please inquire.

What is the level of physical fitness required.

For the most easy treks (2 to 3 days), everyone with an average fitness is welcome.

Can Himalayan Ecotourism book accommodation for before and after the trek.

Yes, please specify dates, budget, numbre of people and food preference.

What is included in the trek cost.

We offer trek packages that include the wages of trekking staff, all the food, all the camping equipment and the kitty for supporting the social projects.



GHNP visitors experiences

The GHNP visit is an amazing place to experience rich flora and fauna of Himalayas. This provided me an opportunity to truly understand what a Global Biodiversity Hotspot means.
This place is birders paradise as many species of Pheasants can be seen here commonly. Himalayan Monal is the most abundant of them, Koklass and Kaleej also add in to the beauty of the place. The forest here is so alive that we were able to see signs of wildlife everywhere.

To my astonishment the hospitality of the Himalayan Ecotourism was amazing. It was like having a five star luxury at 3000m above sea level. The people here are compassionate towards their guest as well as towards their environment.

A sensible tourist with compassion towards nature must visit this place to experience amalgamation of nature and culture of Himalayan People. This is truly a Land of Nature God.

Girish Jathar


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Testimonials

An unforgettable adventure in the Tirthan Valley...

The staff were very professional and offered us excellent food. They were very friendly and received us with an amazing hospitality.

Many thanks to them and to Stephan.

I strongly recommend anyone to go with "Himalayan Ecotourism" to visit the GHNP.

Thierry Leneveu,
Professor of Geology at Lycée Français,
Munich,Germany

Himalayas are one of the great places to observe scenic landscapes...

The management of our trek was amazing. It was certainly the most delightful experience with the people of Himalayan Ecotourism...

Ashish Kambale,
Research Fellow,
BNHS’s Bird Migration Study Centre,
Point Calimere, Tamil Nadu



About us

Stephan Marchal

'Tintin in the Himalayas'
Managing Director and Eco-development specialist

Avneet Mangat

Product Development
and IT Director

Keshav Thakur

President
of the co-operative


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Gushaini, Teh. Banjar, Dist. Kullu, HP, India

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