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Marahni trek and Kundri meadow

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Marahni Trek is a rich experience of the GHNP and its ecozone


Marahni Trek is a suitable when you only have a few days for visiting the GHNP and you expect to have a great experience of the place. Marahni trek starts at an altitude of 2100 m, much higher than Gushaini, the starting point of Rolla and Shilt trek. Hence the total ascent is comparatively less although you reach a maximum altitude of 3670 m at Marahni.

The first day of the Marahni trek is Rangthar which let’s you discover some beautiful Himalayan village. Then you gradually get in the wilderness of the GHNP going through an oak forest which will give you the feeling of being part of a fairy tale.

Kundri meadow is located on the way to Marahni. It is a great camping place and it can be used as base camp for further exploration towards Marahni. Marahni in itself could be a camp site in case the weather permits. The view from the top of Marahni is amazing. Some mammals can be observed on this trek as well, mostly wild sheeps and black bears.

Feeling too tired on the way to Marahni? no problem, stop at Kundri which is already a very nice destination!
There is a lot of flexibility on this trek.


Marahni 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 itinerary can be discussed with our team.
AWTD : 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 : The difference of altitude between the trek starting point and the highest point of the trek.
Descent : The difference of altitude between the highest point of the trek and the trek ending point.

Difficulty of your trek  

Stamina : The physical effort involved during your trek. Rated from 1 (easiest) to 5 (most strenuous). If you have an average fitness you can consider all treks below 4.
Technical : Difficulty of your trek in terms of exposure to danger and required experience. 1 : no difficulties, 2 : walk on good mountain trails, 3 : some walk on difficult mountain trails (steep slope, rocks, etc.), 4 : you are exposed to some dangers (void, snow, falling rocks, etc.), 5 : Experience required (please inquire).
Overall : Average between Stamina and Technical rating.

Altitudes

Min
2100 m
Max
3670 m
Ascent
1570 m
Descent
2100 m


Marahni trek map

map of the Great Himalayan National Park GHNP

Marahni Trek itinerary summary

On the western side of the Tirthan valley. From Day 2 the trek follows a mountain ridge with great view of both sides. You need to go to the trek starting point by jeep with your staff and equipment (9 km, 40 minutes).



Marahni Trek Elevation profile

Elevation profile of trek in the Great Himalayan National Park GHNP

Marahni Trek ascent and descent

Marahni trek starts at a relatively higher altitude allowing you to enjoy a scenic peak that you can reach without having to climb too much.



Best time to trek to Marahni


Best time for Marahni trek is April, May, June, and then October and November.

You may also consider July, September and December.
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Marahni trek itinerary

Timing Details
Morning

Marahni 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 quite scenic spot.

Afternoon

Some parts of the trail to Lakcha are quite steep but don’t worry, anyone with an average fitness can do it.
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 of the Himalays and the Tirthan valley. A spectacular spot for camping ! It is really great to enjoy your meal at the bonfire during sunset.

Camping in the Great Himalayan National Park GHNP
Camping at the Rangthar meadow with our Platinum equipment
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 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 whole valley illuminated with golden sun rays.

Kundri meadow in the Great Himalayan National Park GHNP
The Kundri meadow at the bottom of the photo
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 !

Afternoon

After enjoying the scenery your guide will take you around to spot wildlife. Many kind of species of Eagles and Vultures will represent the bird life. Wild goats, Himalayan Tahr, black bear and the common leopard can be observed around Marahni. Be patient the mammals are quite elusive.
Tonight you have your dinner and your night at the same place than yesterday. That will give time to your cook to prepare a special dinner !

Photo of Tirthan valley in the Great Himalayan National Park GHNP
On the ascent to Marahni. View of Rakhundi top and the Tirthan valley
Timing Details
Morning

Today you will get down to the Tirthan river in the ecozone of the GHNP crossing some villages (without any roads of course). It is a long descent but you will have time to stop in the villages and observe the peaceful lifestyle of the Himalayan people, very refreshing for the mind !

Afternoon

In the evening you will set up your camp at the riverside. You are now at only 1800 m. The vegetation is very different, many birds can be observed. Enjoy the sound of the river and spend your last night in the wilderness.

Tirthan river in the Great Himalayan National Park GHNP
The Tirthan river
Timing Details
Morning

Take you time to enjoy the riverside. Today you have only two hours of walk. You could take photographs of birds or spent more time interacting with the villagers on the way. Or just have a lazy time by the riverside before leaving and hiking to Gushaini, last stage of the trek.

Afternoon

Walk down to Gushaini after your lunch.

In the Tirthan valley, Great Himalayan National Park GHNP
On the way back to the civilization


Alternate itineraries


In 4 days
   The trek in 4 days is not a loop. It is a return trip from Pekhri to Marahni.
Day 1 From Pekhri to Rangthar
Day 2 From Rangthar to Kundri
Day 3 Exploration day at Marahni and camp at Kundri.
You can use this day for photography and observation of wildlife.
Day 4 From Kundri to Pekhri.
In 3 days
   You have less time? Try Marahni in 3 days.
Day 1 From Pekhri to Rangthar
Day 2 From Rangthar to Marhani.
You can decide to camp either at Kundri or at Rangthar.
If you are not sure about your physical capacity opt for keeping your basecamp at Rangthar.
Day 3 From Rangthar or Kundri to Pekhri


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