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

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Why to trek in the GHNP ?


Unlike other parks in the Himalayas, the GHNP area is completely free of any human activities. It offers unique opportunities for enjoying nature, trekking, and observation of wildlife.

The biodiversity of fauna and flora is exceptional.
And of course, the park being the realm of nature, the landscapes are untouched, the sceneries are mind blowing.

First time trekkers or globe trotters we will offer you a real GHNP astonishment.

BUT before planning your trek please go through this page in which you will find most of the practical information you need for the best experience.

The "must-read" basics

The Great Himalayan National Park (GHNP) is a completely protected area with no roads, no premises and no facilities of any kind. The only way to visit the GHNP is to go on foot.
Two days is the minimum required since the Park gate is at 3 hours walking distance from the road at Gushaini.

You will be trekking with our local recognized and most experienced guides, porters and cook. It is not allowed for individuals to venture alone or even in groups without professional guides.

The food on trek is prepared by our staff. You do not need to bring any food with you except some biscuits, chocolates or fruits as a supplement if you wish.

Nights are spent under tents. We provide all the required camping equipment for comfortable nights in the wilderness.
According to your budget and your desired level of comfort you will have a choice of 2 trekking plans : Everest and K2.

Our porters will carry all the food, cooking ustensils and camping equipment.
So you only have to carry your personal gear (mostly clothing).

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In the realm of Nature there is no infrastructure. Hence the only way to visit GHNP is to trek with our staff. We provide food and all camping equipment.



Who can go for a trek ? The required fitness


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Your fitness matters in the first place. Average fitness? you are good to go. We will select the appropriate trek for you. Children are welcome.

All treks are rated from 1 to 5 for the required level of stamina
  1 You have a sedentary way of life. A little physical effort will leave you out of breath. You know you have a weak stamina. Why don't you consider our "Camping experience without an hassle".
  2 You have a sedentary way of life but you know that you have some physical potentials. Your body is not used to prolonged physical effort but you don't mind walking for a couple of hours on easy paths.
  3 You may still have a sedentary way of life but you are physically fit. You don't miss an occasion to go on foot or by cycle. You don't mind running in the stairs to catch the metro about to leave. You are not in the best shape but you feel confident in most of the situations where your body will be challenged. In short you have an average fitness.
  4 Even if you work in an office you regularly do sport. Physical activities are an important part of your life. You like to supass yourself. Prolonged physical efforts in harsh conditions do not scare you.
  5 You are very sporty. You have already tested your body capacities in a challenging mountain environment for several days, at a high altitude. You are confident that you have a very strong stamina to face the unpredictable.
You need to be reasonably fit and healthy to trek in the park.
You have an average fitness? You can easily climb quickly a 2 story stairs without being left out of breath? You can go for most of our 2, 3 or 4 days trek.
In general the longer treks require a higher level of fitness.

All our treks are rated in terms of required level of fitness (under the trek features section). It starts from 1 (easiest) and goes up to 5 (most strenuous).
Someone with an average fitness can go for all the treks rated up to 3.
From 4 you need to be fit enough to face the harsh conditions that you may meet on your trek.
So please have a look at the table on the left to judge by yourself what you can do or not.

Before booking your trek please fill in this form and send it back to us. If you have any doubt regarding your physical fitness or if you have any known medical problems please ask advise to your doctor.

Children usually have the fitness to go for trek up to 3 in rating. Children from the age of 6 are welcome on multi day treks (up to 3 days).
Although our staff will definitively be helpful the parents are responsible for their children.
Any special assistance required, please let us know. For lower age kids we can provide baby carriers or extra staff to help you out.


climbing to Kauni on the Marahni trek, GHNP


How much time do you need ?

Two days is the minimum required since the Park gate is at 3 hours walking distance from the road at Gushaini.
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 trek for only 2 days we strongly recommend you to go at least for a 3 or 4 day trek if you wish to have a richer 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.

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

In short

Minimum 2 days to enter GHNP. We suggest you to go for minimum 3 or 4 days trek for a better experience. We have treks in the GHNP that last up to 9 days.



What to take for the trek ?

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Use the list beside to check all the stuff that you need. You have it, just tick the item. you can erase or re-order the items.

Rules of the 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 check list of the things you need to take for your trek

You can tick, erase and drag & drop the items

A medium size rucksack (Min. 40 litres) to carry your personal stuff

Trekking shoes/boots, preferably in leather and with good grip

A light raincoat/windcheater in case of wind, unexpected rain or snowfall,

Clothes including spare garments and very warm clothes (fleece or duck down sweater) for the evening and morning

Warm undergarments for the nights in case of high altitude trek or early/late season

A handy torch,

Sunglasses, sunscreen

A hat or a cap to protect you from the sun and/or cold

Your toiletries, personal care items

A flask. An empty bottle of mineral water can do the job !

Any other gadgets you may consider useful for you, but avoid any heavy items



Park entry fee


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

For Indian nationals the entry fee is 100 rupees per person per day. For foreign national, the entry fee is 400 rupees per person 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.

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Fee per day per person : 100 INR for Indian and 400 INR for Foreign Nationals. There is also a fee of 100 INR per day per tent.



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