Trekking in the GHNP

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Why come to the GHNP?

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

How to visit the Great Himalayan National Park?

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 enjoy GHNP is to trek in the park. GHNP is a place for trekkers, hikers, nature lovers and adventure enthusiasts.You will be trekking with our local recognized and experienced guides, porters and cook. It takes minimum two days trekking to enter the Park. Nights are spent under tents. It is not allowed for individuals to venture alone or even in groups without professional guides.

If long treks are not your thing, you can go on shorter, easier hikes, short walks in the eco-zone,or enjoy adventure activities like rappelling and rock climbing, or just sit and relax by the riverside and enjoy nature.

View into the Tirthan Valley

Entry Fee

There are fees for entering the Park and additional fees for cameras, video and filming. For Indian nationals the entry fee is 50 rupees per person per day. For foreign national, the entry fee is 200 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.

Park fees are included in the price when you travel with us and we arrange all the necessary permits for you.

What to bring for the trek?

You do not need to bring any camping equipment, we provide everything.

Only bring personal items that you will need during the trek.

Pack light and minimize the items you carry.

Some recommended items are:

  • A medium size rucksack (about 40 l) to carry your personal stuff,
  • Trekking shoes/boots, preferably in leather and with good grip,
  • A light raincoat in case of wind, unexpected rain or snowfall,
  • Clothes including spare garments and warm clothes for the evening and morning
  • A handy torch,
  • Sunglasses, sunscreen,
  • A hat or a cap to protect you from the sun,
  • Your toiletries, personal care items,
  • Any other gadget you may consider useful for you, but avoid any heavy items

Who can trek in the Park?

You need to be reasonably fit and healthy to trek in the park.

Longer treks require even higher levels of fitness.

Treks are given a star rating for the level of difficulty : stamina and technical

We require our customers to fill the fitness assessment form available here. Please send it back to us completed while booking your trek. If you have any doubt regarding your physical fitness please ask advise to your doctor.

Difficulty (Stamina)

  No effort
  Short and easy walk
  Hike/trek without very steep slopes
  Hike/trek with steep slopes
  More than 3 days hike with steep slopes
  More than 5 days trek, steep slopes and high altitude

Difficulty (technical)

  No difficulty
  Walk on small mountain paths
  Walk on small mountain paths and some risks due to abruptness
  Technical experience required

Children are allowed into the Park though we recommend selecting an easy trek if you expect to take your children with you. Avoid trekking in the park with children under 8.

How much time do you need?

It takes a minimum of 2 days to get into the park. So an overnight 2 day trek is the minimum.

You need to spend 3-4 days to see more impressive parts of the park and to make your journey memorable.

5 days or more are required for you to really enjoy the experience that is GHNP.

Food during the trek

See our 3 different trek plans here.

All meals will be prepared with fresh ingredients. We assure varied, quality, tasty and hygienic food.