We will all meet at Aut in the morning and from here be driven to Tirthan valley. The surroundings are very eye catching and spectacular. There is a confluence of rivers Beas and Tirthan at Larji. We drive along the beautiful river Tirthan and this off beat journey will take us about an hour. On arrival check into the home stay/camp and enjoy a hot cup of tea followed by breakfast. Post breakfast freshen up and relax. After an early lunch we set out on a hike to a beautiful water fall. The hike will take us an hour and a half to reach the water fall. We spend some time at the fall and later head back to our camp/home stay. Overnight in a camp/home stay.
This morning we try our hand at angling (fishing). The Tirthan river is extremely famous for its Rainbow Trout. We will choose a scenic spot for angling. We will be provided the fishing gear and there will be a fishing guide to help us get initiated. This will be followed by a sumptuous picnic lunch by the banks of the Tirthan. Post lunch we have lined up a list of water and rope activities for eg bridge slithering, river crossing, swimming in natural pools, stream walks and rock climbing. Over night at guesthouse/home stay.
Today we drive to Gushaini which will take us ten to fifteen minutes .From Gushaini it’s an easy walk to enter the park which is at a pleasant height and surrounded by thick jungle which have mind blowing colours of the trees. We walk past Ropa village on the way which has traditional houses made of deodar (cedar) wood. We will be trekking along the Tirthan. The river has a lot of natural pools where you can sit and relax near Rolla. You get good views of the surrounding mountains which look majestic and magical. It will take us three to four hours to reach Rolla. We will camp here amidst nature’s bounty. Overnight in tents/forest hut.
Today’s hike from Rolla to Shilt is a steady climb which varies from being steep to quite steep. There are continuous switch backs as you keep gaining height. This walk will take us through dense forest with a lot of under growth and grass. At times we will 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. We 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
This morning will we go for a bird watching hike. This is a famous hike in the GHNP because one gets a wide variety of birds in the region. Few to name amongst the many are Long-tailed Minivets, Yellow-bellied Fantails, Wall creepers, White-collared and Grey-winged blackbirds. Heavy snow in the upper reaches may bring down more exotic species, such as variegated laughing thrush, Scaly-breasted, Wren Babbler, Spectacled Finch and Golden Bush Robin. All of these may descend to lower reaches of the park from October to February. In addition to these, there are a few species of longer distance migrants which prefer GHNP in winters, are Redstart, Black-throated Thrush and Black-throated Accentor. After explorations we head back to Rolla for a hot lunch. After lunch we trek down to Gushaini and from here drive to camp/ home stay. Overnight at the camp/ homestay.
Today post breakfast we get ourselves involved into thrilling and rejuvenating sport of mountain biking. We ride on the peripherals of the Great Himalayan National park for about 3-4 hours. We explore this region on wheels which gives distinctive flavour of the beautiful Himalayan settlements in contrast with the impeccable flora of the region. We head back to our camp/ home stay for lunch and relax. After evening tea we get ready to leave for Aut. This journey will take us one hour but at certain times due to narrow roads the traffic jam makes the drive a bit longer. Trip ends at Aut.
Do keep in mind that transport is a very critical component of your trek. This aspect is most often not given proper attention and can result in lot of discomfort especially in the mountains. We provide transfers to get you to the starting point and back as comfortably and in as less time as possible for you to enjoy the trip. We only use quality vehicles like Toyota Innova, Mahindra Xylo, Mahindra Scorpio, Tempo Traveller, etc. and no local jeeps or similar vehicles are used except where there are short transfers from the lodge to the trek points, etc. The transport tariff includes all driver charges, fuel, parking, toll and taxes.
* Irrespective of when a trip is booked, the above condition will hold true
Aut is located 70kms before Manali on Chandigarh - Manali highway. For travel from Delhi to Manali & back, one can choose between air, rail & road. For air travel, the closest airport is Bhuntar (Kullu) airport. There are a couple of flights that link this airport to Delhi airport. Train travel though not very popular is available to cover a certain distance. One can either take a train to Pathankot or Jogindernagar (narrow gauge). From both these places one will need to drive to Manali. For train details, you could log on to www.indianrail.gov.in and for online railway ticket bookings you could log on to www.irctc.co.in
There are frequent Public Transport buses including Volvos available from Delhi to Manali that cost about Rs. 1300 per person. They take about 15 hrs to cover the distance. A private vehicle could also be arranged for if you require the same.
In the initial days of the pre monsoon season (Apr-Jun) there will be snow along the trail which generally melts by end April. Days are going to be sunny and warm (14-22 °C) while the night temperature at the highest campsite would be in the range of 0-8 °C. In the post monsoon season (Sep-Nov) there is possibility of snow towards the end of the season, which also melts very fast. The days are sunny with temperatures hovering around (12-20 °C) and the evenings start getting cold with the onset of October and nights are comparatively colder (-2 to 8 °C).
Please keep in mind that the above information is not exact and does not account for sudden changes. Whatever the temperatures and conditions rest assured we will be prepared to handle it with ease as we use equipment of very high specifications.
It is very important for this adventure trip that you need to be equipped properly and with a bit of back up. Mountain/adventure travel requires one to be adequately equipped with the right kind of personal gear. Since one is travelling in the wilderness there will be hardly any opportunity to buy anything once you hit the trail so we urge you to carefully pack everything into your bags. Also please keep in mind you can rent out or purchase equipment from our Gear Store, if required.
…LOADS OF ENTHUSIASM!! AND A PLEDGE TO LEAVE NO TRACE
Carry your stuff in a duffel bag, soft shoulder bag or a rucksack. Avoid suitcases, trolleys or any other hard luggage. As you will be walking long distances carrying a rucksack, avoid bringing unnecessary items on the trek. Please avoid carrying expensive watches, jewellery and electronic items on the trek.
NOTE: In case you are planning to put your bag on a mule or taking a porter please get a duffel bag or rucksack and keep it in mind that there is a possibility that the bag at times might brush against a rock or a tree and get slightly damaged so don't get very expensive bags. Also in case of damage we shall not be held accountable.
Great Indian Outdoors (P) Ltd. takes utmost care to ensure safety of its clients. However in the case of any unforeseen mishaps, Great Indian Outdoors (P) Ltd. will not be liable for any injuries caused or for loss of life. All disputes rising due to the above are subject to the jurisdiction of the courts in New Delhi/Delhi only. All participants would be required to sign an Indemnity Form before the start of the program, without which they would not be allowed to take part in the trip/program/activities.
06Days|Mid Feb - Mid Jul/ Sep - Dec|Mod
Day 01: Aut (900m) Camp/Home Stay (1500m) Drive 1 Hr & Trek To Waterfall/3 Hrs
Day 02: Tirthan Valley (1500m) Angling, Rope, Rock And Water Activites.
Day 03: Camp/Home Stay (1500m) Gushaini (1500m) Rolla (2100m) Trek/3-4 Hrs
Day 04: Rolla (2100m) Shilt Hut (3000m) Rolla (2100m) Trek /7-8 Hrs
Day 05: Rolla (Bird Watching Hike) Gushaini Camp/Lodge - Aut Trek/4-5 Hrs & Drive 15 Mins
Day 06: Camp/ Home Stay (1500m) Bathad (1600m) Camp/Home Stay Aut (1500m)Cycling /3-4 Hrs & Drive / 1hr)
This multisport trip is surely one of the finest short duration Himalayan trips which can be done in just 4 days. This region is a paradise for nature enthusiasts. The sheer variety of flora and fauna is something one will cherish for a long time. The Great Himalayan National Park (GHNP) is located in the Kullu District of Himachal Pradesh, India. Initially constituted in 1984, GHNP was formally declared a National Park in 1999, covering an area of 754.4 sq kms. There are three major rivers flowing from the Park, Tirthan in the South, Sainj and Parvati in the North. These rivers join the Beas river in the Kullu-Manali valley. Landscapes and ecosystems of these valleys are quite similar. Tirthan valley has the most well-developed ecotourism infrastructure and facilities. The rural and traditional character of the valley and its villages has been preserved which adds a unique flavour to this trip.
The Great Himalayan National Park is a habitat to more than 375 fauna species that comprises nearly around 31 mammals, 181 birds, 3 reptiles, 9 amphibians, 11 annelids, 17 molluscs and 127 insects. They are protected under strict guidelines of wildlife protection act of 1972; hence any sort of hunting is not permitted. It also supports the variety of plant life, scattered over the park. Sainj and Tirthan are two main valleys in Great Himalayan National Park where man lives with nature for centuries. The trout fish of this region is widely popular, similar is the nature hikes and trekking.
In this multiple sports trip, various gratifying and fun-filled activities are lined up for every day. You can try out your hand in angling and try to catch the famous Himalayan Rainbow Trout. If interested, breeding of the fishes can be observed in the nearby fishfarm, standing on the banks of the Tirthan river. Later you prepare yourselves for the activities like rock climbing, rope course activities and water activities, like river crossing and swimming in the natural pools along the stream.
Talking about the trek in the GHNP, the difficulty level is mostly moderate, but has a strenuous section, when you climb up to Shilt hut. First day of the trek you go on a hike to a beautiful waterfall and also witness the self-sustained way of living, as you pass through a few mountain villages. Following day the trail meanders along the Tirthan to reach Rolla hut. The camping experience at Rolla, next to the river is surely something you are going to cherish. The trek from Rolla to Shilt hut is a demanding one, but is also gratifying, with fine views of the park from innumerous vantage points. On the last day you will hike from Rolla towards a beautiful section of groves most suitable for bird-watching. One can capture rarest species of Himalayan birds, in their natural habitat. After a sumptuous lunch at Rolla you hike back to Gushaini. Towards the end of the journey you saddle up and hit the trails, for some audacious mountain biking. You will push the cranks through the quaint landscapes of Tirthan and reach a small village named Bathad. Your trip concludes here.