The Tirthan Valley Trek takes you along the Tirthan River in the Great Himalayan National Park (GHNP). Considered as World Heritage Site, the GNHP is a vast area famous for its biodiversity and many famous treks are a part of the park. The Tirthan Valley Trek lets you get the real feeling of the flora and fauna of the park along with a glorious trekking experience all over a weekend. The highlight of the trek is the Tirthan River that accompanies you throughout the trek. The region is also famous for trout fish which is why it is sometimes referred to as the Trout Valley. The Tirthan Valley Trek is the perfect weekend trek ideal for both beginners and experienced trekkers alike who wish to enjoy the beauty and magnificence of the pristine Tirthan Valley. Requiring no prior trekking experience, this trek can be enjoyed by one and all along with the convenience of time. The Great Himalayan National Park is home to more than 380 species of fauna comprising of mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, birds and insects. 3 main rivers flow from this park - Tirthan, Sainj and Parvati all of which join the Beas River in the Kullu - Manali valley For more information related to the Tirthan Valley Trek such as itinerary, FAQs, images, etc stay on this page.
Mandi - Gushaini - Rolla (2100 mts / 9 Km trek)
We leave in the Tempo traveller early morning (around 6 am). On our way, we stop by at a hotel for fresh-up and breakfast. Post breakfast drive to Gushaini via Aut. The route is beautiful and for most part, one travels alongside the rivers ( Beas & Tirthan ). We stopover for permits at Sairopa, GHNP office. One can see full size maps of the GHNP area in the office. Once we are ready to move, we start our trek from Gushaini. Immediately after entering the GHNP area from Gushaini, one can feel the dense forest with a sudden coldness in the air. Rolla (our camp site) is 9 Kms from here. All through the trail, one moves along side the Tirthan river and the views are awsome (especially for 1st day of the trek). Mobile point in the middle makes for a nice lunch site. From here we head straight to the camping site @ Rolla. The site has some huts made by the Forest department with a very nice bon-fire space developed with Tree Chunks. River flows just next to the site and the mild sound of the flow would be music to the ears in the evening.
Rolla to Shilt Hut (3100 mts / 6 kms trek)
Post breakfast, we head for today's target - Shilt Hut. The climb is steep today with a continuous climb. Since the distance for the day is not much, the day would not turn out as too tiring. We reach Shilt by afternoon where we have our lunch and post that we take a side trip to Chhordwari waterfall and bamboo forest. The day is defined by the dense forest and the amazing peak view at Shilt Hut. Bon fire and Camping at the night.
Shilt Hut - Gushaini - Mandi
Post breakfast trek down to Gushaini through a steep descending path to arrive at this peaceful hamlet! The trek ends here. Drive to Mandi via the Trout valley. You will be dropped in Mandi by 4 PM Approx.
The minimum age limit is 9 years. However, minors aged between 9 to 17 should be accompanied with their parents or guardians. If you are above the age of 60, kindly carry a medical certificate from your doctor that deem you fit for adventure activities like trekking.
The Tirthan Valley Trek is perfectly suited for beginners. Those coming for the first time should prepare and read extensively about the trek. A basic knowledge about how to use a sleeping bag, toilet tents, sleeping tents, and mountain mannerisms will come in handy.
Tirthan Valley trek best time is March-June, September-November
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The base camp of Tirthan Valley Trek is Gushaini located 68 km from Mandi. Mandi is well connected to Delhi with all kinds of transport (except direct train) and can easily be reached through road or air.
By Road : The road distance from Delhi to Mandi is 430 km. There are overnight HRTC buses and Volvos available from ISBT Kashmere Gate, Delhi for Mandi. It is a 8-10 hour journey by bus. You can book your bus tickets online through hrtchp.com or any other bus services available. You can also hire a private taxi or an outstation cab from Delhi.
By Rail : To reach by train, take a direct train from Delhi to Pathankot. Some of the trains that run on this route are Delhi-Pathankot Express, Jammu Tawi Express, Delhi-Dhauladhar Express. You can then take a bus from Pathankot to Mandi. Or you can take a connecting train to Joginder Nagar from Pathankot which is the nearest station to Mandi. There are buses running frequently between Joginder Nagar and Mandi.
By Air : The nearest airport is Bhuntar airport which is located 60 km from Mandi. There are taxis available at the airport which will take you to Mandi. You can also take local buses that keep running from Bhuntar to Mandi at a very regular frequency. Buses are decent and very cheap compared to a taxi that can cost you around INR 2000-5000 depending upon the season.
Airtel and BSNL may have coverage at some points on the trek.
Manali located about 100km from Mandi is a famous hill station. Visit the ancient Hadimba Devi Temple which has an interesting mythological tale associated with it. Walkthrough the charming lanes of Old manali. Visit the bazaar to buy some souvenirs. Jogini Fall and Vashisht Temple are other famous attractions in Manali. You can also visit Rohtang pass while you are in Manali.
You have to arrive at Mandii Bus Stand by 6AM. The stay in Mandii on the day prior to the trek (recommended) is not included in the itinerary. On trekking days, all the trekkers will be accommodated in twin or triple sharing tents. Along with this, there will also be a toilet tent and a dining tent installed at every campsite as we roll.
We provide 4 seasons tents by Gipfel for higher altitudes which can easily withstand heavy snowfall and storms. They are spacious enough to accomodate 3 people at once with a vestibule to place the backpacks Our sleeping bags are made up of Heatseeker Pro synthetic insulation that can provide you comfort in -10 degrees celsius. We also use additional fleece liners to have thermal efficiency even in the extreme temperatures of -17 degrees Celsius. If you carry your own sleeping bag, you will get a cashback reward, provided that you inform us as soon as you have booked your trek.
Toilet tents will be provided to you on the trek.These are portable toilets tents where a deep pit will be dug. A shovel will be provided inside the tent to cover the waste after you have made your business. You can take a toilet roll inside. Make sure you dig used toilet paper along with the waste. Though water is recommended in place of toilet paper. Please refrain from using wet wipes as they are non-biodegradable. There will be no facility for bathing on the trek. Go through our blog section for tips on how to maintain personal hygiene on treks.
You will be provided with good quality of gaiters and microspikes from us depending upon the situation of the snow. Our trek leaders will also be carrying ropes and ice axe.
Vegetarian food will be served throughout the trek. The only non-vegetarian item served on our treks are eggs. Our kitchen staff follows a proper menu for breakfast, lunch and dinner which has been designed in order to fulfil the nutritional requirements of the participants. There will be milk, poha, eggs, muesli/corn flakes, bread and butter served for breakfast. Rice or simple roti sabzi will be packed for lunch. In dinner, you will have dal, egg curry or any other vegetarian dish along with rice, roti, and a dessert item. Packed lunch will be provided to you on the days you are trekking. You are requested to carry your own tiffin box and a mug to consume food. The meals consumed on journey and arrival day are not included in our cost.
You can rent following items from us- Trekking Pole, Trekking Shoes, Fleece Jacket, Rucksack
No snow on this trek.
In the months of May and June, the temperature will range from 13-16 degrees Celsius during the day and from 3-6 degrees Celsius in the night. In the months of September-November, the temperature will range from 10-15 degrees Celsius during the day and from 3-8 degrees Celsius in the night.
If you want to offload your rucksack, you will have to make a request for offloading a few days prior the trek through an email so that arrangement can be made in advance. You will be charged per day for offloading your rucksack. In case you decide to offload on the spot, you may have to pay a higher price than usual. However offloading your rucksack is not recommended since it is not a safe practice.
A team of participant will be led by a course certified trek leader and a local guide. All participants are requested to abide by what their leader says. There will also be a team of kitchen staff and porters on the trek. We maintain 1:8 ratio of trek leader and participants. All our trek leaders and staff have a certified training in first-aid and rescue operation.
It is not mandatory but it is more convenient with the pole. If you don’t want to buy one, you can rent it from us on minimal daily basis charges. You can request the renting link from us.
There are hardly any stores in Mandi selling trekking equipment and other trekking necessities. It is recommended that you come prepared with all the stuff. Please do not leave anything for last minute buying.
Yes, it is absolutely safe for solo woman to travel in fix departures. Women on the trek will be sharing tent with each other. In case you are the only woman on the trek, you will be given a separate tent.
Yes, e-certificates will be given at the end of each trek provided that you completed it. It will bear your name, the trek, and the maximum altitude you achieved on the trek.
We pick you up from Mandi Bus Stand. The dropping point remains the same.
Expect to reach Mandi late in the afternoon or early leaving. Make sure your bus bookings are late in the night.
No mandatory documents are required for the trek.
Our community is an integral part of us and we take pride in our trekkers and climbers. When you complete at least three days on any trek or expedition with us, you become eligible for our membership and referral programs.
For us, a successful summit is not about reaching the highest point of a mountain but about making it safely back to base.
Cancellations up to 30 days prior to departure date
Between 30 days to 15 days prior to departure
Less than 15 days of departure
No Cash Refund
Cancellations up to 5 days prior to departure date
Cancellations less than 5 days prior to departure
Sarthak Madan 21 May 2021
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