Raktisar Trek takes you to the source of the Sainj River in the heart of the Great Himalayan National Park of Himachal Pradesh. One of the most stunning and untouched trails in the Himalayas, the trek takes you through some of the most beautiful wildlife. GNHP is famous for being a host of numerous rare species of birds and animals as well as some of the most distinctive species of plants and flowers. The trek takes you through dense forests of pine and oak, luxuriant grasslands, mountain pastures and glaciers to reach the campsite of Raktisar at 3900 meters which is the point where two glaciers converge and is the source of the Sainj River which is a tributary of the Beas River. Lying between the valleys of Sainj and Tirthan, this trek attracts serious travelers and nature lovers who wish to explore the unexplored regions of the Himalayas. Steeped in mythology and beliefs, this trek gives you a glimpse into the incredible myths that bind the lives of the villagers. The campsite of Raktisar is straight out of a fairy tale with stunning views of crevices and glaciers as well as some loft peaks of the surrounding mountain ranges. At night, on a clear sky, the reflection of stars on the glacier is simply awe-inspiring. The best time to do the Raktisar Trek is between April to June and September to November. Stay on this page for more information on the Raktisar Trek.
Mandi to Niharni - 70 km Drive. Niharni (1770 m) to Shakti (2260 m) - 4 hrs Trek
We will meet at Mandi ISBT by 7am and take a 70 km drive to the village of Niharni in Sainj Valley. It takes about 4 hours to reach the campsite of Shakti which has a few trekker huts. We will be walking alongside the beautiful Sainj River through forests and amazing biodiversity. Overnight in tents.
Shakti to Maraur (2560 m) - 5 hrs
We continue alongside the Sainj River to reach the campsite of Maraur. Overnight in tents.
Maraur to Parkachi Thatch (3040 m) - 5 hrs
Today we trek to the campsite of Parkachi Thatch which is a beautiful clearance full of grasses and flowers. As we trek the treeline seems to fade away due to the increase in altitude. Overnight in tents.
Parkachi Thatch to Raktisar (3900 m) - 6 hrs
The trail gradually becomes rocky and the trail becomes steep with patched of snow depending on the season. Now you are in the heart of GNHP and if lucky you get to spot some muck deer, blue sheep, Himalayan Thar, etc. We will reach the campsite of Raktisar by noon which is absolutely fabulous. It is the source of Sainj River and a meeting point of two glaciers. Spend the rest of the day exploring the campsite. Overnight in tents.
Raktisar to Parkachi Thatch
Retrace our steps to Parkachi Thatch and spend the night in tents.
Parkachi Thatch to Shakti
We descend down to Shakti and spend the night here.
Shakti to Niharni. Niharni to Mandi - Drive
Today we will trek down to Niharni where our vehicles will pick you up and drive to Mandi. We bid you goodbye here.
No mandatory documents are required for the trek.
We pick you up from Mandi ISBT Bus Stand. The dropping point remains the same.
Expect to reach Mandi late in the evening. Make sure your bus bookings are late in the night or preferably next day.
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.
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.
You might encounter some snow on the higher reaches of the trek in early April to May and late October.
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
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 sharing tents. Along with this, there will also be a toilet tent and a dining tent installed at every campsite as we roll.
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.
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.
The base of Raktisar Trek is Niharni located 70 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.
No network beyond Niharni.
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April to June and September to November are the best months to do the trek.
The Raktisar Trek is perfectly suited for beginners. Those coming for the first time should prepare and read extensively about the trek. Basic knowledge about how to use a sleeping bag, toilet tents, sleeping tents, and mountain mannerisms will come in handy.
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.
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