A heavenly 360 degree panoramic view of snow clad peaks and dense valley awaits you in this breathtaking trek to Marhani.
AltitudeLowest - 5200ft / Highest - 11,750ft
Best Time to VisitApril to June and October to November
Overview of Great Himalayan National ParkTucked away in the upper ranges of the western part of the Indian Himalayas, the Great Himalayan National Park is a bio diversity hotspot, attracting nature lovers from all around the world.
Spread over 755 sq km, it was concurred the status of a National Park in 1999. One of the last remaining undisturbed Himalayan ecosystem, the GHNP is home to some rare and endangered flora & fauna.
The flora includes some rare species of Buckthorn, Leycesteria, Spurge, Balsams, Valerians, Yew, etc. The GHNP boasts of over 375 fauna species, including 31 species of mammals and 181 species of birds. The park is home to some exotic species of animals like Snow Leopard, Himalayan Brown Bear, Musk Deer, Himalayan Tahr, Blue Sheep, etc.
The presence of some rare and endangered birds make the GHNP a huge attraction for bird lovers. It is the home to the endangered species of Western Tragopan and over 50 species of migratory birds. Some of these include the Himalayan Griffon Vultures, Lammergeyers, Golden Eagles, Raptors, etc.
The GHNP is located at an altitude of 1500m to 6000m. This makes the Park’s vegetation a diverse mix of Moist Deodar Forest, Rhododendron Scrub Forest, Western Mixed Coniferous Forest, Ban Oak Forest, Moist Temperate Deciduous Forest and Himalayan Alpine Pastures. The landscape is characterized by high alpine peaks, alpine meadows and riverine forests.
The above features make the GHNP the perfect place for trekking and camping amidst the bewitching beauty of nature in its fullest bloom. Its remote location and picture perfect setting in the lap of the majestic Himalayas are the ideal ingredients to cut off from the modern mayhem, and spend some 'Me Time' amidst the greens and blues...
Overview of Marahni TrekA heavenly 360 degree panoramic view of snow clad peaks and dense valley awaits you in this breathtaking trek to Marhani.
- No of Days - (4N/5D) or (2N/3D)
- Trek Grade - Moderate
- Altitude - Lowest - 5200ft / Highest - 11,750ft
- Best Time to Visit - April to June and October to November
Drive from Gushaini (5200ft) to Pekhari (7100ft) / Trek to Rangthar (9400ft)
From Gushaini, a veichle drops you to a small hamlet called Pekhari lying inside the park eco zone. A moderate trek of close to 90 minutes will bring you to a small village called Lakcha. You will have your lunch here.
Post lunch, the trail gets steep. You first come across some fields, that eventually lead into a dense forest. Finally after an hour of trek, you reach a flat topped ridge. This is Ranghthar, our stop for the day. Spend the rest of the day at leisure, strolling across the meadow with some captivating 360 degree panoramic view of the heavenly surroundings. Campfire and dinner under the stars awaits you.
Rangthar (9400ft) to Marahni (11,750ft)
From Ranghthar, Marahni is a half day trek. The trail of 5 kms criss crosses through a beautiful and dense forest. By the time you reach Marahni by afternoon, you would have been provided with ample opportunity to capture the stunning panorama that lays right in front of you.
The camp is set on a beautiful meadow at an altitude of 3580m, overlooking stunning snow clad peaks. Enjoy the campfire and dinner amidst the serene settings.
Full day at Marahni
You have a full day at your disposal to soak in the bewitching beauty of Marahni. And you are not short of options to do that too. You can follow the trail further to reach a small summit from where you can get a stunning view of both the valleys, Tirthan and Sainj. From here, you can get a mesmerizing view of the Dhauladhar Range, plains of Punjab, and snow clad peaks all around.
You can also stroll in the nearby Oak forest to spot some exquisite wildlife. Camping at Marahni.
Marahni (11,750ft) to Park Gate (6500ft)
After having a hearty breakfast, it time to say a final goodbye to the meadow of Marahni, and start the descent towards the Park gate. The fall in the altitude is huge as you descent from 3580m to 2000m in a matter of few hours.
By lunchtime, you reach the village of Sungcha, tucked away in the eco zone of the park. After taking care of your craving stomach, you continue further on the trail, and reach the Park gate by afternoon. The campsite will be set at a beautiful location on the banks of the Tirthan river.
Park Gate (6500ft) to Gushaini (5200ft)
Its an easy and enjoyable descent of two and a half hours back to Gushaini today. You have the company of the gushing Tirthan river during the entire trek today. So take your time to enjoy the beauty of nature, and get back to the civilization with a heavy heart.
First two days are the same.
On the third day, you directly go to Pekhari from Marahni.
Things to Carry
- Backpack 35-40L
- Small Day Pack upto 20L (To carry camera, water, jacket and similar useful items)
- Trekking Pole
- Ankle length waterproof trekking shoes
- Trekking Pants
- T Shirts (Full sleeves and half sleeves)
- Warm Jacket / 2 Pullover
- Thermals (If you are susceptible to feeling cold
- Cap (1 suncap and 1 woolen)
- Sunscreen Lotion (Above SPF 50)
- 2 Water Bottles (1 litre each)
- Flash Light with extra batteries
- Toiletries (Moisturiser, Light towel, Lip Balm, Toilet Paper, Toothbrush, Toothpaste, Hand Sanitizer)
- Basic Medical Kit (Crocin, Avomine, Combiflam, Disprin, Avil, Norflox, Digene, Crepe Bandage, Band Aid, Cotton, ORS, Moov Spray, Betadine or any antiseptic creme)
Terms & Conditions:Cancellation Policy:
- Cancellations prior to 30 days from the start of the trek - 50% refund
- Cancellations between 30 days and 20 days to the start of the trek - 25% refund
- Cancellations less than 20 days to the start of the trek - No refund
If a trek is canceled at the last moment due to unforeseen circumstances / govt. restrictions / weather conditions (like landslides, rain, earthquake, strikes, bandhs, etc), 'The Offbeat Soul' will issue a trek voucher for the full amount. The voucher can be redeemed for the same trek or another trek in the next one year.
Cancellations requests are entertained only on mail.
The applicable refund amount will be processed within 10 business days
Though maximum efforts are made to ensure the safety of the trekkers, 'The Offbeat Soul' will not be responsible for any injuries, both physical or mental, caused directly or indirectly in the trekking activities.
All participants are requested to download the 'Risk Form' and get it along with them on their respective treks.
It is understood that while registering yourself for any trek, you are well aware of the all the risks involved in high altitude trekking. You have taken efforts to understand what AMS (Acute Mountain sickness' is, and you are in a good state to manage your altitude related emergencies.
When you register for the trek, it is presumed that you are in a perfect physical and mental condition to undertake the rigours of a high altitude trek with low oxygen levels. We assume that you are able to jog a distance of 5 kms in 30 minutes.
The Offbeat Soul has the right to ask a trekker to discontinue the trek at any point if he/she does not meet our expected fitness requirement. In this case, the trekker will be accompanied by our staff back till the base camp.
Last minute changes / Delays
It may happen under some extreme circumstances, that there may be some last minute changes in the planned itinerary. The trek may start a day later or end a day earlier due to volatile climatic conditions, political restrictions, or any other reason. In such cases, The Offbeat Soul is not liable to refund the trek, either fully or partly. The participant cannot ask for compensation for any injury, loss or damage due to such changes.
- Drinking and Smoking are strictly prohibited during the trek. You will be disqualified from the trek with immediate effect if found flouting the rules.
- The Offbeat Soul is not responsible for any loss or damage of your belongings or equipment on the trek.
- Any damage to the equipments by the participant, other than the normal wear and tear, will be billed to you. Our decision on such matters will be final and binding.