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 Shilt Hut TrekAn opportunity to go deeper into the realms of the GHNP, explore the forest, and experience a greater range of flora n fauna.....
- No of Days - (3N/4D) or (2N/3D)
- Trek Grade - Moderate
- Altitude - Lowest - 5200ft / Highest - 9850ft
- Best Time to Visit : March - June / September - November
- Trek Mode 1 - (3N/4D)
Gushaini (5200ft) to Rolla (6900ft)
Trek till Rolla Campsite on the first day. See Rolla trek.
Rolla (6900ft) to Shilt (9850ft)
Its a beautiful stretch along the Tirthan River from the Rolla Campsite. A steep and narrow trail will lead you deep into the forest. A great spot to come across some exquisite varieties of unique flora & fauna.
You will take close to three hours to reach Shilt Hut. You will literally fall in love with the beautiful and serene surroundings of the Shilt Hut campsite. you can just relax or go on a leisure stroll for a magnificent views of the majestic glaciers.
Unwind yourself in the warmth of the bonfire and enjoy your dinner the stars.
Shilt (9850ft) to Rolla (6900ft)
You will have ample time to soak in the enigmatic aura of the campsite surroundings. Watching the beautiful sunrise in a picture perfect setting would surely be one of a lifetime experience. And add to that, the opportunity to sight some of the most exotic species of birds and mammals...Things just can't get any better than this.
Have a lazy lunch and then start descending towards the Rolla campsite. Night stay at Rolla.
Rolla (6900ft) to Gushaini (5200ft)
It's a descent back to from where it all started. You take the same route as the first day, and gradually get back to civilization.
You can customize this trek schedule to a 3 day one. In this, you descend directly from Shilt to Gushaini. It's a bit tiresome, but feasible for those with limited time.
Trek Mode 3 - Rakhundi Top
Rakhundi Top is a breathtaking view point above Shilt. If you happen to be a wildlife connissieur, Rakhundi Top should be on your list, as it provides some excellent opportunity to spot some rare and endangoured species.
The trek to Rakhundi commences in the morning from Shilt and returns in the evening. In order to include Rakhundi Top, you need to spend two nights at Shilt
Total Package Costs Rs. 5,999 /-*
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.