Trekking Great Himalayan National Park
Trek to Shumga.
Location: GHNP, Sainj, Kullu, Himachal Pradesh
Days: AUT To AUT…………..4days/4nights
Altitude: 1500m to 3500m (High Altitude Trek)
Total Trekking distance:………….24kms
Trekking Season: All year
Cost: Rs 7000/- per person
Batch Size: 4- 25 nos.
This trek is perfect for beginner who is a first timer in Himalayas. But one should be in good physical condition before starting this trek.
The summit point gives a bird eye view of surrounding ranges. On a clear morning Pir Panjal, Dhauladhar & Great Himalayan Range
Can be figured out. Bird watchers can look for Himalayan Phesants. Floral Diversity is evident along the altitude.
Day 0: Chandigarh to Aut traveling by Road
Day1: Aut To Niharni (distance/time 40km drive/2hrs)
Trekkers group will be received at Aut by our Trek leader. You are expected to reach at Aut till 12hrs. After lunch at Aut we take another 35 km (2hrs) journey (via taxi sumo/bolero) to trek starting point Niharni via Sainj which is last major town before trek starts. All major permissions to enter GHNP can be acquired at Forest Range office. Our Day 1 halt is at Niharni which is base camp all major treks inside GHNP. Its a small village nestled on banks of a lake reservoir on Sainj River surrounded by Mixed temperate Riverine forest at an altitude of 1500m.
Day2: Niharni To Lapah (distance/time….7km/4hrs)
Today is the day of actual trekking. We preffer to start right after Brekfast. The terrain is mixed, level walk and short zigzag ascents. It can take 4-6 hrs to complete the trek. The route goes uphill from camping site. after few kms Lapah village appears. Ashapuri is the local deity, the temple is located at centre of the village and there also is a sacred grove of pine at the edge of village.
Day3: Lapah To Shumga (Distance/time………6km/4hrs)
Trek starts from Lapah along Saradhar ridge till Shumga meadow. The vegetation keeps on chaging as we keep going high from thick Pine forest to Rhododendron scrubs. Finally the tree line approces and we enter a beautiful alpine meadow with excellent view of surrounding Himalayan peaks.
Day4: Shumga To Niharni. (Distance/time……12km/5hrs)
Its all descent in the same route till Niharni.
Day5: Niharni To Aut dropping as soon you want.
What to carry
On an outdoor excursion you must not worry about your looks; comfort and protection against bad weather are of prime importance. Mountain weather is so unpredictable, as for clothing we recommend a number of thin layers rather than a few thick ones just like an onion. The following list is our guide to help you with your packing based upon our many years of travelling/walking. Using your own judgment for packing is of course important, especially with regard to casual clothing etc but please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions about packing for your holiday, or are uncertain as to the suitability of your clothing and equipment. Seasonal variations should also be taken into consideration when packing.
- Identity Proof Passport – including appropriate visas
- Photocopies of all documents (keep separate)
- Additional passport photos
- Travel insurance details
- Emergency contact numbers
- Trip dossier
- Credit cards/Traveller’s Cheques
- Local Currency
- Trekking boots and spare laces
- Trainers/approach shoes
- Lightweight flip flops/sandals for mountain camp
- Walking Socks
- Thermal Base layer
- Trekking Trousers
- Short trousers / shorts
- Light fleece
- Thick fleece
- Waterproof jacket with hood
- Waterproof trousers
- Warm Gloves (seasonal)
- Sun Hat
- Warm Hat (seasonal)
- Daypack/Rucksack (capacity /size 40 litre +)
- 2 Water bottles (1 litre each)
- Silk/Cotton Sleeping bag liner
- Towel – quick drying pack towel is recommended
- Torch and batteries
- Camera & accessories
- Binoculars optional /although essential for bird watching & spotting wildlife
- dry bag/plastic bags (8-10)
- Trekking poles (recommended) (1-2)no.
- Reading material (optional)
- Washing/Shaving kit
- Insect Repellent
- Small personal First Aid kit
- Anti-Bacterial Handwash/Sanitizer
- Water purifying tablets
- Sun screen cream & lip salve
- Blister plasters – i.e. Compeed
The following items can also be useful:
- Moisturising cream
- Face wipes
- Snacks/energy bars
- Small mirror
- Spare glasses/contact lenses
- Earplugs (against snorers!)
- Cold water travel wash (preferably biodegradable)
- Plastic zip lock bags
These items are also useful but don’t pack them in your hand luggage – put them in your main bag only!
- Penknife/small scissors
- Safety pins
- Small sewing/repair kit
- Nail clippers
- Tupperware box and cutlery for picnics
Personal First Aid Kit
Carrying a small first aid kit for personal use is recommended. It should contain things like plasters, sterile dressings and bandages, a blister kit, pain killers e.g. paracetamol and ibuprofen, antiseptic cream, antihistamine cream (for insect bites), insect repellent, sun cream, anti-diarrhoea tablets and Oral rehydration salts, anti-allergic.
In case you are under any other form medication please consult your doctor before starting the trek.
Camping Equipment viz. Tents, Sleeping Bags, Matresses etc.
All meals during the trek. (Morning Tea, Breakfast, Lunch, Snacks, Dinner)
Two nights Guest House/Home Stay Accommodation at Base camp Aut.
Transport from Aut to Trek start point.(Both ways)
Transportation of Camping Equipment during the trek.
Any expense not written in Inclusions.
Porter Charges. ( if someone isn’t carrying own rucksack porter can be arranged at an additional cost inform in advance)