Great Himalayan National Park is a 90000-hectare protected territory in the Kullu district of Himachal Pradesh. This home of diverse animals and birds is the dream destination for many wildlife enthusiasts, who come here get one step closer to nature. Its inscription in the World Heritage List of UNESCO speaks volumes about its biological significance. Around 31 fascinating mammal species, including those of primates, carnivores, insectivores and rodents, are found in the park.
Antelopes, Himalayan tahrs and bharals are a common sight here. It is also not unusual to spot a leopard, strolling in the thick forests. Snow leopards live above the tree line, and on a lucky day, you might see one, which has come down to hunt. Along with these, black bears, musk deer and Himalayan brown bears are also found here. This national park is home to a total of 209 bird species; hence, it is a major attraction for birdwatchers as well. Himalayan griffon vultures, variegated laughingthrushes, bearded vultures and spectacled finches can easily be spotted here. Apart from these, the endangered western tragopan can also be seen sitting peacefully on a branch.
The Marahni Trek in Great Himalayan National Park is all you need to come across this fascinating wildlife and also explore the mountains. This 5-day itinerary is a roller coaster ride through the thick forests, across steep slopes and to sky-high peaks. Myriad photography opportunities, one after the other, make this tour even more enjoyable. The thrill begins in Aut, from where a taxi ride takes you to Pekhari, the starting point of the Marahni trek. A steep trail brings you to a small scenic Himalayan village, called Lakcha. The second day ends with an overnight stay at a beautiful campsite, named Rangthar. Further ahead, the excursion takes you through a picturesque forest of golden oaks, providing you panoramic vistas of snow-tipped Himalayan peaks, on the way to your next camping site.
On this Tirthan Valley trek, you also get to climb to Marahni Top. The views of Himalayan peaks and lush plains of Punjab from here are a feast for the eyes; they make for an ideal backdrop for selfies. You also get plenty of time to spot the intriguing wildlife of the region. The fifth and final day brings you back to Aut via Pekhari, from where you depart for Delhi. A major highlight of the Great Himalayan National Park trek is that it allows you to mingle with the local people and know about their culture and traditions. Embark on the tour today to spend time amidst nature and wildlife of the Himalayas; you will cherish the memories of this journey your whole life.
Day 01: Arrival in Aut
After arrival in Aut by bus, transfer to the guest house by taxi and relax. Enjoy the mesmerising surroundings of the place, and also meet the guide to get a brief on the trek. Later, enjoy a good night’s sleep at the guest house.
Day 02: Aut – Pekhari – Lakcha – Rangthar
Post a filling breakfast; embark on a road trip to the scenic village of Pekhari. From here, the thrilling Marahni trek begins with a 2-hour walk towards Lakcha; savour packed lunches en route. Some parts of the trail to Lakcha are a little steep, but anyone with reasonable fitness can cross them. While in this traditional Himalayan village, interact with the locals to know about their way of life.
An hour-long hike from Lakcha brings you to Rangthar, the campsite for the night. From here, capture panoramic vistas of the snow-capped peaks of the Himalayas, and the Tirthan Valley. Enjoy overnight stay in your comfortable camp near a bonfire.
Day 03: Rangthar – Kauni – Kundri – Marahni
Following breakfast, continue the Tirthan Valley trek, and walk uphill to Kauni, a summit about 350 metres above the campsite. The climb is quite steep, but gets over soon and rewards you with astonishing views of the surrounding forest.
This Great Himalayan National Park trek becomes easy after you cross Kauni, and a pleasant hike through a jungle of oaks brings you to Kundri. Depending on the weather and your physical fitness, you can choose the campsite for the night. You can either camp in Kundri or proceed to Marahni meadow. In case you opt for the latter, you can also go on an excursion to Marahni Top that will take you to an altitude of about 12000 feet. Later, sleep comfortably in your camp, under the starlit Himalayan sky.
Day 04: Excursion to Marahni Top | Wildlife Tour
Embark on the trail to Marahni Top to capture pleasing vistas of the Tirthan Valley. The views of the snow-clad Himalayan peaks will also treat your eyes, and the rich plains of Punjab are also visible from here. After admiring the scenery, proceed to spot the fascinating animals that live in the region. While inside Great Himalayan National Park, you can capture sights of Himalayan tahrs, musk deer, Himalayan brown bears, leopards and serows. On a good day, you might even see a rare snow leopard, only a few thousands of which are left in the world.
This protected territory is also known for its avifauna. Some birds you can see here are bearded vultures, golden eagles, scaly-breasted wren-babblers, spectacled finches, variegated laughingthrushes and golden bush robins. After the wildlife spotting adventure, return to the campsite for dinner and a good night’s sleep.
Day 05: Kundri/Marahni – Pekhari – Aut | Departure from Aut
Today on the Marahni Trek in Great Himalayan National Park, the downhill hike takes you back to Pekhari. From here, board a taxi to Aut, and then catch the bus back to Delhi.
Price for - Group of 4 - INR 16800 | Group of 8 - INR 13500
Grade: Easy to Moderate with occasional steep slopes
Maximum Altitude: 11745 feet
Best Time to go: April to June and October to November
The best part about this trek is the views of the snowy peaks of the Dhauladhar Range, and the rich flora and fauna of the park.
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5. Cost of Emergency Evacuation
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