Treks are very popular these days and the presence of social media has popularized most places resulting in increased number of visitors. There are however some people who look for offbeat destinations which are less crowded for their adventures. Tirthan Valley is surely one of such places that suits the description.
The Tirthan Valley is located at a height of about 1600 meters above sea level and is located in the Kullu district of Himachal Pradesh. The Tirthan river flows through this region and is surrounded lush green valleys and lofty mountains. There are a lot of things to do here from trekking, fishing, etc.
There are forests of pine and deodar trees all over this area which are home to a variety of wildlife animals and birds. A number of beautiful and quaint villages like Gushaini and Nagini dot this area where you can get a glimpse of the lives of the local people and interact with them. There are a number of waterfalls, streams and lakes that pass through the Tirthan valley.
Accommodation options at Tirthan Valley include home-stays and campsites by the river. The Tirthan Valley weather remains the best during the summer months with temperatures ranging from 10 degrees Celsius to 25 degrees Celsius. A number of adventure activities can be done during this time like hiking, zorbing and angling.
Spring is also a good time to visit Tirthan Valley. However, it is a bit cold during this time but the whole area has wild flowers blooming everywhere. Would you miss this sight for it just being a little chilly? Hell, no! Winters are harsh here with most areas experiencing heavy snowfall. A trip to the Tirthan Valley can be the best way to take a break from the hectic lives of cities and be amidst nature’s tranquility.
The Tirthan valley trek passes through the Great Himalayan National Park which is a UNESCO world heritage site and is famous for its rich biodiversity. The Tirthan river which originates from the glaciers of the Himalayas flows all along by the side of the trek route. This river is also home to a number of trout fishes making it an ideal angling spot.
The Tirthan Valley trek is an ideal weekend getaway and provides the much needed break from the daily humdrum of the city life. There are beautiful lush green forests and scenic landscapes that pass through this valley. It also provides panoramic views of the entire valley. We will stay in the camps or homestays along the way. This also gives us a chance of understanding the culture and lifestyles of the local people here residing in the villages.
For adventure junkies there are various activities like zorbing and paragliding that can be done along the way. You can also combine visiting the beautiful Serolsar Lake and the Jalori Pass. It provides stunning views of the snow capped mountains during a visit to Tirthan Valley. Tirthan Valley trek is one of the offbeat and less crowded destinations that will rejuvenate you thoroughly.
The Tirthan Valley trek package ideally can be done over a weekend and is a moderately easy trek that can be done by beginners as well as experienced trekkers. The sights and experiences on the way are worth cherishing. Here is the detailed itinerary-
We will arrive at Mandi from Delhi by an overnight journey by bus and then start our journey towards Gushaini. We will be going via Aut and will be stopping there for some refreshment and rest on the way. The whole route is picturesque with the Beas and Tirthan rivers flowing by the side of the road.
The necessary permits for the Tirthan Valley trek will be obtained along the way at Sairopa. Once we reach Gushaini we will immediately start our trek towards Rolla. This distance of 9 kilometres has a trail lined with dense forests and beautiful views of the Tirthan river flowing by the side of it. We will also have lunch on the way. Once we reach Rolla we will check into our campsite which is situated just by the river. In the evening you can sit by the bonfire and have your dinner.
We will wake up early to catch the beautiful sunrise against the backdrop of the snow capped mountains. Post this we have some breakfast and start our journey towards the Shilt Hut. This is 6 kilometre trek with some steep portions. On the way you will witness the Chhordwari waterfall and bamboo forests. You can get stunning panoramic views of Himalayan peaks at Shilt Hut. We will stay our campsite here for the night.
This is the last day of our Tirthan Valley trek and we will start our descent from Shilt Hut early in the morning and proceed towards Gushaini. From here a car will drive us to Mandi. From Mandi we will proceed towards Delhi by road. A memorable trek comes to an end here.
The best time for the Tirthan Valley trek is from May to June. The Tirthan Valley weather remains conducive during these times for a memorable trekking experience. Post October the region gets covered by snow and trekking actually becomes difficult. The mornings and afternoons have pleasant temperatures but the temperatures drop to 3 to 4 degrees Celsius during the night. The winters are harsh. If you are visiting this place during Spring then you can witness flowers in full bloom all over the meadows and valleys.
Location and how to reach
Tirthan Valley can be easily reached by road and the easiest way to reach here is from Aut Tunnel which is located 40 kilometres away from Mandi. From here a number of buses go to Gushaini and Banjar from where a number of treks start. There are a number of buses from Delhi to Manali which will drop you at Aut.
The Tirthan valley trek is an easy trek which beginners can easily do. The level of difficulty is easy to medium but is surely endurance testing. People who love adventure and are up for new thrills and challenges will surely love this experience. The best part is the scenic route of the trek that lets the adventurers encounter beautiful sights throughout.
It has a well defined and wide walking trail and is not a risky one. However it does test your endurance and patience at times but at same time fills you up with adrenaline rush and vigour. Most of the portions have a gradual ascent.
If you are leading a rather sedentary life, then make sure you workout or make yourself physically fit a month prior this trek. Making yourself mentally prepared for this will also help. You can use a walking stick during the trek.The trek passes through some high altitudes and there might be low levels of oxygen.
Some people might experience difficulties with that, so they should come prepared. Also the temperatures high up there might be very low, proper woollen clothes and gear should be carried.
There will be staying in homestays/camps during the whole duration of the trek.
Tirthan Valley trek cost includes the meals also. Fresh and tasty food will be served during the four days of the trek. During trekking packed food will be provided.Our cooks will be there to serve you delicious and healthy meals up there in the hills.
○ Local transport during Trek.
○ Highly Advanced and qualified Guide.
○ Skilled Local Guide who has ample knowledge of the route.
○ Vegetarian meals on the trek (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner).
○ Cooks/Helper and other requisite staff.
○ Porters/mules for carrying common equipments (like rations/tents/utensils/).
○ Equipment’s – Tents on sharing basis / Sleeping bags / Sleeping Mattress/ Sleeping bag Inner
○ Basic First aid Kit with portable oxygen.
○ Forest Permits and camping trip charge
○ Personal Porters for carrying trekker’s backpacks
○ Personal trekking equipment – like trekking poles or sleeping bag liners
○ Personal insurance or cost of emergency evacuation
○ Purchases of personal natures (like mineral water bottles/bottled or canned beverages/chocolates/dry fruits etc)
○ Food to/from the trailhead.
There are no ATMs nearby and also on the trekking route. The nearest ATM is at Banjar and Mandi. It is advisable to withdraw money from here before you start you trek. Make sure you withdraw sufficient amount of cash for the entire journey and carry it with you.
None of the cell phone networks also work up there properly, however, you might get limited network at times. Major networks work properly till Banjar only. Make sure you complete all your important calls and let your family members know about this connectivity issue before you start trek.
Permissions/Passes and Permit
People doing the Tirthan valley trek need to have a permission from the Great Himalayan National park office at Sairopa. This is easily available and the original and xeroxed copies of identification cards are required.
Identification cards such as driving license or voter ID along with a passport size photo are compulsory and would be required while obtaining the permit for the trek.There are no other permissions or permits required.
Things to carry
Following are the list of items which should be carried personally.
● Rucksack and rain cover
● UV Ray protected sunglasses
● Good trekking shoes
● Walking stick
● Water bottle
● Winter warm trek clothes like thermal wear, jackets and hand clubs.
● Extra pair of warm socks.
● Raincoat and torch.