Shilt Hut and Rakhundi trek
Kullu, Himachal Pradesh, India
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  • Trip introduction

    This easy trek (although it has some steep inclines) to Shilt Hut combines a visit and stay near the charming Shilt Hut, as well as a climb to Rakhundi Peak. The peak is 11,800 feet tall, giving you beautiful views of the Tirthan Valley, as well as a chance to spot rare wildlife like the peacock-like Monal, the Goral deer or even (if you're lucky!) the Himalayan Black Bear. You'll pass some quaint villages, sparkling waterfalls, bamboo forests and thick jungles.

    You'll be camping in fun tunnel tents with two 'rooms' and an enclosed porch area to store your luggage. Every day, you'll eat delicious meals, enjoy merry campfires and chilly evenings, and sleep in spacious tents with comfy air mattresses and soft sleeping bags.

    IMPORTANT: This is not a fixed departure so a minimum of 4 travellers is required to book this trip.

    Destination

    Set in the midst of a beautiful meadow filled with Himalayan flora and fauna, the Shilt Hut was actually built for shepherds who bring their flocks to graze on the sweet grass in the meadow. They live here for months at a time, making this glorious place their home. The meadow is at a height of 9842 feet, and gives you some of the best views of the Tirthan Valley. You'll be trekking along the Tirthan River, climbing to Rakhundi Peak, and enjoying one rest day where you can try some photography or explore Shilt Hut.

    The Great Himalayan National Park (GHNP) is a World Heritage Site, and one of India's national parks. It covers over 700 sq kms and has a buffer eco zone of about 200 sq kms. It is filled with breathtaking landscapes, plants and herbs that are used in ayurveda, and beautiful flora and fauna. Trekking through the GHNP takes you past quaint villages, gently rolling slopes, craggy peaks, and sparkling rivers. It's the perfect getaway for trekkers and nature lovers look

    Destination highlights

    • Stay at the charming Shilt Hut location.
    • Climb to 11,000 feet to get to Rakhundi Peak.
    • Escape to the mountains on this lesser-known trek.
    • Spend happy evenings around the bonfire.
    • Enjoy delicious meals and stay in fun 2-room tents.

    Fine print

    Rules on the trip

    Participants must adhere to the instructions of the team leader.

    Smoking, consumption of alcohol, narcotic drugs etc. is strictly prohibited during the trek.

    While on the Shilt Hut trek, participants must follow a proper waste disposal system.

    Cancellation policy

    For all cancellations of the Shilt Hut trek: You will receive a refund of the trip cost minus any non-refundable amounts already spent on hotels, staff, food, transport, administration fees, and taxes.

    No show: No refund.

    Additional instructions, booking policies, terms and conditions

    The operator and its representatives/subcontractors are released from any liability or claim with respect to any bodily injury, personal injury, illness, death, property loss, or property damage that may result from the trekking activity. A release of liability form will have to be signed by you at your arrival.

    Standing height tents, camping tables and dining tents can be arranged at extra cost with prior notice.

    Trip details

    Pick up point
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    Drop off point
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    Mode of transport
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    Start point
    Gushaini
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    End point
    Gushaini
    Time of departure
    07:00 AM
    Time of return
    05:00 PM

    Activity Details

    Total trekking time
    20 hrs
    Total distance covered
    30 kms
    Start point elevation
    9842 feet
    Maximum elevation
    11811 feet
    Minimum elevation
    5216 feet
    Average per day distance
    7.5 kms
  • Day 1 of the Shilt hut trek: Gushaini to Rolla

    Begin your trek from the road head of Gushaini, from where you'll head to the gate of the Great Himalayan National park. You'll walk along the banks of the Tirthan River, and past the villages of Ropa and Kauncha. You'll make your way towards Rolla. The trail gets more densely forested, and you'll arrive at Rolla by late afternoon. Your tents will be set up here and you'll settle down for your first evening of camping. Overnight in tents.
    /Shilt Hut Trek Great Himalayan National Park Rakhundi Rolla Himalayan Griffon Vulture Monal Pheasant Adventure The Great Next Trek through the flourishing ecosystem of the Great Himalayan National Park

    Day 2 of the Shilt hut trek: Rolla to Shilt hut

    Today you set off on your way to Shilt Hut. You'll walk along the river for a while, and then climb a steep ascent through a forest. This is the home of the iridescent Monal, so if you walk quietly and are lucky, you might spot one. After crossing a large meadow with views of many stunning peaks, you will reach Shilt hut. Once there, set up camp for the night, where you can enjoy a campfire under the stars.
    /Shilt Hut Trek Great Himalayan National Park Rakhundi Rolla Himalayan Griffon Vulture Monal Pheasant Adventure The Great Next Trek through moss-laden forests en route Shilt Hut

    Day 3 of the Shilt hut trek: Trek to Rakhundi and back

    Wake up early to catch the golden rays of sunrise falling over the beautiful Himalayan peaks. You'll eat a hearty breakfast and then begin your trek. You'll walk through a bamboo forest, a gorgeous waterfall, and negotiate a steep ridge that leads up to Rakhundi Peak. From here, you'll be able to see unmatched 360-degree views of the Tirthan Valley. There's a local deity at the peak and you'll visit it to say a quick thank you, before turning back to return to Shilt Hut. Overnight in tents.
    /Shilt Hut Trek Great Himalayan National Park Rakhundi Rolla Himalayan Griffon Vulture Monal Pheasant Adventure The Great Next The Himalayan Griffon vulture is a frequent flyer of the skies over Rakhundi

    Day 4 of the Shilt hut trek: Rest day at Shilt hut

    Today is a rest day in the scenic location of Shilt Hut. You can go for short walks around the area, take some photographs, or rest and relax. Enjoy your last night of camping on this Shilt Hut trek. Overnight in tents.
    /Shilt Hut Trek Great Himalayan National Park Rakhundi Rolla Himalayan Griffon Vulture Monal Pheasant Adventure The Great Next You will spot many species of rare Himalayan birds on this trek

    Day 5 of the Shilt hut trek: Back to Gushaini

    Today is your last day on the trek, and you'll walk down to Rolla. From here, you'll trek onwards to Gushaini. By afternoon, you'll arrive at Gushaini. Trip ends here.

    Day 1 - Milestone

    Start point
    Gushaini
    End point
    Rolla
    Day start time
    07:00 AM
    Trekking distance
    8 kms
    Trekking time
    5 hrs

    Day 2 - Milestone

    Start point
    Rolla
    End point
    Shilt hut
    Day start time
    07:00 AM
    Trekking distance
    4 kms
    Trekking time
    4 hrs

    Day 3 - Milestone

    Start point
    Shilt hut
    End point
    Shilt hut
    Day start time
    07:00 AM
    Trekking distance
    6 kms
    Trekking time
    5 hrs

    Day 4 - Milestone

    Start point
    Shilt hut
    End point
    Shilt hut
    Day start time
    07:00 AM

    Day 5 - Milestone

    Start point
    Shilt hut
    End point
    Gushaini
    Day start time
    07:00 AM
    Trekking distance
    12 kms
    Trekking time
    6 hrs
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  • Includes / Excludes

      Includes
    • Accommodation for 4 nights on twin/triple/quadruple sharing basis
    • All meals from lunch on Day 1 to lunch on day 5 (vegetarian, except for dinner on Day 1)
    • Snacks, dessert, soup with dinner
    • Tunnel-shaped tents with 2 'rooms' and an enclosed area for storing bags
    • 3-season sleeping bags with liners
    • Pillow and air mattress
    • Toilet tent
    • Camping stools and walking poles
    • Campfire
    • Staff of naturalist guide, cook, and assistant
    • All applicable taxes
      Excludes
    • Porters for personal gear (can be arranged at an extra cost)
    • Any road transportation
    • Dining tent
    • Insurance
    • Personal expenses like tips, additional snacks or beverages, etc
    • Anything not mentioned in the inclusions
    • Accomodation at Gushaini

    What to Wear

      What to Wear
    • Shirts/t-shirts - 2 to 3
    • Trekking pants - 2 to 3
    • Sturdy windproof jacket with a hood
    • Warm, full-sleeved thick fleece/woollen sweater
    • Thermal inner wear in winter (upper and lower)
    • Woollen cap
    • Woollen gloves
    • Woollen socks and regular socks - 3 to 4 pairs
    • Scarf/muffler
    • Comfortable trekking/hiking shoes
    • Lightweight floaters/sandals/slippers
    • Raincoat/ poncho
    • Night clothes
      What not to Wear
    • Expensive jewellery or watches
    • Restrictive clothing
    • Hard luggage
    • Sandals

    Equipment / Gear

      We Provide
    • Spacious 4-season tunnel shaped tents with double rooms and an enclosed 'porch area' for keeping your luggage
    • 3-season sleeping bag with a linen liner in warm weather/fleece liner in winter
    • Pillows
    • Self-inflating air mattress
    • Toilet tent
    • Walking poles
    • Camping stools
      You need to get
    • Backpack with rain cover
    • Day pack with rain cover
    • Small lightweight towel
    • Water bottle
    • Cap/hat
    • Sun glasses
    • Sunscreen lotion
    • Lip balm
    • Torch (with extra batteries)
    • Personal toiletries
    • Camera
    • Snacks or energy bars

    Medical Kit

    • Please carry specific personal or prescribed medication, personal first-aid kit.
  • Day 1 of the Shilt hut trek: Gushaini to Rolla

    Overnight in tents.

    Your first night of camping is at Rolla. You'll be provided with tunnel-shaped tents with two rooms and a porch to store equipment, as well as clean sleeping bags with liners, pillows, and an air mattress. Today's package includes a delicious packed lunch of parathas, juice, sweets, and a fruit. For snacks enjoy tea, coffee and soup. For dinner, you'll be given one veg and one non veg item, apart from dal, rice, salad, roti and paneer.

    Day 2 of the Shilt hut trek: Rolla to Shilt hut

    Overnight in tents.

    Spend your night in Shilt Hut in your cozy two room tent. Today's package includes a grand breakfast consisting of eggs, cereals, bread butter and jam. Your lunch will once again be packed, followed by evening snacks and concluding in a rich Indian dinner and dessert. All meals henceforth will be in veg.

    Day 3 of the Shilt hut trek: Trek to Rakhundi and back

    Overnight in tents.

    Spend your second night in Shilt Hut in your cozy two room tent. Today's package includes a grand breakfast consisting of eggs, cereals, bread butter and jam. Your lunch will once again be packed, followed by evening snacks and concluding in a rich Indian dinner and dessert. All meals henceforth will be in veg.

    Day 4 of the Shilt hut trek: Rest day at Shilt hut

    Overnight in tents.

    Spend your third night in Shilt Hut in your cozy two room tent. Today's package includes a grand breakfast consisting of eggs, cereals, bread butter and jam. Your lunch will once again be packed, followed by evening snacks and concluding in a rich Indian dinner and dessert. All meals henceforth will be in veg.

    Day 5 of the Shilt hut trek: Back to Gushaini

    Your trip ends by evening.

    Today you'll trek back to Gushaini. You'll enjoy a hearty breakfast at camp, and will be provided with a vegetarian packed lunch of parathas, fruits, sweets and juice. Your trip ends at Gushaini.

    Food

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    Food

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    Food

    Breakfast
    Lunch
    Snacks
    Dinner
    Food variations
    Veg
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    Food

    Breakfast
    Lunch
    Snacks
    Dinner
    Food variations
    Veg
    Non veg

    Food

    Breakfast
    Lunch
    Food variations
    Veg
    Non veg
  • Marker on map shows trip start point.