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  • Trip introduction

    The trek to Shumga Thatch takes you on a riveting, 6-day journey inside the Great Himalayan National Park. You'll spend days trekking across beautiful woods of rhododendron, oak and pine, visiting the remotest villages and lakes in Himachal Pradesh. At night, as the sun goes down over the Himalayas, you'll stay in tents pitched in dense wilderness, under star-studded skies. From the top of Shumga Thatch, you'll get magnificent views of the lower Himalayan valleys like Thachi and Bajar as well as higher Himalayan peaks in the Spiti, Kinnaur and Pir Panjal mountain ranges.

    Destination

    Shumga Thatch is a sprawling grassland close to a mountain ridge with unfiltered views of the Indian Himalayas. Shumga Thatch, as well as the approach trail to Shumga Thatch, is located inside the Great Himalayan National Park, surrounded by vast acres of forests and lakes. At an elevation of 11,800 feet, the grasslands of Shumga are a relatively lesser known destination for trekking enthusiasts, unspoilt by throngs of popular tourists and campers.

    Destination highlights

    Dive into Himachal's rich forests and mountains on this Shumga trek. | Explore the wilderness of the Great Himalayan National Park. | Get a chance to spot rare, alpine birds and wildlife like the Monal and Thragopan. | Stay in tents alongside the gorgeous Sara Lake for two nights.

    Activity Details

    7200

    11800

    5500

    37 kms

    21 hrs

    9 kms

    Trip details
  • Day 1 of the Shumga trek: Mandi to Shangarh

    Arrive at the Mandi bus stand by 11:30 hrs and meet your fellow trekkers and the trek leader. You'll board a private, shared vehicle and leave for a 4-hr drive to Shangarh. The journey takes you across the mountains of Himachal Pradesh, over winding roads and passes, and past the Pandoh Lake and the Hanogi Temple. You'll arrive at Shangarh by early evening. Overnight in a guesthouse at Shangarh.

    Overnight in a guesthouse at Shangarh.

    Report to Mandi and board a private, shared vehicle to Shangarh. You'll be accommodated in a guesthouse at Shangarh on a triple/quad-sharing basis. Today's meal package includes dinner only. You may stop at any of the restaurants and eateries en route to Shangarh to have meals at your own expense.

    Day 1 Milestone

    Mandi

    Shangarh

    10:00 AM

    Food

    Dinner

    Veg | Eggs
    Day 2 of the Shumga trek: Shangarh to Lapah
    Day 3 of the Shumga trek: Lapah to Sara Lake
    Day 4 of the Shumga trek: Day trek to Shumga Thatch
    Day 5 of the Shumga trek: Sara Lake to Niharni
    Day 6 of the Shumga trek: Niharni to Mandi
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  • Cancellation policy

    For cancellations made more than 24 days before departure of the Shumga trek: 95% refund.

    For cancellations made 14-24 days before departure of the Shumga trek: 70% refund.

    For cancellations made 10-13 days before departure of the Shumga trek: 50% refund.

    For cancellations made less than 10 days before departure of the Shumga trek: no refund.

    In case of no show: no refund.

    All refunds will be processed after deducting a transaction fee of INR 200 per person. This fee is charged by The Great Next. 

    Rules on trip

    Travellers are requested to treat the local culture with respect and avoid littering, defacing property and monuments and causing general disturbance.

    Travellers are required to follow instructions of the trek leader during the trek to Shumga.

    Consumption of alcohol and drugs is prohibited during the trek. Consumption of tobacco products and cigarettes is not recommended.

    Additional instructions, booking policies, terms and conditions

    The tour operator reserves the right to change or cancel the itinerary of this trek to Shumga due to bad weather conditions or other unforeseen circumstances to ensure maximum safety of travellers and staff. Travellers are required to bear any additional costs arising due to such a change in itinerary.

    The tour operator takes utmost care to ensure safety of the travellers and shall not be held responsible for any mishap, accident or loss of life during the trek to Shumga.
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    • Trekking Shumga Thatch Himachal Pradesh Adventure Travel The Great Next
    • Trekking Shumga Thatch Himachal Pradesh Adventure Travel The Great Next
    • Trekking Shumga Thatch Himachal Pradesh Adventure Travel The Great Next
    • Trekking Shumga Thatch Himachal Pradesh Adventure Travel The Great Next
    • Trekking Shumga Thatch Himachal Pradesh Adventure Travel The Great Next
    • Trekking Shumga Thatch Himachal Pradesh Adventure Travel The Great Next
    • Trekking Shumga Thatch Himachal Pradesh Adventure Travel The Great Next
    • Trekking Shumga Thatch Himachal Pradesh Adventure Travel The Great Next
    • Trekking Shumga Thatch Himachal Pradesh Adventure Travel The Great Next
    • Trekking Shumga Thatch Himachal Pradesh Adventure Travel The Great Next
    • Trekking Shumga Thatch Himachal Pradesh Adventure Travel The Great Next
    • Trekking Shumga Thatch Himachal Pradesh Adventure Travel The Great Next
    • Trekking Shumga Thatch Himachal Pradesh Adventure Travel The Great Next
    • Trekking Shumga Thatch Himachal Pradesh Adventure Travel The Great Next
    • Trekking Shumga Thatch Himachal Pradesh Adventure Travel The Great Next
    • Trekking Shumga Thatch Himachal Pradesh Adventure Travel The Great Next
    • Trekking Shumga Thatch Himachal Pradesh Adventure Travel The Great Next
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    • Trekking Shumga Thatch Himachal Pradesh Adventure Travel The Great Next
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  • Includes / Excludes

    Includes

    • Travel arrangements between Mandi-Shangarh and Niharni-Mandi in private, shared vehicles

    • Accommodation in guesthouse for 1 night on triple/quad-sharing basis
    • Accommodation in tents for 4 nights on twin-sharing basis
    • All equipment required for camping: tents, sleeping bags, mattresses
    • Common kitchen/dining and washroom tent
    • Technical and safety gear required for the trek, if any
    • All meals from dinner on day 1 to breakfast on day 6
    • Services of experienced trek leader and camping crew
    • Services of porters/mules to carry common camping equipment
    • All government permits and entry fees
    • First aid kit (including oxygen cylinder)
    • All applicable taxes

    Excludes

    • Travel arrangements between home city and Mandi

    • Any meals not mentioned in inclusions
    • Services of porters/mules to carry personal luggage (can be arranged for INR 1,500 for the entire trek, per bag weighing a maximum of 11 kgs)
    • Adventure travel or health insurance
    • Personal expenses like tips to staff, additional meals or beverages etc.
    • Any costs arising due to unforeseen circumstances like bad weather, natural calamities etc.
    • Anything not mentioned in inclusions

    What to Wear

    What to Wear

    • Comfortable, quick-dry apparel
    • Full-sleeved t-shirt/shirts
    • Full-length track pants
    • Woollen cap, balaclava and gaiters
    • Trekking shoes
    • Woollen socks, gloves and monkey cap
    • Windcheater and fleece jacket
    • Sweater and thermal wear
    • Raincoat or poncho
    • Not to wear - Expensive jewellery or gadgets
    • Hard luggage like trolley bags, suitcases etc.

    What not to Wear

    • Loose clothing that will tangle around you while swimming
    • Restrictive clothing
    • Flip-flops

    Equipment / Gear

    We Provide

    • Private, shared vehicle for transport between Mandi-Shangarh and Niharni-Mandi
    • All equipment required for camping: tents, sleeping bags, mattresses
    • Common kitchen/dining and washroom tent
    • First aid kit
    • Technical and safety gear required for the trek, if any

    You need to get

    • Rucksack (with rain cover)
    • ID proof
    • Water bottles
    • Insect repellent
    • Toilet paper
    • Sunglasses (polarised, anti-glare)
    • Torch (with extra batteries)
    • Sun-screen lotion and lip balm
    • Light towel/napkins
    • Dry snacks (biscuits, energy bars etc.)
    • Personal toiletries

    Medical Kit

    • Specific personal or prescribed medication
    • Personal first-aid kit