Shilt Hut and Rakhundi trek

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 a

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.

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30 kms

20 hrs

7.5 kms

There is no pick up point for this trek.

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There is no drop off point for this trek.

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Gushaini

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07:00

17:00

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.

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.

Food

Lunch | Snacks | Dinner

Veg | Non veg

Day 1 Milestone

Gushaini

Rolla

07:00 AM

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.

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.

Food

Breakfast | Lunch | Snacks | Dinner

Veg | Non veg

Day 2 Milestone

Rolla

Shilt hut

07:00 AM

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.

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.

Food

Breakfast | Lunch | Snacks | Dinner

Veg | Non veg

Day 3 Milestone

Shilt hut

Shilt hut

07:00 AM

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.

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.

Food

Breakfast | Lunch | Snacks | Dinner

Veg | Non veg

Day 4 Milestone

Shilt hut

Shilt hut

07:00 AM

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.

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

Breakfast | Lunch

Veg | Non veg

Day 5 Milestone

Shilt hut

Gushaini

07:00 AM

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
  • Not to wear - Expensive jewellery or watches
  • Restrictive clothing
  • Hard luggage
  • Sandals

What not to Wear

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

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.

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.

Rules on 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.

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.