At the Great Himalayan National Park, you can trek either in the ecozone or the interiors of the park. Serious trekking in the park is on trails that have been washed out by storms, making them muddy, rocky and strewn with uprooted trees.
All four valleys of the park (Tirthan, Jwar Nala, Sainj and Parvati) host moderate day-long treks to difficult multi-day treks. You need to be reasonably fit if you plan on trekking in the rugged terrain of the core zone, while also being able to adapt to unexpected drops in temperature. It is essential to bring along proper trekking gear. Here are popular trekking routes in the park, which take you through varied terrains:
Sainj Valley: Neuli – Shakti – Lower Meadow Bridge in Homkhani Forest – Shakti
Sainj to Tirthan Valley: Neuli – Shakti – Dehl – Guntrao – Shilt – Gushaini
Gushaini to Parvati Valley: Neuli – Bhagi Kashahri – Subli – Dwada – Chippi – Pulga
Crossing into Pin Valley: Shamshi – Barsheni – Kheerganga – Tunda Bridge – Thakur Kuan – Mantalai – Tariya – Mud – Kaza
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If trekking doesn't interest you, then there are many other activities that you can enjoy in the park. There is birding from April to May and October to November, pheasant-watching from October to May, trout fishing from April to June and October to December. You can also pitch your tents and enjoy the outdoors from April to June and September to November.
In the ecozone, there is rock climbing, river crossing and abseiling * to be enjoyed from March to May and September to November. There are also opportunities to interact with the villagers and understand their daily routines by helping them with weaving, cooking, basket-making and farming. From time to time, there are colourful local fairs that you participate in and celebrate with the locals. You can also take short walks around the villages to admire the houses and architecture, all made with local material and wood.
Contact the park authorities to help you arrange these activities for you.