Adventure / Trekking | Wildlife | Nature
#11 of 32 Places to Visit in Kullu
Distance (From Kullu): 70 Kms
Trip Duration (Including Travel): 1 to 8 Full Days
Transportation Options: Bus / Cab / + Walk/Trek
Travel Tips: None
At a distance of 70 km from Kullu, 75 km from Mandi and 105 km from Manali, Tirthan Valley is one of the most beautiful places in Himachal Pradesh. The valley is located inside the Great Himalayan National Park and it has to be reached from Gushani by trek. Tirthan Valley is one of the best trekking trails in Himachal Pradesh. It is one of the four valleys situated in the GHNP. Gushaini is the entry point to start trekking into Tirthan valley.
Thirthan Valley has several trekking trails ranging from one day to 8 days starting from Gushani with distance varying between 10 to 60 km (round trip). Tirthan valley derives its name from Tirthan River, which originates from glaciers of Himalayas. The Tirthan River is abundant of trout fish. The valley is situated at an altitude of 1600 m. The area is known for the Trout fishing and access to Great Himalayan National Park (GHNP).
River Tirthan originates in the Great Himalayan National Park and meets with River Parvati at Larji near Banjar (also a popular angling spot).
Tirthan valley stretches from Banjar to Bathad, dotted with number of villages on the river bank. The entire valley is verdant green with alpine grooves and deciduous forest. Entrance of GHNP at Gushaini is the starting point for many treks in the interior of the park which is abundant with exclusive flora and fauna.
Tirthan valley also serves as a base camp for trekkers to start their trekking into GHNP. The valley is green and good for Trout fishing, trekking, overnight camping, river crossing, rappelling and all kinds of adventure activities. Trout fishing requires a permit. Nagini is considered as the prime location for fly fishing. Tirthan valley offers a diverse range of adventure sports.
Gushaini is the preferred base for organizing long Treks inside the national park as well as day hikes to remote villages nestled in the middle of deodar forest. With intricately carved temples of wooden and stone slabs, Bandal is a serene hamlet few hours hike from Gushaini.
The best season to visit the Tirthan Valley is from May - October.