Fees, Rules and Guidelines

Fees, Rules and Guidelines

Entrance to the park is by permit, with additional charges for still and video cameras. Permits for the core zone can be obtained at the head office in Shamshi and the range offices in Shairopa (Tirthan Valley) and Ropa (Sainj Valley).

Entry Fee Structure

Please check with the park authorities for latest fees.


Visitors of more than one day to GHNP are strongly advised to buy travel insurance that covers emergency medical treatment and evacuation.

Trekking Routes

GHNP’s two main areas for trekking are the ecozone and park interior. All activities in the park are conducted on foot – there is no provision for motor safaris.

All four of the park’s valleys offer moderate to difficult treks. Multi-day treks include strenuous climbing, requiring thorough preparation and stamina.

Proper trekking gear is also necessary, particularly to cope with unexpected drops in temperature.

GHNP and Eco-Zone Rules
Follow the rules and guidelines in GHNP (click to enlarge)

Follow the rules and guidelines in GHNP (click to enlarge)

Rules Checklist (click to see the entire list)
  • Entry to GHNP is not allowed without prior permission.
  • Trekking routes must be discussed with and approved by a GHNP range officer before entering the park.
  • Permission and entry permits must be obtained from GHNP officials.
  • Still and video photography permits, tourist guides, literature, brochures, etc, must be obtained at a check-in facility before entering the park.
  • Commercial still and video photography requires additional permits and fees.
  • Multi-day trekkers must engage certified guides and porters.
  • Some areas of GHNP are out of bounds, due to the fragile ecosystem.
  • Wild animals must not be disturbed.
  • Strictly no picking of plants, flowers and pine cones, etc.
  • Noise whilst trekking in the forest and whilst observing wildlife must be kept to an absolute minimum.
  • The death or injury of any wild animal you encounter must be reported to the nearest forest officer.
  • Any incidence of forest fire must be reported to the nearest forest officer.
  • Non-biodegradable litter must be kept with you and disposed of away from GHNP and the ecozone.
  • Open fires are forbidden within GHNP.
  • Cooking fires must be kept under control by the trek leader.
  • Before leaving your camp, all fires must be extinguished with water and their ashes smothered.
  • Two-foot-deep pits should be dug for latrines, at least 100m away from any water source. Toilet paper must be burned after use.
  • Live green wood must not be used for fires.
  • Campsites must be left at least as clean as they were upon your arrival.
  • Permission must be obtained before photographing residents of the ecozone or entering their property.
  • Religious sites, temples and shrines must be respected and shoes removed if requested.
  • Radios and CD players may only be used with personal headphones. Musical instruments may only be played at low volume within rest houses.
  • Modest attire must be worn at all times within GHNP and the ecozone.
Forbidden Items and Activities within GHNP (click to see the entire list)
  • Firearms, weapons, bows and arrows, and firecrackers.
  • Pets.
  • Smoking and kindling of fires, except for cooking.
  • Teasing, molestation and chasing of wild animals.
  • Parties.
  • Hunting and fishing.
  • Damage to or removal of any wildlife, trees, plants, signs or boundary markers.
Advice on Trekking

Your choice of trekking route should match your fitness level. If you are in good health, you should easily be able to trek up to 4,000 m.

Some treks within GHNP are very strenuous – e.g. over the Pin Parvati Pass (5319m) – and require excellent health and trekking experience, as well as mountaineering, snow-walking and orientation skills.

During your Trek, Bear the Following Points in Mind:(click to see the entire list)
  • Always respect the mountain environment and the traditions of the residents of the ecozone.
  • When walking along steep trails, always focus on your next step.
  • Take breaks every so often to rest and enjoy the environment.
  • Always find your next campsite well before sunset. Your local guide will help you select a safe site, close to water.
  • Don’t exceed your physical limits. This can endanger both yourself and others.
What to Carry Along with You : Clothing and other Items

Dress appropriately for the season and wear thin layers of clothing. Your trekking boots should have good ankle support and sturdy soles. Don’t wear new boots on your trek as this can cause chafing and blisters.

Advice on trekking gears to carry along (Click to enlarge)

Advice on trekking gears to carry along (Click to enlarge)

Other Essential Clothing is listed below:(click to see the entire list)
  • Warm hat, scarf and gloves.
  • Insulated vest or jacket.
  • Light waterproof.
  • Walking socks and liners.
  • Sun hat.
  • T-shirts.
  • Chappals/sandals for inside your tent.
  • Thermal undergarments.
Additional Items to Bring are Listed Below:(click to see the entire list)
  • Adjustable walking stick.
  • Water bottle.
  • Water filter or water purification tablets.
  • Multi-blade penknife.
For Multi-Day Treks, you Should also Bring the following:(click to see the entire list)
  • Sleeping bag.
  • Cooking utensils.
  • Food supply.