Angling Trout Tirthan River


The Tirthan River is a tributary of Beas River with its source in the Tirthan Glacier. The Tirthan glacier is within the limits of the Great Himalayan National Park , a vast reserve of Himalayan flora and fauna. The Park and the glacier are also the source of the Sainj stream that joins the Tirthan briefly at Larji before tumbling into the Beas. The Tirthan Valley is probably one of the most picturesque, but well-kept secrets in the Himalayas. It also, happens to be the ultimate trout angling locations in the country, with Rainbow Trout and Brown Trout as the main attractions.

There are two kinds of trout in the waters of the Tirthan.

The Rainbow Trout, that do not breed in the river and are escapees from the local fisheries. Being used to fishery feeding, they are easily caught and rarely grow beyond a pound in the river, though it has been within experience to occasionally land a larger Rainbow. The Brown Trout is a native of European waters and were introduced to Himalayan streams first in Kashmir in the 1860’s and later from there to the Beas in the 1920’s.Their presence in these rivers over the last hundred years or so has enabled them to evolve according to the environment and hence the term `Himalayan Trout’. This and the nature of the river compares with some of the most exciting trout angling to be had anywhere. Brown trout–especially big brown trout–also have a reputation for being nocturnal and piscavorous. They are closely related to the Atlantic Salmon (Salmo salar), and share many of the same river systems in Northern Europe. All in all, the Brown trout is a very fine game fish and makes excellent eating.

Trip Details

Season: May – June, October – April
Duration: 6 Days
Leadership: Local Leader
Group Size: Minimum 2 Pax
Route: RouteDelhi – Kullu – Bathad – Kullu – Delhi
Cost per person: On Request

Trip Highlight

Himachal Pradesh has a number of good spots for trout fishing. The itinerary given here is for angling in the Tirthan river at Larji and Bathad.

Trip Grade


Detailed Tour Program

Day 01

Catch the morning flight from Delhi to Kullu. Drive to Larji (approx 40 km – 1 ½ hrs). Lunch. Fish in the Tirthan River for Brown Trout on fly and spoon.

Day 02

After breakfast drive along the Tirthan for another 40 km via Banjar & Gushaini to Bathad. Lunch enroute. Road ends at Bathad. Walk about 1-2 hrs to camp site. Fish.

Day 03


Day 04


Day 05

After early morning fishing, and breakfast walk back to Bathad. Drive to Kullu. Lunch, rafting / sightseeing. Overnight in Camp.

Day 06

Departure Kullu by flight to Delhi.

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