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iXiGOers Jul 19 2013

What are the different entry points and treks in the Great Himalayan National Park?

Reet Cheema Jul 21 2013
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The Great Himalayan National Park is isolated, hard to access and stunningly pristine. It’s a place for the physically fit, who are rewarded by sights of musk deer, butterflies on meadows, or the jujurana (Western Tragopan). The park (754 sq km) consists of the watersheds of the Jiwa, Sainj and the Tirthan rivers, all tributaries of the Beas. It has huge tracts of virgin forests.

The only way to move through the park is by trekking (mostly fairly difficult) and using the Forest Department’s basic huts for night halts. There are four entry points:

Gushaini (35 km from Aut, the turn-off point on the highway) is the roadhead for trekking in the Tirthan Valley

Neuli (40 km from Aut) is where trekking trails in the Sainj Valley start

Siund (30 km from Aut) is the starting point for treks in the Jiwa Nal Valley

Barshaini (on the north-eastern fringe of the park) is the starting point for treks up to Mantalai and the Pin-Parvati Pass Trekking can be quite taxing.

You need to carry tents, sleeping bags, stove and utensils. Guides and porters are essential. Contact BTCA, a local NGO at Sai Ropa, for tents, sleeping bags, mats and utensils for hire, and guides and porters.

The treks given here are the more popular ones, on trails that have been established by the park authorities.

Sainj Valley Trek (66 km): Includes Neuli (4,920 ft)-Shakti (6,888 ft)-Lower Meadow Bridge in the Homkhani Forest (9,184 ft). Relatively easy, it takes you through some dense forest.

Sainj-Tirthan Valley Trek (85 km): Gushaini (5,248 ft)-Rolla (6,825 ft)-Shilt (10,168 ft)-Guntrao (11,480 ft)-Dhel (12,258 ft) to Lapah-Neuli (4,920 ft). Probably the best for spotting wildlife, it takes you through a range of altitudes and forests, from dense oak and chestnut to high-altitude birch and rhododendron forest. Can be strenuous.

Tirath/ Tirthan Valley Trek (92 km): Gushaini (4,920 ft)-Rolla (6,888 ft)-Nada Thach (10,824 ft)-Majhoni (12,464 ft)- Tirath (13,120 ft). This 8-day trek takes you along the Tirthan Valley to the source of the river. Nada Thach is good for birdwatching. At higher altitudes, there are chances of seeing the tahr.

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