Best described by Dr. Gaston “No one could reach the high meadows of Tirth or Dhel and be unmoved by the clearness of the air, the great vista of the peaks, and the sense of freedom that come with leaving behind all artificial light, all mechanical transport, all trace of industrial civilization”.
Located in the state of Himachal Pradesh, the Great Himalayan National Park has been described as “Undoubtedly, the most pristine mountain landscape in the Western Himalayas.” Its unique biodiversity received recognition as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and has also been identified as one of the five centers of plant diversity and endemism in India by the World Conservation Monitoring Center. On the trek, the trails leading to the park initially pass through subtropical pine forests. They rise toward the dense coniferous and mixed deciduous woods of the temperate zone, which you enter at about 5,905 feet. In summer, the spreading canopy of green and silver oaks and horse chestnuts provides welcome relief from the sun. Above this zonecool-temperate forests of fir and spruce occur on northerly slopes. And above that the forests grade gently into a sub-alpine zone of birches and rhododendrons, diminishing in size as the tree line is approached. Over 9,800 – 10,500 feet, we find alpine meadows, splashed with a great variety of flowers and higher again, is the realm of rock and ice that rules the high peaks and ridges. At GHNP, there are numerous habitats for exploration: from lush forests of oak, conifer, and bamboo, to gentle alpine meadows; from swift flowing rivers to high elevation glaciers. The terrain and geology are diverse. If one is lucky, there are opportunities to observe endangered species of the Western Himalayas in their natural habitat- Western Tragopan, Himalayan Brown Bear, Himalayan Tahr, Ibex, and the extremely elusive Snow Leopard. Undisturbed by rampant tourism and with authentic interactions with remote communities, a trek in this region is a true ‘Into the Wild’ experience.
Minimum Number of Travellers : 4
Maximum Number of Travellers : 10
Food : (All Meal )
Trek Grade: Easy to Moderate
Transportation : Tata sumo/Innova (Jeep)
Accommodation : Camps
Special : Stay in comfortable, clean and hygienic accommodation
Altitude: 12260 ft.
As you’ll arrive in morning from Delhi, our staff member will pick you up from about 70 kmsbefore Manali, from a place called as Aut, a small town on the bank of river Beas. From Aut we’ll drive towardsNeuli(2 hrs appx.) which will act as the base camp 1 near the office of The Great Himalayan National Park. Overnight stay at Neuli. Dinner will be followed by a small Briefing sesson.
After a sumptuous breakfast we’ll move towards village Lapah. A small distance will be covered by the car and then we hike for about 4- 5 hours to reach Lapah.All along the route, there is a profusion of wild herbs, plants, and a variety of bird species, including the beautiful Himalayan Monal. Today’s trek to Lapah takes you to the border of the Ecozone of the park, just before entering the core park zone. Lapah village is a photographer’s delight, with its beautiful location nestled between towering peaks and dense forests, and home to a small remote community of Shepherds who have been its inhabitants for centuries.Overnightstay at the camp.
Lapah is a small village which lies on the way to Dhel. From Lapah it will takeatleast 5 hrs for us to reach the Dhel meadow. This will be one of the hardest days of the journey. With relentless forays down to the valleys and up again over a few minor hills, it makes for some serious climbing. The ascent is through dense forest, walnut trees, and a variety of medicinal herbs. This is a chance to spot the highly endangered Monal Pheasant and the Western Tragopan, and great mountain vistas provide ample opportunities for observing wildlife. Overnight stay at the camp.
The rolling alpine meadows of Dhel are a trekker’s delight, with views of snowbound peaks exceeding 19,685 feet, a profusion of wild orchids and herbs, and one of the best opportunities to spot the Himalayan Brown Bear, Musk Deer, and bird life. Descent down to Shaakti village making your way through alpine vegetation. The hike is relatively short and won’t take more than 6 hours to reach Shaakti. Camp overnight at Shaakti.
Make your way to the road-head in the Sainj valley. A path still frequented by a few local villagers leads along the Sainj River to Niharni. It takes about 4-5 hours to get here and the path traverses through mixed forests. Trek ends here at Niharni (Dengapull), where the cab will wait for us.Evening time departure back to Delhi.
“Hippie in Hills” organizes treks, excursions and related activities primarily in the Himalayan mountain ranges and in other outdoor regions. Travel in the remote mountain regions of the Himalayas involves certain inherent risks and dangers to life and property of both – the “Hippie in Hills” team as well as the participants, which include but are not limited to, acts of God, danger from natural elements / extreme weather (landslides, cloudbursts, rock-fall, snowfall, etc.), problems arising out of exposure to high altitudes injuries / accidents on account of travel in difficult terrain, which may result in delays, injury, illness or under extreme circumstances, even death.
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• The itinerary is subject to favorable road and weather conditions. We will do the best to make alternative arrangements in case of bad weather and inaccessibility to the destination before or after the tour has begun. The cost of the tour or any part of it will not be refunded in an event of unfavorable conditions anytime during the tour days, after the tour begins.
• There would be an extra cost for offloading your rucksack at INR 300/- per day for a bag of up to 10 kg
• In case the trek gets extended due to unforeseen circumstances, extra days on the trail will be chargeable at INR 1800 per person per day.
30% of the deposit amount if cancelled 30 days prior to trip start date.
50% of the deposit amount if cancelled 20 days prior to trip start date.
90% of the Full amount if cancelled 10 days prior to trip start date.