"Treks 2010 Treks in the GHNP - Jiwanal to Parvati Valley"
Hidden Himalaya Trek in the Jiwanal Valley- Great Himalayan National Park Introduction : A seven-day, very strenuous, dramatic hike crossing the mountain passes at Kandi Galu (3627m), and Phangchi Galu (4636m). Incredible vistas. Must be in excellent physical condition as very demanding with elevation ascent of 2000 meters and 1500 meters descent in one day (total up-down, 3,500 m in one day!). Responsible Ecotourism : Joint Venture with BTCA - Unlike other tour operators (many of whom are not locally based and often exploit the local population), SHA is based in Kullu (HP) and has a unique relationship with the regional Kullu Valley organization, BTCA. BTCA is a non-governmental society (NGO) of locally organized Kullu Valley villagers who are registered with the Government of India. BTCA is dedicated to helping the local village people improve the quality of their lives by developing sustainable local economies (such as ecotourism). These are linked to the protection of the local environment. Our joint venture with BTCA ensures that your fees actually help to support the local people and build sustainable livelihoods. GROUP SIZE Minimum 4 Pax Maximum 12 Pax TREK GRADING Moderate to Strenuous Program start and Ending place Kullu / Delhi Maximum Altitude 4636 at Phangchi Galu Trekking) 1190 km Best Season April to October Recommended Tour The Trans Himalayan Jeep Safari Extensions The Kullu Valley Adventure Tour Tirthan Valley Adventure PRICE RANGE Day 01 Flight departs Delhi 06.50, arrive Bhuntar 08.05. Approx 1 ½ hours drive from Bhuntar Airport to Sainj forest Rest House . Pretrek preparations Trek starts : Neuli (1650m) - Bhagi Kashahri (2600m). Morning visit to Manu (2200 m) Temple. Evening at village school site. Moderate ascent. Distance: 23 kms. Day 02 Bhagi Kashahri to Subli (3300m). Strenuous ascent in early morning (3600 m). Pass through Kandi Galu notch (3627m). Distance 17 kms. Day 03 Subli to Dwada (3150m). Relatively easy hike passing through birch forests and meadows. Distance 6 kms. Day 04 Rest Day Dwada: Day hike up to Surtu Glacial Pond in Khandedhar with dramatic mountain backdrops. Opportunities for wildlife observation including Brown Bear, Snow Leopard, etc. Distance: 20 kms. round trip. Day 05 Dwada to Chippi (3550m): Very strenuous day. Crossing Phangchi Galu Pass (4636 m) below Khandedhar into Parvarti Valley. Continuous steep ascent over rock scree, boulders, and very narrow paths into high alpine meadows, then higher lichen environments. Can be cold and windy. Descent from Phangchi Galu can have deep snow pack and should be done with great care as steep drops and potentially very dangerous. Sublime peace at the higher elevations. Stressful on knees coming down! Distance: 23 kms Day 06 Chippi to Pulga: Easier descent back into forests and meadows, ending at village of Pulga. Distance: 18 kms. Day 07 Pulga Rest day or day visit to Khirganga Hot Springs in the Parvati valley Day 08 Pulga Camp to Bhuntar Hotel Trek ends o/n Bus to Delhi or Flightnext day at 08.40 from Bhuntar, arrives Delhi 10.00 The flight option can be replaced by Volvo bus which is an overnight journey. Equipment: We will provide most of the equipment including tents, rucksacks and sleeping mats .. I recommend bringing the following: - Good pair of walking boots (already worn in if possible) - A good pair of thermals (top and bottom) – it will be very cold at night on the top, warm gloves, socks - Warm, lightweight clothes… a spare, dry pair of everything in case we get soaked while walking. - A good water bottle - A spare battery for your camera (they have a habit of running out quickly in the cold!) - A head0-torch (with LED bulbs is best) - Blister kit (I have run out and we can’t get them here) - A comfortable day bag (approx 15-20 litre) as a day bag. - Walking Sticks - A personal porter would cost you Rs 250 per day per person (extra)and will carry your personal rucksack camera equipment etc. You’ll only need to carry a day-bag with waterproofs, water bottle, camera, snacks etc. We will also provide rain gear Your costs of Rs 2000 per day per person for the first seven days will include: • All accommodations in twin sharing dome tents and forest rest houses in Lapah . • All trek logistic support: porters , cook, guide • All meals during trek and as mentioned • All taxes and BTCA overhead charges ( service tax , etc) • All entrance fees to Great Himalayan National Park admission fees and Park Video & Camera Fees LAND COST DOES NOT INCLUDE: • Flight tickets from abroad to Delhi or domestic flights. • Changes in programs or flight schedules due to reasons like climate and geographical hazards • Tips to porters and trekking staff & any items not mentioned above • Any meals not specified after each itinerary day • Additional hotel nights that may be necessitated by airline schedule changes or other factors • Travel and flight insurance, emergency medical repatriation charges. • Expenses of personal nature including: liquor/drinks, telephone calls, shopping, etc. • Rs 1500 from Airport to Starting point of trek @ Goshaini • Rs 1500 from Neuli to Bhuntar Forest Rest House A list of required and suggested gear needed by trekkers will be provided to participants. • Please send the complete medical form and the liability waiver. _______________________________________________________________________________________ Sunshine Himalayan Adventures - Unique Himalayan Tours Helping the Local Environment Near Arya Samaj Temple, Akhara Bazar Kullu, Himachal Pradesh, India -175101 Phone : +91-1902-225182 Fax : +91-1902-222391 Mob: 94181-02083 Email : email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org Friends of Nature Eco-Tour Operators