Great Himalayan National Park

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Great Himalayan National Park is the latest addition to India’s National Parks System. The area comprising of the watersheds of Jiwa, Sainj, and Tirthan rivers became the Great Himalayan National Park in 1984. It is spread over an area of 1,171 sq kms with altitudes varying from 1500 to 6000m.

We arranged a 5 day trek into GHNP through Raju’s Guest House. They took care of everything including food, tents, hiring porters etc.

Route : Gushaini – Rolla – Chalocha – Nada Thach – Waterfall – Gushaini

Altitudes :
Gushaini 1500m
Rolla 2100m
Chalocha 2450m
Nada Thach 3300m
Waterfall Rolla 2100m

Day 1 : Gushaini (1500 m) to Rolla (2100 m)

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Rickety Bridge

All the villages have been relocated out of the park except for one hut, near Rolla campsite, owned by an elderly man and his wife. They have refused to move and are battling it out in the courts.

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Last ‘house’ standing

The GHNP is habitat to more than 375 fauna species including 31 mammals, 181 birds, 3 reptiles, 9 amphibians, 11 annelids, 17 mollusks and 127 insects. The park is a birding paradise. We met a couple of avid birders from Bhopal who were raving about the abundance of birds within the park.

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On a wooden ladder bridge?

Camp Rolla

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Kitchen Hut and rooms (for porters)

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Tirthan river flowing right next to the campsite

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Tirthan river

We spotted a Himalayan Goral across the river while filling our water bottles. It is one of the four species in the Nemorhaedus genus, and has a goat-like appearance.

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Himalayan Goral (Bottom left above the rocks)

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Log stuck between rocks

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Tek Singh preparing dinner

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Bonfire

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Sitting next to the bonfire

Day 2 : Rolla (2100m) to Chalocha (2450m)

Supratim, Sanjay, and Pavel (fellow guests from Raju’s GH) had left for GHNP a day earlier on a 3 day trek (Gushaini – Rolla – Shilt – Gushaini). It was nice to meet them on their way back to Gushaini.

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Supratim taking a ‘break’ after the hike down from Shilt

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Supratim, Sanjay, and Pavel enjoying their alu parathas

After bidding goodbyes, we proceeded towards Chalocha.

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Wooden Bridge towards R-Pai

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Ram Lal and Tek Singh leading the way

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Looks like Savi is in front of those cheesy backdrops you see in Photo Studios

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Finding our way through the rocky terrain

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Climbing up the Log Ladder

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On a log bridge

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Passing under a fallen tree

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On a Rickety Bridge

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Finally on level ground !

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View of the Tirthan

Camp Chalocha
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Forest Hut (for cooking and porters’ stay)

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Stream next to the campsite – our water source for the next 2 days

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“Tree God”

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View of the hut and our tent from the “Tree God”

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Bonfire

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View of the Tirthan from the campsite

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Savi, Ram Lal, and Tek Singh

Day 3 : Trek towards Nada Thach (3300 m)
The 5 Km trek up to Nada is a very steep one, gaining about 1000 m in altitude. Someday (hope, hope, hope), I’d like to trek all the way to Tirthan and back.

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View of the snow capped mountains

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Ferns

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Funky looking tree

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View from our tent

Day 4 : Chalocha (2450m) to Waterfall (Near Rolla, 2100 m)
We started early so that we could reach the Waterfall before lunchtime. The rains over the past few days had washed away some of the bridges, making certain sections of the trek a tad dangerous.

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Waterfall next to the campsite

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Campsite

Post lunch, a herd of goats decided to pay us a visit and took over the rock Savi and I were sitting on.

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Goats, comfortably parked on our ‘rock’.

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Having a bout

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Just like ’em boxers

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They look cute, but stink like hell!

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Platinum blonde, huh?

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Campsite

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Stream next to the campsite

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Wildflowers outside our tent

Unfortunately since this campsite did not have a hut for the porters, they had to sleep under the stars – luckily the weather had cleared up and the sky was clear.

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Tek Singh collecting firewood

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That’s not a log – that’s a whole tree!

They needed a lot of firewood since they planned to keep the bonfire burning all night long. Two leopards had been spotted in the area three nights ago.

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And some more …

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Solitary tree

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With Tek Singh and Ram Lal (before heading out towards Gushaini)

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6 Responses to Great Himalayan National Park

  1. Madhu February 27, 2011 at 11:34 pm #

    Hi Jasjit,
    Thanks for visiting 10YI.
    The cost includes guides, camping gear, and food.
    Cheers!

  2. donjasjit February 28, 2011 at 3:50 pm #

    Thanks again. One more question please, how do you get there by road. What is the route you followed? Is there any bus service or did you travel by car?

  3. donjasjit February 28, 2011 at 10:49 am #

    Thanks for the prompt reply.

  4. Shadows Galore December 4, 2011 at 11:31 am #

    Wow !!! Such beautiful pics !! Make me want to make a trip ! 🙂

  5. Jitaditya December 5, 2011 at 11:21 am #

    Excellent photojourney…
    reminded me of my Valley of Flowers trip… nothing better than the Himalayas!

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