GHNP - great himalayan national park advice needed

#1 May 17th, 2010, 22:41
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I'm looking for advice about the GHNP as well. I''ll be there around July 6th. Here's my itinerary so far:

Arrive Dehli 2:05 am - wait 2 hours in airport, get taxi to Bus station
Day bus to Chandiigarh Check out Rock Garden, stock up on supplies (2 nights)
Chandiigarh to Ani or Khanag (homestay possible - was there last year) - If weather is good, hike to nearby lake the next day)
to Jalori Pass - have a good look around.
Down to Jhibi/Shoja

I was thinking about looking around Jhibi or Shoja for a guide or other trekkers. If not, I guess I'll push on for Sainj.

What I need is general advice about the towns in the park. Are there many? Are there guest houses or is it easy to find home stays? (any recommendations are appreciated).

Do I need to make arrangements before going into the park or is it possible to find guides in some of the small towns?
I'm thinking 4 or 5 nights in the area.
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I was in GHNP last week. I had entered it from Gushaini.
From what I read the Gushaini entrance is more popular.

We had stayed at Raju's Guest Hse in Gushaini and they had arranged the trek for us. They hired 2 local porters/guides. You don't need a sep Guide. These porters know the way. They carry all the equipment (Tents, Utensils etc).

We had stayed for 4 nights.
Gushaini - Rolla (1 night) - Chalocha (2 nights) - Waterfall outside the park (1 night).

From Chalocha we did a day trek on the second day towards Nada Thach. We went up for 2.5 hrs and came back. Nada Thach is supposed to be beautiful - But it is a straight climb.

Here is the contact info of the Guide/Porters we had used.
Ram Lal 94182-69741
Tek Singh 94182-69699
These guys live in Village Tinder (2 kms from Gushaini).

The good thing about going through Raju is that he takes care of everything You just need to show up.

You will need to get the Park Permits from Sai Ropa (4-5 kms from Gushaini).

There are longer treks if you fancy those.
a) Gushaini to Tirthan
b) Sainj to Gushaini (you drive up to Sainj and come through Nada Thach.

Search the archives of Outlook Traveler. They had a special feature on Trekking through GHNP.
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GHNP or somewhere else in HP?

Thanks so much for all the great info. My main purpose in hanging out in Himachal it aclimatize a little and enjoy a bit of greenery (in both senses) before heading up to Ladahk. Do you think the park is the best for that or is there somewhere else in the Kullu valley that would make an even more interesting 4 - 5 day diversion?

(10year - I've read some of your blog. It's excellent. I love the narrow pictures you're using as headers. Nice touch.)
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Hi,
Thanks for your comments on my blog! Appreciate it.

Raju's place is perfect for what you are looking for.
Call him up and see if they availability for the dates you are looking at. The trip to GHNP can arranged by him.

Here's what I'd suggest. Go stay at Raju's place and then decide on the GHNP trip. It can even be a 2 day trek into the forest to get an idea.

Raju's place is super nice. I should be posting it on my blog in a day or 2.

Cheers!
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Hello

Hey Madhu,

You're having a good time up there in Himachal .. amazing ... Raju's place is by far the best place in Himachal ... It is ... hehe ... The Gushaini to Sainj trek is awesomely beautiful ... Check out the website for GHNP (great Himalayan national park .. they have some great walking options posted there .. For the shorter hikes/ even longer Raju is the best guy ... I remember 6 years ago .. We didnt do Gushaini to Sainj though .. But from Sainj we went inside the park .. There was no road then .. There is this village named Neuli .. WOW ... And If you want to do GHNP then Gushaini or Sainj is the place... IF you are keen on the lake then From Khanag there is a 4 day walk to Kullu Sarahan and from Kullu Srahan you do the bashleo pass and come to Gushaini again .. 10 Year itch is right .. Outlook traveler did a thing on GHNP some years/ ago. The walk I am talking about takes you to Tarala and small viallges and Kullu Sarahan and then bashleo and Batahad and Gushaini .. amazing walk ..

If you do this one ... tell me ... WOULD IT BE POSSIBLE TO BIKE THERE .. through Singletrack /.... I have walked only till Tarala and from Kullu Sarahan to Batahad over Bashleo .. The locals say its possible .. but I would want a first hand note ..

Enjoy your trip ..

Happy Trails,
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Hey Dhananjay,
Yes, we are having way too much fun in this lovely state of yours.
It's been almost 4 weeks and we are moving at a snail's pace

We are currently in Shoja and were contemplating if we should check out the trek you mentioned in your post.

Day 1 Khanag to Taral
Day 2 Taral to Margi
Day 3 Margi to Shila
Day 4 Shila to Kullu Sarahan

Can we get porters from Khanag?
Anyone you'd recommend who can organize it for us?

Cheers!
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Hey Aarco,
Here are some pics I took @ Raju's.
http://10yearitch.com/?p=3741

Cheers!
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Hey 10year. I only just realized you're there right now. You're updating your blog as you go, aren't you? Awesome. Raju's GH looks great and I'll certainly stop there. How much are rooms? The price of treks (1500 - 2000 R) concerns me a little. I might, like you, try to hire guide/porters in Khanag. Last time I was there I stayed with a family who has a house near the Government Rest House (or whatever it's called)) It's a new house. His brother runs one of the shops at the bus stops. He's a real nice guy and I had a great time hanging out with him and his family.

Ram Singh VILL. RAshandi
Post office Khanag Tehsid ANI
Dist. KULLU
Himachal Pradesh
Pin No 172026

Ram Singh and I had planned to walk to the nearby lake but the weather turned nasty and I pushed on for Shoja. I'm hoping to see him in July. If he's not there, I would just try to arrange something with people at the bus stop shops.

If you fancy a change of scenery, head first to Jhibi. The Doli Guest House is rundown but well-loved. The guys there could help arrange a trek. I spent a day wandering in the nearby villages and up a couple lush valleys. Watch out for big male goats.

GL and thanks for the great post. Man, if I was 100 % excited before I'm at 200 now.

Oh, and by the way. I was in Khanag for a couple days and never saw one toilet. Not even a hole in the ground. You were warned.
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Hi Aarco,
We are now in Shoja. We came here on the 17th. Plan to stay here for one more night.

Yeah, we keep updating our blog as we go along since we are on a long break. It would be impossible to catch up after we are done with our trip.

The rooms @ Raju's are about 1200-1600 per person (but I think it varies based on dates/rooms).

I was just talking over the phone with one of blokes I met there. He was saying that it's quite full till mid july. So give them a call and check.

I think you should be ok since you plan to be there around the 6th. Call and reserve a place for yourself.

I plan to go to Saryolsar Lake tomorrow (hopefully the weather will as good as it was today).

Cheers!
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If any of you do the Khanag to Gushaini trek please post details.
Thanks for the homestay address Aarco, I may head that way in June.
Funny...I answered a day or two ago a query of yours on another thread about GHNP, a homestay in Shangarh village on the trek from Neuli. Then I recommended Rana and Doli GH Jihbi to you only to find out in this thread here you already know it! Coincidence heh?

10Year you are lucky to stay at Rajus. I tried hard to get a booking there last year but never got through to him, neither by phone or by post even. But actually the prices are too high for me, but now from your photos I can see why. Its stunningly beautiful ( and so is the girl in your photos!) Well done!
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Cinta Alam You made my wife's day !

It's a super sacked out place ... the good thing is that it includes all meals!

I'll defy post the details if I end up doing it.

Cheers!
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You are a lucky man then indeed! At such a beautiful spot and in such good company.
Enjoy!
And keep us all posted.
Where are you headed next? On the trek?
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We had initially planned to do the following.
Shoja - Sarahan - Sangla Valley - Kalpa - Spiti - Lahaul - TBD
However the weather has been a tad crazy. As of now everything beyond Kalpa is not accessible.
Might reconsider our plans.
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Please as you go up to Shoja stop off for a meal in Ghiyagi 2 kms above Jibhi, at Shringi Vatika GH. Tell the owners Pami and Manohar Lal hello from their friend in Canary Islands Spain. I stayed with them for over 2 weeks and we did excursions together. Ive tried emailing them but got no reply. Tell them I hope to see them in some weeks.
I recommend anyone to stop there, nice rooms made of wood and very good food. Beautiful valley too.
Thanks a lot if you go that way.
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Yeah, I started two threads about basically the same thing. It's all quite confusing to me now. Yes, I know a little about the area from being there last year but I decided to be organized (for a change), or maybe it's just because I'm really psyched to be going back. I only had taste of life around jhibi, Jalori and Khanag last time. Thank you both for your recommendations.

Oh, yeah 10year, your wife is totally hot and I feel bad I wasn't the first to say it.
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