GHNP:

The Great Himalayan National Park (GHNP), is one of India’s national parks, is located in Kullu region in the state of Himachal Pradesh. The park was established in 1984 and is spread over an area of 1,171 km2 at an altitude of between 1500 and 6000 m. The Great Himalayan National Park is a habitat to numerous flora and more than 375 fauna species, including approximately 31 mammals, 181 birds, 3 reptiles, 9 amphibians, 11 annelids, 17 molluscs and 127 insects. They are protected under the strict guidelines of the Wildlife Protection Act of 1972; hence any sort of hunting is not permitted.

In June 2014, the Great Himalayan National Park was added to the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites.

The Great Himalayan National Park is home to more than 375 faunal species. So far species of 31 mammals, 181 birds, 3 reptiles, 9 amphibians, 11 annelids, 17 molluscs and 127 insects belonging to six orders have been identified and documented. Most of the Himalayan fauna has been given protection under the high priority protection category of Schedule I of the Indian Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972. The state government of Himachal Pradesh has banned hunting in the state for more than ten years. A trek of 35 to 45 km in any of the park’s valleys brings one into the high altitude habitat (3,500 m and above) of animals such as blue sheep, snow leopard, Himalayan brown bear, Himalayan Tahr, and musk deer. Best sightings can be made in autumn (September–November) as animals start their seasonal migration to lower altitudes.

The GHNP also supports a great diversity of plant life thanks to its wide altitude range and relatively undisturbed habitats. From the lofty pines and spruces and the great, spreading horse chestnuts of the lower valleys, to the dense cushions and prostrate branches of the alpine herbs and junipers, the park presents an endless variety of vegetation. Although some areas have been modified by grazing, this is one of the few areas of the Western Himalayas where the forests and alpine meadows can be seen in something approaching their original state. The subalpine zone is richest in species, followed by the alpine and upper temperate zones.

Region                                  Kullu Valley, Himachal

No of Days                          Ex – Delhi            06 Days

Grade                                   Medium Trek     Easy

Type                                      Bird Watching

Day Itinerary Stay Meals
Day 1 Delhi – Aut Standard Cottages D
Day 2 Aut – Gushaini – Rolla Camps B,L,D
Day 3 Rolla – Shilt Hut Camps B,L,D
Day 4 Shilt – Rakhundi Camps B,L,D
Day  5 Rakhundi – Rolla Camps B,L,D
Day 6 Rolla – Gushaini – Aut – Delhi B,L

 

Detailed Itinerary:

Day 1:                    Delhi – Aut

Arrive at Delhi railway station/Airport by 0800Hrs and meet The Tern Travellers leaders and transfer to Aut. A long drive will take up the complete day to reach Aut. Check in to the guest house and have Dinner. Evening we head for birding around the place as an acclimatization walk (If time permits).

 

Day 2:                    Aut – Gushaini – Rolla (9Kms/5Hrs/2100M)

Walk through eco-zone of GHNP along the bank of Tirthan Nallah.   A gentle gradient at the beginning of trek, halt at Rolla. Enjoy the beautiful landscapes of the park and birding on the way. Be eyeful as you might spot a Himalayan Bear. Sleep under the starry sky.

 

Day 3:                    Rolla – Shilt Hut (7Kms/4Hrs/3100M)

Moderate trek, witness natural meadows and Western Trogopan.  Camp at Shilt or use rock shelter at Choodwar. As you get closer to the depth of the park, the hidden gems of the park unleash. Spot some real exotic birds and mammals. A mug of soup, a cup of Maggi and the sky with galaxies above.

 

Day 4:                    Shilt – Rakhundi (7Kms/4Hrs/3622M)

View point of the National Park area. One can see about 60% of the park area. Camp at Rakhundi. The final point on the trek and we spend much of the time exploring and looking out for birds as we walk to Rakhundi.

Day 5:                    Rakhundi – Rolla (13Kms/9Hrs)

The other way trek precedes, Trek down to rolla. Capture as much as you can, while walking down the park towards the last halt in the park.

Day 6:                    Rolla – Gushaini – Aut – Delhi (9Kms/5Hrs/350Kms/9Hrs)

After breakfast, pack and leave the park to Gushaini, transfer to vehicle as you refresh and change and we drive back to Delhi. ETA at Delhi will be around 2000Hrs. So make plan onward journey plans accordingly.

Tour officially ends here.

Ex-Mumbai:       Indians:                Adult: ₹28,800/-*** per head

Ex-Delhi:             Indians:                Adult: ₹16,700/- per head

Departure dates: 31st August 2020

Total seats: 20 each batch

(The above rate is valid until June 2020 for all departure dates mentioned above except Christmas/New year vacation)

Accommodation

HOTELS ENVISAGED:

Location Hotel Names Rating
Aut HPTDC cottage or Similar Standard
Camps Tents Tents

***Note: Above mentioned hotel are subject to change depending on the group size or similar category hotels will be offered.

Charges Include:

  • Round trip economy class airfare from Mumbai***
  • Accommodation on twin sharing basis in above mentioned.
  • Transportation by AC Vehicle.
  • Meals as per mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Camping & trekking gears (Tents, sleeping bags, Liner, Tent lamp, Head lamp, Walking stick)
  • Forest permits, guide charges.
  • The Tern Travellers Wildlife Naturalist cum Leader
  • Expertise
  • Leader Charges

Charges Exclude:

  • GST 5%
  • Additional / personal use of vehicle.
  • Extended stay due to weather conditions or any situation not in human control.
  • Any personal expenses, room service and special orders, mineral waters, non-alcoholic beverages, tips, phone calls, laundry etc.
  • Any extra excursions or sightseeing apart from the above specified itinerary.
  • Cost incidental to any change in the itinerary due to bad weather, ill health, roadblocks and/or any factors beyond control.
  • Camera fees.
  • Adventure sports at the property.
  • Airfares/Rail fare.
  • Anything Specifically NOT mentioned in includes.

Payment policy:

PAYMENT SCHEDULE (Per person)
  Adult
At the time of booking 50%
21 days before Departure 75%
14 days before departure 100%
  • The Tern Travellers reserves the right to cancel and forfeit the paid amount in case of payment schedule not followed.

Cancellation Policy:

Cancellation period Cancellation Charges on Cost
More than 30 days 25%
30 to 21 days 50%
21 to 14 days 80%
Less than 14 days or No show 100%

Things to Carry:

  • A Hat
  • Sunglasses with UV protection
  • A dust protection mask
  • Personal Bottle (To avoid plastic use – 1LtrsX2)
  • A haversack (60-70 Ltrs)
  • Small backpack (10Ltrs)
  • Field books
  • Sun screen
  • Only dull coloured clothes (Green, brown, Beige, Camouflage)
  • Camera (At owners risk) with proper equipment for photography (As per need)
  • Fleece/Jacket (temperatures drop in the forest to below 10 degree Celsius)
  • Winter wears (The Himalayan range drops temperature rapidly in the evening)
  • Binoculars
  • Energy bars

Important Note:

  • Wildlife safaris/Bird watching is a matter of luck and opportunity. No guarantee of any sighting is made. Neither of our associates will quote that, although we try our best to spot and show you as much as nature allows us to.
  • Birdwatching is a hobby and not a race, hence request all birders to maintain discipline at all times.
  • Bird watching is an art of silence and key observation.
  • Avoid Pointing out directly to a bird that might flush the bird away.
  • Do not get too close to a bird for a photograph that you flush it away.
  • Birdwatching should be enjoyed by binoculars and the fun is to spot them, identify them and if you still have some time with the bird photograph them.
  • Never enter the forest with an intention of spotting a single species, it will only disappoint you. The forest is a gift packet with a lot to surprise with. Listen to our naturalist for more wonderful experience.
  • Our walks are not target species specific (Unless specified)
  • We explore everything we find uncommon and need to be explained.
  • Any demand for spotting a single species in any jeep will not be entertained by the guide or the tour leader as there are other travellers who would want to see the birds etc.
  • Respect & honour everything that is in the forest and it has to offer you.
  • Enjoy being in the forest and you will feel much happier away from the concrete chaos.
  • Respect the local, tribes, guards, guides, drivers, officers and all animals.
  • Front seat of the Gypsy is always reserved for the Guide or Guard.
  • No extra room will be made for photographers, respecting other travellers. (For photographers it is recommended to opt for higher options)
  • No littering in the forest strictly. (what goes comes back the same way)
  • Camera fees & guide tips to be paid separately & directly.
  • Kindly follow the instructions given by the tour leader and the guide for your own safety.

Departure date: 31st August 2020

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