Mountaineering Program 2007 "I"
For the more adventurous trekker we offer the challenge of this expedition. The Great Himalayan National Park has numerous peaks which are unclimbed and unnamed. With an average altitude of 5000 meters, these peaks have never been tried by any mountaineer due to their remoteness and permissions from the Park Authority. Mountaineering is an experience and education that awakens and makes one aware of the splendid diversity that nature has to offer to us. Mountaineering inspires a man to attain that elusive peak within himself. Sunshineâ€™s expert team, with the help of the Western Himalayan Mountaineering Institute and East West Rescue will be responsible for the much needed planning, specialized equipment, technical guidance as well as expertise on mountain slopes. Detailed Tour Program Day - 01 - Arrival New Delhi Airport. Met by our representative and escorted to Hotel Inderprastha at Cannaught Place, New Delhi. Afternoon enjoy a sightseeing tour of old Delhi. O/n Hotel Inderprastha. Day - 02 - Afternoon departure by Jeep to Nalagrah Fort (5 Hours). The Fort is located on a hillock at the foothills of the mighty Himalayas affording a panoramic view of the Shivalik hills beyond the Sirsa River. Nalagarh rises above a 10-acre estate of forest and orchard built on five levels, three of which have well manicured green areas. Evening at leisure. O/n Nalagarh Fort. Day - 03 - Nalagarh to Kullu (5 Hours)Transfer to Apple Valley Hotel for an overnight stay. Evening introduction to the Park through a slide show and personal meeting with the Parks Director who will brief you about the history and the flora & fauna of the Park. Evening at leisure. Preparation for the trek etc. O/n Apple Valley Hotel. Day - 04 - Manikaran-Kalga-Khirganaga hot water springs. Leave early in the morning and drive to Manikaran (1700 Mts.) and then on to a newly opened road to Barsheni. A small trek leads you to the village of Kalga for lunch. Kalga (2200 Mts.) is a small clearing in the thick pine forest. Kalga-Khir Ganga (4 hrs) The trek through the forest
to Khir Ganga (2850 Mts.) is a pleasant walk and includes one short steep climb. Khir Ganga is a Hindu holy place with a hot water spring, a small temple to Lord Shiva and a bathing tank. This is the last chance to take a natural hot water bath on the trek. O/n Tents. Day - 05 - Khir Ganga-TundaBhoj (4-5 hrs) The trail is still within the limit of pine trees and is heavily wooded on this section also. TundaBhoj (3200 Mts.) is the upper limit for the pine forests and now on there is an abundance of Bhoj (Birch) trees. Camp in a green meadow. Day - 06 - TundaBhoj-Thakur Kuan (4-5 hrs) This is the first challenging day on the trek. The trail is steep and hard in some sections close to Thakur Kuan (3400 Mts.). This area falls within the Kanawer Wildlife Sanctuary and one may encounter small Himalayan Brown Bears at lower elevations and Wild Sheep or the Snow Leopard at higher altitudes. Day - 07 - Thakur Kuan-Mantalai Lake (6-7 hrs).Trek through flower speckled meadows to mysterious Mantalai Lake. There are some very unusual rock bridges on the way to Mantalai and there is an abundance of quartz and semi precious gems around here. Day - 08 - Program 1:Climb to the Pin Parvati Pass and explore the peaks around that area. Program II: We take a left turn and venture into an unknown valley probably towards a base camp for an unnamed peak which is roughly about 5500 mts. Which progma we take depends on the weather and the condition of the team Day - 09 - 014 - Program I : Would continue on to the Pin Parvati Pass and then on to the village of Mud. The program would culminate into with a jeep safari of the lunar â€œSpiti valleyâ€? visiting the monasteries and high lakes on to Manali. Program II: These days are kept reserve for scaling whatever peak we decide on. One can have a base camp at about a day's distance from Mantalai Lake. For scaling the peak one will have contour maps which are very accurate. We would also have all necessary equipment like a hyperbaric chamber, helicopter rescue and trained mountaineering instructors from the WHMI. Since no information is available on the above peaks one is not sure about the time scale unless the team explores the area slightly in advance. Day - 15 - Morning Flight from Kullu to Delhi