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Wildlife Tour (Bird Watching)

The Great Himalayan National Park (GHNP), is located in Kullu valley in Himachal Pradesh. The park was established in 1984 to save the endangered wildlife species of the Himalayan Ecosystem. It is spread over an area of 1,171 sq km at an altitude of between 1500 to 6000m. It is one of the undisturbed Western Himalayan ecosystems giving shelters to a vast variety of wildlife. 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 mollusks and 127 insects. The birds of GHNP are an important part of the Park's biological diversity, they are also an attraction for bird watchers at an international level. The Park is well known as the most important locality in India for the endangered Western Tragopan. They are protected under the strict guidelines of the Wildlife Protection Act of 1972.

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 5th elevation ascent of 2000 meters and 1500 meters descent in one day (total up-down, 3,500 m in one day!).

Day 1: Neuli (1650m) to Bhagi Kashahri (2600m)

Morning visit to Manu Temple (2200 m). Evening at village school site. Moderate ascent. Distance: 23 Kms.

Day 2: Bhagi Kashahri to Subli (3300m)

Strenuous ascent in early morning (3600 m). Pass through Kandi Galu notch (3627m). Distance 17 Kms.

Day 3: Subli to Dwada (3150m)

Relatively easy hike passing through birch forests and meadows. Distance 6 Kms.

Day 4: Rest Day at Dwada

Beautiful meadow surrounded by steep mountain valleys and flowing Jiwanal River. Peaceful and good pace to rest after long hike from Subli.

Day 5: Rest Day Dwada

Day hike up to Surtu Glacial Pond in Khandedhar with dramatic mountain backdrops. Opportunities for midlife observation including brown bear, snow leopard, etc. Distance: 20 Kms. Round trip).

Day 6: Dwada to Chippi (3550m)

Very strenuous day. Crossing Phangchi Galu Pass (4636 m) below Khandedhar into Parvati Valley. Continuous steep ascent over rock scree, boulders and very narrow paths into high alpine meadows, then higher lichen environments can be cold. 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 7: Chippi to Phulga

Easier descent back into forests and meadows, ending at village of Phulga. Distance: 18 Kms.