I felt it needless to continue ahead and decided to come down to Lata and spend another night in the peaceful village, finally before coming down to Haridwar.Having completed over two decades of roaming in the Himalayas, I sincerely hope, that this magnificent mountain range will help me to complete my journey of life by making me move from the plains, for ever. The mountains, is where I belong. Every trip to the Indian Himalayas, has been a life changing one. Everytime i came back, only after having learned something new, something to continue with this journey called life. Time to rest and plan ahead.Note: During this trip, i did not focus much on the wildlife aspect although i was in a sanctuary. Worth mentioning is the himalayan mouse. I am certain it's found only in high altitudes like marmots in the Ladakh region. It was very sweet to look at. Atleast 10 times bigger than the rats we usually see in the plains, somewhat round shaped with no visible and distinct tail, brown colored, furry body with offwhite big round eyes. They are quite a few in numbers and live underground the trekker hut and nearby burrows. They are very swift and shy. We lost around half a kg of one vegetable to them. The crows here are exceptionally big and pitch black in color. And they call very loudly. The flies are at least two to two and half times bigger than the ones commonly found in the plains. And one late night i spotted a pair of moving red eyes in the forest. Pretty big and bright.This is a high altitude trek and not recommended at all for first timers. In fact supreme physical fitness is needed to scale these heights. I shall mention some Do's and Dont's below, instructed by the Forest Department.Some Do's:1. Only hire registered porters and guides. Unregistered porters or guides from unregistered team operators is not allowed.2. Trekking inside and outside the park will be permitted on the designated route.3. Hiring of one registered guide is compulsory for a group of every five visitor or below.4. The visitors will have to declare all their disposable/non disposable items before the park authorities at the time of entrance and exit from the park at Lata Kharak/Tolma.5. Visitors only above 14 years of age will be allowed to go inside the park.6. Tourists will not be allowed to cross Rishi Ganga.7. Tourists will bring back all their generated waste during their stay inside the park and hand it over to the Park authorities at Lata Kharak.8. The visitors will visit the park at their own risk. The park management will not be responsible for mishap or accident.9. The visitors will have to avail the boarding and lodging facilities provided by the village level institutions outside the park.Some Don'ts:1. Don't go for mountaineering, climbing, swimming or any type of adventure activity inside the park.2. Don't kindle fire, throw lighted cigarette/bidi butts or matchsticks inside the park.3. Dont destroy, trample, collect or remove any plant and animal specimen whether live or dead or any geological specimen.4. Dont carry and introduce any alien seeds or propagation material of any plant species and dont carry and introduce any exotic animals or pets.5. Dont shout, hoot or play audio and video tapes/radio inside the park.6. Dont carry instrument, implements, tools, arms, firearms or chemicals harmful to wildlife and vegetation.7. Dont try to feed any wild animal.8. Dont damage, break or distort the facilities provided by the park authorities.9. Done deface, put sign boards, write or paint on the tree trunks/rocks/trees or any infrastructure (camping huts,boundary walls abd boundary pillars).10. In case of fatigue abd ailment of any member do not venture higher and seek the help of forest staff or local people.11. For cooking and warming do not burn wood.General Directions for the Visitors:1. Trek for the park negotiates a steep assen at high altitude zones within 13km route from 2000m at village Lata to 4500m at sathkhula the topmost point.2. Get a thorough medical checkup done before taking this arduous trek.3. Carry warm but light clothing, gloves, trekking shoes with good grip, rugsacs, sun glasses, torch light, energy giving toffees.4. Do not carry too heavy a load.If anyone wishes to do some adventure in the Himalayan high wilderness, Dinesh and Kushal are recommended. You can even take the reference of this article.For more info you can visit https://www.wildhimalayan.com/ and get in touch with Dinesh Bhatt directly.
Best Time To Visit Uttarakhand
Best time to visit Uttarakhand is from April to June and October