📍 SAINJ VALLEY
The Sainj Valley trek: A weekend trail that goes straight to heart of Great Himalayan National Park
Now, trekking inside Great Himalayan National Park is a privilege. Let us tell you why. It is one of the most pristine and uniquely rich ecosystem in the world. So much so, it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. And because of its unique protected status, not only are the rich flora and fauna of the park undisturbed, so are the communities living inside it. And the Sainj Valley trek takes you right to the heart of this!
The trek starts at the magnificent meadows of Shangarh. Hemmed in by pine trees, these landscaped grasslands with mountains overlooking it, will remind you of Kashmir. This is a comparison we do not make lightly. The grasslands of Kashmir are the very cream of crop. And there are more meadows to come. Then, the trail takes you through dense forests, ringing with different bird cries. When the trail finally opens out of the forest, you get remarkable views of the Sainj valley and the mighty peaks surrounding the Raktisar glacier. The trail continues into ancient villages, apple orchards, and then finally, the Pundrik lake which is shrouded in local mythos.
📍 TIRTHAN VALLEY TREK
The Tirthan Valley Trek takes you along the Tirthan River in the Great Himalayan National Park (GHNP). Considered as World Heritage Site, the GNHP is a vast area famous for its biodiversity and many famous treks are a part of the park. The Tirthan Valley Trek lets you get the real feeling of the flora and fauna of the park along with a glorious trekking experience all over a weekend. The highlight of the trek is the Tirthan River that accompanies you throughout the trek. The region is also famous for trout fish which is why it is sometimes referred to as the Trout Valley. The Tirthan Valley Trek is the perfect weekend trek ideal for both beginners and experienced trekkers alike who wish to enjoy the beauty and magnificence of the pristine Tirthan Valley. Requiring no prior trekking experience, this trek can be enjoyed by one and all along with the convenience of time. The Great Himalayan National Park is home to more than 380 species of fauna comprising of mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, birds and insects. 3 main rivers flow from this park - Tirthan, Sainj and Parvati all of which join the Beas River in the Kullu - Manali.
📍THE GREAT HIMALAYAN NATIONAL PARK(OFFICE):
The park is cuddled amid meadows, thick green trees, snowy peaks and immaculate glaciers. Though a visit can be planned all-the-year-round but April and May are more apt for jungle-walking and trekking while winters are more suitable for spotting rare animals like snow leopard and Nilgiri Tahr in the lower reaches. Famous wildlife attractions in the park are Bharal, Goral, Serow, brown bear, leopard, tigers, snow leopards, Moanl, Khalij Cheer, Tragopan along with other Himalayan birds.
Things you would like to know:
Three important pilgrimages are located in the vicinity of the park- Raktisar, Hanskund and Sirikhand Mahadev.
There are four main entry gates to the park- Gushaini, Siund village, Neuli and Barshaini.
Entry permits have to be acquired from the Tirthan Wildlife Range Office at Sai Ropa or Jiwa Nai Wildlife Range Office.
Permit Charges: Indians- Rs.10
Accommodations within the park is restricted to tents and huts only with basic amenities
How to reach: Airport- Bhuntar Airport (~60km)
Rails- Joginder Nagar Railhead
Carry food and snacks along preferably.
📍JIVA NALA WATERFALL:
The trek is named so after the Jiwa Nala River. The word ‘nala’ here literally means a stream of water. It is called as Jiwa Nala River but it is really a rivulet that forms in the upper reaches of the Great Himalayan National Park. The starting point of this water stream is a small lake called Sarthoo Pond. The lake is fed by the melting water from the surrounding glaciers and its outlet is called Jiwa Nala.
We are not visited that trekking but we saw that jova nala waterfall and clicked some pictures...
📍ShANGHAR TREKKING :
Shanghar, a remote village in Kullu distirict of Himachal Pradesh is nestled in the lap of Indian Himalayas in Sainj valley of Kullu district of state of Himachal Pradesh.
Shanghar (शांघड़) is a beautiful giant meadow with tree line of dense pine forest all around is a wonder for eyes to behold. It also serves as base camp for several treks for the Great Himalayan National Park (GHNP), declared as world heritage site by UNESCO.
If you are travelling from Manali, the best way to reach Shangarh is by private transport. Shangarh is just 97 km from Manali and takes about 3 hours by road.
Awsome place in the woods.... One cannot even think of such a natural waterfall in so interior part of forest.... Almost 5km from shangarh Ground short trekking point in the forest... Must visit place for anybody who's in shangarh.. our guides are with us that suggest to us right way of trekking and helping for climbing.... its almost look like autumn season there... beautiful mountain and forest.. I posted here my pictures 📸🤩
👉 MY WHOLE TRIP COST : My flight cost ,cab ,restaurant, food heater,adventures activities included I completed my trip around 23000 NRI
👉THING YOU MUST HAVE IF YOU ARE PLANNING MANALI TRIP : gripping shoes,snow protect jecket, Sunscreen lotion & Moisturising lotion,Heavy Woollen Clothing,cap and socks, Good rubber/gripping-soled shoes, Personal Medication,Camera with sufficient batteries and film / memory cards,Dark polarized Sun glasses with retainers,Id Proofs. In snow areas thay provides jecket,shoes and glowes too !
👉RESTAURANT/HOTELS : you must have ask for heater... thay provides you approx per day 200 NRI ... specially in December and January...