Visiting the Park
The Great Himalayan National Park offers the causal hiker and serious trekker a wide range of experiences in the natural wonders of the Park. Trails range from relatively easy day walks in the Ecozone to challenging week or longer treks through arduous and spectacular terrain. GHNP ranks as one of the best national parks in the world and reveals its beauty, diversity, and depth through time spent in exploration.
At GHNP, there are numerous habitats for exploration: from lush forests of oak, conifer, and bamboo, to gentle alpine meadows; from swift flowing rivers to high elevation glaciers. The terrain and geology are diverse. If one is lucky there are opportunities to observe endangered species of the Western Himalayas in their natural habitat.
Impressions of Dr. Jeff Salz
Unabashed, Untamed, Unspoiled
Fortunately the states of Himachal Pradesh and Uttaranchal have much to offer to this new, emerging breed of eco-tourists. Nature is in its wildest form, in its purest essence, with its most ancient presence at the Great Himalayan National Park in Kullu district of Himachal Pradesh. It’s unabashed, untamed, unspoiled, and unmitigated milieu send invitation to very special trekkers who love adventure. Jeff continues to compare the GHNP environs with the Nepal forests where there are hardly a grove of trees which has not been trekked. Moreover the climbers leave a lot of garbage all over the place….one cannot escape humanity, says Jeff. He chose Great Himalayan National Park for experience or feeling that he is among very few to come face to face with primordial nature as it has always been.
Lot of serious trekking that a trekker like Jeff does is on the trails washed out by a storm; there are uprooted trees….the kind of experience if you know what you are getting into, you might not have chosen to do it. The fact is that the place is so enormously primitive that the walking up a trail that is slick rock, slick mud, slick leaves, hardly anything that you can trust, the bridges being washed out, all these elements giving you a sense of deep adventure. It is not about a trail so wide that it is easy to find; the journey so often done. In the Park it is about finding your way along the trails that are so ancient and earthly beautiful. Unlike Jeff, not many of us will say that that is what adventure is really about. The Park management is very conscious of the reality of poor quality of trails, bridges or unattended landslides. The fragile ecosystems of the Park are evolving without very little human interventions. This allows only a few hundreds of visitors in a year coming to the Park. The Park brochure describes no-road connectivity as one of the assets of the Park