We started trekking from Gushani and my first halt was at Rola . .When we arrived Rolla , all of us were very tired and hungry too after walking whole day (around 12 km) . The helpers in our team made the surrounding comfortable by making fire and serving us hot food. Though it was simple but we found it very delicious… After discussing the details of next day programme we all entered our tents and slept in our cozy Sleeping bags. We could hear the howling sound of Tirthan River which often made us difficult to sleep….But we were very tired…so don’t know when all of us…closed our eyes and went into deep sleep…Though It was a very cold and chilled night .
The morning was also very cold …after taking our quick breakfast we moved to our new destination …It was shilt. After trekking for 6 hrs we reached Shilt at 4 PM but there was no water so we moved further and reached Chhordwar. It was also very cold ( Altitude was more than 10000 ft) There we spent whole night in open sky as there was no shed. and tents were limited and all of us could not be accommodated. That night was very cold and I could not sleep and spent whole night gazing the sky , which looked darker and stars seemed brighter . In the moonlight, Asurbagh area of the GHNP was looking magnificent .
View of Asurbagh area from Chhordwara
View of tirthan sanctuary from Shilt
We started our journey at 8 AM and went upto Rakhundi top area and during our trekking we recorded many direct and indirect evidences of wild animals . our plan was to visit the Guntao but due to paucity of time we could not visit that area and returned back to Chhordwara camp . Around 4 PM sky was very cloudy giving us alarm of snow…so we started our return journey to Rolla camp immediately and reached Rolla at around 7 PM .
Rock engraving near Chhordwara
Around 7 AM in the morning when we were planning to visit/trek Vasu forest suddenly snow flakes starting touching our head and faces and we took pace to reach the gate of GHNP before the poor weather could make our trekking/returning difficult..