Raktisar Trek

Raktisar (GHNP)

Moderate to Difficult
                                                                                 Rakti Meadow

Trek Location:  Sainj Valley in Great Himalayan National Park, Kullu (Himachal Pradesh),

Trek Grade:        Moderate to Difficult

Trek Distance:  75 km approx.

Trek Days:        6

Trek Starting and End Point:  Aut to Aut

Trek Season: April to mid-June and August to end of October.

Flora & Fauna:

Major Attractions:  Crescent view of Great Himalayan Range, Pheasants, Rare Himalayan Flora, Alpine flowers.

Trek Description

Raktisar has been a pilgrimage route for the local inhabitants of the valley since time unknown. It is believed that it was lake of blood previously according to a local folklore. The color of water at the bed still has a reddish tinge. The lake was opened from one side in a flood in 2004. The folklore prevailing the valley tells at this place demon king Raktbeej was killed at this place by Goddess Durga whose blood then accumulated into a Red Lake. Locals still visit this place annually along with the chariots of their local deity.

Besides the folklore this trail is a paradise to trekkers and explorers. This place is of recent discovery, has gained much of its glory after it was given Natural World Heritage Site by UNESCO status in 2014 on account of rugged geography and endemic natural flora and fauna. A lot of medicinal herbs are found in the valley which surely is a botanist delight. The trek end at Snout of Rakti Glacier which is over 500m huge wall of rock and ice.

Trek starts from a small village Niharni on the bank of Sainj River. Trail leads amidst the Mixed Broad leaved Riverine forest and passing the river cris-cross several times over wooden bridges. Passing the villages of Shugad, Shakti and Maraur will take you back in time. Before reaching Shakti a beautiful waterfall appears on other side of the bank giving a glimpse of ongoing journey. A little ahead of waterfall the campsite appears.

Second day of trek starts from Shakti campsite towards Parkachi Thach. On the way we come across Maraur village. On the way we have to pass several streams. If you hit the right season this trail is full of wild strawberries. Don’t mind to pick a handful, best things in nature comes for free and a ripened one will water your mouth to have more. Parkachi is a small meadow, in proper season it full of wild flowers turning it to surreal destination.

Beyond Parkachi Thach the tree canopy starts thinning and finally vanishes into dwarf rhododendrons and junipers as we move ahead from Raktikhol. Raktikhol is the confluence of Rakti Nala and Nayna Nala which together forms the Sainj River. Khada pathar camp is above tree line at an alt of 4000m approx.  This alpine camp is covered by huge rock walls on the left and endless alpine meadow on right. The sound of Rakti glacier is quiet audible here.

From Khada Pathar camp we make the summit move towards Raktisar and it should be done early in the morning so that we could waterways easily. Before reaching the snout of the glacier we have to cross the moraine area full of boulders but all the hard work seems to be rewarding as we hit the end of the trail. Standing at point surrounded by hanging glaciers and icy peak leaves us stubborn.

Brief Itinerary

Day From To / Alt. Distance/Time Stay Description/terrain
1. Arrival at Aut Drive to Niharni Guest House
2. Niharni 1600m to Shakti 2100m 11km/4-5hrs Tent Moderate ascent with few short steep patches
3. Shakti to Parkachi 3000m 10km/ 4-5hrs Tent Moderate ascent with few short steep patches
4. Parkachi to Khada Pathar3700m 8km/4-5hrs Tent Moderate ascent above tree line
5. Khada Pathar to Raktisar and return top 12 km/ 5-6hrs Tent Moderate ascent and descent above tree line
6. Khada Pathar  to Maraur 12km/5-6hrs Guest House Strenuous descent
7. Maraur to Niharni 16km/5-6hrs Moderate to strenuous  descent
8. Niharni to Aut Drive

 

***The description of terrain and time is given in a generalized manner in accordance with seasoned trekkers though time taken for completion the trek varies with individual performance. It is presumed that one should opt for moderate grade trek only after trying himself on Easy Grade Trail or either he/she is at perfect physical as well as mental fitness level.

What to carry

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On an outdoor excursion you must not worry about your looks; comfort and protection against bad weather are of prime importance. Mountain weather is so unpredictable, as for clothing we recommend a number of thin layers rather than a few thick ones just like an onion. The following list is our guide to help you with your packing based upon our many years of travelling/walking. Using your own judgment for packing is of course important, especially with regard to casual clothing etc but please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions about packing for your holiday, or are uncertain as to the suitability of your clothing and equipment. Seasonal variations should also be taken into consideration when packing.

Documents

  • Identity Proof Passport – including appropriate visas
  • Photocopies of all documents (keep separate)
  • Additional passport photos
  • Travel insurance details
  • Emergency contact numbers
  • Trip dossier
  • Credit cards/Traveller’s Cheques
  • Local Currency

 Clothing

  • Trekking boots and spare laces
  • Trainers/approach shoes
  • Lightweight flip flops/sandals for mountain camp
  • Walking Socks
  • T-shirts
  • Thermal Base layer
  • Trekking Trousers
  • Short trousers / shorts
  • Light fleece
  • Thick fleece
  • Waterproof jacket with hood
  • Waterproof trousers
  • Warm Gloves (seasonal)
  • Sun Hat
  • Warm Hat (seasonal)

 Equipment

  • Daypack/Rucksack (capacity /size 40 litre +)
  • 2 Water bottles (1 litre each)
  • Silk/Cotton Sleeping bag liner
  • Towel – quick drying pack towel is recommended
  • Torch and batteries
  • Camera & accessories
  • Binoculars optional /although essential for bird watching & spotting wildlife
  • dry bag/plastic bags (8-10)
  • Sunglasses
  • Trekking poles (recommended) (1-2)no.
  • Reading material (optional)
  • Washing/Shaving kit
  • Insect Repellent
  • Small personal First Aid kit
  • Anti-Bacterial Handwash/Sanitizer
  • Water purifying tablets
  • Sun screen cream & lip salve
  • Blister plasters – i.e. Compeed

The following items can also be useful:

 Moisturising cream

  • Face wipes
  • Snacks/energy bars
  • Small mirror
  • Spare glasses/contact lenses
  • Earplugs (against snorers!)
  • Cold water travel wash (preferably biodegradable)
  • Plastic zip lock bags

These items are also useful but don’t pack them in your hand luggage – put them in your main bag only!

  • Penknife/small scissors
  • Safety pins
  • Small sewing/repair kit
  • Nail clippers
  • Tupperware box and cutlery for picnics

 Personal First Aid Kit

Carrying a small first aid kit for personal use is recommended. It should contain things like plasters, sterile dressings and bandages, a blister kit, pain killers e.g. paracetamol and ibuprofen, antiseptic cream, antihistamine cream (for insect bites), insect repellent, sun cream, anti-diarrhoea tablets  and Oral rehydration salts, anti-allergic.
In case you are under any other form medication please consult your doctor before starting the trek.

Cost Inclusions

Camping Equipment viz. Tents, Sleeping Bags, Matresses etc.

Kitchen Ware.

Toilet tents.

Dining Tent.

All meals during the trek. (Morning Tea, Breakfast, Lunch, Snacks, Dinner)

Two nights Guest House/Home Stay Accommodation at Base camp Aut.

Transport from Aut to Trek start point.(Both ways)

Transportation of Camping Equipment during the trek.

Cost Excludes

Any expense not written in Inclusions.

Rescue charges.

Travel Insurance.

Porter Charges. ( if someone isn’t carrying own rucksack porter can be arranged at an additional cost inform in advance)

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