Saturday, 10 August 2013

Negligence pushes foreign trekkers into gorge of death in Parvati valley

Himachal Vacation Travel News
KASOL (KULLU): A foreigner tourist, out of excitement or under the influence of charas, goes for trekking on fascinating but dangerous mountains of Parvati valley in Kullu and loses his way back to the valley. Next day help is sought from Chhape Ram and his team, a renowned rescuer in the valley, and they recover his body from a gorge. Such stories have become common in Kullu.
Foreigners organizing a party in Kasol, Manikaran

Parvati valley, famous for world class Malana cream, has become a haunted place where trekkers, mostly from abroad, are felling to death one after another. Reasons are unknown but in most of the cases bodies were found in places far away from the trekking trail. Experts say negligence and consumption of drugs were putting these trekkers in trouble. In many cases it was noticed that trekker was alone and trying to climb a mountain face with no path.
“We found body of Czech national Petr Slanina at a place near Chhalal village where no path was leading. He might have deviated from the trail and tried to climb a dangerous hill with no existing path. He was alone and it was the biggest mistake that he did,” said Chhape Ram Negi of Negi’s Himalayan Adventure who is an authorized rescuer of Israeli nationals in India. “Charas and guts to go alone on mountains are the main enemies of foreign trekkers. They can spend thousands on charas but refuse to hire a local guide,” he added.
Charas makes person fearless and kills his capability of understanding the situation. It was noticed that hotel and guest house owners in Manikaran and Kasol area were not guiding their guests properly. “Surprisingly most of the accidents happened in circumference of only 2-3km around Kasol village. They underestimated the mountains and lost their lives. If cold have lived if they had hired guides,” Negi said.
Trekking in Parvati valley is unsafe without guide
In one another incident of July month, a tourist from England went on trekking alone, chosen a wrong path and tried to climb a mountain without any existing trail. He could not find way back to valley and spent whole night in wilderness. Next morning Negi and his team left for his search and found that the trekker was coming back to the valley with scratch marks on his whole body. “He told us that he fell down from a hill while trying to climb it. He could not trace the path to valley. He was seriously injured and somehow managed to find the path.”
All the trekking and village routes in Parvati valley have several diversions which confuse the new trekker. Choosing a wrong path may lead to a gorge with dead end. Body of a 23-year-old youth from Mumbai, Kshitij Goel, was found near Grahan Nullah on April 2. He was missing since November 10, 2012. Police say they have been advising tourists not to go for trekking without proper arrangements but some people don’t want to hear them.
Kasol, the haven for tourists from Israel, Italy, UK, Germany and France, has become notorious for charas and deaths of foreign nationals. Apart from the 21 deaths in last seven years, 18 foreigners have gone missing in Kullu since 1992 and majority of them were staying in Parvati valley. July to mid October is the peak trekking season in Himachal.

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