Negligence pushes foreign trekkers into gorge of death in Parvati valley
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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