Closed 45 years ago due to the glacier snow, Kunthkhal-Hanuman Chatti route in Valley of Flowers is likely to open in 2016. According to a report, the administration of Nanda Devi Biosphere Reserve worked towards revamping the track and it is estimated that the track will be featured in the Valley of Flowers National Park’s map by next year.
As per the report, Rs. 1.5 crore was invested to refurbish the track, which was closed since 1970. It is believed that the British personnel preferred to take this track up to Valley of Flowers where they enjoyed camping. Traversing through the ranges of mountain, Kunthkhal-Hanuman Chatti track is 25kms long. It takes almost 17-18hrs time to complete a trek on it. Situated at an elevation of 4500m above sea level and at a distance of 11kms from Valley of Flowers, Kunthkhal is known for the orchards of Brahma-Kamal. A 14kms descend from Kunthkhal leads to Hanuman Chatti, which is located on Badrinath Highway.
According to Chandrashekhar Joshi, DFO at Nanda Devi Biosphere Reserve, revamping of the track could be made possible due to the help of central government. For more than four decades, trekkers had to traverse through a narrow passage to reach Valley of Flowers but now the track has been increased to 1m in breadth. This is certainly a good sign and as per many adventure experts this improvement will help in boosting the tourism in this area.
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