The jungles of Chhattisgarh has captured our imagination! Take for example the new jungle trek inside Guru Ghasidas National Park.
First, most have not heard of Guru Ghasidas National Park. And if you are not from Chhattisgarh, then in most likelihood, you would have never heard of it either. Yet, at 1,440 sq km it is larger than the Ranthambore National Park and Kanha Tiger reserve put together. Or bigger than Bandipur and Mudumalai National Park put together.
The new Jungle trek is in the heart of the Guru Ghasidas National Park. It is special because you need the forest department to help you get inside a national park. These are reserved areas and access to common man is prohibited.
We have taken the help of the Forest Department to bring you this hidden gem. Our explorers who went on this trek have come back stunned.
You experience real jungles. You trek through its wilderness and camp deep inside the forests. Like in the Jungle Books, you also trek along a river and camp on its beach.
When you wake up it is the sounds of the jungle you hear! Very often you walk by the footprints or traces left behind by the wild inhabitants of the jungle. You may even be lucky to get a glimpse of the elusive creatures.
The trek is meant for those who want to experience trekking through wilderness. Jungles and wildlife fascinate them.
While the trek is not difficult, it is not easy on the legs either. There are long walks everyday (10-14 kms). Fitness is critical.
Day 1 Chulaadhar Road to River camp
You reach Baikunthpur road station at about 6.30 am. It is best to get going on the road towards Guru Ghasidas soon after. Though Baikunthpur is a bustling town, it is unlikely for the town to wake up before 9 am. Multi utility vehicles such as the Bolero, which can be hired from Baikunthpur are your best option to drop you off to your trek start point 70 kms away.
Indiahikes will organize Bolero’s or similar vehicles to pick up trekkers from Baikunthpur Road railway station when the train from Raipur arrives. Nothing much can be done at Baikunthpur that early in the morning except for withdrawing cash at the many ATM’s that exist in town.
From Baikunthpur, the road starts to climb up the ghat section very soon. In 25 kms of a quick winding road, you reach Sonhat the last little town before the national park. Sonhat is also the range office of forest department. Have your breakfast here before heading into the forest gate 5 kms away. Sonhat is also where you get your last phone signal. Inside the national park only BSNL signal exists in pockets.
Once inside the forest gate at Mendra Check post, you are in the middle of thick Sal forests on either sides. The metal road cuts through in between the trees. For most part of the 30 kms journey through the forest, you are the only vehicle on the road. It is a public road with checks though. The road journey of 40 minutes inside the forest brings you to another forest gate – the Ramgad checkpost.
Ramgad is a village of about 150 houses spread over 2-3 kms outside the park area. Though a remote village surrounded by the forest, it has a school, a health centre, a girls hostel and something very striking – a RO water dispenser.
Ramgadh is the village where you drop your excess left luggage and drive towards the start of the trek. From Ramgadh, drive on the Chuladhar road. 5 kms down the drive, we leave the metal road and turn into the forest. The mud track is smooth for the initial 3 kms after which it becomes rough. This is where you get off the vehicles and get on your feet. There is a small shallow stream to cross almost immediately. The next 2 kms on the mud road bring you to the sandy beach of the Pairi river. The sand stretches out making it a wide river bed, ideal to pitch tents. The river flows gently down and in about a kilometer joins the bigger Bijadur river. Your trek the next two days is largely up the Pairi river.
Ensure your toilet tents are pitched up in the forest land away from the river bed though.
You are expected to reach camp on day 1 by lunch time at 1 pm. Post lunch, walk around on the river bed or sit on the rocks basking the last few hours of sunshine for the day.
Day 2: River Camp to Gidhar 11 kms, 5-6 hours
The Pairi river is your highlight of the day. You see the river winding its way through the jungle. You see the rock formations by its banks and on the river bed. You walk along the river upstream and see it change in form, size, color and speed. Colors change from brown to blue to green to turquoise. You see it flowing fast and you see it calm down. You see it come out of gorges and you also see it spread out in wide sandy beaches. The river comes alive today.
Negotiating the river on its course upstream sees you crossing it several times. You walk on both its banks but the right bank offers better foot trails. At intermittent places where it is not possible to walk on the river bank, you climb up into the clump of trees a bit higher.
The first couple of hours of the day are either on or besides beautifully cut rocks. Cut by the shear force of water, you will be fascinated as much by the rocks as much by the river itself.
Somewhere around the 6 kms mark of your day’s trek, find a shady spot on the river beach to have lunch. Very soon you will briefly leave the river and climb up into the forested hills.
The campsite one and the initial 7 kms of the day’s trek are outside the park boundaries. There is nothing to show this boundary demarcation physically but it can be seen on a GPS map on your phone.
At the park boundary, the river turns right. You have an option to continue along the river or cut through the forest to take the shorter route. We recommend the forest route as it offers a scenery and terrain change.
400 meters into the forest, you will reach a dilapidated wooden house. Right behind it, follow the trail going up for another 10 mins. You reach a high point. You can see the hills ahead of you.
From the high point, take the trail going down to your right. In five minutes you see the river again. Follow the trail till the river. Cross the river and walk along the beach upstream until you get to a wide sandy beach.
This is your campsite for the day.
Day 3: Gidhar to Turrapaani 14 kms, 7-8 hours
Todays trek has 6 distinct sections in it. Each section is very different from the other and enthralling in its own way. This is the longest day of the whole trek stretching over 14 kms. But if your legs can take the distance, your eyes and spirit are in for a feast every kilometer of the 14 !
From your campsite, continue on the river bed moving further upstream. There is big change in the pace of the river now. You will notice that it is flowing very gently and the waters are shallow. The river bed is wider and the beaches very sandy. It is a pleasure to walk across the river anywhere. The first one hour of the days trek is entirely on the sandy beach of the river. You don’t need your shoes at all. You can walk barefoot and experience the crunchy sand beneath or wear sandals.
As you walk, keep your eyes peeled for footprints of wild animals. Usually there are many. Bears, leopards, hyenas usually come to the river for water.
On either side of the river are forest beds. You can take short cuts through the trees at times. After about 40 minutes, the river turns left. Red cliffs raise to your right. You soon see a wide mud track to your right. Take the track which turns into a stone bed walk in about 50 meters. This stone bed continues to the right where a small rocky hillock called Khalas Pahad raises. The rocks here are pink and purplish white – a beautiful contrast to the green trees around. If you look at the trees around, you notice that they are younger. These are the middle age forests. The ones that you came through till here were the older mature forests.
Climbing Khalas Pahad takes only 10 minutes but the view from the top rewards you a lot more than the effort put in. You see the river flowing and its curvy course. You see the hills at the far end of the horizon behind the river. You get sweeping views of the forests of the national park.
Spend about 10 minutes on top and descend down. Behind the river to your right is a wall of hills that runs as far as you can see. Your destination for the day is beyond the hill wall that you see to your far right. Traverse through the forest moving right. You get to cross the Pairi river again for the last time.
The forest traverse lasts for about an hour and a half. Though predominantly Sal, notice the variation in density and age of the trees. After about an hour you start noticing the trees giving way to a few clearings. You also come to a deep trench running across the forest. This marks the demarcation of the park area with the regular. Walking along the trench brings you to the base of the hills. Your trail goes up once such hill which has a rocky opening to climb up. This brings an end to the second section of the days trek.
The trail climbs up in 3 stages. First two stages being rocky and the last one being a trail up. A quick climb of less than 45 minutes sees you at the top of the hill.Once up, you get sweeping views of the national park in front of you. Guru Ghasidas is huge and stretches out beyond what the eye can see.
Once you reach the top, you realize that you are not on top of a hill but on top of a gently sloping large plateau. Sparsely spread out young trees constitute the vegetation. These are the young forests. This part of the park also has trees which serve as food for the herbivores like Chinkaras and Neelgais. It is not uncommon to spot the droppings of these animals on the trails.
The gentle descent on the plateau takes about an hour. At the end of the plateau is a sudden drop. The drop is not much but takes you down to a dry stream bed under a canopy of trees. The dry stream leads to a bigger dry river bed. This river is a tributary of the Pairi joining it almost where you started the trek. Turn left and follow the river for an hour. You are now walking along the rivers downstream.
As you walk along the dry bed, you start seeing a variety of rock formations both in the centre and the sides. Along the way the formations increase and almost become springs from where the river was being fed. You even see creepers and trees intertwined in the rocks.
The rocky springs with trees and creepers bring in a mysterious charm to the whole place. In about 10 minutes of climb, the river springs are over and you are back into the trees. The trees here are tall. The trail is wide. The forest feel is different. 15 minutes of this walk pops out suddenly to a metal road and a couple of village buildings. This is Turrapaani village. The road is the main park road connecting Ramgad to Mendra Gate.
Cross the road and walk ahead along the village fields. Follow the mud trail for another 5 mins. You pass by a well with hand pump on your right. This well collects the water from the natural spring for the villagers to use. Keep walking straight. You will see a set of yellow buildings. That is the school.
Your camp for the day is right next to the school. The road outside the school marks the boundary between the village and the forest.
There is a solar pump bringing in water to the school. Expect it to work only on bright sunny days. If the weather is cloudy, water has to be ferried from the spring to the school.
Day 4: Turrapaani to Tediyabaandh 8 kms, 4-5 hours
Turrapaani is a natural spring which is the only source of water to the entire 35 house village.
Start the day with a walk through the village. There are 7-8 houses nearby. The houses have high mud walls and tile roofs. Vegetable gardens and mustard fields surround the houses while the kids and baby goats play around.Spend a while here interacting with the curious villagers and get an insight into their life in the wilderness.
Your trek today is comparatively short. You start from the village, go to the natural spring, traverse the forest and come out at the Tediyabaandh lake.
Come back to your campsite from the village and follow the mud trail going into the treeline. The forest floor starts becoming a red rock bed and descends. Just when you wonder where this is headed to, the spring cave comes up on your right. Fresh water flows out of the red rocky wall and gets collected in a man made tank. The rock cave has a central opening in the roof letting in sunlight. Take in this natural wonder by spending a few minutes before moving on.
From the spring, the trail goes further on the red rocks before entering the forest. The forest trail changes from one type of forest cover to another.Small rocky climbs and dry streams come by. You cross a section of the forest with lot of green grass. The green floor adds a whole new feel to the forest.
When you climb on the rock plateaus, you see the hills ahead. The prominent Raja pahad falls on the left. There are no foot trails to the hill. Climb it only to get an adrenaline rush of rock climbing. Descent from Raja pahad is also a make your own trail exercise. In any case, you need to come back to where you started and join the main trail that goes right away from the hill.
If you do not intend to climb Raja pahad, your trail veers right. As you move down, the forests thin out bringing you to a huge lake called Tediyabaandh. You are at the far end of the lake. The spring which is the source of the lake is just a few meters away and worth a visit. Move right following the stream of water feeding the lake. Jump over the rocks if you do not want to take off your shoes.
Once back from the spring walk along the lake. Pink lotuses bloom all around. Head towards the clump of trees just beside the lake on the flat grassy bed. Spend time, have lunch and relax here before heading out to the tiny mud track that leads you to the metalled road.
Ramgadh, your start of the trek is about 10 kms from here.
Day 1: Reach Baikunthpur by 6.30 am via an overnight train from Raipur (Durg Ambikapur express). Drive to Guru Ghasidas National Park, Ramgadh post. Drive to start of trek. Trek to campsite 1 by the Pairi river.
Day 2: Trek from camp 1 to Gidhar Campsite. 11 kms, 5-6 hours
Day 3: Trek from Gidhar Campsite to Turrapaani. 14 kms, 6-7 hours
Day 4: Trek from Turrapaani to Tadiyabaan. 8 kms 4-5 hours. Leave Tadiyabaan at 4 pm and drive to Baikunthpur road station. Take overnight train to Raipur. Train is scheduled to leave Baikunthpur Road station at 11.10 pm.
How to get fit for the Chhattisgarh Jungle trek
The Chhattisgarh Jungle trek is marked as an moderate trek. Although it is not a high altitude trek the longer days of trekking(approx 10 – 14 km daily) makes it a trek that you should not take as easy.
The trek is in the forest and has its share of climbs, descents and long walks.
This trek requires a good amount of cardiovascular endurance. You can begin by jogging everyday. Start jogging at a slow pace and then keep increasing your pace day by day. To prepare for a trek, you should have a combination of distance and speed targets.
Here’s a fitness routine that works:
In case you’re just starting with a regular fitness routine, phase out your distance targets in the following manner –
–>Target completing 5 km in 45 minutes when you begin.
–> Gradually increase your pace by running 4 times a week and bring it down to 5 km in 40 mins.
–>If you are 45 years or above, try to cover 5km in less than 45 minutes.
If you are somebody you prefers cycling over running, then try to cover 18 km in 60 minutes.
How to send us a proof of your fitness routine?
Record your run on an app like Nike Run. Start recording your run when you start running. At the end of your run, hit the stop button.
Take a screenshot of the summary of your run. We will need a detailed split of each kilometre of your run. This is usually integrated in all running apps.
Note: Make sure your GPS is on when you record your run. If the GPS is off, we will not accept the screenshot.
Upload two screenshots 10 days prior to the start of the trek
For < 45 years age : One screenshot of 5 km in 45 minutes and the second 5 km in 40 minutes.
For > 45 years age : Two screenshots of 5 km in 45 minutes.
If you love cycling, cover a distance of 18 km in one hour and upload the same.
Fitness proof to be uploaded with GPS on and along with your picture.
Here’s a guide to help you prepare for the trek.
Working out indoors
If you can’t go out and jog because of time and space constraints, here’s a video you can use to work out indoors.
What to take on the Chhattisgarh Jungle Trek
If you’re trekking in the Chhattisgarh jungles in winter, the temperature during the day will be at around 15 to 25 degrees and at night, the temperature will drop to 5 to 7 degrees. You will need to carry a minimum of three warm layers. Apart from this, ensure you carry your warm accessories such as synthetic (water resistant) gloves, woollen socks and balaclava.
Ensure you carry a sandals, poncho and full sleeve t-shirts and pants to have a comfortable trek.
- Trekking shoes: Carry trekking shoes and not sports shoes. The trail will be slippery at several places and will require shoes with good grip and ankle support. You can watch this video to learn to choose the right trekking shoes.
- Backpack (40-60 litres): A backpack with sturdy straps and a supporting frame. Rain cover for backpack is essential.
On a trek, carry fewer clothes than you would normally need. Do not pack for ‘what if situations’. That will only add to the weight of your backpack and not be used on the trek. Once your clothes get warmed up on a trek, you will not feel like changing. Just maintain personal hygiene.
- Three layers of warm clothes: If you’re trekking in winter, carry a sweater, a fleece jackets and a padded jacket.
- Two trek pants: Carry light quick dry trek pants. One of your pants can be tights that you can wear as an inner layer while trekking. Denim/jeans and shorts are not suitable for trekking.
- Two collared t-shirts: Carry light, full sleeved t-shirts that prevent sun burns on the neck and arms. Let one of these be a dri-fit t-shirt. It will dry quickly in case you are trekking on a rainy day. A common mistake that trekkers make is not changing their tshirts often enough. Regardless of how cold it is, the body tends to sweat a lot. Trekkers who don’t change to fresh clothes after reaching the campsite fall ill due to wet clothes and are often unable to complete their trek.
- Sandals: Carry sandals on this trek as there are multiple river crossings. Trekking shoes are required for the forest but have a handy pair of sandals to slip into.
- Sunglasses: Sunglasses are mandatory. This is to protect you from the harsh winter sun.
- Hand gloves: A fleece or woolen glove will do
- Balaclava: You’ll need this to cover your head, as most of the heat escapes from your head.
- Socks (2 pairs) and a pair of woollen socks: Apart from two sports socks, you can take a pair of woollen socks for the night.
- Headlamp/LED torch: Mandatory
- Trekking pole: Watch this video to understand why you need a trekking pole.
- Ponchos: In a jungle, unexpected rain is possible at anytime, and hence it’s mandatory to carry a poncho so that you don’t get wet.
- Daypack (20 litres): You will need this to carry water bottles, light snacks and medical kit in case you decide to offload your backpack.
- Toiletries: Sunscreen, moisturiser, light towel, lip balm, toilet paper, toothbrush, toothpaste, hand sanitiser. Do not carry wet wipes since these are not biodegradable. If you do happen to use wet wipes to clean up after a trek, make sure you bring them back with you. The same holds for used sanitary napkins. Carry a zip lock bag to put used wet tissues and napkins. Bring this ziplock bag back with you to the city and do not dispose wet tissues and sanitary napkins in the mountains.
- Cutlery: Carry a spoon, coffee mug and a lunch box. We insist on trekkers getting their own cutlery for hygiene reasons.
- Three water bottles: 1 litre each. We recommend the Lifestraw Go. Indiahikes trekkers can get it at a discount here.
- Plastic covers: While packing, use plastic bags to compartmentalize things and carry few extra plastic bags for wet clothes.
- Odomos or any other insect repellant
Mandatory Personal Medical Kit
- Crocin – 6 tablets (fever)
- Avomine – 4 tablets (motion sickness)
- Avil 25mg – 4 tablets (allergies)
- Combiflam – 4 tablets (Pain killer)
- Norflox TZ & Lomofen– 6 tablets each (diarrhea)
- Digene – 10 tablets (acidity)
- Omez/ Rantadine – 10 tablets (antacids)
- Crepe bandage – 3 to 5 meters
- Gauze – 1 small roll
- Band aid – 10 strips
- Cotton – 1 small roll
- ORS – 10 packets
- Betadine or any antiseptic cream
- Moov spray (aches, & sprains)
- Knee cap, if you are prone to knee injury
- Anti fungal powder
- Odomos or any other insect repellent
- Original and photocopy of government photo identity card- (driving license, voters ID, etc.) – It is mandatory for trekkers to carry a copy of their photo id for entry at forest check posts on the trek. Since Baikunthpur will have limited facilities to photo copy, do not leave this till the end.
- Medical Certificate (first part to be filled by a doctor and second part by the trekker) – Download PDF
- Disclaimer form (to be filled by the trekker) – Download PDF
Here’s a guide to help you pack for the trek –
What you need to know about the trek fee
The trek fee of Rs. 7,450 + 5% GST covers all costs of the trek from the start of the trek at Chulaadhar to Tadiyabaan.
Here is what the trek fee includes:
- Accommodation – Stay is included from Day 1 to Day 3. You will be staying in camps on all days of the trek (3 per tent).
- Meals – All meals from dinner on Day 1 to lunch on Day 4 are included. We provide simple, nutritious vegetarian food on all days of the trek.
- Camping charges – All trekking permits and forest camping charges are included.
- Trekking equipment – You will stay in high quality tents and sleeping bags in all the camps. Our high altitude sleeping bags can withstand temperatures as low as -10 ºC.
- Safety equipment – First aid, medical kit, stretchers etc. will be available at all campsites to deal with emergencies.
- Services of an expert Trek Leader – All our trek leaders are qualified in basic / advanced mountaineering courses.
- Services of an expert Trek Team – The mountain staff on this trek consists of well trained guides, cooks, helpers and porters.
Here is what the trek fee excludes:
- Transport to and from the base camp –We will arrange shared taxis for trekkers to pick you up from Baikunthpur road railway station and drop you to Chulaadhar. This will cost approx Rs. 2,500 per 5-6 seater vehicle one way. You will have to share this cost with the other trekkers.
- Food during transit to and from the base camp – The trek fee does not include meals purchased during the journey to and from Baikunthpur road railway station.
- Backpack offloading charges – If you wish to offload your backpack, there will be an additional charge of Rs. 1,000 + 5% GST. The backpack cannot weigh more than 9 kg. Suitcases/strolleys/duffel bags will not be allowed. Please note that charges will vary for last minute offloading in case you decide to offload your bag after reaching Ramgarh/Chulaadhar (Rs.335 per day + 5% GST). Online offloading in advance is possible up to three days prior to the trek start date.
- Personal expenses of any kind
- Anything apart from inclusions
Terms & Conditions:
1. Cancellation: If a trek is called off at the last moment due to a natural calamity/unforseen circumstances (like rains, earthquake, landslides, strike, bandh etc), Indiahikes will issue a trek voucher for the full amount. The voucher can be redeemed for the same trek or another trek in the next one year.
In case, you wish to cancel your trek, please login to your account and cancel. Cancellation requests will not be taken over phone or email.
The cancellation charges are as under:
Cancellations prior to 30 days from the start of the trek — full refund.
Cancellation between 30 days and 20 days to the start of the trek — 50% refund.
Cancellation less than 20 days to the start of the trek — no refund.
Please note: In case of refund, there will be a deduction of 4% (cancellation charges) from the total fee you have paid. Also, if you have opted for a trek insurance, the amount will not be refunded.
2. The trek fee includes all costs of the trek from the start pf the trek at Chuladhar and to the end at Tadiyaban Road.
3. Pick up: Trekkers are picked up from Baikunthpur Road station at 6.30 am on the first day of the trek. Usually, trekkers are clubbed together with other participants to make a group. The group travels together to the base camp in shared cabs.
4. Transport:Transport to and fro Baikunthpur Road station can be arranged by us at an extra cost. Participants are expected to share the cost of the cab (approximate cost Rs. 2500 per vehicle one way). This will cost approx Rs. 2,500 per 5-6 seater vehicle one way. You will have to share this cost with the other trekkers. The amount is to be paid directly to our transporter. No service tax is applicable on transport cost. Indiahikes only arranges the vehicle pick up and is not responsible for any issues during transport.
5. Backpack offloading: Indiahikes expects all trekkers to carry their own backpacks. All common gear will be carried by the support team. If for some reason a trekker is unable to carry his or her backpack, he/she can offload the same by paying an additional charge.
6. Backpack offloading charge for the entire trek duration is Rs. 1,000/- plus GST of 5%. Partial offloading is not allowed. Charges for last minute offloading during the trek will be Rs. 335 per day plus GST of 5%. The backpack cannot weigh more than 9 kg. No suitcases/strolleys/duffel bags will be allowed. Online offloading in advance is possible up to three days prior to the trek start date.
7. Emergency during trek: In a trek a medical emergency or any other emergency may arise. If for any reason you are sent down from the trek then Indiahikes will make arrangements for your return to the base camp or nearest road head. A staff will accompany you. He may not be a trained personnel.
Evacuation or dealing with emergencies is extremely difficult in remote areas. It is time consuming as well. A normal trek of 2 hours may take 6 hours in an emergency (a sick person is not easy to evacuate). Doctors do not go along with a team. Doctors are not available at the base camp or nearest road head either. Indiahikes trek leaders are trained to administer first aid and know how to deal with issues related to the mountains. However, they are not doctors.
Registering for this trek is an understanding that you have read up on the difficulties of trekking and understand the risks.
8. Fitness: A high altitude trek in the Himalayas requires considerable fitness. Your body needs to train itself to process more work with lower levels of oxygen. Therefore, on treks, cardiovascular training is critically important. You need to be able to jog a distance of 4.5 km in 30 mins before start of the trek. Unable to do so can make your trek difficult. In addition, preparation of trek needs to include strength and flexibility training. Registering for the trek is an understanding that you will undertake the mandated fitness training. Trekkers who have not adequately prepared may be asked to discontinue the trek at any point. Indiahikes has the right to reject candidates who do not meet our eligibility requirement at the base camp.
9. Non-liability: Indiahikes is not responsible for any loss/damage of your gears/equipment or other belongings on the trek.
10. Payment: Payment for the trek can be done online through credit/debit card or net banking. Cheque/draft or cash is not accepted.
11. Route changes, postponement, delay or finishing the trek a day earlier: Under some extraordinary circumstance, your trek may end a day earlier or start a day later. This may become necessary due to inclement weather, political restrictions or any other cause. In the event of a change, postponement or delay, participants have no right to refund of the trek (in whole or in part) or other compensation for any injury, loss or damage. Trek fee is not charged broken down in terms of days but is a composite fee for the whole trek.
12. Drinking and smoking during the trek is strictly prohibited. If found flouting the rules, your participation on the trek will be cancelled with immediate effect.
13. Safety Protocol:
a. While our itineraries are designed to allow for adequate acclimatisation, most treks in Indian Himalayas climb quickly, which is called forced accents. Unavailability of camp sites and the Indian Himalayan terrain are the reason for this. There are chances that you will feel the effects of altitude sickness and oxygen deprivation while on this trek. Please be aware that your trek leader may deem it unsafe for you to continue trekking at any time, and arrange for you to descend to a lower attitude.
b. Our trek leaders will conduct routine health checks at all camps to measure oxygen saturation, pulse and blood pressure. Indiahikes reserves the right to exclude any trekker from climbing higher on the trek without refund if the trekker’s vital readings are below accepted norms for that altitude. These norms are available with Indiahikes trek leaders.
c. This is a high altitude trek with rough, rocky and snowy terrain. It is important that you are a fit and confident walker in mountain terrain, able to manage ascents and descents by yourself within a reasonable time. Indiahikes reserves the right to turn around a trekker if in the opinion of our trek leader they are unable to complete the itinerary without requiring exclusive assistance. Please realistically self-assess your fitness and suitability for this trek before registering.
Though this part of the country is new to most people, it is not very hard to reach the Guru Ghasidas National Park. A train line connecting to the capital Raipur runs as close as 30 kms to the park.
The small but bustling town of Baikunthpur is your rail head.
There is a daily night train (Durg Ambikapur express Train number 18241) that connects Raipur to the Baikunthpur Road station. Sleeper class tickets should be easy to obtain if you book 2-3 weeks before your schedule.
The train arrives at Raipur junction at 9:35 pm and reached Baikunthpur at 6 am the next morning.
The national park entrance, Mendra Gate is a drive of 30 kms from the Baikunthpur Road railway station. Your trek starts a further 40 kms inside the park making it a 70 km drive.
For the return, you drive back to Baikunthpur road and catch the same train on its return.