Trekking expeditions will not be allowed in the Govind Wildlife Sanctuary and National Park area in Uttarkashi district till August 31, a decision which comes after the death of two persons in the area.
Deputy Director of the Sanctuary RP Mishra said the park administration has taken the decision in view of the safety of tourists and trekkers as the weather in the high altitude areas becomes unpredictable during this period.
No permission for trekking to Borasu, Rupin and Wali passes besides, Ruinasar and Devkyara will be granted till August 31, he said.
A trekker from Maharashtra and a porter were killed recently in the course of separate expeditions in the park area. While the trekker from Maharashtra was killed near Borasu pass in the course of an expedition from Har-ki Doon valley in the park area to Chitkul in Himachal Pradesh, a porter accompanying a team of trekkers from West Bengal died after slipping off a hillock along Yamunotri trek just a day later. The sanctuary protects 958 sq km of forests, alpine meadows and snowy peaks.