WHY SHOULD YOU TAKE THIS TREK?
Parvati valley, located in Kullu district, Himachal Pradesh, draws its name from the Parvati river flowing through the valley. Encompassing various villages, Kasol, Tosh, and Kheerganga are the three most known places to visit by a traveller. The unseen trail to Grahan village, on the other hand, is secluded and serene and is an ideal weekend getaway for people looking for total isolation in the valley. Housing not more than 30 traditional Himachali houses, Grahan village falls en route mighty Sar Pass trek and is the hidden treasure for travellers in the Parvati valley.
The Unseen trail, with one day in Kasol and Grahan each, is a perfect getaway for beginners looking for an adventurous trek in the lower Himalayas. Widely popular for its dense pine forests, natural hot water springs (Manikaran), Grahan waterfall, short hikes and the valley’s natural beauty, Grahan gives the travellers an opportunity for a peaceful retreat. The crisp mountain air coupled with delicious Himachali & Israeli food with the smell of burning herbs coursing through the otherwise unpolluted air makes Kasol the so-called “Amsterdam of India”. One can also take a short hike further ahead to Grahan to see the Pir Panjal mountain range.
EVERYTHING YOU WANTED TO KNOW ABOUT THIS TREK
Day 1: Kasol – Manikaran
Upon reaching Kasol, after a tiring journey, check-in at The Hosteller Kasol at 11 AM. Located 5 minute away from the city centre, The Hosteller Kasol offers serene mountain view, comfortable rooms and various local experiences. After settling down, one can walk down to Kasol village for grabbing delicious Israeli or local food. Our trip coordinator would then meet you at the city centre for a 3 hour Manikaran gurudwara tour. Once back, one can enjoy with other travellers around the bonfire or can make themselves comfortable in the cozy rooms. A delicious vegeterian dinner is served in The Hosteller cafe around 9 PM. One can also register for Jungle walk at the reception (timing: 10 PM – 12 midnight).
Day 2: Kasol – Grahan
Post breakfast around 9 AM, one should put on the hiking shoes and leave for Grahan trek (around 10 KM from Kasol). Our highly experienced local trek guide awaits at the reception to start the trek. Grahan trek, almost parallel to the riverside, is one of the most beauitful short treks in the Parvati valley. One cannot miss the mesmerising sights while traversing through dense pine forests, finding spots to catch breath, hidden waterfalls and a few wild animals, too. One cannot stop clicking selfies on this trek. Post reaching the homestay in Grahan and settling down, one can visit the waterfall, local temple or the village. A delicious vegeterian dinner (around bonfire) sums up the day for a peaceful night under a million stars.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 3: Grahan – Kasol
The day begins early with breakfast served at 8 AM. Post breakfast, our trek guide takes you further ahead from Grahan in search of fresh snow. For photographers, Grahan offers much more than mountain selfies. Having spent a few hours in Grahan, one should descend down to Kasol along with the trek guide. The trip ends here.
Meals & stay as mentioned in the itinerary
Camping & trekking equipment
Expert trek leader and guide
Forest permit charges
Lunch on all days
Any personal expenses and needs
Any unforeseen fees/costs due to natural causes
Q: What is the best time to do this trek in the year?
A: March – December
Q: What is the difficulty level of this trek?
A: This trek is ideal for both beginners and experienced trekkers.
Q: What should I pack?
A: Refer to our “Things to carry” section.
Q: Would I need to buy camping equipment and accessories?
A: No, you don’t need to buy anything except items listed in “Things to carry” section.
Q: Who would lead us on the trek?
A: Our highly experienced local guides would lead the trek.
Q: How would the weather be during the trek?
A: March – June (Bright & Sunny), July – August (Sunny & Rainy), September – October (Bright & Sunny), November – December (Snowy)
Q: What all activities would be involved apart from trekking?
A: Apart from trekking, you would also be learning how to set up your camps, lighting a bonfire, jungle survival techniques, stargazing and much more.
Q: How do I pack?
A: We recommend you to pack light while trekking. Keep essentials in a small backpack and leave the rest of the luggage at the base location.
Region: Parvati Valley, HP
Best Time to Visit: October – June
Avg. Temp: 22 C (Daytime) – 8 C (Nightime)
Famous for: Cafes, Trekking, Adventure, Weekend getaways
ATM: Kasol, Manikaran (Carry enough cash due to the shortage of ATMs)
Nearest Airport: Bhuntar Airport (30 KM)
Nearest railway station: Chandigarh (250 KM)
Nearest bus stop: Bhuntar (30 KM)
Day 1: Kasol
Day 2: Grahan
Day 3: Trip Ends
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– Cancellations made 7 days before the start date of the trip will attract 50% of booking value as cancellation fees.
– Cancellations made within 3 days before the start date of the trip will attract 100% of booking value cancellation fees.
– In the case of unforeseen weather conditions or government restrictions, certain activities may be canceled and in such cases, the operator will try his best to provide an alternate feasible activity. However, no refund will be provided for the same.
– Refunds would be made through bank transfer and would be processed within 5-7 working days