Grahan Village is situated amidst the Parvati Valley in the town of Kasol at an altitude of around 7,700 feet above the sea level. You will come to know that the trail shares its south border with Kullu Tehsil, Lahaul Tehsil in the north and Spiti Tehsil in the eastern parts. Grahan village also serves as the first campsite to the infamous Sar Pass trek which is about 20 km hike from Grahan Village.
On an average it is a 10 km series of upward ascent from Kasol to Grahan Village. The 4 to 5 hours of trek is a unique experience in its kind apart from trekking in Kasol. The quaint and humble wooden houses will take you to a different world as you know it. The trail takes you through meadows, deep forest, bridges over the Grahan nallah and many more exciting things. Grahan Village is a story on its own in the months of April to December which also marks the peak tourist season in and around Kasol.
The Grahan Village trek makes its base near the bridge at the right side of the Parvati river from Kasol. You will come across many bridges that are needed to cross the flowing water stream of the Grahan Nallah that will keep you company throughout your trail. Summers are also quite pleasant on this journey toward Grahan Village with many wildflowers blooming and lighting up the way with vibrant colours. The refreshing rhythmic sound of the water stream along with the views of the snow-capped mountains will keep you motivated. If you are one of the bird-lovers then you will definitely enjoy the bird chirping happily on your way to the village. You can spot some shepherds with their cattle grazing in the meadows.
Day 01 – Reaching Kasol Town
First you need to get to Kasol from your hometown. For explaining, let’s consider Delhi as the starting point of your journey as it is the main connecting city to all the northern hill stations. You can get to Manju ka Tila bus station and catch a bus departing at 4 pm for Bhuntar. The overnight bus will take you to Bhuntar and from there you can get to Kasol by shared cab or local bus.
Day 02 – Manikaran Challal Tour
Try to reach Kasol in the morning so that you have enough time to check-in to the hotel if you want to explore in and around Kasol. If you have the chance and time then don’t miss out on exploring Kasol and its Israeli cuisines that are available at many famous Cafes. You can have a walk around the Parvati river, have a trip around Challal village and a visit to Manikaran Gurudwara. All of these are major tourist places and worth visiting if you are in Kasol.
Day 02 – Kasol Grahan Trek
The Grahan village trek begins from the bridge next to the Kasol bus stop and takes about 4 to 5 hours to cover the distance of 9 km. One of the major highlights of this trek is the Parvati River running alongside the trail as you trek from Kasol to Grahan Village. This short trek gives you a treat of Parvati valley in all its glory. The trekking trail takes you through deep forests, some of the hidden waterfalls, wooden bridges and breath-taking views of the Himalayan ranges covered in snow.
Day 03 – Grahan Village to Tosh Village Trek
If your enthusiasm prevails then incorporate another beautiful trek to the Tosh village, a traditional stay without any concrete roads. You have to walk through the trails of nature to get to your homestay or guest house. There are many beautiful cafes with a view to Parvati valley and mountains. Tosh is known as a hippie destination and gem of a vibrant culture.
Day 04- Tosh Village to Kasol
On the next day you can descend back to Kasol from an altitude of 7700 feet where Tosh is located. After getting back to Kasol you can explore the markets of Kasol and shop for some souvenirs. The coffee at the local coffee shop is sure to lighten up your day.
Day 05 – Departure day
The entire trip comes to an end on the fifth day and it’s time to say goodbye to the Parvati valley. You can take a bus from Kasol to Delhi which will drop you early in the morning. From there you can continue your onward journey to your hometown via flight or train.