Grahan - A Spiritual Village in Parvati Valley

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Grahan is a Spiritual village in Parvati Valley. Not so popular among travellers visiting Kasol, but a great scenic hike of 10km starting from Kasol. 

Situated at an altitude of around 7500 feet is home to no more than 300 villagers and about 30-40 houses. Consumption of alcohol is strictly prohibited in Grahan and travellers not adhering to it are either imposed a heavy fine or thrown out of the village. The only way to reach the village is by a small hike starting from Kasol and has no mobile network or ATM. You will find basic accommodation in Grahan village, either guest house or homestay run by the local community.

 

Short Itinerary

Day 0 : Drive from Delhi to Kasol

Day 1 : Kasol and Around. Night stay at Kasol

Day 2 : Kasol to Grahan Village

Day 3 : Grahan Village to Kasol. Later depart for Delhi

Fixed Departures

21st Dec to 23rd Dec Filling Fast {20th Dec (Friday) 08:30 PM to 24th Dec (Tuesday) 08:00 AM}

28th Dec to 30th Dec Open {27th Dec (Friday) 08:30 PM to 31st Dec (Tuesday) 08:00 AM}

30th Dec to 1st Jan Open {29th Dec (Sunday) 08:30 PM to 2nd Jan (Thursday) 08:00 AM}

11th Jan to 13th Jan Open {10th Jan (Friday) 08:30 PM to 14th Jan (Tuesday) 08:00 AM}

25th Jan to 27th Jan Open {24th Jan (Friday) 08:30 PM to 28th Jan (Tuesday) 08:00 AM}

8th Feb to 10th Feb Open {7th Feb (Friday) 08:30 PM to 11th Feb (Tuesday) 08:00 AM}

22nd Feb to 17th Feb Open {21st Feb (Friday) 08:30 PM to 18th Feb (Tuesday) 08:00 AM}

Itinerary (Delhi to Delhi)

  • 0

    Day 0 : Drive from Delhi to Kasol

    Assemble at RK Ashram Metro Station / Majnu Ka Tila by 6:30 PM.

    We start our journey towards Kasol which is 513 km by 7 PM. We take our first stop at a restaurant near Murthal for Dinner and then continue our drive to Kasol in Himachal Pradesh.

  • 1

    Day 1 : Kasol and Around. Night stay at Kasol

    Reach Kasol in the morning by 10 AM. Relax a bit at the Hotel. Later in the afternoon, we leave for local sightseeing around Kasol, Chalal.

    Kasol is a scenic place in Parvati Valley and has numerous hikes and cafes to explore. Return to the property by evening for dinner.

    Night stay at Kasol.

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    Day 2 : Kasol to Grahan Village

    After an overnight stay at the Hotel at Kasol, we start our trek to Grahan Village. The total distance of the trek is 8 km and the trail passes through dense forest with a scenic view of Grahan nala (a tributary of Parvati river) along the trail.

    The initial trail is through a path full of boulders and water streams. Mind your step while crossing the streams as stones remain slippery. After this stretch of about half km, you will reach the forest and from where the real trek starts. The whole trek is steep and uphill and it passes through dense forest. After an uphill walk of around 6 km, you will reach our base camp, which is a nice cafe to relax.

    One can have its first sight of snowcapped peaks from the cafe. Facilities of homestay is available at the cafe along with soothing bonfire.

    The village is pristine and remains covered with snow during winters. The village has many prestigious and overwhelming things to offer.

    After reaching there, Have dinner. Overnight stay in tents.

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    Day 3 : Grahan Village to Kasol. Later depart for Delhi

    Wake up early and enjoy the sunrise. If time and weather allows, we hike up to some of the nearby waterfalls. After having breakfast, we will visit two prestigious temples, and explore their local culture and traditions. Later we start our downhill trek towards Kasol. It takes around 3-4 hours to reach Kasol. Our vehicle will pick you from Kasol and we will start our return journey to Delhi.


    Reach New Delhi next day early morning by 7 AM.

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Inclusions

Transport Delhi to Kasol and return

1 Night Stay in Hotel at Kasol

1 Night stay in Homestay

6 Meals during Trek and stay ( 3 Breakfast + 1 Lunch + 2 Dinner)

Guided Trek

Tour Lead

Exclusions

Anything not mentioned in Inclusions

Any meals apart from mentioned

Cancellation Policy

Booking amount is non-refundable.

No refund of total trip amount will be provided on cancellation, 10 days prior to departure date.

50% of total trip amount can be refunded on cancellation between 11-20 days prior to scheduled departure date.

90% of total trip amount can be refunded on cancellation between 21-90 days prior to scheduled departure date.

100% of total trip amount can be refunded on cancellation, 90+ days prior to scheduled departure date.

For Cancellations/ Refund Request , kindly reply to the confirmation mail and get in touch with the Team. All cancellations will be considered only after the mail has been received.

Things To Pack

Personal Toiletries

Extra set of clothes

Torch

At least 1 warm layer

Things To Know

*Alcohol is a strict No on this trip. You are not allowed to carry it on the trek 

FAQs

Q. What will be the group size?

Usually, we take maximum of 15-18 people in one group. We believe bigger groups have less fun and less coordination so that’s why we prefer smaller groups.

We need at least 6 people to operate our fixed departure tours/treks.

Q. Who all will go along with us on the trip/trek?

All our treks are led by professional trek leaders who are certifie, mountaineers. Apart from them, there will be one local guide, cook, helper, porters and other staff.

All our trips are led by professional trip coordinators who have a good experience in leading groups.

Q. I am the only girl in the group, is it safe to travel/trek solo?

Yes definitely it is, the safety of girls is most important for us. All our guides and other staff are carefully chosen for trips/treks. They are honest and reliable but we also advise you to take care of your personal belongings.

Q. What are the things that we need to carry on the trek/trip?

Once you confirm the trip/trek and done with the booking, we will send you the packing list according to the trip/trek.

Q. What type of ground transportation will be used on the trip?

We hire taxis such as Innova, Tempo Traveller, Bolero, Tata Sumo, etc. from our vendors.

Q. I cannot carry my rucksack/bag on the trek, can I offload it?

We always recommend that you carry your rucksack during the trek because it helps in maintaining your body posture. In case if you cannot, then we can provide you a mule/porter to carry your rucksack. You will have to tell us at least 1 week before the trek. The charges for offloading would be INR 300 per person per day.

Q. Which shoes should I buy?

Shoes are your lifeline on the trek. It is highly advisable to buy trekking shoes of a good and known brand. You can consider companies like Quechua, Columbia, etc. A waterproof shoes with ankle support will work good.

Q. What are the washroom/toilet facilities like on the trek?

During the treks, separate toilet tents will be set up on each campsite.

Q. What will be the type of accommodation?

It depends on the tour. If it is a trek then you will be staying in dome tents or if it is a road trip the the accommodation can be in hotel/alpine tent/dome tent/home stay.

Q. Will you provide sleeping bags and mattresses?

Yes, we will provide sleeping bags and mattresses during the trek. Our sleeping bags can withstand temperature as low as -10 degree.

Q. How many trekkers will be in one tent?

It totally depends on group dynamics. If there is a couple, we can give them a separate tent or if there are odd number of people, then there would be triple sharing.

Q. How can I book a trek/trip with you?

After selecting the trip/trek, you can book by clicking on the book now button or you can contact us and we will guide you in booking.

Q. What type of food is served during the trek?

We provide nutritious and healthy food during the treks. We always serve Indian vegetarian food and eggs.

Q. How to get safe drinking water on the trek?

Himalayan water is considered the purest water and safe to drink. But for safety purpose, we sometimes boil the water and then use it for drinking and cooking.

In case you find any clean water on the trek, always fill your water where the water is running not where the water is stable or is in rest.

Q. Can we change the itinerary?

Yes, you can give suggestions. We will look into that and if we find it feasible then we will apply it.

Q. Can you customize the trip/trek?

Yes, we can customize any trip/trek as per your needs and as per the feasibility.

Q. Will doctor accompany us on the trek?

No, but our trek leaders are certified in Wildlife First Aid course and they always carry first aid kit and oxygen cylinders on high altitude treks.

Q. Do you prefer I should bring some medicines with me?

Yes it is advisable that you carry your own medication on the trek.

Q. Diamox is advisable or not?

Well, it totally depends on person to person. Usually, there are no side effects of Diamox but if you are having any prior medical conditions then it is better to consult your doctor.

Our itinerary is designed in a way that we take sufficient time to get acclimatized. In case if you are having problem on the trek then tell your trek leader about your condition as soon as possible.

Q. Can I take my child along on this trek? What is the age limit?

It depends on the difficulty level of the trek. Minimum age for eligibility is 14 years.

Q. What will we do if it rains?

If it starts raining slowly while trekking then we will continue our trek as per the plan. Your poncho will keep you dry. In case if it is raining heavily then we will try to find any shelter and wait for the rain to stop or slow. If it rains at the campsite then there would not be any problem because all our living tents, kitchen tents and toilet tents are waterproof. You will stay dry inside.

Q. Why is the trekking pole necessary?

Differs from person to person. If you think that it would help you maintaining balance while trekking then do bring the pole. Some people think that trekking pole disturbs the walking rhythm. So it’s upto you.

Reviews

Raj Kumar
Raj Kumar

Justwravel Team! A big thank you! It was my first trekking experience and it was fabulous! Thank you for making it possible to go along in a group with unknown people to unknown places and returning only knowing awesome people and wonderful places! Special thanks to the trek lead Manu! You kept us comfy and things simple! Please keep doing and I would love to explore more with you and Team Justwravel!

Neha Anand
Neha Anand

Awesome....only one thing would have added lifetime memory ...I had informed Nishant ..that it was my 5th marriage anniversary... a cake added..for cake cutting. . would have been appreciated... I would have loved to pay for it ... cake cutting in grahan.

Vishal Arora
Vishal Arora

the trip was really amazing right from bus travel to hotel and cottage accommodation, Food was also very nice. All in al 10 on 10 from my side.

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