The beautiful Parvati Valley attracts tourists all around the year looking for some peace and quiet from our noisy, bustling cities. While most people usually stick to Kasol, the most popular and largest town of the valley, those who are really interested in being one with nature know that Parvati Valley is so much more than just Kasol. With beautiful hamlets tucked around the virgin forests surrounding the banks of River Parvati, you could spend an entire lifetime exploring this valley and yet not have enough! One of the most beautiful villages in the valley includes Grahan. A remote, offbeat village that can only be reached via a 10 kilometres trek through beautiful forests home to a variety of birds, trees and other flora and fauna. Located at 7,700 feet above sea level, Grahan has only 50 houses and a population of just around 350 people. The houses here are over 200 years old, all built in the traditional pahadi architectural style. Arriving in Grahan is a tranquil sight with its wooden houses, lush greenery, and pure mountain air.
Chalal, another quaint village in Parvati Valley, lies next to the Parvati river is remarkable in its own way and each day is beautiful here. Chalal is nestled amongst thick forests of deodar and pine. Challal is located just a 30 minutes’ walk away from Kasol, separated by an old rustic iron bridge flowing over the tremendous Parvati River.
Grahan & Chalal Trek Map
Day 1 (23 December) –The journey starts from Delhi in evening Volvo bus to Kasol (12-13 hours). Give yourself a good sleep in the comfortable ride to the hills, as you prepare yourself for one of the best adventures of your life ahead!
Kasol– It has a minimal population, jazzy restaurants, and picturesque valley. An interesting fact about Kasol is that it is inhabited mostly by tourists from Israel. According to locals, the town is a hot spot for a lot of young people who finish their compulsory military service in Israel and then escape to the Parvati Valley. Experience the “Hippie” and “Shanti” vibe of ‘Little Amsterdam’ in Kasol.
Day 2 (24 December) -You will meet our representative and trek leader at Kasol, relax for some time, have your breakfast and start trekking towards Grahan village (10 km, 4-5 hours) through the banks of mystical Grahan stream and a path full of pine and rhododendron trees. Lunch en route. Reach Grahan village, briefing about the peaks and passes around, bonfire, dinner, and night stay in Grahan in cosy rooms.
Grahan– is away from the crowd and an unexplored destination in Parvati Valley. It is located at 7,700 feet above sea level (2347 meters) and has only 50 houses and a population of around 350 people.
Day 3 (25 December) –Rise up to the sound of silence and after breakfast roam around the village, interact with villagers, visit the local school and the hidden waterfalls. From Grahan, we then begin our descent and head to the peaceful village of Chalal nestled amongst thick forests of deodar and pine. Challal is a small village located just a 30 minutes’ walk away from Kasol, separated by an old rustic iron bridge flowing over the tremendous Parvati River. Rest at Challal and take in all that Nature has to offer as you sit in the middle of a meadow surrounded with nothing but lush green beauty. Move further and hike along the Parvati River, as it folds into massive waves over the huge boulders in its river beds. The gurgling of the river provide a deep sense of calm and offer some of the most enchanting views. This adventure-filled day will be put to an end with a bonfire under the stars in the cold night as you huddle up with your new-found friends and enjoy a lavish dinner spread!
Challal– It is a much bigger hamlet on the right bank of the Parvati river. Abounds in rest houses, pool parlours and cafes serving Italian, French and Israeli cuisine, it is very popular with young Europeans.
Day 4(26 December) -On our last day, we finally walk back to Kasol from Chalal and hop into the evening Volvo bus back to Delhi with a heart full of happy memories. We part ways and say goodbyes only to meet soon for another adventure. (You will reach Delhi around 7 in the next morning.)
Stay- Homestay (sharing basis)
Meals- Vegetarian Nutritious and Tasty Meals during the Trek with Evening Tea.
Breakfast on Day 2, 3 and 4
Lunch on Day 2
Dinner on Day 2 and 3
Experienced trek leaders and cook.
Transport from Delhi and back in Volvo Bus.
First-Aid Kit/ Oxygen Cylinder.
Climbers are reminded that there is a 15kg limit on personal luggage for all climbs.
Cameras, whether video or film, needed to be protected against the severe cold either in a warm pouch or the interior pockets of your clothing. Do not keep your camera in your backpack at higher elevations.
We do not provide donkeys or porters to carry luggage.
No insurance is provided during the trek.
When between camps, please carry your daily personal rubbish to the next camp.
Remember – “Take nothing but photographs, leave nothing but footprints”. So, keep the mountains clean and green.
Aspirins and Paracetamols are highly recommended for headaches and because they also thin the blood that will help improving circulation & oxygen delivery to the body. Strong painkillers are not recommended as they can suppress respiration.
Personal expense of any kind will not be entertained.
Personal Equipment Required:
A good sturdy pair of shoes and a backpack with plastic or waterproof lining.
Comfortable, lightweight clothing.
Sunglasses or goggles.
A woollen hat for warmth.
Scarf or bandana.
Ear plugs. (Optional)
Spare contact lenses or glasses.
Extra polythene bags.
Reading materials, Games, Cards. (Optional)
Towel especially lightweight quick-dry type.
Track pants with more pockets. Carry around 2 pants. Avoid jeans.
Waterproof jackets and gloves.
A raincoat since the weather can be unpredictable sometimes. (Optional)
Identification proof like Passport, Driving license, Aadhar card etc.
1 Passport size photograph.
REFUND & CANCELLATION POLICY
Cancellation of booking of tour 31 days or more before the date of Departure will result in a 20% deduction in the cost of the tour.
Cancellation of booking of tour 21-30 days before the date of Departure will result in 40% deduction of the cost of the tour.
Cancellation of booking of tour 11-20 days before the date of Departure will result in 60% deduction of the cost of the tour.
Cancellation of booking of tour 6-10 days before the date of Departure will result in 80% deduction of the cost of the tour.
Cancellation of booking of tour 1-5 days before the date of Departure will result in 100% deduction of the cost of the tour.