4 Nights/ 5 Days
Day 1 : Kasol - Grahan village 1700m - 2350m (1 hour drive) (7-8km. trek) (5-6hrs.)
Arrive at kasol, here you will be greeted by our representatives (trek leader/ guide) and taken to further programs. Orientations and briefing will be made accordingly and we will start our trek from the last roadhead and will follow the Grahan Nalah. Initially the trail is moderate but soon rolls into uneven walking on the rocks followed by moderate trails too. The forests filled with diverse vegetation will accompany the hike giving some originality to the atmosphere. There are several tea shops en route where one can eat or drink particularly. Further on the trail steepens and keeps the gradient till the Grahan village. The village is hidden between the foliage at a ridge and is visible until we reach the village premises. The Grahan village is populated well but less connected to the rest of the world. There is no network in the village so we recommend that one should make any important calls before leaving the town at Kasol. Once occupied the accommodations one can explore around the village. The halt for the night will be in local household rooms. Have your dinner and sleep well.
Day 2 Grahan- Minh Thach 2350m - 3400m (6 - 7 hrs) ( Approx 7- 8 kms)
Wake up early and tie trekking shoes to make an early departure from the Grahan village. The day trail consists of steep incline through thick forests towering high up in the sky, lush vegetation that one could be lost if didn’t stick together. The view today is bit covered with the dense trees making it a perfect site of canopies to form magical lights. The vistas will appear and hide constantly throughout the trek. On the half of the route we will have our packed lunch, and then restart the steep ordeal. It will take a couple of hours to approach the campsite at Minh Thach. Soon the forest will open up and the meadow of Minh Thach is visible between the trees. It is a beautiful campsite with spectacular evenings and morning lights. Here we will halt in the organized campsites and stay in tents and use sleeping bags..
Day 3 Minh Thach - Nagaru 3400m - 3800m ( 4-5 hours. ) (8-9kms)
The day is the shortest of the whole route yet steep enough to tire someone. It starts with the moderate trek from the campsite and then suddenly turns precipitous. The trick for climbing such gradients is to be patient and walk slowly, there is no need to run or overcome others but just trek at your own pace. After some hours, the treeline will be left below with air getting thinner and vast scenery comes forth in a grand view surrounded by countless mountain ranges and peaks. Nagaru is located on a ridge which is top on the mountain prone to ferocious and freezing winds but the scenery offered is way out of words. It is a place mostly submerged in snow while opening up the route till the end of May. The snowy landscape in front reminds of an incredible campsite full of adventures to offer. The night will be stayed inside camps under the bright night sky. It is an ultimate sight where one could enjoy or fulfill his dreams of gasping at the twinkling and dwindling lights in the night sky. Sleep tight as the following day is long and full of surprises.
Day 04: Nagaru - Sar Pass - Bishkeri 3800m - 4200m - 3350m (7-9 hrs.) (12-13km.)
It is the most awaited trail of the whole trek holding up the best vistas, a Pass to negotiate and entering into the other side of the vale full of natural beauties. At first a steep hike needs to be negotiated which is followed by flat terrain which lasts for hours before nearing upto the pass. As we approach the pass the mountain steepens for a while and thus we are at the top, looking behind at the valleys and valleys laying in front to be cherished throughout. At top sometimes the pass tests the limits of one wanting to cross over it by thunderstorms, speedy winds, snowfalls and even blizzards but it is often calm and favorable with true respect for the mountainous nature. After crossing over the pass we descend below again into the treeline giving up the strange yet comfortable sense of halt in a stunning campsite. Bishkeri is the most loved campsite after days of trekking through snowy terrains, precipitous climbs to the adverse weather conditions held at the top. Night can be spent in ease alongside the fire talking about the treks experiences while having a delicious dinner.
Day 05: Bishkeri 3350m – Barshaini 2400m - Manikaran (4–6hrs) (9-10km.)
Today we will descend down towards Barshaini to end our trip. After having a sumptuous breakfast we will leave the place trekking downwards through forests, meadows, streams and a river to cross. The trail is perfectly engraved leading into the wonderful locations of vast grasslands enroute. Throughout the approach one would find the forests so prehistoric that it will take a couple of people to circle the massive trees. This primitiveness lasts until we reach Pulga, dwelling crammed with particular travelers. From Pulga the road head looks near but it isn’t we see, it is kind of camouflage after the days of walking in the hinterland. Soon we will be at the roadhead from where we will reach Manikaran by a local transport. And here on one is free to go to their preferred destinations.
Distance by Road:
Manali is easily accessible from Delhi. Take an overnight bus from Delhi to Manali and you'll be there in 12 to 14 hours (approx 540 KMS). Tickets can be purchased online through www.redbus.in or www.hrtc.gov.in. Because the journey from Delhi to Manali is long, most Volvo private buses depart Delhi between 5 and 8 p.m. The last government bus departs from ISBT Kashmere Gate at 8.30 p.m. From Delhi to Manali, Volvo buses charge between Rs.1,200 and Rs.1,800 per sector.
How to Get to Kasol:
Kasol is 25 kilometres from Bhunter, and there are many buses running every 15 minutes. Alternatively, one can get out at Bhunter, which is 25 kilometres from Kasol on the left bank highway. bhunter is located between Kullu and Manali. To get to Kasol, you can take a taxi or a local bus from Manali or Bhunter.
The nearest railway station is:
Ambala (350 miles) and Chandigarh (450 km) are the closest railway stations (310 kms).
Tip: In the evening, regular Volvo and bus services run from Chandigarh to Manali. From Chandigarh to Manali, Volvo buses charge between Rs.800 and Rs.1,200 every sector.
The nearest airport is:
The nearest airport is in Bhuntar. The nearest airport is 52 kilometres distant from Manali. Taxis are accessible from Bhuntar to Manali for around Rs.1500 to Rs.2,500. Bhuntar is well-connected by air to Delhi. This airport is served by Indian Airlines, Kingfisher Airlines, MDLR Airlines, and Jagson Airlines, who operate flights from Delhi and Chandigarh to Kullu.
Trekking Shoes: Decent trekking shoes with a good grip and ankle support are required. Carry no sport shoes.
Clothing: Warm garments, such as three-layer coats, fleece, or down feather jackets, are required. Carry one or two full-sleeved t-shirts. Carry cotton and trek pants ideal for trekking for your lowers. For trekking, do not bring jeans or shorts.
Thermals: Keep top and bottom thermals on hand.
Socks: Bring two or three pairs of sports socks, as well as woollen socks to wear at night.
A headlamp/led torch is required.
Sunglasses: To protect yourself from the sun in the snow, you should use UV-protected sunglasses.
Woolen hats and gloves are also recommended due to the cold weather. Carry waterproof gloves because they will become wet in the snow.
Lunchbox & Water Bottle: Each participant should bring their own lunch box, spoon, and water bottle.
Raincoats/ponchos: Snowfall and rain are prevalent at high altitudes, and it is important to carry a poncho to avoid getting wet.
a) Registration Form
b) Medical Certificate (signed by a registered MBBS doctor)
c) NOC form (by trekker)
d) 2 Passport size photos
e) Photocopy of Valid I.D. (PAN is not allowed)
Backpack offloading 3000 per bag
Single tent accommodation 700 per day
following Things Available on rent:
Goose down Feather Jacket 200 rs per day rent
Gloves 30 rs per day rent
Walking stik 50 rs per day rent
Trekking boots 150 rs per day rent
As you know every mountainous excursion demands a precise planning, a planning with adequate pliability of observing and tackling situations, held all as by overcoming mind body and soul throughout the incredible Himalayan journey.
So here are some aspects regarding trek preparation:
Physically – A trek demands physical endurance, to prepare for each trek you should work out a month before joining a program. Build up the adequate strength in your legs by running and exercising every day to boost up your endurance. Stop smoking and boost your lungs doing breathing exercises at routine basis two times a day, which will help acclimatize the conditions while being resilient on the trek. Take active part in outdoor games, Yoga and any other cardiac exercises.
Mentally – Mental preparation is key, equally as important as physical training requisite for a trek. Before joining any trek take pleasure in your daily routines, eat well, take rest properly and relax. Do not stress your mind by unnecessary predictions about the trek. Be with your best friends to get motivated and relax your mind. Because pre trek assumptions are not worthy because once you join the trek and meet with rest of the pack will bring encouragement and excitement. The mental preparedness will build through the entire trek conditions. And the physical drawbacks will affect the mind. So pay close attention to various parts of the body and consciously let them loosen up as you trek. When you trek try to relax your body, especially your hips. If you’re on a winding downhill trail or on a panicking slant, think of each step as part of a simple dance and enjoy the natural rhythms that the terrain and your body can find together cautiously. Experiment with different ways of walking as a way of finding enjoyment beyond the goal of reaching a destination. The main key to stay mentally fit is to enjoy the route and not to pressurize the mind.
Technically- Gear up yourself with perfect size trekking shoes and walk with it. Use 60ltr. Backpack in a daily routine with some weight inside it, so you become used to carrying loads. Buy a trekking pole, water bottle, warm socks, thermals, fleece, feather jackets, trousers, poncho, flip flops, electronics such as power bank, camera (DSLR or digital camera).