Answer your calling for an adventure!
Kasol is a tourist attraction that is a small village located on the banks of Parvati river. It has gained fame as a hub for trekkers, backpackers, and nature lovers. It is a quaint town not much exposed to the urbanization and commercialisations as its counterparts of the region. Rich in natural beauty the town offers you plenty of opportunity for adventure activities alongside admiring the scenic wonders of the region. Snow-capped mountains in the background of Parvati river gurgling along, clean white sand on the beach, smooth boulders make up the perfect spot for relaxing with panoramic views everywhere you go. Enjoy delicious Israeli cuisine served at streetside cafes, flea markets selling items, and souvenirs in a variety while visiting Kasol on your vacation.
How to Reach
By Air- Bhuntar airport is the nearest one at a distance of about of 31km away. Flights to this airport are connected to cities of Delhi, Pathankot, and Shimla.
By Train-Nearest railhead is at Pathankot at a distance of 150km. Another option with even better connectivity is the railway station at Chandigarh 310km from Kasol.
By Road- Roads are connected pretty well till Kasol. Road Transport services of Himachal Pradesh offer regular buses to Delhi from the neighboring states of Delhi, Haryana, and Punjab. Even within the state, it is well connected.
Best Time to Visit
Summers (March- June) are packed in Kasol with tourists making it the most energetic time of the year. During the peak summers, days can be warmer, whereas the evenings are pleasant. It is also the best time for activities like camping, trekking and adventure activities too. Festivals are very much popular during summers too such as Summer Hills Festival, Electric Mahadev Festival, Indrasan Festival.
Monsoons (July- September) are off-seasons, giving the region a romantic vibe with the rain-washed greenery and beauty. Perhaps the region is prone to a torrential downpour, cloudbursts, landslides, and blockages making it impossible to indulge in any activities around.
Winters (October- February) are extremely chilly. If you do not mind spending time indoor wrapped in layers you can plan your vacation whereas most of the roads remain blocked due to heavy snowfall. Treks like Pin Parvati Pass, and Sar Pass and to Kheerganga can be taken up in winters if you are the daring kind.
Treks in Kasol
Spirit of Trekking is brought alive in Kasol as it is a center of backpackers hub and a base for major treks like Malana&Kheerganga. Situated in the Parvati Valley beside the river Parvati, the region offers adventure in plenty. A few such trekking adventures or expeditions you can take up include the following.
1. Sar Pass Trek
This is one of the perfect destinations for the beginner trekkers as the trail passes through lush green meadows, rustic villages, thick forests, and snow-clad mountains in the backdrop. Sar Pass Trek includes diverse terrains, offering a range of experiences to the trekkers along with a lot of excitement and adventure. If you want something thrilling yet an easy activity you must go for this trek which commences from Kasol itself. Make sure to carry warm clothing even if you are taking this up in the summer, carry along all the required trekking gears, medical kit, extra batteries, and portable chargers. Obtain all the permits in advance. This is an easy trek with a duration of about 5 days to cover the whole activity.
2. Pin Parvati Pass
This is of difficult categorized trekking especially for those adventurers who are seeking adventure. This is one of the Trans Himalayan treks that is of an amazing trail of 110km which might take about 11 days to cover. This will leave you gushing with adrenaline, thrill, and a lot of challenges. The trail within thick forests of Great Himalayan National Park, less defined trails makes it quite challenging even for an experienced trekker. Adding on to the thrill are traversing through the tributaries of the Parvati river and many high altitudes pass. This is one of the sought after Himalayan treks in spite of the difficulty level it throws.
3. Kheerganga Trek
This is an easy one day trek which can be taken up by any traveler. It lies at the extreme end of Parvati Valley and the last inhabited village you shall come across while trekking to Pin Parvati Pass. People indulge in these to enjoy the panoramic view of the skies along with the vast greenery which is a delight, especially after the tiring trek. You will also get to visit a temple dedicated to Lord Shiva and a bathing tank where there are hot springs for you to take a dip within and enjoy the rejuvenating feeling after the trek. To bathe in these hot springs with the surroundings covered in snow is an experience that is out of the world.
This is a trek that helps you go through an entire village and its unique culture. Malana is an isolated village located in the Kullu district which is solitarily located in the MalanaNala. The village is known for inhabitors’ beliefs and sentiments of the past. Major attractions of the village include The temples of the Jamadagni Temple and the Shrine of Renuka Devi. They are well preserved and various gods and goddesses are highly respected by the local villagers. the route consists of lush deodar vegetation along with the sight of Malana Dam that energizes people now and then.
Located at the far end of Parvati Valley, the village is an unparalleled natural beauty of popular for the vegetation of cannabis. This is one of the go-to expeditions for all the adventure junkies with the gradual terrain and the waters of river Parvati flowing through. You can enjoy the bounty of green nature tucked in snow-peaked mountains offering some of the exotic experiences. The gained fame of the village is because of its proximity to the town of Kasol, especially among the backpacker crowds. Manikaran is another important attraction that is close by and can be covered as part of the trek which is easy and takes about a day to complete.
It is an easy trek leading to this village which offers old-world charm. It is located at an altitude of 5300 feet and takes about 30 minutes from Kasol to trek to Chalal. Grand view of snow-capped mountains and majestic pine trees add to the beauty of the village which is also famously nicknamed as Israel of Himachal Pradesh. Travelers and backpackers come here looking for an offbeat destination as the main Kasol turns out to be a tourist hub lately. The region is known for camping, trekking and chilling under the stars and enjoy some tea as they soak in the splendor of the view around. The region has also become a hotspot for parties between the thick forests and mountains around the region.
Yet another village nestled in the Parvati Valley is located at about 10000 feet above the sea level. This is an enchanting location with breathtaking views of snow-capped mountains and lush green forests around. Rasol is known for its rustic charm and well-protected community and culture. A trek to Rasol is simple yet exhausting though which takes about two and four hours from Kasol. The villagers are not very much hospitable but while their culture and customs are respected, they are quite a peaceful and friendly host.
8. Thirthan Valley
This gateway to the Great Himalayan National Park is blessed with immense beauty of lush greenery and the river flowing through Thirthan. You shall come across orchards full of trees loaded with apples, apricots, almonds, and fields of the cereals and vegetables. The place also offers adventure activities like rock climbing, trekking, river crossing, and even fishing. Trekking here will not just remain a tour but a load full of memories for you to cherish.