High on Himalayas: Kasol & Tosh
With the rapidly increasing number of backpackers and explorers looking for relaxing getaways in north India, the popularity of Kasol – a picturesque village in Kullu, stretched along river Parvati – has seen a sudden surge in the past five years. It’s on everybody’s checklist and the place hasn’t disappointed any of those who planned a Kasol trip based on feedback from friends; family and serious travel bloggers.
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Beautiful places are often hidden away in the most easily accessible of places. To those of us with less money than enthusiasm, Himachal is like a gift from God. To escape the stresses of a mundane life, Parvati Valley in Himachal is one of the most beautiful destinations in the world. Starting at the confluence of River Parvati and River Beas, the valley is famous for its pretty as a picture coniferous forests and crystal clear mountain streams.
Nestled in these sylvan hills is the charming village of Kasol. Resplendent in natural beauty, Kasol is fast emerging as a hub for backpackers, trekkers and nature lovers. It is yet to be ruined by commercialization. However, it is also one of those places you want to strike off your bucket list before you have children as it is home to a deep-rooted local culture of pot and hippie hues. Even if you are not into either of those, there are many other things to do in Kasol.
The serene little village is 42 km away from the Bhuntar Airport offering a treat for the mind and the soul. It is on the way as you tread towards Manikaran, a holy place for Sikhs best known for its hot water springs. There are abundant treks and mini hikes that take you to tremendously beautiful villages. Not all of them are clustered with luxury stays and world cuisine restaurants, but you’ll be surprised with the warm hospitality of the villagers and locals in the Old and the New Kasol, separated by a small bridge. Peruse the article and then plan your Kasol trip accordingly.
WHEN TO GO?
Best time to visit Kasol
Though Kasol is a year-round destination, it is best visited during the summer months of May and June. However, people also love to visit the destination during the winter months of November to February.
WHERE TO GO? WHAT TO SEE?
Explore the Villages and Treks Around Kasol
There is no dearth of scenic spots in Kasol, which means you’ll definitely come back with a lot of DPs and cover pictures. Treks and treads around include journeys to some amazing places near Kasol; such as Sar Pass, Yanker Pass, Pin Parbati Pass, Tosh and Kheerganga. You might need to travel small distances in a jeep or a cab to reach the starting place. If tough climb is not your style, take a walk to Chalal, which is just 30 minutes away from Kasol.
The cost package includes the following...
- Breakfast and Vegetarian Dinner.
- Leave your luggage safely at our Base Camp (at No Extra Cost) and collect it when you return from the trek, next day.
- Lockers as well as Wash & Change facility is available at the Base Camp
- Stay is on Sharing basis in Tents/Homestays
- Sleeping Bags and Sleeping Mats will be provided to every individual
- Expert Reliable & Licensed English Speaking Trekking guide for entire journey
- Potters to carry the tents and sleeping bags
- All entrance fee and necessary permits while trekking
- First Aid kit available on-site
- Intracity Transportation( Kasol-Tosh-Kasol)
- Car / Bike Parking facility at Base Camp at Rs.100 per night
The cost package does not include the following...
- Travel / Transport cost to and from Kasol
- Potter for Personal Luggage
- Cost of Flights or Transportation or Personal travel
- Travel insurance, any expenses towards medical exigencies and other emergencies, however all help will be provided for any medical exigencies, if any.
- Single room accommodations
- Liquors, beers and bottled beverages
- Photography accessories like cameras etc.
- Any other cost not mentioned in the inclusions.
- Unforeseen handling costs due to weather disturbance, landslides, political unrest.
Kasol to Chalaal
Misty morning, tall trees, untouched hills and a breath of fresh air - this exactly what Kasol is! Upon reaching Kasol and a bit of walking, reach your campsite. Enjoy the greener and a happier space by the riverside. Take some rest and have your fill of breakfast. Once you are up and ready, it will be time to explore the ‘Little Amsterdam’ while making our way to Chalal. While walk through the lanes of Kasol, you will notice many Israeli cafes and shops to buy your souvenirs from. Gradually, we will walk towards, what is known as Trance and Psychedelic party village- Chalaal. This little village is tucked in the conifer dense forest. The walk doesn’t take more than 2 hours hyphenated with breaks. One can sit at the end of the village admiring the beauty of fiercely flowing Parvati river. Later in the evening, we will come back to the camping site; dance the night away around bonfire while having taste-buds teasing dinner.
Kasol to Tosh Village
On this day,wake up to beautiful sunrise. Take this day as it comes and don’t forget to feel the lovely light feeling that must be lingering in your mind. We will get ready for your trek to Tosh- the last village in the valley, Tosh is at a height of 7,874 feet. It is a land blessed by Shiva, they say, and the local priest asserts to visions of the lord with his consort Parvati when snow falls. The drive from Kasol to Tosh parking stand is around an hour’s drive and the last becomes a wee bit treacherous. Upon reaching, we will start our trek- one of the most beautiful scenic routes that you will experience. This little hamlet, constantly, dwarfed by intimidating mountains is at the heart of Parvati Hydel Project. It's a goat track which traverses the hill with gradual inclines and declines. Upon reaching waterfalls, The only thing you expect to do here is sit,relax and unwind your senses. Listen to the beautiful sound of gushing water, and the night ends with fun and laughter.Please do not litter and also be mindful of their culture and heritage and you will always want to come back.
Tosh Village to Kasol
If you want to get teleported to a wonderland- make a point to wake up early and enjoy the magnanimous rising sun. Get ready and it will be time to return back to Kasol. Savour every view while going back. Upon reaching Kasol, it will be time to bid adieu with a promise to meet again!
- Your stay and accommodation will be on sharing basis. - Twin or Triple sharing basis in Tents/Homestays, Sleeping Bags & Sleeping Mats.
- You can leave your luggage Safely at our Base Camp at no additional chargeswhen you go for the trek and collect the same when you return the next day.
- Lockers & Wash and Change Facility available at the Base Camp
- Shared Dry Toilet Tent
- Free and Safe Parking at our Base Camp Mcleodganj.
- Shirts / T-shirts
- Trousers / Track Pants
- Windproof jacket, Raincoat / Poncho
- Fleece / Full-sleeve Woollen sweater
- Thermal inner wear (upper and lower)
- Woollen cap, Woollen gloves, Woollen socks along with extra pairs
- Raincoat / Poncho
- Comfortable Trekking/Hiking shoes with a thick sole
- Water bottle
- Cap / Hat
- Walking stick / Trekking pole
- Sunscreen Lotion
- Lip Balm
- Torch / Flashlight (with extra batteries)
- Personal medication
- Personal toiletries
- Books, if required.
- Climatic conditions in the high altitudes vary from the plains; so please take adequate time to get acclimatized to high altitudes.
- Pay heed to the guidelines given by trek leader or instructor in order to enjoy a safe and sound trekking experience.
- Consumption of alcohol or any other intoxicating products are prohibited during trekking days.
- Trekking during the nights will not be permitted.
- Consult with a physician if you are fit to undertake the trek.
- The trek takes place through eco-friendly zone; do not encourage littering the local sites or campsites.
- Since you will be travelling through many local villages it’s advised to observe decency and respect the local customs as advised by your local guides and trek instructors, from time to time.
- Avoid taking pictures of locals if they are not interested.
Any member of the group, if found creating any indecency or misbehaving with any fellow member and or not observing or following the instructions of the tour guides / instructors, will be asked to leave the trip immediately at his own cost. No refund of any nature will be entitled to such member.