Located in the town of Kasol, Grahan village is a beautiful hidden jewel of Himachal Pradesh, set at an altitude of 7700 ft above sea level. The Grahan Village trek from Kasol is the only option to reach this quaint village. The journey of walking into the pathless woods with the thunderous roar of Parvati River in your ears is a delight for every nature fanatic. Inhabited by a population of only 350 people, the place is an absolute delight for avid trekkers.
The trek to reach Grahan village will take around 4-5 hours on an average with a couple of halts. Overall, the hike is pretty easy even for a rookie trekker. This village also acts as a base for trekkers hiking towards Sar Pass. Due to this, the route of Grahan trek is pretty well marked with red arrows all along the way. You will find various stunning spots to bask in the beauty of the nature and when tired can have a rest under the shadow of the pine trees.
The villagers of Grahan village are very welcoming and hospitable. You will be delighted to see them doing their daily activities. The villagers are also honey-collectors and many of them trek into the dense forest of high-mountains with huge rifles to shoo away bears lurking around the honeycomb. The taste of the honey is really different due to the nectars bees collect from high-mountain wildflowers. The best season to do Grahan village trek is during summers and autumn season, as the lush greenery is well-lit during these months.
Day 1 : Kasol - Grahan Village (9 km | 4-5 hrs)
The trek to Grahan village starts from Kasol, and one would roughly take 4 hrs-5 hrs to cover a distance of 9kms. The trail begins right before the bridge that falls before the Kasol central bus-stand. The track is more or less marked-out with red arrows throughout, but still, there is a fair chance that you will get lost, aesthetically. During the hike, one would go through dense forests intermittent with the sound of birds and the buzzing of bees there is one element that won’t leave you all the way- Parvati river. One would also cross two wooden bridges, and by the time one would come across the second bridge, it would mark the halfway point of the trek. It is only in the last 150 meters of the hike that one would start to see the houses in the village and what a view it is. Mostly the houses are built in a traditional way and some of them are almost 200-250 years old.
Roam around the village and play along with the kids who will be found at every nook and corner of the village. At night, have your piping hot meal around the warmth of the bonfire while listening to the sound of silence.
Day 2 : Grahan Village - Kasol (9 km | 4-5 hrs)
Today, rise up to ascend towards sunrise viewpoint, from where the majestic views of the delightful Sar pass mountain ranges will spellbind you with its beauty. Then, after a tasty breakfast, you will descend towards Kasol through the same lush forest route. You will take around 4-5 hours to complete the stretch of 9km. In the midway, take rest nearby the Grahan Nala, fill up your water bottles or just sit laid-back within the nature. On reaching Kasol, you can spend the rest of the day at your own leisure, before starting your onward journey.
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