At an altitude of 3750 mts, Khauli Pass is one of those forgotten treks that were charming once but with winds of "development", machneries were in and the trek was forgotten. Surprisingly though, the main stretch of the trek is untouched and remains to be a prestine trail with green shrubs and grass, the buttercups and orchids from dark purple to pale pink and the rhododendrons on the slopes, the stately pines and oak trees. Beauty of this trek lies in contradictions. Green trail along side the Hurla nala on one side, view of the snow laden peaks like Hanuman tibba, Friendship peak, Indersen from the pass and snow covered ( for at least six months a year ) meadows on the other side of the pass.
Kullu - Kasol - Grahan (2286 mts / 10 Km trek)
Report at Kullu Bus stand by 0900 Hrs. A vehicle will be arranged for you here. After we freshen up and have the breakfast at Kasol, we can start our trek from here. Immediately after starting the trek, one can feel the dense forest with a sudden coldness in the air. Grahan (our camp site) is 10 Kms from here. A trail goes up the West side of Garahan Nala, mounting gradually through pine forest to Garahan hamlet. Most of the trail is through a coniferous forest in the Kanawar wild life sancutary. One can easily spot the buttercups and orchids from dark purple to pale pink and the rhododendrons on the slopes. The stately pines and oak trees along the narrow path mark the trail nicely. The camp site is near Grahan that is snowbound for six months of the year.
In case you dont want to trek right after road journey, you should reach Kasol one day before and rest there in a hotel. Reaching Kasol is easy, you may also book any bus or shared cab from Kullu for Kasol. The stay in Kasol should be arranged by the participant directly in a hotel / guest house / fix camp. Kasol is an interesting place, famous for beautiful river side landscapes, multi lingual & cultural diversity, and last but not the least - banned substances!
Gahan to Padari 2820 mts / 7 kms trek)
Post breakfast, we head for today's target - Padari. Since the distance for the day is not much, the day would not turn out as tiring. Another amenable walk up the Garahan Nala to Padri camp ground on a meadow. We reach Padari by afternoon. The trail is filled with picturesque waterfalls, small streams and beautiful flowers. Padri in an alpine-type meadow at an altitude of 2820 mts.
Padri - Khauli Pass (3750 mts / 8 Kms trek)- Padri
Today the target is Khauli pass. A steep strenuous climb leads to the pass; in May the approach will be over soft snow. Early morning start is critical today. Initial trail is through the thick woods of the Birch trees (Bhoj patra). Last patch is extremely beautiful but the beauty of flowers on this patch will only be visible in the post monsoon season. During May/June it would be completely snow-clad.The view from Khauli Pass is awesome. At a distance, towards the Manali side, we could see the tops of Hanuman Tibba, Indersen and the Friendship peaks. While on the other side we could make out the peaks of the "Bhara Shigri Glacier" like Paapsura, Dharam sura and White sail.
Padri - Kasol - Kullu (15 kms mostly donhill trek)
We start the day on the descent along the Grahan Nala and move towards Kasol from where we touch the road head to Bhunter. The lunch is packed today that we have just before reaching the road head. From here, we take the taveller/jeep back to Kullu. Road distance would be 32 Kms till Kullu.
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