When people ask about trekking in Parvati region everyone recommends Malana and Kheerganga treks. But there is another hidden trail, which is away from all the social media buzz. This is the least explored trek in the Parvati Valley and even some of the hotel owners don't know about it. Located at 12,800ft, Khauli Pass, is a perfect place to chill in the lap of nature. This 27km trek begins from Manihar.
How to reach Manihar
You have to take the Delhi-Manali bus and get down at Bhuntar. From Bhuntar you will get shared jeeps and mini buses going to Manihar. The frequency of these is low so might have to wait for some time. You have to get on one of these and get down at Manihar.
The grade of this trek falls somewhere in between easy and moderate, and can be perfect for beginners.
You can do this trek by yourself if you do not prefer doing group trips or are on a budget. Simply ask any locals around Manihar village about directions before you start. If you are afraid of camping alone in the wilderness you should go with an organiser.
Few organisers like Bikat, Thrillophilia and 365Hops do this trek around ₹6,500/person, Bhuntar to Bhuntar, inclusive of all the equipment, guide, camping and meals. If you want to do it on your own, with your own gear you can do it in around ₹3,000.
Manihar - Jammu Nala - Khauli Pass - Grahan - Kasol
You can also do this trek from the Kasol side by going till Grahan and then to Khauli pass and returning the same way
Kasol - Grahan - Khauli Pass - Grahan - Kasol
This route should be taken by solo travellers who are not aware of the trail and planning to do this trek on their own.
The trail is through Kanwar Wild Life Sanctuary, so you will have to get a permit from Kasol or Kallu.
When to Do it
You can do this trek round the year, except for months of extreme winter; December, January and February. It is impossible to access the pass because of snow during these months.