Everything you need to know about Khauli Pass trek

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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.

Difficulty level

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.

Cost

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.

Trek Route

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.

Brief Itinerary

Day 1

Manihar - Jammu Nala (9,180feet)

You are immediately into the dense forest as soon as you begin the trek. On this day you walk along the river stream coming from the mountains until you reach the campsite for the day, Jammu Nala. It will be an easy 3-4 hours trek through the forest.

Day 2

Jammu Nala - Khauli Pass (12,800feet) - Grahan

This is the day you reach the highest point on this trek, Khauli Pass. You will get some of the most spectacular views from here, with snow-capped peaks all around you. You cross the pass and head toward Grahan. It will be a 6-7 hour trek for the day.

Day 3

Grahan - Kasol (7,800feet)

This is probably the easiest day of the trek, you have a descent down till Kasol for about 2-3 hours.

What to pack

Trek Shoes: Carrying good trek shoes is a must as the terrain is going to be tough.

Backpack: A 30-40 litre backpack is required to carry all your essentials for the trek.

Clothing: You should carry multiple layers of clothing, as weather can change drastically in minutes on such treks. Also, carrying a poncho is recommended as it can rain anytime.

Accessories: sunglasses, cap, sunscreen with high SPF, moisturiser and toiletries.

You can read in detail about things to carry on a Himalayan trek here

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