Explore the surreal surroundings of the picturesque Parvati Valley that tucks in a cozy little hamlet by embarking on a Kasol to Malana trek. Malana is a scenic little village located at an altitude of 3000 meters above the sea level. It is flanked by lush green pine forests and is a tranquil retreat if you wish to get away from the bustle of city life.
Set out on your trek to Malana from Kasol to experience the magical views as you camp at the very summit. Soak in the lush greenery, fresh air, cool breeze, and sights of snow-capped peaks in the distance. The short 3 to 4 days’ trek starts from Delhi and takes you into the laps of nature at the scenic Parvati Valley. You will immediately note the difference in air quality as you enter the verdant retreat amid spectacular views and a clear blue sky. Spend the night under a starry sky in well maintained Swiss tents with beds, attached washrooms, outdoor seating areas, and electrical sockets. Explore the beautiful town of Kasol with its quaint cafes and curio shops and soak in the medieval setting straight out of a picture book and relish the hospitality of the locals.
Delhi to Bhuntar
Start your journey from Delhi in the evening around 7 PM by catching an overnight sleeper Volvo bus or hire a sedan or an SUV car based on the size of your group.
Once you leave Delhi, you will cover the main cities of Chandigarh, Bilaspur, Sundernagar, and Bajaura before you reach Bhuntar.
You will reach Bhuntar early the next morning and once you get off the bus you will have to wait for a connecting bus to Kasol, which lies at a distance of about 31.2 km from Bhuntar.
You can make a stopover at Jari which is about an hour’s drive from Bhuntar on the way to Kasol and enjoy some breakfast or light snacks.
Backpack (55 - 65 L) with sturdy straps and supporting frame.
Daypack (20-25 L) which can be used for summit/pass day. It comes in handy if you wish to offload your backpack on the trek.
Trekking shoes – good quality trekking shoes or boots with great grip and traction as well as good ankle support
3 pair of track pants out of which at least one should be synthetic quick-dry kind preferably with zippered pockets.
3 t-shirts with full sleeves and collar
One full Sleeve Sweater or a fleece jacket
One full sleeve thick Jacket
1 pair of Thermal Inners
4-5 pair of Sports Socks
Woolen cap/Balaclava that cover the ear
Light weight Rain Coat/Poncho
Water proof hand gloves
Sunglasses that cover your eyes well
At least 2 refillable Water bottles of 1 Liter each
Head lamp or LED torch with extra cells
Light snack such as dry fruits, granola bars, energy drink powder
Small Repair Kit consisting of safety pins, needle, thread and string
Medicines for fever, indigestion, pain, altitude sickness
Pain relief spray
Anti-fungal powder or cream
The Bhuntar airstrip is nearest to Kasol and you can reach here from various cities across the country. Once at the airport, you can avail a taxi or bus service to take you to Kasol or the starting point of your trek.
The nearest railhead to Malana is Shimla which is about 106 km away. It is well connected with various cities across India and once you reach the Shimla railway station, you can hire a private vehicle to cover the remaining distance to Malana.
You can go for a variety of options to reach Malana by road. Take an overnight bus from Delhi to Bhuntar and then a connecting government bus to Jari near Kasol. You can also take a cab from Jari to Kasol or Malana Taxi stand where you will start your trek.
The Kasol to Malana trek is located near the town of Bhuntar in the Parvati Valley of Himachal Pradesh. The Malana Village is situated at an altitude of almost 2,600 meters above sea level and it lies at a distance of about 20 km from Kasol.
The Kasol to Malana trek is an easy to moderate trek with some steep inclinations and slippery slopes. Although it can be undertaken by beginner level trekkers, it requires some basic fitness and stamina to complete it.
The best time of the year to go on a Kasol to Malana trek is between the months of June and September. This is when the weather is very pleasant and ideal to undertake the expedition. You will also get the best sights of the beautiful surroundings and mountain views during this time.
The highest altitude on the Kasol to Malana trek is about 9,500 feet above sea level. The quaint Malana Village is perched at the summit of the trek and you can witness exotic sights of Manikaran from here.