Himalayan Trek

Malana Trek – Himachal Pradesh

Overview:

The state of Himachal Pradesh is a land of mysteries. Set amidst snow cladded peaks and bubbling streams, Malana is an ancient hermit village known for its unique culture. The lifestyle of the inhabitants of the village is very different from that of the urban India. The real essence of the vibrant culture can be experienced on the trail. Considered as the oldest republic of the world, Malanis are very proud of their culture.

There are a number of ancient temples in the village that are built in Kathkuni style. Malana is famous worldwide for the finest hashish called as the M-cream. Cannabis lovers visit the village to get access to the M-cream. The 21 km trek to Malana takes you through deep forests.  Malana offers mesmerizing view of the mountains iced with snow. The trail commences from Kasol. Situated alongside Parvati river, Kasol is a beautiful hamlet. Often called as the “mini Israel of India”, the serene beauty of the hamlet is incomparable.

This 2-day trek from Kasol to Malana is invigorating. The trek is perfect option for a quick getaway in the mountains. 

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Region : Himachal Pradesh

Duration: 2 Days

Altitude: 8700 Ft.

Trek Length: 5 kms


How To Reach:

By air: Bhuntar is the closest airport and it is 52 km from Manali. One can easily avail taxi services from here and it will only cost you around INR 700-1000. Bhuntar is well connected to major cities in India.

By Road: The NH-3 leads towards Manali. Most people drive down comfortably from Delhi to Manali. You can easily rent cars from Delhi or hire taxis as well. There are many volvo buses as well that you can opt for instead and they start from ISBT Kashmere Gate.


Trek Start & End Point: Kasol

Difficulty Level: Easy

Cost: INR 2000


ITINERARY IN BRIEF

Day 1: Manali to Gulaba Meadows camp (10,300 ft)

  • Drive down to Gulaba which is 22 km away from Manali (one and half hours)
  • Then trek to Gulaba Meadows (3 km trek)
  • Stay overnight in tents

Day 2: Gulaba to Rola Kholi (12,500 – 10,300 ft)

  • Today’s trek will be for 6 km and last for four hours.
  • You will pass through silver oak, cedar and birch tree forests and you will have a view of Manali and Solang all along the way.
  • You will also see Mount Hanuman Tibba and the Seven Sister peaks

Day 3: Rola Kholi to Bhrigu Lake and then back to Rola Kholi (14,000 ft)

  • Today’s trek is 10 km and will take you around 8 hours.
  • Your trail will be a mix of rocks and snow.
  • You will trek along Bhrigu lake stream and spend the night in tents.
  • Through your trek you can see Indrasen Deo Tibba and Hanuman Tibba mountains

Day 4: Rola Kholi to Gulaba to Manali

  • Today you will trek for 6 km (roughly three hours)

DETAILED ITINERARY

Day 1: Kasol – Malana

The trek begins from the alluring hamlet, Kasol. Located at an elevation of 1,580m, Kasol is a heaven for nature lover’s. The destination is 21kms away and it takes about 2-3 hours to cover it. The trek takes you through wild routes, deep forests and rustic valleys. As you reach the Malana village, the awe-inspiring view of the landscape will astound you. Click pictures of the location and don’t touch anyone or anything as the inhabitants don’t like it. Camping in the exotic village will be a memory to cherish for a lifetime.

Day 2: Malana – Kasol

The morning in Malana will be refreshing. The trek back to Kasol will be your another chance to gaze as the beautiful mountain peaks. Descent back to the base camp in Kasol. It will take about 2-3 hours. The trek isn’t hard as it’s mostly descending. The memories of the trail will be engraved in your heart forever.


THINGS TO CARRY

  • Back Pack and Rain Cover.
  • Personal Medical Kit
  • Hydration Pack
  • Tool Set
  • Moisturizer
  • Trekking Shoes
  • Sunglasses