Rustic Rasol Trek (2,600 m) is a peaceful trek in Parvati valley, Kullu ( Himachal Pradesh). Cheerbolt offers trekking to this rejuvenating trek throughout the year. If you are looking for a village to find some peace, awesome views and a local village feel, then Rasol is the right place for you. It is away from the crowd and an unexplored destination in Parvati Valley. The Rasol trek starts from village Chalal. It takes 4-5 hours to reach Rasol. The trail is steep with magnificent views.
Breathe in the fresh air and walk through the alpine jungles and small streams. You will pass through red and pink rhododendron trees as you hike up. Pink rhododendron is the state flower of Himachal Pradesh. Once you reach Rashol you will see old wooden houses and a beautiful temple in the mid of village. Soak in the beauty and witness the magnificent Parvati valley in all its glory. Here people worship “Goddess Renuka“(Mother of Rishi Parshuram and wife of Rishi Jamdagni). And no outsider is allowed to touch their temples same as that of other places like Tosh, Malana. Rasol is a beautiful village with its own culture and history. Here you can see the amazing view of Sar Pass and Khali Pass. Rasol is a parallel universe in the splendid morning light. Listen to the sound of silence and connect with yourself.
On the first day, board a comfortable luxury Volvo AC bus starting from Delhi, which will drop you off at Kasol, the base for the hike. Relax yourself during the comfortable journey, as you prepare for an adventure-filled day ahead. Kasol- It has a minimal population, jazzy restaurants, and picturesque valley. An interesting fact about Kasol is that it is inhabited mostly by tourists from Israel. According to locals, the town is a hot spot for a lot of young people who finish their compulsory military service in Israel and then escape to the Parvati Valley. Experience the “Hippie” and “Shanti” vibe of ‘Little Amsterdam’ in Kasol.
Upon reaching Kasol early morning, meet your friendly team and get acquainted with the awesome fellow travellers you will be spending the next two days with! After a good hour’s rest and some satiating breakfast, we start our short hike towards Rasol. This 8 kilometres journey should not take more than 4-5 hours, even for a beginner trekker. The trail starts from Kasol town, passing via an old iron bridge over the ferocious Parvati River. About 20 minutes into the walk you enter a beautiful Alpine forest popularly known as the Mystic Forest, in a small village called Challal. From Challal, the trail gradually ascends going to Rasol. The narrow winding trail of this hike is lined with Rhododendron trees that bear the famous flaming red rhododendron flowers commonly known as buransh in the local language and is state flower of Himachal Pradesh. These flowers bloom in spring and have heat preventing benefits. These flowers are commonly consumed in the form of juices, squash or jams. About halfway through the trek, you will be able to see the small village Rasol at a distance at the near top of a hill, and Challal behind you at the bottom of the hill. Soon, you will enter the small village of about 75 houses and a population of around 200, with the majestic Parvati Valley sprawled right in front. Spend the rest of the day exploring the village, witnessing a breathtaking sunset, and stargazing at the twinkling night sky. Sit around a cozy bonfire and slurp on some dinner as you make memories of a lifetime, ending the day on a perfect note. Rasol- is away from the crowd and it is an unexplored destination in Parvati Valley. It is located at 2,600 m above sea level and has only 75 houses and a population of around 200 people.
Wake up early morning to catch the sunrise and realize what silence sounds like. After a hearty breakfast, we now proceed back and hike downhill to Kasol. Hiking downhill is relatively easier, and should not take more than 3 hours to reach Kasol. Upon reaching Kasol, you are free to roam around its enchanting market selling colourful trinkets like jewellery, notebooks, woolen clothes, etc. In the evening, board the Volvo bus back to Delhi and have a comfortable journey back home as you reminisce about the blissful 3 days you just spent right in the lap of Mother Nature.