KALAP, UNTOUCHED GARHWAL

KALAP, UNTOUCHED GARHWAL

Kalap is home to traditional Garhwali architecture and its surroundings offer stunning natural beauty, including views of the snow-capped Bandarpunch range. It is also a land of legends. The entire Tons river valley is considered to be the birthplace of the Mahabharata, the Sanskrit mythological epic. The two protagonists in the epic, the Pandava and Kaurava brothers, are said to have descended from this very valley, and the people living here still claim to trace their lineage to one of the two clans. Not being connected to a road head and far from the major trekking trails in Uttarakhand, Kalap has remained untouched by mainstream tourism.

ABOUT US

Kalap is a village lying forgotten in time in the upper Garhwal region of the northern state of Uttarakhand in India. Situated at an altitude of 7,500 ft, the village is nestled among virgin pine and deodar forests, and overlooks the gorge cut open by the roaring River Supin. The Supin is the major contributor to the River Tons, which in turn is the major tributary of the River Yamuna.



Kalap is home to traditional Garhwali architecture and its surroundings offer stunning natural beauty, including views of the snow-capped Bandarpunch range. It is also a land of legends. The entire Tons river valley is considered to be the birthplace of the Mahabharata, the Sanskrit mythological epic. The two protagonists in the epic, the Pandava and Kaurava brothers, are said to have descended from this very valley, and the people living here still claim to trace their lineage to one of the two clans. Not being connected to a road head and far from the major trekking trails in Uttarakhand, Kalap has remained untouched by mainstream tourism.

Life is harsh at Kalap. Agriculture is the primary occupation at Kalap, with its terraced fields home to wheat, millets, potatoes and beans. The growing season is short between May and October. The next biggest occupation is rearing sheep and goats. Winters witness heavy snowfall, with the village recording upto 3-5 feet of snow.

But within this harshness is the beauty of Kalap. The harsh locale and its enforced lifestyle, gives one a chance to explore a path that is well and truly connected to the essence of life. The community still adheres to a lifestyle that is minimalist and sustainable. The trekking trails in this region follow paths well-trodden by seasonal nomadic herders but unexplored by any outsider. Be prepared to be humbled by the stunning vistas on offer, be overwhelmed by the jungle alive with scents of pine, deodar and wild lavender, and take a dip in a sparkling mountain torrent.

The people of Kalap will welcome you with the hospitality synonymous with hill people. They will share their stories with you and you will find that there is plenty to explore and discover among the community's legends and folklore. You will surely go back home with more than a little bit of Kalap in you!

ITINERARIES

KALAP EXPERIENCE

4 NIGHTS / 5 DAYS

Kalap is a heady mix of architecture, agriculture, cuisine, culture, folklore and stunning vistas. Come sample a style of living that has been lying forgotten in time!

Whats included?

Stay in traditional homes, local food, folklore interpretation, cultural performances, day trek.

SEASON

ALL YEAR.

THE NOMAD TRAIL

7 NIGHTS / 8 DAYS

For centuries the herders of Kalap have followed the summer ritual of taking their sheep to graze on the spectacular high altitude grasslands of the Himalayas. Walk and camp with the herders to experience their unique lifestyle!

Whats included?

Stay in traditional homes, local food, folklore interpretation, cultural performances, camping, trekking

SEASON

April 15 to November 15

THE FOUR VILLAGE TRAIL

5 NIGHTS / 6 DAYS

Immerse yourself in the lifestyle of Kalap! This trail takes you on a journey that makes you understand why life here is unique. The potato fields of Unani, the millet patches of Karba and the pastures of Jhai come together to form the community of Kalap. Find out what it takes to eke out a living in this stunning but harsh landscape!

Whats included?

Stay in traditional homes, local food, folklore interpretation, cultural performances, camping, trekking

SEASON

ALL YEAR.

BARAD SAR

9 NIGHTS / 10 DAYS

This is the spot where the Hindu god Vishnu is said to have emerged from the glacial depths in one of his many avatars! This high-altitude glacial lake at 14,100 ft is the most sacred spot in the whole Tons Valley. Set amidst rugged moraines in the himalayas, a journey to Barad Sar is a must in one's lifetime!

Whats included?

Stay in traditional homes, local food, folklore interpretation, cultural performances, camping, trekking

SEASON

September 15 to October 30

Contact us for a detailed itinerary and price quotation

Pricing Policy

Kalap is a Responsible Tourism initiative. You might find that the prices we quote are high. Our prices are higher because this is a community-driven and ethically-run business. The following contributes to the higher price:

1. Everyone employed in tourism at Kalap gets an ethical wage corresponding to the amount of work they are putting in. Ethical wage is always higher than 'market rates' for labour.

2. Tourism is a seasonal wage earner for the people of Kalap. It should add an appreciable amount to the annual income of the people involved.

3. A responsible tourism business has to have a reasonable profit margin to ensure that there is a positive giveback to the community involved. 25% of the profits from tourism are reinvested into community projects.

GETTING THERE

Kalap is 210 kms from Dehradun, the capital of Uttarakhand and 450 kms from New Delhi.

The nearest rail station and airport is at Dehradun. Dehradun is well-connected by daily trains and flights from New Delhi. It takes 6 hours by car or 10 hours by bus to reach the town of Netwar, the nearest road head to Kalap.

There are two trek routes to Kalap:

Summer route: 8 kms, which is about 6 hours of walking.
Winter route: 5 kms, which is about 4 hours of walking.

Porters and mules are part of the package when visiting Kalap. On any trip to Kalap, you need to budget one day to get there from Dehradun and one day to get back to Dehradun.

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visitkalap@gmail.com

Anand Sankar - +91 98867 81587 / +91 75791 90749

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