Kalap, Uttarakhand

Life is about little discoveries and Kalap, a tiny hamlet in the upper Garhwal Himayalas is one of them.

Located at a height of 7,500 feet above sea level and situated along the valley of River Supin near Netwar, Kalap is a popular trekking destinations and close to Har-Ki-Doon Trek and Kedarkantha.

Wooden Beam Houses of Kalap
Wooden Beam Houses of Kalap

Kalap is untouched & unexplored and that’s what makes Kalap a memorable escapade for those looking for some calm serene environment amidst nature and explore the true village life. The subtle views of the Himalayas and a taste of the local culture and traditions, makes Kalap a journey you must make to explore yourself!

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Scenic Hills of Kalap, Garhwal Himalayan Range, India

Anand Sankar established Kalap as a responsible rural tourism in the year 2013 with an aim to bring a chance for the local inhabitants of Kalap to earn sustainable livelihood. At Kalap, agriculture is mainly dedicated to wheat, millets, potatoes and beans and their major occupation is rearing sheep and goats. With this project, Anand hopes to introduce new skill sets that will enable the villagers to sustain themselves and earn a decent living. Today Kalap has its own school and a well equipped hospital. The village school conducts classes up to the 8th standard and then the majority of students continue their studies in schools of Netwar and Mori on the opposite bank of River Supin.

Village Kids enjoy the  Snow, Kalap, India
Village Kids enjoy the Snow, Kalap, India Image @ garyjcarroll.com

Making his dream a reality learn how Anand chased his passion towards building this village one step at a time.

So if you are looking to go trekking with family or friends and in turn do something for the people, Kalap is your destination. The trekking trail is easy and follows a path taken by the regular herders from villages around but not yet explored by any outsider. The whole experience is heightened with the stunning views of mountains, rivers and jungle of pine, deodar and wild lavender.

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Monsoon Waterfall at Kalap
Monsoon Waterfall at Kalap

Today the Kalap Trust have also installed solar panels that are used for farming and provides power to almost 20 homes in the village with clean renewable energy 24×7!

The village is utterly devoid of electricity and the cellular connectivity is virtually non-existent. But this is what makes Kalap a memorable experience, one you would want to repeat again & again!

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Kalap is a fabulous destination for relaxing in the fresh mountain air and experiencing traditional village life. For more details on planning your itinerary please visit www.kalap.in and choose an itinerary that caters to all that you are looking!

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The trek to Barad Sar passes through some incredibly stunning vast stretches of glacial moraine at altitudes of more than 14,500ft!

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Snow-capped Kedarkantha in a fiery evening mood!

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The craggy rocky terrain in the high altitudes surrounding Barad Sar is home to the BrahmaKamal flower!

Brahma Kamal (saussurea obvallata) is a species of flowering plant in the Asteraceae, it’s native to the Himalayas and Uttarakhand, India, Northern Burma and South-West China. In Himalayas, it is found at an altitude of around 4500 m. It is the state flower of Uttarakhand. Saussurea obvallata is perennial growing to 0.3 m (1 ft). The flowers are hermaphrodite (have both male and female organs) and are pollinated by Insects.

Holy Temple of Worship at Barad Sar, Kalap
Holy Temple of Worship at Barad Sar, Kalap

Devotees carry wheat flour and sugar with them to make a sweet offering to the deity. Some devotees, especially shepherds, bring with them a goat which is sacrificed and the meat consumed after offering to the deity.

Your itinerary would include all meals that would be traditional home cooked food and you would get to try out the local cuisines of the village. Savour the taste of traditional pancakes called Goshua, made in the region of Garhwal in Uttarakhand, India. It is made from wheat flour pancakes which are filled with a paste made from poppy seeds and jaggery (raw sugar). The pancakes are either boiled in water or deep fried.

Home Stays
Stay in Traditional Homestays
Beautiful Intricate Carving in a Wooden house
Beautiful Intricate Carving in a Wooden house

Kalap is home to a couple hundred inhabitants and around fifty houses. Planning your trip to Kalap will not only provide the villages a much needed source of income but you too would get a lifetime opportunity to interact with the real village life, soak in their customs and colorful festivities and gain a rare and incredible insight in their daily struggle to live happily.

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The trekking trails are all endowed with pristine natural beauty with magnificent views of the snow clad peaks and lush bugyal (high altitude grassland) of Kedarkantha.

So if you are looking for a place to unwind from the hectic city life or just calm your senses and enjoy the serenity of nature, this it the place to be!

Basket Weaving in Process, Kalap
Basket Weaving in Process, Kalap
Village Life of Kalap
Village Life of Kalap
Amaranth Farming, Kalap
Amaranth Farming, Kalap
Herd of Sheep, Kalap
Herd of Sheep, Kalap

As there is very little known about this enchanting place, most of the information given is sourced from Kalap Trust Facebook Page along with relevant images. Hoping the information provided is good enough to plan your visit and in return do something for the society too.

Visit here to know the Kalap Itineraries planned for 2015

Plan your itinerary and visit www.kalap.in to book your dates today! Connect with Facebook and write at visitkalap@gmail.com or contact Anand Sankar directly +91 98867 81587 / +91 75791 90749 or write at getintouch@kalaptrust.org

otherbloglogoOther Interesting Blogs on Kalap:
All You Need To Know About Kalap, India’s Most Remote Village By Souvik Ray

Walking the trails of Kalap in Uttarakhand By Deeptangan Pant

Kalap: The sweet toil of the sons of this soil By Deeptangan Pant

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How To Reach: Kalap is a 7 kms trek from Netwar (approx 450 kms from New Delhi and 200 kms from Dehradun). It can also be reached Via Mori (47.5 kms from Purola via Mori – Sankari Rd). Your itinerary would include Porters and mules to carry your luggage.

**Do keep in mind to add to extra days for your trip to Kalap, you need one day to get there and one day to get back!

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

alsovisitlogoIncase you need an extra bit of adventure, then you may also like to Visit MORI, a popular spot for River Rafting.

CarlogoRoad Distance Chart for nearby towns and cities:

  • Purola- 23 Kms
  • Mori- 24 Kms
  • Naugaon- 30 Kms
  • Rohru- 39 Kms
  • Mussoorie- 71 Kms
  • Dehradun- 90 Kms
  • Tehri- 92 Kms
  • Chamba- 92 Kms
  • Uttar Kashi- 55 KM
  • Sirmaur- 78 KM
  • Kinnaur- 79 KM
  • Dehradun- 85 KM
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5 Comments

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    1. Yes, It indeed is a beautiful village with amazing panoramic views. And the fact that the entire village together believes in the development that Anand Sarkar headed is truly appreciative. Kalap now has a well equipped hospital and a small school, so that villagers don’t need to travel to far off places for basics.

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