Zostel Zostel Home Rashil
A red chalet perched upon a lush green hill, surrounded by houses and vibrant fields, with a dusty brown backdrop of snow-capped mountains, and a river flowing by. This is the dreamy landscape that invites you into Rashil, a tiny but scenic village in the Pattan Valley of Lahaul. Our traditional homestay in the hamlet sits at the end of the town with a 360-degree view of the surroundings, which can be relished from all common areas, private rooms, and the dorm room. Built in wood and decorated with handmade carpets and trinkets, the Home features multiple open and indoor common areas, a warm tandoor and kitchen, and airy balconies to stargaze at night. You'll share your life here with the most jovial family, in which aunty is a great cook of Himachali & Lahauli dishes, uncle brings stories & accompanies you on hikes, whereas the main host, Manoj, takes you on the finest adventures across the region.
In Lahaul, summers are marked by gurgling waterfalls & streams, fields ripe with cauliflowers, apples, & lettuce, and lives teeming with warmth and glee. While in winters, a quiet grace looms over the villages as blankets of snow get laid, and then life is all about snowboarding, communal tandoors, weaving sessions, and traditional winter festivals. Indeed, Lahaul Valley brings with it a whole different world which is reflected in its landscape, culture, lifestyle, and seasons alike. Come, explore it in the most authentic way with our lively hosts at their own home.
Things to Do:
Take a day trip to Trilokinath & Udaipur: Only a short drive from Rashil is the town of Udaipur (yes, there’s an Udaipur in Himachal!), where locals and visitors frequent to pay their offerings at the ages-old temple. Only a bit further from Udaipur is Trilokinath, a sacred Shiva temple that is another must-visit in the valley.
Go on a village - hike- Rashil, Rapey, and Jobrang: The tiny old villages of Lahaul bless you with the most stunning valley views, along with a peek into their intriguing lifestyle marked by pleasant summers and harsh winters. Walk the villages around Zostel Home Rashil, passing through potato fields & shrouded willow trees as you marvel at the rugged and slightly green mountainscape all around.
Hike to the waterfall, sulphur waters, and riverbed: The area around Zostel Home Rashil is full of hidden treasures for those who like to explore on foot. Make your way to the many lovely spots on hikes ranging from 1.5 to 4 hours. Make sure you never miss the sunset!
Explore Miyar Valley: Take a day trip to the scenic, cultural, and laid-back villages of Miyar valley while you’re here. Visit the gompas, have chai at local houses, and walk around the villages for the finest experience.
Go for the Kugti Pass trek: Follow the ultimate shepherd trail of Lahaul valley on this weeklong trek, which is marked as difficult by trekkers. The best time for this trek is between June & September, and it usually ends at Jobrang.
When you enter Lahaul, you’re likely to feel like you have stepped into a different world altogether. The valley’s unique topography features rugged mountains with sparse greenery, a muddy old Chenab that the locals call river Chandrabhaga, a distant cover of snow-capped mountains, and fields rich in vegetation. In winters, of course, things change & the valley stays soothingly covered under a sheet of snow. Alongside a unique landscape, Lahaul offers a rich cultural tryst, marked by traditional tandoors in houses, vibrant local dresses, exotic food, and a surprising amount of folklore.
About Our Hosts:
Around Zostel Home Rashil, there are a number of hikes to take, villages to explore, and day-trips to make. Along with the adventure, you’ll also have the pleasure of living with a very cheerful family, where Shanti aunty makes the most delicious food and takes you to the farms upon request, uncle leads hikes to nearby spots, and Manoj, their nephew, is your go-to for everything from snowboarding to knowing places, learning stories, and taking day-trips.
Village Rashel, P.O. Jobrang, Tehsil Keylong, Lahaul &Spiti, Himachal Pradesh - 175133