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Trekking to Kheerganga – A Detailed Travel Guide

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Trekking is one of the most popular recreational activities in Himachal Pradesh, attracting visitors in heavy numbers each year. Kheerganga is a hidden gem in the state, a heavenly place for nature lovers and adventure freaks. This beautiful place offers some of the most thrilling treks that will take you through natural hot springs, lush and picturesque forests, and quaint villages. Situated in the Parvati Valley, the Kheerganga trek takes visitors through beautiful routes.

One of the offbeat places in Himachal, Kheerganga, got its name after the white milky Parvati River running through the valley. It is said that Lord Shiva had meditated here for around 10,000 years, making it a holy place. Since this place is said to be the home of Lord Shiva and is regarded as a spiritual location, you can find many old temples devoted to Lord Shiv here. The trek is snuggled in the laps of nature, having an easy to moderate slope, offering trekkers some real adventure different from other routes of Himalayan treks. Here’s more about trekking to Kheerganga.

Trekking Routes to Kheerganga

Tosh to Kheerganga

The trek begins from Barshaini after Kasol. So, you have to walk from Tosh to Barshaini, a quaint village, where you can start trekking to the forest. The route is filled with striking sights of the mountains and is the favourite stop for photography lovers. You have to cross the Nakthan village and the Rudra Nag temple. These are places to take short breaks or spend the night in basic tented accommodations on the way. The Kheerganga trek distance is around 12-13 Kms and the trekking level is low to medium, with a few difficult stretches.

Kalga – Pulga Village

It is the second route to Kheerganga, which is easier. The route is mostly preferred by those with low stamina as they can easily and quickly reach Kheerganga via Kalga – Pulga village. Here, you can take a short break and capture some pictures. However, it is possible for beginners to lose their way to the trekking path as this route passes through some dense forests. Thus, it is recommended to hire a guide or opt for the common route.

Kheerganga to Barshaini to Bhuntar

The descent should take around 3-4 hours. On your way, you will find a small Shiva temple and a pool with water from a hot spring called Parvati Kund. You will experience one of the most beautiful journeys as the route is covered with gushing waterfalls, pine forests, mountains, and sights you have not seen earlier. You can start the back journey to Barsheni and take a bus to Bhunter from Barsheni.

Cafes near Kheerganga

On both routes, there are many cafes and dhabas for refreshments. Like many places in Himachal Pradesh, Kheerganga also has a variety of café setups to entertain the passing travellers. You can find reasonably priced good quality food options, ranging from local Himachali cuisines to Chinese and other Indian foods. When visiting these roadside cafes, you must try their hot drinks, such as coffee, tea, and soups. The delicious food and drinks combined with spectacular views can ensure a perfect rejuvenation package for travellers.

Best Time for Kheerganga Trekking

Kheer Ganga trekking

The trekking to Kheerganga can be done anytime throughout the years. However, the best time for Kheerganga trekking is between September to November and then April to June, as the temperature remains moderate and pleasant during these months. July and August should be avoided due to the possibility of heavy rains that can make the trekking routes slippery and the entire region prone to road blockage and landslides. Those who want to witness snowfalls go for the Kheerganga trek in December.

How to Reach Kheerganga Trek?

By Road:

It is the most convenient way to reach the Parvati Valley. The distance between Delhi and Kasol is 531 Kms which can be easily covered in 11-12 hours by car. It is a beautiful road trip dotted with incredible views and some good stopovers on the way to Kasol. You can also travel via state or Volvo bus, running from Delhi to Kasol on regular basis.

By Air:

It is the fastest mode of transportation from Delhi to Kasol. The nearest airport to Kheerganga is Kullu Manali in Bhuntar, around 31 km from Kasol. However, flight availability is limited to Bhuntar. Another convenient and reliable option is Mohali Airport, at Chandigarh, located about 300 Km away. Buses and taxis are available for continued travelling to Kasol.

By Rail:

Being a remote small town in Himachal Pradesh, Kasol does not have direct rail connectivity from other cities. However, Joginder Nagar Railway Station is the nearest railway station. Once you reach here, you can hire a cab or taxi to reach Kasol, taking around 4 hours.

Highlights of the Kheerganga Trek

Highlights of the Kheerganga Trek

Hot Springs

Set amidst a beautiful natural environment, Parvati Kund has water from the hot springs. After a tedious trek, taking a dip into the hot spring water is like therapy, restoring your body’s energy. Nestled at a height of 13,000 feet, Hot Spring is a major attraction of the Kheerganga trekking.

Small yet Beautiful Villages

As you trek to Kheerganga, you will get a chance to visit some small yet beautiful hamlets like Kalga and Pulga, taking you back in time. Here, you can explore the distinct Pahari culture and experience the primitive lifestyle of mountain people.

Camping

Kheer Ganga trekking camps under the star-lit night sky in Parvati Valley are a divine experience for nature lovers. The bright and dazzling stars in the dreamy sky are surely a treat to the eyes. As you spend the night under these stars, there are chances for you to stay awake the entire night to feel the vibe of this glittering view.

Manikaran

One of the most famous pilgrimage spots, Manikaran, is a holy town for both Hindus and Sikhs. It has a temple and the renowned Manikaran Sahib Gurudwara. Hot springs known for healing properties and delicious Langar food cooked in the hot springs are major attractions for tourists in Manikaran.

Parvati Valley

One of the most beautiful locations of Himachal Pradesh, Parvati Valley, is famous for mesmerising views. You can spend at least two days here, admiring the natural beauty of this outstanding valley. There are many things to explore, such as stunning Himachal terrains, cascading waterfalls, and mystic hot springs amidst the snow-capped mountains.

Things to Keep in Mind

  • Always check the weather forecast before starting your trek and pack your items accordingly.
  • ATMs in Parvati Valley and nearby areas are often out of cash, especially during long weekends. So, it is wise to carry enough cash that you can withdraw from ATMs in Bhuntar or Kullu.
  • You should plan a trip of 4-5 days to get some extra time for visiting quaint villages such as Chalal and Malana.
  • It is recommended to keep an emergency medical kit handy in case of any urgent medical crises.
  • Since nights are extra colder here, you must carry enough warm, well-graded and comfortable winter clothes with good-quality shoes.
  • Kheerganga is a picturesque tourist spot, so please avoid littering the place. It is suggested to carry an extra paper bag to be used as a trash bag on your trip, and you can dump it in a dustbin later.

Trekking to Kheerganga can act as a stress-buster, giving you a much-needed respite from your monotonous routine. Book a Himachal holiday package from Veena World where every aspect is taken care of – all that you should forward to is an exhilarating trekking experience.

November 05, 2022

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