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Kheerganga Trek

The serene pine forested hamlets in the Parvati River Valley is a paradise for die-hard Himalayan trekkers. The Kasol-Kheerganga trek happens to comprehensively cover this paradise along the lush green valley with the Parvati River’s elegant flow through the valley’s heart. Even with the recent clamp down on commercial camps operating in the Kheerganga area, the popularity of the route remains reasonably undented. While the Parvati Valley Travel Circuit of which Kheerganga is a part, has earned its share of ill repute owning to the abundant cultivation of hashish in the region, the trippy blissfulness in the air is pure and addiction free! Steal a few days off from the sins of city life in the valley, walking upon sweet grass , surrounded by snow covered peaks, and restless mountain streams cutting across your path to rise up rejuvenated and more one with yourself. The prime attraction of the Kheerganga trek is the twin hot springs located at 2950 m. Take a dip in the warm, essential mineral rich waters of the spring is something trekkers look forward to at the end of a challenge filled journey

What is Kheerganga Trek?

A rejuvenating trek set in the abundant greenness and surrounding snow covered the Himalayas, Kheerganga is a cherished trek in the paradisiacal Parvati Valley. Infinite opportunities to click away at the picture postcard vistas, invigorate with lungs full of fresh and clean air, and the chance to acquaint with a different kind of idyllic spiritual life in the Parvati Valley settlements make this trek interesting naturally as well as culturally and spiritually. The hike up kicks off from Barshaini, taking on a 12 km long trail. Numerous gloriously cascading waterfalls dot the path. Keep your cameras on the ready to click the serpent shaped Rudra Nag falls on this line, while at the end of the final stretch comes the mineral rich hot springs of Kheerganga inviting weary trekkers to take an invigorating dip. Situated not more than a weekend’s worth of distance away from Delhi and Chandigarh, this easy-level trip easily qualifies for a long weekend holiday. Besides the enchanting mountainscapes, the deliciously physically stimulating trek gradients, and the therapeutic water hot springs, the itinerary holds the attraction of Kasol-- a buzzing hill station with some interesting multiculturalism. At present, a kind of populous Israeli settlement, Kasol has beautiful mountain front cafes with great Israeli food to chill at before starting and finishing the trek

Why Should We Go for the Kheerganga Trek?

  • A chance to explore Himalayan heights within the peaceful perimeters of Parvati River Valley.
  • Endless scenic trails surrounded in pine forests and cut across by the restless flow of the Parvati River.
  • Delightful apple orchards at the idyllic settlements nestling in the slopes.
  • Picture perfect wooden bridge crossings over the effervescent and lovely Parvati River.
  • Stopping by at the villages of Kalga and Pulga with interesting exposure to the local way of life.
  • Making a refreshing journey on feet through forests of pine and oaks, opening up to the meadows of Kheerganga to the backdrop of gleaming snow peaks in the distance.
  • A number of charming waterfalls making astonishing visuals of falling from great heights. One of the most unique being the serpent shaped Rudra Nag waterfall. Do make a video!
  • The mineral-rich hot springs at Kheerganga at the end of a long hike.

How High Is the Kheerganga Trek?

Kheerganga is located at an altitude of 13,051 ft, attained upon arriving at the hot springs. The trek begins and ends at Kasol, located at the height of 5,184 ft.

When to Visit?

The Kheerganga route enjoys year-round accessibility. A few weeks at the peak of winter aside, when the tea houses are likely to remain closed, you can attempt this trek any time of the year. The window between April to May and September to October are the times you will be getting the most traffic.

How to Reach?

By Air: The closest airport is the Kullu Airport located in Bhuntar. From here, transport to Kasol is easily available.
By Rail: If you are coming by train, Pathankot will be the nearest railhead to travel to. From here, transport to Kasol via Bhuntar can be found. The distance between Pathankot and Bhuntar is 144 km.
By Road: Kasol is well connected by road with Chandigarh, located at a driving distance of 7 hours. Private taxis from Bhuntar to Kasol are another good option. If you are in New Delhi, it will be the easiest to find an overnight bus to Kasol.

Are There Any Shops Available On the Kheerganga Trek?
You can find decent eateries, shops for supplies and local produces all through the trek, right up to Kalga, Pulga, and Kheerganga.

What to Pack for Kheerganga Trek?

  • Large or medium size backpack, and a duffle side bag for extras
  • Water bottle
  • Sun hat
  • Warm cap
  • Base layers
  • Fleece jacket
  • Outer jacket
  • Rain jacket (essential for the monsoon months)
  • Sturdy trekking shoes and a pair of floaters
  • Flashlight
  • Trekking pants, several pairs
  • UV-protection glasses
  • Thermal socks

Is There Any Possibility Of Altitude Sickness?
The highest altitude reached during the trek is 13,051 feet which can certainly cause some uneasiness in those who are not used to trekking at high altitudes. It is better to ascend slowly, allowing the body to get acclimatized to the new height. It is advisable not to proceed if there are severe signs of altitude sickness.

How Busy Is the Kheerganga Trek?

Expect moderate traffic during summer and autumn on this easy level trek which has garnered commercial tourism interests for some time now.