Kheerganga is located deep in Parvati Valley. In Himachal Pradesh, this is a well-known trekking destination. It was once Lord Shiva’s residence.
I finished the hike in early October when the weather was clear and the scenery was breathtaking. Kheerganga can be done at any time of the year, except in the winter, when there are no facilities available. Trekkers will never be bored in Kheerganga.
If you’re traveling to Kasol, keep one day extra with you for Kheerganga. Kheerganga has two treks, both of which can be completed without the assistance of a guide. The first few steps are easy, but after that, you’ll need some strength. If you want to do it with others then there are so many groups who organize a trip to Kheerganga.
It’s a DIY trek, food and accommodation are not a problem there. All the details related to this trek you can be read in this blog.
Trek to Kheerganga – Kheerganga is well-known for its hot springs, Lord Shiva temple, and stunning vistas at the elevation of 13000 feet. The Kheerganga Trek attracts the majority of visitors to Kasol (Read more about Kasol here). Kheerganga trek distance is 12-14 kilometers long and takes 4-6 hours to complete, depending on the individual’s health and strength.
If you’re traveling by your vehicle and have extra luggage, don’t worry; there’s a shop in Barshaini just a few meters from the bridge where you can park your car and drop off your excess luggage. In 2019, the shop owner charged me Rs. 100 for the bike and Rs. 50 for each bag.
How to reach Kheerganga – You must first travel to Bhuntar. Kullu Airport is the closest airport to Bhuntar, while Joginder Nagar Railway Station is the closest railway station to Bhuntar. From both the airport and railway station, you can take a cab or shared taxi to Bhuntar or directly to Barshaini. But, if traveling by bus or private vehicle, you can reach Bhuntar directly; however, from Bhuntar, you have to travel to Kasol and then to Barshaini. Wait for the HRTC bus to Barshaini at Bhuntar if you’re traveling by bus.
If you reach there in the afternoon then don’t start your trek that day and spend your that day in Tosh because Barshaini is closer to Tosh (Read about Tosh here) so the next day you can go easily there.
Route – Kheerganga may be accessible via two separate treks, both of them begin from Barshaini.
Trek 1 – Travel to Barshaini and turn left from the bridge on their way to Nakthan Village, but double-check the route before proceeding. This is the shortest walk, and it will take 3-4 hours for a person of average hiking speed. The treks are marked, so you can simply follow the way but it’s the difficult one, also make sure you know whether you’re heading to the Nakthan side or not before you begin.
Trek 2 – You first have to travel to Barshaini, but you must turn right in this trek and proceed to Kalga Village. This hike passes through the woods, but you’ll get a better sense of the natural world on this hike. This trip is easy in comparison to trek 1, however, it is not particularly popular among hikers. This hike is suitable for beginners.
Things to Carry on Kheerganga Trek :
1 . Must take a steel water bottle with you there and say no to plastic. Because the water comes directly from the Himalayas, it is both free and pure, and you may fill your bottle wherever.
2. Carry a raincoat as well for added protection.
3. Both treks have a lot of cafes and dhabas, so you may avoid carrying a lot of food if you wish to.
4. If you plan on staying for an extended period, you can also carry your own tent.
5. No ATM there and no internet for online payment there so carry cash.
6. Carry an extra bag in which you can keep your wet clothes.
7. There will be numerous dogs to keep you company on the trip, so carry something to feed them if possible.
Food and Stay in Kheerganga – Because Kheerganga is neither a village nor a city, don’t expect to see cemented dwellings there; camps are there. When I was there in 2019, they charged me 300 rupees for a two-person tent, but it was so cold that we decided to use the tandoor tent instead. Tandoor tents are sharing tents that can easily accommodate 10 to 12 people, and the rates were the same.
Food is a little expensive there because they have to pay a lot and put a lot of effort to bring raw materials there at that height.
- Because there is no network in Kheerganga, make sure you have all of your major calls completed before beginning the walk. Notify your loved ones as well.
- Start your walk by 10-11 a.m., and you’ll be there by 5 p.m. Because if you arrive late, you risk missing out on the hot water spring bath, which closes at 6 p.m then you’ve to sleep with the tiredness of your trek.
- There are separate water springs for girls and boys – girls can also take a bath there without any fear, but please take a shower outside the spring before entering and be careful because the spring bottom is very slippery.
Budget – The budget of the trip is always divided into four categories:
- First one: Transportation – Depending on which mode of transportation you use, it can range from 500 to 5000 rupees. But if you’re traveling by bus it goes to 2000 – 2500 per person.
- Second one: Food – For veg, the estimated cost is 400 to 600 per day (per person), and for non-vegan, the estimated cost is 600 to 800 (per person).
- Third one: Accommodation – In Kheerganga, you can find a stay of 150 rupees per day (per person)
- Fourth one: Miscellaneous – It’s entirely up to you whether you can stop at zero or can take it to infinity.
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