A must go trek for escaping from reality, Mesmerizing experience.
Amidst our share of peaks and valleys in life. If you desire a break from ranting about your go with the flow lifestyle and are meanwhile thinking to break loose from reality for a while. Here, Introducing you to the peaks and lush green meadows of Kheerganga.
It is the most popular trekking route. And moreover among the top places to visit in Himachal with hot spring. The scenic beauty of the valley to rejuvenate your senses and furthermore. In short everything else you could wish for.
Firstly, The call Kheerganga comes from the whitish currents of the Ganga River rushing down the hilltop to the amusing wilderness and refreshing view of the Parvati Valley.
Here, the whitish currents are referred to as ‘Kheer’, after an Indian sweet dish. So, The history of Kheerganga in accordance with the mystical Hindu mythology is, Kartikeya (elder son of Lord Shiva) visited ‘Kheerganga’ for meditating.
Subsequently getting fascinated by the spellbound beauty of the place and stayed there for 1000 years or more, Giving it spiritual significance for Hindu and Sikh pilgrims as well.
Trek to Kheerganga
In order to reach Kheerganga is dropped down as:
En route by Air: The airport nearest to Kheerganga is Kullu, Around 53.7 km. And from there you can either board a bus or hire a cab to Barshaini. And the distance from Barshaini to is 11 km
En route by Rail: Pathankot is the nearest railway station to Kheerganga, About 150 km away. After that, you can either board a bus or hire a taxi to Barshaini and from there 11km trek to Kheerganga.
En route by Bus: The bus can take you to Barshaini and then go trekking to Kheerganga.
Delhi to Kheerganga distance in Km: The distance from Delhi to Kheerganga is 541.3 km.
Chandigarh to Kheerganga distance in Km: The distance from Chandigarh to Kheerganga is 309.3 km.
Other checkpoints to get to Kheerganga are Delhi – Chandigarh – Bhuntar – Kasol – Barshaini (the base location).
Trekking to the land of myths starts from Barshaini, a small village. So, Possible routes you could opt are:
via Nakthan village (preferred): Nakthan village is famous for exquisite apple orchards. It has its grandness because it’s a traditional Himachali village with a combo of wood-stone houses and cafes. The magnificent view of Rudranag waterfall too will be seen alongside. A trek with marked trails.
via Kalga village: Meanwhile, Kalga village is filled with alpine beauty, abandoned houses, therefore, lacking village life. You can opt this for atmospheric solitude. Hi-five to the wanderlust solo souls.
It will take you around 4 to 6 hours uphill and as you near, You’ll be seeing tarpaulin huts. And you will find yourself enjoying the breathtaking serene picturesque view of Kheerganga and finally above the huts.
There’s the temple devoted to Lord Shiva and obviously an alluring and the most welcoming hot spring, A solution to your travel-worn soul.
After that at the hilltop, Then the choice is yours to stay overnight and fulfill your dream of stargazing. On the other hand, if you wish to trek downhill on the same day, You should start early in the morning.
Stay at Kheerganga
Operator camps run by local guides, To be reserved in advance during the peak time of year.
Guesthouse and Homestay organized by local people.
Running tent that you could carry along. PS: not favourable.
Kheerganga Trek Key Points:
- Get sticks from the foothill, You can get it from local people at the base.
- Start early in the morning and try reaching hilltop before the evening.
- Do carry cash as ATM’s are not trustworthy.
- Do take along medicines and first aid.
- Stay hydrated. Fill up water at Rudranag waterfalls. Advice: to carry 1L.
- Take breaks when needed and don’t push yourself.
- Carry less weight with you.
- Do advance booking for stays during winter.
- Travel essentials are torch, backpack, sleeping bag, sandals and trekking boots, raincoat and winter clothes.
- Located at a height of 13,051 feet above sea level. And at a height of 2960m in the Parvati Valley, Himachal.
- The trek to hot spring is at an elevation to a height more than 5,000 feet.
- Best time to go trekking: May-June and October- November as the weather stays favourable for trekking.
- The temperature can go low to -5° C in winter and a high of 35° C in summer. Ps: avoid monsoon season and extreme winters.
Frequently Asked Questions About Kheerganga Trek:
1. Which is the best time to visit kheerganga for trekking?
Ans: April to November is the best time span for Kheerganga Trek, though one must take try to avoid trekking during monsoon. Planning Trek for Early Winter will be equally rewarding.
2. How easy is to find a good staying place after trekking?
Ans: One can opt for a package tour which offers stay or can independently book a cottage/guesthouse on Airbnb well in advance.
To sum up, You won’t get enough of the beautiful terrains, rushing streams and lush green valleys. For experiencing a twinkly, electrifying and treasuring story you will endure forevermore.
As ‘The stories we love best do live in us forever’. —JK Rowling
Your Kheerganga trek awaits you. So, Go and live the feeling.
Happy & Safe trekking 🙂 —Chris
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