Kheerganga, a small place at the top of the mountains in the Parvati Valley perched at a height of 2,450mts( 13,000ft). Kheerganga, where Lord Shiva was said to have meditated for 3000 years, is a peaceful and spiritual place in the Parvati Valley. Kheerganga Trek comes under one of the most popular treks in India.
Kheerganga trek gives a chance to see numerous waterfalls, hot spring pools, snow-covered peaks, all-around lush green forests. Kheerganga is a perfect spot for backpackers, travelers, nature lovers, and adventure enthusiasts.
Trekking route for Kheerganga
The trek is of 13km long trek which takes 7-8 hours to get complete.
This amazing trek starts from Barshaini village – a small village, where Tosh and Parvati river meets is the starting point of the trek. From Barshaini to Kheerganga the trek is 12 km. The trail is a gentle incline lined with beautiful apple orchards. You will see massive deodars and oak forests during the trek. Along our way to Kheerganga trek, you will get a chance to explore Naktan Village and Rudraprayag village – small hamlets perfect for the stops where you will get a chance to interact with the locals and know about the local culture.
This trail will go through the old, traditional villages, waterfalls and streams. You will experience landscapes and stunning views of the Himalayas. From Barshaini the nearest village is Tosh. Tosh is famous for its hippie culture and a perfect place for hippies. People come to Tosh from all around the world. The place is also famous for Psychedelic and rave parties.
Must-do things in Kheerganga
Sunrises and Sunsets
Do not miss the mesmerizing sunrise and breathe fresh air all surrounded by lush green forests. Enjoy sunsets where the sun changes color from orange to blood red. The sky turns pink or orange. And spend the night under the star-studded sky.
Experience Camping near waterfalls, and the top of the hills. Staying in the laps of Himalayas in between thick forests, hot springs, and rivers. There will be no electricity in the area. It is advised to book your tour with an experienced tour operator. There a lot of private camping agencies at different places in Kheerganga. Always carry-in flashlight and torches with extra batteries.
Enjoy the hot springs
After reaching Kheerganga, you will be straight ahead to the Parvati Kund which is famous for hot springs, take bath in the hot waters relax your sore muscles. Hot springs are extremely among the Hindus and Sikhs pilgrims as they believe that the water has some sacred healing properties. The water is rich in sulfur and gives you relief by stress and fatigue you got after this long trek. Also, visit the small Lord Shiva temple at the top and you will also find accommodation facility to stay.
Live in Homestays rather than Hotels
On this trail, you will pass by so many small villages like Malana, Pulga, Tosh, Kasol, Barshaini. You will find guest houses and hotels up there. Ditch hotels and opt for homestays. You will get a chance to experience the life of locals, interact with them and get a chance to know more about their life, culture, language, etc.
Other Nearby Treks to Do
Kasol is one of the destinations and basecamp to 5 famous treks in India.
There a lot of treks to do near Kheerganga, as it is the basecamp or gateway to so many treks. Almost all of them are amazing treks and encourage you to move further on this trail. The meadows of the Chandrakani Pass, Mystery village of Malana, the psychedelic village of Tosh all are the places where you can set up your tent and live for several days and explore all the amazing nearby villages.
The best time to visit Kheerganga is in summer as well as in Winters. From April to November. The temperature in summers goes up to 45 degrees and In Winters the temperature goes in negatives and snowfall is very common. It is advisable to avoid trekking during the monsoon season as the trail gets slippery, muddy, and risky due to heavy rains.
You will find so many cafes, tea spots, and restaurants during the trek. Most of the crowd that lives around Kheerganga is Israeli. The restaurants serving foreign cuisines like Israeli, German, and Chinese. The food will also be expensive. You will easily find noodles, tea, and coffee in hilly areas.
To start this trek, first, you have to reach Bhuntar. The easiest way to reach Bhuntar is to take a direct bus to Bhuntar from Delhi, Chandigarh and all Manali Route. From Bhuntar take a bus for Barshaini.
Kheerganaga Trek is just a weekend away. Experience nature at its best and enjoy the beauty of the Great Himalayan Mountains. Plan a trip and get ready for a new adventure.