Thursday, October 3, 2019

All About Kheerganga Trek


All About Kheerganga Trek

Take the Kheerganga Trek 2019 for some of the most memorable moments of your life. With hot springs at the summit and an unforgettable view of the Himalayas and the splendid Parvati Valley, this backpackers’ trip to Himachal Pradesh is an irresistible tourist magnet. It is a pocket-friendly trip attractive to people of all ages. The base of the splendid Kheerganga Trek is at Barshaini, located only a 3 hours’ drive away from Manali, at an altitude of 1189 m. Kheerganga (Khir Ganga), located at a height of about 2950 m, is one of the most well-known trekking destinations in Himachal Pradesh. Located deep in the Parvati Valley, Kheerganga presents to the trekkers a wealth of memorable experiences! Kheerganga’s history is said to date back thousands of years when it was Lord Shiva’s abode.

There are three different possible routes that can be taken from Barshaini to reach Kheerganga. For the full experience of the area, the route taken from Kheerganga will be different from the one taken to it. The trek starts from Barshaini, at the dam built on river Parvati, and goes to Kheerganga, where you will be camping overnight in tents. From there, you come down back to Barshaini, towards Tosh which has seen a recent spurt in tourist activity. Tosh has especially gained popularity in recent times and this trek presents an ideal opportunity to go sightseeing in the quaint town and explore it for souvenirs! There are a lot of unorthodox paths running through the forests from Barshaini to Kheerganga. However, it is advised that these routes be avoided as they can be dangerous and unreliable. Make your holidays memorable with a trek to Kheerganga!

The temperature at Kheerganga varies across the seasons! The weather can get extremely cold in the winter, with snow covering the landscape in glittering snow. The temperature can go up to 45 degrees during the days in summers, .i.e., late in May or early June. However, the temperature in the winters hits negative and snowfall is common. The trekker can choose to undertake the trek at any time of the year as per his or her weather preference and the trek is an attractive prospect in all weathers, for all months, whether it be in December or in May. It is a short, easy trek, which even beginners can undertake. The total distance covered during the trek is 26 km and the terrain remains a gentle incline or decline throughout, though it does get relatively steeper in certain parts.
  
Along our way to Kheerganga, we explore Nakhtan village and Rudra Nag village. The scenic hamlets make for the perfect stops and are ideal to delve into the local culture of Himachal Pradesh and interact with the locals and enjoy the local food and cafes. After a while, we reach the Rudra Nag temple. The ancient temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and sees a lot of pilgrims annually, all lost in their religious fervour. The Rudra Nag Waterfall is another splendid landmark, which we come across during our ascend to Kheerganga. The water at the waterfall is cool and clear and you can refill your water bottles here as you enjoy the hot refreshments at the nearby cafe. Sometimes, you will also come across shepherds with their flocks of sheep grazing nearby. The picturesque scenes make this trek to Kheerganga an out-of-the-world experience. As we cross the waterfall, the path gets a little steeper, but we start spotting the blue and yellow huts which mark the final milestone of the trek. They mean that Kheerganga is not far now!

Upon reaching Kheerganga, you can head straight for the Parvati Kund, or the natural hot water springs, which become all the more attractive in the winters. As you take a look around, you will notice that Kheerganga is full of little cafes serving hot meals and beverages. These are mostly open-air cafes, with all of them having closed places to cater to the public during the evenings as well! 

You will be staying in camps, overnight, in Kheerganga. Experience campfire, tents, and sleeping bags like never before, during this adventure. The music session to be organized at the campsite is the cherry on the top! During the upcoming holidays, plan a trip to Kheerganga and make your vacations extraordinary!

For this adventure trek, you have to meet the beautiful hill station Barshaini. To reach Barshaini from Kasol, you can take a bus or hire a cab from there. You can also take an overnight bus from Delhi to Bhuntar, and then take another bus from Bhuntar to Barshaini. Buses ply from Bhuntar to Barshaini frequently, and the distance can be covered in approximately 2-3 hours. Taking a flight to the Bhuntar Airport from Delhi can also be an option.    

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