Kasol to Kheerganga Trek
Kheerganga (3050 meters) lies at the extreme end of Parvati valley and the last inhibited village while trekking to pin valley via Pin-Parvati pass with highest point of trek being 3970 meters. It is a holy place with natural hot water spring with a small temple of Lord Shiva. This place provides a rare combination of a bath in hot spring water when everything is covered by snow. The base point of the trek is from Barshiani which is 20 KM from Kasol and one can reach Barshiani via private cabs or via local buses. It’s a 12 KM trek one way and is mostly inclined for the majority of the part.
Base Camp at Kasol
The moment I came to know about this trek, I was clear in my mind to complete it. Since I was curious and looking for options to accomplish this trek and found a suitable date of my choice through Adventure Nation. I confirmed my participation and was eager to go. The meeting point for the trek was Kasol and I booked a seat in a luxury bus service upto Bhuntar from Delhi. Bhuntar to Kasol can be travelled by local buses or private cabs. The final day has arrived and I boarded the bus at 9 p.m. It took almost 2 hours to cross the mad city traffic that took a toll on the onward journey. The bus driver was also laid back and drove at a leisurely pace. The reporting time at Bhuntar was next day 8 a.m. but it was already 10 a.m. when we crossed Mandi. After a small break for breakfast we precede ahead and reached Bhuntar at 11:30 a.m. Finally, we managed to reach Kasol at 12:30 p.m. and proceeded towards Barshaini our base camp. Kasol is a beautiful hamlet on the foot of Himalayas situated on the bank of serene Parvati River. The group reached Barshaini at 1:30 p.m. which is located at the point of comnfluence of Parvati and Tosh Rivers.
We finally started our trek at 2 p.m. with our trek guides. They exactly knew the requirement of group and were very helpful and kept the group motivated. Our target was to reach Kheerganga in about 4.5 hours. The gushing sound of mighty rivers and water streams was soothing and very refreshing. En route there were lot of sacks and temporary shelter created for trekkers. The fresh environment of magnificent Himalayas is what we crave for and it was omnipresent there. One could easily hear themselves while trekking through these terrains of Himalayas. While strolling through the magnificent landscape we were treated to majestic sights of nature. The first such sight being serpent-shaped waterfall at Rudra Nag that prompted us to admire the beauty before proceeding ahead. The trail passes through picturesque waterfalls, water streams, beautiful hamlets, few wooden bridges and some slippery sections as well. Those splendid waterfalls were among the highlights of the Kheerganga trek. The trail was a mix of moderate to steep incline as well as difficulty level. The trek also takes us through the villages of Kalga and Pulga where one can see the local way of life and see how people survive here thereby giving us a different perspective towards life. I interacted with the locals, and clicked a few pictures with them to save as memoirs of the amazing time of my trek.
Since we were running against time, I kept my trek at a consistent pace and completed it in 4 hours and reached Kheerganga 2 hours before my group. The trek guide motivated and helped others as well to achieve the target. Everyone was ecstatic and high with achievement of trekking to Kheerganga. We settled in our guest house along with other groups. Post that followed the music and dance session before we all settled in our bed with a thought of what lies ahead next day morning for us.
I woke up to a magnificent view of Himalayan Peaks around our lodge with a spine chilling morning breeze and meadows covered in white snow. A landscape that will remain embedded in my memory till eternity. The bounty of nature sent me in a trance state. After breakfast we visited Lord Shiva temple and went for a bath in the hot water spring known as Parvati Kund. The hot water spring has separate bathing areas for males and females. Bathing in hot water spring with snow all around at temperatures less then “Zero” was one-of-a-kind experience. Sometimes you do not have to understand nature instead enjoy it to the core. The therapeutic water of hot springs is all we needed to get rejuvenated for our return journey.
Camp at Kheerganga
Lord Shiva Temple
Parvati Kund (Hot Water Spring)
The vistas from an altitude of about 13000 feet left me spellbound. Time to bid adieu to this majestic place for our return journey. The second-day journey back to Kasol gave me another chance to admire what I might have missed on the first day while trekking from Kasol to Kheerganga.
Shelter for trekkers
Beautiful Kids of Kalga Village
Purest form of water
The Parvati Valley is one of the most picturesque places in the Himalayan region of Himachal Pradesh. Two days is all you need to explore its magnificent landscape and get refreshed from within. The Kasol to Kheerganga trek is an invigorating journey, which not only unveils the stunning terrain of the Himalayas, but also gives you a chance to learn about the interesting culture of the people living here. The trail passes through villages, apple orchards, waterfalls, and finally through a mountain trail. There are a lot of cafes en route to grab a quick bite and refresh. The cool weather and vistas of the mighty peaks of the Himalayas, and the therapeutic water of the hot springs is a unique combination; an experience to remember for the rest of my life.