Step into your trekking shoes, put on your jacket, and get your trekking pole because we are going to keep ourselves away from the monotonous and chaotic city life for a few days. Yes, you heard that right. There’s nothing better than be in the lap of Mother Earth’s best landscapes and Kasol is definitely one of the best getaways that work as an amazing stress-buster. Parvati Valley is undoubtedly the best place in Himachal and right there come to the most popular trek of the country, KheerGanga Trek. This fabled hash land is known for its scenic beauty, hypnotic mountains, and overnight camping with your loved ones.
Well, wandering around in Himachal is quite easy and you’ll even find everything well-organized but the real test starts when it comes to reaching KheerGanga. One needs to do a little preparation and planning prior leaving for the trek and I’ll be helping you out in the same. To make things simpler, let’s break down the venture into two phases:
Make it to Bhuntar: For reaching Bhuntar one can have access to the Volvo Bus Services from Majnu ka Tila or R.K. Ashram Metro Station in Delhi. All the buses leave from Delhi post 6 pm and will help you reach Buntar at around 5 or 7 am in the morning. Nearest railhead, Pathankot is 150 km. If possible, make sure you travel by the Delhi-Chandigarh-Mandi-Bhuntar route.
Make it to Barshaini: This one is a small town with limited staying options, a taxi stand, wine shop, and basic
If you’re not short of time, try to avoid a cab and take a bus from Bhuntar to Manikaran, which is 36 km in total and will take 90 minutes to reach. From Manikaran to Barshaini it is 18 km that will take another 40 minutes to reach. Well, you can even opt for a shared cab from Manikaran that might cost you from Rs.75-100/per person in
Trekking Routes to KheerGanga
There are 3 different routes from Barshaini to KheerGanga and the trekking distance from any of the route is around 9-10 km.
First: You can walk to the bridge after Barshaini and then make a left turn. Check out or ask any local the way to Nakthan Village and KheerGanga. This one is the easiest and most considerable route that will take around 3-4 hours for a person with average trekking speed. The most famous route falls on the left side of the Parvati River.
Second: This one is known as the Kalga route. From the bridge, you need to take a right to hike up and reach the Kalga village. Though it is somewhat a different route to your destination but don’t worry it joins the key route halfway on the trek. The best part about this route is that it passes through the dense forests and a few trekkers opt for this route.
Third: The last trekking route for KheerGanga is from Tosh Village. An interesting thing about this path is that it joins the first route near the village of Nakthan. Usually, the route is preferred by those who wish to stay in Tosh village for the night and start trekking the next morning. Also, the Tosh River flows by near Tosh Village, which later joins the Parvati River near Pulga.
Hey, I took the second route while trekking to KheerGanga and believe me I had the best experience there. So, forget about everything and let your camera do the talking.