Nestled deep in the Parvati Valley, the Kheerganga trek is undeniably a trekker’s paradise. You walk through dense pine forests and the ever-changing terrain while the Parvati River roars alongside you as a trusted travel companion. What awaits in the end is a breathtakingly beautiful panorama of snow topped mountains that shine like silver in the moonlight.
The trek takes around 6-8 hours to complete and is dotted with many small waterfalls throughout the way, from the rich flora and fauna to the stretches of sleepy meadows in between; there’s not a single dull moment on the Kheerganga trek. Also known for its religious significance, the hot water springs draws quite some attention among the followers of Lord Shiva.
How can you reach Kheerganga?
To reach Kheerganga, you need to first reach Kasol – a tiny commercial hamlet in Himachal Pradesh that is located around the beginning of this trek. Kasol is accessible by bus from Delhi and Chandigarh. Once in Kasol, you can take one of the local buses and reach Barshaini, which is the last motorable town on the way to Kheerganga, and also the starting point of the trek. Once you reach Barshaini, it may take you anywhere around 6-8 hours to complete the trek.
When should you go for trekking to Kheerganga?
The alluring mountains of Kheerganga are a sight to behold in almost all seasons, but if you want to know what the best time for the Kheerganga trek is, the answer is summer. The summer season, which lasts from April to June, sees Kheerganga in its true glory – with beautiful clear blue skies, the landscape turns into a mosaic of the various wildflowers, and the rivers and streams gush through the valleys creating the most beautiful music to your ears. The summer is usually pleasant and lightly breezy; the nights are chilly and make for the perfect camping weather.
Can you visit Kheerganga in any other season?
Kheerganga receives a high amount of snowfall in the winters, the camping grounds and the trials are covered with snow and are inaccessible from around early November. The snow starts melting off by March which gives way to the golden months of summer, also known as the best time for the Kheerganga trek – April to June. Right after those comes the monsoon, and while it is advised to avoid trekking in the monsoon especially for beginners, if you are an experienced trekker and have done monsoon treks prior to this, you may proceed but with caution. Once the rains have dried down, you have another small window between September and October to get going for a comfortable trek before the mountains start preparing themselves for the winter snow all over again.
What should you carry for the trek?
If you are visiting in the peak months of summer, we would suggest carrying light yet comfortable clothing to let you freely move around. You will also need comfortable and sturdy shoes that have been broken in; these will be your best friends during the trip. Since the nights might get a little chilly, it is advisable to get yourself some light jackets and full-sleeve shirts. If you are going for the monsoon trek, you need to carry adequate rain gear along with the mentioned items. Get yourself some sturdy raincoats, ponchos and synthetic/plastic bags in case you need to separate the dry from the wet. It is also recommended to waterproof your backpack and important personal belongings with either a plastic bag or a backpack cover.
COVID-19 essential tips
To ensure a safe trip while you go for the Kheerganga trek, stay updated on the latest guidelines and SOPs published by the Himachal Pradesh government. You may need to carry a negative RT-PCR report or a double vaccination certificate, but make sure that you’re always equipped with ample sanitiser, spare reusable masks, emergency medications in your first aid kit, and a few disposable masks in case you need to double up the protection in crowded areas.
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