Kheerganga Trek

Kasol to Kheerganga trek is an easy trek in Himachal Pradesh, perfect for beginners, and it offers you an opportunity to explore the gorgeous landscape of the Parvati valley of Kullu, along with splendid views of the Parvati and Tosh rivers, glaciers of Lahaul and Spiti, and the imposing Himalayan mountains.

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Kheerganga Trek Overview

Kheerganga is located in the iconic Parvati Valley in Kullu, Himachal Pradesh. The Kheerganga trek is perfect for beginners as it not an arduous trek and the region is achingly beautiful with pristine views of the Parvati and Tosh Rivers, the glacier of Lahaul Spiti and lofty mountains for company.

About the Kheerganga trek:

There are plenty of trekking trails in this region and travellers flock here for its hot sulphur springs and relaxed vibe. The Kheerganga trek starts from Barsheni village which is where the Parvati and Tosh rivers meet. On this Kheerganga trek you will be walking along the top of a ridge and you can expect to spend some time negotiating tricky descents, crossing a gorge, and walking beside the gushing Beas river. The trek has lots of interesting sights en route such as a Shiv Temple, Rudra Naag waterfall which is a waterfall that looks like a snake and an interesting variety of flora and fauna.

The Kheerganga Malana trek will take you past ancient shrines, rocky outcrops and quaint tribal villages with traditional wooden homes. Kheerganga is infamous for cannabis production and on the Kheerganga Malana trek you will be sure to see lots of marijuana fields. At night, you'll camp out in tents, amidst terraced green fields and picturesque meadows. The beauty of nature here will leave you in a stupor as you advance on your Kheerganga Malana trek.

About Malana:

The highlight of this trek however, is the Himachali village of Malana. If you're curious about this legendary village, where the locals run their own democracy, speak a language known only to themselves (and believed to be the devil's language), and fiercely guard their culture against outsiders, this Kheerganga trek will gives you a glimpse into their lives.

Malana is the oldest village in the state of Himachal and is surrounded by the peaks of Chandrakhani and Deo Tibba. Apart from the cannabis-related taboo surrounding the village, there are ancient temples and structures to admire, and plenty to learn on your Kheerganga Malana trek. The village itself lies in the midst of beautiful forests at a height of 9500 feet, so you'll have gorgeous views all along your Kheerganga trek.

You'll get to see a lifestyle and a belief system that is different from anything you've seen before and you will cross Manikaran which lies in Punjab. Located in the Parvati Valley, Manikaran is as beautiful as it is holy and you will get a chance to swim in the Manikaran Sahib (Gurudwara) hot sulphur springs.

Best season for Kheerganga Malana treks:

The summer months are beautiful on the Kheerganga Malana route. The skies are clear, the streams and rivers sparkle in the sunlight, and wildflowers dot the slopes. The weather is pleasant during the day, and can get chilly at night. These things come together to make this one of the best summer treks in Himachal Pradesh.

Reaching Kasol:

Kasol is a resort village which is well connected to neighbouring cities and towns. Reaching Kasol is hassle-free and you can get there either by road, rail or air.

If you prefer flying, then you need to book your flight to Kullu Manali airport, which is Kasol's closest airport. There are daily flights from Delhi and frequent ones from most major cities of India to Kullu Manali Airport. From there, you can take a cab or local bus to reach Kasol.

If you're coming by train, then book your train to Joginder Nagar Railway Station. From there, you can take a bus towards Manikaran and get down at Kasol. If there are no trains from your city to Joginder Nagar, then you can take a train to Chandigardh and then a taxi or bus to Kasol.

If you live in Northern India, then you can even take a bus to Kasol. There are both state as well as privately run buses plying to Kasol. You may even drive your own car to Kasol as the road is well marked and scenic.

If you're a beginner, you might like our list of Top Short Treks in India. Heading to Manali? Check out our list of the best adventures in Kullu.

Kheerganga Trek Summary

  • State: Himachal Pradesh
  • Nearest city: Kullu
  • Total days: 2-4 days
  • Grade: Easy
  • Max altitude: 9700 feet
  • Total trekking distance: 24-34 km
  • Season: Summer
  • Avg temperature: 10 to 30 degree Celsius

Barshaini to Kheerganga Trek

Sketch itinerary:

Day 1: Trek from Barshaini to Kheerganga

  • Trekking distance: 12 km
  • Trekking time: 7 hours
  • Altitude: 9711 feet
  • Visit the natural hot water springs at Kheerganga
  • Overnight stay: Tents

Day 2: Trek from Kheerganga to Barshaini

  • Trekking distance: 12 km
  • Trekking time: 5 hours
  • Follow the same route back to Barshaini
  • Arrive at Barshaini by late afternoon

Detailed itinerary:

Day 1: Trek from Barshaini to Kheerganga

Arrive at Barshaini where you'll meet your trek leader and begin your trek to Kheerganga. En route, you'll come across the famous Rudra Nag, and cross the twin villages of Kalga and Pulga before arriving at the gorgeous meadows of Kheerganga. You'll also visit the natural hot water springs there.

Day 2: Trek from Kheerganga to Barshaini

Today, you'll begin your return trek to Barshaini. It is a descend trek and you'll reach the village by late afternoon. Your trip ends here.

Inclusions:

This trip includes 1 night stay in dome tents on twin/triple-sharing basis, with all the camping equipment you might need: dome tents, sleeping bags and mattresses. You'll have access to a kitchen and dining tent, as well as a toilet tent. On Day 1 you'll be served dinner and on Day 2, you'll be served breakfast. You'll be accompanied by an experienced trek leader and campsite staff for this trek. The package also covers all applicable taxes.

Exclusions:

There is a forest entry charge of INR 50 per person that you will have to pay on the spot. Apart from this, the package does not include transport between your home city and Barshani, the start point of this trek. You'll be paying for your own lunch on both days, and any personal expenses for extra snacks, beverages, tips to staff, etc are not covered. Any costs arising out of unforeseen circumstances such as bad weather, road blocks etc. are not covered. Please assume that anything not mentioned in inclusions is not covered by this package.

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3-Day Chalal Kheerganga Trek

Sketch itinerary:

Day 1: Trek to Chalal

  • Trekking distance: 4 km
  • Trekking time: 2 hours
  • Altitude: 5366 feet
  • Overnight stay: Tents

Day 2: Trek to Kheerganga

  • Trekking distance: 12 km
  • Trekking time: 7 hours
  • Altitude: 9711 feet
  • Visit the natural hot water springs at Kheerganga
  • Overnight stay: Tents

Day 3: Return to Kasol

  • Trekking distance: 12 km
  • Trekking time: 5 hours
  • Follow the same route back to Barshaini
  • Reach Kasol by evening

Detailed itinerary:

Day 1: Trek to Chalal

Report at the Kasol campsite at 09:30 hrs. From there, you'll head to the market of Kasol, followed by a trek to Chalal. After spending some time at Chalal, you'll begin your return trek to Kasol. Overnight in tents at Kasol.

Day 2: Trek to Kheerganga

Today, you'll trek to Kheerganga. En route, you'll come across the famous Rudra Nag waterfall, and you'll also trek across the twin villages of Kalga and Pulga. In the evening, you'll visit the natural hot water springs of Kheerganga. Overnight in tents at Kheerganga.

Day 3: Return to Kasol

Today you'll wake up and begin your return trek to Kosal. After a short trek to Barshaini, you'll take public transport to reach Kasol. Your trip ends here.

Inclusions:

The operator will arrange transport from Kasol to trek start point, and back to Kasol after the trek, in shared local transport. You'll be provided with dome tents on triple sharing basis, with sleeping bags and mattresses as well. You'll be eating meals in a dining tent, and will have access to a toilet tent at the campsite. Lunch and dinner on Day 1 and breakfast on Day 2 are provided in this package. You'll be accompanied by an experienced trekking guide and camping crew, who always have a first aid kit on hand. All applicable taxes are included in this package.

Exclusions:

There is a forest entry charge of INR 50 per person that you will be paying on the spot. Your operator will not be able to arrange transport from your home city and Kasol. This package doesn't include any costs arising out of unforeseen circumstances such as bad weather, road blocks etc., nor does it cover personal expenses such as tips to staff, alcohol or beverages etc. If you want to arrange travel or medical insurance, you are free to do so, but it cannot be included in this package. If anything is not mentioned in the list of inclusions, it is not covered.

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4-Day Tosh Kheerganga Trek

Sketch itinerary:

Day 1: Trek from Kasol to Chalal

  • Trekking distance: 4 km
  • Trekking time: 2 hours
  • Altitude: 5366 feet
  • Overnight stay: Tents

Day 2: Trek to Tosh

  • Trekking distance: 3 km
  • Trekking time: 1 hour
  • Altitude: 7874 feet
  • Overnight stay: Tents

Day 3: Trek to Kheerganga

  • Trekking distance: 15 km
  • Trekking time: 7 hours
  • Altitude: 9711 feet
  • Overnight stay: Tents

Day 4: Return to Kasol

  • Trekking distance: 12 km
  • Trekking time: 5 hours
  • Follow the same route back to Barshaini
  • Reach Kasol by evening

Detailed itinerary:

Day 1: Trek from Kasol to Chalal

Today, you'll arrive at Kosal campsite in the morning and head out to explore the colourful markets of Kasol, followed by a trek to Chalal. After spending some time at Chalal, you'll trek back to Kasol.

Day 2: Trek to Tosh

Today, you can spend the morning exploring the campsite, after which you'll begin your trek to Tosh. You'll visit the waterfalls near Tosh and then return to the Tosh campsite.

Day 3: Trek to Kheerganga

You'll wake up and then begin your trek to Kheerganga. En route, you'll come across the famous Rudra Nag waterfall and at Kheerganga, you'll visit the natural hot water springs.

Day 4: Return to Kasol

Today you'll wake up and begin your return trek to Kosal. After a short trek to Barshaini, you'll take public transport to reach Kasol. Your trip ends here.

Inclusions:

This package includes all travel arrangements as per the itinerary, in shared local transport. You will be staying in dome tents or guesthouses for 3 nights on triple-sharing basis, and will be provided with any camping equipment required, like sleeping bags and mattress. You'll have a kitchen tent and toilet tent at your disposal at the campsite. Your meal package starts with lunch on Day 1 to breakfast on Day 4. An experienced trek leader and support staff will accompany you. All applicable taxes are included in this package.

Exclusions:

You will have to pay a forest entry fee of INR 50 per person. This package doesn't include transport from your home city to Kasol, nor does it cover any costs arising out of unforeseen circumstances such as bad weather, road blocks etc. It also does not cover personal expenses such as tips to staff, alcohol or beverages etc., as well as travel and medical insurance. Any item not mentioned in inclusions is not covered in this package.

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Best time to go/Weather

The best time for the Kasol to Kheerganga trek is the summer season. During these months, the skies are clear, the landscape flourishing with various wildflowers, along with rivers and streams cutting through the region. The weather is also quite pleasant during the day, with a cool breeze, and the nights can get chilly, providing perfect conditions for a cosy camping experience.

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Getting there

Reaching Kasol is hassle-free as the village is connected to neighbouring states through various means of transport. If you're flying in from your home-city, then the closest airport to Kasol is Kullu Manali airport. There are daily flights from Delhi to Manali and regular flights from other major cities of the country. From there, you can hail a cab or local bus to reach Kasol.

The nearest railway station to Kasol is Joginder Nagar railway station. From there, you can either take a taxi or board a bus towards Manikaran and get down at Kosal. If you can't find a train from your home-city to Kasol, then you can take a train to Chandigarh and reach Kosal by bus or taxi from there.

You can even take a bus from Delhit to Kasol which will cost you about INR 1000 - 1500 per seat. If you wish, you can even bring your own car as the road to Kasol is well marked and busy with many buses, cars, trucks, etc. plying the road 24/7.

What to wear

For the Kasol to Kheerganga trek, you need to wear comfortable clothes that do not restrict your movement in any way. For your head, you should wear a hat/cap along with sunglasses. For your body, wear full-sleeve t-shirts/shirts along with trek pants. Avoid wearing denim jeans. And for your feet, special attention needs to be paid to the shoes you wear; make sure they are sturdy trekking shoes with a good grip, and are broken in before you embark on the trek. During the Kheerganga trek, the nights can get a bit chilly, so you can carry an extra jacket or a hoodie for the night.

What to carry

Your Kasol to Kheerganga trek operator will provide all the camping and technical equipment required for the trek. However, you need to carry all the personal gear like sturdy trekking boots, strong backpack, etc. The operator will also give you a proper packing list once you book this trek which includes all the things you need to carry, do make sure you do not skip out on any of the items from the said list.

Preparation/Fitness

The Kasol to Kheerganga trek is an easy trek suitable for beginners. To prepare for this trek, you need to start training your body a few weeks prior to the trek by doing some exercises like cycling, running, cardio, etc. This is to improve your endurance levels so you can trek for a few hours without needing a break.

FAQs about the Kheerganga trek

Can beginners do the Kheerganga trek?

Yes, the Kasol to Kheerganga trek is perfect for beginners. However, just like any other trek, you need to be physically fit for the trek. The trek requires you to trek for multiple hours on a single day, hence it is recommended that you start doing some form of exercise if you don't work-out already. You can start training by doing one of the following exercises: running, cardio, yoga, cycling, etc.

What is the best time for the Kheerganga trek?

Summer is the best season to go for the Kheerganga trek since the skies are clear and the landscape is dotted with various wildflowers. You'll also get to see various rivers and streams cutting through the region. During this season, the weather is also pleasant with a cool breeze and the night is cool, but not freezing. Providing for perfect trekking and camping experience.

What should I carry for the Kheerganga Trek?

For the Kasol to Kheerganga trek, you need to carry comfortable clothes including full-sleeve t-shirt/shirts along with trek pants. You also need to carry sturdy trekking boots which are broken-in. Other than this, carry all the essentials along with a small first aid kit. The tour operator too will provide you with a packing list, make sure to follow the list properly. You need not worry about the camping and technical equipment, as the tour operator will be providing you with those for the duration of the trek.

How do I prepare for the Kheerganga Trek?

If you are already fit, then you stand in good stead for the Kasol to Kheerganga trek. However, it is recommended that you start preparing for the trek a few weeks prior by doing some form of exercise. This is to improve your endurance levels so you can walk multiple kilometres a day without a burnout.

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Trip Description
Beginning in the bustling markeplaces of Kasol, this 2-day short trek will take you to the charming forests of Kheerganga. En route, you'll visit the serpent shaped waterfall at Rudra Nag and dip your feet in the natural hot water springs at Kheerganga. With beautiful views of the Parvati Valley, the trail to Kheerganga twists through mountains covered with evergreen grasslands and rich forests. At night, you'll sleep in tents pitched at campsites that offer stunning views of peaks in the Pin Valley National Park.
    Inclusions
  • Travel in arrangements from and to Kasol in shared local transport
  • Accommodation in dome tents on triple sharing basis
  • All camping equipment required for the trek
  • Dome tents, sleeping bags and mattresses
  • Common kitchen/dining and toilet tents
  • Meals consisting of dinner on Day 1 and breakfast on Day 2
  • Services of an experienced trekking guide and camping crew
  • First aid kit
  • All applicable taxes
    Exclusions
  • Forest entry charge of INR 50 per person
  • Transport between base city and Kasol
  • Lunch throughout the trip
  • Any costs arising out of unforeseen circumstances such as bad weather, road blocks etc.
  • Personal expenses such as tips to staff, alcohol or beverages etc.
  • Travel or medical insurance
  • Any item not mentioned in inclusions
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Trip Description
The Kasol-Kheerganga trek is one of the most iconic treks in Himachal Pradesh. It offers a short 2-day trek that beginners will enjoy (although it can be a bit steep), and takes you through gorgeous pine forests and along the Parvati river. You'll stop at the famous serpent-shaped Rudra Nag waterfall, and walk through the quaint villages of Kalga and Pulga, and finally arrive in the meadows of Kheerganga. After a long 7 hour climb, the natural hot springs of Kheerganga are the perfect way to spend the evening. After that, it's time for a bonfire and a hot dinner, before heading to your tent for the night.
    Inclusions
  • Travel arrangements between Kasol-Barshaini in local bus
  • Accommodation for 1 night in tents on triple/quad-sharing basis
  • All equipment required for camping: sleeping bags, mattresses, tents
  • Common kitchen/dining tent and washroom tent
  • Vegetarian meal package including dinner on Day 1 and breakfast on Day 2
  • Technical or safety gear required for the trek, if any
  • Services of experienced trek leader and camping crew
  • Services of porters/mules to carry common camping equipment
  • Facilities to store luggage at Kasol
  • All government permits, camping charges and entry fees
  • First aid kit
  • All applicable taxes
    Exclusions
  • Travel arrangements between home city and Kasol
  • Any meals not mentioned in inclusions
  • Services of porters/mules to carry personal luggage
  • Any costs arising out of unforeseen circumstances such as bad weather, road blocks etc.
  • Personal expenses such as tips to staff, additional meals or beverages etc.
  • Adventure travel or health insurance
  • Anything not mentioned in inclusions
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On this exciting 3-day adventure, you'll trek to the villages of Chalal and Kheerganga. Travelling in the multicoloured mountains of the Parvati Valley, you'll embark on routes that will take you up to an elevation of 9,700 feet. You'll cross wooden bridges over rivers, trek through sprawling apple orchards and visit waterfalls en route to Kheerganga, where you can dip your feet in the natural hot water spirngs. At night, you'll sleep in tents pitched at campsites that offer stunning views of peaks in the Pin Valley National Park.
    Inclusions
  • Travel in arrangements from and to Kasol in shared local transport
  • Accommodation in dome tents on triple sharing basis
  • All camping equipment required for the trek
  • Dome tents, sleeping bags and mattresses
  • Common kitchen/dining and toilet tents
  • All meals from lunch on Day 1 to breakfast on Day 3
  • Services of an experienced trekking guide and camping crew
  • First aid kit
  • All applicable taxes
    Exclusions
  • Forest entry charge of INR 50 per person
  • Transport between base city and Kasol
  • Any costs arising out of unforeseen circumstances such as bad weather, road blocks etc.
  • Personal expenses such as tips to staff, alcohol or beverages etc.
  • Travel or medical insurance
  • Any item not mentioned in inclusions
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