Kheerganga Trek Travel Guide 2021: Situated in the divine Parvati valley, beyond Rudra-Nag waterfall, the trail ascends through the thick pine forests to the spiritual site of Kheerganga, where it’s believed that Lord Shiva meditated for 3000 years. Even if you are looking for your first trekking experience, the kheerganga trek is a perfect fit for you.
This place exhibits some pristine divinity and tranquility that will make your journey worth treasuring for a lifetime. Situated at an elevation of about 2950 m, it offers innumerable scenic and eye-catching views throughout the stretch.
This trek will definitely offer you a versatile experience accompanied by some charming sights with a fabulous blend of quaint landscapes and unspoiled nature.
Why Kheerganga, Parvati Valley?
Here, you will find nature in its pious, untainted, and virgin form, which will surely teleport you to euphoria. You will feel close to nature, and the Shiva temple at the top makes you feel high on spirituality. It holds a great religious significance.
There are many mythological explanations for this place. Still, mainly two varied legends explain the origin of Kheerganga – One says that Lord Shiva meditated here for thousands of years. Another one mentions that Kartikeya, son of Lord Shiva and Parvati, meditated here. The natural hot spring emerged when Lord Shiva struck the ground with his Trishul on Parvati’s request as she was worried that Kartikeya would starve himself here. This spring was kheer (an Indian sweet dish made with milk and rice) which was later transformed into the water during Iron Age (Kaliyuga) by Lord Shiva.
Best Time to Visit Kheerganga in 2021
Whatever might be the story behind this place, Kheerganga is most certainly a miracle in itself. The water is white as milk, flowing frivolously through narrow streams and gushing all the way into the Parvati valley. One dip in the hot water spring is enough to calm your nerves and release all the tension from your body. It’s utterly relaxing, and the Sulphur in the water makes it possess certain healing properties for all kinds of skin diseases.
The ideal time to plan a trip to kheerganga is between the long periods of May and November, when the climate stays bonny and pleasant. The best months include May, June, September, and October.
Best Trekking Routes to Kheerganga Trek
First, you need to reach Bhuntar, which is on the Delhi-Manali highway. To reach there, you can take the Himsuta Volvo from ISBT Kashmere Gate, which leaves in the evening and reaches Bhuntar by 6-7 am.
- From the Bhuntar: Bus stand, you need to take a bus to Barshaini at a stretch of approximately 2-3 hours from Bhuntar, and the bus service is quite frequent, so you need not worry about that. Barshaini comes after crossing Kasol and manikaran, and it is also the last motorable road in the valley.
Barshaini is like a typical remote village with scarce staying options and some basic dhabas, so it is advised to secure some supplies for your journey.
Now there are mainly three trekking routes to reach Kheerganga from Barshaini, and each one of them is around 8-10 km.
- From Nakthan village: This is the most preferred route to trek to kheer-Ganga as it is comparatively easy to track and the shortest route. It hardly takes 2-4 hours, even for a person with somewhat average trekking speed. The trail is well-marked throughout the whole stretch. It lies to the left of the Parvati river, and the stretch is well-covered with small stalls/dhabas throughout.
During the daytime, the initial stretch might feel a bit harsh as it’s mostly under a dry spell, and the terrain is kind of rough. Still, the rest of the route is impeccably covered with deodar trees and magnificent waterfalls, which will give you a pleasant relief. You will encounter some of the gorgeous scenic sites and lush green apple orchards on this route.
- From Kalga: When you cross the bridge from Barshaini and have to take a right and hike up to reach Kalga village. The route from Kalga also joins the main route just halfway on the trek. Since this trek is extensively covered with dense vegetation and deodar forests, it isn’t easy to find the trail through it.
You should avoid taking this route, as the chances are that you might lose your way and get stranded.
- Tosh is quite popular among the hikers and hippies and has many options to stay in and several vibrant cafes. Many trekkers prefer to stay at Tosh for the night and head out for Kheerganga early in the morning. So, this trek joins the main route just after surpassing the Nakthan village.
Where to stay in Kheer Ganga?
Even if you start from Barshaini around noon(11 am -12), you can complete the trek in one day with an average trekking speed. Most people prefer to complete the trek on the same day only and then stay at Barshaini or Tosh, which offer ample staying options. It’s best to reach there by noon, enjoy the natural hot water baths eat lunch, and leave by 3 or 4 pm. But even if you plan to stay, there are many huts, tented accommodations, and even common dining areas with well-equipped heating facilities.
How to Plan the Trek in July 2021?
You will get enough essential eatables and a proper meal at Kheerganga, though the prices are somewhat hiked. There are usually common/shared washrooms in Kheerganga, and hygienically they aren’t that good, so you need to get out of your comfort zone a little.
You are also advised to carry extra cash with you as there are no ATM/Banking services or network connections. Though you can trek to Kheerganga all year round, it’s better to dodge off winter months as the terrain is a bit dicey and difficult to tread, and accommodations are quite meager this time of the year.
Here are some glimpses of Kheerganga Trek:
Kheerganga Trek Images
Final Words on Kheerganga Trek in Himachal Pradesh
During your stay in Kheerganga, you can go trekking, camping, nature walking, leisurely woodland walks, mountain climbing, and landscape photography. Trekking through the Kheerganga trees and watching the sunset are both amazing experiences. If you need any assistance with Kheerganga, please leave a comment below in iHimachali‘s posts with your feedback and experience if you have ever visited Kheerganag with your friends.