Located deep in Parvati Valley in the state of Himachal Pradesh (The queen of valleys), Kheerganga is a 16 km long track starting from Barshaini. One of the major adventure travel destinations of incredible India, Kheerganga is an easy graded trek. Though the trek doesn’t involve many challenges, someone might rate it as moderate. Beginners might find the trek a little difficult but they’ll also find it worthy. On the summit, you can take an entire look of Parvati valley.
The trail is non-tricky, well defined and is through the lush green forests and snowy mountains. An abode of hippies and popularly known as ‘Mini Israel’, Kheerganga is a beautiful and quiet place. Camping is one of the most memorable experiences you’ll have at this amazing natural picturesque.
Region- Himachal Pradesh
Base camp- Barshaini
Best time to visit- Monsoon (in monsoon flowers bloom and the snow sets which provide a clear view from the top)
Temperature- 2-degree celsius to 15-degree celsius
Distance- 13-16 km
Duration- 8-10 hours
Trekking to Kheerganga will enable you to explore the real beauty of Himachal, Kheerganga. You’ll trek through the rugged mountainous terrain though mesmerizing landscapes. Along the way, you’ll get to witness the local traditions and cultures of the state. The elevation of the trek is 3.050 meters above the ground.
Kheerganga trek is one of the cheapest treks where you can do many adventurous activities like rafting, camping, paragliding and trekking.
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The one-of-a-kind experience of Kheerganga trekking will remain with you forever as memories. The distance covered in this trek is 13 to 16 km, which will take you around 5 to 7 hours to cover the entire distance. All your tiredness will vanish away with the views from the summit. Barshaini to Kheerganga trek is an awesome and unforgettable journey, which not only will blow your mind but also will give you a chance to witness the serene beauty of the Himalayas. The night sky here amidst the mighty snow-laden mountains is something you’ll not want to stop looking at.
Best time to do Kheerganga trek-
Winter– the months from October to February are ideal months to do this trek. In these months, the temperature falls in the range 2-degree Celsius to 10-degree celsius. The trail covered with snow will give you a unique experience.
Summer– The months from March to June are considered good for summer trekking to Kheerganga. In summers the temperature ranges somewhere between 15 degree celsius to 20 degree celsius. If you want to have a clear view of other towns and cities of the state, then this is a great time to do this trek.
Monsoon– In monsoon season, the pathways to Kheerganga get closed because of heavy rainfall. But in the initial days when it starts raining, trekking to Kheerganga is the best time of the year. In this time what the views offer you is beyond your imagination.
How to reach Kheerganga-
There are many routes to reach Kheerganga. More traveled paths are from small villages, Barshaini and Rudranag.
If you have your own vehicle, then you can leave it at Barshaini and start trekking from there.
The base camp of Kheerganga trek, Barshaini is a tiny town with a small attention-seeking market and a few staying of your choices. Rudranag is at 8 km distance from Barshaini. To reach to Rudranag, you’ll have to hire a taxi or take a bus.
To reach Barshaini, you need to hire a taxi or take a local us from Manali, which is well connected with Shimla, Delhi and Chandigarh.
Things to carry-
- Hiking shoes (water-resistant)
- First aid kit
- Flashlight with extra batteries
- Munching items like chips and packed eatery supplements
- Sleeping bag, tent and mattress
- Dry clothes, winter clothes, raincoat
- An extra bag to keep wet clothes
- cash. you won’t find ATM nearby
- Respect the local cultures and traditions and don’t mess with the local residents
- Don’t drink
- Don’t smoke
- Don’t harm animals and plants
- Don’t play loud music. Some people go there to find peace.
- Don’t litter here and there. Keep the trash in your bag and take it back with you