Khirganga is one of Himachal Pradesh’s most famous trekking attractions, lies deep in Parvati Valley, Kasol. It attracts people from all over the country by its spellbinding beauty. The place is renowned for the spring of hot water and a spectacular view of the valley.
The trek is 12 km long and terrain remains a modest incline and decline all the way to the top, although in some sections it is slightly steeper. Trek can be done in 1-2days time period. It’s a pleasant trek on a narrow trail goes along the Parvati river and goes through numerous waterfalls and remote villages. Get an opportunity to bath in hot spring water after tiring 6-8 hours ascent to Khirganga top.
Meet us in the beautiful place called Barshaini, which is also the starting point of this trek for this guided trek. Visit the villages called Nakhtan and Rudra Nag on the way to Kheerganga. The scenic views from the villages and lush green forest around the trail serve as the perfect halts and are ideal for delving into the beauty of Parvati Valley. After some time we reach the Lord Shiva temple called Rudra Nag, which annually sees many pilgrims.
Another magnificent landmark is the Rudra Nag Waterfall which we come across during our trek to Kheerganga. The water is fresh, cold and sweet at the waterfall, and you can refill your water bottles here. Enjoy the hot refreshments at the nearby cafe. The trail is quite steeper after the waterfall location, and after some time, you’ll start to see the huts covered with blue and yellow sheets and swiss camps that signify the final landmark of the trek which is Kheerganga top.
After entering Kheerganga, you can go straight to the Parvati Kund or the natural hot water springs, which in the winters become even more attractive. Looking around, you’ll notice that Kheerganga is full of little cafes serving hot meals and drinks.
Reach Barshaini, which is the trek starting point for Khirganga. Meet us here, and you can buy supplementary eatables if needed before leaving Barshaini. It takes 5-6 hours time by foot to cover 12 km distance of Khirganga top from here.
The start of the trek is a gentle incline trail lined with beautiful apple orchards. Deodars and oak woods are also becoming a common sight as the trek progresses. You can hear the Parvati River endless roar flowing nearby, which is easily visible from Barshaini.
Once you reach, We’ll provide you with a comfortable tent for overnight stay. Relax in the camp for a while before you go straight to the Parvati Kund or the natural hot water springs, which in the winters become even more attractive. The snow-capped mountains view, easily visible from a distance.
Enjoy the delicious meal cooked for you before retiring for the night in your tents. Flashes off!
Wake up with morning tea call and tranquility of Paravati Valley mountains.
Post breakfast, begin down trek back to Barshaini and make sure to revisit this picturesque tiny hamlet before leaving.
Follows the same trail from where you came from. The scenic views from the villages and lush green forest around the trail serve as the perfect halts and are perfect for delving into the beauty of Parvati Valley.
It is the end of the trip. After that, you’re free to explore nearby places like Tosh village, or you can immediately dive/travel back to Kasol
Khirganga is situated in the Kullu a Himachal Pradesh district. If you are interested in doing this trek, reach Bhuntar first. Now, you might ask how to reach Bhuntar. Here are some travel options…
If you’re going to come by air, then it’s going to be the best way as Bhuntar, Kullu has its airport called Kullu-Manali airport. So, from any of India’s major cities, you can quickly get to Bhuntar.
This would be the most accessible approach if you’re willing to travel from Delhi or Chandigarh, particularly if you’re on a limited budget. Take a direct bus from Delhi to Bhuntar, then take another bus from Bhuntar to Barshaini. Buses ply from Bhuntar to Barshaini frequently and reach Barshaini in just several hours, about 8 to 10 hours. Most of the coaches run overnight so; you should take note.
If you’re looking for the cheapest way of travel to reach Bhuntar then it would be by train. Still, it can get a little challenging as Kullu has no railway station. To reach Bhuntar, take a train till Pathankot and travel on a bus to Manali for approximately 8-10 hours.
Now that you have entered Kullu, you need directions to reach trek’s starting point. The place is known Barshaini village, and via Manikaran you will have to come. You can either take a direct bus from Bhuntar to Barshaini or hire a taxi to get to that locality.
May-June and September-October months are the best time to visit this location, as the weather here during these months is very good. During winters it can get pretty cold here and the summer season is a perfect time to come here to avoid the cities’ scorching sun. If you’re looking for snow trekking, which is more challenging but also more spectacular, then in January-April you should think of trekking.
There is also an opportunity to go snow trekking from March to April when snow is less. So, this is the best choice in your hand if you want to do snow trekking.