Why This Trek?
Kheerganga trek is one such trek which you wish could remain a hidden treasure only for you. Kheerganga trek a perfect picturesque weekend trek with natural how water springs and cold water streams. Kheerganga Trek lies at an altitude of 13000 ft. near Tosh Village in Parvati Valley of Kullu District of Himachal Pradesh. But it’s no more a secret and backpackers, trekkers and thrill seekers often go for this trek in the Himalayas. Kasol Village serves as the base for this trek and Kasol is now a famous tourist destination. Tosh village is the starting point of trail head to Kheerganga Trek.
Destinations Covered during Kheerganga Trek : Kasol, Tosh, Kheergana, Parvati Valley
What’s Included :
- Accommodation during Trek(Camping) on sharing basis.
- Meals while on trek(Veg) from day 1st lunch to 2nd day lunch.
- All necessary fees and permits
- First aid medical kits with Oxygen cylinder and Oxi meter
- Qualified and experienced Guide and support staff.
- Tents, Sleeping bags
- First aid qualified instructor
What’s Not Included :-
- Any cost incurred due to natural reasons.
- Any meals during the transit
- Any cost incurred during evacuation
- Porter and mule for carrying personal luggage
- Any cost which is not mentioned in inclusions part.
- Any Kind of Transportation
Brief Itinerary (Kheerganga Trek)
Day 1: Drive from Kasol to Tosh and Trek to Khirganga
Day 2: Trek from Kheerganga to Barsheni
Detailed trek itinerary
Kheerganga weather is pleasant throughout the year for trekking in Parvati Valley and it is famous trek in Tosh Himachal. Kheerganga trek in December is a busy season as it’s time for fresh snowfall. During monsoon Kheerganga trekking becomes a bit challenging but more enjoyable owning to frequent rains in Himalayas. Kheerganga trek in December is different from Kheerganga trek in September or October Kheerganga trek and the landscape is totally different.
Day 1: Drive from Kasol to Tosh and Trek to Khirganga ( 6 – 7 Hours)
Kasol is a famous tourist destination especially for backpackers and trekkers. We meet at Kasol and start our today journey of Kasol to Khirganga. A short drive from Kasol to Tosh and then to Barsheni which is our starting point of the Kheerganga Trek. The Khirganga trek starts amidst thick Pine, Oak and Cedar forest, after trekking for 5 hours via Rudranag Village you reach Khirganga campsite. Get fresh with a cup of tea and head towards hot springs for natural sulphur spring bath. Camp & Dinner Overnight.
Day 2: Trek from Kheerganga to Barsheni ( 5 hrs)
Enjoy the Sunrise take a dip in hot water springs at Kheerganga. Enjoy sumptuous breakfast and explore the surrounding and then trek back following the same trek route to Barsheni. From Barsheni you can travel to Kasol or head directly to Bhuntar airport or Bus stand. Trekking in Kasol is becoming famous in Himalayan trekking circuit.
Must visit Places near Kheerganga Trek
Tosh Himachal: Tosh in Himachal a small village in the Parvati Valley of Himachal Pradesh. Tosh Himachal village is situated at a height of 7,874ft and serves as the base for various Himalayan treks for e.g. Pin Parvati Pass Trek, Tosh Valley Trek, Animal Pass Trek and famous Kheerganga Trek. Tosh River which is the small tributary of Parvati River after traversing in Tosh valley it meets Parvati River in Pula Himachal.
Pulga Himachal is a small village situated at an altitude of 9498 ft. in the picturesque Parvati Valley of Himachal Pradesh. To reach Pulga best option is to take a HRTC bus to Barsheni which is the last point in Parvati Valley.
Fitness Required for Kheerganga Trek
At high altitude as the air gets thinner oxygen becomes less abundant.The percentage saturation of hemoglobin with oxygen determines the content of oxygen in our blood. After the human body reaches around 2,100 m (7,000 feet) above sea level, the level of oxygen in our hemoglobin begins to plummet. However, the human body has both short-term and long-term adaptations to altitude that allow it to partially compensate for the lack of oxygen.
The Kheerganga Trek is an easy trek suitable for first time trekkers with or without prior experience in high altitude treks is recommended.
Trekking Experience: Ideal trek for First time trekkers.
Fitness Required: The Kheerganga Trek falls in the category of challenging treks. The trail is fairly laid out path and has very few steep ascends or descends. Water is available throughout the trail. But still if you are thinking of your first big Himalayan trekking experience its better to be prepared. Here is the training schedule to prepare for the trek.
Our treks are generally planned in a way that on an average you have to cover around 9 Kms in 6 hours although there may be slight variation depending on the terrain. This works out to roughly 1.5km per hour which is equivalent to walking in the plains at 6km per hour.
You can train yourself to run 3 kms in 30 minutes as per the schedule given below. Remember always start your training program with stretching and warm up exercises.
Follow this training schedule for trekking fitness required.
Week 1: Start with 10 minute of brisk walk and then jog for 10 minutes and finally 10minutes of easy walk.
Week 2: 5 minutes of brisk walk 15 minutes of jog 5 minutes of easy walk
Week 3: 5 minutes of brisk walk 15 minutes of jog 5 minutes of easy walk
Week 4: 5 minutes of brisk walk and jog for 25 min and cool down your body
Things to carry for Kheerganga Trek
Poncho, Rain Coat or Umbrella any one is must
Backpack (Min 55 Ltrs)
Floaters or Sandals
2 Pairs of Quick Dry Tees and Track Pants
1 Pair of Socks
Full Sleeve Sweater or Fleece Jacket
One Heavy Jacket
Cold Cream & Sun Screen (SPF 40+)
Water Bottle 1 Lt
Headlamp or torch with fresh pair of batteries
Personal Toilet Kit and toilet paper
Personal Medicine Kit
CAMERA with huge memory card and fully charged with extra batteries !
What is the Kheerganga Trek?
Kheerganga Trek is an easy weekend trek from Delhi can be covered easily over the weekend or extended long weekend. It is situated in the Kullu region of Himachal Pradesh.
When is the best time to go to for the Kheerganga Trek?
The best time for Kheerganga Trek is during the during the months of April and May,September and October.
What is Kheerganga Trek Difficulty Level?
Kheerganga Trek Difficulty is of an easy trek and can be done over the weekend or on extended weekend from Delhi. Doing cardio vascular exercises is very helpful for preparing for this trek.
Kheerganga Temperature range?
Kheerganga Temperature in winter months vary from 15 degree to – 10 degree in the night due heavy snowfall over surrounding Himalayan peaks. Kheerganga Temperature in summers remain pleasant from 20 degree in the day time to 2 degrees at night. Even the summer Kheerganga temperatures remain pleasant but you will require good woollen clothing during night as it becomes cold in night.
How much we have to trek each day?
Normally our trek are designed in such a way that we reach our camp by lunch time and on an average trekking distance is roughly 6-8 kms each day and it takes around 6-8 hours by an average trekker to cover that distance.
How is Kasol Weather?
Kasol is an ideal destination for backpackers, trekkers and active holiday’s seekers due to its picturesque valleys, snowcapped mountains and awesome Kasol Weather throughout the year. It is an important base for famous treks nature enthusiasts due to its scenic valley, untouched mountains and great climate throughout the year. It is an important base for trekking towards SarPass, Pin Parvati Pass and Khirganga.
How is Kheerganga weather?
Kheerganga weather is pleasant throughout the year for trekking in Parvati Valley and it is famous trek in Tosh Himachal. Kheerganga trek in December is a busy season as it’s time for fresh snowfall.
How is Kheerganga trek in December?
Though you can do Kheerganga trek all around the year but Kheerganga Trek in December you can expect fresh snowfall which is a different experience in itself.
How to travel Delhi to Kheerganga?
To Travel Delhi to Kheerganga the best option is by Volvo from Delhi to Bhuntar and then private cab or bus to Barsheni Village via Manikaran Sahib, Kasol and Tosh Himachal.
How to travel from Delhi to Kasol?
To Travel Delhi to Kasol the best option is by Volvo from Delhi to Bhuntar and then private cab or bus to Kasol Himachal via Manikaran Sahib. If you want to travel cheap from Delhi to Kasol then travel by HRTC buses from Delhi to Bhuntar and then take local transport to Kasol. Kasol Hotels are cheap starting from Rs 500 per night.
What is Delhi to Kasol distance?
Delhi to Kasol distance is around 560 Kms via Chandigarh and Bhuntar.
What are the places to visit in Kasol?
Tosh Himachal, Pulga Himachal, Kheerganga Trek, Rudranag Village, Parvati Valley are few of the must visit places.
Where is Khirganga?
Khirganga lies at an altitude of 13000 ft. near Tosh Village in Parvati Valley of Kullu District of Himachal Pradesh. You can reach Kheerganga (Khirganga) after trekking for 11 kms from Barsheni Village.
What is the best time to visit Kasol?
Best time to visit Kasol is all around the year, in winters the temperatures might be in negatives so carry sufficient woolen clothing.
Where is Tosh Valley?
Tosh Valley lies in Parvati Valley in Kullu district of Himachal Pradesh and situated at an altitude of 7874 ft. from sea level. Himalayan trekking in Tosh Valley through beautiful meadows, river streams and splendid views of snowcapped peaks will leave you breathless. Tosh Valley trek start from Barsheni village to Animal Pass via Buddhaban campsite or short trek to Kheerganga or Tosh Glacier trek. Tosh Himachal Pradesh is becoming a famous amongst trekkers and backpackers.
Tosh Distance from major towns
Distance from Delhi to Kasol : 517 Kms
Manali to Kasol distance: 75 Kms
Chandigarh to Kasol distance: 290 Kms
Delhi to Kasol distance by road: 517 Kms
Kasol to Tosh distance: 20 Kms
Shimla to Tosh distance: 228 Kms
Where is Parvati Valley?
Parvati Valley is situated in Kullu District of Himachal Pradesh. The Parvati Valley starts from the confluence of River Beas with Parvati River, Parvati Valley run eastwards from Bhuntar and run as far as Barsheni village.
What medicines should I carry during the trek.
Below is a list of basic medicines you should carry for a high altitude trek.
Crepe bandage – 3 to 5 meters
Band aid – 10 strips
Gauze cloth – 1 small role
Leukoplast – 1 small roll
Cotton – 1 small roll
ORS – 5 packets
Crocin – 5 tablets
Avomine – 4 tablets
Avil 25mg – 4 tablets
Diamox – 15 tablets
Combiflam – 5 tablets
Disprin – 10 tablets
Norflox – 10 tablets
Digene – 10 tablets
Diamox – 10 tablets
Is Diamox advisable ?
Diamox help in acclimatization but we do not advise it please consult your Doctor before taking it.
Who will lead and who all will go along with us ?
All our treks are led by certified & Experienced Trek Leaders/Guides. We believe in sustainable adventure eco-tourism which in effect means that our teams are locally sourced. Other than a Trek lead we in our team we will have local Guides, Cook, Helpers and Porters.
How big are the groups ?
We make it a point not to have more than 15 people in a trekking group as we believe that the best way to enjoy adventure is in small sustainable groups.
What is the minimum number of Trekkers required for Fixed Departures ?
Our Fixed departures are guaranteed and a promise to our customer that even if there is a Single trekker we will proceed with the trek at a loss.
I am the only girl in a trek, is it safe ?
We generally have a ratio of Male:Female of about 2:1. Mountains on the whole are much safer than the plains. Lots of solo female trekkers join us and we make it a point that only female trekkers share the tent with other female trekkers.
Can I offload my backpack on a mule/porter. What are the charges for the same.
When you are in the mountains you should be self-sufficient and you should carry your own backpack. The charges to offload a backpack of roughly 9 kg or less is about 300 per day.
Which type of shoes should I buy ?
Good trekking shoes are a must for the Kheerganga Trek. Read more at “How to Buy Trekking Shoes”
How many trekkers will be in one tent ?
We generally have 3-man tents were we accommodate anywhere between 2-3 people.
What level of fitness is expected from the trekkers
Very good physical fitness as well as mental fitness is required for the Kheerganga Trek. This is an ideal trek for a beginner who wants to familiarize him/herself with high altitude treks.To get into optimum level of fitness you can go through our article How to prepare for a high altitude trek.
What is there in Food menu during a trek ?
We server wholesome and nutritious Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and Evening Snacks. The food is vegetarian. Vegetarian food is preferable at high altitudes as it is easy to digest.
Is the water on the trek safe?
The advantage of trekking the Himalayas is that your trekking route is filled with fresh Himalayan streams. Your trek leader/guide will direct you to places where you can fill clean water from. We recommend this water but in case you are unsure you can carry water purifying tablets with you.
What type of vehicles are used for transportation ?
We use Sumo/Xylo/Tempo for transportation.
What do you do if we encounter a medical emergency during the trek?
Our team at Renok is trained in handling high altitude emergencies. Apart from being trained mountaineers they bring a wealth of experience with dealing with high altitude illnesses. We carry First aid kitsand oxygen cylinders with us and in case of other medical emergencies we rescue the trekker till the road head. If any additional cost of evacuation is incurred it is borne by the trekker.Also before the trek it’s your responsibility to get a medical fitness checkup by a doctor which certifies you are fit enough for this trek.
Can we change the itinerary?
Renok Adventures LLP reserves the right to change the itinerary depending upon the weather conditions and other factors. If extra cost is incurred due to rescheduling the trekker is informed beforehand and extra cost if any is borne by the trekker. Please note that we operate treks in some of the most remote regions and harshest conditions where unforeseen events may force us to change the itinerary. In such cases, we or your trek leader will suggest the best alternative similar to your original itinerary.
Can you customize the Kheerganga Trek ?
Yes Kheerganga Trek can be customised, if you would like to travel independently, you are invited to choose any of the trips at your convenient time for any number of people. The Cost for private customized trip is fixed on the basis of group size, trek area, duration and trek style.
What if a trek is cancelled at the last moment due to ‘force majeure’?
All the arrangements for the tour are pre-planned and prepaid.
We will offer you alternate trek options of similar value depending upon the weather conditions if a trek is cancelled due to ‘force majeure’. In case of non-completion of the tour due to any reason whatsoever there will not be any refund for any unutilized services.
What is your Cancellation Policy
Up to 24 Days :- 95% of Trek/Tour cost will be refunded.
Between 14-24 Day :- 70% of Trek/Tour cost will be refunded.
Between 14-08 Days :- 50% of Trek/Tour cost will be refunded.
Less than 7 Days :- No refund
What is your Rescheduling Policy ?
We will reschedule your trek without any extra charge if this is conveyed to us in writing atleast 1 month before the trek starting date.
Between 07-24 Days before start of the trek :- 30% of Trek/Tour cost will be charged for rescheduling.
Less than 7 days:- 100% of Trek/Tour cost will be charged for rescheduling.
Manali is the base location for our Kheerganga Trek . Our meeting point in Manali is the Government bus stand opposite the mall road. We will pick you up at 7 AM in the morning and start the drive to the basecamp.
Reaching Manali by Road (Bus)
Manali is well connected with comfortable Volvo buses run by government and private operators. You can catch luxury and normal buses to Manali which are available from ISBT Kashmiri Gate in delhi. The journey takes around 12-14 hours.
Reaching Manali by Air
Closest airport to Manali is Kullu Airport which is well connected via flights from Delhi. The distance between Kullu and Manali is around 1 hour. To check flights available check makemytrip.com/yatra.com/easmytrip etc.
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Day 1: Drive from Manali – Dhundi and trek to Bakarthach ( 1 hr drive & 4-5 hrs trek)
Day 2: Trek from Bakarthach- Friendship Peak Camp 1 Lady Leg ( 7 hrs)
Day 3. Trek from Camp 1 to Advance Base Camp (3 hrs)
Day 4. Summit Day
Day 5. Trek from Friendship Peak ABC – Bakarthach (5 hrs)
Day 6. Trek to Dhundi and drive to Manali