Hippie Days: Trekking to Kheer Ganga, Parvati Valley

Kheer Ganga
                                      Kheer Ganga enveloped with clouds
Let me again Thank Paul for unraveling the hippie trail of Himachal Pradesh which is a series of strikingly distinctive destinations, mostly villages though. In the south of Kullu lies Parvati valley which is known for various reasons and mostly for the wrong ones.  Pin-Parvati pass trek was the first thing I heard about Parvati valley and later I got to know how it became a major hideout for hippies in India. Needless to mention that Parvati valley produces the best marijuana of the country which in itself draws a large number of travelers seeking contemplation in sheer isolation. After researching a bit, I decided to trek till Kheer Ganga and Tosh to get a glimpse of hippie culture and making new connections. So here goes my account of hippie days. Please forgive me if I offend anyone.
Apline Meadows Kheer Ganga
                                     Alpine Meadows Kheer Ganga
Kheer Ganga (2960 meter) lies in the extreme end of Parvati valley and the last inhibited village while trekking to pin valley via Pin-Parvati pass. Kheer Ganga remains snow-covered during winters and only get temporary settlement during summers which make is a perfect hide-out for those who want to smoke weed, hash etc etc without any concern…… Cheap and safer staircase to heaven… Well anyway, caught an overnight bus to Kullu and got down at Bhuntar circle to catch the connecting bus to Barshani.
Map of Parvati Valley
                                              Map of Parvati Valley

How to reach Kheer Ganga:
Delhi-Chandigarh-Mandi-Bhuntar (Catch any bus to Kullu and get down at Bhuntar Circle). Bhuntar lies on Manali highway so you will get many busses on this route if you are coming from any other city of Himachal (e.g  Shimla etc). After reaching Bhuntar, catch a connecting bus to Barshani via Manikaran (Known for Gurudwara) and Kasol. There is one bus each hour and will take around 2 hours from Bhuntar.  Barshani can be easily identified with a huge dam they are constructing on Parvati river. Kheer Ganga is 13 km trek uphill from Barshani. There are many villages, apple orchards in between so you won’t get lost.

Bhuntar-Manikaran (36 km, 40 INR, 90 minutes)
Manikaran-Barshani (18 km, 18 INR, 40 minutes)

Last bus from Barshani to Bhuntar (Via manikaran) is at 5:00 PM however there are shared/private jeeps one can get on this stretch.

Accommodation in Kheer Ganga
                                            Accommodation in Kheer Ganga

Stay and Food at Kheer Ganga: There are basic guest rooms there (they of course pack up and go home over winter). They range from tin shacks to something not much more luxurious ... but with beds (albeit lousy mattresses!!). From about 200 Rs per night. And attached are dhabas so food is no problem

Parvati Valley Himachal Pradesh
                                          Alpine forest in Parvati Valley

 

Parvati valley lies at the periphery of Great Himalayan National Park and mostly covered with dense forest of alpines and oaks with apple orchards in between. Road to Barshani goes parallel to the Parvati river and passes through Kasol (Major hippie town of Parvati valley) and Manikaran (Famous Gurudwara). Barshani is the last village connected with road (However road now goes up till Tosh) and lies on the bank of Parvati river.
Parvati River

Soon after reaching Barshani, I found myself in the midst of hippie culture with stoned freaks dominating the streets and staring at something unknown.  And of course there were some gorgeous chicks as well seeking something within. I started to Kheer-Ganga just after reaching Barshani to buy myself enough time. There are few things you should know about hippies

- Hippies acknowledge you and ignore you at the same time. If you are soft hearted, your chances will diminish.
- Hippies worship those who can arrange them something to get intoxicated. If you don’t smoke then you are not welcome.
 - Hippies don’t mind much if you are flirting with their girls but if you don’t go by their rules, there are least chances to get their girls.
- Start learning Hebrew to strengthen your chances. Forget about bragging about your possessions or knowledge, it won’t be any help.
- Remember not everyone in Parvati is hippie.
Delicious Apricot on the way
                                             Delicious Apricot on the way

Anyway for the first time I was trekking with some weight so initial stretch became really taxing till I get adjusted to the situation. Trail passes through beautiful alpine meadows following the river Parvati uphill. En route I came across to many villages and surprisingly Hippies were staying everywhere. I also get chance to pluck apples and apricots from the orchards adjoining the trail. Following the roaring parvati river and crossing some breath-taking wooden bridges, I made it to Kheer Ganga after 3-4 hours of trekking. While trekking I was greeted by many fellow travelers and I weighted my chances every time.
Tableland Kheer Ganga
                                              Tableland Kheer Ganga

Kheer Ganga is a tableland surrounded by thick forest of alpine meadows. It was a mesmerizing view when clouds started enveloping the forest and the snow-clad mountains. Kheer Ganga is known for hot water stream which flows beneath the temple of Lord Shiva. Temple is highly revered hence alcohol is not permitted in Kheer Ganga however other kind of Intoxication are in surplus. There is well made pool to bathe in the hot water stream and water is really hot.
Kheer Ganga Trek
                                                     Kheer Ganga Trek

Sadly, the day I reached Kheer Ganga was also the start of some freak gathering in Kasol so most of the long term travelers were receding down to Kasol. You will only get basic tent kind of accommodation in Kheer Ganga. I browsed all the available options and evaluated the possibility. Finally lodged myself in a tent situated at one corner of the table land. Soon after it started raining heavily and spoiled the whole scenery so I surrendered to sleep to rejuvenate myself.
Clouds enveloping the peak
                                             Clouds enveloping the peak

In the evening when I woke up, views of the forest and the peaks were simply spectacular. Heavy mist was enclosing the valley but the peaks were shining while sun was setting down at a distant horizon. In addition to that, the melody of Parvati River was soothing the entirety of that moment. It was too much to absorb and appreciate for a nature lover. Later I realized that I am accompanied by a hippie couple in the same guest house. They were much interested to explore the beauty within and smoke weed.  My chances were completely shattered as there were just 3 travelers at Kheer Ganga that evening.
Apricot Tree in trekking trail
                                            Apricot Tree in trekking trail

As it was dawned and night approached, clouds disappeared completely to offer us the crystal clear view of sky and the stars.. a view of sky which we hardly feel in towns or cities…. I roamed around the plateau, climbed small rocks, barged into the grooves, listened to the sound of silence and I realized the very freedom of this place which makes it so special. Being in Kheer Ganga is a different feeling than what you feel while accomplishing a challenging peak or high altitude trekking or defeating harsh terrain or exploring untraveled. There is nothing to feel special about…nothing to brag about… no feeling of home or homelessness….it was just thoughtlessness…. That evening was a conditioning to the mind and the soul or to the existence.. So relaxing and laid-back… and if you want to reach the state of thoughtlessness, Kheer Ganga is your destination.
Hot water Spring Kheer Ganga
                                      Hot water Spring Kheer Ganga

Next morning, I woke up and headed straight to the hot springs to take a bath and brush my teeth. Believe me it was really hot water and it scared me for the first time. Later I overcame the fear and dipped in the hot water spring. It was a refreshing pool in the midst of nature.  Although there was no problem of food or accommodation but in the absence of the tourists, Kheer Ganga was quite deserted and I was not seeking isolation those days so I decided to pack my stuff and recede back to the valley in the search of new destinations. I was fortunate not to witness rainfall while descending to Barshani else it would have not been 2 hours descend.
 

Places around Kheer Ganga:
* Buni-Buni pass is 3 hours trek from Kheer Ganga and your chance to find snow. From the pass, you can descend down to Kalga.
* Mantalai Lake (4116 meter) is a picturesque lake on the way to Pin-Parvati pass and some 3 days trek from Kheer Ganga.

kkasol, kheerganga in

kkasol, kheerganga in September

Hi, we are a group of 8

Hi, we are a group of 8 planning for the kasol-kheerganga trek on 30th december. Will the trek be open and is it safe enough to trek during that period?

Hi, Nice forum you have here,

Hi, Nice forum you have here, Do you know the time from Bunbuni to Kalga ? 

hey guys i need a advice from

hey guys i need a advice from you.. we are 5 members..  and we are planning to go kheerganga on 12-13 august.. just want to confirm that shall we get the tents or cottage there in reasonable price...

Tents are available at

Tents are available at reasonable price. you should try that

Hi Vishnu is trekking to

Hi Vishnu is trekking to kheerganga by mid of Aug ( 12th to 14th ) a good idea?

 

 

Not a good idea considering

Not a good idea considering its monsoon time. it rains heavily in that part.

i'm planning on a 10 day trip

i'm planning on a 10 day trip to kullu in august from 3rd to the 12th ! i wanna trek , village walks ! will rain be a hindrance 

can be if it rains a lot..

can be if it rains a lot.. and sometimes in August it does.

Hi vishnu I am planning to

Hi vishnu

I am planning to visit kheerganga this weekend..i want to visit malana along with tosh and kheerganga..can you plz tell me how can i manage my trip??

easy to manage. you can read

easy to manage. you can read some comments for more information.

Hi, We are planning for kasol

Hi,

We are planning for kasol - kheerganga trip from 21/07/2017 to 26/07/2017. Is it advisable to be ?? 

I hope you had great trip.

I hope you had great trip.

Sir please send me the

Sir please send me the accomodation detail on my email I'd varunjhadto005@gmail.com we are the group of 10 boys ND 5 girls.. We r college students so our budget are cheap  ND also tell me that how to come Kheer Ganga from chandigarh?  Thnq in advance 

When exactly do you want to

When exactly do you want to go ? can send you some details which might be useful.

Is trekking to kheerganga by

Is trekking to kheerganga by mid of july a good idea?

 

Mid-July is monsoon season so

Mid-July is monsoon season so not the best time to trek kheerganga..

Hey Guys!! We are a group of

Hey Guys!!

We are a group of 3 people looking to visit Kasol from 9th July onwards. Can someone please tell how is the weather there currently.

Will it be safe to travel in July, Not looking to trek.. Just want to chill there.

Thanks!!

No idea.. please check

No idea.. please check weather forecast websites. May be its monsoon already there.

Hey guys! I am planning to

Hey guys! I am planning to treak kheerganga. Will be leaving from Delhi on 3rd July 2017 (solo). Anyone would like to join?
 Can text me  8826873368

Good luck with your trek.

Good luck with your trek.

Guys m going there on 3rd of

Guys m going there on 3rd of july 2017 .plz tell me about the accomodation facility (shaksor tent) ...i dont have any idea, where to stay...

There are plenty of tented

There are plenty of tented accommodation in Kheerganga..

Hi friends I am going on 7

Hi friends I am going on 7 july 2017 so you can call me at 9988535054 

Have a safe trip...

Have a safe trip...

Hello Vishnu,  I am planning

Hello Vishnu, 

I am planning to vivit kasol and trek to chalal, malana and kheerganga by the mid of July (July 15/16). I know its monsoon, is it advisable to go trekking during monsoon, what are the precautions i should take ? Will i get accomodation choice during this time ?

Prepare yourself for rain,

Prepare yourself for rain, rest is fine. Yes, getting accommodation is not difficult. there are number of accommodation options.

Hi There During monsoon,

Hi There

During monsoon, carry raincoat or wet cheater clothes. Both Kheerganga and Malana comes under easy treks but you need to take care of slippery area.

Accommodation is easily available but during weekends we recommend you to make pre-bookings.

Regards

Abhishek 

Hi vishnu,we are 3 girls and

Hi vishnu,we are 3 girls and planning to kheerganga trek in june end.Is it safe for girls to trek there without a guide? Help me about the accommodation there with a nice environment.

 

Yes, its safe for girls

Yes, its safe for girls without a guide. there will be many fellow trekkers on this trail.

hii, if u dont mind me asking

hii,

if u dont mind me asking can u tell d dates u will be going coz me nd my friends are going on 29,30,1

Hi, we are planning to go on

Hi,

we are planning to go on 22 june -26 june to kheerganga. is it is the rght time to do trek? can you provide some contacts for accomodation in kheerganga. do we require some woolen clothes?

Please help me for the details.

 

Thanks,

Ambika

Sorry for the late response.

Sorry for the late response. I hope you had good trip..

Hi Ambika, I am also

Hi Ambika,

I am also traveling solo the same weekend. Please contact me at 9958429200. I am looking for travelers to accompany. 

hi,  my name is mukesh we are

hi, 

my name is mukesh we are at present in kulli tomorrow 

will be going for the same location as well as we have booked 

 

a guide u may join us if u want to call me at 9582720704.

I hope you found someone for

I hope you found someone for your trip.

We are planing to June 3 rd

We are planing to June 3 rd week to kheer Ganga it is right time to go there or not and there is any thing to stay at night please reply

Yes, there are tents to stay

Yes, there are tents to stay overnight at Kheerganga.

Hi Vishnu, I am planning the

Hi Vishnu, I am planning the kheerganga trek in June- the extended Eid weekend (June 26). Can you please also pass on some suggestions on accommodation options there (Kasol and Kheerganga) at bansal.mayank052@gmail.com?

Thanks,
Mayank

Sorry for the late response.

Sorry for the late response. I hope you had good trip.

Hi Vishnu, we are planning to

Hi Vishnu,

we are planning to visit kheerganga on 24th June. I just saw the weather forecast and it shows that there would be thunderstorm from 23rd June to 27th June and this is the time i'm planning my trip. Please suggest if this is the right time ann we should take this predicition seriously or not. We are 12 pac indcluding 7 girls would it be difficult to trek at this point of time.

Also, please share some contact details who can provide tents in Kheerganga and Prashar lake.

 

Ans what all arrangements we have make before going there, keeping in mind the weather forecast ?

 

Please /reply

Sorry for the late response.

Sorry for the late response. I hope you had great trip. If weather is bad then I would not suggest you to go further in the mountains. Things change drastically up there.

hi vishnu. you have said in

hi vishnu. you have said in your post that "If you don’t smoke then you are not welcome." , what do you mean by that exactly , as i do not smoke or drink and am planning to go to trek with my friends. plz tell me..

It was figure of speech. Do

It was figure of speech. Do not take it seriously.. All kinds of travelers enjoy the beauty of the mountains..

hi Vishnu,   great post.

hi Vishnu,

 

great post. thanks. we are planning to do the trek this weekend. will drive from Delhi to reach Tosh before sunset on Thu and do the trek on Fri+Sat.

Is it a good idea to carry tents and camp in kheerganga? any other tips would also be helpful. chance of rain? weather? 

in one of your previous posts you mentioned a number that will be helpful. pls share that also.

thanks,

Puneet

There is no need to carry

There is no need to carry tents and camp in Kheerganga. There are tents in Kheerganga. I hope you had great trip.

Good Morning, Sir would you

Good Morning, Sir would you please tell me is august end week a good time for kheerganaga!

August end would be good

August end would be good time.

Hi,   I have planned going on

Hi,

 

I have planned going on 09th June thats my Birthday.

Manikaran(Stay 1 day)

Tosh (Stay 1 day)

to Kheerganga ( via Rudranag)

Stay at Kheerganga (Stay 1 day)

Back to Bhuntar via Kalga.

take bus from Kullu.

Please suggest what to carry, total cost, please email at bharatktillani@gmail.com 9810168226

 

 

Thanks

Bharat

Nice itinerary. I hope you

Nice itinerary. I hope you enjoyed your birthday trip.

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