Back-Pack-Go! Parvati Valley, Himachal Pradesh (7N / 8D)Backpacking
What's This About?
We personally hope you leave the city version of you behind. We're going to the hills.
We don’t do tour operators, you will have an Experience Manager (AKA. EM | AKA. Ex-Man). These guys have one job; to make sure you have a bloody good time.
Our aim is to create an experience for you, a personal experience.
Through the ages, the mountains have been a getaway for many a traveller. But how often do you climb them, and sit in a natural hot water spring with a view of the glorious snow-capped Himalayas? How often do you live in a village nestled amidst the pine forests? This trip is gonna have it all. Just pack those bags. We're going to the hills.
7 nights / 8 days
Parvati Valley, Himachal Pradesh
There isn’t an age restriction on any of our experiences, everyone is welcome. However, the average Vagabond customer is anywhere between 20 – 32 years old. The experiences involve a good amount of time spent with the group. Depending on what experience you’re opting for, there could be a lot of walking and physical exertion. It’s important to understand that most of our experiences include very rustic accommodation and not a luxurious means of transport. These may be basic in their facilities, but the hospitality is homely and comforting. If you’re someone who doesn’t like compromising on your comforts while travelling, this experience may not be very enjoyable. Most of our trips have a healthy number of solo travellers. We encourage you to join us solo, especially if you’re tired of waiting on your friends. We promise you’ll return with many more. We try our best to be responsible travellers. Everyone is welcome to explore with us, but we pay utmost importance to cleanliness in all our experiences. We encourage you to #LeaveNoTrace behind while you discover the beauty of the outdoors. It’s important to understand that in a limited amount of time, only a limited amount of experiences can be had. We like to cover a few places in-depth rather than just ticking off a long list of things-to-do and places-to-go. However, if you are that kind of traveller, on almost all trips you can feel free to wander by yourself to places of your interest. At a Vagabond Experience, it’s important to stay open-minded and positive when things don’t go as per plan. The essence of traveling in a group is being able to help each other out when in need. The weather could go bad, and plans could get altered. In such situations, we urge you to have faith in your group leader to make the most informed decision for the group.
Places covered: Kalga, Pulga, Tosh, Kheerganga, Kasol, Katagla, Chalal
-Hike to Kheerganga
-Dip in natural hot-water springs
-Explore the multicultural Kasol market
-Visit Tosh, Pulga, Chalal
-Bus fares to and from Delhi and Bhuntar for semi-sleeper AC buses
-Accommodation in cozy, rustic, and comfortable homestays at Kalga and Katagla (Kasol) with decent amenities on a double sharing basis. There will be common washrooms at all the homestays
-At Kheerganga the stay will be in big tents which come in many sizes. They accommodate between 4 and 6 people.
-Private internal transport (jeeps/cars) in Parvati Valley
-Two meals a day i.e. breakfast and dinner while in Himachal
-All activities and visit to places as per itinerary
-Basic medical and first-aid kit assistance
-All permits, tolls, and parking charges
-Experienced local guides
-Assistance by Vagabond Experience Managers
-One meal a day
-Travel from hometown to Delhi and back
The Mountains Are Calling
Our journey begins in the capital (We can guide you with travel assistance to Delhi & back). Assemble at the R.K. Ashram Metro station (Pillar no. 9) at 6:00 pm. Board a bus to Bhuntar. Goodbye traffic, goodbye families, and probably (hopefully), goodbye cellphone reception for a while.
The Heart of The Valley
We reach Bhuntar early the next morning and switch into taxis to get to Kalga, a hilltop village nestled in the heart of Parvati Valley. Settle into our homestay for the day. Take the rest of the day to explore the beautiful woodside hamlet.
Hum Bhi Hai Tosh Main
We are going into the misty mountain-side forest! A visit to the neighbouring villages of Tosh and Pulga is part of our agenda. Tosh is one of the popular hamlets in this neck of the woods. Pulga is another hidden gem that is accessible only on foot. We will dine at our homestay.
The Most Luxurious Bath of Your Life
Today's the big day! We trek to the glorious hot springs of Kheerganga. We will be crossing tiny streams, cafes, and grazing sheep. NGL, this trek will test you. We should get there before sunset. After being assigned our tents, we can take a dip in the natural hot springs. Mind you, the switch in temperature can make you feel dizzy. But the experience of lazing in a pool of hot water while staring at the Himalayas is quite surreal. Stay the night on top of the world.
After breakfast, we bid farewell to Kalga and head towards the town of Kasol by afternoon. Check into rooms on the banks of the Parvati river in Katagla (a stone's throw away from Kasol). Explore Katagla and head to Kasol through a trail to Chhalal. Spend the day eating or shopping at the Kasol market. Dinner and bonfire at the homestay in Katagla.
Last Day, Last Chance
This is our last day in Himachal. You will have the day at leisure. Go shopping for those jholas, hemp paraphernalia, and jewelry that you've always wanted to buy from Himachal. We board our jeep for Bhuntar in the afternoon. Take an overnight bus back to New Delhi. Make the most of this night since we might not be seeing each other again (Aww damn!).
Reach Delhi in the morning by 11 am. It’s time to say goodbye to your new friends. Until next time, Vagabonds.
PSA: Please wait for at least a month before you put up “Take me back” posts.
How To Reach
Depending on how you're travelling to Delhi, you can either take a rickshaw or taxi (Uber/Ola) to RK Ashram Metro. Further details regarding the exact location will be shared closer to the trip date
Things To Carry
1. Sturdy shoes for trekking (well-fitting, neither loose nor tight) 2. An extra small backpack for day outings (college-bag types) 3. Water bottle (try avoiding buying mineral water bottles to reduce plastic waste) 4. Toiletries, Torch, Lip-balm, Sunscreen, Sunglasses. 5. Personal Medication (Asthma, allergen medication etc.) 6. Slippers/flip-flops 7. Rainwear, Rain cover for bags (VERY IMPORTANT if you're traveling during monsoons) 8. Binoculars, Camera (optional 9. Sufficient liquid cash 10. Crepe-bandage (each person should have 1 roll each) 11. Warm clothes (Temperatures drop really low toward the end of the year) 12. Hand sanitizer and reusable face-masks
-In Delhi, we will meet at RK Ashram Metro station (Pillar no. 9) at 6:00 pm. Please do not be late. -On your return journey from Delhi, please book your train or flights post 2:00 pm (to be on the safer side in case of any delays) -Despite this being a backpacking trip, we will be running on a fixed schedule. Punctuality will be appreciated -All of Parvati Valley is home to people across the world from different cultures. Please honour the local cultures and do not be disrespectful. -This is a backpacking trip. Please be prepared for a good amount of walking up and down hills and hilly terrain. -If you have any medical or physical conditions that may affect you during the trip, you are required to inform us before the trip begins. -Carry enough liquid cash. There are barely any ATMs at Parvati Valley. The ones that are there, don't work at times. -Carrying a backpack/haversack is essential. DO NOT carry trolley bags. You will find it very difficult to lug them up and down the slopes. -Please carry enough warm clothes like thermals, beanies, socks, gloves, and jackets. It is advisable to carry a few pieces of temperature-appropriate winter-wear as opposed to several layers of regular clothing. -While we're moving in groups to various places, try and stick to the group and not wander off. -Carrying rainwear is very important if the trip is between June-Sept. Take all necessary precautions to keep yourself and your belongings dry. -The trip schedule is subject to change. Day of visits to the mentioned places could be shifted back and forth. -While booking your transport to Delhi, please try and book refundable tickets wherever possible (especially flights) -In the scenario that the trip gets cancelled (from our end), you will be refunded the entire trip amount (excluding taxes) COVID precautions: What are the COVID precautions taken on this trip? - All participants are required to carry adequate reusable face masks for the entire duration of the trip. - All participants are required to maintain all the social distancing norms as set in place by local authorities or as stated by the trip leader in-charge. - Anyone with any COVID 19 comorbidities (Cardiovascular conditions, Hypertension, Diabetes, etc.) is not allowed to participate in the trip. - All travellers will be subject to temperature checks from time to time throughout the trip. - All travellers will be required to undergo an oximeter check from time to time. - The trip leaders will be equipped with surface and hand sanitizers to sanitize frequently used objects and spaces. Are solo travellers allowed? Yes. Absolutely. But bear in mind that, you will have to share your room with someone else over the course of the trip. We will be travelling in semi-sleeper non-private buses. Wearing of masks during these journeys is compulsory. What happens if someone shows symptoms on the trip? In case anyone shows any signs of COVID (temperature, dry cough, drop in oxygen saturation, lack of taste, acute shortness of breath, etc.) - We will get in touch with their emergency contact who will have to make the required arrangements for the symptomatic person’s safe passage home. - They will be taken to the nearest govt approved COVID testing centre. - Please bear in mind that these centres may not have the same facilities that we are used to in the cities. - The trip leaders will make the required arrangements for their isolation and/or journey back to safety. Where are the closest COVID care centres? Parvati Valley: Regional Hospital, Kullu
1) What region of north India are we traveling to? -We're traveling from Delhi to Bhuntar > Pulga which is a part of Parvati Valley in the Kullu district of Himachal Pradesh. 2) What altitude would we be traveling to? -Pulga is at an altitude of approximately 9,498 ft (2,895 m) while our campsite at Kheerganga is at 9,711 ft (2,960 m) 3) What will the temperature be like while we're there? -Temperatures rise to a maximum of 27°C during the day and can drop to a minimum of 15°C during the night 4) Is there mobile connectivity in Parvati Valley? -Other than our stay at Kheerganga, you will have good cell phone reception and internet connection. 5) Are there any ATMs where we're traveling? -There are a couple of ATMs at Kasol market, however, they aren’t dependable, so carry liquid cash at all times. 6) Can I smoke/drink on this trip? -We at Vagabond do not refrain our participants from smoking or drinking on our backpacking trips. However, there are times you will be disallowed to do so (monasteries, treks, sacred spaces etc). Indulge in these activities very responsibly. 7) What will the group size be? -We will be a maximum of 15 travelers excluding 2-3 Vagabond Experience Managers 8) Is there any age limit to join this trip? -No, there is no age limit to join this trip. However, based on our previous experiences, the age group of travelers is usually between 22-35. 9) Can I join this expedition solo? -Yes, of course, you can! We have a good number of solo travelers on almost every Vagabond experience. 10) How physically fit do I need to be to join this trip? -This trip doesn't have a very high physical requirement. You need to be able to walk long distances on flat plains and be able to do a day trek too. Those who have a low tolerance to cold should be prepared with temperature appropriate clothing. 11) Are there doctors/hospitals in Parvati Valley? -Kasol market has a doctors dispensary which is at a convenient distance from our homestay
About Your Hosts
We're an experiential events company that has been creating a vibe of mindful and sustainable community-travel experiences since 2014. A Vagabond Experience isn't just one where you pack your bags and go visit a place outdoors. It's more than that. At a Vaga' experience, you meet new like-minded people and create bonds in comfortable social spaces that would last you a lifetime. By facilitating our understanding and appreciation for community living, we help you take a trip not only outwards but inwards too.
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