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Back-Pack-Go! Parvati Valley, Himachal Pradesh (8N / 9D)

Parvati Valley, Himachal Pradesh

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Welcome to Back-Pack-Go! We personally hope you leave the city version of you behind. We're going to the hills. Let us give you a little idea of how we at Vagabond Experiences do group trips. First of all, we don’t do ‘tour operators’. Every group will be accompanied by an Experience Manager (AKA. EM | AKA. Ex-Man). EMs are trained to do one job; help you have a comfortable, safe, and fulfilling experience. Through the ages, the mountains have been a getaway for many a traveller. But, this valley holds a special place amidst them. Parvati is home to many small villages, some ancient cultures, and an abundance of natural beauty. Honestly speaking, a lifetime might not be enough to explore everything that this beautiful place has to offer. But think of this trip as a careful and relaxed introduction.

Bus

A/C Volvo semi-sleeper

Stay Not Applicable

Meals Not Included

(The bus will stop at a restaurant on the highway for dinner)

Our journey begins in the National Capital. 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.

Car

8 seater jeeps

Homestay

Twin sharing rooms

Lunch, Dinner

(Home cooked buffet-style meals)

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.

Homestay at Kalga
A walk around Kalga

Car

4-8 seater taxis/jeeps

Homestay

Twin sharing rooms

Breakfast, Dinner

(Home cooked buffet-style meals)

We are going into the misty mountain-side forest! There’s going to be a fair bit of walking. A visit to the neighbouring villages of Tosh and, if time permits, Pulga is the plan. 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.

Views from Tosh
Fairy forest at Pulga

Trek

Tents

Swiss army tents on a 4-6 sharing basis. Pillow, blankets and mattresses will be provided

Breakfast, Dinner

(Dinner at the Kheerganga campsite will be only vegetarian.)

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 a little 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.

Climb to Kheerganga
Kheerganga summit views

Trek

Homestay

Twin sharing rooms

Breakfast, Dinner

(Home cooked buffet-style meals)

After breakfast, trek down from Kheerganga and make our way back to our rooms in Kalga. While the rest of the day is at leisure, you’re going to want to rest the muscles you didn’t even know you had. Campfire and chill scenes at night.

Kheerganga descent
Kheerganga descent

Car

4-8 seater taxis/jeeps

Homestay

Twin sharing rooms

Breakfast, Dinner

(Home cooked buffet-style meals)

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 short distance away from Kasol). Explore Katagla and head to Kasol through Chhalal. Spend the day eating or shopping at the Kasol market. Dinner and campfire at the homestay in Katagla.

Katagla homestay
Katagla homestay cafe

Travel Not Applicable

Homestay

Breakfast, Dinner

There is no plan for this day. You can make your own plan. There are a lot of things that can be done—treks, trails, shopping, eating out, whatever! But, considering that it is our last full day in Himachal, we usually take this day to sit back and reflect. We’ll sit together by the campfire at night, share some stories, and sing into the night.

Walk to Kasol by the Parvati river

Bus

A/C Volvo semi-sleeper

Stay Not Applicable

Breakfast

(The bus will stop at a restaurant on the highway for dinner)

This is our last day in Himachal. You will have the day at leisure. Go shopping for those jholas, hemp paraphernalia, and jewellery 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 11am. 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.

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Inclusions

-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 basic amenities on a double sharing basis -Accommodation in tents or rooms at Kheerganga -Private internal transport (jeeps/cars) in Parvati Valley -Two meals a day i.e. breakfast/lunch 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

Exclusions

-One meal a day in Himachal -Travel insurance

THINGS TO CARRY

1. Sturdy shoes for trekking (well-fitting, neither loose nor tight)

2. An extra small backpack for day outings (20-30 ltrs)

3. Reusable water bottle (avoid 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 (jacket/poncho) & rain cover for bags

8. Binoculars, Camera (optional)

9. Sufficient liquid cash (minimum ₹5,000 for food and emergencies)

10. Crepe-bandage (each person should have 1 roll each)

11. Warm clothes (Temperature appropriate clothing)

12. Hand sanitizer and reusable face-masks

 


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

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Policy and Terms

-In case of cancellations within 30 days of the trip, Rs 6,000 will be deducted.

-In case of cancellations within 15 days of the trip, Rs 10,000 will be deducted.

-In case of cancellations within 7 days of the trip, Rs 15,000 will be deducted.

-In case of cancellations on the day of departure, no refund shall be admissible

-In case of cancellations from our end due to COVID or safety-related reasons, an 85-100% refund (excluding taxes) will be initiated, depending on any cancellation charges we may have to bear.

 

Frequest Questions

1) What region of north India are we travelling to?

-We're travelling from Delhi to Kasol, and Kasol to Kalga which is a part of Parvati Valley in the Kullu district of Himachal Pradesh.

2) What altitude would we be travelling to?

-Kalga 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?

-On our summer trips, temperatures rise to a maximum of 27°C during the day and can drop to a minimum of 15°C at night. On our winter trips, it's a maximum of 20°C and minimum of 5°C on average.

4) Is there mobile connectivity in Parvati Valley?

-Apart from Kheerganga, you will have good cell phone reception and internet connection in most places.

5) Are there any ATMs where we're traveling?

-There is just one ATM at Kasol market and most of the time it is out of order. We recommend that you carry at least ₹5,000 in cash for this trip. 

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 and at your own risk. 

7) What will the group size be?

-We will be a maximum of 20 travellers excluding 2 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 average age group of travellers is usually between 22-35.

9) Can I join this expedition solo?

-Of course you can! We have a good number of solo travellers on almost every Vagabond experience.

10) How physically fit do I need to be to join this trip?

-This trip involves a lot of walking! Most of the real exploration happens on foot. If you have any physical, mental or medical conditions that may affect your capacity to do the trip, you must inform us before you confirm your seat. 

11) How do I know if I’m fit enough?

You should be able to walk a distance of 5kms in less than 35 minutes for 5 days continuously. If you are above 40 years of age, you should be able to walk a distance of 5 kms in less than 45 minutes for 5 days continuously. 

12) Are there doctors/hospitals in Parvati Valley?

-Kasol market has a doctor’s dispensary which is a short distance from our homestay in Katagla.

 

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