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- 4 Days 3 Nights
- Difficulty - Easy
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- Best Season - Winter (Nov, Dec, Jan) Spring (Feb, March, April) Summer (May, June, July) Monsoon (Aug, Sept, Oct)
“Once in a while, deviate from the normal; you will find yourself in the most amazing places, doing the most amazing things, with the most amazing people.”
May the world is conspiring for you to visit the abode of Lord Shiva, mini Israel, and as we like to call it – heaven! On Kasol Kheerganga Trek, you get the double benefit of exploring two villages pervaded with religious and nature’s bliss. It is an easy trek with a steep but manageable climb. Kasol and Kheerganga lie at the height of 1580 m and 2956 m, respectively. Amidst the astounding Parvati Valley in the Kullu district of Himachal Pradesh, Kheerganga is a trekker’s dream. The trek base is Kasol, a quaint village lying at a distance of 500 km from Delhi.
Infamous for its Marijuana cultivation, Kheerganga is the last village in the Parvati Valley while going to Pin Parvati Pass. Parvati river, turgid waterfalls, picturesque mountains, iconic temples, and lined up Deodar and Oak trees make up for an invigorating view. To top it all, you will be rewarded with a contrasting hot spring in the middle of freezing temperatures when you reach the end of the trek.
Kasol, on the other hand, is a favorite destination among the hippies and off-late became a halting point for Israelis. There are plenty of Israeli cafes that serve appetizing Falafels, Borek, Chicken Laffa, and legendary Onion Fries with Hummus. Along with the food, the traditional houses and stories from different street corners will melt your heart and make you their own.
Trust us; this trek will uplift your spirits and lighten up your mood. The place is studded with Hindu and Sikh mythological stories. We will be grateful to narrate these to you. Come with us to Kheerganga on our next planned date. Here is a brief itinerary of the Kasol-Kheerganga Trek with Plan The Unplanned:
- Meet fellow travelers and kick off your journey from Delhi to Kasol.
- Trek and soak in the picturesque views of Parvati Valley.
- Take a dip in the natural hot water spring amidst the picturesque Kheerganga.
- Get a taste of Himachal and Israeli cuisine.
- Embark on the adventurous Kasol Kheerganga trek that is in all ways beyond elegant.
- Go to Manikaran Sahib Gurudwara and get indulged in mystical Parvati and Kartikeya stories.
Day 0: Drive from Delhi to Kasol | Drive Distance & Duration: 512 km. 12 hrs
Day 1: Kasol sightseeing. Night stay at Kasol
Day 2: Kasol to Kheerganga Trek | Trek Distance: 12 km. Trek Duration: 5 hrs
Day 3: Kheerganga to Kasol. Later depart for Delhi
Day 4: Arrival at Delhi
Stay Not Applicable
Meals Not Applicable
Our journey to Kasol will begin in Delhi. Trek Leaders will provide an overview of the entire trip. It's an overnight trip. We'll leave Delhi at 7:00 p.m. and arrive in Kasol in the morning.
Note: The pickup point will be Majnu Ka Tila.
We should arrive in Kasol around 10:00 a.m. The first day is dedicated to exploring Kasol. The Plan and Unplanned teams will stop for breakfast along the way. We'll go sightseeing in Kasol after we check in, rest, and eat lunch.
The aura of the location will put you in a trance. There are numerous things to do and explore around Kasol: Chalal is a 30-minute walk from Kasol; Manikaran Sahib Gurudwara is on the way from Kasol to the trek's starting point, and the Parvati River glides across the surface like butter. Aside from that, Kasol is not far from other villages such as Tosh, Manali, Kullu, Malana, Naggar, Pulga, and so on.
Because the evenings are colder, we will return to our homestay by sunset. After some time, we will rest for the night and prepare for the next day's trek.
Altitude ranges from 7,261 ft (2,213 m) to 9,222 ft (2,811 m)
Total Duration : 3 hours driving to Barshaini, followed by a 5-6 hour trek to Kheerganga.
Trek gradient: Easy. A 900-meter level walk is followed by a 600-meter steep ascent. Except for a 300 m steep ascent 5.4 km from Barshaini, the ascent to Kheerganga is very gradual.
Following an early morning breakfast, the trek leader will provide a briefing session outlining all of the important details of the Kheerganga trek.
Following that, we'll depart for Barshaini, the trek's starting point. The Parvati River flows alongside the trail to Kheerganga, which is surrounded by coniferous forests. The trek is popular for the scenic views of the valley as well as the hot springs that await the trekker at the top.
When we reach the top, we'll check into our campsites and then take a bath in the Parvati Kund, which are hot springs that instantly soothe your nerves. The rest of the day is free.
Dinner will be followed by an overnight stay in the camps.
Stay Not Applicable
Waking up in the mountains, in the safe company of budding friendships, and after a soulful breakfast, we will go hiking. After we are done exploring, we will start our descent downhill. Later after reaching Kasol, we will start our journey back to Delhi.
We'd stop by the holy Manikaran Gurudwara on the way. We'll return to Kasol once we arrive in Barshaini.
We endeavor to provide you with the best experiences, and we honestly hope that you will fall in love with us. No trek, no amount of adventure is more challenging than bidding goodbye. Your smile makes our day, and it is for these ordeals, we conduct multiple trips and treks in and out of India. Check out our other itineraries and call us soon. We will wait for your message. Till then, take care and rejoice.
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What’s life without adventure? Isn’t the real purpose of life to travel, to experience new places, and witness the sunrise from new mountaintops? This thought is what united Jatin and Tarun over a cup of chai, in spite of being from two unrelated backgrounds (CA and IT). They knew each other since the time Jatin was helping Tarun learn the ways of the wilderness through weekend treks and outings with another traveling group. Their love for traveling and trekking together motivated them to start something of their own. Thus was born “Plan The Unplanned”, where travel goals come true. Under the Companies Act, Plan The Unplanned is incorporated as Unplanned Journeys Private Limited They started their journey on unsteady ground, much like any other company, but they shared an infatuation for travel and adventure with their customers, which amplified their determination, and thus, Plan the Unplanned family keeps getting bigger every day! Just about any travel idea can come alive with Plan The Unplanned…treks, adventure activities like rock climbing, kayaking, rafting, backpacking trips across the country, cultural outings, photo walks; everything that fellow travelers need, to explore the great outdoors together. Well now that the wanderlust has kicked in and you can already see a vacation in your nearest future, here’s what we have to offer!
- Tempo Traveler for transportation from Delhi to Delhi
- Surface transportation from Kasol to Barshaini and vice versa
- Accommodation includes one night in a hotel and one night in a camp.
- Itinerary-based sightseeing
- Planned Meals: 5 (Starting from Day 1 Lunch to Day 3 Breakfast)
- During the tour, the trip Captain will be present at all times.
- Local Information
- Kits for First Aid
- All necessary Permits
- Allowance for Drivers
- Tolls and other state levies
- Charges for Parking
- 5% GST
- Any further costs of a personal nature.
- Any additional lodging or food expenses brought on by a travel delay.
- Meals that aren't listed in the package inclusions, including lunch.
- Any additional air or rail fares not listed under "Inclusions."
- During sightseeing, there are parking and monument entry fees.
- Additional expenses as regards cancelled flights, landslides, traffic jams, and other natural disasters.
THINGS TO CARRY
- Day backpack (20–30 Ltrs): You will leave your larger backpack at your intended stay because you will only need to carry a few essential items when you are on a local sightseeing tour.
- 1 pair of thermals: Thermals are clothing items that keep your body warm in cold weather. You must bring it with you when visiting cold climates.
- Outdoor Shoes: When travelling outside, especially in the mountains, you need to wear comfortable shoes. Instead of being heavy and bulky, they should be light and robust.
- Sandals or Floaters: A good pair of sandals or floaters will allow you to move easily while you are enjoying a leisurely day.
- 1 down jacket / main jacket: It's important to carry the right layers to prevent getting cold, so you should also carry an insulated jacket you can wear on top of your other clothing.
- 3 Quick Dry Tees: To ensure proper hygiene between stops, you must always have three or more pairs of quick dry tees on hand.
- 3 Pairs of Cotton Socks: You can always rely on a good pair of cotton socks while travelling because they are lightweight and incredibly comfortable to move around in. However, if they are wet, remember to change them and don't wear them.
- 1 Pair of Woolen Socks: Good woolen socks, particularly merino, are cozy, keep odors to a minimum, and offer enough insulation from the cold to be worn at night.
- 1 Poncho: A poncho is a more advanced version of a raincoat that completely protects you from the rain by covering both your body and your bag.
- Quicky Dry Towel: A towel that dries quickly will aid in maintaining good hygiene. The fabric needs to dry quickly because staying wet will only increase the likelihood of bacterial growth.
- Gloves: Insulated gloves aid in keeping your hands at the proper body temperature.
- Sanitizer: Make sure you always have hand sanitizer on hand to reduce the risk of infections and to maintain good hand hygiene.
- Sun Cap: On a hot day, a lightweight sun cap with side flaps is ideal for keeping your head cool and preventing sunburns.
- Lip balm: It's important to keep your lips moisturized because the chilly winds can cause them to become chapped.
- Cold Cream & Sun Screen (SPF 40+): Cold cream and sunscreen are both necessary to prevent sunburns and chafing.
- Water bottle (1 litre): Staying hydrated is crucial when travelling. You must always have a water bottle on you that you can fill up with Himalayan water.
- Bag for all Your Toiletries: You should carry a zip lock bag with all your necessities, such as paper towels, toothpaste, sanitizers, and soap.
- Personal Basic Medical Kit: It is necessary to travel with a medical kit that contains bandages, Dettol, and medications for headaches, nausea, etc.
- People who wear glasses or sunglasses (Use photochromic glasses rather than contact lenses): When exposed to sunlight, photochromatic eyewear is intended to change into anti-glare sunglasses. They are effective for protecting the eyes, but one can also choose clip-on glasses, etc.
- Mobile charger or power bank: Even though most places have electricity, it's always a good idea to have one with you in case of an emergency.
- Documents: Identification documents such as a driver's licence and an Aadhar card.
- Extra Polythene: You can carry your clothing in polythene in case it gets wet or doesn't dry. However, be sure to take all of the plastic that you brought with you into the forest. Avoid leaving behind trash.
- Camera: This ought to be clear. to ensure you get to record all the memorable moments from your journey. Check to see if you have enough storage and extra batteries.
HOW TO REACH
The Kullu Manali Airport, also known as Bhuntar Airport and located in the Kullu district, is the closest airport to Kasol. The airport has daily flights to Delhi, the nation's capital. You can arrange for a taxi or cab to take you from the airport in Bhuntar, which is only 31 km away and will take you there in about an hour, to Kasol. Bhunter, 31 kilometres from Kasol, is home to the closest airport. Looking for a flight from Delhi to Kasol? For visitors flying in from abroad, Delhi's Indira Gandhi International Airport is the destination. From there, you can choose between taking a bus, taxi, or another flight from IGI Airport to Bhuntar to get to Kasol in a manner similar to the one described above (540 km, 11–12 hours).
By Train, There isn't a train station in Kasol itself. If you're taking the train, you must disembark at Joginder Nagar, which is the closest station to Kasol and is located 144 kilometers away from the village. You can either take a taxi from the train station to get to Kasol or a bus that will take you to Manikaran in about 4.5 to 5 hours from the Joginder Nagar Bus Stand. The closest railroad station to Kasol in Himachal Pradesh is Joginder Nagar. The Chandigarh Railway Station is a popular destination for travellers arriving by train. At a distance of 296 km from Kasol, you can take a train that connects major Indian metropolises to Chandigarh. To get to Kasol, you must take a bus toward Manali or hail a cab, which should take 8 to 9 hours.
The village is accessible via first-rate road infrastructure and is one of the most popular destinations for foreign tourists in India. The primary route from this village to Manali is the NH-3. Just like Kasol itself, a road trip ought to be enjoyable and pleasant. Either self-driving or cab services are options. For those travelling great distances, Delhi serves as the starting point. In Delhi, you can find numerous companies that offer cab services to Kasol as well as rental cars. Additionally, buses that are mostly semi-sleeper Volvos that cost between 1000 and 1500 INR per seat run daily to Kasol from Delhi's Kashmiri Gate ISBT. This trip takes between 11 and 12 hours. After that, you must disembark at Bhuntar and board another bus headed toward Manikaran.
Policy and Terms
- No cancellations will be taken over calls or WhatsApp msg. Please reply to the email with the payment receipt that you have received at the time of booking.
- Free Cancellation up to 45 days before the departure date
- 44 Days to 30 days of Departure date. 10% of the total Trip cost along with the booking amount will be charged as a cancellation fee.
- 29 Days to 20 Days of Departure date. 25% of the total trip cost along with the booking amount will be charged as a cancellation fee.
- 19 Days to 10 Days of Departure date. 50% of the total trip cost along with the booking amount will be charged as a cancellation fee.
- 10 Days to 6 Days of Departure date. 75% of the total trip cost will be charged as a cancellation fee.
- 6 Days to Trip Departure date. 100% of the total trip cost will be charged as a cancellation fee.
- No Show. No refund.
- In case of government orders, harsh weather conditions, protests, landslides, or any other unforeseen circumstances, we work out the best possible alternate plans or trips/treks. At times even if certain activities are canceled, the organization provides the best alternative but no refunds are provided.
- If a trek is called off at the last moment due to a natural calamity/unforeseen circumstances (like rain, snowfall, earthquake, landslides, strike, bandh etc.), JustWravel will issue a trek voucher for the full amount and if possible will provide an alternate trek. The voucher can be redeemed up to the same amount for the same trek or another trek in the next 365 days from the trek departure date.
- If a trek or trip cannot be completed due to natural calamity/unforeseen circumstances (like rain, snowfall, earthquake, landslides, strike, bandh, etc.). No refund would be provided.
- Any extra expense coming due to any natural calamity/unforeseen circumstances (like rain, snowfall, earthquake, landslides, strike, bandh, etc.), Will be borne by the customer. The company will not be liable.
- Cancellations policy will differ during the peak season and in popular places.
Q: I'm a solo traveller, Can I join?
A: The interesting thing about travelling alone is that you get to meet new people from diverse backgrounds, and towards the end, you are no longer strangers. Hence solo travellers are always welcome to join us on our trips. Read more about solo travelling here and get inspired! https://www.plantheunplanned.com/solo-yet-accompanied/
Q: Is it safe for Women/Girls?
A: Safety and security is our priority at all times. Hence it is absolutely safe for women/girls to join us on our treks and travels. Our trek leaders accompany the team at all times, and our campsites are secured and safe for accomodation. We also have female trek leaders who accompany on most of our treks.
Q: Do you have Washrooms during the trek?
A: Well, you are in the mountains and none of our trails have a washroom facility during the trek.
Q: How do I avail discounts?
A: Details for availing discounts are mentioned in the following link, https://www.plantheunplanned.com/membership/
Q: Would I be able to postpone to a future in case I do not attend the trek on the day of departure?
A: We are extremely sorry, you cannot postpone to any future date in case you fail to attend the trek on the mentioned date for any reasons whatsoever (family/health/work emergencies). You can write to us at [email protected] as regards and our team will get in touch with you on the same
Q: What is the Cancellation Policy?
A: Here’s the cancellation policy for Himalayan Treks/Backpacking Trips/Road Trips If you cancel before 30 days – 90% of amount will be refunded If you cancel between 20 -30 days – 75% % of amount will be refunded If you cancel between 15-19 days – 50% will be refunded If you cancel between 7-14 days – 25 % amount will be refunded If you cancel between 0- 7 days before the departure date – No amount would be refunded. Note: For All The Above Refund Cases Transaction Fees/Internet Handling Charges will be dedcuted from the overall amount and balance amount shall be refunded. You can transfer your ticket to anyone so that you could save your hard earned money For other trips and travels with us, and detailed terms and conditions check the following link : https://www.plantheunplanned.com/refund-cancellation-policy
Q: How fit should I be for Kheerganga trek?
A: A journey to Kheerganga makes excellent sense for a future vacation whether you are a beginning trekker or traveller searching for a deeper climb in the Himalayas of Himachal Pradesh. It is one of the most recommended treks when traveling to Parvati Valley.
Q: What kind of clothes should I bring with me for the journey to Kheerganga?
A: The importance of layering cannot be overstated. Pack clothing that will keep you warm in any weather. Even if you're going on the hike during the summer, bring a jacket. In the mountains, the weather may be fickle, so be prepared.
Q: Best time to trek Kheerganga?
A: If you love winter and would love to see high snow-clad mountains, then visiting during May-June is the time for you. The best time would be between June-September as the temperature is warm and the days are long.
Q: Will I get a mobile network in Kheerganga?
A: Reliance In Kasol, Chalal, and up to Manikaran, Jio and Vodafone function perfectly. In Tosh, Airtel was available, whereas in Kheerganga, only BSNL was available. Airtel and Bsnl are available in Kalga.
Q: How to Depart from Kheerganga?
A: There are no direct flights to Kasol. You can reach Delhi, which has various connecting paths in North India. Please note that you will have to bear all expenses related to your travel to Kasol from your place. By Air The recommended way to reach Kasol is to take a flight to New Delhi and take the bus to Bhuntar. By Rail The closest train stations to Kasol are Pathankot and Joginder Nagar. You must take a railway from Delhi to either Pathankot or Joginder Nagar, then a local transportation to Kasol. then make your way to Barshaini; from there, you must hike to Kheerganga. By Road By road, From Delhi's Kashmiri Gate to Manali in Himachal Pradesh, Volvo buses are a wonderful alternative. Or can go for shared taxi services which are very comfortable and cheap