Kheerganga is also such an important gem, as it is always cold in the Great Himalayan regions (May, June, July). It is only accessible via the road from Bhuntar’s nearest airport and is situated at 10,000 feet above sea level creating the renowned Parvati Valley, Kullu Himachal. Kasol or Manikaran – the stubble that will stand up to the Kheerganga is Gurdware and the hot wells. Kasol is the perfect place to spend the night if you’re looking for something pre-trip for lovers of leisure. Others will look to the Tosh or Barshaini for refuge.
You can’t find improvised stays and campings here, but Kheerganga Isn’t a community. Some of the stays have ovens in tents to keep you warm, because there is no fuel. There’s no electricity and the transportation is complicated. Camping and multiple foundations chip the batteries so it can be very expensive to linger and provide great sustenance. Make sure you book your trek with a good administrator, so you get better management when you’re here. Structures are not allowed here temporarily, as per pending courtroom demands for outdoor enterprises. There are several bistro and tea houses at Kheerganga and, of course, the signature spring known as Parvati Kund.
ABOUT THE TREK
At Barshaini starts a well-defined but raw track – a spot with plenty of parking. It’s not 19 kilometers from Kasol or it’s just 15kms when you live in Manikaran. The walk must be followed by light baggage loading and, if possible, by a guide. Between these two paths, one through the trees, and the other through Rudranag, one way is better to go and get out. We settled on the trodden Rudranag road that led us to Nagtahan, four km away and changed our sights abruptly. Nagthan provides many home-country opportunities for those who wish to invest their time.
Rudranag means simply “snake in fury.” As its name means, the river springs with fury, invoking terror and dedication. A temple on Parvati river bank, a wooden bridge over it and a café are worth avoiding. The café serves plain, tasty food at a reasonable cost, the bridge is crossed only with the fingers crossed and the temple is a solace before the steep jungle road. The temple is a delight. Your path to Kheerganga was now halfway up enough that any shortcuts could be stopped.
After fourteen kilometers of weight, you will find the moors lying between two broad mountains. A legend tells that for over thirty years, Lord Shiva Hindu god lived and meditated with Parvati (his wife) and Kartikeya (his son) in these valleys. And he blessed her with Kheer’s hot stream (an Indian desert made of milk and rice). Lord Parshuram (Indian warrior God) forecast that people must battle each other in Kalyug to own Kheer’s water, so that the Kheer became water and the cream that made Kalyug a warm river. There remains hot water in a bathing pool next to the Shiva Temple at a distance of 10000 feet in the snowy mountains.
The first alternative for visitors is to build a shelter. You have to be wearing warm jackets and pay firewood for them, because night is freezing. There are various campsites, varied food choices in India, Europe, Italy and Israel, and a huge number of visitors who are only here because of the variety of cannabis. Non-vegetarian and alcohol are completely restricted. Camp toilets and not so tidy, as the most popular public toilets, charge INR 5 for one use. The smooth setting of the tents further spoils the view. INR 50 a glass is a high price for bottled drinking water and chocolates are particularly pricey.
A little thrift went in at the highest point. On our way back, go through the thick woodland, where nobody else can reach even with a guide. The weather could be humid and fresh water sources and waterfalls are often seen, so a raincock should be kept with you.
The people are very trustworthy and easy. You can hang on to negotiations a bit, but it’s best not to fool them. There are a few items that people can support you quickly, free of charge. People are very hard at work, and the little progress is purely their work. Overall people are nice and polite.