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Welcome welcome to Part 2 of my blog series about the Kheer Ganga trek. I was writing this for you guys while tumbling around in some train on the way to Kerala. It is really beautiful here, but it is still not as close to my heart as Kheerganga is. I will not keep you with a long ass intro. Let’s get directly into it. Keep reading for the day by day breakdown of the Kheerganga trek itinerary organized by The Hosteller.
This way will mostly be spent in a form of transport if you aren’t in Kasol or Barshaini already. Kasol to Barshaini is a 1.5 – 2 hour ride via a local bus. You can also take a shared taxi. Both of these options are quite cheap and wouldn’t be hard on the pocket at all. Alternatively, you can also debark at Bhunter. This is some 5 km before one reaches Kasol. It is possible to reach Barshaini via Bhunter too. This Kheer ganga trek itinerary is going to help you planning your travel to Kheerganga and Kasol.
If we reach early in the morning then it is possible to undertake the trek on the same day. But it is advisable to spend a night in Kasol or Barshaini to get acclimatized. The usual routine that we at The Hosteller follow is to reach Kasol by evening, stay at The Hosteller Kasol for the night and start the Kheerganga trek itinerary the next day early morning.
Tip 1: Don’t carry too much luggage on the Kheerganga trek. Leave all your extra baggage at the hostel and take an overnight bag.
Everyone always wakes up excited on the day of the trek. Adrenaline is high and spirits are soaring upon the thought of undertaking the Kheerganga trek. The trek starts from Barshaini. Like I mentioned before, there are two routes one can take to reach the top. The one we take goes via Rudgranag.
The Kheerganga trek does not offer much room for acclimatization. In about 30 minutes of starting the climb, the trail becomes rocky, uneven and quite steep. These routes are narrow and you have to be careful where you put your feet. After hiking for about 1.5 hours you will reach Rudranag. There are quite a few places to eat here and a guesthouse. Sometimes we choose to stop at Rudrangag for the night on request of fellow companions but it is certainly not a necessity.
After crossing Rudranag, we reach a big glistening waterfall. There is a cafe next to it. On this part of the Kheerganga trek, you have to cross the waterfall to get to the other side. The stones placed on it are pretty slippery and during the monsoons, rain can also affect your visibility to make sure you are very careful while doing this.
After this, the rest of the trail is pretty much an incline. You shall observe large forests of birch, pine and deodar trees covering you. The route remains pretty shaded by the large trees and hence you do not have to worry about over-heating. After about 1.5 hours more of a walk from the waterfall, we finally reach the climax of the Kheerganga trek itinerary.
Tip: There is s huge tree that faces the cliff after the crossing of the waterfall. This tree has a natural seat on its lap which can easily fit 2-3 people. It’s a natural marvel and you can click some memorable photographs here.
Wake up in the mesmerising Kheerganga. You will see yourself flanked with huge mountains that make you realise how small we actually are in comparison to nature. Their snow-capped peaks shine with splendour and the breeze makes my heart beat faster. Such is the beauty of this place.
Of course, the Kheerganga trek is famous for the hot water basins. I recommend you wake up early to go enjoy the hot water and soak in all its natural mineral benefits. The sulphurated water makes all your aches and pains go away and allows you to relax in the bosom of mother nature.
You can also visit the local Shiva temple. There are many places to live and eat at Kheerganga to that is not a worry. But during the peak months of April-October, makes sure that you have pre-booked your accommodation as the guest houses and tents tend to run full. Also, read the kheer ganga trek itinerary carefully.
After having a hearty breakfast and enjoying the splendid views of this tabletop mountain, we make our way back to Kasol.
Tip: Don’t forget to try to yummy homemade kheer (rice pudding) that the locals prepare. It is cooked on an open fire and tastes out of this world!
The Kheerganga trek is a blessed experience. The sweet waters of the falls, the chilly mountain breeze, the friendly dogs, the kind and hospitable people and the stark natural sceneries of the area make it a trek worth living. Another unique thing about this trek is its difficulty. Locals and all expert trek leaders are of the opinion that if you can complete the Kheerganga trek successfully, you will have no problems completing any of the other trek passages that leave from Kasol or Tosh. So in that way – it is definitely a landmark in your travel dairy. This detailed Kheer ganga trek will surely be helpful to you.
I hope to see all you guys reading this on a Kheerganga trek with The Hosteller soon!
Till then adios and Happy Travels!!