Set at an altitude of about 2,956 metres in the Kasol town of the Kullu district of Himachal Pradesh, the Kheerganga peak is well known for its calm and relaxing atmosphere and its spectacular views. As the name suggests, the peak derives its name from the milky waters of the river Ganga flowing into the Parvati valley. Trekking to the peak is probably one of the most sought after activities in the region, and it is visited by trekkers in large numbers all throughout the year. Mostly known for its breathtaking scenic beauty and serenity of the mountains and valleys, the Kheerganga trek is well known among trekkers and hikers from all over the country. This article gives a detailed guide of the Kheerganga trek.
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The Kheerganga trek is one of the most beautiful treks in the state, owing to its mesmerizing scenic beauty of the snow laden mountains along with the lush green valleys and thick forests. The trek will lead one through numerous open meadows, valleys and grasslands, streams and waterfalls, and dense forests of oak, pine and rhododendron- all set in the beautiful backdrop of the snow capped mountains. The rich variety of flora and fauna in the region is another reason behind the popularity of the trek. An absolute delight for nature lovers, the Kheerganga trek is an ideal one for people looking to spend a day or two in solitude and serenity of the mountains, away from the crowd and hustle in the city. The calm and serene environment is what attracts tourists to set out to explore this region.
The Kheerganga trek also happens to be one of the shortest treks in the state. Trekkers typically have to cover a distance of about 9-10 kms in 1-2 days. One starts the trek from the base camp at Kasol, which is another popular tourist destination in the state. Kasol also acts as a base camp for some other treks in the region, namely the Malana trek, the Tosh valley trek and many more. It is situated on the banks of the river Parvati, and is widely known for being a favourable spot for hikers and backpackers. The place is also known as the ‘Mini Israel of India’ due to the huge number of Israeli tourists visiting every year.
Apart from its scenic beauty and serene environment, Kheerganga is also known for its religious as well as mythological significance. What makes the Kheerganga trek even more special is that one gets glimpses of the Parvati river flowing alongside right from the base camp at Kasol. One also can visit the meeting point of the Parvati and Beas rivers. Another reason behind the huge popularity of this region among tourists is that there are a number of natural sulphur hot water springs spread across the area. Local belief says that bathing in these springs can cure one’s ailments. The region is also visited by a lot of pilgrims and devotees from different parts of the country.
Owing to its gradual elevation, the Kheerganga trek is also one of the easiest treks in the state, and especially popular among amateur and inexperienced trekkers. An ideal trek for people looking to gain some experience on trekking, the Kheerganga trek is mostly visited by beginner trekkers and hikers in large numbers. One does not necessarily need any experience or special skill to traverse this trek, as the terrains are relatively easy to cover without any help or assistance. The region is particularly visited by a significant number of backpackers and hikers.
Although the Kheerganga trek can be traversed at any time of the year, summers are the most favourable season to set out on this trek. The valleys are covered in snow during the winters, and it is generally advised to not go on this trek during the monsoons due to slippery roads and frequent landslides. The weather remains relatively pleasant during the summers, and the skies, clearer. One can also get mesmerizing views of the valleys filled with blooming wildflowers of all different kinds, making the trek an even more memorable one. Trekkers and hikers typically choose to visit this place mainly during the summers.
One of the easiest and most beautiful treks in the state of Himachal Pradesh, the Kheerganga trek has its admirers and visitors from all different parts of the country. A place no less than a paradise on earth for nature lovers, Kheerganga is one of the few tourist destinations in the state which one ought to visit at least once in their lifetime.
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