Trekking to Kheer Ganga

                          Kheer ganga trek
I’ve posted this one earlier but that was just four pictures and few lines, and I think this trek deserves more than that. So I am now writing it again in a pretty different way than earlier post. I just want to share my trekking experience with all of you and I hope you will love it.
 So here you go, happy reading!
trekking in india, himachal pradesh.                        
Trekking to Kheer Ganga, an adventurous journey into the world of nature’s beauty and serenity. This is an amazing experience and it’s just like traveling to a different world. This trekking experience was full of wonder and excitements and for me the journey to this place was like a few seconds in the serene arms of nature. Everything I saw there was just full of serenity and beauty. Kheer ganga is one of the most refreshing treks that one can go on anywhere. The natural hot water spring experience is just amazing and the trek is very pleasant and offers some exhilarating views.
                            We were 8 friends who have been there together. Trekking starts from a place called Barshaini. Barshaini is a place in the Kullu district of Himachal Pradesh(India). From Barshaini, one have to do around 12-15 KM of trekking to reach Kheer Ganga. Very few people know about this place and I think only a few have traveled to this part of the world but those who know and have seen it, they call it a magical valley.
                            It’s really a fun and full of excitement if you go to a some place you don’t know how exactly it will be and then discovering that place and feeling like you’re in a different world, and the only word comes out from your mouth is just “wow”.
                            It was the first week of February, winter season in northern part of India and Himachal Pradesh is one the coldest part of India with its snowfall and high range mountains. At 11 AM in the morning, we all friends reached Barshaini. It was pretty cold as the temperature might be less than 10 degrees Celsius, and therefore we have to wear jackets and all other things to save ourselves from cold.
trekking to kheer ganga by vikas sharma.
                            Then we all together started moving towards kheer ganga. After trekking for 3 KM from Barshaini, little tired we reached Nakthun. It’s a small village on the way to kheer ganga. This village offers a place for the trekkers where you can get delicious food cheaper than its in nearby places and believe it or not here in Nakthun, there’s even a pool table(made by the local people with woods) thrown out in the open where you’ll find local kids from the village enjoying their time. Travelers can also get a room in the beautiful wooden cottage and a few steps ahead from this village is a Rudra Naag temple and a waterfall.
                           The feeling at that moment when we reached the Rudra Naag temple and saw the beauty around and the waterfalls was like we are in a different world. At that place, all one could see is just a dense jungle and huge mountains all around. Looking at the nature’s beauty, I realized that we live in a world where we are surrounded by the walls, building and all the other things like road traffic, crowded places etc etc but there is another beautiful world behind those walls and I was experiencing that world in Kheer Ganga. After crossing Nakthun, the real adventure begins, I must say the extreme adventure of my life.
                          Now after reaching Nakthun, it was almost 2-3 hours trek to Kheer ganga and there are 2 ways to go there, one which is safer but long path and another one is comparatively shorter path but a dangerous one. We took the shorter path, the dangerous one. To be frank, I had no idea how dangerous it would be to choose the shorter path and I think none of my friend knew that too. We were just cheerful and excited to be there.
Dense forest, serenity of nature, snowfall, beautiful hills and mountains.
                          As we entered the jungle area the view gets more and more beautiful. There was so much peace and natural beauty all around. As we were getting closer to Kheer ganga, the path is getting really difficult to travel, it was very slippery, there were frozen waterfalls on the way, slippery frozen ice was on the narrow paths. Steep slopes on one side and huge rocks on the other, there was hardly the place to walk. At the time we went to Kheer ganga, there was fresh snowfall all the way and so it was very difficult for us to walk there at that time. The slopes on our one side were around thousands of feet down and we know that a single mistake could cost our lives. So we were very cautious while putting our feet on ground.
                          All the way long flows a waterfall on one side of the path with its full fury and I couldn’t even imagine how cold the water would be in it as it was coming from the glaciers which were not far from that place. The sound of the stream of water was so loud in some places that one could hardly hear each other voices. We needed to cross that waterfall in order to move further. We crossed the waterfall by walking over a wooden bridge formed by the local people. Now, the path gets steeper and more steeper, it was getting harder for us to trek and then we saw a scene, we saw a board on a tree with something written on it that a young person fell from this place and lost his life, and that shows how dangerous is that trek. You need to be careful at every step. On our remaining path, we crossed many small and beautiful waterfalls, some of the waterfall were frozen, there was frozen water on the path and narrow slippery paths having beautiful flowers all around and huge trees covering the sky. Jungle was so dense that sunlight was hardly reaching the ground but in spite of all the danger we couldn’t stop ourselves appreciating the beauty of that place.
kheerganga trek, lonely planet, hiamchal pradesh, manali, kullu.
                           Now, Comes the moment, the moment when we stepped in Kheer Ganga. There was a huge ground, it was totally white washed and surrounded by tall mountains covered with white snow, dense white and blue clouds were floating all around us. I rubbed my eyes, I was just full of wonder after watching that place, what a beauty. It was like I want to pinch myself to see whether I was not dreaming. The place was so peaceful , so pure, and all I think is that it’s the amazement of this area,  calmness of this part of the world, the isolation of the habitation, the stunning beauty of the mountains, beautiful wilderness of the pine trees and then snowfall to decorate this place with its whiteness which gives Kheer ganga its charm, its beauty and fills this place with serenity.

Far away we could see small 4-5 hut shaped wooden lodges providing shelter for travelers. We went up to the lodges and took a room in a lodge and I heard that the owner of that lodge is a French woman(I am not sure about that). The Nepali man we met there is living at this place from almost 5 five-years and he is taking care of that place. There is no electricity in Kheer ganga and the lights are all run on solar power.
kheer ganga trekking, amazing and majestic nature.
                      There are some extra-ordinary things about this place like there is a hot water string at this place. Two of my friends decided to take hot water bath in that hot water spring. The water is hot because of Sulphur in it and it’s amazing to find a natural hot water spring in these kind of places where usually the temperature remains very low. This place is amazingly beautiful and one can easily spend a day or more here because you can get a lodge, food and other essential things at Kheer ganga, or either you can make your on arrangements by taking your own camping stuff.
Kheer Ganga
                We stayed there for the whole night, had a very special drink, it was like a black lemon tea. We also had dinner over there provided my a man who stays there. According to my information, I searched some more facts about this place and I came to know that the French lady was living there in Kheer ganga from past 3 years(I am not sure about this information). She left everything from her country and has been living here for no reason, then there’s a Russian man living in the lodge, who was in Kheer ganga from past 2 years and just practicing yoga, a Nepali man who provided us food came from Nepal and was living here from last 5 year and working in Kheer ganga as a guide and provides food and all others things like woods to burn fire, blankets, lodges room, etc to earn his livings. Everything was different and unique about this place that everyone who see this place starts building a bond with Kheer ganga, a bond of peace and love. There is no road connectivity to this place and this is the only reason why the beauty of this place is preserved. We the humans need places like this where nature has not been re-arranged and altered by the hands of humans.
white mist, snowfall, hot water spring, kheer ganga, himachal pradesh, camping and trekking.
                         Next day, it snowed again in the morning and therefore we had to leave this place because if we didn’t return soon then we could be stuck there because of the heavy snowfall . So we left that place in the morning. And returning back to the Barshaini under that heavy snowfall is something that I couldn’t even explain here, it was extremely difficult for us as the path was already full of snow at the time we were climbing to this place and now after this fresh and heavy snowfall in the morning it was really difficult to see the path even. Now, the path was completely covered with fresh snow. The slopes on our one side were around thousands of feet down and chilled stream of waterfall was flowing in it with its full fury making huge roar, it was like one step wrong and we would be out.
trekking to kheer ganga by vikas sharma.
                         I am sure, if anyone comes to this place once, they would love to come here second time again as you simply can’t get enough of these kind of places. With so many good, beautiful and a few scary memories we said bye-bye to Kheer ganga hoping we could visit it again someday:)
    • mobius faith
    • March 16th, 2012

    Great story. Wonderful photos to illustrate it. Well done.

  1. Thank you for visitingmy blog the middle notes. So glad to discover this place, what a journey you shared! Thank you. I’m even more inspired to travel there!

    • Ashwin
    • March 27th, 2012

    Amazing blog and wonderful pics.

  2. sounds like a fantastic place to visit!

    • Elizabeth B.
    • April 5th, 2012

    Wow! What an amazing experience! Thank you for sharing all of this and for visiting my blog, too.

    Travel on! 🙂 Elizabeth B.

    • Krystiana Stacy Kelly
    • May 23rd, 2012

    It’s beautiful. I love the picture of the dog 🙂

  3. Those moments are still fresh in my mind 🙂

    • Gene Molloy
    • August 23rd, 2012

    This sounds like my kind of trek, except for the cold and snow. I’m from Florida. I’d like to do this in summer.

    • Okay! That’s cool. If you want to do it in summer then April to September will be the appropriate time but still there are chances of rainfall, it can rain at any time. We can’t be sure about nature. 🙂

  4. Wow!

  5. Wow…what a journey…I must say that You are so lucky to indulge in the Nature. Great work!!

    • August 13th, 2013

    iam going here tomorrow with my frnds

  6. Long may it stay hidden and magical.

  7. At the very minimum God expects us to know Him by His creation. This sounds beautiful and serene. Thanks for the journey – some of us cannot travel far from home, and we see the world through the words of others.

    • Ashish
    • September 18th, 2013

    Nice Story and thanks for information……. I am planning trip to kheer ganga alone around first week of October 2013. If anybody wants join feel free to mail me –>

    • praveen
    • October 14th, 2013

    i am planning to visit kheerganga on 8th nov.
    Is it a good time to visit there? What would be the temp? Please do let me know on my mail id

    • Jyoti
    • April 14th, 2014

    i have been to kheer ganga from the same dangerous route. Amazinggg the whole trek was!!

  8. Greetings, that was a excellent summary! Lots of wonderful detail, I am ecstatic that I
    spotted it.

    I am going to bookmark your web site! 🙂

  9. Woow… beautifully written… can not imagine this much snow on the trail… photographs are lovely..

  10. Hello there! Would you mind if I share your blog with my facebook group?
    There’s a lot of folks that I think would
    really appreciate your content. Please let me know. Cheers

    • Sure! You and everybody can share my blog anywhere on the internet unless you and they share it with the link of the blog/post.
      Cheers 🙂

    • delightcircle
    • December 1st, 2014


    • Pragati
    • February 19th, 2015

    Lovely place and nicely expressed !& Thankyou for visiting my blog!

    • zorba
    • March 8th, 2015

    Hi Vikas. Really awesome blog! Can I go to Kheer Ganga and explore it fairly well if I have 3 days? I have 3 days in the coming weekend.. 13th, 14th,15th. Will leave on Thursday. If it’s enough, then what about food, lodging, etc?? My idea is to get away from people here and spend time alone in nature. I’d prefer to go to a place where there is a river since I love rivers..therefore KG attracts me.

    Are there any other places that I can go to for a 3-days trip?

    • I don’t know about how’s the weather there at the moment but it’s raining in northern part of the country since last week, it could be difficult to reach KG under snowfall or if there has been heavy snowfall in few days back as it would make difficult to tread on trek. I suggest to wait for next month or do some research to know about the weather at the moment. You can go to manikaran, kasol, Tosh, manali, solang valley.. these all places are nearby to KG and there are numerous of treks around all these places. Solo trekking I don’t suggest if you’re going to KG first time.

  11. It is awesome.Athrilling experience of beauty.danger and enjoyment.Thanks alot

    • sahib sodhi
    • May 2nd, 2015

    Hey You know what bro i also went in oct’15 with two friends and its just so true that kheerganga calls for the second time.. i love that place.. and i am goin again next week.

  12. Awesome experience and images! Thanks for sharing.

  13. hello! great post and lovely photographs.

    I am planning to trek to kheerganga from barshaini with my boyfriend. Could you tell me whether we would need to have a guide for the trek? I am interested in both the shorter and the longer routes.. but more drawn towards the shorter 😐

    thanks 🙂

    • Thanks!
      It’s a moderate trek, not that difficult if weather is all clear. There is no problem visiting KG in May but should bring woolen as weather could be cold during evening. You can do Kheerganga trek on your own.

      Have a good time!

    • Jasbir Singh
    • August 3rd, 2015

    hey there! nice blog…. i am planning to go to KG. Can you please tell me how much time did it take to reach KG from barsheni ?

    • Around 4 hours, its around 11-12 km from Barshaini.

        • Jasbir Singh
        • August 5th, 2015

        Thanks for the info…. Actually we are going to set up a cottage for Forest Department and we’ll have to carry all the stuff from barsheni to KG.

    • Abhay
    • October 3rd, 2015

    Thanks for sharing all the pics and the info buddy. I have been wanting to go to KG for more than 2 years now. And though I am leaving for 4th trip to PV tomorrow, I won’t be able to go there this time as well cuz I am traveling solo.

    What I wanted to know was that is it a good idea to just trek till Kalga and spend the night there? Are there cafes and lodges tbere in Kalga? I have loved going to Tosh and this time I will be visiting Pulga surely so wonder if I should club Kalga in?

    Thanks again for all the info and happy traveling bro. Cheers, Abhay

    • Kalga, Tosh, Pulga and KG all are nearby. Yes, you can get accomodation in Kalga and it’s a beautiful place to spend some time there. But if you have been wanting to go to KG for more than 2 years then I suggest go for it, ask locals for the easier route to reach KG from Kalga. Have a nice time.

    • Kaveri Mayra
    • November 23rd, 2015

    Which month did you do the trek in? Any idea if it will be snowing end of November. Me and a friend and planning to camp there coming weekend.

    • prachi anand
    • December 5th, 2015

    Nice and informative piece. Hey we are a group of girls planning for kheerganga trek during feb last week. If you could provide info on availability of guides during that time it would be really grateful? Is it really very risky to trek kheerganga during that time and will accomodation be available? Thanks

    • KG trek is not risky but it’s just about weather condition. Feb is the month of snowfall, and under snowfall it’s not easy to trek. Accommodation will be available there, though I’m not sure about guides, locals can help you in this regard.

  14. Hey that is a beautifully detailed article. Thank you for sharing it. It is very resourceful as im planning to visit Kheer ganga soon.

  15. Great post.

    • yoyo_1977
    • March 3rd, 2016

    welcome at “Apple Cottage” at Kalga for next time,Because we are best local tourist friend.YOU can enjoy Maantlai Lace” trekking too, with us

  16. Nice post Vikas.

    I will be driving down to Kasol from Delhi with my wife and 4 yrs old daughter on 23rd March 2016.

    We want to trek to Kheerganga. How much kms is the longer and safer route? Is it steeper at places ? I can carry my daughter if required.

    • Would be around 2KM of difference. Yes, it is steeper at places, but it’s a moderate trek. Only thing which makes it difficult is snow otherwise it’s a moderate trek.

    • Aishwarya Jain
    • March 11th, 2016

    Hi vikas.
    It seems to be a very beautiful and natural place worth for a visit.
    We are a group of about 4-6 people planning to visit near around 14 or 15 March. So can you tell us some decent Lodge as well as fooding place where we can go.
    My email ID is

    Thanks 🙂

    • Namita
    • March 15th, 2016

    Hello, I intend to go here this summer and I’d like to know if it is easy to trek to Kheer Ganga without a guide, like would we be able to understand which route to follow and the path etc.

  17. I am planing to go there in next week so any information about trek route will be very helpful..

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  19. hey!!!
    Kewl clicks btw

    • Aakanksha
    • May 17th, 2016

    Hi Vikas, I am going to kheerganga with my girls only on 28. I hope its safe for only females to trek and I hope that this trek can be completed in 3 days. Plz suggest where we can stay in kalga village and in Kheerganga (reasonable).


    • Hi! Aakanksha. Yes, one can complete this trek in 3 days easily and it’s safe to trek there, rest info you can collect once you reach Kasol. If you’re going there first time then Kasol is the first place to know all about Kheerganga trek.

    • vaibhav
    • June 18th, 2016

    whatz the best dates in winter

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