I was just done with Hampta Pass trek which starts from Manali going upto the pass connecting the lush Kullu valley and a relatively barren Spiti. Starting from Manali early morning, we got lucky to catch up a direct bus to Barshaini which is the base to trek up to Kheerganga. Or else, there are very frequent buses to reach Bhuntar from where the road splits up for Barshaini and Delhi. From Bhuntar bus stand, local buses can be boarded to reach the base. The total travel time from Manali- Barshaini was approximately 5 hours.After having a light lunch in a local dhaba (one finds all the fancy items on the menu from nutella sandwiches to falafels, hummus) we start the trek. Throughout the trail one constantly feels the gush of the Parvati river which keeps you moving further only to get awestruck to see the might of the river. The thunderous sound and the turbulent scene can make your feet shiver while standing on the bridge below the river.
Reached the village around 2 30 and it was time to pack up, we had our bus to catch at 6 45pm from bhuntar. Gagan packed sprouts for us and ate them all the way to barsheini. We also picked up lot of apples and filled a bag with those.You can easily get a cab from Barsheini to Kasol or Bhuntar at a flat rate of 700 and 1600 respectively. I turned off my airplane mode after 3 days of wilderness and i cant tell you how sad i felt.Who wants to live in the city after spending such peaceful days in the mountains. Some goodbyes are really hard to say.
The TrekLets workout now! The first half, upto Rudranag village is plain walk walk and walk. Comparatively easy than what is coming for you next! The track is narrow with rocky hills on your left and a gorge on your right with deadly gushing Parvati.