Kasol & Kheerganga - Tripping while Trekking :)

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24th March 2016 , I was  back from vrindavan( Mathura) after playing holi and I still had 3 more days before I go back to work. I wanted to utilize this time ,  Kasol was always in my mind, however I was in a dilemma weather I would be able to complete Kasol & Kheerganga Trek  in couples of days or not. So in the afternoon I packed my bags and got into a bus for Manali from Delhi in the evening around 8:30 which cost around Rs 800–1200 in a Volvo and 450–650 in state buses , (p.s there is no direct bus from delhi to Kasol , you have to get down at bhuntar) I got down at bhuntar at 8:30 am 

Day 2
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and asked for directions to Kasol , Locals told me that every now and then there are local buses to kasol , and after few mins got into a local bus till Kasol ( cost around 35 bucks ).

Bus ride to kasol

Photo of Bhuntar, Himachal Pradesh, India by Satyen

(Though you can hire local private or sharing taxis from bhuntar, sharing would cost you 150 – 200 bucks and a private taxi will cost you 1600 – 2000)

The Roads are fine to Kasol , and After around 1.5 hours of bumpy ride I reached Kasol

Kasol main chowk – near taxi stand

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I already booked a hotel room from Goibibo at a very nominal price and went directly there , however the hotel manager said that I have to wait till 12 pm to get the rooms, I was hungry and I had read somewhere that Kasol has amazing cafes.

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I started exploring cafes and came across German bakery – A amazing place for masala chai and some snacks, after that I went to eat momos which is near by taxi stand and even that was amazing. I went to my hotel by 12 , got a room, took a shower and started for Malana. Malana is a small village which is world famous for its cream, I have limited time so instead to trekking to Malana from Kasol, I took a cab which cost you 1200 just to drop till Malana and if you take pickup and drop it will take Rs 1700 and the cab driver will wait for 3 hours for you. So I took a can which will drop and pick me back. It took me 1hour to reach where trek starts .

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It will take you 1 hour to reach Malana village if you are a beginner , however people do reach in 30–45 mins. I reached there in 45 mins and I find it kind of weird village, it’s dirty and you are not allowed to touch anything in that village, however I managed to sit with a old person in village near a shop where I had Maggi and discussed about the place , he said that we want safety of our people that’s why we have all these rules

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Maggi in Malana – Only food other that Cream????

After spending an hour I started for Kasol , we took another 30 minutes to got down to the Same place where trek starts and out cab driver was waiting for us there. It took is another 1 hour to reach Kasol, it was already 8 till we reach Kasol and I went directly to evergreen cafe – one of the most popular cafes of Kasol. I ordered falafal and as I was waiting for my order I met a stranger , I started talking to him and got to know that they come to Kasol once in every 50–60 days , while talking to me he was busy making a Roll , he offered me the roll and it was one of the best thing I have ever smoked. By the time I finished dinner it was already 10, and I can feel the cold outside so I grab a cup of coffee and walked till my hotel. I was in balcony listening to sounds of flowing water and finishing my coffee , I slept around 12 as I had to get up early in the morning for kheerganga. I got up by 7, and I was late , it took me 40 mins to get ready, pack my stuff and to check out of the hotel , though hotel manager was still sleeping , I told him I am getting late and have to hurry or else I will be late. Kept my bags in the hotel only and started for Kheerganga. It is basically a 14 km trek and it would be quite challenging for beginners, and you can expect rains , snowfall , in my case it was both , I would suggest not to carry bags of you are planning to come back same day. It was already 10 when I started trekking from initial trekking point , after an hour I could see few people getting down and I asked them can I come back by 4 ? They were like first try to reach there by 4 , you can’t come down in a single day , I got worried as I had to come down by evening because I had to catch 7'o clock bus to Delhi , I started walking fast

Half way to kheerganga — Rudranag

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The trek actually starts from Rudranag only , before Rudranag , its like you walking on mountains, and it is quite easy.

Half an hour before Kheerganga — Sun flower cafe

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The trek got challenging & challenging the more i thought i was getting closer and everybody was like you can’t come down, thanks to them I reach half way in 1:45 minutes only, I reach Kheerganga by 1 pm and took shower in the hot water

Kheerganga — Hot Shower

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I stayed in kheerganga for an hour and headed back to Kasol as weather was getting bad , and it started raining and snowy at the same time.

it took me around 3 hours to reach kasol , i collected the bag from the hotel and headed back to bhunter to catch my bus for delhi.

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