Winters In Parvati Valley:Tosh,Kheerganga,Manikaran And Kasol. #Bestof2018

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17th Dec 2018
Photo of Winters In Parvati Valley:Tosh,Kheerganga,Manikaran And Kasol. #Bestof2018 by Harish Goutham

With not much of information about the Kheerganga trek during winters and few saying it’s closed for the season decided to explore myself.!

My journey started from Chandigarh where I took bus to Bhuntar @11:00pm

Photo of Winters In Parvati Valley:Tosh,Kheerganga,Manikaran And Kasol. #Bestof2018 by Harish Goutham
Day 1

From Bhuntar took a local bus to Barsheni at around 7am and reached by around 10:30am from where I took cab to Tosh, costed me around 200rs.

Tosh was small village with friendly locals and surrounded by beautiful peaks all around. To Tosh waterfall it’s just a 30min hike and worth visiting.

(Sharma Ji’s Number for Paradise resort booking-+91 8627-074849)

Photo of Tosh, Himachal Pradesh, India by Harish Goutham
Photo of Tosh, Himachal Pradesh, India by Harish Goutham

Moonlight over Mountains

Photo of Tosh, Himachal Pradesh, India by Harish Goutham

Paradise resort.! at one end of Tosh has one of the best views.!

Photo of Tosh, Himachal Pradesh, India by Harish Goutham
Photo of Tosh, Himachal Pradesh, India by Harish Goutham

Tupkas-Best thing I have tasted in this entire trip.!

Photo of Tosh, Himachal Pradesh, India by Harish Goutham
Day 2

Today’s plan was to start trek for Kheerganga. On enquiring got to know the trail was disturbed by landslides a couple of days ago and the camps over Kheerganga were removed because of show fall decided to take a guide.(Guide’s number +91 8628-998403)

Started at around 11:30am and it was 1:30 by the time I reached Rudranag(exactly half way to Kheerganga). As the temperatures dropped drastically(-15C) and was not sure about availability of camps uphill decided to continue trek next day.

Place finalised for overnight stay.!

Photo of Winters In Parvati Valley:Tosh,Kheerganga,Manikaran And Kasol. #Bestof2018 by Harish Goutham

World’s best Cafe

Photo of Winters In Parvati Valley:Tosh,Kheerganga,Manikaran And Kasol. #Bestof2018 by Harish Goutham

Rudranag Waterfalls

Photo of Winters In Parvati Valley:Tosh,Kheerganga,Manikaran And Kasol. #Bestof2018 by Harish Goutham
Photo of Winters In Parvati Valley:Tosh,Kheerganga,Manikaran And Kasol. #Bestof2018 by Harish Goutham
Day 3

Left the camp by 8am and headed for Kheerganga. The trail became harder with every step you take. The snow over the trail became slippery and the areas of landslides are totally messed up with no particular trail. (this is place where you need a guide) but after some 2hours when you reach your destination you forget the trail and get into a trance. Just take a dip in hot water spring and enjoy the serenity.(Advantage of an off season trek-No noise, No litter).

After couple of hours it was 4hrs down the trail to Barsheni.

From there I left to Manikaran for overnight stay.(Decided to stay in Gurudwara)

Photo of BholeNath Temple Kheer Ganga, Khir Ganga, Himachal Pradesh, India by Harish Goutham

I would recommend to just look it to the room before you decide to stay there)

Plan was to go for Kalga but had a very bad knee, got it twisted on the way to Kheerganga.

Photo of Winters In Parvati Valley:Tosh,Kheerganga,Manikaran And Kasol. #Bestof2018 by Harish Goutham
Photo of Winters In Parvati Valley:Tosh,Kheerganga,Manikaran And Kasol. #Bestof2018 by Harish Goutham
Photo of Winters In Parvati Valley:Tosh,Kheerganga,Manikaran And Kasol. #Bestof2018 by Harish Goutham
Photo of Winters In Parvati Valley:Tosh,Kheerganga,Manikaran And Kasol. #Bestof2018 by Harish Goutham
Day 4

Next day started with hot water spring bath and Breakfast in langar.

Visited Gurudwara, Ram temple and Shiv temple and took bus to Kasol(10min ride).

Hot water spring and Parvati river.!

Photo of Manikaran, Himachal Pradesh, India by Harish Goutham

Shiv Mandir

Photo of Manikaran, Himachal Pradesh, India by Harish Goutham
Photo of Manikaran, Himachal Pradesh, India by Harish Goutham

It was 10am by the time I reached Kasol.

It’s more of a market place with some very good Cafeterias. And rather than calling Kasol as destination we can consider it as starting point for beautiful places around.

The place was too good with outdoor seating and a wonderful hospitality.

And they do serve really good Israeli cuisine.!

Photo of Moon Dance Cafe, Kasol, Himachal Pradesh, India by Harish Goutham
Photo of Moon Dance Cafe, Kasol, Himachal Pradesh, India by Harish Goutham

This is one more place I wanted to visit.

Loved their hot chocolate and chicken lafa.

They have a warm indoor restaurant but the view from outdoor seating was just beyond awesome.!

Photo of The Evergreen Cafe, Kasol, Himachal Pradesh, India by Harish Goutham
Photo of The Evergreen Cafe, Kasol, Himachal Pradesh, India by Harish Goutham

View from Evergreen Cafe.!

Photo of The Evergreen Cafe, Kasol, Himachal Pradesh, India by Harish Goutham

View from Evergreen cafe.!

Photo of The Evergreen Cafe, Kasol, Himachal Pradesh, India by Harish Goutham

And then it was a goodbye to Parvati valley.!

Entire trip costed me about 6-7k Rs (travel charges excluded)

Kheerganga trek during winters is a bit risky one but definitely possible and worth the risk. would recommend to take a guide with you.

Enquire about the camps in Kheerganga before you head up.

Temperatures may some time touch negative 15c so be prepared for it.

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