Parvati Kund : The Sacred Natural Hotspring. Weather Temperature Measured -10°C
So for the starters i must tell you this journey was not at all planned we sneaked towards the lovely KHEERGANGA to take a holy bath into the lovely PARVATI KUND. This Trek was so good in many ways it just made my fear vanish into thin cold air. I never thought i could make it.
Note: This 13km trek can be covered in around 4-5 hours at moderate pace. You can complete this trek in a day and come back if you dont want to stay at the top.
After Spending a lovely chilly night at kasol we woke up and left for tosh. And you can imagine how these areas can turn out to be during end december.
As we reached Barshaini - a beautiful village just 16km from kasol. We were stopped by the local saying the trek is closed because of heavy snow fall (later we took a local and sneaked there).
Just for your knowledge to reach kheerganga you've got two route options Tosh and Barshaini. You can take any route, you will reach at a mid point which connects both the routes.
We took a right from barshaini towards the parbati hydal project dam crossed that bridge into the hills.
At first we were so powered and charged up. By the time after walking for like an hour the trail became difficult and due to our inexperience we started taking breaks often.
Note- when you are trekking you should definitely carry essentials like water, chocolates and whatever snacks you can. And when You should carry comfy warm clothes.
Chocolates will help you gain your energy back so eat it whenever you feel like.
The trail includes several small and big bridges and you will actually shift mountains leaving behind the last one after a bridge.
Our first stop was the small yet peaceful and very beautiful village called Nakthan. Old traditional himachali village with not more than 30-40 houses build of woods and stones. It is just around 6km walk from barshaini. There are few cafes, dhabas and shops serving travellers. We rested for 15-20 minutes and then left.
After a walk of like 25-30 minutes we reached Rudranag temple. The name Rudranag comes from a serpentine waterfall near the temple. It is a great spot to actually relax yourself for a bit and enjoy the scenic views and various waterfalls nearby.
Now tell me have u ever seen the trail just disappear completely. Exactly thats what happened with us just walking and suddenly the trail disappeared and we started walking on thick snow (around 2-3feet). Dev (local friend) told us to just follow. The trail is actually a bit dangerous as it is small already and that to covered in snow anything could happen if you fall you gonna end up drowning yourself in the river parvati as it flows just down the side.