If you are looking for a Himalayan adventure, an excellent option is to go on the Parvati Valley Trek. Parvati Valley is one of the most picturesque places in the Himalayas of Himachal Pradesh and the trek will take you to reach Kheerganga which is located at an altitude of 2960m above sea level. Kheerganga is known to be one of the best trekking destinations and is considered to be an easy trek.
Your Kasol Parvati valley trek journey will start from Bhuntar and you will be taken to Kasol, which lists amongst the most famous hill stations of the Parvati Valley. The hill station is also known as mini Israel and you will be able to find several cafes there. Next, you will visit the town of Tosh and spend a night there before proceeding to Barshini, the hamlet where your on-foot journey will start.
Your Parvati valley trek from Kasol will take you on a trail with a spectacular vista of snow-capped mountains and lush green forests and valleys. During your journey, you will be stopping at Rudra Nag waterfall and the villages of Kalga and Pulga. Finally, you will reach Kheerganga and get the opportunity to take a dip in the hot spring. Next day, you will visit the ancient village of Malana, known for being the oldest democracy in the world.
Maximum altitude: 2960 m
Grade: Easy to moderate
Duration: 4 days 3 nights
Trekking distance: 12 km each way
Airport: Kullu Manali Airport also known as Bhuntar Airport in Kullu district
Snow Season: Mid-December to January
Service from: Throughout the year except monsoon season from October to February
Base camp: Kasol
Best season: March to June
Region: Situated in the northern Indian state of Himachal Pradesh
Who can participate: Anyone, even a beginner.
Bhuntar to Kasol (2 hours)
Mandatory Documents: Carry original as well as photocopy of any government photo identity card such as Driving License, Aadhar Card, Voters ID, etc. Passports and Visas need to be provided by International Travelers.
Clothes: Trek Pants will be more comfortable during the trek than jeans or trousers. T-shirts are more comfortable than shirts and dry fast. Wear jackets to protect you against chilly weather. Take some warm clothing such as fleece, woolen layers or thermals for nights. Cover your head with a cap or balaclava. Wear woolen gloves to protect your hands.
Footwear: Get yourself sturdy well-fitted trekking footwear so that your feet do not hurt during the trek.
A strongly built 50 to 60 liters backpack with good support is an absolute must for a trek.
Personal toiletry items such as toothpaste, toothbrush, toilet paper, sanitiser etc.
Carry sunscreen to protect your skin.
Personal medical kit with items such as prescribed medicines and common ones for altitude sickness, pain relief, headache, fever, stomach problems, motion sickness, allergies, diarrhea, etc. Also an antiseptic cream, a pain relief spray, bandage and cotton for cuts.
Take along a Hiking pole for support during the trek.
Water bottle to refill with water to hydrate yourself during the trek.
Sunglasses for protecting the eyes.
Torch to use at night.
Camera with rechargeable batteries to capture the scenic beauty.
Trekkers must be careful about a few pointers during their Parvati Valley Trek. This will make their journey safe and enjoyable. A few tips to note are:
Climatic conditions in high altitudes are different from the plains; So, take time to get acclimatized to high altitudes.
Children below the age of 7 years are not recommended for Parvati Valley Trek.
Get your medical checkup done to ensure fitness before you go on a trek.
People with heart, respiratory and blood pressure problems should not go trekking without a doctor’s advice. The trek is also not recommended for pregnant ladies.
Pay attention to your trek instructor to enjoy a safe and sound trek.
Do not waste water as it is precious in the hills
Trek only during day time unless it is a part of your itinerary
Carry some light snacks such as dry fruits to keep you energized. Carry water bottles with you, so that you can refill them.
Wear clothes and shoes that are comfortable for trekking.
Carry a medical kit which may come in handy for sprains, cuts etc.
Be careful as you walk. Do not get distracted while walking, which might result in losing your foothold and spraining your legs.
The total Parvati Valley trek will last for 4 days. It will start from Bhuntar and end in Bhuntar. The distance of the trek is 12 km each way.
The best time to visit Parvati Valley is during the summer months of March to June or the post-monsoon months of October to February. During this time, the weather is ideal for the trek.
Parvati Valley, located in the midst of the Himalayas of Himachal Pradesh's Kullu district, is known for its breathtaking scenic beauty as well as its quaint villages, psychedelic trance festivals, and hippie cafes.
If you only want to trek to Kheerganga, 3 days would be sufficient. However, if you also wish to include the ancient village of Malana, 4 days would be ideal. A 4-day itinerary would be as follows:
Day 1: Bhuntar to Kasol
Day 2: Kasol to Kheerganga via Barshaini
Day 3: Kheerganga to Kasol and Kasol to Malana
Day 4: Malana to Kasol and back to Bhuntar
Kasol is a hill station located in Parvati Valley and is located 42 km east of Kullu at a height of 1640 m. Apart from Kasol, Parvati Valley also has other villages such as Tosh, Pulga, Nakthan, Malana, Kalga etc.
The highest altitude of Parvati Valley Trek is Kheerganga, perched at an elevation of 2,960m above sea level.
The scenic Parvati Valley is situated at a distance of around 40 km from the hill station Kasol.
You can trek Parvati Valley by starting from Barshaini on foot and hiking up to Kheerganga, located at an altitude of 2,960m above sea level. You can choose any one of the three hiking routes available with one passing through the village of Nakthan, one through Kalga and another one starting from the village of Tosh.