WHY SHOULD YOU TAKE THIS TREK?
Parvati valley, located in Kullu district, Himachal Pradesh, draws its name from the Parvati river flowing through the valley. Encompassing various villages, Kasol, Tosh and Kheerganga are the three most known places to visit by a traveller. A 3-day trip to the Parvati, recommended for the first timers, starts from Kasol and offers short treks to Tosh and Kheerganga.
The KTK circuit, a perfect getaway for beginners looking for an adventurous trek in the lower Himalayas, is widely popular for its dense pine forests, natural hot water springs (Manikaran & Kheerganga), waterfalls (Rudranag), short hikes, serene villages (Kalga, Pulga, Tulga) and the valley’s natural beauty. The crisp mountain air coupled with delicious Himachali & Israeli food with the smell of burning herbs coursing through the otherwise unpolluted air makes Kasol the so-called “Amsterdam of India”. One should also take a short hike to Malana from Kasol to experience the centuries-old local Malana culture.
EVERYTHING YOU WANTED TO KNOW ABOUT THIS TREK
Day 1: Kasol – Manikaran
Upon reaching Kasol, after a tiring journey, check-in at The Hosteller Kasol at 11 AM. Located 5 minute away from the city centre, The Hosteller Kasol offers serene mountain view, comfortable rooms and various local experiences. After settling down, one can walk down to Kasol village for grabbing delicious Israeli or local food. Our trip coordinator would then meet you at the city centre for a 3 hour Manikaran gurudwara tour. Once back, one can enjoy with other travellers around the bonfire or can make themselves comfortable in the cozy rooms. A delicious vegetarian dinner is served in The Hosteller cafe around 9 PM. One can also register for Jungle walk at the reception (timing: 10 PM – 12 midnight).
Day 2: Kasol – Kheerganga
Post breakfast around 9 AM, one should put on the hiking shoes and leave for Barsheni village (around 22 KM from Kasol). Our highly experienced local trek guide awaits at Barsheni to take one to Rudranag (takes around 4 hours) traversing through dense pine forests, enjoying serene views and sharing local facts. Post reaching the campsite in Rudranag and settling down, one can visit Rudranag waterfall, local temple or the village. A delicious vegeterian dinner (around bonfire) sums up the day for a peaceful night under a million stars.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 3: Kheerganga – Tosh
The day begins early with breakfast served at 8 AM. Post breakfast, our trek guide takes you to Kheerganga (around 3 hours from the campsite). Kheerganga, the most popular place to be in the Parvati valley, definitely leaves many travellers speechless. Known for its natural hot water springs, one must definitely take a dive in the hot water pool in Kheerganga to feel hot and cold, at the same time, literally. For photographers, Kheerganga offers much more than mountain selfies. Having spent a few hours in Kheerganga, one should descend down to Barsheni along with the trek guide to reach Tosh homestay. A delicious vegetarian dinner sums up the tiring yet a wonderful trekking day.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 4: Tosh – Kasol
What can be a better morning than waking up in the last village of the Parvati valley? Located at one extreme edge and an altitude of approximately 7900 feet, Tosh is truly blessed with nature’s abundance. Post the breakfast, one can choose to laze around in the comfortable homestay, visit the local village or the nearby waterfall. Later, check out from Tosh around 11 AM to reach back to Kasol. The trip ends here.
Meals & stay as mentioned in the itinerary
Camping & trekking equipment
Expert trek leader and guide
Forest permit charges
Lunch on all days
Local transfers (Bhuntar – Kasol – Bhuntar, Kasol – Bershaini – Kasol)
Any personal expenses and needs
Any unforeseen fees/costs due to natural causes
Q: What is the best time to do this trek in the year?
A: March – December
Q: What is the difficulty level of this trek?
A: This trek is ideal for both beginners and experienced trekkers.
Q: What should I pack?
A: Refer to our “Things to carry” section.
Q: Would I need to buy camping equipment and accessories?
A: No, you don’t need to buy anything except items listed in “Things to carry” section.
Q: Who would lead us on the trek?
A: Our highly experienced local guides would lead the trek.
Q: How would the weather be during the trek?
A: March – June (Bright & Sunny), July – August (Sunny & Rainy), September – October (Bright & Sunny), November – December (Snowy)
Q: What all activities would be involved apart from trekking?
A: Apart from trekking, you would also be learning how to set up your camps, lighting a bonfire, jungle survival techniques, stargazing and much more.
Q: How do I pack?
A: We recommend you to pack light while trekking. Keep essentials in a small backpack and leave the rest of the luggage at the base location.
Region: Parvati Valley, HP
Best Time to Visit: October – June
Avg. Temp: 22 C (Daytime) – 8 C (Nightime)
Famous for: Cafes, Trekking, Adventure, Weekend getaways
ATM: Kasol, Manikaran (Carry enough cash due to the shortage of ATMs)
Nearest Airport: Bhuntar Airport (30 KM)
Nearest railway station: Chandigarh (250 KM)
Nearest bus stop: Bhuntar (30 KM)
Day 1: Kasol
Day 2: Kheerganga
Day 3: Tosh
Day 4: Trip ends
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- Cancellations made 7 days before the start date of the trip will attract 50% of booking value as cancellation fees.
- Cancellations made within 3 days before the start date of the trip will attract 100% of booking value cancellation fees.
- In the case of unforeseen weather conditions or government restrictions, certain activities may be canceled and in such cases, the operator will try his best to provide an alternate feasible activity. However, no refund will be provided for the same.
- Refunds would be made through bank transfer and would be processed within 5-7 working days