Although tourism in Himachal is properly organized but reaching Kheer Ganga is not so easy and that’s precisely why it needs proper planning and iteration. The entire journey can be broken into two phases:
Reaching Bhuntar: Nearest railhead, Pathankot is 150 km. We suggest Delhi-Chandigarh-Mandi-Bhuntar by road. Regular bus services run from Delhi post 6 pm.
Reaching Barshaini: Though accessible by local bus from Bhuntar, private taxi costing INR 900 – 1,000, is also an option. If you have time, avoid a cab. Take a bus from Bhuntar to Manikaran (36 km in 90) and from Manikaran to Barshani (18 km in 40 minutes). Last bus from Barshaini to Bhuntar is at 5:00 pm. A shared cab from Manikaran can be helpful if you are tight on schedule. They usually charge INR 75 – INR 100 per person.
From Barshaini – the base to Rudra Nag, Kalga and Pulga, opt from two routes:
Rudra Nag (13 km): It’s a steep climb, laced with stunning views; perfect for photography enthusiasts and easier to descend.
Kalga (17 km): Easy climb with longer descends, suited for occasional trekkers and those low on stamina. Not a good option for photographers looking for breathtaking landscapes.
About Kheerganga Trek
Approx trekking distance (Both sides) : 26 Km
Base Camp : Kalga or Pulga
Difficulty : Easy
Highest point of trek : 10,065 Ft
Nearest Airport : Bhuntar Airport
Nearest Railhead : 150 km
Region : Kullu
Snow : Kheerganga is covered with snow in the winters, i.e from November to January.
Starting point of trek : Kalga or Pulga
Day 1 : Kalga to Kheerganga
Distance: 14 Km , Duration: 6-7 Hrs
Walk by the road from Tosh to Barshaini, a small village in the valley which is where you start the hike in the forest. Cross the village of Nakthan and the temple of Rudra Nag, both ideal places to take short breaks on the way to KheerGanga which is where you can spend the night in basic tented accomodation.
Day 2 : Kheerganga to Barsheni to Bhuntar
Distance: 12 Km , Duration: 6-7 Hrs
Get up early in the morning to enjoy the sunrise and cherish the view of the misty mountains. Take a bath in hot water spring and have breakfast. After breakfast, start back journey to Barsheni. From Barsheni, catch the Bus to Bhuntar. There are regular buses and taxis to Delhi from Bhuntar