Sunday, 15 May 2016

Adventure trek to Kheerganga and Manthalai Lake

Traveling and exploring go hand in hand. For experiencing a startling trip, you must have some adventure during your vacation by including venturesome activities such as trekking, hill climbing, some kind of campaign, cliff jumping or perhaps, it could be bungee jumping. But not to forget that these activities include a great risk and must be practiced only under an expert's guidance and with all the life jackets and stuff.

Almost all the adventure lovers prefer going to hilly areas that have a lot more ventures to offer than the other tourist spots. The Himalayan Range, in India is a great place for the wanderlusts who long to experience the reckless campaigns. There's no doubt that there are a plenty of treks to venture in the Himalayas. However, I'd prefer to drift in the Kheerganga and Manthalai lake trek because I found it quite amusing and thrilling in pictures and from the experiences of the people who have traveled there.

As the word adventure explains it all, this trip should definitely include driving all the way to the hills. After all, road trips are the best ones for the explorers. As you travel independently and could stop by anywhere in between, there are no boundaries of time or places you travel. You can easily change plans according to your mood without worrying about anything else such as plane ticket booking or reaching railway station on time, etc.


Trek to Kheerganga is not an easy one. You have to find like minded daredevils who are ready to take this kind of journey. Kheerganga is situated in Parvati Valley near Manikaran. It is known for its natural Hot water Springs and has enthralling views of hill tops and valleys. However, this place is open for only 6-7 months in an year because the weather turns really cold around the winters. Whereas, Manthalai Lake is in the origin of river Parvati and is one of the most beautiful lakes in the foothills of Himalayas surrounded by the glaciers.

Before, starting this valiant trip, the most important thing to do is to prepare a bagpack of all the necessary things that you may require during the trip which must contain a torch, food, water bottle, a map of your trek and other basic requirements that you'll need. Following is how I've planned to take this exhilarating venture.

First of all, I will start this trip from Chandigarh followed by Kharar, Ropar, Kiratpur, Sundarnagar, Bilaspur, Mandi and finally Kullu, from where the path separates into two different stations, one towards Manali and other towards Kasol that is to be followed. Kasol is a winsome village of Kullu that is known for its amazing and delightful cafes and restaurants such as Evergreen cafe, Rainbow cafe, Moon dance cafe and many more. These cafes let you have an experience of Israeli cuisine. You can see a lot of Israeli and European youth in this place who are living on their own without having any modern Lifestyle. It is full of impressive spots and views and is always checked on the list of explorers.

Then proceeding to another scenic village Tosh that is 18km from Kasol after covering Manikaran and Barshani. These regions have a different kind of tradition, since it's a rural place. Inhabitants of Kasol or Tosh do not let people enter into temples or touch any holy place. They follow the rules of Malana. Following Tosh, comes the trek of 3 hours to Kheerganga. Then, a visit to the beautiful Rainbow point which is reached in half an hour trek further from Kheerganga. This place is known to create picturesque rainbows on all the sides right after the Rainfall. It is full of  camps of hippie Israeli people. They don't let people click photos of the place and always keep the surroundings clean and tidy.

Then after Kheerganga there's an 18 km trek to Tunda Bhuj followed by 16 km trek to Thakar Kaun, and further 12 km trek to Pandu Bridge. After Pandu Bridge, there is a 15 km trek to the final destination that is Manthalai lake. This whole trip takes around 10-12 days according to your efficiency of trekking and hiking. You get to live in tents and eat different cuisines, meet various kinds of people and getting across unique cultures and lifestyles. This trek could be really tiresome but at same time is very stimulating and electrifying.

**All the photos belong to Abhinav Chawla, taken by him during his hike.
12 comments:
  1. Awesome reading this detailed account of treeking to such a beautiful place.

    I have been to Kasauli, Manikaran, and a few other places there. I wish to follow your advice some day (and that too in the Himalayas) ☺️

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  2. Amazing pictures! Great to read about this trek :)

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  3. great pics, nice description, well done

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  4. Thanks a lot for such a detailed post.:)

    Cheers,
    Sriram & Krithiga

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