Giri Ganga Trek Travel Story
If you are one of those who don’t want to head Shimla or Manali for holidays, we have a beautiful and less explored place for you to travel. The serene place is called Giri Ganga which was recently explored by the Himalayas Unplugged team for camping and trekking.
The Giri Ganga trek starts 500 meters ahead from the village of Khara Pathar which is about 77.3 kms from Shimla and lies at a height of about 8,770ft above the sea level. The 6km hike is a moderate one that goes through a dense deodar forest. The water stream and gigantic rocks add to the scenic beauty of the trek. One can reach the temple via their vehicles also, preferably a SUV. The single-lane unpaved road up to the temple is a tricky one to drive on.
It is believed that the temple here was built by Durvasa Rishi after he accidentally toppled his ‘Ganga Jal’ pot while carrying it from Haridwar.
You can go further 4-5 kms to reach the top of the mountain which offers scenic beauty all around. Called Kuppad peak, this picturesque meadow is the source of Giri River. You can see the villages of Rohru and Jubbal from the peak. The Kuppar Bugyal can be seen from Kharapathar offering mesmerizing sight to onlookers especially in the winters when it is covered in snow.
Here are some pictures of this beautiful place which the Himalayas Unplugged team explored recently. Feel free to contact us if you want to go camping or trekking to this peaceful place. Here is the full itinerary of the Giri Ganga and Kuppar peak trek as conducted by our team.