Indrahar Pass Trek

Indrahar Pass Trek

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Indrahar Pass trek overview

Indrahar Pass is a mountain pass in the Dhauladhar range of Himalayas, sitting at an altitude of 14,245 feet. It forms the border between Kangra and Chamba valleys. The trek to the pass is one of the most awe-inspiring treks in the Indian Himalayas, offering a perfect blend of natural and traditional wonders of Himachal Pradesh.

The Indrahar Pass trek offers magnificent views of Pir Panjal and Dhauladhar ranges, peaks of Mani-Mahesh Kailash, Hanuman Tibba, Deo Tibba, and the lakes of Mankiani and Kareri. The trail cuts through lush pastures and dense forests of deodar, rhododendron and pine, following the ancient trail of Gaddi shepherds.

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Route for Indrahar Pass trek

The trek to Indrahar Pass begins from McLeodganj, a popular adventure destination, from where you head to the lush meadows of the Triund ridge. En route, you pass Galu Devi and Dharamkot while enjoying gorgeous views of the Kangra Valley and Dharamsala.

From Triund, you head to the Laka Got, passing meadows scattered with boulders and lush forests, until you reach Laka Got. If time permits, you continue to Lahesh Caves or end the day at Laka Got.

You begin the next day with a trek to Lahesh Caves, from where you continue over rocky terrain to Indrahar Pass. From the pass, enjoy splendid views of Kangra Valley, Dhauladhar and Pir Panjal range, Mani-Mahesh Kailash, Hanuman Tibba and Deo Tibba caves. You then return to Lahesh Caves via the same route.

On the last day, you trek back to McLeodganj via the same route, descending all the way gradually.

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Indrahar Pass Trek Summary

  • State: Himachal Pradesh
  • Nearest city: Dharamsala
  • Total days: 4-5 days
  • Grade: Moderately challenging
  • Max altitude: 14,245 feet
  • Total trekking distance: 37 km
  • Season: May to June, October to September
  • Avg temperature: -6 to 30 degree Celsius

Indrahar Pass trek

Sketch itinerary:

Day 1: Trek from McLeodganj to Triund

  • Altitude: 9,278 feet
  • Trekking distance: 8 km
  • Trekking duration: 5 hours
  • Pass Galu Devi and trek through dense forests to reach Triund
  • Overnight stay: Tents

Day 2: Trek from Triund to Laka Got

  • Altitude: 10,550 feet
  • Trekking distance: 6 km
  • Trekking duration: 5 hours
  • Cross meadows scattered with boulders and lush forests
  • Overnight stay: Tents

Day 3: Trek to Indrahar Pass and back to Laka Got

  • Altitude: 14,245 feet
  • Trekking distance: 9 km
  • Trekking time: 8 hours
  • Enjoy breathtaking views of the Kangra Valley, mountain ranges of Dhauladhar and Pir Panjal, and the peaks of Mani-Mahesh Kailash, Hanuman Tibba and Deo Tibba
  • Overnight stay: Tents

Day 4: Trek from Laka Got to McLeodganj

  • Altitude: 6,831 feet
  • Trekking distance: 14 km
  • Trekking duration: 5 hours
  • Enjoy the last views of the Pir Panjal range and Kangra Valley
  • The trip ends here

Detailed itinerary:

Day 1: Trek from McLeodganj to Triund

Today, you have to report to the meet-up point in McLeodganj and meet the trek leader there. You then begin the trek with today’s destination being Triund. En route, you’ll pass Galu Devi and Dharamkot, and you’ll reach Triund by late afternoon. Overnight in tents at Triund.

Day 2: Trek from Triund to Laka Got

Today, you’ll continue on the same trail until Laka Got. En route, you’ll cross meadows scattered with boulders and lush forests. If time permits, you might even trek further to Lahesh Caves. Overnight in tents at Laka Got.

Day 3: Trek to Indrahar Pass

Today, you’ll finally trek to the Indrahar Pass. The trail is rocky with few steep sections. From the top, you’ll enjoy mesmerizing views of the Dhauladhar and Pir Panjal ranges along with several peaks like Mani-Mahesh Kailash, Hanuman Tibba, Deo Tibba, etc. You’ll then head back to Laka Got. Overnight in tents at Laka Got.

Day 4: Trek from Laka Got to McLeodganj

Today is the last day of the trek and you’ll retrace your steps back to McLeodganj via Triund. The downhill trek is easy and relaxing and ends in the late afternoon. The trip ends here.

Inclusions:

The Indrahar Pass trek package includes accommodation in dome tents on triple/quad sharing basis for 3 nights, along with all the camping equipment like tents, sleeping bags and mattresses. Additionally, there will be a common kitchen and toilet tents.

The price also includes meals from Lunch on Day 1 to breakfast on Day 4. The package also includes the services of an experienced trek leader and support crew, first aid kit, and all the permits/entry fees/camping charges required for the trek. All applicable taxes are included in the cost as well.

Exclusions:

The Indrahar Pass package does not include any travel arrangements between your home-city and McLeodganj, neither does it include any accommodation or meals in McLeodganj.

Any costs arising out of unforeseen circumstances such as bad weather, roadblocks, etc. will be borne by the traveller. All personal expenses are not included in the package and will be borne by the traveller.

The package does not include any kind of travel, adventure or medical insurance. Anything that is not mentioned in the inclusions section is not included in the Indrahar Pass trek cost.

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Best time to go/Weather

The best time to go for the Indrahar Pass trek is from September to October, before the onset of winter. The normal weather conditions during this time will be cool with temperatures ranging from 12 to 18 degree Celsius.

Another good time to go for the Indrahar Pass trek is from May to June, after the winter season. During these months, you will get to see the snow.

During the monsoon season, trekking on the Indrahar Pass is not possible because of heavy rains and possibility of landslides.

Getting there

The trek starts from McLeodganj, a suburb of Dharamsala which is connected to most major cities of North India by state and privately run buses, and taxis. If you're coming by train, you can catch the train to Pathankot which is a major halt for most trains to Jammu and Kashmir. The closest airport to Dharamsala is located in Kangra, at a distance of 18 km.

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What to wear

For the trek to Indrahar Pass, you need to wear comfortable and non-restrictive clothing. Starting with quick-dry apparel like full sleeve t-shirt and trek pants. Depending on the season, there might also be snow at the top, so you also need to wear layers such as thermal inners, down and fleece jacket, etc. along with woollen/synthetic gloves and a cap. Also, wear sturdy trekking boots that are waterproof and provide ample grip.

What to carry

For the Indrahar Pass trek, you need to carry a strong and comfortable rucksack, raincoat/poncho, sunglasses, sunscreen, torch, dry snacks, etc. along with all your personal essentials like toilet paper, toothbrush, etc. It is also a good idea to carry a personal first aid kit.

Preparation/Fitness

The Indrahar Pass trek is a moderately challenging trek, hence it is suitable for experienced trekkers and beginners with a high level of fitness. Since it takes you to a high altitude of over 14,000 feet, it is recommended that you have some prior experience.

To prepare for the Indrahar Pass trek, you can start with a workout routine a few weeks prior by doing any form of exercise that enhances your endurance and breathing. Stick to cardio exercises like cycling, running, swimming, etc. with little strength training.

FAQs about the Indrahar Pass Trek

Is the Indrahar Pass trek difficult?

Indrahar Pass trek has a moderate to difficult grade as the trail consists of some rocky sections and ridges, and it takes you to an altitude of 14,245 feet. So, prior experience of trekking in the Himalayas can be helpful, but this trek can also be done by beginners who have high fitness levels.

How do I prepare for the trek?

Indrahar Pass trek is a moderately challenging trek that takes you to an altitude of over 14,000 feet deep in the Himalayas. Due to high altitude and the nature of the trail, this trek is suitable for experienced trekkers or beginners with high fitness levels.

To prepare for the trek, you can start a workout routine a few weeks prior to the departure date by doing any form of exercise like cycling, running, swimming, yoga, etc. Focus on exercises that improve your breathing, lung capacity, endurance and stamina.

Do I need to worry about altitude sickness?

For the Indrahar Pass trek, you will be trekking to an altitude of over 14,000 feet above sea level, so expect to experience some change in oxygen levels and air pressure. There is a chance of altitude sickness, but as long as you're well-rested and follow the instructions of the tour operator, you will be fine. The itineraries are designed keeping altitude sickness in mind.

Do remember to carry Diamox which will help you cope with the altitude, but do consult your doctor before taking this tablet.

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Trip Description
Embark on a Himalayan trek to Indrahar Pass, a high-altitude mountain pass in the Dhauladhar mountain ranges at an elevation of 14,125 feet. En route to Indrahar Pass, you'll trek on narrow nature trails leading through dense forests of towering oak trees. In the months of winter and early summer, you'll even hike uphill through patches of thick snow covering the route. Trekking for a few hours everyday, you can rest at vantage points and catch breathtaking views of snow-capped mountain peaks of the Kangra valley and Dhauladhar mountain ranges. As the sun sets over the mountains of the Indian Himalayas, you'll stay at photogenic campsites in tents pitched under a twinkling night sky.

For 4-days, you will trek on moderately challenging terrain with patches of strenuous climbs, making it a perfect trip for adventure enthusiasts looking for their next thrilling trek.
    Inclusions
  • Accommodation in dome tents on triple/quad-sharing basis
  • All equipment required for camping: dome tents, sleeping bags and mattresses
  • Common kitchen/dining and toilet tents
  • All meals from lunch on Day 1 to breakfast on Day 4
  • Services of an experienced trekking guide and camping crew
  • Permit charges, entry fees and camping charges
  • First aid kit
  • All applicable taxes
    Exclusions
  • Travel costs between base city and McLeod Ganj
  • Any meals in McLeod Ganj
  • Any costs arising out of unforeseen circumstances such as bad weather, road blocks etc.
  • Personal expenses such as tips to staff, alcohol or beverages etc.
  • Travel or medical insurance
  • Anything not mentioned in inclusions
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Sign up for this adventure-packed trek to Indrahar Pass and climb up to an altitude of over 14,000 feet in a short 4-day itinerary. To reach the mountain pass, you'll encounter a challenging trail that meaders uphill through lush grasslands, snow-cald ridges and sprawling glaciers. En route, you'll catch breathtaking views of higher mountains in the mighty Dhauladhar range. Popular in the trekking community for the varying landscape, this trek to Indrahar Pass is the perfect adventure for a seasoned trekker looking for their next challenge.
    Inclusions
  • Accommodation for 3 nights in tents on a twin/triple-sharing basis
  • All equipment required for camping: tents, mattress, sleeping bags
  • Common kitchen/dining tent and washroom tent
  • All meals from lunch on day 1 to breakfast on day 4
  • Services of an experienced trek leader and support staff
  • Technical and safety gear required for the trek, if any (including crampons, micro-spikes etc.)
  • All goverment permits and charges
  • All applicable taxes
    Exclusions
  • Travel arrangements between your home city and McLeod Ganj
  • Services of porters/mules to carry your personal luggage (can be arranged at an extra cost of INR 2,000 per bag, if booked at least five days in advance)
  • Adventure travel insurance (can be arranged at an extra cost of INR 350 per person; details on request)
  • Any costs arising out of unforeseen circumstances such as bad weather, road blocks etc.
  • Personal expenses such as gratuity tips to staff, extra meals, beverages etc.
  • Anything not mentioned in inclusions
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