4 days 3 nights
Indrahar Pass Introduction At a distance of 21 km from McLeod Ganj and 28 km from Dharamshala, Indrahar Pass is a mountain pass in the Dhauladhar range of the Himalayas near the town of Dharamshala in Himachal Pradesh.
Located at an altitude of 4,342 m above mean sea level, Indrahar pass trek forms the border between Kangra and Chamba districts.
The trekking trail to Indrahar pass is very popular and the trek starts from Galu Devi temple above Dharamkot village near Dharamsala, which is 2 km from McLeod Ganj Bus Stop.
The Indrahara Pass trek is considered a Moderate to Difficult trek. The trek passes through the camping grounds of Triund, Illaqa, and Lahesh Caves. Guna Devi to Triund is a 6 km steep but marked trail.
Triund is the base camp for the trekkers who continue the trek to Lahesh Cave, Indrahara Pass and Bharmour. Along the way there are many small Tea shops where one can refresh during the hike.
Trek up to Triund is very popular and busy with many local and foreign visitors. The trek gets slightly difficult from this point and it requires climbing boulders after passing Lahesh Cave.
From Triund, the trail leads to Lahesh Cave (4 km from Triund) via Illaka passing through a meadow scattered with boulders. From Lahesh Cave, another 4 km steep climb over the rocks will take to Indrahar Pass.
At the higher elevations there is a steep 300 – 400 m ascent towards the crest of the Dhauladhar. The trail continues over the crest and comes across several ascents.
From the pass one can view Pir Panjal Range in the north and Mani Mahesh Kailash (5656 m) peak in the east. The total trek needs to 3-4 days with an experienced guide.
Trek location The trekking trail to Indrahar pass starts from Galu Devi temple above Dharamkot village near Mcleodganj, Himachal Pradesh and passes through the camping ground of Triund, Ilaqua/Laka Got, and Lahesh Caves.
On the other side of the pass, the camping sites include Chhata caves at 3242 metres and Kuarsi village in Chamba at 2,260 metres.
Indrahar is a mountain pass in Dhauladhar range of Himalaya, at an altitude of 4342 meters (14245 ft) above the sea level.
Trek distance The total distance for this trek is around 35 km and it takes around 5-6 hours to reach the Triund top, i.e., On Day 2nd it will take 3-4hrs to reach laka base camp. laka to indrahar pass is 6 hrs and another 4 hours to come down to Laka Got. laka Got to Mcleodganj will Take 6 hrs.
Indrahar Pass trek weather In Summer: 20 to 25 degrees C in the day and at night 5 to 10 degree C
In Winter: 10 to 12 degree C in the day and at night – 1 to -10 degree C
In the starting months of the year that is January to April, there is high snowfall on passes which slowly melts till august.
The monsoon brings rain to the Dhauladhar range but as we go up high, the weather becomes quite warm, heart-melting, and sunny (12 to 20 degrees Celsius).
At night, the temperature rises to minus ( -2 to 6) degree Celsius. Hence, trekkers can experience nice weather with a little bit of snowfall during September and October. As the month of October starts,
the temperature varies from 12-18 degrees Celsius, but the night is again comparatively much colder with the temperature falling down to minus 6 to minus 4 ( -4 to -6) degree Celsius.
The Dhauladhar and the Pir Pranjal range of mountains are visible as a magnificent view.
Famous peaks like Arthur’s Seat (4525m), Moon ( 4666m), etc can be glimpsed.
Lahesh cave which is a natural rock shelter.
Chance to visit the beautiful Chamba Valley
9818 Feet, 6 hours Wake up and pack your bags for the start of your trekking day with a 12km trek to Triund via Dharamkot. Then have your dinner at Triund camp and stay for the entire night.
11,480 Ft. 3-4 hours On this day, wake up early in the morning as the view from Triund is magnificent at this time. Take a deep breath and absorb the view of mighty Dhauladhar ranges shining through the mesmerizing sunrise.
After breakfast, start your trek to Laka Got which will take around 3 to 4 hours to reach. Traverse a ridge to reach Laka Got. Laka Got is situated at the snout of a small glacier, which is full of snow and ice in early summer, and the snow melts away during the monsoon.
This will be your campsite for the night. Have dinner and retire early since tomorrow you will cross the Indrahar Pass. Overnight stay in tents.
14,271 Ft., 6 hours Today, cross the Mighty Indrahar Pass. Your trek starts early in the morning. The distance is the longest today and it is also the most difficult part of the entire trek.
So be mentally prepared. The total distance for this day trek is around 12 km and it takes around 6 hours to reach the top, i.e., Indrahar Pass and another 4 hours to come down to Ilaqa Pass.
The route from Ilaqa Pass to Indrahar Pass trek is steep and is completely uphill. The difficulty level varies from moderate to strenuous.
There is no vegetation here and the terrain is mostly rocky. The trail leading towards Indrahar Pass from Lahesh Caves is a bit confusing as well.
After reaching Indrahar Pass, spend some time there and experience a majestic view of higher ranges and valleys. Make sure you start descending soon enough in order to reach back by afternoon.
Do an overnight stay at Laka Got.
5,865 Ft. Start trek in the morning after breakfast and have your lunch at Triund.
From Triund, take caution while coming down as the trail is rocky. You don’t want to slip and get your ankle twisted here. It is advised to trek at a normal pace.
After reaching Mcleodganj, you can either explore Mcleodganj and its nearby places such as Bhagsunath waterfalls, Namgyal Monastery, and Dal Lake or you can take an overnight direct bus to Delhi.
How to reach Mcleodganj to start your trek
There are direct flights available from Delhi to Gaggal airport. Air India and SpiceJet airlines offer services from Indian capital to the mountainous airport.
Buses originate from Tibetan colony Manju ka Tilla in Delhi, it takes around 12 hours to complete the overnight journey.
90 km from Pathankot, 240 km from Manali, 250 km from Chandigarh, 400 km from Dehradun, and 500 km from Delhi. Multiple buses are available from Dharamsala, as it is in the lower region as compared to McLeodganj.
Dharamsala to McLeodganj one can take shared taxis or buses for the short distance of 5.5 km which takes around 30 minutes to reach.
The national highway NH 20 connects McLeodganj with rest of the country.
By Train Pathankot is located around 100 km from McLeodganj and is the nearest broad gauge railway station. The nearest railway station from McLeodganj is Kangra, which is a narrow gauge railway station and it is 30 km away.
Train travel enthusiasts can take this journey to enjoy the marvels of the railway, but this journey takes longer time as it is a toy train.
There are direct trains from Ahmedabad, Delhi, Jammu Tawi, Amritsar, Tatanagar, Durg and Haridwar. Multiple trains in a day connect Delhi and Jammu Tawi via Pathankot.
Reach our Base Camp at Dharamkot, shower then we'll start our trek at around 10 am. it's a gorgeous rehearse mixed forests of the deodar, oak and rhododendron. Triund is situated on a ridge with a gorgeous view of the entire Kangra valley on one side and Dhauladhar range on the opposite side. First 2km may be a steep ascent but there's a gradual ascent after Galu Devi temple. The last 1 km is again a steep ascent through the forest. Triund may be a flat meadow on top of a ridge. From here one can witness a bird's eye view of Dhauladhar range on one side and Kangra valley on the opposite may be a memorable sight. Overnight stay in tents.
After a brief ascent from Triund traverse a ridge to succeed in Laka Got – a short lived shepherd camp. Laka Got is situated at the snout of alittle glacier, which is filled with snow and ice in early summer and therefore the snow melts away during the monsoon. So we'll even have some activities on snow. Night stay within the camp at Laka Got.
Start early within the morning, the weather gets bad within the afternoon. within the early summer (April to May) the trail is filled with snow and ice and need good equipment. During post-monsoon (September to November) there's no snow or ice and there's a narrow trail rising to the pass. It takes about three to four hours to succeed in the pass and another three hours to return down. From the pass entire Pir Panjal range of central Himalayas may be a sight to behold. Back to Laka Got For Panjal range of central Himalayas may be a sight to behold. Back to Laka Got for night stay.
Follow an equivalent route on the way back via Triund . this may depend upon the snow. If there's less snow then we'll follow a special route which matches from Triund going over a grassy meadow and descend right down to Bhagsu Nag then to Mcleodganj. During the evening, we all will board our respective buses but a pocketful of memories will accompany all folks .