Area: Dhauladhar, Himachal Pradesh
Duration: 09 Days
Best Season: June - Mid October
Altitude: 4375mts/14245 ft
Total Trekking: 35 K.M
With beautiful landscapes, sparkling streams, deep gorges, tranquil lakes and deodar forest all throughout the journey, the Indrahar Pass Trek in Himachal Pradesh is one of the most awe - inspiring treks in the Indian Himalayan region that bursts the mind of several travelers from all age group. The journey is a perfect combination of diverse nature and traditional colors of Himachal, and it stretches from an elevation of 2,875 meters to 4,425 meters. The Indrahar Pass forms the border between Kangra and Chamba districts and lay bare the stretch of Dhauladhar range with the fascinating glimpse of hamlets below. It also uncovers the tranquil waters of Lake Mankiani and Kareri. Nonetheless, the dark boulder road tracks of the Dhauladhar and rhododendrons and a wide range of avifauna at different altitude simply enriches the journey and wins the heart of travelers.
The Indrahar Pass trek, which is one of the easy to moderate treks in Himachal Pradesh, takes off from McLeodganj, which is the seat of Dalai Lama, to Triund at 2,875 meters. The trek to Triund via Dhramkot village and Galu Devi reveals a magnificent view of the Kangra Valley and Dharamshala town below. From Triund, the trail leads off to Lahesh Cave via Laka passing through a meadow scattered with boulders. From Lahesh Cave the journey for the day commences for Indrahar Pass walking over the rocks straight on the North East face of the ridge, keeping the steep wall of Mon to its right. The trail continues over the crest and comes across several ascents. The view from the pass is just mind blowing. To the south lie the Kangra valley and the distant plains of Punjab in a blue haze, while up north rises wave upon waves of ranges like the Pir Panjal to the north, Kishtwar to the west, Bara Bangahal to east and Manimahesh to the northeast. The trail further continues down to Chhata passing through an untamed stream over the dark boulder and expunges into a beautiful valley dotted with several species of wildflowers. From Chhata, the route snakes to Kuarsi via Kuarsi Nala and leads off at Brehi en route to Lamu followed by Donali. Brehi is the gateway to Minikiani Lake, and the track passes through a dense forest via Drakund. After crossing the Minikiani Lake, the route leads to Kareri Lake and then to the camp at Kareri followed by the downhill trek to McLeodganj.
May to Mid-October
During the early months of the year, there are chances of snow on high passes, which considerably melts by August. During the monsoon season, Kangra and Dhauladhar range remains affected due to rain, but when we talk about the high places, the weather is warm and sunny (12-20 °C) during the day, while the night temperature could be in minus (-2 to 6 °C). During the September and October, trekkers can experience a good weather, with little snowfall. With the onset of October, the day temperature is hovering around 12-18 °C but the evening starts getting comparatively colder with (- 6) to 4 °C.
Indrahar is a mountain pass in Dhauladhar range of Himalaya, at an altitude of 4342 meters (14245 ft) above the sea level. Famous for its trekking trails, the pass is mainly a frontier which divides the famous districts of Himachal Pradesh- Kangra and Chamba. Best time to go for trekking to Indrahar Pass is between May and October.
By Road: Dharamshala is well-connected with all the major cities of North India, including Delhi, Chandigarh, Manali, Srinagar, and Dehradun, via state-owned buses and private taxis.
By Railways: Pathankot Railway Station is the nearest railway station, which is 84.5 km from Dharamshala.
By Air: Gaggal Airport, commonly known as Kangra Airport, is the closest runway to Dharamshala. From the airport, cabs and buses are easily available.
In the evening, you will board AC Volvo Coach to McLeodganj from one of the meeting points in New Delhi. Overnight Journey.
At 03:30 AM, trekkers will arrive at Chakki Bank and then they will be transferred to another vehicle, which will drop them at McLeodganj hotel. On this day, you can either choose to relax in the hotel or can explore McLeodganj. In the evening, guide of the trek will hold a training session to instruct and distribute the instruments for trekking. Dinner and overnight stay in a hotel.
Rise and shine, kick start your first day of trekking with a 10 km trek to Triund via Dhramkot. Dinner and Overnight stay in Triund camp.
Post breakfast; get set ready to reach the destination of today, Lahesh Cave. To approach the cave, you will have to cross the bridges and walk on the flowering ground, under Oak and Conifer trees silhouettes. Overnight stay in Lahesh Cave campsite.
Finally, the day has come, when you will be trekking on the snowfield of the Indrahar Pass. Post breakfast; start trekking uphill towards Indrahar Pass, which is going to be a little harsh as there will be 300 – 400 m steep climbing. It will be challenging, but when you reach the pass, rewarding view of Pir Panjal Range (4,100 m) in the north and Mani Mahesh Kailash (5656 M) peak in the east will compensate all the effort. After spending some time at the pass, trek back to Chatru Parao. Overnight stay and dinner in the Chatru Parao tent.
For the first few kilometers, trek to the left side of the valley, after few kilometers there will be a bridge, cross it and follow the series of meadows till Kuarsi, which will take you to the right side of the valley. Dinner and overnight stay in Kuarsi camp.
Following today's breakfast, get set ready for a downhill trek till Machetar. At Machetar, our drivers will be waiting to drop off at Chamba hotel. Dinner and overnight stay in Chamba FRH/hotel.
Post breakfast, we will drive to Pathankot. From Pathankot, we will board a train to Delhi at 23:55 hrs. Overnight journey.
Arrival in Delhi marks the end of Indrahar Pass Trek.
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You should book Indrahar Pass Trek well in advance so that you get ample amount of time to prepare for the trek.
A pony/porter will carry your bag while trekking; you just need to wear a knapsack.
Total weight of the backpack should not exceed 12 kg. You should carry all those things, listed in the itinerary given by TMI.
Janpath (Delhi), RK Ashram Metro Station (Delhi) and Majnu Ka Tila (Delhi) are the three meeting points for the Indrahar Pass Trek.
From start till the end, every turn of the trek will be led by experienced guides, who are also expert mountaineers.
2-12 people, including both men and women
Indrahar Pass Trek is a moderate trek with a maximum altitude of 14270ft (4350m) minimum age required is ten years.
The temperature may drop to 8° C during the June, July, August & September.
In a day, we intend to travel for 6 hours around lunch time, covering a distance of 8-12 km.
If we have to continue the trek because of the reasons which are beyond our control, then additional charges will be applied for a hotel stay and food.
Diamox is indeed very helpful, but it's advisable to consult the doctor first.
Safety is prime importance for us, and we lead our groups and do give it to the third party to manage. It's safe for even a single girl trekker to join our fixed departures.
Trekking shoes with ankle support are a must for any trek in the Himalayas. Quechua, Hi-Tech, Colman are good shoes with value for money.
We serve nutritious, simple vegetarian food during the trek. We maintain variety in lentils, vegetable, and breakfast. At times, we also treat our trekkers in the Himalayas with delicacies like Pakora, local dishes, etc.
Yes, it's completely safe for drinking and even for cooking, but, to be on the safer side we always carry filters and chlorine tablets
Most of the Himalayan roads towards the trek are in bad shape, so a vehicle with high ground clearance like Mahindra Bolero, Tata Sumo, Scorpio, Max, Tempo Traveller, etc. are used for transportation.
We guarantee that even if that there will be only one trekker, we will head out on that particular date.
Our trek leaders are certified mountaineers with knowledge of first aid in the wilderness and they carry necessary first aid medicine kit. At each camp they assess your condition and can take appropriate action in case a rescue is required. In the case of rescue, all the additional cost will be borne by the trekker.
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