An awe inspiring trail to the core, the trek to Indrahar Pass is known for its pristine landscapes, clear water streams, tranquil lakes, and deodar meadows. The elevation range of 2,875 to 4,425 meters that you encounter in the Indrahar trek makes it all the more special. Enroute, you will also come across the shrill waters of Lake Mankiani and Kareri which add to the uniqueness of this trail.
This easy to moderate Indrahar pass trek begins from McleodGanj in Dharamshala.
Key Highlights of Indrahar trek
The trek to Indrahar Pass offers clear views of Dhauladhar and the adjoining Pir Panjal ranges. Enroute to the Indrahar pass, you can also catch glimpses of Moon Peak at an altitude of 4666 meters and Arthur’s Seat at 4525 meters.
There is a natural rock shelter at a location named as Lahesh Cave where you can rest for the day. Indrahar pass further leads to Chamba and if have that adventure streak within you, the path to Chamba, another divine land in Himachal is all yours.
What you need to carry
- Warm clothes
- Trekking shoes, slippers, pair of extra socks
- Sunscreen lotion
- Ration Supplies
- Tents and additional trekking equipment
- Water bottle, bagful of chocolates
- Sunglasses and camera
- First aid kit
Detailed trail of trek to Indrahar Pass
The trek to Indrahar Pass can be accomplished successfully with help of any professional trekking company. Alternatively, you can consider heading on the Indrahar trek if you are accompanied by a group and can sustain the climb and logistic needs by yourself.
Local trekking companies at Maclodgunj can also be considered as an option as the local trekkers are well versed with the topography of the region.
Day 1- Delhi to Dharamshala
On the day 1, you can board the Himachal Road transport Corporation bus from ISBT New Delhi to Dharamshala. This will be an overnight journey and you will alight at Maclodgunj which is the beginning point of the trek to Indrahar Pass.
Day 2- Sightseeing and acclimatization at McleodGanj
As you arrive from the low altitude region, it is important to acclimatize and Maclodgunj would be the perfect place to do so. Visit the Bhagsunag waterfall and temple in the evening and do not forget to pay a visit to the Dalai Lama temple which is at a walking distance from any hotel or homestay, you would be staying at in Maclodgunj.
Day 3– McleodGanj to Triund
This would be a 10 Km trek that culminates at 9818 feet and takes around 3-4 hours from McleodGanj. It can be considered as the beginning of the trek to Indrahar Pass. It passes through Dharamkot and as you climb through the Rhododendron laden forest, you will witness the exquisite beauty of Dharamshala town and Kangra valley spread across the region.
You will have to camp at the Forest Rest House in Triund for which prior permission has to be sought from the Forest Department at Dharamshala. Alternatively, tents can be pitched beyond Triund as camping in the open at Triund is not allowed currently.
Day 4- Triund to Lahesh Caves
On the day 4 of trek to Indrahar Pass, by the time you culminate the trek at Lahesh caves, you would have reached an altitude of 11800 feet. A sense of accomplishment will have already set in as you sit down to relish the tasty rajmah Chawal that your cook for the camp will prepare for you ( be ready to sweat it out, if you are a bunch of travelling enthusiasts, fending up on your own)
On the way, you will cross numerous streams and pass through meadows which definitely will be a life remembering experience. The shrillness of oak and conifer forests on the way makes this trail all the more exciting and soothing, at the same time.
Day 5- Lahesh Caves to Indrahar Pass
This 9 Km trek can be covered in 6-7 hours and will take you to the final destination, Indrahar Pass. The trek primarily passes through rocky terrains and will take you to the mighty Indrahar Pass. The view of the Dhauladhar Mountains from this icy height is simply out of the world.
Spend 2-3 hours at the pass, if you have begun early and can then trek back to Lahesh caves for spending the night.
Day 6– Lahesh Caves to McleodGanj
The distance can be covered in 3-4 hours and by the time, you arrive back at MecLeodGanj, you will be an accomplished mountaineer of the sort who is now ready to pursue future treks of difficult grade.
Welcome to the adventurous world of mountain trekking. You are now a trekker!
Point to Consider : Even if you are an experienced trekker; it is always advisable to be accompanied by local guide as trails in mountains are always elusive.