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It was me and my friend, both amateurs who just saw this listed on Thrillophilia decided to go for it. Our trek started from Mcleodganj towards Triund...
We started the trek from McLeodganj at around a height of 1750m and on the first day started trekking to Triund. From there on the second day, we were ...
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About the Indrahar Pass Trek:
Everyone knows, Himachal Pradesh is one of the most enthralling and adventurous destinations in the whole country, and there is no doubt about it! Sitting gracefully in the lap of the mighty Himalayas, this state is the home to several high mountain passes, peaks and gushing rivers.
Indrahar Pass, perched at a towering height of 4,324ft above the sea level is one such mountain pass that entices trekkers from across the globe. Located in the Dhauladhar Range of the mighty Himalayas, this pass is also popular among the tourist due to the close proximity with Dharamshala.
About the Destination:
Originating from McLeod Ganj, this short, yet enthralling journey will take you through the scenic marvels and opulent beauty of the Himalayan Ranges. Passing mostly through the Dhauladhar Range of the Himalayas, the trek gets over within 4 days and offers ample of challenges and difficulties.
In addition, to explore and discover the natural beauty and the fascinating charm of the high Indrahar Pass, the trekkers will also get to explore and enjoy camping around the Lahesh Caves on their way. The panoramic views of Dhauladhar and other Himalayan peaks are the add-ons of this astounding trek.
Temperature: Day: 12°C - 18°C & Night: -6°C to 4 °C
Trekking Distance: 35 km
Maximum Altitude:14,245 ft
Difficulty Level: Moderate to Difficult
Starting and Ending Point: The trek starts and ends at McLeod Ganj.
Railway Station: Pathankot Railway Station is the nearest railway station which 85kms from Dharamshala.
Airport: Kangra Airport, Dharamshala
9km/5-6 Hours Trek
This exciting trek to Indrahar Pass will begin with a trek through one of the most popular trekking routes in Himachal Pradesh. Starting at around 09:00 in the morning, a 5-6 hours trek from McLeod Ganj will take you to Triund.
5km/4 Hours Trek, Lahesh Caves/3,500m, Snowline Cafe
The first phase of today's trek will take you to the fascinating Lahesh Caves that are located at a height of 3,500m above the sea level. It is always advisable to cross the cave during the early part of the day as by afternoon, the terrains as well as the weather might get a bit challenging and risky as well.
Trekking further, you will be passing through the Snowline Cafe and will reach Ilaqa Got, the final destination for the day after around one hour from the cafe. In case, you find it hard to manage camping ground in Ilaqa Got, you will be guided back to the caves; overnight camping will be inside the camp.
8-9km/6-7 Hours Trek, Indrahar Pass, Dhauladhar Range, Himalayan Peaks
Today will be most fascinating as exciting part of the trek as you will be trekking to the much awaited Indrahar Pass! Today's trek through the rocky terrains from Lahesh Caves will take you to the enchanting Indrahar Pass (4,300m). Witness and enjoy the panoramic views of the Dhauladhar Range and other Himalayan peaks from the pass and start trekking back to Ilaqa Got for an overnight stay.
12km/4 Hours Trek, Trek Ends Here
On the last day of the trek to Indrahar Pass, you will be following the trails you trekked on the first and second day. A gradual trek of around 4 hours will finally take you back to McLeod Ganj. With your arrival in McLeod Ganj, this amazing trek will come to an end.
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Rated : 5.0
It was me and my friend, both amateurs who just saw this listed on Thrillophilia decided to go for it. Our trek started from Mcleodganj towards Triund on 7th July 2018. Regardless to say the first day 9 km climb wore us down and upon reaching the forest officials did not make it easy for us. There is an order from the Supreme Court to shut down camping activities, due to which the guides and cafe owners on the trail are suffering. Next day we started for Ilaka which is another 4 km trek, comparatively easier than the previous day. We started at 9 am and reached destination at 11:20 am where the forest officials followed us and had a drama with our host and guide. After the drama, they left and our host set up a tent for us. On the 3rd day, we left for Lahesh Caves which is a trek through unstable rocky terrain and some steep climb. This really tested our endurance and upon reaching my friend had a swollen knee while I discovered I had phobia of heights. We decided not to go any further to Indrahar pass. Maybe one day we will come back more prepared with better training and experience. Our guide from Triund to Lahesh caves and back to Mcleodganj was Vikrant. This guy was with us for three days and is one of the nicest person I have met. 5 people backed out from Triund and it was only me and my female friend with him. I never had a single reason to worry about our safety. He understood our pace and motivated us to go further as much as we can. He never patronized or criticized us. Always polite and well spoken. He does not speak unless spoken to but is friendly and great to have a conversation with. Very professional. Our host at Ilaka, Gagan from LAKA Cafe was another gem. He cooked great food, that tasted like home - dal chawal, aloo paratha, fritters and Maggi for snacks. He can play flute (bonus). Entertained us with some local as well as mythological stories. Do's: Enjoy the silence, meditate, sing, keep yourself clean, help clean up surroundings by picking up litter, drink from the stream, pet the calves, have a stroll around the mountain, breath clean air, take pictures, observe, help your host with cooking, sleep, carry massage oil or balm, be ready for impromptu rain, stay hydrated. Don't: Litter, speak in loud voice, play loud music on your Bluetooth speaker, Abuse, drink alcohol (you know you can't handle it and will 100% fall on a rock), smoke weed or get high by any means (I am not against smoking weed but food is limited and you will fall and injure yourself), speak rudely to your guide or host, disturb other trekkers at night by talking loud inside the tent, fight with fellow travelers, jump or try to do any sort of stunt for photography or adventure (no medical facility within 14 km radius), carry weapons, harm animals or insects who live there, be scared of bees (they're the reason behind beautiful fauna), go anywhere without informing your guide, steal from your host, insult your guide or host.Note: Do not go if you plan to drink or get high on top of the mountain or inside your camp. For the locals it's a sacred land. They don't abuse or spit on that land. They don't even urinate while standing. Drinking, creating ruckus, abusing, dirtying or defacing environment in anyway is an insult to them, their beliefs and their holy land. This is a serene place not your local bar. Thank you Parul Mewara from Thrillophilia for all the assistance.
Rated : 5.0
We started the trek from McLeodganj at around a height of 1750m and on the first day started trekking to Triund. From there on the second day, we were really blown away with the beauty of the surrounding. Lahesh Caves was an awesome site and so was Ilaqa Got. On the third day, we were on our way to complete our Indrahar Pass route. Climbed up to 4300m and after reaching the pass, we got to witness the opulent beauty of the Dhauladhar Range of the Himalayas. Fourth day was about trekking back to Mc Leod Ganj and conclude the trek. I must mention the trek guides as they really never hesitated to come forward and help us in every possible ways. Their great team of guides and instructors made the trek easy for us; thanks a bunch guys...would love to join another challenging trek with you soon!
Rated : 5.0
Though Indrahar Pass trek is a short one, the challenges and terrains involved in it are really amazing. There are greater heights involved in the Indrahar Pass trek; make sure you are not scared of heights or try not to get prone to altitude sickness. I think, the trek guides can help you in this.
Rated : 4.0
Indrahar is a damn beautiful place, its just that you need to put little efforts on maintaining your stamina throughout the trek. Also, acclimatization with the weather might take a little time but then that what adventure is for...right.
Rated : 5.0
Overall, we trekked for around 5-6 hours everyday and on the third day reached the Indrahar Pass. The whole experience was so refreshing and exciting. The way our guides helped us throughout our Indrahar Pass trekking was so praiseworthy. The camping and food arrangement was very good. All the members of the group were very friendly and we had lot of fun. The views of snow covered mountains were amazing. Thanks for awesome experience.
Rated : 5.0
I did my fair research before booking for Indrahar Pass trek. Trust me I thought there was nothing which couldn't have known about this place but once I reached the place...I thought everything that I had researched and learnt about the place was just stale knowledge. It is one hell of a place - still can't believe that a scenery can be so appealing to eyes. Forget all about pictures,this place will just woo you in minutes.
Rated : 5.0
First of all, if you think this trek is meant just for professional trekkers then take a break coz this was my first trekking experience and not once I felt that I cannot complete the trek. All of us spent around4-6 hours everyday trekking which gave us ample time to realx our muscles and also we had sufficient time in hand to sit and enjoy the beautiful Dhauladhar ranges and surrounding beauty. Amazing experience!!!
Rated : 5.0
The Indrahar Pass itinerary originates from McLeodganj and revolves around Triund, Ilaqa Got, Indrahar Pass and then concludes at McLeodGanj. During the course, you will get enough height and get to see the astounding beauty of the Himalayan Range. For me, the views from the Indrahar Pass was something that you simply cannot forget in a lifetime. Nice trek overall and is a mixed bag for the trekkers.
Rated : 5.0
While on the Indrahar Pass trek, I literally got amazed by the beauty of the Himalayas; especially the Dhauladhar Range. What a beauty man! Besides trekking, you will also get to explore caves and ample of sightseeing options. The hikes were a bit challenging and prior trekking experience will prove to be a boon if you are planning for this one. Keep an eye on how you pack your bags; better consult with the organisers even before you start packing. You will surely enjoy this trek.
Rated : 5.0
All the four days of our Indrahar Pass trek involved an average of 4-6 hours of trekking through moderate to challenging terrains. Camping locations were really amazing. Lahesh Caves, Mc Leod Ganj, Ilaqa Got and all the mountain peaks we got to see were the rewards of this Indirahar Pass trek map. Great team members and support from the organisers made this trek much more exciting than I expected.
What is the best time to go for Indrahar Pass Trek?
September to October is the best season to do Indrahar Pass Trek just before the onset of severe winter. The normal weather conditions will be moderately colder but comfortable days with a temperature varying between 12 and 18 degree Celsius. Nights will have colder atmosphere. Monsoon and heavy snow fall time can be avoided.
What is the difficulty level of Indrahar Pass Trek?
Indrahar Pass trek is considered to be a moderate to difficult trek with high rocky terrains and ridges causing you climb up the gradual ascents. It is a geologically active region as well, set on a thrust area of the Indian plate and that makes the trek a bit challenging and risky. Previous experience in trekking will definitely help you achieve the summits at Indrahar in a good way.
What clothing or equipment do we need to carry from our side during trek to Indrahar Pass?
It is essential to carry comfortable jeans or trekking pants, shirts or T shirts, windproof jackets, warm and thick fleece, woolen sweater, thermal inner wear, socks, scarfs, woolen gloves etc as clothing essentials to prevent the cold climate at the destinations, especially at night time. Comfortable trekking shoes, lightweight floater or sandals, raincoat, water bottle, caps and hats, sun glasses, torch, medicines, personal toiletries, comfortable backpack bag, waterproof covers or bags etc can be the essential equipment you can carry from your side.
Which type of shoes should I carry on this trek?
It is advised to carry only trekking shoes instead of sports shoes for Indrahar Pass Trek. Shoes with good soles that have a greater grip on the rough terrains and a strong ankle support can be used. Avoid buying new shoes because it can cause blisters. Try walking wearing the trekking shoes before you come for the activity. Forclaz 100, 500 and 600 are some of the good trekking shoes that can be used for this trek.
Can I have liquor or smoke while we're on the trek?
You are advised to avoid consumption of alcohol and cigarettes on any type of altitude treks since both these activities can let your body dehydrate easily. Then you will find it very difficult to complete the stretches. Alcohol will open the pores in your skin and let the cold get inside and make the body temperature in terms with the temperature outside. But it will finally lead you to feel dehydrated and thirsty.
How is Indrahar Pass Trek weather?
If it is winter time, then there will be complete snow on high passes and it will be melt by August. When monsoon arrives, both Dhauladhar Ranges and Indrahar Pass will be affected by rain very well. After monsoon, the high places will feel the days warmer and sunny with a temperature of 12 to 20 degree Celsius and the nights with -2 to 6 degree Celsius. September and October are the best months with a good, comfortable weather with little snowfall too.
Is Diamox is advisable?
Yes. Since you are climbing up to a height of about 14245 feet above sea level, chances to experience the drastic change in oxygen level and climatic conditions are high. It may cause uneasiness to your body resulting in vomiting and breathlessness. Hence carry Diamox which will help you overcome the problems caused by acute mountain sickness as you climb the great heights.
How do I get in shape?
Indrahar pass trek is considered to be a moderate to difficult trek but it needs a lot of cardio vascular endurance. For making your lungs work properly during the trek and get oxygen intake smooth, then you need to follow some exercises that will help your cardio vascular systems function properly. Start with jogging every day and daily increase the distance and speed. Simple exercises like squats, skipping, swimming will also be perfect for your muscles and flexibility. Stretching exercises can also be of use while perfecting your body to do this trek.
What are washroom/toilet facilities like on the trek?
There will be separate toilet tents arranged at each campsite for men and women. Depending on the size of the group, the number of toilets varies. Toilet tents will have a deep pit, mound of soil and a shovel to cover it up. All of them usually will be dry toilets where you have to use toilet papers alone. Room freshener will also be provided.
What kind physical fitness will be required for this trek?
You are expected to be in a good physical condition to do this trek. Before the start of the trek, you will need to jog for 4 kilometers and the weather conditions will be unfavorable to your body. But you need to be prepared to cross the thin air and proceed each climb carrying your backpack. Hence the physical fitness is very important. Start jogging one month prior to the trek covering 4 kilometers every day and thus make your lungs strong. Also, flexibility of your muscles and tendons to relax are also important and you can do stretching exercises regularly. Thus, you can come to a proper physical fitness to do this trek.
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