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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. ...
Kudos to the entire team for such awesome customer support service and our tour operators who made sure all last minute arrangements meet satisfactory ...
About the Destination:
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 Departure:
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.
Meal Types: Vegetarian
Activities: Trekking, Camping, Cave Exploration
Trekking Distance: 35km
Difficulty Level: Moderate to Difficult
Railway Station: Pathankot Railway Station is the nearest railway station which 85kms from Dharamshala.
Airport: Kangra Airport, Dehradun
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
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
Kudos to the entire team for such awesome customer support service and our tour operators who made sure all last minute arrangements meet satisfactory level. A big Cheers!! to all the group members who made this more like a family outing than just random people in a group. Great place, one of the best trekking 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
How can a place be so beautiful? Amazing place, beautiful views and such incredible locals...they are the warmest people I've ever met. One of the best travel experience of my life.
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
Once in McLeod Ganj, we were made aware of the dos and don'ts in the trek. I believe the trek guides took an extra step in doing so. Following their instructions, we completed the climb to the Indrahar Pass and enjoy a lot. The challenges we faced might seem tough for the amateur trekkers. But with prior experience, this trek can be completed easily.
Rated : 5.0
It was a challenging trek, but every bit of it is a wonder! Most amazing part of the trek was camping and bonfire in the evening. Special thanks to our tour guide who was very friendly and he executed the trek perfectly. In short it was short and sweet trekking 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
This trek was one of the best for me in Himalayas. Though not recommended for the beginners, the experienced trekkers will find the Indrahar Pass route enthralling. Nice organisers, experience and skilled guides, and only 4 days of trekking; that's it! Lovely trek to get close to the Dhauladhar Rannge of the Himalayas.
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.
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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