Trek to Indrahar Pass
Indrahar Pass trek starts from Dharamsala (1219 m). Dharamshala set in Kangra valley is home of the Dalai Lama. This trek passes through snow capped Dhauladhar Range and ends at Lamu in the Ravi River valley.
There is a Kangra valley, over the Dhauladhar to the Ravi valley from where you trek uphill to the Himalayas to reach the grazing lands of the Lingti valley in Spiti. The extravagant views of the Indian plains can be seen. North side, you will observe the holy peak of Mani Mahesh Kailash and the Pir Panjal Ranges.
[Click here to find out more about Triund trek on the foothills of Dhauladhar Range]
This hike will bring you to Hindu settlements and shrines after an incessant climb. The track guides through the Hindu township and places of worship to the upper Ravi valley further than the pass. The walk up to Triund from Dharamsala is vertical and open.
There are wonderful views towards the flat plains of the Indian subcontinent below the Himalaya are ultimate. Other route follows the Gaddi encampment, climbs gently through the oak and conifer forests to reach the campsite at Laka Got (3350 m).
Here you will see a few Gaddi shepherds and some travelers. The moderate trek trails down for an hour to Kuarsi, a typical Gaddi village, the last leg of your trek.
Chamunda Devi: According to ancient tales, Kali killed the two generals of Shumbha and Nishumba here. It is believed that, Devi Mahatmaya had been here.
Dalai Lama Monastery: This monastery is the most visited pilgrimage and holy destination of Buddhists. It is situated near Mcloedgunj Market.
Tsuglagkhang Temple: It is a well-known Buddhist monument in McLeodganj. Temple consists of three magnificent figures of Buddha, Shakyamuni, sculptures of Valokitesvara and Padamasambhava.
How to get there:
By Air: Kangra has an airport at Gaggal, which is 7 km from Kangra.
By Rail: Nearest railway transport is around 90 km from Kangra. It is also well linked with Narrow gauge rail line from Pathankot.
By Road: The nearest place is Dharamshala, located only 17 km from Kangra Delhi to Kangra 500km
Best Time to Visit: May - June & September - October
Library of Tibetan Works & Archives: The Library has the remarkable collections of Tibetan Manuscript and The Foreign Language Reference Library. The interesting archives comprise the Document and Photographic Archives.
Bhagsu's Shiva temple: It is around 3 km away from Mcloedgunj city. This temple is settled in the picturesque Bhagsu village.
Things to keep in mind:
- Get familiar with climate and the trekking gears.
- A good level of fitness is required before you start for trek to Indrahar Pass. You should be able to sustain your backpacks all through out the trek which will weigh atleast 10 kilos.
- Do not dirty the surrounding places. All the waste should be disposed off away from the camping site.
- Travel in groups or with guides. Avoid trekking alone to these terrains.
Keep in your Trek Bag:
- Walking stick
- Hiking shoes
- Woolen clothes
- Water, juices, snacks
- Electric torch
- Medical kit
- A good compass
- An extra pair of clothes