Indrahar Pass Trek Overview

Indrahar Pass trek is a captivating experience of climbing to the heart of an endlessly gorgeous range situated between Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand. It is an incision in the skyline on the high ridge that strikes to the west from the Moon peak. The different altitudes on the trekking trails of the Indrahar Pass give you an opportunity to witness the sweeping views of different forests.

Situated at a towering height of 14245 feet, Indrahar Pass is a perfect combination of traditional and diverse colors of Himachal Pradesh. Through this trek, you can experience a few of the tribal groups of the region. Although it is a short trek from McLeodGanj, it is considered to be the most difficult trekking trail that includes multiple sharp ascents and steep climbs. On account of the gorgeous views of the terrain, the luscious green valleys and the tropical flora and fauna will leave you astonished with its immaculate beauty. Moving further on your trek, you will come across the tranquil crystal blue waters of Lake Kareri and Lake Mankiani.

On the climax of your Indrahar trek, the trekkers will hike through the lush green landscapes of Dhauladhar Range and other beautiful mountain ranges. This trekking destination will definitely blow your mind while providing an amazing experience of trekking.

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Highlights
  • Bask at the magnificent sight of the Dhauladhar ranges from a height of 14,245 ft.
  • Capture some fascinating pictures of the rustic Lahesh Caves on your way to Indrahar Pass
  • Rest aside the panoramic views of Dhauladhar and other Himalayan peaks on this astounding Indrahar Pass trek
  • Witness the fascinating Himalayan peaks that are the add-ons of this astounding Indrahar Pass trek
  • Undertake the fascinating Indrahar Pass Trek with an experienced and friendly guide
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Must Know Before You Go
  • Climatic conditions in the high altitudes vary from the plains; take adequate time to get acclimatized to high altitudes.
  • The management reserves all the right to modify the trek during any emergencies or natural calamities.
  • Consult a physician before undertaking the trek. Carry basic medications and a first-aid kit during the trek.
  • It is recommended to carry enough warm clothes and the right kind of shoes for the trek.
  • Pay heed to the trek guides and instructors in order to enjoy a safe and sound trek.
  • Avoid consumption of alcohol or any other intoxicants during the trek.
  • The trek takes place through an eco-friendly zone; do not encourage littering the local sites or campsites. Travellers littering may be fined.
  • Water is very precious, so conservation is appreciated.
  • Do not encourage trekking during the night unless it is a part of the itinerary and a guide is with you; this might lead to unforeseen mishaps.
  • Avoid using earphones during the trek; this might hinder your audibility.
  • Avoid using plastic bags and maintain the ecological balance of the destinations.
  • In case, the trek needs to be cancelled, the authorities should be informed beforehand.
  • Guidelines issued by the State-Government is to be followed. Social distancing to be maintained. Frequent hand sanitisation and use of mask recommended.
  • Please provide a valid ID at the time of check-in.
  • The exact location will be shared with you post-booking.
  • Professional guide(s) are available to ensure high safety and more information and personal attention which are necessary to appreciate a trek.
  • Permit charges are not included in the package.
  • All the activities depend upon the weather.
  • Camping is very basic in nature. One must not expect luxuries. Electricity may be available only at a few locations.
  • Mobile & laptop charging points may/may not be available on campsites at a common point.
  • Any personal expenses, items of personal nature, meals not mentioned, etc. will not be in part of the package.
  • Carry dry snacks/food from home (you will save a lot of money). Carry water bottles with you, so that you can refill.
  • Keep your luggage minimum; the more you carry, the more you hassle.
  • Children below the age of 7 years are not recommended for this trek.
  • You are safe with us. We follow all the international norms of safety and sanitization. The tents are properly sanitized several times just to ensure proper health.
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Highlights of Indrahar Pass Trek

Highlights of Indrahar Pass Trek

Maximum altitude: 14245 feet

Grade: Moderate to Difficult

Duration: 4 days

Trekking distance: 35 kilometers

Trail type: A round trail through caves

Rail head: The nearest rail head to the base camp is Dharamshala.

Airport: Kangra Airport, Himachal Pradesh

Snow Season: January to March

Service from: McLeod Ganj to McLeod Ganj (including transportation)

Base camp: McLeod Ganj

Best season: May, June, September, and October

Region: Himachal Pradesh

Who can participate:- The trekker should be at least 15 years of age.- Serious trekkers who are fond of experiencing cold temperatures.- People with enough stamina to cover a distance of at least five kilometers in just 30 minutes.- Should have a backpack holding capacity of 12 to 16 kilograms.- Has an experience in at least one high-altitude trek of 3500 meters.

Short Itinerary for Indrahar Pass Trek

Day 1 - The first day of the Indrahar Pass trek will start from McLeodGanj to Triund and end in the Mana Village.

Day 2 - You will trek from the Mana Village to Ilaqa Got while passing through Lahesh Caves.

Day 3 - This will be your exciting day of the trek as you will climb to Indrahar Pass from the caves. After spending some time in the Indrahar Pass, you will return to the Ilaqa Got.

Day 4 - It is the last day of your trek when you will trek back to McLeodGanj from Ilaqa Got.

Indrahar Pass Trek Detailed Itinerary

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Day 2
Day 3
Day 4
Day 1

Trek from McLeodGanj to Triund

  • The Indrahar Pass trek will commence through one of the highly renowned trekking routes in Himachal Pradesh.

  • The first day of your trek will start at 9 am from McLeod Ganj.

  • You will have to continue walking to Triund for at least five to six hours.

  • After reaching the top of Triund, you can spend some time with your fellow travelers, click pictures, and then travel to Mana Village.

  • The first day of the trek will end with an overnight sleep in the Mana Village.

What to Pack for Indrahar Pass Trek?

What to Pack for Indrahar Pass Trek?

Basic Kit:

  • 40 to 60 liters backpack with sturdy straps and supporting frame and a rain cover
  • 20 liters daypack and a rain cover
  • 2 thermos flask water bottles of one liter each
  • A walking stick
  • Medical kit after consultation from the doctor
  • Snacks, like energy bars, dry fruits, electoral / ORS, and much more.

Clothes:

  • 3 pairs of cotton trek pants (avoid shorts, denim jeans, or 3 quarters)
  • 3 pairs of collared T-shirts
  • 2 pairs of full-sleeved woolens
  • 1 hollow full sleeves waterproof jacket or down jacket
  • 1 pair of lightweight thermal inners (both upper and lower)

Footwear:

  • A pair of old trekking shoes
  • 2 pairs of cotton socks
  • 2 pairs of woolen socks

Accessories:

  • A lightweight raincoat or poncho
  • Balaclava (optional)
  • Synthetic waterproof hand gloves
  • 1 pair of warm waterproof and windproof gloves
  • Dark and UV-protected sunglasses with side cover (People who wear spectacles can use contact lenses)

Personal Utilities:

  • Sunscreen cream with SPF 40+
  • Moisturizer
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Quick dry towel
  • Chapstick or Lip balm
  • Small soap
  • Toilet paper
  • Wet Wipes
  • Toothpaste and toothbrush

Others:

  • Repair kit with thread and needle
  • Headlamp or LED torch
  • Camera with all its accessories, like chargers, spare batteries, and much more.
  • Cutlery for hygiene purposes
  • 2 water bottles of one liter each or 1 water bottle of one liter and a hydration pack
  • Plastic covers
  • Personal Medical Kit:
  • 4 tablets of Avil 25mg for allergies
  • 4 tablets of Avomine for motion sickness
  • 10 strips of band aid
  • Betadine or any antiseptic cream
  • 1 small roll of cotton
  • 3 to 5 meters of crepe bandage
  • 6 tablets of Crocin for fever
  • 4 tablets of Combiflam for pain
  • 10 tablets of Diamox for acute motion sickness
  • 6 tablets of Disprin for headache
  • 10 tablets of Digene for undigested food or acidity
  • 6 tablets each of Norflox TZ and Lomofen for diarrhea
  • 10 tablets of Omez or Rentadine for diarrhea
  • 1 small roll of gauze
  • 10 packets of ORS
  • Moov sprays for aches and sprains

Documents:

  • Original and 2 photocopies of government photo identity card
  • Medical certificate and disclaimed to be filled by trekker
  • Medical certificate by a professional doctor

Know Before You Go to Indrahar Pass Trek

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Tips

It is necessary for the trekkers to keep all the dos and don’ts in mind when going on a trekking expedition. These important tips will not only help fellow trekkers to stay connected but also prevent them in case of any emergency situation. Following are some of the essential tips that you should keep in consideration during the Indrahar Pass trek:

  • Wear comfortable shoes for trekking and avoid sports shoes as they can cause shoe bites and blisters on the trekking slope.

  • It is mandatory to carry a 4-step telescopic antishock trekking pole or inform the authorities if you forget to carry one.

  • Carry synthetic quick dry pants as they are lightweight and you can layer on other clothing when it gets too cold.

  • Keep a waterproof rain cover in your backpack in case of a rainy day.

  • Carry some snacks and tents with you on your trekking expedition as you will not get any place to eat and stay after the Snowline.

  • Bring your power banks and other battery backups for convenient traveling.

  • Do not go on the Indrahar Pass trek if you are a beginner as the weather may become a little risky and challenging on the terrains.

  • Avoid filling your backpack with unnecessary things and carry only the essentials.

  • Have proper gear and equipment for sub-zero temperatures.

Why Go for Indrahar Pass Trek?

You should go on the trek to Indrahar Pass to catch some breathtaking views of the Dhauladhar Range and other Himalayan ranges. The sight of famous peaks like Moon Peak will leave you awestruck with their immaculate beauty. On your way to the Indrahar Pass, you will come across Lahesh Cave, which is a natural rock shelter that allows trekkers to enjoy the natural camping experience. Staying at the camping sites on the trek will also let you experience the surreal feeling of living in the mountains. Hence, professional trekkers should go on this trekking experience to gaze at another beautiful creation of nature.

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FAQ's of Indrahar Pass Trek

How Difficult is the Indrahra Pass Trek?

    Although the trek to Indrahar Pass is short, it is considered to be the most difficult trek as it includes innumerable sharp ascents and steep climbs. During your climb through the Lahesh caves, you should try to start it as early as possible because the trekking trail on this route gets more risky and challenging by the afternoon. Each of these conditions makes the trekking experience difficult. Thus, only serious and professional trekkers are allowed to go on this route.

    Moreover, you should have enough stamina to cover at least four kilometers in just 30 minutes. You can also check your body mass index (BMI) to find if your fitness level matches the difficulty of the trek. If your BMI is within the normal range, you can follow a proper physical fitness regime before going on the trek. On the other hand, if your BMI is not within the normal range, you can consult a medical practitioner before adopting any fitness regime.

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