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One of the most memorable treks for me. I love to travel solo and went on Indrahar Pass trek. I went through Heyhimalayas, a really good place for taki...
It was such a great trek with lot of fun. We started at around at 07:00 AM in morning from galu temple. Trek is rocky but has beautiful view and reache...
About the Destination:
Tucked away from the hustle and bustle of daily life Indrahar Pass trek is just the perfect for the ones looking for some adventure getaway. There is no doubt in that Himachal Pradesh is one of the most alluring destinations in the world. Safely hidden in the bosom of mighty Himalayas, this destination is home to several high mountain passes, peaks and gushing rivers Located at a towering height of 4,324ft above the sea level Indrahar Pass, is one of the most sought of a trek that entices trekkers from across the globe.
Indrahar pass is also popular among the tourist due to its close proximity with Dharamshala. This magnificent trek takes you through some of the scenic beauty of the region. Offering breathtaking and spectacular views of the snow-clad peaks like of Mani Mahesh Kailash and the snow-covered Pir Panjal Range this trek keeps the trekkers all busy. Not just this you will also come across some of the exotic flora and fauna of this region. Listen to the chirping of the birds and the gushing waterfalls as you keep continuing your trek. The flickering lights at the distant hamlets and the cosy little houses will lure you away completely.
This trek is considered as a moderate trek as you will pass through some steep trails and challenging ascents. As you keep continuing your trek you will pass through the green pastures, dense Deodar and Rhododendron forests. You will also get a chance to trek through the trails of the Gaddi Shepherds who used this trekking trail for their sheep for grazing in the upper Ravi valley and Lahaul.
About the Trek:
Indrahar Pass trek originated from McLeod Ganj and takes you through a journey of some of the scenic marvels and opulent beauty of the Himalayan Ranges. Your trek passes through the Dhauladhar Range of the Himalayas and takes you around 4 days to complete your trek. Throughout the trek, you will come across few amount of ample challenges and difficulties. Head out for an exploration 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. This magnificent trek starts from McLeodganj (Dharamsala) and takes you through the impressive snowclad mountains of Dhauladhar range. Catch the majestic glimpse of the Pin Panjal mountain ranges. Soak in the amazing sight of the region with the distant valley, green meadows and the beckoning mountains.
Discover the fascinating Lahesh Caves while you trek from Triund to Ilaqa Got. Pass through the Hindu temple and the villages as you keep continuing your trek. The trek will be a bit difficult one on your third day, as you will be mostly passing through the steep terrain. You will be trekking through the rocky boulders which will slowly lead you to the Indrahar Pass. Get a chance to witness the wild goats, leopard and Monal bird as you keep continuing your trek. You will conclude this trek on your fourth day after you trek back through the same route.
Indrahar Pass Trek Highlights:-Indrahar trek takes you through the journey of the most enchanting beauty of the region in a period of 4 days.
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
Starting at around 09:00 in the morning, a 5-6 hours trek from McLeod Ganj will take you to Triund.
Soak in the amazing beauty of the region as you head out on the trek
Reach your campsite.
Overnight stay at the tents.
On the first part of today's trek you will discover 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 stay at the camps.
Today will be most fascinating as exciting part of the trek as you will be trekking to the much awaited Indrahar Pass
Trek through the rocky terrains from Lahesh Caves which will then leads 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 .
Overnight stay at the camps.
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.
End of tour.
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Rated : 5.0
One of the most memorable treks for me. I love to travel solo and went on Indrahar Pass trek. I went through Heyhimalayas, a really good place for taking tours. I contacted the guys and they suggested me this package. It was fixed departure and we started on 14th June. 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. There was plenty of snow on the route which made it very difficult as I had to literally climb at places. The trail goes in the Khauli valley and after crossing over from Kareri Lake, it traverses to Bagga, Rawa, Balh , Truind and Laka Got. Food and accmodation provided during the trek was awesome. I also made some new friends from the trek and I am still in touch with some of them and we are planning for another trek soon.
Rated : 5.0
It was such a great trek with lot of fun. We started at around at 07:00 AM in morning from galu temple. Trek is rocky but has beautiful view and reached Triund by 10 AM . Our guide asked us not to waste much time in Triund because we have to make it to Lhasa caves in a single day otherwise the next day trek to Indrahar will get tougher. It was little difficult because of steepness and boulders. Finally crossed Laka galcier ice and reached to Lahesh caves. We found some trekker there who already completed Indrahar previous day and chatted with them for a while and then started moving back. The signal coverage is very poor. You will get the signal only at a particular place only. Our tented accommodation was really great with the views and the surroundings. Food was mainly roti, sabji and dal. Some other days we also had maggi. There are also food supplies available at Triund & Snowline cafe. The stars at night and the moonrise are a treat to watch sitting by the bonfires which are arranged at camps. The camp provided to us was really good and spacious. Overall it was a great trekking experience for all of us.
What is the best time to go for Indrahar Pass Trek?
The best time to go for the trek is when the climate is at its best. 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. This trek comes with high rocky terrains and ridges causing you climb up the gradual ascents. It is a geologically active region making the trek a bit challenging and risky. Previous experience in trekking will definitely help you achieve the summits at Indrahar with confidence.
What clothing or equipment do we need to carry from our side during trek to Indrahar Pass?
It is important that you pre pack all the necessary clothing and equipment needed for you on the treks 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, sunglasses, 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?
Shoe being an important aspect of trek to carry you to long distances. Hence it is important to pay more attention to get the right ones. 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.
Can I have liquor or smoke while we're on the trek?
No, having alcohol will cause breathing problems at higher altitudes. Having alcohol to get rid of the cold is a myth. It will only cause breathing issue as you move to high altitudes. Alcohol consumption during trek can lead to AMS that is Acute Mountain sickness and Hypothermia. Both these can prove to be fatal when on a trek as lengthy as this trek.
How is Indrahar Pass Trek weather?
The weather here depends on the climate. During winter there will be complete snow on high passes and it will be melt by August. During monsoons, 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
Is Diamox is advisable?
Yes, Diamox is advisable since you are climbing a lot of altitude 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. But it is necessary to to spend some time to prepare your body to get into shape and the right fitness. For this trip you need to be aerobically fit and also comfortable with walking up to 7 hours on some days. You can do regular yogic breathing exercise to regulate your breathing for higher altitudes. Walking and jogging combined with regular sets of workout will definitely gear you up for the trek.
What are washroom/toilet facilities like on the trek?
Clean and 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 to keep it stink free.
What kind physical fitness will be required for this trek?
This Trek is a difficult trek in India compared to all the other treks. The trek requires prior experience of high-altitude trekking because even experienced trekkers find It very challenging. For that, you need to prepare yourself. To get yourself for you can start jogging every day. Followed by cycling for some time. Always take the stairs without any breaks which will help you to keep fit. Everyday a brisk 30 minutes walk every day and then some physical exercise like stretching. Yoga on a daily basis will help to regulate your breathing properly
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