Indrahar Pass is a mountain pass in the Dhauladhar range of the Himalayas. Located at an altitude of 4342 metres/14,245 ft above mean sea level, near the tourist town of Dharamshala in Himachal Pradesh. Indrahar pass forms the border between Kangra and Chamba districts. The trek starts from the small town, Mcleodganj, situated in the outskirts of Dharamshala and goes up to Indrahar Pass. The trail passes through the famous Triund , Ilaqa Pass and Lahesh Caves. The ridges over the Dhauladhar do not lend themselves to easy trekking. Trek to the Indrahar pass is no exception, even though it follows one of the more established trails used by the Gaddi shepherds enroute to their summer grazing pastures in the upper Ravi Valley and Lahaul. The ascent to the Indrahar Pass involves a continual climb often over scree or boulders. In the south are spectacular views of the Indian plains; to the north is the sacred peak of Mani Mahesh Kailash and the snowcapped Pir Panjal Range.
|1||Region||Dhauladhar ranges near Dharamshala, Himachal Pradesh|
|2||Difficulty Level||Moderate to Difficult|
|3||Maximum altitude||4342 metres above the sea level|
|5||Food||Nutritious food suited for trekking / 3 meals a day|
|6||Trek Starts from||Mcleodganj|
|7||Trek Ends in||Mcleodganj|
|8||Total Trek distance||40 kms|
|10||Best time to visit||In the month of mid-September and October. During these months, the sky remains clear and one gets a lucid view of mountain ranges. The months of July and August are prone to heavy rainfall and landslides. The sky in these months remains cloudy most of the time. If one wants to see the snow, then March and April are the suitable months.|
|11||How to reach Mcleodganj from Delhi by Road?||From Delhi there are several buses for Mcleodganj or Dharamshala. Take a bus to Mcleodganj from ISBT Kashmere Gate preferably in the night. The journey takes around 11 to 12 hours. If there is no direct bus to Mcleodganj, then take a bus to Dharamshala. Mcleodganj is just 10 km from Dharamshala. From there you can either hire a private taxi or take a shared taxi to Mcleodganj which costs around INR 15.|
|12||How to reach Mcleodganj from Delhi by Train?||To reach Mcleodganj by Train, board from your location to Pathankot as it is the nearest railway station to Mcleodganj. From Pathankot, one can take a taxi or bus to reach Mcleodganj.|
|13||How to reach Mcleodganj from Delhi by Air?||The nearest airport to Mcleodganj is Gaggal Airport. From there, one can hire a taxi to reach Mcleodganj.|
Start your trek in the morning. The trek is of total 9 km. If you don't want to start from Mcleodganj, then you can take a taxi to Galu Devi temple, which is 2 km from Mcleodganj, but from there you have to trek as there is no road ahead. The trek distance from Galu Devi temple is 7 km. It takes around 3 - 5 hours to reach at Triund depending upon your pace of walking. The trek from Mcleodganj to Galu Devi temple is a bit tiring. Further from Galu Devi it is a mix of easy and moderate section of ascent. The last section of today’s trek comprises of "22 curves" and it is steeper than the rest of the trail. You don't need to bring a tent or food with you. Just carry something to eat on your way and water with you. There are several shops/huts that are situated in between the trek where you can have tea, maggi, Dal rice etc. At Triund also, there are 6 to 7 shops available where you can have your lunch/dinner and hire a tent for the night. The shops remain open throughout the year. After reaching Triund, hire a tent from any of the shops, which costs around INR 500 per night including one quilt/blanket. In lunch & dinner you can have maggi, egg and dal chawal which costs around INR 60, 70 & 120 respectively.
On this day, wake up early in the morning as the view from Triund is magnificent at this time. Take a deep breath and absorb the view of mighty Dhauladhar ranges. After breakfast, start your trek to Ilaqa Pass. It takes around 3 to 4 hours to reach Ilaqa Pass. The first milestone in today’s trek is Snowline Cafe, which is around 2 km from Triund and then comes Ilaqa Pass, which is around 3 km further from snowline. The route till Snowline is mostly uphill and from snowline to Ilaqa Pass consists of flat plains and downhill. The shops are also available at Snowline as well as Ilaqa Pass where you can eat your lunch and tents are also available on these shops. The cost for equipment and food rise as you go higher. Further from Ilaqa Pass, there are no shops available. So it is better to stay at Ilaqa Pass instead of Lahesh Caves. If you have time and want to add some extra thrill in your trip, then you can go down into the valley that appears in between the Snowline Cafe and Ilaqa Pass. Make sure you are wearing good shoes because there is no route which goes down into the valley. You have to make your own route. The experience of being in this valley cannot be expressed in words.
Make sure you begin your trek early in the morning. The distance is longest today and it is also the most difficult part of the entire trek. So be mentally prepared. The total distance for this day trek is around 12 km and it takes around 6 hours to reach the top, i.e., Indrahar Pass and another 4 hours to come down to Ilaqa Pass. The route from Ilaqa Pass to Indrahar Pass is steep and is completely uphill. Difficulty level varies from moderate to strenuous. There is no vegetation here and terrain is mostly rocky. The trail leading towards Indrahar Pass from Lahesh Caves is a bit confusing as well. Make sure you have a guide with you. You can hire a guide from Mcleodganj or Triund. After reaching Indrahar Pass, spend some time there and experience a majestic view of higher ranges and valleys. Make sure you start descending soon enough in order to reach back by afternoon. Do an overnight stay at Ilaqa Pass.
Start trek in the morning after breakfast and have your lunch at Triund. From Triund, take caution while coming down as the trail is rocky. You don’t want to slip and get your ankle twisted here. It is advised to trek at a normal pace.
After reaching Mcleodganj, you can either explore Mcleodganj and its nearby places such as Bhagsunath waterfalls, Namgyal Monastery and Dal Lake or you can take an overnight direct bus to Delhi.