Indrahar Pass Trek, Mcleodganj
About Indrahar Pass Trek
The Indrahar Pass Trek is a popular trekking destination located in the Dhauladhar range of the Himalayas in Himachal Pradesh, India. The trek starts from McLeodganj, the famous hill station near Dharamshala, and covers a distance of approximately 35 kilometers.
The trek takes you through some of the most picturesque landscapes, including dense forests, steep ridges, and scenic meadows. You will also get to witness breathtaking views of snow-capped mountains, waterfalls, and glaciers. The highlight of the trek is crossing the Indrahar Pass, which stands at an altitude of 4,324 meters above sea level.
The best time to undertake the Indrahar Pass Trek is from mid-May to mid-October, when the weather is pleasant and the skies are clear. The trek is of moderate difficulty, and prior trekking experience is recommended. It typically takes around 4-5 days to complete the trek, and accommodation is available in the form of tents and basic guesthouses along the route.
Overall, the Indrahar Pass Trek is a must-do for adventure seekers and nature lovers, offering an unforgettable experience of the majestic Himalayas.
What is the best time to visit Indrahar Pass Trek?
The best time to visit Indrahar Pass Trek is from mid-May to mid-October. During this period, the weather is generally clear and pleasant, making it ideal for trekking. The temperature during this time usually ranges from 10°C to 20°C during the day and can drop to 5°C or lower at night.
In May and June, the weather is cool and pleasant, and the surrounding hills are lush green with blooming flowers, making it a great time for photography enthusiasts. July to September is the monsoon season in the region, and the trek becomes more challenging due to slippery paths and heavy rainfall. However, the scenery during this time is spectacular with lush green meadows and waterfalls.
October is the autumn season, and the weather is clear and pleasant with bright sunny days, making it an excellent time for trekking. The surrounding mountains are adorned with beautiful autumn colors of red and gold, making it an ideal time for photography.
It's important to note that the weather in the mountains can be unpredictable, and sudden changes can occur, so it's always best to check the weather forecast before planning a trip to Indrahar Pass Trek.
How to Reach Base Camp?
The base camp for the Indrahar Pass Trek is located in McLeodganj, near Dharamshala, Himachal Pradesh.
Here are the different modes of transportation that you can take to reach the base camp:
By Air: The nearest airport is the Gaggal airport in Dharamshala, which is around 18 kilometers from McLeodganj. You can take a taxi or a private cab from the airport to reach McLeodganj.
By Train: The nearest railway station is Pathankot, which is around 90 kilometers from McLeodganj. From Pathankot, you can take a taxi or a private cab to reach McLeodganj.
By Bus: McLeodganj is well-connected to major cities in North India by bus. You can take a bus from Delhi, Chandigarh, or Pathankot to reach McLeodganj. There are both private and government-run buses available.
Once you reach McLeodganj, you can start your trek from the base camp. The base camp is located near the Bhagsu Nag temple, which is easily accessible by road from McLeodganj.
Quick Facts About Indrahar Pass Trek
|Location||Dhauladhar range, Himachal Pradesh, India|
|Trek Distance||Approximately 35 kilometers|
|Maximum Altitude||4,324 meters above sea level|
|Trek Duration||4-5 days|
|Best Time to Visit||Mid-May to Mid-October|
|Starting Point||McLeodganj, near Dharamshala|
|Nearest Airport||Gaggal Airport, Dharamshala (18 km from McLeodganj)|
|Nearest Railway Station||Pathankot (90 km from McLeodganj)|
|Base Camp||Near Bhagsu Nag temple, easily accessible from McLeodganj|
|Accommodation||Tents and basic guesthouses available along the route|
|Highlights||Crossing the Indrahar Pass, scenic landscapes, snow-capped mountains, waterfalls, and glaciers|
Nearby places to visit during Indrahar Pass Trek
There are several nearby places that you can visit while on the Indrahar Pass Trek. Here are some of the popular ones:
Triund: Triund is a popular trekking destination located near McLeodganj. It offers panoramic views of the Dhauladhar range and is known for its scenic beauty.
Bhagsu Nag Temple: Bhagsu Nag Temple is a famous ancient temple located near McLeodganj. It is known for its architecture and religious significance.
Dal Lake: Dal Lake is a beautiful lake located near McLeodganj. It is surrounded by lush greenery and offers a peaceful environment.
Kangra Fort: Kangra Fort is a historic fort located in Kangra, Himachal Pradesh. It is known for its architecture and historical significance.
Dharamshala: Dharamshala is a popular hill station located near McLeodganj. It is known for its scenic beauty, Tibetan culture, and the residence of the Dalai Lama.
Palampur: Palampur is a beautiful town located in the Kangra Valley. It is known for its tea gardens, scenic beauty, and pleasant weather.
These places are easily accessible from McLeodganj, and you can plan a visit before or after your trek to explore the region further.
Program ( 04 days / 03 nights )
Trek from McLeod Ganj to Triund
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 9:00 AM in the morning, a 5-6 hours trek from McLeod Ganj will take you to Triund. Spend some time at Triund top, capture some memories over there and then trek back to Mana village for your overnight stay.
Trek from Mana to Ilaqa Got
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 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.
Trek from Lahesh Caves – Indrahar Pass – Ilaqa Got
Today will be the most 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.
Trek from Ilaqa Got to McLeod Ganj
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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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
|- Domed tents on sharing basis cleaned & sanitized on daily basis||- Transport from home town to McLeodganj|
|- Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner||- Anything not mentioned in Inclusions|
|- Trekking & Camping||- Medical Expenses|
|-Highly experienced trek guide||- Any cost arising due to natural calamities|
|- Water Bottles|
TERMS AND CONDITIONS
CANCELLATION AND REFUND:
Cancellations prior to 10 days from the start of the trek are entitled to a full refund(excluding the transaction charges)Cancellation between the 9th day and the 3rd day to the start of the trek will have an 80% refund. Cancellation less than 3 days to the start of the trek will have NO refund. For any assistance mail us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
DISCLAIMER:This activity is hugely dependent upon weather. The trip may get canceled without any prior notice due to weather or any unforeseen adverse circumstances