Indrahar Pass Trek, Mcleodganj
Bhagsunag taxi point
The spectacular Indrahar Pass lies at a height of 14,245 feet and forms a border between the breathtaking Kangra and Chamba districts. Though a short one, Indrahar Pass trek is considered to be a little challenging as the trekking trail consists of numerous sharp ascents and steep climbs.
The trek to Indrahar Pass is one of the most fascinating treks that Himachal has to offer. The magnificent view of the mighty Dhauladhar peaks, the lush green valleys, and the exotic flora and fauna will leave you awestruck. The path passes by the placid crystal blue waters of Lake Mankini and Kareri.
Indrahar Pass trek distance: 34 km
Indrahar Pass temperature: 12 to 18 degree celsius in the daytime & -6 to 4 degrees in nighttime
Indrahar Pass trek best time: September to October
Indrahar Pass height: 14,245 ft
Indrahar Pass trek difficulty: Moderate
Day 1: Triund from Mcleodganj
- Trek distance: 7 km; Trek time: 5-6 hrs
- Altitude: 6,831 ft to 9,350 ft
- Meals: Evening snacks and Dinner
Day 2: Triund to Lahesh caves
- Trek distance- 7 km; Trek time- 5-6 hrs
- Altitude- 9,350 ft to 11,486 ft
- Meals- Breakfast, lunch and dinner
Day 3: Lahesh caves to Indrahar Pass to Laka Got
- Trek distance- 7 km; Trek time- 7-8 hours
- Altitude- 11,486 ft to 14,245 ft to 10,600 ft
- Meals- Breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Day 4: Laka Got to Mcleodganj
- Trek distance- 13 km; Trek time- 6-7 hours
- Altitude- 10,600 ft to 6,831 ft
- Meals- Breakfast
Day 1: Triund from Mcleodganj
- Start your Indrahar Pass trek from Bhagsu Nag taxi stand in Mcleodganj. Meet your trek leader. After the briefing session, start your trek to Triund.
- The trek trail is easy except for some stretches and the total Triund trek distance is 7 km on this day. While on the trek, walk through the dense forests of pine and enjoy the stunning views of the valley.
- It takes around 5-6 hours to reach Triund top.
- Enroute take a pit stop at the famous Magic view cafe.
- Upon reaching the top, enjoy the breathtaking views of Dhauladhar Ranges.
- Check-in to camp, freshen up and have some leisure.
- Enjoy the dinner with a bonfire under the sky full of stars.
- Experience Triund camping with an overnight stay in camps.
Day 2: Triund to Lahesh caves
- Wake up and enjoy the beautiful sunrise and stunning views of the snow- clad mountains of Dhauladhar.
- Today's trek will take you to the fascinating Lahesh caves- known for its beautiful architecture.
- After breakfast, start your further trek to Lahesh caves via Laka Got. It takes 5-6 hours to reach Lahesh caves.
- You will be passing through the Snowline cafe.
- On the trail, enjoy the scenic views of the snow clad mountains.
- Have a packed lunch midway while treating your eyes with the beauty of the himalayas.
- Upon reaching the campsite at Lahesh caves enjoy the mesmerizing sunset with the hot tea.
- Dinner and overnight stay in the camps.
Day 3: Lahesh caves to Indrahar Pass to Laka Got
- After a hot and fresh breakfast, start the most exciting part of the trek as you will be trekking to the ultimate target- Indrahar Pass.
- Pass through the rocky terrains and beautiful Lahesh caves to reach the bewitching Indrahar Pass.
- Witness and enjoy the panoramic views of the Dhauladhar Range, Pir Pranjal, Mani Mahesh Kailash and other Himalayan peaks from the Pass.
- After spending some time here, start your trek back to Laka Got.
- Dinner and overnight at camps in Laka Got.
Day 4: Laka Got to McLeod Ganj
- After breakfast, start your downhill trek towards Mcleodganj.
- A gradual trek of around 7 hours will take you back to Mcleodganj.
- Reach Mcleodganj by afternoon. Bid a warm farewell to the fellow trekkers.
- You trek to Indrahar Pass ends here.
How to reach?
By Air: Gaggal Airport or Kangra Airport at Dharamshala is about 20 km away from Mcleodganj and is well connected to Delhi, Kullu and Chandigarh. Airlines like Air India Regional, SpiceJet Airlines operate regular flights from these cities for Dharmshala. After reaching the airport, traveler can hire taxis or take buses to reach their destination, which takes around an hour.
By Train: Pathankot Railway Station, situated approximately 90 km away, is the closest broad gauge railhead serving those headed to Mcleodganj. Some of the popular trains available.
By Road: A number of state owned and private buses connect McLeod Ganj with other cities like Delhi (500 km), Chandigarh (250 km) and Dharamshala (20 km). In New Delhi, most of the buses leave from the Kashmiri Gate ISBT and Majnu-ka-Tilla (a Tibetian camp). Deluxe buses of Himachal Pradesh Tourism are also available from Himachal Bhawan. One can also drive to Mcleodganj from Delhi via NH 1, a journey of about 10 hours
Things to Carry
- Rucksack (Min 55 Ltrs with rain cover)
- Trekking Shoes, Floaters or Sandals
- Quick Dry Tees
- Track Pants
- Cotton socks
- Pair of woolen socks
- Rain jacket or Poncho
- 1 Full Sleeves Sweater or Fleece Jacket,1 Heavy Jacket, 1 Pair of Thermal
- Quick-dry towel
- Windproof Jacket
- Woolen Cap
- Sun Cap
- Lip Balm
- Cold Cream & SunScreen (SPF 40+)
- Packed food
- Water Bottle 1
- Headlamp or torch with fresh pair of batteries
- Personal Toiletries
- Personal Basic Medical Kit
- People who use spectacles (Use Photochromic glasses instead of contact lenses)
- Trekking Pole
- Extra Polythene
Indrahar pass trek itinerary includes:-
- An experienced and licensed mountain guide
- A supporting staff to help and guide you throughout your trek
- First aid kit
- Meals on scheduled time (Only Veg.)
Indrahar pass trek itinerary excludes:-
- Personal essentials
- Equipment- Gumboots, trekking poles, etc.
- Insurance- Personal and travel insurances
- Beverage- Mineral water bottles, bottled or canned beverages
- Snacks- Chocolates, dry fruits, protein or nutrition bars
- Entertainment- Camera or drone fees
- In case your trek remains incomplete or uninitiated because of "force majeure" or due to personal reasons after you arrive at the starting point, you will not be able to get a refund, reschedule or replace any services that remain unutilized by you
- Any additional cost incurred due to changes in Government Guidelines related to travel/trek/COVID-19 will be borne by the trekkers
- Loading and unloading of personnel luggage.
- Any kind of emergency evacuation charges.
- Anything that is not mentioned in inclusions.
Rent gear: You can reduce the hassle of buying gear like trek pants, jackets, shoes and rent them for the trek at an additional cost.
RT-PCR negative certification: This is mandatory for goSTOPS treks. Without it, you will not be allowed to join us. You are exempted only if you’ve taken two doses of vaccine or were infected with COVID-19 in the last three months.
If cancellation is made 30 days before the date of travel, 25% of the total tour cost will be charged as cancellation fees
If cancellation is made 15 to 30 days before the date of travel, 50% of the total tour cost will be charged as cancellation fees
If cancellation is made 0 to 15 days before the date of travel, 100% of the total tour cost will be charged as cancellation fees
The applicable refund amount will be processed within 10 business days.
Frequently Asked Questions
Usually, we take 22-24 people in one batch including males and females. We need a minimum of 6 people for a fixed departure, but for the customized trip, the group size doesn’t matter.
September to October is the best season to do the 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.
Absolutely. The safety of girls is of foremost importance to us. We always create a friendly environment on the trek. All our guides and other support crew are carefully chosen for your trips. They are very honest and reliable, but we would also advise you to take care of your personal belongings.
Indrahar Pass trek starts from the Bhagsunag waterfall taxi stand. From here, the tour commences with a 7-kilometer trek to Triund. From Triund we will be trekking towards Lahesh Caves via Laka Got covering a distance of approx 7 km. From Lahesh Caves on the third day we will be trekking to Indrahar Pass.Total Indrahar Pass trek distance is 35 km.
A well-trained and well-informed guide is essential for the trek so they could arrange for the necessary permits and guide you safely through the mountain terrains.
The best suited shoes for this Triund to Indrahar Pass trek route are the ones that are breathable and light in weight. Also, ankle support is also a very important thing to take care of while buying the perfect pair of shoes. You can go for brands like- Decathlon, Wildcraft, Quechua, etc. In the winters, you’ll require gators or gumboots which you can rent from the base village
Indian vegetarian food is served during the trek which is recommended to get all the necessary nutritions required at a high altitude.
The trek difficulty from Triund to Indrahar Pass is moderate. Previous experience in trekking will definitely help you achieve the summits at Indrahar in a good way. Indrahar Pass height is 14,245 ft above sea level.
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 a colder atmosphere. Monsoon and heavy snowfall time can be avoided.
Yes. Since you are climbing up to a height of about 14245 feet 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.
The trek to Indrahar Pass is completely safe except during the monsoons and heavy snowfall as the trekking trail can get slippery. The moderate to difficult trek becomes quite challenging while climbing the Lahesh Caves which is surrounded by rocky terrains.
If it is winter time, then there will be complete snow on high passes and it will melt by August. When monsoon arrives, both Dhauladhar Ranges and 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 good, comfortable weather with little snowfall too.
We always serve Indian vegetarian food during the trek as it's most recommended in the mountains.