Dharamshala, Himachal Pradesh
08 To 10
Main Square, McLeodganj
Main Square, McLeodganj
One of the key highlights of Indrahar pass trek is that it takes you to 4,300 meters in just few days. Right from the time, you land in McLeodganj, you’ll be enthralled by the mighty that marks the most visible and attractive landmark in Dhauladhar Himalayas. Indrahar climb is a comparatively shorter yet challenging trek. The steep gradient makes this a challenge doubled by bouldery and rocky later part of the trail. Indrahar becomes greater and more beautiful as we progress on our trail.
Indrahar Pass lies in the Dhauladhar mountain ranges of Western Himalayas. Lying in Himachal Pradesh, the range divides two districts of Chamba and Kangra (Dharamshala). Another major plus for the trek is that it starts from McLeodganj. McLeodganj is one of most popular hill towns in the country and world renowned for being seat of Tibet government in exile. A trekker can club his adventure with cultural tour of the town and also go shopping and food tasting here. McLeodganj is a foodie’s paradise for sure.
The trail starts from the town itself. Initial trek to Guna devi temple is now connected by road as well. Though walking gives a good warm up and a short tour of the lisestyle of local people. Guna Devi to Triund is steep but marked trail. We can also find 3 snack-shops on the way where you can re-energize yourself. Trek upto Triund is very popular and busy with many foreign guests treading the route on a daily basis. Triund is a beautiful mountain grassland. In the night it offers some magical views of the valley below.
Beyond Triund, the trail begins to narrow down and crowd begins to trim down as well. Snow Line Cafe and Ilaqa Got lie at about one hour trek from each other. From green forests to bouldery path and we reach Lahesh Caves. These are natural caves and can accommodate a small group inside. From Lahesh caves, Indrahar Pass is a steep climb up on a rocky trail. We scale the top at 4,300 meters and enjoy magnificent views of the Kangra valley. From there, we descent to the Chamba side.
We might find some local shepherds (Gaddis) on the way especially near Ilaqa Got. We’ll surely find people from different nationalities while trekking. And also will get to experience the local lifestyle of people living in such high altitudes. Although there is no permanent settlement as the place lies buried in snow for good 5-6 months but many shop owners make this a temporary home for 6 months and cater needs of trekkers.
The Indrahar trek is an enriching experience for the body and the soul. we rank this short, exciting and beautiful heritage trek of Indrahar pass as a must do in the Himalayas. Adding one more day we can also climb Moon Peak. Click here to check information about Moon Peak Expedition.
you will gain over a kilometer in attitude,from mcleodganj (1750 mtrs) to triund (2900 mtrs). This is a well marked trail for most times and takes around 5-6 hours ( 9 kms) to reach Triund top. we start in the morning at around 9:00 am and reach triund by late afternoon. We will get snack shops on the way to Triund. it is a very popular route for weekend trekkers and first timers.
We trek from Triund to Lahesh caves (3500 mtrs) in the morning (5 km /4 hours). We pass through Snowline cafe ( one hour from Triund ) and Laka Glacier at another one hour.We camp inside the caves (outside if no place available).we can not move beyond Lahesh caves after afternoon as weather and terrain may get risky.
It is sleep climb on a rocky route.This will be the hardest day of the trek depending on the weather(8 TO 9KM/ 6 TO 7 HR).We get magnificent views from the Indrahar pass top (4300 meters). After a brief stay at top we climb down and trek back to Laka Glacier.
We trek back through the same route crossing Triund(14 KM/ 5 TO 6 HR). The trek down will be a lot faster than the climb. We reach Mcleodganj by late afternoon, and depart to our homes by evening bus to Delhi.
|04 May – 08 May||Open|
|11 May – 15 May||Open|
|18 May – 22 May||Open|
|25 May – 29 May||Open|
|01 June – 05 June||Open|
|08 June – 12 June||Open|
|15 June – 19 June||Open|
|22 June – 26 June||Open|
Camping Type Accommodation for 3 nights
Tents, Mattresses and Sleeping Bags
Toilet Tents (Pit Style)
Lunch / Refreshment on the Way
All Meals (Veg.) during the Trek
All Meals Cooked in Hygienic Conditions
Kitchen Tent, Equipment & All Rations
Natural Spring / Purified Water during Trek
One Qualified Trek Leader
One Local Guide
Porters / Mules (for Equipment)
Safety & Rescue
Mountaineering Course Qualified Trek Leader
Local Support Team for Geographical Intelligence
Crampons / Micro-spikes to the Trekkers (if Required)
Cramponing (training) before the use of crampons
First-Aid Medical Kit with the Team
Maximum 12 Trekkers in a Batch
Camping & Forest Permits and Fee
Tips, Gratitude to the Team
Any Other Service Not Mentioned Above in Inclusions
Applicable on the total tour cost and not the advance amount.
Cancellation up to 30 Days: 90% of Trek/adventure program cost will be refunded.
Between 21 – 30 Days: 60% of Trek/adventure program cost will be refunded.
Between 20 – 11 Days: 30% of Trek/adventure program cost will be refunded.
Less than 10 Days: No refund.
Up to 10 Days:- 30% of Trek/adventure program cost will be charged.
Less than 10 Days:- No rescheduling allowed.
Any additional costs due to weather / unforeseen situations, will have to be borne by the traveller.
Our team reserves the right to change the plan in case there is danger involved for the group or whenever the trek leader deem it necessary.
Final word of the trek leaders will have to followed by all the members.
No show and trek changes/cancellation due to bad weather or natural calamity will be non-refundable.
Getting Wet and Falling Sick.
Slipping and Falling down.
Carry Rain-Protection gear to stay dry and comfortable.
Wear Strong Shoes with Good Grip.
Wear Goggles while trekking in daylight. Wear photo-chromatic lenses if you wear spectacles.
Delayed help in case of emergency or getting lost.
Follow the instructions given by the Trek Leader and Guide.
Walk with the group and keep a watch on your group members.
Acute Mountain Sickness (happens due the lower partial pressure of Oxygen at altitudes above 8,000 feet)
Symptoms – headache, muscle aches, insomnia, nausea and vomiting, irritability, loss of appetite, swelling of the hands, feet, and face; rapid heartbeat, shortness of breath with physical exertion, coughing, chest congestion, inability to walk or lack of balance.
Gradually attain height.
Keep yourself hydrated. Drink lots of water, at least 2-3 liters a day. Drink a lot of water/juice/tea etc.
Abstain from alcohol and smoking.
Eat high caloric food.
Acclimatize for a day or two before you start a high altitude trek. Take plenty of fluids and try to avoid unnecessary physical exertion.
If you’re going to an unknown terrain, they can attack you. Be Careful.
Don’t go anywhere alone, especially after dark.
Keep your eyes and ears open and try to stay in a group.
Purchase necessary Heath insurances that will cover up the cost of treatment.
Follow the instructions given by the Trek Leader.
Walk on the defined trail.
Things to Get:
1. Backpack (55 – 65 L) with sturdy and comfortable shoulder straps and supporting frame. Add-on poncho can be considered to keep it dry.
2. Trekking shoes. Ensure the shoes are well broken in before the trek. Shoes should have good grip, ankle support and waterproofing.
3. 2 x waterproof track-pants. Track-pants are light. Plus when things get cold you can wear one over the other. DO NOT bring Jeans, Shorts, Capris, etc.
4. 3 x cotton t-shirts – full sleeves preferred.
5. 1 x Fleece jacket; a woolen sweater would be an alternative.
6. 1 x Wind-proof jacket. 7. 1 pair x thermal inner.
8. 2 pairs x sports socks and 1 pair x woolen socks.
9. Woolen monkey cap / balaclava that covers the ear.
10. 1 pair x woolen gloves and 1 pair of synthetic gloves (water proof).
11. Sun Cap and Sun-glasses which cover your eyes well.
12. People who wear spectacles, choose one of these: a) Use contact lenses. b) Photo-chromatic glasses c) If either of the above is not possible, wear your spectacles and carry a big sunglass that can be worn over your spectacles.
13. Towel (Thin, quick drying type).
14. Cold cream and sun screen lotion (SPF 40+) and one Lip-balm.
15. 2 x Water bottles (1 L each).
16. Torch with extra set of cells (head lamps preferable).
17. Personal toilet kit (minimal) and toilet paper.
18. Although we carry first-aid kit, we recommend you carrying a personal medicine kit. If you are travelling with friends, you can share one amongst 2-3 people. Contents:
a) Crocin – 5 tablets
b) Avomine – 4 tablets
c) Avil 25mg – 4 tablets
d) Diamox – 5 tablets
e) Brufen 400 – 5 tablets
f) Combiflam – 5 tablets
g) Disprin – 5 tablets
h) Norflox – 5 tablets
i) Spasmindon – 5 tablets
j) Crepe bandage – 3 to 5 meters
k) Band aid – 5 strips
l) Digene – 5 tablets
m) Gauze cloth – 1 small roll
n) Leukoplast – 1 small roll
o) Cotton – 1 small roll
p) ORS – 5 packets
q) Betadine cream
r) Moov / similar spray
s) Dettol / Savlon.
19. Camera, memory-cards, batteries etc. (carry enough spare batteries. Electricity is not available during trek)
20. Slippers / sandals (for walking around campsite, you can share this with tent mates).
21. Trekking / Hiking Poles (at least one – mandatory)
22. Some trekkers feel loss of energy more than others. While there is adequate food provided on the trek, carry dry fruit combinations as light snacks. Glucon-D can help in instant energy and considered good in AMS as well (not proven).
23. Gaiters (Mandatory for snow treks)
24. While packing, use plastic bags to compartmentalize things and carry few extra plastic bags for wet clothes.
25. ADVENTURE SPIRIT.
IMPORTANT: NEVER LEAVE ANY PLASTIC OUT IN THE NATURE. Plastic is only for use. If you’ve spare plastic bag, free hands and some will, we’d recommend you collecting non-biodegradable waste from the trail and bringing back as much as possible. We all can do our bit for the Mother Nature.
1. Leave your denims behind – these are ill suited for treks and add weight.
2. Snacks, colas, alcohol and personal food – No need to overburden yourself with food. Plus it is not recommended medically and we do not allow any!
3. Do not carry any disposable plastic bottles (Bisleri etc.), plastic wrapped/packaged items. Do not bring any non-bio degradable material.
4. After packing, weigh your gear. It should be in the range of 7-8 kg – preferably on the lighter side. Anything heavier, you will need to iterate and remove what is not essential.
5. Carry light and what is essential. As an example, toothpaste should be bought in small size (that can last you 15 days). The list of things mentioned here are exactly what you need and nothing more.
6. To protect yourself from cold, dress in layers. Two T-shirts worn one over the other is warmer than a T-shirt that is thick. 3 T-shirts worn one over the other is as good as a full sweater. This is just a guideline. If you are prone to cold carry an extra sweater.
7. The trek dates / itinerary / plan are liable to be changed in case of non viability or hostile weather conditions.
Along with the above list, please ensure you also carry the following documents:
a.) An identification card (like driving license, voters ID card etc), along with a photocopy.
b.) A passport size photo.
c.) A medical and disclaimer certificate. The documents are mandatory. Without them you will not be allowed to trek.
For any trek physical fitness is a must. Make sure you start to train yourself a few weeks from the commencement of the trek. Starting from brisk walking one should be able to run comfortably for 4-5 kms. in 30 minutes ensures that you are ready to take on the harsh conditions of a high altitude trek. If you are just fit, you will still be able to do the same trek, but the difficulties you face will be harder. So it is best to be 100% fit for you to enjoy the trek without worries.
Services/Equipment’s provided by us on the Trek:
1. Member Tents and Sleeping Bags.
2. Kitchen set-up and toilet tents.
3. Cooking utensils.
4. Services of professional trek leaders, guides and support staff.
5. Food (Veg. + Eggs) while on trek.
6. Crampons / Spikes, when required.
7. Forest permits.
8. Camping charges.
9. First-Aid Kit and Oxygen Cylinder with our team.
10. Mules/porters to carry the above mentioned luggage.
11. Happy Lifetime Memories.
During the Indrahar pass trek temperature between 0 to 18 degree celcius during summers. There will be considerable variation between night and day and in the direct sun and shade, so it is important to plan accordingly.
Yes, it is always advisable. we carry basic first aid medicines. Also, where our team helps in emergency situations.
We always serve vegetarian food during the trek with a choice of eggs sometimes, as per the trek menu. However, on certain trails and private groups, we can add non-vegetarian options on custom basis.
One trek leader,one guide,one cook & that makes a total staff of around 10 to 15 professionally qualified staff for 15 trekkers.
Indrahar pass trek is a moderate to difficult trek with high rocky terrains and ridges causing you climb up the gradual ascents .previous experience in trekking will definitely help you achieve summits at Indrahar in a good way.
September to October is the best time to do Indrahar pass trek just before the onset of winter. The normal weather is there colder but comfortable days with temperature between 12 and 16 degree. Monsoon and heavy snow fall time can be avoided.