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Indrahar Pass Trek

An adventure set in the stunning background of the Dhauladhar Himalayas, this moderate grade trek promises deep river gorges, depthless, tranquil lakes, silent forests of Deodar, and the thrill of reaching an elevation of 2,975 m to 4,425 m. The high pass of Indrahar borders Himachal Pradesh’s districts Kangra and Chamba, overlooking tiny hamlets down below.  The clear water lakes Mankini and Kareri are among other major visual draws of this journey, in addition to the springtime blushing red rhododendrons in a wide range of avifauna found at different altitudes of the journey. It’s another intriguing point for trekkers that the journey to Indrahar takes off from McLeodganj- the seat of Dalai Lama outside Tibet. Starting from the pine topped popular hill station; the trail veers towards Triund at 2, 875 m. The stopovers to look forward to are the picturesque and religiously significant Dharkot village and the worshipping site of Galu Devi. Photography enthusiasts to Indrahar are going to find a wealth of visuals to artistically capture, especially the birds-eye views from atop Triund exposing Kangra Valley and Dharamshala. The sweeping mountain panorama from the high pass will bring into vision Pir Panjal to the north, to the West, the hills of Kishtwar, Bara Bangahal to the East and Manimahesh to north-east!

What Is Indrahar Pass Trek?

A near-9 days trek, on journeying from Dharamshala-  the picturesque Tibetan settlement in the heart of the hills, the trek to Indrahar Pass packs in a diverse number of attractions. Hold your breath as the well chalked out itinerary takes you rumbling through the famous Triund summit, the lesser-known Ilaqa Pass, and the Lahesh Caves. The heights are marvelous, to say the least, and overlooks a vast panorama of mountains, rivers, and little mountain townships glimmering in the slopes. One must remember, the ridges in the Dhauladhar Himalayas do not lend themselves to easy trekking. This route to Indrahar has long been in use among the Gaddi shepherds ending at their summer grazing pastures that lie beyond the upper Ravi Valley and Lahaul. However, there is no respite on this trail from harsh inclines and plains ridden with scree and boulders. To the south of Indrahar, views open up into the Indian plains, and to the north, the sacred Manimahesh Kailash peak kisses the sky and beyond, the Pir Panjal Range manifests. Wish for a day of clear sky to catch this absolutely majestic Himalayan vista!

Why Should You Go For Indrahar Pass Trek?

  • An opportunity to trek from the beautiful Dharamshala-McLeodganj Tibetan settlement township and a chance to explore the Dalai Lama’s holy seat outside of Tibet.
  • Winsome views of the dhauladhar and Pir Panjal Mountains on a clear day from the Triund Top.
  • Photo-ops to capture stunning peaks like Moon at 4666m, Arthur’s Seat at 4525 m, and more.
  • Thrilling ridge walks to challenge yourself to the core in the ruggedly beautiful Dhauladhar mountains.
  • Magnificent bird’s eye view panorama of Kangra Valley and Dharamshala from beyond Triund.
  • Stopover at the spiritually enshrined Dharamkot village and Galu Devi.
  • Camping down at the Lahesh Caves- a natural rock shelter, making for a unique experience in nature.
  • Wildflower dotted Chhata valley spread out by the Kuarsi Nala, leading further off to Brehi en route to Lamu and Donali.
  • The clear water oasis of Minikani Lake in the midst of snow, leading off further to another alpine waterbody, the Kareri Lake.
  • Camp night under the starry skies by Lake Kareri- a memorable and most picturesque stopover before we go downhill.

How High Is the Indrahar Pass Trek?

The Indrahar Pass summit is at an altitude of 14,245 ft, and this is the maximum height to be reached on the trek, starting from Dharamshala located at around 4780 ft.

How to Reach?

By Air: The airport closest to Dharamshala is the Gaggal Airport at Kangra. From here, one can get readily available buses Dharamshala.
By Rail: Located at a distance of 84.5 km from Dharamshala, the Pathankot Railway Station is the closest railhead accessible for the trek.
By Road: Including Delhi, Chandigarh, Manali, Srinagar, and Dehradun, Dharamshala is connected by bus services with a great many cities and towns in North India.

Are There Any Shops Available?
All purchases for requisites on the trek should be wrapped up by the time we reach Dharamshala, utility shops are sparse after this point.

What to Pack for Chandratal Trek?

  • Large or medium size backpack, and a duffle side bag for extras
  • Water bottle
  • Sun hat
  • Warm cap
  • Base layers
  • Fleece jacket
  • Outer jacket
  • Rain jacket (essential for the monsoon months)
  • Sturdy trekking shoes and a pair of floaters
  • Flashlight
  • Trekking pants, several pairs
  • UV-protection glasses
  • Thermal socks

Is There Any Possibility of Altitude Sickness?

Altitude Sickness is possible at this height and therefore trekkers must come with precaution. Prior fitness training, going by basic acclimatization rules, and staying thoroughly hydrated play a major role in staying healthy on this trek.

How Busy Is the Indrahar Trek?

You are likely to find the Indrahar Trek lightly trafficked in all seasons up to Triund, the rest of the trail is relatively less crowded.