Indrahar Pass Trek – Himachal Pradesh | Best Guide 2020

Indrahar Pass Trek

Overview To Indrahar Pass Trek

Located in the serene Himachal Pradesh, Indrahar pass trek is all about stunning landscapes. With deodar forest accompanying the journey, beautiful landscapes, gushing streams, and beauty to behold, Indrahar pass trek is one memorable trek to remember for a lifetime. It shall fascinate all age groups alike. Any traveler having a passion for the trek will love to experience this trek throughout. The trek stretches from a height of 2,875 meters to 4,425 meters. This is a 9 days trek which shall leave you contempt for the amazing adventures it offers. It is one easy to moderate level trek so if you want to start your trekking journey the Indrahar pass trek is one amazing place to start with.

Indrahar Pass Trek

The Indrahar pass trek lies on the stretch of the Dhauladhar range, offering the alluring view of hamlets below. It also acts as a border between Chamba and Kangra districts. It gives the traveler the view of serene waters of lake Mankiani and Kareri, the adventure of Dhauladhar road tracks, the fascinating range of avifauna at altitudes on different levels. These factors and the culture of Himachal Pradesh combine to give you that extra color for the journey. 

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Where is Indrahar Valley Trek?

Indrahar pass is located at an altitude of 4342 meters (14245 ft) above sea level on the Dhauladhar range of Himalayas. It is a mountain pass which is famous for its trekking trails. The Indrahar pass works as a dividing wall between the famous districts Kangra and Chamba of Himachal Pradesh. The best visiting period is between May to mid-October. 

Indrahar Pass Trek Best Time To Visit

In the starting months of the year that is January to April, there is high snowfall on passes which slowly melts till august. The monsoon brings rains to the Dhauladhar range but as we go up the high places, the weather becomes quite warm, heart-melting, and sunny (12 degrees to 20 degrees Celsius). At night the temperature rises to minus ( -2 to 6) degree Celsius.

Hence,  the trekkers can experience nice weather with a little bit of snowfall during September and October. As the October month starts, the temperature varies from 12-18 degrees Celsius but the night is again comparatively much colder with the temperature falling down to minus 6 to minus 4 ( -4 to -6) degree Celsius.

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Indrahar Valley Trek Highlights 

  • The Dhauladhar and the Pir Pranjal range of mountains are visible as a magnificent view.
  • Famous peaks like Arthur’s Seat (4525m), Moon ( 4666m), etc can be glimpsed.
  • Camp at Lahesh cave which is a natural rock shelter.
  • Chance to visit the beautiful Chamba Valley
  • Staying in guest house/camp/hotels at night

Indrahar Valley Trek Location 

Indrahar Valley trek is located in Himachal Pradesh in the mountain range of Dhauladhar. You may arrive at McLeodganj, at the seat of Dalai Lama to Triund. From there the trail continues. 

How To Reach Indrahar Pass Trek?

By Air:

The Kangra Airport also called the Gaggal Airport is the closest landing near Dharamshala. You can take cars and buses from the airport. 

By Road:

All the major cities of North India, including Delhi, Chandigarh, Manali, Srinagar, Dehradun are very well connected to Dharamshala. You can come by state-owned buses and private cabs and taxis. 

By Rail:

The nearest Railway station is Pathankot railway station. It is 84.5km away from Dharamshala.

Indrahar Pass Trek Itinerary

Day 01: Delhi – McLeodganj (2196 mts/ 7,200ft)

Staying in Delhi in the evening you can take AC Volvo Coach to McLeodganj. It is an overnight night journey. 

Day 02: Arriving at McLeodganj

Trekkers will first arrive at Chakki Bank at about 3.30 AM and will further need to take another vehicle for McLeodganj hotel. You can explore McLeodganj and its local markets, try out some local cuisine or just take a good sleep in your hotel rooms to get recharged for the trek. In the evening that follows you will be assigned a guide who shall give you instruction and also a training session. You will also get your instruments of trekking after instructions. Take your dinner   and stay in the hotel for the night.

Day 03: McLeodganj – Triund (2994mts/9818ft) , 10kms/3-4 hrs

Wake up and pack your bags for the first start of your trekking day with a 10km trek to Tirund via Dharamkot. Then have your dinner at triund camp and stay for the entire night. 

Day 04: Triund – Lahesh Cave( 3598mts/11800 ft) 9 kms/ 3-4 hrs

After your breakfast starts for today’s destination, Lahesh Cave. To reach the caves, you will cross the bridges. Walk under the beautiful flowering ground and please your eyes, walk under oak and Conifer trees and finally stay at Lahesh Cave camp shire for the night.

Day 05: Lahesh Cave – Indrahar Pass( 4375 mts/ 14,350ft) – Chatru Parao (12kms/6-7 hrs)

Now it’s the time for your trek on the beautiful pictures que snowfield of the Indrahar Pass trek. After breakfast kick starts your trekking up the hill towards Indrahar Pass. it can be a little harsh as it will be a limb of 300 – 400 m steep. Quite challenging but upon reaching the pass you will be awarded the magnificent view of Pir Panjal Range (4,100 m ) in the north direction and beautiful Mani Mahesh Kailash peak (5656 m ) will be all worth it. After you take in the beauty of the pass, trek back to Chatru Parao, have your dinner, spend your night at the camp. 

Day 06: Chatru Parao – Kuarsi ( 2747 mts / 9010 ft) 15kms/ 6-7 hrs 

First, trek to the left side of the valley for a few kilometers, after that you will come across a bridge, cross it and follow the trail to meadow till Kuarsi, and you will end up on the right side of the valley. Dinner and whole night stay at Kuarsi camp. 

Day 07: Kuarsi – Machetar (5886 ft) – Chamba (16kms/6-6 hrs) traveling 80 kms / 3-4 hrs.

Post breakfast, get started for down the hill trek to Machetar. Drivers will be waiting at Machetar to drop you to Chamba hotel. You will get your dinner and stay overnight there at Chamba FRH.

Day 08: Chamba – Pathankot – Delhi 

Take your breakfast and pack your all luggages. You will head back to Pathankot. From Pathankot, you will board a train back to Delhi at 23:55 hrs. It is an overnight journey.

Day 09: Way Back To Home

Now finally you are in delhi and can travel back to your home sweet home. Take a lot of pictures on the way and cherish all the adventure and memories you made. I wish you  had a safe journey. Keep on capturing some photos and videos while traveling and driving through the hills. to capture some photos and videos while driving through the hills.

You will be tired and a bit upset because the trip ended. But I hope you enjoyed your trip fully to Indrahar pass trek.I know you must be feeling quite tired and also sad at the same time because your trip has ended. Till then, keep on trying new trekking activities. We will meet soon with a new trek.

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Frequently asked question ( FAQ)

How long it takes to acclimatize?

Suddenly climbing up to great heights can cause some difference in your body and hence you have to be careful. It is nothing to be very afraid of just your body needs to acclimatize to the changing temperature. Hence take proper veg diets rich in carbohydrates and less oily . Have plenty of rest even if you are not tired.

What is the minimum temperature during Indrahar Valley Pass trek? 

The temperature can be as low as   8° C in the months June, July, August and September. 

What are the best shoes for trekking? 

Trekking shoes which have a good ankle support are required for any trek in the Himalayas. Quechua Forclaz 500, Hi-Tec Colman and Salomon are some of the best options you can choose from.

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