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Indrahar Pass is a mountain pass in the Dhauladhar range of the Himalayas.

Indrahar Pass is a mountain pass in the Dhauladhar range of the Himalayas.


• Indrahar pass is located at an altitude of 4,342 metres (14,245 ft) above mean sea level.
• This is near the tourist town of Dharamshala in Himachal Pradesh.
• Indrahar pass forms the border between Kangra and Chamba districts.
• It is part of a very popular trekking route from Dharamshala.
• It attracts substantial tourist traffic during the trekking season between April–October.
• Season: May – June & Sept – Oct.
• Duration: 05 days.
• Average Walking Time: 5 – 6 hours per day.
• Location: Distt – Kangra.

Indrahar Pass Trail

• The trekking trail to Indrahar pass starts from Galu temple near Dharamsala.
• It passes through the popular camping ground of Triund, the Laka Got, and the Lahesh Cave.
• The trek starts from McLeod Ganj.
Popular camping stops are:
• Triund at 2842 metres.
• Lahesh Caves at 3475 metres.
On the other side of the pass, the camping sites include:
• Chhata caves at 3242 metres.
• Kuvarasi village in Chamba at 2260 metres.

The trek route goes like this:
• McLeod Ganj main market (1750m) to Upper Dharamkot (2100m): 2 km: 1-2 hour walk OR a 30 minute cab ride.
• Upper Dharamkot (Gallu Devi, 2100m) to Triund (2825m): 3-4 hrs walk.
• Triund’s main camping ground to Snowline Cafe: 1 hour easy walk.
• Snowline Cafe to Ilaqua Got (grazing grounds): 1 hour easy walk.
• Ilaqua Got to Lahesh Cave: 2 hours of gradual climb.
• Lahesh Cave to Indrahar Pass: 2–6 hours of very steep climb.

General Itinerary: Indrahar Pass Trekking Tour

• Indrahar Pass starts from Dharamsala (1219 m), in the Kangra valley.
• It passes over the mighty snowbound Dhauladhar Range, and ends at Lamu in the Ravi River valley.
• It has its beautiful landscapes, pine and deodar forests and sparkling streams.
• This Pass is starting from McLeodganj (Dharamsala) at about 6000ft in the Kangra valley and passing over the potent snowbound Dhauladhar.
• It ends at Lamu in the Ravi valley.

Day 01: Delhi to McLeodganj (1980m)
Take the overnight train to Pathankot and drive 4hrs to McLeodganj.

Day 02: In McLeodganj
• Mcleodganj is the seat of the Dalai Lama.
• It is considered as the capital of the Tibetan government in exile.
• Explore this small township.

Day 03: Trek McLeodganj to Triund (2850m) 4-5hrs.
• The walk up is quite steep and exposed.
• There are magnificent views down towards the plains.
• Overnight stay in Camp.

Day 04: Triund to Lahesh Cave: (3600m) 5-6hrs
• The trail climbs gently through the oak and conifer forests to reach the campsite at Laka Got.
• Here, a few Gaddi shepherds and some travelers can usually be seen.
• Go further up to Lahesh Cave, a huge rock overhang which will be our shelter for the night.

Day 05: Lahesh Cave-Over Indrahar Pass (4350m)-Chatru Parao (3700m): 6-7hrs
• The walk up to the pass is not easy.
• The gradient of the Dhauladhars being quite steep one will have to be on all fours quite a few times.
• The views from the pass are simply breath taking.
• The Indian plains stretching to infinity on one side and the high snow caps of the Pir Panjal range on the other side are worth watching.
• The descent again is very steep and is very tiring on the knees.
• Overnight stay is in camp.

Day 06: Chatru Parao to Kuarsi village (2700m) 5-6hrs.
• The trail goes down moderately and then steeply towards a stream for an hour.
• Then it climbs strenuously for about 3 hrs to reach a ridge crest.
• From here on it’s a straight downhill walk to Kuarsi.
• This is a typical Gaddi village.
• The stay is in a temple complex.

Day 07: This day is reserved for rest at Kuarsi village.
Day 08: Kuarsi to Lamu (1600m) 4-5hrs.
• A short descent and an uphill yet again to reach a small pass which offers good views of the Dhauladhars in the south.
• From here, it’s a step descent through the woods.
• The fields to reach the campsite of Lamu.
• Overnight stay is in camps.

Day 09: Drive Lamu to Dalhousie (2050m) 7-8hrs.
• Drive along the Ravi River to reach the town of Chamba.
• Then the road climbs up on the Dhauladhar ranges to reach Dalhousie via the pretty Khajjiar Lake.
• Overnight stay is in hotel.

Day 10: Drive Dalhousie to Pathankot Railway Station (3hrs)
Drive back to Delhi to board the overnight train to Delhi.

Package Includes

– Pick up from the Airport / Railway Station.
– Breakfasts, lunches and dinners.
– Airport transfers.
– Group medical kit.
– Good quality accommodation.
– Trek pack including sleeping bag, down or fiber filled jacket and insulated mat.
– Private transportation.
– All park entrance fees and trekking permits.
– Porters to carry all personal and group equipment.

Other treks of Himachal

• Bhabha Pass Trek
• Bir Bhangal Trek
• Darcha Lamayuru Trek
• Darcha Padum Trek
• Deo Tibba Expedition
• Friendship Peak Expedition
• Hampta Pass
• Indrahar Pass

Trekking routes in Himachal

• Hamta Trek
• Malana History Trek
• Chander Trail in Kullu Valley
• Wild Trek in Kullu Valley
• Dharamsala Chhota Bhangal over sari Pass Kullu
• Morchella trek
• Manali Hamya Herbal Trek
• Kinner Kailash Parikrama
• Hamirpur Deotsidh Sri Naina Devi Trek
• Maidi to Nadaun
• Bharmaur Kugti Udaipur Manali trek

Trekking Route

• Dharamshala is a starting point to a number of trekking trails.
• Trekkers go across to Dhauladhar into the upper Ravi Valley and Chamba district.
• While trekking one can cross through forests of deodar, pine, oak and rhododendron, and pass streams and rivers and wind along vertiginous cliff tracks.
• One might come across an occasional lake waterfall and glacier.
• A 2-km amble takes one to Bhagsu.
• A further 3-km walk will lead the trekkers to Dharamkot.
• The snow line of Ilaqa Got is just a 5-km walk.

Other trekking trails that lead you to Chamba from Dharamshala are:
• Toral Pass (4575m)
• Across Bhimghasutri Pass (4580m)
• Dharamshala—Bleni Pass (3710m) – Dunali

Other places of interest

• Dharamshala Cricket Stadium (DCS)
• Masrur (or Masroor)
• Bhagsu Waterfall
• Bhagsunag Temple
• Naam Art Gallery
• Kangra Museum
• Kunal Pathri Temple
• Chamunda Temple
• Dal Lake
• Triund
• Naddi
• Tsuglagkhang Complex
• Tibet Museum
• Tibetan Library
• Tibetan Institute of Performing Arts (TIPA)
• Bhagsunag Fall
• Kunal Pathari
• Dharamkot
• Peak Art Gallery
• Adi Shakti Temple, Naddi
• Aghanjar Mahadev
• Bhagsu waterfall
• Bhagsunath
• Bir – Popular destination for ecotourism, meditation studies, volunteering, and paragliding at Billing.
• Brajeshwari Temple
• Chamunda Mandir
• Chinmaya Tapovan
• Chime Gyatsarling Monastery, just behind of Norbulingka Institute, upper Sidhpur. 6 km from Dharmshala and 14 km from Gagal airport.
• Dari
• Dehra Gopipur
• Dharamkot (2100 m)
• Guna Devi Mandir amidst dense forest
• Haripur Village (near Guler)
• Pong Dam Lake
• Indru Nag Temple
• Kareri Lake
• Khaniyara
• Kunal Pathri
• Lam Dal Lake
• Library of Tibetan Works and Archives
• Masrur (rock temple)
• Namgyal Monastery
• Narghota
• Norbulingka Institute
• Nurpur
• Sidhbari
• Church of St. John in the Wilderness
• Tibetan Institute of Performing Arts
• Tatwani and Machhrial
• Trilokpur

Best time to visit / climate

• Dharamshala has a monsoon-influenced humid subtropical climate.
• Summer starts in early April and peaks in early June.
• Temperatures can reach 36 °C.
• Summers last till mid of June.
• From July to mid September, is the monsoon season.
• Up to 3000 mm (120 inches) of rain can fall.
• Autumn is mild and lasts from October to end of November.

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How to get there?

1. By plane
• Gaggal Airport is at Gaggal near Kangra.
• It is at a distance of 15 km from McLeodganj by road on MDR44 and NH20.
• The airport has been recently upgraded and provides twice daily flights from Delhi by Kingfisher.
2. By bus
• Most people come to Dharamsala by bus.
• It has good connections with other parts of North India.
• The main bus terminal is in Lower Dharamsala.
• Some public HRTC buses to Delhi and Pathankot go all the way to the main square of McLeod Ganj.
• Private bus companies are available for travel from Manali, Dehradun and Delhi.
• Overnight buses operate from Delhi with many leaving from the Tibetan colony of Majnu ka Tilla.
• These services take upwards of 13 hr and cost from Rs 450 for a basic bus to Rs 940 for a plusher Volvo. Chandigarh, 236 km distant from McLeodganj, is a gruelling 8-9 hr trip in an ordinary bus.

3. By train
• The nearest broad gauge railhead is at Pathankot.
• The neighboring small station of Chakki Bank.
• Train buffs can take the pretty Kangra Valley Railway to Kangra, a journey that easily takes up to 6 hours and still leaves you 18 km from McLeod Ganj.
• Many travellers choose to continue by bus or taxi instead.

4. By taxi
• A taxi from Pathankot to McLeod Ganj, a distance of 88 km, takes about 3 hours.
• The official fare from Pathankot is Rs 1,300 (return).

Some travel books from Amazon about The Indrahar Pass

DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: India Lonely Planet Indian Himalaya Lonely Planet Trekking in the Indian Himalaya

Places to stay (hotels / restaurants along with website / contact numbers)

Hotels at wikitravel.org
Hotels at luxurycamping.in
Hotels at holidayiq.com

Blogs / Sites about Indrahar Pass

Blogs and reviews at trekkinginindia.com
Blogs at bcmtouring.com
Blogs and reviews at thrillophilia.com

Images and photos of Indrahar Pass

Images at google.com
Images at thrillophilia.com
Images at trekhimachal.com

Video of Indrahar Pass

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