Indrahar Pass Trek

A walk in nature walks the soul back home.

Wonderful landscapes, glittering streams, Deodar Forest, magnificent peaks, steep ascent, and a view to die for, sums up the Indrahar Pass trek. On the support of the Dhauladhar range and traversing over diverse heights Indrahar pass has a floral diversity to compete with almost any other place in the entire world. The trail is fairly easy to follow and safe and a perfect combination of indulged nature and different colors of the Himalayas, it climbs from an elevation of 6,381 ft (McLeod Ganj) to 14,245 ft (Indrahar pass). The Indrahar pass breaks up the Chamba and the Kangra valley and gives out a view of the Dhauladhar range with tiny villages sitting under it. The trekking trail is having few boulder-prone regions which are a little perilous and must be trodden on with utmost caution.

The Bird’s eye view at most parts of the pass is intoxicating sufficient to make you forget you’re your worries and enjoy nature without a care in the world. The misty mountains and alpine forests creating a great sensation of being on top of the world, away from all the din and hustle, it feels like being far from the madding crowd.

Day 01

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Arrive at Mcleodganj- Begin trek to Triund via Bhagsunag (10 km, 2875 m)

Arrive at Mcleodganj base camp and set about the Indrahar Pass trek from the village of Bhagsunag, near the hill town of Mcleod Ganj. The path guides above the villages then it starts climbing. Hike uphill through immaculate forests of deodar trees, and see the robust and almost-vertical mountains of the Kangra Valley and Dhauladhar Range. Keep trudging through forests of oak and rhododendron bushes on a ridge that is perpendicular to Triund. Pass the hindmost landform and come to a grassy meadow to set up camps for an overnight stay.

Day 02

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Triund to Laka Got (3200 m, 5 kms)

Next morning, you will hike in order to get adapt to the further steep ascent. The terrain set off rocky and more or less barren with a few oak trees and rhododendron bushes scattered on the slopes. You will also walk to the Kunal Pathri temple settled at the top of the hill. Laka Got is the prop of Indrahar Pass and is settled on the glacier that usually melts in the late monsoon. You will camp high up the glacier for an overnight stay.

Day 03

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Laka got – Indrahar pass (4300m, 4-5 hrs)

In the morning, get down to the longest trek to Indrahar Pass that will take you to it summit in 4-5 hours, depending on your pace. Continue arising along the north-eastern face of the ridge, and later tread along with a lot of caution as the track becomes rocky, making the journey sturdy and onerous. Along the way, there are sheer drops of almost 310 feet, and looking down from here is sure to get your heart racing.

All of a sudden, the gradient of the path increases, and this is a signal that the destination is now close. On reaching the pass, observe a number of Trishuls, adorned with pieces of red cloth, fixed in a pyramidal pile of boulders and rocks. The views from the top are incredible with snow visible on higher reaches and maybe some clouds below. If there are no clouds, then the views of the entire Kangra Valley may arrest your attention. If you trek from May to June, you will find reinforced snow, on which you will have to walk, however during the post-monsoon period you will find no snow on the trail, still you can enjoy the magnificent view of the snowy peaks of the Pir-Panjal range.

After snapping photos and appreciating the bounties of nature from up here, start hiking downhill to reach the campsite at Laka Got for an overnight stay in tents. It will take 3-4 hours to reach back to the camp.

Day 04

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Laka Got- Triund – McLeod Ganj 14 km

In the morning, go about the ultimate route of this Indrahar Pass trekking tour that will also be the easiest of all. The distance to be covered today is approximately 15 km, but since it is a downhill journey, it will not take a heavy toll on your body. You will travel through a different route, via Laheta village. Your trek will terminate in Bhagsu village, near the waterfall. After that, you will continue to walk to the village, from where you will go to McLeod Ganj via drive, which will take approx. 10minutes to reach. On reaching McLeod Ganj, check-in at the hotel and spend the rest of the time at your own leisure.

Best Time to Visit

  • May - June
  • September - October