An offbeat trail beyond Triund: Indrahar Pass

Introduction

Situated at a height of more than fourteen thousand feet above sea level, the magnificent Indrahar Pass is nestled in the spectacular Dhauladhar Range of the Himalayas. Stems running with shimmering water, beautiful grasslands, deep gorges, and Deodar forests decorating soaring hills, the Indrahar Pass Trek is a wonderful combination of splendid nature and the Himalayas in all their beauty and glory.

 

Located in Himachal Pradesh, this destination draws travelers from all corners of the country and the world. This trek is a splendid combination of awe-inspiring nature and the cultural heritage of Himachal.

Location

Indrahar Pass forms a natural border between the districts of Kangra and Chamba. And decorates the beautiful valleys and deep gorges with pine forests. It also covers the serene waters of Lake Mankiani and Lake Kareri.

 

The trail starts at an elevation of 6,381 feet at the scenic hillside city of Mcleodganj. Which is also known for being the seat of his holiness, the Dalai Lama. the trek is of easy to moderate difficulty level. And guests are advised to wear proper trekking gear and trekking shoes. It is also suggested that they bring hiking sticks for better trekking and hiking experience.

Trek views

The dhauladhar range stands as a natural barrier between the Beas river. And the Ravi river valleys that make up the Kangra and Chamba valleys. The Dhauladhar mountain range is endlessly beautiful and fascinating. with ricky ridges and extensive forests, as well as the geologically active region, which is a massive thrust zone on the Indian tectonic plate.

 

The Indrahar Pass Trek lasts ten days, and has a trekking distance of thirty five kilometers. And lasts between five to ten days. It starts at the Mcleod Ganj village. And alternate treks through Dharamkot and Bhagsu also provide stunning views of the. Deodar forests as well as the valleys that lie below.

Best time to visit

The best time to visit the Indrahar Pass Trek is during the early months of the year. Where there are higher chances of glimpsing snow capped peaks. During the monsoon season, the places at a higher altitude remain warm. And soothing during the day and experience a biting cold at night. However, during the monsoon months, the Dhauladhar range is doused in thunderstorms. And heavy rains, which present flooding risk as well as the risk of landslides. The months of September and October see good weather and mild snowing.

Though a short trek, it is considered to be challenging. And guests and trekkers are advised to bring along trekking boots and a hiking stick. This helps with trekking, maintaining balance, and with their help, we can hike better and conserve extra energy.

Itinerary

The trek begins at the base of McLeodganj, and starts at nine in the morning. On the first day, trekking for five to six hours will lead to Triund. Other treks on the way to Indrahar Pass also include trails that start from Dharamkot. And Bhagsu, which lie directly below the trek. Half way through the journey, the trail gets steep as the rocky ridge comes up. After the Magic View Cafe, the trail continues up a series of steep ridges. Then to the picturesque village of Mana, where guests can stay overnight.

 

The second day of the trek takes guests to the mysterious Lahesh Caves. It is advised, for safety purposes, to cross the cave early during the day, as the terrain in the afternoon gets dangerous. The Gaddis mountain trail here is particularly famous here, as it passes through various shrines, a sign of devotion in the most difficult yet beautiful of all places. The views of the Dhauladhar Range are completely awe inspiring, and absolutely magnificent.

 

Trekking further, guests can stop and enjoy the views at Snowline Cafe, and then reach the Ilaqa Got, where camping overnight is a once in a lifetime experience.

Conclusion

After passing through the Lahesh caves comes the most exciting and beautiful part, the Indrahar Pass itself, with its rocky terrain, shining streams and snow capped mountains which make the place magical. The trail gets significantly steep here, so it is advised to trek at your own pace. The rocks, as you pass through the ridge, hang through dangerous heights of 200-300 feet, so it is advised to be careful, and look up once in a while.

 

On the last day of the trek, guests take the same route, but the opposite way, to get back to McLeodGanj. The return trek will take around six to seven hours.

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