Indrahar Pass Trek is the heart of an endlessly fascinating Himalayan ranges.
Indrahar Pass is located at an altitude of 4450 mts (14,500 ft) above mean sea level, near the tourist town of Dharamshala in Himachal Pradesh. This Pass also forms the border between Kangra and Chamba districts. It is a enchanting experience at the heart of an endlessly fascinating range. It is a notch in the skyline on the high ridge that runs down to the west from Moon peak.
Dhauladhar is one of the primary and powerful areas in the Himalaya where the pressure cast by the Indian subcontinent plate on the Eurasian plate is at its strongest. While the Indian mass wedges itself deeper under the Asian Plate, the Dhauladhar range is one where you can see a working geological model of the Great Himalayan Range in general. When you cross the watershed ridge of the Dhauladhar from Kangra to Chamba or vice versa, you pass through every Himalayan Climato-ecological belt possible- from tropical highlands of the great Himalayan rivers to the sub arctic wastes at the top of the ridge.
Day 01: Arrive at Mcleodganj- Begin trek to Triund Via Gallu Devi Temple.
Reach on your own at Mcleodganj bus stand and after breakfast,Report at our base camp in Gallu devi temple in Mcleodganj by 10:00 am and after freshening up and change, we start our trek towards Triund. After initial 2 kilometers of little steep hike, it is a gradual incline all the way to Triund. The Flat meadows of Triund offer exceptional views of Kangra valley and Dhauladhar mountain ranges. Overnight stay in tents at Triund. we will begin the Indrahar Pass trek from the village of either Bhagsunag or Dharamkot, both of which are near the hill town of Mcleodganj. The path leads above the villages first to a temple, dedicated to Gallu Devi and then it starts climbing. Hike uphill through pristine forests of deodar trees, and see the mighty and almost-vertical mountains of the Dhauladhar Range.
Beyond the shrine, the trail rises rapidly and the hike becomes challenging and adventurous. Keep walking through forests of oak and rhododendron bushes on a ridge that is perpendicular to Triund – another ridge. Pass the latter landform and reach a grassy meadow to set up camps for an overnight stay with hot dinner to be served.
Day 02 : Triund to Ilaka Valley (11400 feet) via Ilaka Snowline.
Early in the morning, restart this Indrahar Pass trek, and stroll further uphill. The terrain becomes rocky and almost barren with a few oak trees and rhododendron bushes scattered on the slopes. After a while, the path turns to the east and climbs above the tree line, with the vegetation now consisting of only a few patches of grass here and there. A number of boulders will come in the way of the top of the ridge, you are treading on.
Upon completing this demanding ascent, reach the meadow of Ilaka valley. Rest here for sometime before beginning another round of treacherous climbing down till ilaka glacier to camp at night.
Day 03: Ilaka Valley - Lahesh Cave - Indrahar Pass (14500 feet) Indrahar Pass to Ilaka Valley (12730 feet)
Early in the morning, begin the longest leg of the trek to Indrahar Pass that will take you to its summit. The Lahesh cave is like a long, narrow slit in a huge wall of granite with huge boulders strewn around the entrance. On reaching the , crouch, mind your head and crawl towards the cave. Once inside, you will find enough space for a whole group to sit, cook and get some rest. Continue ascending 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 tough and challenging. Along the way, there are sheer drops of almost 300 feet, and looking down from here is sure to get your heart racing.
All of a sudden, the gradient of the path increases even more, and this is an indication that the destination is now close. On reaching the pass, notice a number of Trishul's, adorned with pieces of red cloth, fixed in a pyramidal pile of boulders and rocks. The views from the top are unbelievable with snow visible on higher reaches and may be some clouds below. If there are no clouds, then the views of the entire Kangra Valley may capture your attention.
After clicking photos and appreciating the bounties of nature from up here, start hiking downhill to reach the Ilaka valley meadow for an overnight stay in tents.
Day 04: Ilaka Valley - Triund - McLeodganj (5-6 Hours)
In the early hours of the day, begin the final stage of this Indrahar Pass trekking tour that will also be the easiest of all. The distance to be covered today is approximately 12 km, but since it is a downhill journey, it will not take a heavy toll on your body. On reaching the hill station of Mcleodganj, move on for your onward journey.
DAY 5: Mcleodganj - Delhi
After reaching Mcleodganj, you can either explore Mcleodganj and its nearby places such as Bhagsunath waterfalls, Namgyal Monastery and Dal Lake or you can take an overnight direct bus to Delhi in our package of B9R semisleeper AC 2x2 VOLVO. we will drop you next day in early morning at 6 AM.
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