About Indrahar Pass Trek
Indrahar Pass Trek involves crossing a high altitude pass on the Dhauladhar range that connects Kangra valley and Chamba valley. Located at a height of 4,342 m. This trek has an overall moderate level of difficulty, but it involves a difficult ascent on the final day and is not recommended for beginners.
Altitude: 4,342 m
Total trekking distance: 44 Km (to and fro)
Starting point: Galu Devi temple near Mcleodganj
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Starting point of Indrahar Pass Trek
One has to reach Mcleodganj (5 Km from Dharamshala) to start this trek. There is an alternate shorter route from Bhagsu Nag that is slightly steep, but eventually leads to the Galu Devi temple, the starting point of the trek. One can take a cab to reach Galu Devi from Mcleodganj (Rs 300-400 depending on season) or choose to trek about 2.5 Km to reach there.
There are several buses running from Delhi and Chandigarh to Dharamshala that take 10 hrs and 6 hrs respectively. The nearest railway station is Pathankot, 88 Km away from Dharamshala from where one can take state bus or a taxi. Nearest airport is Gaggal airport, Mcleodganj is about 19 Km from there.
Indrahar Pass Trek Route and itinerary
Popular route usually involves descending back to Mcleodganj/Bhagsu Nag and is done in 3-4 days. One can arrive early in the morning and start trekking on the same day. There are some hotels on Jogiwara road and Temple road that provide rooms for cheap rates just for 2-3 hours.
Galu Devi temple to Triund (2,082 m to 2,850 m; 6 Km hike, 2.5-3 hrs)
The entire route is a well laid trail using rocks that involves a gradual ascent. There are multiple shacks available on this route. Magic cafe happens to be the rough mid-point for your hike. So if you took an hour to reach there you would take another hour to reach Triund.
The last stretch is steep and involves 22 curves before you reach the top. These curves try to upset your rhythm and it’s best to cover them on a slow, comfortable pace without multiple rests in between. These final steps take you to the Triund ridge where one can rent a tent accommodation or book a stay in one of the rooms at Forest Department’s rest house in advance.
Triund to Laka Got/Lahesh cave (2,850 m to 3300 m/3500 m; 6-7 Km trek, 4-5 hrs)
The initial part is steep but the trail gradually flattens out before you reach Snowline cafe.
From Snowline cafe there is a flat trail and a slight descent that takes you to Dhauladhar cafe. One can trek further to Lahesh cave from there (around an hour). If space permits then one can stay at Lahesh or descend and camp at Laka Got. Lahesh cave is actually a cave-like structure made out of huge boulders, there isn’t enough space for too many people.
Laka Got/Lahesh cave to Indrahar Pass and back to Laka Got (3300 m/3500 m to 4,342 m; 11 Km, 7-8 hrs)
This is what makes Indrahar Pass bit tricky than most other famous passes.
The final day’s trek involves continual climb and elevation gain with no flat surface to relax the legs, the terrain is completely rocky and would take a toll on your legs while descending if you are a beginner and lack adequate strength. Thus, it’s recommended to start as early as possible and start descending before noon since weather around the pass is unpredictable. Even if the place gets very misty, it’s easy for groups to get misdirected at certain points on this route.
Carry enough water from the stream flowing close to Lahesh cave as there is no water source after that!
This is an optional day. While some people climb Indrahar and descend all the way to Mcleodganj on same day, some choose to camp at one of these stoppage points- Lahesh cave/Laka Got/Snowline Cafe/Triund.
The terrain is mainly rocky with a meadow between Snowline cafe and Laka Got. From the top of Indrahar Pass one can view the Pir Panjal range and Manimahesh Kailash. There is a clear view of Chamba valley on the other side. From Triund and Snowline one can see the Mun peak (Moon peak) and Camel peak.
Best time for Indrahar Pass Trek
Mid-september to October is the best time as the views are clear, snow on route has melted and temperatures are still not harsh. Also, while some people do climb it between Apr to Jun, but large amount of snow increases the difficulty. Monsoon time is a big no as Kangra receives the highest rainfall in entire Himachal. Click on ‘best time for Indrahar Pass Trek‘ to read about month-wise analysis of the trekking route conditions.
All major networks are available until 0.5 Km beyond Galu Devi temple. Network after that is sparsely available till Triund and not very reliable. Vodafone signal is better near Triund Mountain Lodge. The last cellular connection is around Snowline Cafe at a particular spot!