Indrahar Pass Trek
Trip Type: Trekking
Region: Kangra & Chamba - Himachal
Duration: 06 days
Max Altitude: 4300m
Batch Dates: Custom Trips only
Indrahar Pass Trek Overview
The Indrahar Pass at 4342m in Himachal Pradesh is set between the Kangra and Chamba valley and is a very important route for the Gaddis or the local shepherds of the region. The Gaddi is a semi-nomadic race that spends many months wandering the high pastures with their sheep and goats. They use the pass en route their summer pastures in the upper Ravi Valley and Lahaul.
This trek makes for a great adventure for a lot of people because of its easy connectivity, short duration, exciting pass crossing and scenic views every day. The trail starts from Dharamshala town and takes you through lush green forests, alpine meadows and rocky snow-filled pass crossings, all the while being surrounded by shepherds and their flock.
This trek is great for anyone from fit beginners to experienced trekkers looking to fit a multi-day hike in a busy schedule.
This is a custom departure tour and so please write to us for prices and more info on this trek.
Day 01: Dharamshala
Arrive in Dharamshala in the morning and check into your hotel. Walk around town and orient yourself to your surroundings. Final gear check and prepare for the climb ahead. Overnight in a hotel.
Day 02: Dharamshala to Triund (2875m)
Duration: 5 hours
We leave Dharamshala to drive to Dharamkot. The trek starts on the popular triund trail. We walk through an initial steep section in forests of oak, deodar and rhododendron. The incline becomes gradual for a while and then steepens again as we near the campsite. Triund offers spectacular views of the Dhauladhars on one side and Kangra valley on the other.
Day 03: Triund - Laka Got (3300m)
Duration: 5 hours
Make our way north up the Triund ridge and through the last of the treeline. Past a steep incline, we enter the Laka Got pastures. Acclimatisation walk to Lahesh Caves in the evening.
Day 04: Laka Got -Indrahar Pass (4300m) - Chhata
Duration: 7 hours
Leave the camp early today in order to get the best views. We make our way beyond Lahesh Caves to the steep trail leading up the pass. The view from the top opens up to show the Dhauladhars in all their grandeur along with the Kangra valley and the distant plains of Punjab. Make your way steadily downhill through a snow and boulder field to reach the alpine meadow at Chhata.
Day 05: Chhata - Kuarsi
Duration: 6 hours
The trail down to Kuarsi is a gradual walk through deodar and pine forests. We make our way down to ford the Kuarsi Nala and gain the ridge again. The day is full of ascents and descents through thick forests and alongside roaring water until we reach Kuarsi, our first village in Chamba
Day 06: Kuarsi - Lamu - Dalhousie
A walk through a narrow rock cut trail gives way to gradual slopes. Our vehicles drive us to Dalhousie. Trip Ends!
- Camping Tents, Kitchen tents, Sleeping bags (Holofill) and Carry mats.
- Nutritious, high-calorie vegetarian food will be served for the whole trek.
- Guide, cook and camp helpers.
- Porters/ Horses to carry loads on the whole route.
- Participants are not expected to carry any loads other than a small daypack with a camera, some trail layers and some trail food.
- Two people will be accommodated in one tent.
- Transport Dharamshala hotel to Road Head and back.
- Hotel accommodations in Dharamshala for 1 day before the trek.
- All expenses of personal nature like drinks, tips, telephone calls, mineral water etc.
- Food in Manali
- Accommodation in Dharamshala on return.
- Medical and evacuation expenses, we strongly recommend purchasing a suitable insurance cover.
- Backpack 40 - 50 Lts with rain cover.This you will need in case you choose to offload your larger pack onto a horse/porter
- Day Pack 15 - 20 lts - You will use this to carry your camera, water bottle, Trail layers, trail food etc.
-Trekking Shoes: Please do not wear sports shoes as on most treks as we go higher it gets harder to use the sports shoes. We recommend shoes with a good hard sole and also ankle support preferable water proof. While we do not subscribe to any particular brand you can try the Quechua forclaz 100, 500 or 600.
- 2 -3 pairs of cotton socks.
- 2 pairs of woolen socks ( these are ideal to sleep in and best to use when in camp. We do not recommend them while trekking).
- Pants: 3 pairs (including the ones you wear) - Ideal are the quick dry light weight synthetic pants. Alternatively track pants are also comfortable to trek in. We do not recommend you get Denims or Jeans as they get hard to trek in.
- Tshirts 3 pairs (including the ones you are wearing) - Preferable cotton t-shirts that are full sleeves. You can also choose to get T-shirts with collars, they offer extra protection for the neck from sun burns.
- Synthetic Fleece Jacket - 1 pair.
- Wind proof/ Water proof Jacket - 1 pair.
- Down filled / Hollow fiber fill insulated Jacket - 1 -pair ( optional - get this if you want to stay extra warm at camps.)
- Thermal liners - 1 pair upper and lower (optional).
- Raincoat/ Poncho - what ever you get make sure it is something that will cover your daypack and camera too.
- Warm Beanie - make sure it is something that covers your ears. You can also use buffs, scarfs etc in addition to your beanie.
- Gloves - Lightweight synthetic gloves made of Fleece or you can also use woollen gloves.
- Sun Cap- 1 no
- Sun Glasses with good UV protection.
Other necessary things that we recommend you get:
- Toiletries - Sunscreen SPF 40+, Moisturizer, Lip balm, Soap, Toilet paper.
- Repair Kit (needle and thread).
- Headlamp/ Torch.
- Water Bottle- Ideally keep two bottle 1 litre each.
- Trekking Pole - Optional.
- Plastic Packing covers. (Please pack all your gear in waterproof plastic bags so that your clothes etc do not get wet while on horses or porters. Also carry extra plastic bags in case you need to pack wet clothes.)