Himachal Pradesh is known as the Paradise for trekkers. The Himalayan state of India has always remained in the list of avid trekkers and adventure enthusiasts. The state offers some of the most enthralling adventures which one can’t even imagine. Several high altitude treks, glacier treks, fun treks you name it, and Himachal has everything to offer you.

 Be it tough ones like Pin Parvati or Hampta pass or be it easy ones like Triund trek this hilly state serves everyone. With its high mountain passes, scenic landscape, Panoramic Himalayan views, and gushing river I love to Himachali treks.

Indrahar Pass, perched at a towering height of 4,324ft above the sea level is one such mountain pass that entices trekkers from across the globe. Located in the Dhauladhar Range of the mighty Himalayas, this pass is also popular among the tourist due to the close proximity with Dharamshala.

Indrahar Pass is a mountain pass in the Dhauladhar range of the Himachal which originates from McLeod Ganj in Kangra district. While You would remember the famous Triund trek the Indrahar Pass trek is an extended version of that trek. The trek passes through  Triund and Lahesh Caves.

While it is longer than what Triund was but Indrahar pass trek remains fairly short in terms of days of trekking. Being short does not mean less enthralling.

Indrahar pass trek is an exciting journey that takes you to the scenic Himalayan ranges, The Himalayan ranges which are the famous alluring, snow-capped Dhuladhar ranges While the exciting part does not stop here. The trekking fun continues into camping as the trekkers enjoy camping around the Lahesh caves

INdrahar pass is at an altitude of 4342 metres/14,245 ft in the borders of Kangra and Chamba districts of Himachal. The exciting trekking journey starts from the small town of Mcleodganj and then goes till the pass. This exciting trek offers a chance to have a close view of dazzling  Dhauladhar ranges and Pir Panjal mountain ranges of Himachal.

Indrahar Pass trek

In the Indrahar pass trek, there are many breathtaking views such as spectacular views of the famous Mani Mahesh Kailash and also of the snow-covered Pir Panjal Range.  The trek is moderate but should not be misunderstood with easy. The  trails are en route of the grazing pastures of the Ravi valley and Lahaul  which is used by the Gaddi shepherds

Indrahar pass trek takes you to an ultimate adventurous experience which comprises of continuous climbing often over boulders and also crossing ridges.

Facts about Indrahar Pass Trek

  • Place: Near Kangra and Chamba
  • Trekking distance:  35 km
  • Maximum Altitude:14,245 ft
  • Difficulty Level: Moderate to Difficult.
  • Railway Station: Pathankot Railway Station.
  • Airport: Kangra Airport, Dharamshala

Itinerary for Indrahar Pass Trek

Indrahar Pass  trek  starts from Mcleodganj  and goes till Indrahar pass.

Day 1 – Trek from McLeodganj to Triund

9km/5-6 Hours Trek

Wake up early in the morning as we will be starting an exciting trek to Indrahar Pass. The trek will begin through one of the most popular trekking routes in Himachal Pradesh. The trek today will be relatively short. Today’s trek will only about 10 kilometers towards Triund through Dhramkot.   
The short trek will be completed in only about  5-6 hours.

Triund to Indrahar

Day 2 – Trekking from Triund to Ilaqa Got

5km/4 Hours Trek, Lahesh Caves

 Today the trekking will take you to the fascinating Lahesh Caves. Lahesh caves are located at a height of 3,500m above the sea level. To cross the cave we should be reaching their early. It is advisable to cross the cave during the early part of the day. What happens is by the afternoon, the weather and terrain become challenging a bit risky.

 Lahesh caves
Near Lahesh Caves

 From Triund Trekking further, we will be passing through the Snowline Cafe and soon will reach Ilaqa Got,  To reach the alluring  Lahesh Caves, we will have to cross the overpass and trek via dense oak trees and flowers which blossom all around the valley.  


Day 3 –  Lahesh Caves – Indrahar Pass – Ilaqa Got

8-9km/6-7 Hours Trek, Indrahar Pass

 Today is the D-day of this Indrahar Pass trek. From the rocky terrain’s of Lahesh caves to finally reaching the Indrahar pass today we will witness the magical Dhauladhar ranges. The initial part of the trek is uphill will be demanding and tricky in the direction of Indrahar pass, the initial trail is a bit difficult precipitous climb of around 400 meters.  

Pir Panjal range
Pir Panjal Range view frm the top

  But soon we reach the pass after passing all those rocky terrains and climbs. Our Indrahar pass trek Will reward us with magnificent vistas of the Pir Panjal Range (4,100 m) in the North and magnificent  Mani Mahesh Kailash peak which is 5656 Meters in altitude in the East. After spending some time exploring these mesmerizing views, we will trek back towards Ilaqa got. The fabulous Indrahar pass trek is soon coming to an end as we will be trekking around.

Day 4 – Trek from Ilaqa Got to McLeod Ganj

12km/4 Hours Trek,

ON our last day of Indrahar Pass trek we will be following the trails we just trekked on. A gradual trek of around 4 hours we will be finally back to McLeod Ganj. Our Indrahar Pass trek ends here.

Ilaqa Got
Ilaqa Got

What is the best Time to Take Indrahar pass trek?

The best time to undertake the  Indrahar pass trek is from the months of late May to June and then between September to  October.  Like other hilly areas, the monsoon season is a dangerous time because of the frequent landslides. While seasonal data is given below.

Indrahar Pass Trek from Feb to  Early May

In early February to Early May, the trek is pretty tough. You will need some snow gear in February and March. But from April the trek starts to blossom and then May remains the best time to take Indrahar pass trek. While in may also there is a good amount of snowfall still present.

The water source around the Lahesh caves might be still frozen so you may need to carry bottles on our own. The place will be very foggy and cold at this point of the year.

Indrahar Pass Trek From May to June

The best time to trek is in summers only. The amount of snow around the valley relatively decreases and hence the pass remains accessible.

Indrahar Pass Trek From July and August (monsoon)

One should completely avoid Indrahar Pass trek during these months! Kangra valley and all its areas receive the highest rainfall in Himachal, also this side of Dhauladhar receives the rain early and the rocky terrain with boulders gets wet and slippery.

Due to this, the route becomes extremely tough to conquer and the heavy thundershowers and clouds hardly leave any vies. While the valley at this point is blooming with flowers but still one should completely avoid at this point in time.

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Indrahar  Pass trek
Indrahar Pass trek

Indrahar Pass Trek From September to October 

 You can term this period as your second-best chance to explore the Indrahar pass. There are still chances of occasional rain in early September but after that, the weather remains fairly pleasant and clear.l While in this point of ti,e the snow will completely vanish but there is a good chance that you will see the flowers blooming around.

Indrahar Pass Trek from November to Janurary

 While there may be chances to do some trekking in November but after that, it is extremely tough and rocky. If there is late snowfall in November than maybe trek is doable. But Weather would be very dry and cold also night temperature hits a negative even at Snowline. At this point in time, it’s recommended to not stay at Lahesh caves. 

The  Indrahar pass remains inaccessible during the months of December, January, February.

How to reach Mcleodganj?

 As our  Indrahar pass trek starts from Mcleodganj so you should also know how to reach Mcleodganj.


 Reaching Mcleodganj By air

 The Gaggal Airport in Kangra district which is about 20 km away from McLeodGan is the nearest airport. Gaggal airport is well connected to cities like Delhi and Chandigarh.  From the airport, there are various buses and taxis that take you to MCleodganj.

Reaching Mcleodganj By road:

 MCleodganj is well connected in terms of road transport too. While it lies deep in the hills the journey can be a bit long but the journey remains one of the best for sure. There a number of private and state owned buses running to McLeod Ganj from cities like Delhi (500 km), Chandigarh (250 km), and Dharamshala (20 km).

From Delhi, you can find buses leaving from Kashmiri Gate ISBT and Majnu-ka-Tilla (a Tibetian camp). While if you are coming on your own private vehicle then you can drive to McLeod Ganj from Delhi via NH 1, a journey which is about 10 hours.

Reaching Mcleodganj By train

Pathankot Railway Station is the nearest railway station to mcleodganj. The Pathankot railway station is situated approximately 90 km away. Pathankot railway is very well connected and some of the popular trains available from Delhi for Pathankot are Jammu Mail and Uttar Sampark Kranti. From the Pathankot railway station, there are many taxis and buses for Mcleodganj.

 Indrahar Pass Trek experience

 The trek remains a blessing for both beginner and experienced trekkers. While if you are a novice, it is a great start t for you. While the Triund trek itself is very famous and alluring but Indrahar is more beautiful and adventurous than what Triund has to offer. This lovely trek is also good for experienced trekkers as it tests there stamina and fitness.

Indrahar pass trek is a perfect gateway into the Himalayas. This trek has a perfect stretch of only 4 days and people can enjoy it only taking a week off. One must take this trek if he/she is into trekking and adventurous world.

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