Indrahar Pass Trek: Complete Trekking Guide

If you enjoy seeing snow-capped nature from atop gorgeous scenic mountains, the Indrahar Pass should be on your bucket list straight now! The Indrahar Pass is a mountain pass that connects the Himachal Pradesh regions of Chamba and Kangra. It is also one of the most popular trekking routes from Dharamshala’s tourism attractions. Indrahar Pass, nestled among the little vernacular communities of the region, provides picture-perfect vistas of the Dhauladhar range. Due to the vast range of Himalayan terrains, India is widely regarded as a trekker’s paradise. In India, one can trek as part of a deal from any trekking company or go it alone, which is a more daring approach to play in nature, which is why I always encourage going on an independent trip.

The organiser is in charge of everything. You simply need to pay the needed fee and wait for the journey dates. If you undertake it on your own, you will have to arrange for a guide, rations, tents, and other necessities. Of course, it is a demanding activity that requires some work, but as the adage goes, “efforts make the destination more beautiful,” so trekking alone can provide you with a unique experience and a true adventure feel that you will not get from hiking with a community or organisation.

Indrahar pass trek

Also, unless you are going on an excursion, it is less expensive than doing it with a trekking organisation. About: Indrahar Pass is a high mountain pass in the Dhauladhar mountains of the Himalayas, located at an elevation of 4342 metres. The trip begins at Mcleodganj, a Dharamshala neighbourhood. From the pass, one may enjoy breathtaking views of peaks such as Hanuman Tibba, Deo Tibba, and Kangra valley.


The Indrahar pass trek ranges in difficulty from moderate to severe. Except for a few spots, the trek to Ilaqa pass is rather straightforward. As you get closer to Ilaqa Pass, it becomes increasingly tough. It is recommended that you begin exercising at least two weeks before the journey date in order to develop your stamina, endurance, and muscle strength. Leg and thigh exercises are essential because your legs are always in use during travelling. If the legs are gone, it’s game over.

Best of the trek

The trek can be completed at any time of year. If you want to see snow, go in the months of March to June, and if you want clear weather, go in the months of September to November. It is not recommended to hike during the monsoon season because the trail becomes slick and landslides are common during this time. Also, because it is cloudy most of the time, you will not be able to enjoy picturesque sights.

Things to carry

Powerbank, LED torch, Pants for hiking, Shoes for hiking (hiking shoes will also work), Spray Volini, Raincoat/poncho, Hat, Lotion with SPF, Sunglasses, Jacket that keeps you warm (during winters), Bedspread (if you are bringing tents), Cover for rucksack, Map of the Trek, Supplements for energy (chocolates, juices), Bottle of water.

How to reach

By Air: Gaggal airport is the closest airport, and Pathankot airport is the largest airport. Taxis and buses to Mcleodganj are readily available from these airports. By Train: Pathankot railway station is the closest major railhead. It has connections to all of India’s main railway stations. To get to Mcleodganj, either rent a taxi or take a bus from the railway station. By Bus: Several buses go daily from Delhi and Chandigarh to Mcleodganj, taking approximately 11 and 7 hours respectively. A cab is another option, but it is more expensive. If you can’t get a direct bus to Mcleodganj, go to Dharamshala first and then to Mcleodganj. From Dharamshala, shared jeeps and buses are usually available at a low rate.

Things to do

1. Trekking: Indrahar Pass is located in the Himalayas, on one of the most magnificent trekking tracks in the world. The rich green conifer trees add to the fascinating sights, which are made much better by the cloudy white snow on your trekking trail. The entire trip is rather basic, with only just a few really steep slopes to spice things up.

 2. Camping: The Indrahar Pass Trek will take you to some of the world’s most stunning and pristine camping places. You’ll have the chance to tent under the stars at Triund, Lahesh Caves, and Ilaqa Got Pass along the way. Camping on some of the most beautiful hilltops in freezing temperatures with a gorgeous campfire and a cup of coffee is an experience unlike any other.

3. Sightseeing: You’ll pass through some of Himachal’s most spectacular natural wonders on your journey to Indrahar Pass. Don’t forget to photograph the beautiful lakes, waterfalls, monasteries, and temples for memories that will last a lifetime. Also unbeatable are the vistas of the Himalayan range ringed by lovely conifer woods along your trip.

What not to miss

1. Triund Hill: A lush green hilltop with spectacular views of the surrounding hills and valleys. Triund Trek is one of the most well-known treks in the country, as well as one of the easiest and with the best vistas.

2. Bhagsu Waterfalls: Named after the Bhagsu town, which is located near a spectacular Shiva temple on the way to Indrahar Pass. To see this stunning waterfall, you’ll have to take a detour. The waterfall’s crystal clear waters will tempt you to take a relaxing bath.

3. Tibetan Museum: Located at the start of your hike to Indrahar Pass, the Tibetan Museum is a must-see in McLeod Ganj. The mesum provides a sensation of calm while also containing a wealth of information about Tibetan culture.

4. Kareli Lake: On your way to Indrahar Pass, you’ll pass by this freshwater lake, which is one of the most gorgeous. You might even spot migratory birds if you’re lucky, making your vacation even more memorable.

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