Indrahar Pass is one of the most beautiful and popular treks in Dhauladhar Mountain range of outer Himalayas. The climb to the pass is most difficult but once you reach the top of the pass you have the most amazing view of the high Himalayan peaks of Pir Panjal range of central Himalayas on one side and the vast Kangra valley on the other. During pre monsoon period (April to June) the trail to the pass is under deep compact snow and ice. During post-monsoon there is now snow on the trail and one has to negotiate narrow-rocky trail to reach the pass. After the pass the trail leads down into Chamba valley and we reach one of the most remote tribal village of Kuwari in Chamba valley.
The trek goes through mixed forest of oak, rhododendron and deodar tress. First 2 km is a steep ascent but there is a gradual ascent after Galu Devi Temple. The last 1 kilometer is again a steep ascent through the forest which is known as 22 mode (zigzag). Triund is a flat meadow on top of a ridge. From here panoramic view of Dhauladhar range on one side and Kangra valley on other is a memorable sight.
On this day, wake up early in the morning as the view from Triund is magnificent at this time. Take a deep breath and absorb the view of mighty Dhauladhar ranges. After breakfast, start trek to Laka Got. It takes around 3 to 4 hours to reach Laka Got. The first milestone in today’s trek is Snowline Cafe, which is around 2 km from Triund and then comes Laka Got. From here, traverse a ridge to reach Laka Got. Laka Got is situated at the snout of small glacier, which is full of snow and ice in early summer, and the snow melt away during the monsoon.
This is because of monsoon. From July to mid-September is the monsoon season, when up to 3,000 mm (120 inches) of rainfall can be experienced which makes Dharamshala one of the wettest places in the state. That’s why we keep one day extra for summit. On this day we will explore the nature as much as we can and try to understand Mother Nature very closely.
Make sure you begin your trek early in the morning. The distance is longest today and it is also the most difficult part of the entire trek. So be mentally prepared. The total distance for this day trek is around 12 km and it takes around 6-7 hours to reach the top, i.e., Indrahar Pass and another 4 hours to come down to Laqa Pass. The route from Laqa Pass to Indrahar Pass is steep and is completely uphill. Difficulty level varies from moderate to strenuous. There is no vegetation here and terrain is mostly rocky. Overnight stay at Laka Got.
Trek starts in the morning after breakfast and has your lunch at Triund. From Triund, take caution while coming down as the trail is rocky. After reaching Mcleodganj, you can either explore Mcleodganj and its nearby places such as Bhagsunath waterfalls, dalai Lama Temple, and Dal Lake.