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Currently, young people and thrill seekers like hiking as a recreation. Because to the variety of Himalayan terrains, India is generally recognised as a trekking paradise. One might choose to go trekking in India by purchasing a package from a trekking company or by taking the risk of going trekking alone. Solo trekking is usually advised because it is a riskier method to enjoy the outdoors. The advantage of taking a package is that you won’t have to stress about logistics or other things like mules, guides, tents, etc. Everything has been organized by the organizer. To join the adventure and make the necessary payments, all you need to do is wait for the dates. Organize your resources if you choose to go it alone.
At a height of 4342 metres, Indrahar Pass trek is a high mountain pass situated in the Himalayan Dhauladhar ranges. The walk starts in Mcleodganj, a Dharamshala neighbourhood. From the pass, one can see the Kangra valley and many stunning peaks, including Hanuman Tibba, Deo Tibba, and others.
To reach Indrahar Pass by foot, there are two options.
The steps in the trip are Triund, Ilaqa Pass, Lahesh Caves, Indrahar Pass, Lahesh Caves, Ilaqa Pass, Triund, and Mcleodganj.
Chatru Parao, Kuarsi, Lahesh Caves, Indrahar Pass, Triund, Mcleodganj, and Ilaqa Pass
The first one is the journey from Mcleodganj to Mcleodganj, so I’ll start there.
Getting ready before the hike:
The trek ranges in difficulty from moderate to severe. With a few exceptions, the trail to Ilaqa Pass is straightforward. It becomes more difficult once you pass Ilaqa Pass. To boost your stamina and endurance and to develop your muscles, it would be best if you started exercising at least two weeks before to the journey dates. Exercise for the legs and thighs is essential because they are always a key component of trekking. If the legs are gone, it’s over.
You should practise yoga poses like “alom vilom” and “kapalbhati” so that you won’t experience any breathing difficulties at greater altitudes.
For this walk, neither a special permit nor a forest permit are needed. Do not forget to bring a photo ID to present at the Galu Devi temple checkpoint. Better not to bring any alcohol since it is not permitted to carry alcohol.
Ideal time to travel:
Any month might be used for the expedition. Visit between March and June if you want to see snow, and between September and November for clear skies if you want to see snow. It is advised against trekking during the monsoon season since the terrain becomes slick and landslides are more likely during this time. Also, as it is cloudy the most of the time, you won’t get any picturesque views.
Items to bring:
- a LED torch
- hiking pants
- trekking boots (hiking shoes will also work)
- Voilini aerosol
- Sunscreen Cream
- a warm coat (during winters)
- Mattress (if you are bringing tents) (if you are bringing tents)
- Backpack lining
- Trail Map
- energy boosters (chocolates, juices)
- bottle of water
Getting to Mcleodganj:
Via Air: Pathankot Airport is the main airport and Gaggal Airport is the closest airport.
By Train: Pathankot Railway Station is the closest significant railhead. All of India’s significant railway stations are connected to it. To get to Mcleodganj from the railway station, use a bus or order a taxi.
By bus: There are a number of buses that travel to Mcleodganj every day from Delhi and Chandigarh. The travel times are approximately 11 and 7 hours, respectively. Taxi service is another option, however it is more expensive. If you can’t find a vehicle that would take you directly to Mcleodganj, go to Dharamshala first, then Mcleodganj.
Things to remember
No need to pack a tent, just keep that in mind. In Triund, Snowline Cafe, and Ilaqa Pass, tents may be rented for 500 per night for one person. You can rent it from your city if you’d prefer a more affordable choice. It costs between $200 to $400 per day for accommodations for two to three people. Compared to alpine tents, dome tents are lighter and more stable.
Don’t pack a lot of food or other consumables. You can have Maggi, tea, dal rice, omelettes, etc. at the Galu Devi temple, Magic view cafe, Triund, Snowline cafe, and Ilaqa pass. Hence, all you need to bring is water and a modest number of energy-boosting foods like juice, chocolate, etc.
Don’t forget to create a moat around the tent if it’s raining. This aids in removing water from the area around the tent.