Camping, Adventure, Trekking & Mountaineering at Triund Indrahaar Pass in Dharmashala Mcleodganj Himachal
Mcleodganj- Triyund- Indrahar Pass Trek
INDRAHAR TREK : A brief Introduction
Accepted in trekking world as one of the most awe-inspiring still tempting treks in the Indian Himalayan region full of beautiful landscapes, sparkling streams, deep gorges, tranquil lakes and deodar forest all through, this trek is capable of seizing the imagination of all interested in trekking. the mind of several travelers from all age group. A trekking stretch covering elevation from 1,768 m to 4,425 m, Indraar trek from Mcleodganj is a must if you want to attain an experienced trekker tag. The Indrahar Pass forms the border between Kangra and Chamba districts and lay bare the stretch of Dhauladhar range with the fascinating glimpse of hamlets below. It also uncovers the tranquil waters of Lake Mankiani and Kareri.
ABOUT PLACES ENROUTE:
Dharmashala (1830 m) is perched on the high slopes in the upper region of Kangra Valley against the backdrop of dramatic Dhauladhar mountains. Originally a little hill resort built by the British, Dharamsala rambles up in levels to very near the snow line. Dharams3wala is the main hill station in the Kangra Valley - a fertile, undulating valley, lying between the gentle Shivalik Hills and the foothills of the mighty Dhauladhars - a valley noted for the beauty of its scenery - lush terraces, wooded hills, manicured tea gardens and sparkling streams.
McLeodganj is best known as the headquarters of the Tibetan Government in Exile and home of the 14th Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso. The Tibetan settlement here is a delightful example of their agreeable nature. With heavy tourist traffic, Dharamsala is quite cosmopolitan in character. However, a certain decorum needs to be observed while visiting Buddhist shrines. Walk clockwise around shrines and stupas and on the left-hand side inside monasteries. Buddhist monasteries are open to all.
Triund - the meeting of the three paths - is a camping ground on the top of a ridge next to Moon Peak. All of green meadows and pasture to feel and rest upon. The mighty Dhauladhar ranges towering your vision. Triund is the acclimatization point for Indrahara Pass trekking. The trek from Mcleodganj to Triund offers panoramic views of Bhagsu village, Mcleodganj, Dharamsala valley and distant views of Shivalik hills and plains of Kangra valley. It's where you can look at the wall of the snow-capped Himalayas looming up on one side, and the Dharamshala valley on the other. Triund is a beautiful meadow below the Indrahara pass from where you get amazing views of the Kangra valley and the Dhauladhar range. Although one can walk to Triund and back in one day, it is a good overnight camping site for those short of time or just requiring a short outdoor experience.
Llaka Glacier (Snow Line): Along glacial morains, Laka is used as a base camp for the shepherds to go over the pass. The small glacier is called snow line. The snowline normally starts just 3/4 km from Triund and affords a breathtaking view of the snows above and the valley below.
Blessed with some of the most spectacular and beautiful landscapes anywhere, it is a traveler’s paradise -lofty snow peaks, deep gorges, lush green valleys, fast flowing rivers, enchanting mountain lakes, flower bedecked meadows, beautiful temples and monasteries steeped in time. May it be for relaxing, sightseeing, trekking, mountaineering, fishing, para-gliding, skiing, ice skating and golf, Himachal has it all...Come! Explore Himachal with us...
REGION: Dhauladhar Mountain Range, Kangra Valley (Himachal)
BASE: Dharmashala/Mc Leodganj, Himachal
COORDINATES: Triund: 32°15'17"N 76°21'30"E. Lahesh Cave: 32.2876° N, 76.3722° E. Indrahar Pass: 32.2951° N, 76.3838° E
GRADE: Moderate (suitable for 15 Years and above age group)
HEIGHT: 4,342 metres / 14329 ft at Indrahar Pass
SEASON: May to June and September to Mid October
DURATION: 5 Days
TOTAL TREK: 22 km
GROUP SIZE: Min. 12 to Max. 60 persons in each batch
Air: The nearest airport at Gaggal is 14 km away after which it is accessible by road.
Rail: Pathankot is the nearest broad gauge railway terminal to Dharamsala. From Pathankot there is a narrow gauge railway line up to Kangra (94 km) and from here Dharamsala is 17 km by road.
Road: Direct and regular bus service from Delhi (520 km), Chandigarh (250 km), Jammu (210 km), Shimla (238 km), Chamba (192 km) and Manali (265 km). Luxury buses like Volvo also ply daily from Delhi and Chandigarh.
WEATHER: May to September: 12-20 °C during the day, while the night temperature could be in minus -2 to 6 °C. September to October: 8-16 °C during the day, while the night temperature hovers between - 6 to 4 °C.
VEGETATION: Forests, vegetation and greenery are found in decreasing manner till Triund which is a packet of green meadows and pasture. Trek past Triund and you have rocky boulders generally covered with snow after Llaka glacier. Initially this trek will take you through green pastures, dense Deodar and Rhododendron forests than finally to walk on the ancient trail of Gaddi Shepherds up to Lahesh cave in the upper Ravi Valley and Lahaul where meadows and pastures offered vegetation to their flock for grazing.
WILD LIFE: Wild goat, leopard and Monal bird are the main animal and avian species found in this region.
McLeodganj- headquarters of the Government in exile with Dalai Lama as it's head and patron, acts as the base to Indrahar trek. Famous stops are Triund 2,875 m and Lahesh Cave. The trek to Triund via Dharamkot village and Galu Devi reveals a magnificent view of the Kangra Valley and Dharamshala town below. From Triund, the trail leads off to Lahesh Cave via Llaka passing through a meadow scattered with boulders. From Lahesh Cave the journey for the day commences for Indrahar Pass walking over the rocks straight on the North East face of the ridge, keeping the steep wall of Mon to its right. The trail continues over the crest and comes across several ascents. The view from the pass is just mind blowing. To the south lie the Kangra valley and the distant plains of Punjab in a blue haze, while up north rises wave upon waves of ranges like the Pir Panjal to the north, Kishtwar to the west, Bara Bangahal to east and Manimahesh to the northeast. The trail further continues down to Chhata passing through an untamed stream over the dark boulder and expunges into a beautiful valley dotted with several species of wildflowers. From Chhata, the route snakes to Kuarsi via Kuarsi Nala and leads off at Brehi en route to Lamu followed by Donali. Brehi is the gateway to Minikiani Lake, and the track passes through a dense forest via Drakund. After crossing the Minikiani Lake, the route leads to Kareri Lake and then to the camp at Kareri followed by the downhill trek to McLeodganj..
ESCAPADE ITINERARY: 5 Days:
DAY 1: Mcleodganj 1768 m- Bhagsu Camp 2 km drive/ Jungle walk
Arrival Mcleodganj. Be greeted by our escort/transport staff to facilitate your transfer to our panoramic camp site at Bhagsu Village.
ACTIVITY THEME: Briefing By Chief Instructor. Issue of equipment, Forest Familiarization, Equipment Detailing, Tent Pitching, Initialization Trekking 2 km to Bhagsunag Temple and Water Fall. Games and Campfire. Overnight stay in tents.
Day 02- Mcleodganj - Triund 2975 m - 7 km trek from camp
Early breakfast. Start for the most enjoyable and moderate trek. Setup your camp upon arrival at Triund Meadow. Cultural evening with Games, Dance, Music and Camp Fire. Overnight in tents at Triund.
About Trek: Camp to Triund is a gradual trek which passes through Dharamkot and Galu Devi temple. The trek from Dal Lake, Dharamkot and Bhagsu village meet at a ridge known as Galu Devi temple (2130 mt).
Feast your eyes and soul passing through a thick and beautiful forests of deodar, oak and rhododendron. Triund is situated at an altitude of 2925 meters. The trek offer panoramic views of Bhagsu village, Mcleodganj, Dharamsala valley and distant views of Shivalik hills and plains of Kangra valley. The trek is of moderate nature. Triund is a large land of green grass and pasture like. One can see the mighty Dhauladhar ranges just above the eyes and camping.
Day 03- Triund- Lahesh Cave 3500 mt (6 km trek)
After breakfast we start our day putting ourselves back on the trek to reach the Lahesh Cave tagged along the Snow Line. Back to Triund camp in afternoon for a late lunch. Cultural evening with Games, Dance, Music and Camp Fire. Overnight in tents at triund.
About Trek: This is a beaten trek frequented by shepherds, trekkers and local people The trek climbs up to the left of the Triund rest house along a slippery and rocky path thorough oak and tosh trees. After a short ascent from Triund traverse a ridge to reach Laka Got a temporary shepherd camp. Laka Got is situated at the snout of small glacier, which is full of snow and ice in early summer, and the snow melts away during the monsoon. From Laka Got it is a steep ascent for 2 km. Over rocky ridge to reach Lahesh cave. Night stay in the Lahesh Cave OR camp at Laka Got.
Day 4: Lahesh Cave- Indrahaar Pass 4350 m/ 4 km- Llaka Got 3350 m/ 6 km-
Set off on trek early morning to avoid a bad afternoon weather. Here set your camera and binocular range to behold the mesmerizing view of entire Pir Panjal and Dhauladhar range of central Himalayas. Catch glimpses of famous peaks like Moon (4666 m), Arthur's Seat (4525 m) etc. Descend back to to Laka Got or Khabrotu for night saty.
Day 5: Llaka Got- Mcleodganj
Post breakfast trace back your foot steps to Mcleodganj. Farewell and parting messages before leaving for further destination from Mcleodganj.
OPTION: Camping/Local Sightseeing with more nights at Bhagsu camp.
More Camp Activities on Offer: Rope course like Climbing with Jummar & Rappelling, Monkey Crawling, Valley Crossing etc
Trekking/Nature Walks such as 2 km to St John Church via Dharmakot, 3 km to Dal Lake and Naddi
Team Building Games/Activities such as Camp Fire, Trust Fall, Tresure Hunt, Self Cooking
Sightseeing Suggestions: Dalai lama’s headquarter, buddhist Monastery, Namgyal Stupa, Tibetan Institute Of Performing Arts, Flee Market (shopper’s paradise for handicrafts, antiques and carpets), Mall Road, Kangra Fort, War Memorial, Cricket Stadium, Norbulinga Monastery, Kangara Art Museum, Tapovan,
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