03 Nights / 04 Days
The Indrahar Pass trek, which is one of the easy to moderate treks in Himachal Pradesh, takes off from McLeodganj, which is the seat of Dalai Lama, to Triund at 2,875 meters. The trek to Triund via Dhramkot 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 Laka 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.
The track goes through mixed forest of oak, rhododendron and deodar trees. First 2km is a steed ascent but there is agradual ascent after Galu Devi temple. The last 1 km ia again a steep ascent through the forest. Triund is a flat meadow on top of a ridge. From here panoramic view of Dhauladhar range on one side and Kangra valley on the other is a memorable sight. Night stay in tents.
This is an acclimatization day. After a short ascent from Triund traverse a ridge to reach Laka Got - a temporary shephard camp. Laka Got is situated at the snout of a 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 a rocky ridge to reach Lahes cave. Night stay in the cave or camp at Laka Got.
Start early in the morning, the weather gets bad in the afternoon. In the early summer (April to May) the trail is full of snow and ice and reqiure good equipment. During post monsoon (September to November) there is no snow or ice and there is narrow trail going up to the pass. It takes about three hours to the pass and another three hours to come down. From the pass entire Pir Panjal range of central Himalayas is a sight to behold. Back to Laka Got For Panjal range of central Himalayas is a sight to behold. Back to Laka Got for night stay.
Follow the same route on the way back or a different one from Triund going over a grassy meadow and desecend down to Bhagsu Nag and then to Mcleodganj