Old Shephard’s Trail

Indrahar pass is a very old shepherd route that connects kangra valley to Chamba valley in Himachal Pradesh, situated in the Dhauladhar range of Himalayas at the height of 4380mtrs. This pass has a reputation amongst the trekkers for being notorious because of the weather cycles of that area, at the same time the trail and the view from the top is one of the most beautiful experience for some. Indrahar means “Garland of Indra(lord of winds)” and the weather conditions of this mountain range holds up that reputation, that makes it a good trek for seasoned trekkers.

highlights
cost INR 9500   Inc. of all taxes T&C*
days 06 days
best time May- June, September- October
group size Max. 08
altitude 4350 m
gradient Difficult 
location Himachal Pradesh
itinerary
Day 01 – Arrive at Bhagsu nag (1907 m)

We expect you to reach Bhagsu nag by evening, here we will introduce you with our team and brief you about the trek, accommodation in guest house/hotel.

Day 02 – Bhagsu nag (1907 m) to Triund (2972) – 7 km

Our journey will start from the famous vacation place of Bhagsu nag which is at walking distance from McLeod Ganj. We will follow a paved road initially which will take us to a Village route towards the Gallu temple, from this point many small tea shops are there on the way and the trail is an easy ascent. Triund is a very famous location as well and you may find a lot of people here in the day time however, by evening the people will decrease as the day hikers would return back. accommodation in tents.

Day 03 – Triund to Laka Got (3352 m) – 4 km

Today we will start early, initially the ascent is tiring which gradually becomes an easy walk through the forest until we reach above tree line and enter the meadow where an old shop is present, we will take some rest here and proceed towards further. the trail from here is a gradual descend over the ridge that connects the Laka got to the foot of Indrahar pass, soon we will reach a roughly flat terrain which is full of grasslands and boulders. the view of Indrahar pass and the majestic Mun peak dominates the view.

Day 04 – Laka Got (3352 m) to Lahesh caves (3708 m) -3 km

This is a very easy day as we will be covering a very small distance of 3 km in total. the walk is a gradual ascent, the cave is made out of huge boulders crashing onto each other and resting in such a way that it creates enough space for 20-25 people to stay in it. also, the cave is not closed from all ends and has a very low roof that makes it a very difficult place to stay however, the shepherds use this cave for their stay and it adds to the experience of the mountains and the old gaddi(shepherds) culture

Day 05  – Lahesh caves to Indrahar Pass (4350 m) to Laka Got (3352 m)- 6 km

Today is a challenging day as we will be heading towards the pass, the trail is roughly marked by cairns at some points and it is a very steep ascend to the pass with no flat sections at all. Indrahar pass can be a tough challenge for week hearted as the trail gets very steep under the pass and giant boulders are always visible around the edges. the view of whole kangra valley while ascending is a treat that keeps you delighted. just below the pass there is a traverse of approx. 30 meters and you will find yourself on the narrow fracture in the mountain range that makes Indrahar pass. there is not too much space at the pass and local people have placed lots of tridents over the top. the view of the Chamba side that shows Pir Pinjal range is breath-taking and the valley below carries a vastness in it. after spending some time over the pass, we will descend back to the same trail and try to reach Laka got and camp there for the night.

Day 06 – Laka Got to Bhagsu nag (1907 m) – 11 km

we will start our trek in the morning after breakfast and head back on the same trail that we initially took. the trail is an easy descend from here and we can take a halt at Triund to see what we have climbed the day before. we will try to keep the rhythm while descending as the trail has many sections with loose rocks. our trek ends at Bhagsu nag.


1. I am a beginner, is this for me?

Indrahar pass offers exposer to tough terrains that too in high altitude, having some experience in some high altitude terrains would definitely help. We suggest with the right preparation and fitness level, it could be done for the first time.

2. Is there any age limit to go for this trek?

Yes, the minimum age to register with us is 16 years and no maximum age limit.

3. Is it safe to trek with Himalayan wilderness?

Our team at HW consist of certified mountaineers, water sports guides, and forest guides, and it is totally safe for any person of any gender to participate in activities conducted by Himalayan wilderness. We will take utter precautions to keep you from harm.

4. What’s the best season to do this trek?

Indrahar Pass trek lies in Dhauladhar range, which has its own weather pattern, it generally gets cloudy in the afternoon with the chances of rainfall. This trek could be done only in pre monsoon or post monsoon time.

5. Is the camera allowed?

Yes, It is allowed to carry a camera on the trail, however, for shooting a video film or documentary permissions from the forest department are required.

6. Do I have to carry any documents or photos with me?

Carry a photo identity card at all times on the trek, since we have to take a permission from the forest department. Forest officers may or may not ask for it at any time.

7. What if I don’t want to carry the heavy backpack on my own during the trek?

Trekking is much more fun when you have your backpack for you, however, you may offload your backpack to a porter or mule and that would need a prior notification.

8. How do I get my phone, cameras, etc. get charged?

At Ghangharia, you can charge your phone and cameras at the guest house or Homestay. However, also carry a lightweight power bank or a solar power bank.

9. Do I need to bring my own food for the trek?

We will provide you with the food and lodging as explained in the details of the event as per the cost inclusion and exclusion, also we will provide you with the refreshment before starting the hike every day. We will provide you with a menu that will consist of veg food and egg food while on the trek, however, you may carry energy bars, energy drinks etc as per your requirement.

10. How will be the accommodation and washroom facility on the trek?

While in the wilderness there would be two toilet tents pitched, participants may decide whether to dedicate one each for men and women. The accommodation would be two people sharing in camps. While accommodating in the hotel or guest house the washroom facility will be available in all the rooms and shared between two people, however, in some locations while accommodating in a Homestay or in lodges of forest rest houses accommodation will be as per the situation. We will keep you informed about the same.

11. Will I be provided with blankets?

While accommodating at the base camp blankets would be provided by the hotel, guest house, or any establishment. While camping we will provide you with a sleeping bag, and for all high-altitude treks, we will provide you fleece liners along with the sleeping bag.

12. What all things I need to get by myself and what all I need to get on rent?

We expect you to carry your rucksack with all the trek essentials, along with the rain protection gear such as a poncho, rain cover for backpack, etc. Energy bars as per your requirement, your personal medical supplies if any, a small emergency kit that includes thread and needle, a basic medical kit, multi-tool equipment etc. All basic camping equipment would be provided by HW, we suggest there is no requirement for renting trekking gear.

13. What equipment’s will be provided by Himalayan wilderness?

Live-in tents, sleeping bags, fleece liner, mattress, Kitchen tent, dining tent, snow traction spikes, Waste pouch, toilet tents. Any equipment involved in the kitchen would be provided by HW, the medical kit including basic first aid supplies would be carried by our mountain guide, last but not the least the rescue equipment such as a stretcher, oxygen cylinder, ropes, and all other technical gear would be provided by HW.

14. During the trek, how will I get drinkable water?

Drinkable water would be available on all treks and our team will provide you information on where and what the source is available for drinking. We request you to carry a thermal flask or a hydration pack as our team will not allow you to carry any plastic bottles on the mountains.

15. From the beginning to the end of the trek, what all cost has to be borne by me?

Please refer to our Cost inclusion and exclusion

16. How is the network reception there?

 All the networks work fine till the base camp, and Triund has some specific points from where call can be made using Vodafone network.

 

 

 

 

1. I am a beginner, is this for me?

Indrahar pass offers exposer to tough terrains that too in high altitude, having some experience in some high altitude terrains would definitely help. We suggest with the right preparation and fitness level, it could be done for the first time.

 

  1. Is there any age limit to go for this trek?

      Yes, the minimum age to register with us is 16 years and no maximum age limit.

 

3. Is it safe to trek with Himalayan wilderness?

Our team at HW consist of certified mountaineers, water sports guides, and forest guides, and it is totally safe for any person of any gender to participate in activities conducted by Himalayan wilderness. We will take utter precautions to keep you from harm.

4. What’s the best season to do this trek?

Indrahar Pass trek lies in Dhauladhar range, which has its own weather pattern, it generally gets cloudy in the afternoon with the chances of rainfall. This trek could be done only in pre monsoon or post monsoon time.

 

5. Is the camera allowed?

Yes, It is allowed to carry a camera on the trail, however, for shooting a video film or documentary permissions from the forest department are required.

 

6. Do I have to carry any documents or photos with me?

Carry a photo identity card at all times on the trek, since we have to take a permission from the forest department. Forest officers may or may not ask for it at any time.

 

7. What if I don’t want to carry the heavy backpack on my own during the trek?

Trekking is much more fun when you have your backpack for you, however, you may offload your backpack to a porter or mule and that would need a prior notification.

8. How do I get my phone, cameras, etc. get charged?
At Ghangharia, you can charge your phone and cameras at the guest house or Homestay. However, also carry a lightweight power bank or a solar power bank.

 

9. Do I need to bring my own food for the trek?

We will provide you with the food and lodging as explained in the details of the event as per the cost inclusion and exclusion, also we will provide you with the refreshment before starting the hike every day. We will provide you with a menu that will consist of veg food and egg food while on the trek, however, you may carry energy bars, energy drinks etc as per your requirement.

10. How will be the accommodation and washroom facility on the trek?

While in the wilderness there would be two toilet tents pitched, participants may decide whether to dedicate one each for men and women. The accommodation would be two people sharing in camps. While accommodating in the hotel or guest house the washroom facility will be available in all the rooms and shared between two people, however, in some locations while accommodating in a Homestay or in lodges of forest rest houses accommodation will be as per the situation. We will keep you informed about the same.

11. Will I be provided with blankets?

While accommodating at the base camp blankets would be provided by the hotel, guest house, or any establishment. While camping we will provide you with a sleeping bag, and for all high-altitude treks, we will provide you fleece liners along with the sleeping bag.

12. What all things I need to get by myself and what all I need to get on rent?

We expect you to carry your rucksack with all the trek essentials, along with the rain protection gear such as a poncho, rain cover for backpack, etc. Energy bars as per your requirement, your personal medical supplies if any, a small emergency kit that includes thread and needle, a basic medical kit, multi-tool equipment etc. All basic camping equipment would be provided by HW, we suggest there is no requirement for renting trekking gear.

13. What equipment’s will be provided by Himalayan wilderness?

Live-in tents, sleeping bags, fleece liner, mattress, Kitchen tent, dining tent, snow traction spikes, Waste pouch, toilet tents. Any equipment involved in the kitchen would be provided by HW, the medical kit including basic first aid supplies would be carried by our mountain guide, last but not the least the rescue equipment such as a stretcher, oxygen cylinder, ropes, and all other technical gear would be provided by HW.

14. During the trek, how will I get drinkable water?

Drinkable water would be available on all treks and our team will provide you information on where and what the source is available for drinking. We request you to carry a thermal flask or a hydration pack as our team will not allow you to carry any plastic bottles on the mountains.

15. From the beginning to the end of the trek, what all cost has to be borne by me?

Please refer to our Cost inclusion and exclusion

16. How is the network reception there?

 All the networks work fine till the base camp, and Triund has some specific points from where call can be made using Vodafone network.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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