Trekking: Mcleod Ganj, Triund, Lahesh Cave, Indrahar Pass

Trekking: Mcleod Ganj, Triund, Lahesh Cave, Indrahar Pass

Towards the end of June 2012, we did a week long Trekking trip in Himalayas starting from McLeod Ganj and climbing up for next 4 days all the way upto Indrahar Pass.

McLeod Ganj is located in the district of Kangra, Himachal Pradesh, India at an altitude of 1,750 meters. We spent our first day exploring the Monetaries of the Buddhist religion. On the second day we started climbing up to Triund, which was 8km long upway trek. Triund is at an average elevation of 2842 meters and experience heavy rainfall almost throughout the summer season. After october, this place experiences heavy snow and is inhabitable. Triund is the last spot where one would find water and traces of electricity from solar panels. Beyond this point, there is no sign of habitation, or cellphone coverage.

We camped overnight in Triund and the started for Lahesh caves which is at the elevation of 3475 meters. This part of the trip is most challenging as the paths are shallow, slippery and slopes are steep. On the way we were interrupted by heavy rain, low visibility heavy fog. This journey involved camping at places where you would not find anything other than stray animals like sheep and dogs.

We hit the snow line at the altitude of 3,100 meters. Hardest part of this part of the journey was to cross a frozen river channel which was elevated at an angle of 20 degrees and 100meters wide. We heavily under-armed for crossing such hard frozen slippery channels but, with right guidance of our guides, we could cross it in under an hour.

Journey Beyond Lahesh cave is pretty tough and risky. Only few of us went further and most brave men among us gave up. Indrahar pass is  untouched by humans and is hence beautiful.

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