Mcleodganj-Indrahar pass-Mcleodganj TREK

#1 Apr 24th, 2014, 13:58
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Hey guys,

I am 22 year old, female from Delhi. I am planning a trek mid june (17th/18th) from Mcleodganj to Indrahar pass and back to Bhagsu/ Mcleodganj. I have been there before but never did the trek. ( In my defense, I had to post this here, since I couldn't understand where to.. :-/) Two more of my friends will be with me (both girls) I had few queries:

1) Is it safe ( I mean from harassment and such shit) for three girls to take this trek on our own? Oh and we are all newbie trekkers, but we love the wilderness.
2) If I do take a guide, no porters or cook, just one guide, how much will it cost and where should I look for him? Do I book him from Delhi or there itself. Cheaper option preferred.
3) Do I carry my own gear ( a walking pole, lamps, sleeping bags etc) from Delhi itself or do I rent it there?
4) What is the maximum number of days required to do this trek?


Any help will be greatly appreciated. If anybody else wants to join us on this trip, even better..the only condition is, you are funny and non-fussy!
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Originally Posted by mm09 View Post Hey guys,

I am 22 year old, female from Delhi. I am planning a trek mid june (17th/18th) from Mcleodganj to Indrahar pass and back to Bhagsu/ Mcleodganj. I have been there before but never did the trek. ( In my defense, I had to post this here, since I couldn't understand where to.. :-/) Two more of my friends will be with me (both girls) I had few queries:

1) Is it safe ( I mean from harassment and such shit) for three girls to take this trek on our own? Oh and we are all newbie trekkers, but we love the wilderness.
2) If I do take a guide, no porters or cook, just one guide, how much will it cost and where should I look for him? Do I book him from Delhi or there itself. Cheaper option preferred.
3) Do I carry my own gear ( a walking pole, lamps, sleeping bags etc) from Delhi itself or do I rent it there?
4) What is the maximum number of days required to do this trek?


Any help will be greatly appreciated. If anybody else wants to join us on this trip, even better..the only condition is, you are funny and non-fussy!
Have you done any other independent treks before or this will be your first time??
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Yup..it will be my first
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Definitely book the guide when you get there, in my opinion. You can meet the person and avoid paying twice. And ask locals.
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That is great and much better than going with agencies but i would suggest you to gather some info about local guides and porters and ask their package wise charges including food, tents,and sleeping bag if you don't have this equipments that will be quite better than doing everything on your own as you are new to it.
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Originally Posted by mm09 View Post Hey guys,

I am 22 year old, female from Delhi. I am planning a trek mid june (17th/18th) from Mcleodganj to Indrahar pass and back to Bhagsu/ Mcleodganj. I have been there before but never did the trek. ( In my defense, I had to post this here, since I couldn't understand where to.. :-/) Two more of my friends will be with me (both girls) I had few queries:

1) Is it safe ( I mean from harassment and such shit) for three girls to take this trek on our own? Oh and we are all newbie trekkers, but we love the wilderness.
2) If I do take a guide, no porters or cook, just one guide, how much will it cost and where should I look for him? Do I book him from Delhi or there itself. Cheaper option preferred.
3) Do I carry my own gear ( a walking pole, lamps, sleeping bags etc) from Delhi itself or do I rent it there?
4) What is the maximum number of days required to do this trek?


Any help will be greatly appreciated. If anybody else wants to join us on this trip, even better..the only condition is, you are funny and non-fussy!
I have also planned to trek in Himachal by end of June in Hampta pass and we have negotiated everything with the guide in advance for any future fuss. I have checked some of indrahar pass images and they are great, hope to do it in future so Happy trekking........
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@Reyan : Ohkay cool, thank you somuch
@harvestmouse : Thanks for the advice..

One more question: Can i do this trek In 4 days? I mean
Day1- Mcleodganj to triund to Lakagot
Day2- Lakagot to Indrahar pass and back
Day3- Lakagot to Triund
Day4- Triund to Mcleodganj
I have been there twice, once I met this woman, a solo-trekker, she did the trek from Mcleodganj to Triund (including Lahesh cave) and back in one day.
#8 Apr 24th, 2014, 16:01
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Originally Posted by mm09 View Post U too... :-)
Probably you should follow your guide cause the woman you met
she must have been an experienced trekker so i would suggest
just don't rush in Treks when you are new to it follow the conventional
itinerary.
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Cool... I am planning to leave early morning around 5 am for Triund. I will most probably reach there ( considering 9 km uphill) maximum by 10 am.. I will have the whole day ahead, shouldn't I just move on after a rest for an hour. The point being, "what is the conventional itinerary ?"
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Laqagot to Indrahar pass in one day and back...may be a little strenuous !! Specially, the trail from Lahesh towards Indrahar is of steep climb. But it is not undoable. Of course, it depends on your physical agility and fitness. If you can walk 6hrs a day, then you will be able to do that provided you start early morning.

Regarding gears, it is always advisable to carry torch, battery, medicines..even sleeping bags. But guides do provide sleeping bag, often charges extra. Safety can never be guaranteed, specially when one is in India But this should never discourage people (read girls) to go anywhere. Talk to the locals, choose your guide wisely, try to make your team heavy (1-2 more people). One guide should be enough, most of them can cook. But they may prefer to take porters (employment for some poeple). But talk to them properly, discuss about safety issues, toilets etc. with them. All the best !

Saurabh
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i think you should hire a tour guide there only . Have you done independent tracking before? i dont feel that you will face eveteasing kind of things there but there is always a possibility in india . you know better as a delhite. but hire guide and rent equipment there only at mcleoadganj . make sure to have food with you
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@ braveviking and @ itavicks
Thank you, for the advice. Will do the same.
It's just not me, two other girls are coming along. (Shit! I just realized I am full of unending number of questions) No, I haven't trekked before. I read somewhere that it's better to start the trek from Dharamkot than Bhagsu, is it? And what is the tentative charges do such guides ask for? I hope I don't have to bargain with them, do I ?
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Both can be the starting point...the trails meet at certain point and rest is common. I think you can do
Mcleodgunj -> Dharmkot -> Triund
Triund -> Laqagot -> Lahesh, one can camp near Lahesh
Lahesh -> Indrahar -> Lahesh nd back. This should suit.
But one advice: you must get some initial informations and check viable options and then decide. But too much searching and going around things could be confusing
The best thing is to do some homework, fix things properly. Now once you appear over there, you must accommodate/change your plan based on local informations/instructions. Do not get boggled up with too many things at a time .
Yes, its good if you can bargain with the guides, they often charge extra. Unfortunately, I can not give you any idea about reasonable amount. I trekked with guide many years back.
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@braveviking
Thank you so much for all the help. Now I am gonna go and do some more homework and hopefully fruitful ones . :-)
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Try doing the walk between the bus station at Dharamsala and the centre of McLeod Ganj. The route that the buses take. It's all uphill. Although it's tarmac and not mud, you can at least see how well your legs are working before you head off into the wilderness. Have done the walk myself. It's pleasant if you're in the mood.

You can stop along the way and have a wander around the Church of St John In the Wilderness, or just sit down and rest your legs.
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