Gateway to Vintage Chamba

Triund Hill the Gateway to Vintage Chamba

Triund Hill on a 9km moderate trek from McLeod ganj serves as the gateway to traditional Chamba.

On the first day of trek you can reach Triund and spend some time enjoying the beautiful horizon and Kangra Valley. As the evening falls in you can witness a lovely sun set and golden Dhauladhar. You can stay one night in Triund Rest House or in your own tents.

Golden Dhauladhar Triund Baba

Triund Sun set Triundbaba

On the start of the next day you can feel the nippy morning in the shades of Dhauladhar and also view a wonderful sun rise.  After breakfast you can start your trek to original temple of Kunal Pathri Devi situated on the highest point of Triund Hill. You can reach the temple from Snow Line Café. From Triund it takes around 1 hour to reach Snow Line Cafe

SnowLine Cafe TriundBaba

and after regaining some energy at the cafe can continue your trek from here of about 1 hour to reach temple of Kunal Pathri Devi.

Kunal Pathri Devi Temple in Triund Hill

From here you can have complete view of Triund itself and more of the extended view of Dharamsala and Kangra. You can retreat to Snow Line Cafe and after having lunch and a little rest over there can continue your trek up to Illaqa the green meadow but mostly crowded by huge rocks and here you can also witness the remains of Old Rest House of Forest Department and shelters built by the shepherd.

Illaqa serves as the point of the base camp for the trekkers and the shepherd going over the Indrahar Pass to Chamba Valley. After walking through Illaqa you will come across some rocks marked with red arrow in front of the first patch of the glacier or the rivulet.

Follow the red arrow marks that will lead you across the glacier fed rivulet and climb a height of approximate 800 meter and you will come across the waterfall on the right side and to your left you will find the naturally formed rock cave named as the Lahesh Cave at an approximate height of 11398 ft from mean sea level. Lahesh Cave can shelter about 15 to 20 people comfortably. You will reach Lahesh Cave by Sun Set. The view of Triund Hill from here will be amazing. If there are no clouds over Dhauladhar then you can also witness the peak of Dhauladhar. To most of the trekkers the Lahesh Cave serve as second pit stop on their trek to Chamba via Indrahar Pass.  From the Lahesh Cave the trail to Indrahar Pass is about 900 meters but due to the steep nature of the trek…..it takes 1 to 2 hours to reach Indrahar Pass.  Once you are in Indrahar Pass you stand over Dhauladhar and between Chamba Valley and Kangra Valley, as after Indrahar Pass you step in to Chamba Valley. Indrahar Pass serves as a Gateway to Vintage Chamba.

Indrahar Pass is at an approximate height of 14264 ft from sea level.  Acute mountain sickness (AMS), altitude illness, hypobaropathy, or soroche are some common issues one might face over here. So go prepared for such things so that you could enjoy your trek to the maximum. One can have splendid sight of Triund Hill from Indrahar Pass and arc of Earth in horizon and upper layer of floating pileus clouds as visible from airplanes. Beside this on a clear day, down in South one can see plains of Himachal and Punjab and revered peak of Mani-Mahesh Kailash and the snow-white Pir Panjal Range in the Northern side and Peaks and Passes of Lahul & Spiti and on the East the highest Peak of Dhauladhar range in Kangra Valley, the Mun Peak 15124 ft.

The views from Indrahar Pass are so beautiful that we have no words to describe it until you see it yourself.

In earlier years there have been casualties on this pass due to bad weather and over confidence.

There is a commemorative plaque dedicated to three trekkers of The Pioneer’s Adventure Society, Bikaner, Arvind, Bhanu and Surya who lost their lives around the Pass on May 26th, 1986.

As per the experienced shepherds and trekkers, the climb to Indrahar Pass or any other mountain peaks should be attempted or undertaken before noon, same applies here too, as weather conditions up in the peaks is very uncertain. Even on a clear sky day, clouds may appear from nowhere along with strong winds.

Even from here the trail is marked with arrows in red paint, still it is easy to get lost if you lose concentration…..so come well prepared so that in case you get drifted from the trek you can make way back to Indrahar Pass and then the Lahesh Cave. But then it is the part of Adventure just you have be careful.

After Indrahar Pass next is Chatha on Chamba side. The trek to Chatha is really sharp and unsteady.  The local Gaddis have shaped out small steps/stairs here for painless descent, still you need to be extra careful and not be over-confident. As said earlier the trail over here is not marked yet it is not difficult to locate Chatha Cave at an approximate height of 12139 ft. The Chatha Nallah/rivulet serves as the landmark and to locate and reach Chatha Cave.  You have to keep going on the trek on the left top of the bank of Chatha Nallah/rivulet and good watchful eyes will easily locate the Chatha Cave campsite. The Chatha Cave can shelter only 4 people.

Well once you locate the Chatha Cave campsite you can camp here for the night and start your trek to first village on this trek named Kauarasi located at an approximate height of 8858 ft.  On the next day you can start the trek to Kauarasi village and the trek is narrow yet it is well marked by local Gaddis and the trek goes on the top left of Chatha Nallah/rivulet. The trek to Kauarasi offers stunning views of the Pir Panjal range the mid Himalayan range with an approximate height ranging from 14763 ft to 21325 ft. Again here on this trek you have to be extra – extra careful as the walls of the ravine is almost upright…..so go slow here. There is a wooden log to reach the other side of the Chatha Nallah.  After crossing the river you’ll come to face the rock-slide and need not to worry as by the time the trail must have been restored, still if you see the rock-slide you have to hike through it and will reunite to the actual trek to Kauarasi village………to be continued! May 3rd 2012 ( Gateway to Vintage Chamba )

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22 Responses to Gateway to Vintage Chamba

  1. Kim says:

    Very informative site…and main thing is that this site clearly guides us without charge and shows that anyone can trek up to Triund Hill without hiring any guide..and also if one wishes to go beyond Triund, that is up to SnowLine and Glacier…one can go without any guide…this site is really helpful….I certainly recommend it and sharing with my friends.

  2. A N Ravindra says:

    hi,can v go here during the peak of winter, i.e, from december end to early january. i am planning to celebrate new year there. pls reply

    • Triund says:

      Hi you can go trekking Triund during December and Jan, though for two months you may need guides and they will also lead you up to Triund only, as in these two months there is heavy snow fall..as of Dec 2011 to March 2012 the snow in Triund was around 5 to 8 feet and Forest Rest House was closed till April……so you can go but you have to be extra careful

  3. Raman Sharma says:

    Very informative. I wish I had read it before going there this week… anyways it looks like I’ve to plan another trip to cover these areas. 🙂

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  7. smruti says:

    Thanks really useful. I was wondering if it a good idea to trek up to triund and come back to mcleodganj in one day ?

    • Triund says:

      yes it is possible to trek to Triund Hill and come back same day…all you have to do is start early by 7 am or 8 am so that you reach the top by 11 am or 12 pm enjoy yourself for about 3-4 hours and climb down at 4pm and reach back McLeod Ganj by 7pm…..and starting early means you don’t just touch and come back 🙂

  8. Himanshu Patel says:

    Is it possible to trek from Mcleodganj to Kauarasi village in a group without a guide or any tour packages. Are there any accommodation facilities available (like tents or sleeping bags) on rent where night are to be spent?

    • Triund Baba says:

      it is possible only if you have done this trail before also….so if you are first timer then it

      will not be wise…and as of tents/sleeping bags no you have to carry your own stuff beside cooking stuff….so a guide/porter will be wise decision….rest it your choice 🙂

  9. Mandar Dhargalkar says:

    My friends had hired a guide for the trek is it necessary SAFETY-WISE to hire a guide?

    • Triund says:

      going up to Triund Hill or further to Chamba
      and if only up to Triund Hill then it is optional and for Chamba it is
      necessary for the first time…for Triund
      it’s completely optional even for new!

  10. Rita Mahajan says:

    Thanks, track. is nicely guided. I have been to illaqa twice while keeping a night halt atTriund. View is so fascinating that words are failing to describe.

  11. Navneet Khajuria says:

    If we want to have a stay in the camp in triund do we need to have a guide or do we get camp on top where we can pay and stay for the night.

    • Triund says:

      right now camping in Triund Hill is possible only in Rest House rooms and for that you need to reach Forest Complex in Dharamsala opposite to Police Station and behind Park Restaurant..and if you need to camp in tents then tents are available in Triund Hill…and you need not to carry any sleeping bags either…..guides are recommended up to March end…

  12. sairamsunkarap says:

    Hi, we are group of 5 planning to trek to chamba via Indrahar pass in mid august. Do you have any suggestions about the food we should carry? and is it recommended to hire a guide during this time? thanks in advance 🙂

    • Triund says:

      Hi, thanks for writing….August mid is ok up to Indrahar Pass, but owing to Rain and Weather we will not recommend it crossing over Chamba…and that too without guide (fog falls in from nowhere and the trail visibility becomes like walking in dark…plus if it starts raining then things become more complicated…(We have experienced this during Aug end trek to Indrahar Pass)….please call any of these +919736159152; +919805439165 OR +919805831447 or +91 88941 87613 for guide assistance and as of food they will manage everything from Tent, Food to Guidance… ** note in terms of fee or commission we are not associated with any of them or any other travel agency.

      We Wish you All A Safe, Clean and Green Hike.

      • sairamsunkarap says:

        Thanks for the prompt reply! 🙂 But we all are really excited to do an independent trek this august, are there any other places you can suggest to explore at this time? thanks again!

        • Triund says:

          Well if you have some exp of walking in the Woods…then we suggest you take on a long trail for Kareri Lake………and can find details here http://triundhill.com/kareri-lake as for Indrahar Pass please consider for guide or some other group or guys heading to top…you may find some in SnowLine Cafe or break a chat in Triund Hill and may get someone…..also you can cover Triund Hill, SnowLine Cafe on your own…but not beyond that….from safety point of view…

  13. Gangadhar says:

    Namaskar, I am planning trek to Indrahar pass last week of April or first week of May. Will the pass be accessible with help of guide. If yes, can you provide me any reference where can i get guide from?

  14. Rosy Joseph says:

    hi
    I am planning to do triund treck with four other friends . can we do it in july after 25th ?? is it the best time to do it ??

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