Ilaqa Pass, also called as Ilaqa got or Ilaqa glacier is a mountain pass situated at an altitude of 3500 meters above the sea level. The pass can be reached by doing a moderate trek of 15 km which starts from a suburb of Dharamshala, Mcleodganj. The views from the pass are beautiful.
Day 0 : Delhi to Mcleodganj
Day 1 : Arrive at Mcleodganj and Trek to Triund
Day 2 : Trek to Ilaqa Pass
Day 3 : Trek down to Mcleodganj and departure for Delhi
Gather at Akshardham metro station / ISBT Kashmere Gate and start your journey towards Dhauladhars. Mcleodganj is 510 km from Delhi. It takes around 12 hours to reach there. We pass through Murthal, Karnal, Ambala, Nangal, Kangra and Dharamsala.
Reach Mcleodganj and have breakfast at the Mcleodganj main chowk. Apart from trekking, Mcleodganj is also called foodie’s paradise. There are so many options to eat and drink. After the breakfast, we will start our trek to Triund, which is situated at an altitude of 2875 meters. The trek distance is 9 km. The trail is easy except some stretches which are a little bit steep. It takes around 6 hours to complete the trek. Reach the top and enjoy the great views of Dhauladhar ranges and Kangra valley.
Dinner and overnight stay in dome tents.
Wake up early as we will trek further to Ilaqa Pass. Ilaqa Pass is around 6 km from Triund. The total trek distance that we will cover on the day is 12 km. First we will trek up to snowline café situated at a height of 3200 meters. Snowline café is 3 km from Triund. After a short break, we will continue our trek up to Ilaqa Pass. Enjoy the views of valley and glaciers.
Later we will trek down to Triund. Dinner and overnight stay in tents at Triund.
Today we will trek down to Mcleodganj. The descent will be through the same route. It would take around 3-4 hours and our trek will get ended. If time permits, we can explore Mcleodganj. We will leave for Delhi by the evening.
*We will Reach Delhi next day in the morning.
Transport Delhi to Delhi
Room for Freshen Up in McleodGanj
Accommodation at Camps
2 Breakfast, 2 Packed Lunch and 2 Dinner during the stay and trek
Guides during trek
Any Entry Fees
Vehicle type: Tempo Traveler / Taxi
Driver Allowances, toll taxes, parking, state taxes.
All Applicable Taxes
Any meals during travel from New Delhi to McLeodganj and vice versa.
Any expenses for optional activities or tickets, unless quoted in Inclusions.
Insurance, Items of personal nature like porterage, tips, laundry etc
Any additional expenses arising out of unforeseen circumstances like cancellation / roadblocks/landslides/ strike or any other natural causes out of human control or any emergency evacuation expenses.
Booking amount is non-refundable.
No refund of total trip amount will be provided on cancellation, 10 days prior to departure date.
50% of total trip amount can be refunded on cancellation between 11-20 days prior to scheduled departure date.
90% of total trip amount can be refunded on cancellation between 21-90 days prior to scheduled departure date.
100% of total trip amount can be refunded on cancellation, 90+ days prior to scheduled departure date.
For Cancellations/ Refund Request , kindly reply to the confirmation mail and get in touch with the Team. All cancellations will be considered only after the mail has been received.
Down Jacket (Main jacket)
Tshirt or Fleece
Extra pair of Socks
Trekking/ Hiking Shoes (Forclaz 100 and above or Arpenaz 100. Checkout in Decathlon stores)
Rucksack (At least 40L)
Mufflers/ Neck Warmer
Extra pair of Clothes
First Aid Kit
*Add extra thermal layers and sweater during the winter season
Q. What will be the group size?
Usually, we take maximum of 15-18 people in one group. We believe bigger groups have less fun and less coordination so that’s why we prefer smaller groups.
We need at least 6 people to operate our fixed departure tours/treks.
Q. Who all will go along with us on the trip/trek?
All our treks are led by professional trek leaders who are certifie, mountaineers. Apart from them, there will be one local guide, cook, helper, porters and other staff.
All our trips are led by professional trip coordinators who have a good experience in leading groups.
Q. I am the only girl in the group, is it safe to travel/trek solo?
Yes definitely it is, the safety of girls is most important for us. All our guides and other staff are carefully chosen for trips/treks. They are honest and reliable but we also advise you to take care of your personal belongings.
Q. What are the things that we need to carry on the trek/trip?
Once you confirm the trip/trek and done with the booking, we will send you the packing list according to the trip/trek.
Q. What type of ground transportation will be used on the trip?
We hire taxis such as Innova, Tempo Traveller, Bolero, Tata Sumo, etc. from our vendors.
Q. I cannot carry my rucksack/bag on the trek, can I offload it?
We always recommend that you carry your rucksack during the trek because it helps in maintaining your body posture. In case if you cannot, then we can provide you a mule/porter to carry your rucksack. You will have to tell us at least 1 week before the trek. The charges for offloading would be INR 300 per person per day.
Q. Which shoes should I buy?
Shoes are your lifeline on the trek. It is highly advisable to buy trekking shoes of a good and known brand. You can consider companies like Quechua, Columbia, etc. A waterproof shoes with ankle support will work good.
Q. What are the washroom/toilet facilities like on the trek?
During the treks, separate toilet tents will be set up on each campsite.
Q. What will be the type of accommodation?
It depends on the tour. If it is a trek then you will be staying in dome tents or if it is a road trip the the accommodation can be in hotel/alpine tent/dome tent/home stay.
Q. Will you provide sleeping bags and mattresses?
Yes, we will provide sleeping bags and mattresses during the trek. Our sleeping bags can withstand temperature as low as -10 degree.
Q. How many trekkers will be in one tent?
It totally depends on group dynamics. If there is a couple, we can give them a separate tent or if there are odd number of people, then there would be triple sharing.
Q. How can I book a trek/trip with you?
After selecting the trip/trek, you can book by clicking on the book now button or you can contact us and we will guide you in booking.
Q. What type of food is served during the trek?
We provide nutritious and healthy food during the treks. We always serve Indian vegetarian food and eggs.
Q. How to get safe drinking water on the trek?
Himalayan water is considered the purest water and safe to drink. But for safety purpose, we sometimes boil the water and then use it for drinking and cooking.
In case you find any clean water on the trek, always fill your water where the water is running not where the water is stable or is in rest.
Q. Can we change the itinerary?
Yes, you can give suggestions. We will look into that and if we find it feasible then we will apply it.
Q. Can you customize the trip/trek?
Yes, we can customize any trip/trek as per your needs and as per the feasibility.
Q. Will doctor accompany us on the trek?
No, but our trek leaders are certified in Wildlife First Aid course and they always carry first aid kit and oxygen cylinders on high altitude treks.
Q. Do you prefer I should bring some medicines with me?
Yes it is advisable that you carry your own medication on the trek.
Q. Diamox is advisable or not?
Well, it totally depends on person to person. Usually, there are no side effects of Diamox but if you are having any prior medical conditions then it is better to consult your doctor.
Our itinerary is designed in a way that we take sufficient time to get acclimatized. In case if you are having problem on the trek then tell your trek leader about your condition as soon as possible.
Q. Can I take my child along on this trek? What is the age limit?
It depends on the difficulty level of the trek. Minimum age for eligibility is 14 years.
Q. What will we do if it rains?
If it starts raining slowly while trekking then we will continue our trek as per the plan. Your poncho will keep you dry. In case if it is raining heavily then we will try to find any shelter and wait for the rain to stop or slow. If it rains at the campsite then there would not be any problem because all our living tents, kitchen tents and toilet tents are waterproof. You will stay dry inside.
Q. Why is the trekking pole necessary?
Differs from person to person. If you think that it would help you maintaining balance while trekking then do bring the pole. Some people think that trekking pole disturbs the walking rhythm. So it’s upto you.
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