Triund

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Triund, Mcleodganj Overview

Triund is an easy trek in Himachal Pradesh that offers you an escape into the majestic Himalayas. Situated a few kilometres from Dharamshala at an altitude of 2828 m, it is a place perfect for trekking with amazing trails offering scenic views of the entire Kangra Valley. A trek to Triund is short and simple. It can be done from either McLeodganj or Dharamkot, which is 2 km ahead of McLeodganj. The first half of the trek is a gradually inclined walk with the last 2 km from Snowline Cafe which involves a vertical climb all the way till Triund. The evening sky from Triund is a sight in itself and is a good excuse for camping here at night.

The trek starts from Galu Temple in Dharamkot and one needs to trek for about 7-8km to reach Triund. It is absolutely worth it because of the refreshing walks amongst the Rhododendron and Oak forest. There is another trek route that goes via Bhagsu Fall and Shiva Cafe which is considered to be more challenging. Triund is also the base camp and acclimatisation point for the trek to Inderhara point in Dhauladar range.

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1. Make sure you carry warm clothes irrespective of the fact that what season you are travelling in
2. Carry your own trekking gear and equipment and be always prepared
3. Carry a medical aid kit and your usual medicines for the way
4. Carry good quality hiking boots or sports shoes
5. Carry raingear no matter if you are travelling during monsoon season
6. Make sure you obtain all the permits well in advance required for trekking in the region
7. Make sure you carry spare batteries and film roll for the camera as there will be no electricity supply
8. A well informed and trained guide is essential and do make sure to sort out all trivial things well in advance to avoid misunderstanding

The months of May-June & September-October are the best time to visit this place as it is very pleasant here during these months. It can get pretty chilly here in winters and the summer season is a great time to come here to escape the scorching heat of the cities. If you are looking to trek in snow, which is more difficult, but way more pretty, then you can think of trekking in January-March.

The trek at Triund starts from the base camp of Galu, which can be reached either by taxi or bus from McLeodganj. You can start the trek from McLeodganj itself or Bhagsu Nag, depending on how much you want to walk. Triund is located around 18 kms from Dharamshala. The trek from here is around 1,100 metres long and is a relatively steep ascent. If you don’t want to trek all the way, ponies and horses are available.

The nearest airport to Triund is Gaggal airport or Dharamshala airport, which is around 18 ks from the base camp. Flights from Delhi and Kullu frequently ply, connecting the two places.

The Triund trek is a 2-day trek which can easily be undertaken over a weekend

The actual trek of Triund is around 7 to 8 kms, the initial 5 of which are fairy easy to traverse. The last stretch of 1 to 2 kms is steep, and famously known as the, “22 curves.” The trek is quite a treat to the eyes, overlooking the Kangra valley.

The Triund trek is a great place to start for all the novice trekkers out there. Seasoned veterans can always go to enjoy the scenery. This trek is suited for all age groups and can be accomplished. However, it is always advisable to prepare your body physically and mentally for such high altitude treks.

Day 1: Starting from Bhagsu or Dharamkot, two villages which are at about 2 kms from McLeodganj, the trek on day 1 will take about 3 hours to cover a distance of 7 kms. The road head of Dharamkot is a more scenic one, walk upto 15 minutes on this trail till you come up to the temple of Galu devi. From here, the trail to Triund continues straight. Halfway through the trail is a bird watcher's paradise. The thickly forested trail will start to get steeper, as the Dharamkot ridge meets the Triund ridge. Continuing on the trail, there are around four tea stalls and during the camping season, you can even find dhabas serving cooked meals. At night, Forest Rest House is the only place to camp at night. Make sure you carry your supply of drinking water as it is scarce.

Day 2: Day 2 is an optional day on the Triund trek, which leads beyond the Triund ridge to Laka and then Lahesh cave.This is a much longer trek, around 25 kilometres. The trail is stony and entails cascading boulders. Should you wish to undertake this trek, magnificent views of the Dhauladhar range await you. However, it is much more challenging than the 7-kilometre trek of Dharamkot to Triund.

The packing list is quite elaborate as this is a high altitude trek. You will need the following:
  1. Trekking shoes with a good grip; sports shoes will not be enough
  2. A 40 to 60 litre backpack with sturdy build and straps with a rain-cover
  3. Two warm layers of clothing. Fleece, wool and a padded jacket
  4. Two track pants. Wear one and carry one
  5. Two collared t-shirts, preferably full-sleeve to protect from sun burn
  6. Sunglasses, suncap and a gloves- synthetic and woven
  7. Socks, LED headlamp/torch, and a trekking pole
  8. A 20-litre day pack, toiletries such as toothbrushes, toothpaste, sunscreen, soap, lip balm, toilet paper, and a light towel
  9. Cutlery, a coffee mug and a lunchbox
  10. Two 1-litre water bottles
  11. Plastic bags.
  12. Mandatory documents such as valid ID proofs and their xeroxes
  13. A medical kit with all necessary medicines

There are plenty of places to eat at as Triund is a famous and frequented trek. Cafes such as Magic View, Scenic View and Snowline Cafe are a few options apart from the many tea stalls that offer basic refreshments.

Forest Department rest house and the Triund Guest house are the only two overnight stay options available. Book them in advance, from Dharamshala itself. Double and triple share cottages are available for approximately INR 700.

The Triund trek takes around 7 hours to complete, both ways. If you choose the day 2 stretch, which is much longer, it will take you around 7 to 8 hours one way.

The trail to Triund is 7 km from Dharamkot and it passes Galu Devi temple. It usually takes 3-4 hours from Dharamkot.

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About Triund

Approx trekking distance (Both sides) : 26 kms

Base Camp : Mcleod Ganj

Difficulty : Easy Gradient

Highest point of trek : 3,250 m

Nearest Airport : Gaggal

Nearest Railhead : 90 km

Region : Mcleod Ganj

Snow : You will find lots of snow during the pre-monson season, i.e. between the months of March and June. However, as the monsoon arrives, the snow begns to melt and alsmost disappears during the post-monsoon months.

Starting point of trek : Mcleod Ganj

Itinerary

Day 1 : Arrive at Dharamshala

Arrive at Dharamshala and transfer to hotel. Rest for a while and explore the beautiful town visiting H.H. Dalai Lama Temple, and Norbulingka(a Tibetan centre for learning and preserving traditional art and craft). Tomorrow you will be your first day on foot, so rest well.

Day 2 : Bhagsu Nag to Triund

Distance: 9 kms , Duration: 4 hours

Have breakfast at hotel and leave for Bhagsu Nag. This is the place from where the actual trek on foot commences. Begin with a steep ascent through dense forest of rhododendron, oak and deodar trees for 4 hours approximately. Make sure you break for lunch on the way to Triund. This straight trek will take you to your first destination of the day, Triund, a lovely alpine meadow perched right at the top of a ridge. The beauty of the surrounding is mesmerizing especially with an enchanting view of the peaks of Dhauladhar Mountain and Kangra Valley gracing the two ends. Pitch your tents for the night and enjoy a warm dinner along with bonfire.

Day 3 : Triund to Laka Glacier

Distance: 8 kms

ItÕs finally time to trek further up towards Laka Got traversing the glacial moraine on the way. The trail will lead to an opening of an open meadow at Laka Got, a temporary shepherd encampment. It is situated at the muzzle of a small glacier known as Laka Glacier, which is steeped with snow during the month from March to June. However, the snow begins to melt as the monsoon approach while you will not find any snow post-monsoon. Stay here for a while and cherish the beauty of the nature. Have lunch and return to Triund for a goodnight sleep.

Day 4 : Triund to Bhagsu Nag

Distance: 9 kms , Duration: 4 hours

It is your last day of the trek when you will be returning back to Bhagsu Nag from Triund. Trek downwards taking a different route than the one you came from. The trail is steep descending via Laheta Village leading you to Bhagsu nag marking the end of the short yet exhilarating excursion. Arrange for the transfer to the hotel to wash up and proceed with to your next destination.

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Triund Reviews

3 months ago by Neha Nagpal

Considered as one of the most sought after treks in North India, this 2 day trek offers a rejuvenating experience in all. We reached Dharamshala,Himachal Pradesh around 4:45am and took a taxi to Mcleodganj, visiting Dalai Lama monaestary on our way and had a glimpse of tibetian Buddhist culture. After having breakfast at a tibetian Cafe, we made our way further to a rest house in Dharamkot. We began with the trek around 11:30 am for the next point, Gallu Devi temple. One can even take a taxi to Gallu temple from Mcleodganj. The Triund trail begins from this point and is not very steep initially and has multiple stalls offering various eatables but the price keeps on increasing as we move forward. The last kilometer, known as 22 curves is quite challenging but once conquered, scenic beauty the top-hill offers held us spellbound. The best part about visiting Triund in summers is star gazing when you really cannot take your eyes off the night sky. Next day, we woke up at the time of Sunrise around 6:30 am, had pranthas for breakfast and created memories that will last a lifetime.

6 months ago by Gulab Bisht

One of the best trek places for beginners in India with amazing view. Checkout this blog on many other easy winter treks in India. Top 7 easy winter treks in Indian Himalayas for beginners

6 months ago by Paras Mogha

People will tell you it's 6 km trek but don't think it's a cake, all you need to have good trekking shoe and energy drink. Enjoy the sunset you have never seen before....

6 months ago by alisha goel

It is a wonderful experience! The snowcapped mountains the view u get to see ultimately after the trekk is worth it. The camping and bonfire is fun, the fire could have lasted a little long. It is chilling up there, we went in mid april. I just just loved it! A trip to remember!????

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