Far off from the hustle and bustle of cities, a trek to Triund offers you an escape into the_majestic Himalayas. Situated a few kilometres from Dharamshala, 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 2km 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 from Mcleodganj to Triund is a sharp one of over 1100 meters and it is absolutely worth it because of the refreshing walks amongst the Rhododendron and Oak forest. Town of Mcleodganj invites you to experience the vibrant Tibetan culture which is enjoyed by tourists from all over the world.
Since you are on a trekking trip, you will be carrying your own camping tents.
Make sure to carry your own food during thr tek as you will not get any kind of eating outlet on the way.
Carry your own water during the trek. You might not get any opportunity to refill your water stock while on the way.
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. A good pair of trekking shoes is a must
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 camera as there will be no electricity supply
8. A well informed and trained guide is very important and do make sure to sort out all trivial things well in advance to avoid misunderstanding
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
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
It’s 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.
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 trail to Triund is 7 km from Dharamkot and it passes Galu Devi temple. It usually takes 3-4 hours from Dharamkot.
Taxis and cabs are available here to travel within area. Trekking at Triund is obviously on foot.
Accommodation is available in the rest house of Forest Department, but water has to be fetched from a distance of about 2km. There are many good hotels in Mcleodganj. Also, you can rent tents and sleeping bags from Mcleodganj and camp there.
The beautiful view of the entire Kangra valley is perfect for sightseeing. Trekking scene is well organized and one can choose many treks of longer duration which also include some scenic sightseeing options. These include Indrahar Pass, Minkiani Pass, Kareri Lake and all the way to Kuarsi Pass and Mani-Mahesh. If you have more time on your hand, take a trek from Triund till Lahesh Cave and explore the meadows below Indrahar Pass.
Trekking is the main activity in this area.
Tibetan artifacts, bronze statues, prayer Thangkas and metal prayer wheels can be bought here. Tibetan carpets, waistcoats and dresses are a few of the interesting things you can shop for from Mcleodganj. Tibetan Handicraft Centre, Stiches of Tibet, Green Shop, TCV Handicraft centre are a few of the many shopping arcades in Mcleodganj.
The environment of this place is mainly Buddhist and one can clearly observe it in the religious practices and lifestyle. If you get lucky, you might get to meet the Dalai Lama.
Triund does not have any nightlife. However, if you visit Dharamshala and Mcleodganj, you will find a few clubs and good pubs.
Tibetan cuisine dominates this area. You will find a variety of Momos, Thukpa, Tingmo, Bakleb (a Tibetan version of 'Samosas') here. Honey ginger lemon tea is a very refreshing drink that you must try here. Lemon tarts, Cakes, Chocolate Mousse, Pancakes available here are mouth-watering.
You can take snacks and refreshments from the popular 'Magic View', 'Scenic View' & 'Snowline Cafe' on your way to the trek. Mcleodganj has several other restaurants such as Tibet Kitchen, Lung Ta, Khana Nirvana, etc.
Reach Mcleodganj and check into a hotel. Take a cab till Dharamkot and from there trek to Triund. Camp for the night at Triund and then trek to Laka and Lahesh Cave and from there back toŽ_Dharamkot. The next day, you can see Mcleodganj and Dharamshala. Baglamukhi, Bajreshwari, Kaleshwar, Namgyal Monastery and Tea Garden are the places worth visiting in Dharamshala.
Carry good quality hiking boots or sports shoes. Also remember to keep a waterproof carry bag, raincoat, water bottle, windcheater, woollen cap, etc. with you. Do carry a first-aid kit. Take care of your personal items like Camera, Phone, camera and phoneŽ_chargers, etc.
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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.
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
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....
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