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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.

Please Note:
Updated on June 30, 2019
Camping at Triund is closed until further notice. You can go for a day trek to Triund and Ilaka, but camping (as a group or individual) is prohibited. The shops on the way as well as shops at Triund and Illaka have been shut down. However, magic view cafe is still open. Please make sure to carry your water bottle and food along with you in case you are planning to go there.

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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General Tips and Tricks

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

Best Time To Visit Triund

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.

How to Reach Base Camp?

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

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.

Nearest Airport

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.

Duration of the Trek

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

Distance Covered

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.

Difficulty Level

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.

Trek Itinerary

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.

What to Pack?

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

Food on the Trek

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.

How to Book Forest Rest House

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.

Time Required

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.

How to reach Triund

  • Rail: Pathankot is the nearest broad gauge station to Mcleodganj situated at a distance of 90 kms away. It is connected to all the major cities of the country through regular train services. Apart from that Kangra and Nargota are the nearest meter gauge railway stations to Mcleodganj, also being well connected to other major cities.

  • Road: You can get to Mcleodganj by raod through several bus services plying to and fro between the town and the major cities like Chandigarh and Delhi. The total distance between Delhi and Mcleodganj is 530 kms.

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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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Neha Nagpal 1 year ago
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.
gulab bisht 1 year ago
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
Paras Mogha 1 year ago
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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