Imagine waking up to a beautiful lush-green hilltop with snow-covered mountains all around and a warm cup of masala chai in your hand. This dream view of yours can be a reality for you if you visit the small town of Dharamshala and take the Triund trek from there. Situated on a small hilltop Triund is a very popular trekking and camping destination situated near the popular Himalayan city of Mcleodganj.
Triund trekking is an ideal weekend destination for those among us looking for a not-so-difficult taste of trekking in the beautiful Dhauladars. With breathtaking scenic views of the Kangra valley and the snow-clad mountains, camping in Triund is very picturesque.
Triund, a quaint hill station in McLeodganj’s Dharamkot locality, is the start point for many trails that lead to the Triund Hill. Situated in the lap of the magnificent Dhauladhars, the Triund trails further also lead to the Inderahara pass, a pass joining two major districts of the state-Kangra & Chamba. Vistas of the whole Dhauladhar range, as well as the extensive, verdant green meadows, provide a magical experience that draws a multitude of weekend trekkers.
The 10-12-kilometer Triund trek begins from Dharamkot and is marked by a well-defined pathway. If this is your first time trekking, it is advisable that you hire a guide/tour operator because the routes traverse through dense woods of rhododendrons and deodars, which, despite their beauty, may be a little confusing.
The Mcleodganj to Triund trek takes a maximum of around six hours, depending on your speed. The hilltop of Triund has a large flat meadow where you can rest, enjoy the serenity and acclimate if you plan to go trek higher.
Triund trek is a peaceful climb that is accessible to people of all ages. Triund has a clear trail that passes through a lovely mixed woodland of oak, deodar, and rhododendron. The first few kilometers are rather moderate and uncomplicated, but the last two kilometers are known as the “22 curves” since it contains 22 exhausting turns before you reach Triund top.
The trek is worthwhile since the view from the top is breathtaking. Triund is accessible for most of the year, except for the months of January and February when severe snowfall restricts the trail to Triund.
HOW DO YOU GET TO THE TRIUND TOP?
For the famous Mcleodganj Triund trek, you have to reach either Dharamshala or Mcleodganj. You can reach the above destinations by the following means to further cover the Triund trek distance by hiking.
By air: The closest airport to Triund is Gaggal Airport, which is 22 kilometers away.
By rail: The nearest railway station to Mcleodganj is Pathankot railway station, where you may board trains.
By bus: Tourists can easily book Volvo buses to Dharamshala or Mcleodganj, the entire distance is 500 kilometers.
The Triund trekking begins from Galu Temple (3 km from the main Mcleodganj market), however, there are a variety of ways to get to Galu. You may either get a cab from Mcleod Ganj to the Galu Temple or begin the journey from Mcleod Ganj.
The trek may alternatively begin from Bhagsu Nag by passing through the famous Bhagsunag waterfall. From Galu, there is a clear trek that leads through a lovely forest of mountainous shrubs, bushes, trees, and plants.
It is a moderate hike with unrivaled beauty when compared to other trekking routes in the region. This trek passes through forests of Deodar, Oak, and Rhododendron. Small tea, coffee, and snack shops (not many) can be found along the journey. The whole distance of this journey is trekked by a lot of locals and tourists every day. This trek can easily be done by an average physically fit individual easily in around 5 hours.
BEST TIME FOR TRIUND TREK
The Mcleodganj Triund trek is accessible for most of the year, with the exception of the months of January and February when the hiking trail to Triund is inaccessible due to heavy snowfall. The ideal time to go trekking is in the first half of the year, from March to May, and in the second half of the year, from September to December. Even if it rains in June and July, hiking is not advisable but still feasible; the meadow is lush green and offers an out-of-this-world view.
It’s a reasonably easy hike that shouldn’t be too taxing. For the most part, this is an undulating hike; but, getting to the end is a challenge. However, be cautious when going to the peak during the winter months, since the accumulation of snow can make the well-defined trail a bit disconcerting.
Some Important Information Regarding Triund Trekking
- The Itinerary- Mcleodganj – Dharamkot – Magic View – Triund – Dharamkot
- Triund Trek Difficulty Level- Moderate
- Mcleodganj to Triund Distance- 12 km
- Altitude Gain- 2100 m to 2,850 m
- Nearest Medical Facility- Mcleodganj
- Nearest Major Hospital- Dharamshala
- Last ATM- Mcleodganj
Things To Carry In Your Backpack For Triund Camping
- Sturdy Trekking/hiking shoes (waterproof)
- Warm Hand gloves (if the weather and temperature are low)
- Extra pairs of socks
- Jacket and wind-cheater
- Water bottles (mineral water is available, but maybe expensive)
- Cap and Sunglasses
- Trekking poles (if needed)
- Photo ID proofs
- Light snacks (chocolates, dry fruits for the trek)
- Basic toiletries-handwash, soap, toilet paper, sanitary napkins, etc.
- Basic medicines & pain gels
- Power Bank
- Hand sanitizer & masks
Also, before leaving for the trek make sure you book everything in advance and also check if the trek is open for the tourists or not. Recently, the government has banned camping on the Triund top and trekkers can camp at the available campsite of Mana which is around 2 km from the Triund hilltop. Taking a guide along is also mandatory now.
As a good tourist, we expect you to leave no trace- Protect Nature, Don’t litter on the trails and the hilltop. We hope we have answered most of your queries, if you still have any more of them please comment in the section below and we will try to answer them too.