Triund Trek- Overview
Triund is located on the Dhauladhar range of Himalaya at an altitude of 9350 ft. It is considered the most famous and stunning trail in Himachal. The trek starts from Mcleodganj near Dharamshala. The trek can also be started from Dharamkot, the route which passes through the Galu Devi Temple. Through this route, one can get to witness the most wonderful valleys, snow-covered mountains, and the sight of Dharamshala cricket stadium. Triund Trek is nearly about 9 km out of which 4 km is steep but not much difficult to climb. However, the last 2 km may seem to be challenging to some trekkers. It may not be a tough knot to crack but nevertheless gives the most stunning and thrilling experience than any other high altitude treks gives. Trekking on the Triund takes one through the Tibetan culture, Buddhist monasteries, prayer flags, wheel, and lamas. The trek can be done solo due to its well-defined route.
Difficulty: easy to moderate
Trek distance: 2 to 3 days
Trek duration: 15 km
Starting/Ending point: Mcleodganj
How to reach Triund( Mcleodganj, Dharamshala)
Triund can be reached from any part of the country via Delhi and Chandigarh to Mcleodganj and Dharamshala. One can go for any of the three options:-
One can get to this place by landing at the (Gaggal Airport or Kangra Airport) at Dharamshala which is the nearest airhead and thereby booking a cab or take a bus for their journey towards Mcleodganj.
The second option to reach Mcleodganj is to travel by train. Pathankot Cantt (Chakki) is the nearest railhead to this place which is about 10-12 km away. Various buses and private cars are available from Pathankot to reach Mcleodganj.
Alternatively, one can take a Volvo bus from Delhi to reach Dharamshala. Cabs are available in large numbers to reach here. There are private tour agencies which operate buses and cabs between Delhi and Chandigarh to Mcleodganj and Chandigarh.
Triund Trek- Brief schedule
Triund has two starting one from Dharamkot and other from Mcleodganj. One can pick any one of the Base Camp. We will be discussing here about the route from Mcleodganj.
Packing up from Delhi for Mcleodganj at Dharamshala and thereby exploring the other places in Dharamshala and resting overnight.
Waking up early in the morning freshen up and have breakfast and then start your trek towards Triund from the Base Camp of Mcleodganj.
After admiring the breathtaking views of Dhauladhar range and Kangra valley from the summit, then returning back to the Base Camp of Mcleodganj from where the journey started.
Other places to visit near Triund (Mcleodganj)
- Bhagsu waterfall: One of the famous attractions of Mcleodganj. It is visited by many devotees due to the presence of Shiva temple nearby.
- Tibetan Museum: It was built primarily in 1998 to preserve the history and culture of Tibet. It has been a major tourist attraction for visitors all across the world.
- Guma Devi Temple: It is the famous temple near Mcleodganj in the Kangra district of Himachal Pradesh. The temple being dedicated to Goddess Kali, it attracts tourists and pilgrims from neighbouring villages as well.
- Bhagsunath Temple: Being dedicated to Lord Shiva the temple is situated next to Bhagsu waterfall. It is mostly visited by the Hindu and Gorkha community. Also regarded as one of the most visited tourist destination.
- Naddi View Point: Naddi view point offers a wonderful view of Kangra valley at Dharamshala town. It is a perfect location to view Dhauladhar range at such a close distance. This amazing village is a well-known place and it is visited by the large number of tourists every year.
Triund Trek- Best time to visit
Triund is accessible at any time of the year except the month of January and February due to heavy snowfall the route remains closed. But the best time to hike this place is from mid March to mid June before monsoon hits this place.
Things to carry for Triund Trek
- Photo ID proof (keeping a few copies).
- Water bottles.
- Sunscreen lotion and other skin moisturizers.
- snacks, energy bars, dry fruits, ORS
- Basic toiletries like hand wash and face wash.
- Snow gloves and normal gloves.
- Warm clothes like leather jackets, windcheaters and full sleeve sweaters.
- Insect repellent cream like odomas.
- Sunglasses and cap to get protected from sunburn.
- Flashlight/LED torch.
- Hand towel.
- Emergency medical kits.