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Triund Trek: Camp Amidst the Majestic Himalayas

Triund Trek is a sought after footslog for a majority of travellers who visit Dharamshala and Mcleodganj. The tall snow-capped Dhalaudhars, the breathtaking views and not so narrow pathways are what attract even the trekking beginners to pursue this beautiful trek.

Triund Hill lies at the height of 2842m (9342 ft) above sea level, in the lap of Dhauladhars. Triund Trek has become an increasingly popular hiking route for wayfarers from India and globally mainly because of ease and accessibility. With steep yet well-defined tracks, Triund trek can be completed by people of all age groups (I saw kids as young as 10 complete the trek). The trails are accessible throughout the year and take you through a lovely landscape.

Beyond the Triund trek, lies the nearest snowline of the region. It is located at a distance of about 3 kms from Triund. Once you complete Triund trek, you can hike up to the Snowline café, Laka Glacier and Lahesh Caves which would require 3 nights 2 days to complete.

In the current Triund trek blog, I will explain in details all you need to hike up to the wonderful hill.

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Triund Trek: An Overview

In order to know more about trekking to Triund Hill, you need to know the place a little better. Here are a few essential must-know details.

Location

North India

State

Himachal Pradesh

Accessibility

March to December

Best time to visit

April to October

Total Triund trek distance

9 Km`s from Dharamkot

Time taken to complete

3-5 hours from Dharamkot

Fitness Level

Moderate

Suitability

All age groups

Minimum duration

1 night 2 days

Difficulty Level of Triund trek

Easy to moderate

Triund Trek Cost

Rs 1000-3000 per person

Availability of Triund trek package

Yes



Triund Trekking Package: Do You Need One?

You can book a Triund Trek package online or you could complete it by yourself. Although you don’t really need a guide to complete the Triund trek, there are advantages of booking one. You will not have to worry about the camping site and food arrangements. A Triund trek package for a minimum of Rs. 1500 per person can be booked online from a number of websites.

The package generally includes –

  • 3 meals (Lunch, Dinner & Breakfast)
  • Tent
  • Sleeping bag
  • Arrangements of a dry pit toilet.

Expensive packages (Rs. 3000 or more) or luxury as they call it are available too. You can select the one that suits your budget and requirements. Alternatively, you could reach the Triund hill and find a tent there. A tent would cost around Rs. 700 for two people. Since this trek was my first, I chose to book an economy Triund Trek package online.

Triund trek This is me on top of Triund Hill.

Important Things to Carry on Triund Trek

While going on any kind of trek, there are certain things you need to carry. First, you need a backpack/rucksack in which you can carry your essential stuff for the trek and for the night. Here are a few things you must pack into your rucksack. 

Extra pair of Warm socks for the night
Warm Cap for the night
Snacks – Dry fruits, Sneakers, Biscuits
Toiletries- Toilet Roll, Sanitizer, Paper/liquid Soap, Toothpaste & Brush

Ideal Outfit on Triund Trek

The basic idea is to stay comfortable and warm. Although you might not feel the need for warm clothing in Dharamsala and Mcleodganj, you will need them as you ascend higher. The nights can be really cold at Triund, so be prepared.

Hoodie
Pullover
Track Pants
 Light Jacket
Sports Shoes/ Sneakers
Cap/Sun Hat
Trekking Pole/Stick (Optional)
Raincoat

Triund Trek The sun shimmering at Triund. Photography by Divya Sarjolta

How to Head on the Triund Trek?

Reach Dharamshala

For Triund Trek you have to reach Dharamshala first. The best way to reach Dharamshala is to take an overnight bus from Delhi/ Chandigarh. You can book an HRTC Volvo bus from their website.

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Reach Dharamkot

From Dharamshala, you can find a local bus to Mcleodganj @Rs 10 or a Taxi from the taxi stand (Rs 300). The 30 to 40-minute ride from Dharamshala to Mcleodganj is lovely, the clean fresh air, the lofty Dhauladhars, the deodars are enough to peak your enthusiasm.

Have your breakfast inMcleodganj and head towards Dharamkot (About 1 km from Mcleodganj). You can walk up to Dharamkot or take an auto for Rs. 60. After Dharamkot, reach Shri Galu Devi temple (about 2 kms). If you have booked the Triund trek online, you’ll be asked to report at one of the guest houses near Dharamkot. Here you’ll be provided with lunch and a guide would be accompanying the group. You could carry a Raincoat because more often than not, it drizzles along the way.

Start the Trek at Galu Devi Temple

From Dharamkot you can walk up the distance to the Galu Devi temple or hire a cab. There is a checkpoint of the Forest Department near the temple where your luggage and your ID cards would be checked. You will also be provided with waste bags from an NGO called the Waste Warriors. Kindly keep all your litter in this bag. Please do not litter along the way! Dump the garbage only in the bins provided at a number of places along the way.

Officially your Triund trek has now begun!!  Call your loved ones here as the network coverage starts to fade away beyond this point.

Triund Trek Galu Devi Temple. Photography by Divya Sarjolta

What to Expect Along the Triund Trek Route?

The trek starts from Gallu Devi Temple. There is a small eatery called Rest a while Café and another one called the Sun and Moon café. You can buy your water bottles or other eating knick-knacks here. With your ascent up the hill, the prices of articles keep rising, due to the increasing cost of transportation. All the food supplies are carried on mules.

The trek trail is covered with rhododendrons, oaks and deodars. If you are trekking during spring season you would see the red rhododendrons in full bloom. The trail is well defined and there is no chance of getting lost even if you are alone. Along the way, there are a number of tea shops such as the Magic view Café (almost halfway), Best View café, etc. You can take small breaks and enjoy tea, Maggi etc. in these shops. You might find them overpriced but considering how they get the raw material here, complaining seems a bit harsh!

The slope is gradual for the first few kilometres. About 2 km of the last part of the trek is of a considerably steeper gradient and moderate difficulty.   Along the way, you’ll find a number of people of different nationalities and regions on their ascent or descent. All those on the descent have content happy faces. Avoid asking people “How much more is left?” because you will get conflicting answers. Keep up, enjoy the trek and you’ll love what’s at the end of it all. You will also see a number of mules carrying heavy loads of raw materials up the hill and others carrying the garbage down the trail.

Triund trek The way to the Triund Hill is picturesque. Photography by Divya Sarjolta

The Triund Trek is Totally Worth it!

After three hours of walking, I along with the other group members finally reached the top and it was all worth it. It was a remarkable feeling. I was at Triund hill. I could gaze at a flat meadow and was face to face with the snow-covered mighty Dhauladhars. A smile unconsciously lightened up my face. This was a picturesque landscape and is beyond comparison. Although it was drizzling at the time and was also slightly windy when we reached there, I stood there gaping at the mountains for a good 15 minutes just to let the moment sink in.

The Complete Triund Camping Experience: My Story

Triund Trek is one of the most well organised and manageable trek trails in India. I have jotted down my  complete experience at Triund Hill below:

Camping

Once at Triund, you can buy or rent a tent from any of the shops there.  Alternatively, the guide will take you to your camping spot. There is a Rest House run by the Forest House which can be booked at Dharamshala. But I would suggest staying in the camp to experience the real thrill once you finish the Triund trek.

Triund Campsite

Since my Trek was booked, I along with the others headed to the campsite. Our campsite was a tad away from the main crowded area. By the time, we reached the campsite, the sky had started to clear up.  We could see the thick grey clouds, the blue sky, a little sunshine and two rainbows. I relished the tranquillity and exquisiteness as I strolled around and explored the place. The panoramic view of the Dhauladhars and Kangra Valley in the distance was fascinating. This feels like a different world altogether.

Evenings in Triund

The evenings were even better. As the sun started to set, the sky was filled with different hues of orange, blue and gray. It was like being in a brilliant painting.  It was windy and we enjoyed a cup of hot tea and snacks while trying to stay warm in our hoodies and jackets. Please carry a light jacket during summers and a heavy one if visiting in winters.  It can get really cold in Triund, especially at night.

Nights in Triund

The stars gazing at night was another delight. I could see the distinct and dense layers of stars, some brighter than the others. I’ve grown up in the hills but and I can swear that I haven’t seen those many stars ever, not even on the clearest of nights. The twinkling lights in the distance reminded me you how far have you come from the hustle bustle of civilization. Unfortunately, there was no bonfire, as bonfires have been banned on Triund Hill. So after a hot meal and some conversation with the fellow trekkers,  we slept in our respective tents.

Mornings in Triund

I woke up early morning by the distant calling of the sheep. The Gaddi shepherds were on their way to Chamba valley with their herd, looking for greener pastures. They were taking the path back to the lower areas. I started to tread around. The sun was up and the warm rays of the sun felt great in the chilly breeze. I saw a number of mules grazing, resting and enjoying the sun. After having our breakfast, we headed back to Dharamkot. While going back, you can take the same route or a different one through the Bhagsu waterfall which ends at Bhagsu village.

Triund Trek Experience beautiful mornings at Triund. Photography by Divya Sarjolta.

Triund Trek Camps at Triund Hill. Photography by Divya Sarjolta.

Triund Trek Mountain Goats at Triund. Photography by Priti Aggarwal.

FAQ’s that Travelers Ask about Triund Trek

Here I have tried to answer the most frequently asked questions regarding Triund Trek. If you have any more questions, feel free to drop them in the comment box. I will try to answer them at the earliest and to the best of my knowledge. 

 Q1. Is Triund trek safe for women?

Triund trek is absolutely safe.

 Q2. Can I budget travel to Triund trek?

Budget travel can easily be done for Triund trek.

 Q3. Can I travel alone on Triund trek?

Yes easily.

 Q4. Do I need a guide on Triund trek?

Recommended for beginners

 Q5. When is Triund inaccessible?

Triund trek is inaccessible during Jan & Feb

This was my first trekking experience and I am so glad I chose Triund Trek. Not only was it an enchanting experience, but it also filled me up with eagerness to try out new and longer treks in the future. For an amateur trekker, this is a must visit place. As I look back, I promise myself I would be coming back again very soon, but this time would be exploring the snowline beyond Triund trek.

Happy Wayfaring🙂

About the Author

Divya Sarjolta

Divya Sarjolta

Divya Sarjolta is an Economics Major Gold Medalist. She hails from the beautiful town of Shimla and is a Himachali by birth. She enjoys exploring life to the fullest and has pursued quite a lot of backpacking trips around the country. Two things Divya craves more than anything else is good food and travel. She leads her life on the lines of Oberyn Martell from Game of Thrones, “It is a big and beautiful world. Most of us live and die in the same corner where we were born and never get to see any of it. I don’t want to be most of us.” So, explore while you can

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