About Triund Trek
The trek begins from Mcleod Ganj, which is a small and beautiful town also known as little Lhasa, it is your best opportunity to explore the vibrant Tibetan culture. From here one can embark on multiple treks like Indrahar pass, Kareri lake, Minkiani pass, Kurari pass, and Mani-Mahesh. If you want you can also hire a cab till the Galu Devi temple and start trekking from there, the trekking distance from Macleod ganj to temple is 1 to 1.5 km.
About Triund Trek
Triund trek is one of the shortest and easiest Himalayan treks with spectacular scenery and picturesque view of snow-covered Dhauladhar ranges and Kangra valley. It is a popular trek in the region of Mcleod Ganj and Dharamshala. Many people refer to Triund as the heart or crown of Dharamshala and Mcleod Ganj. Triund is located in the Kangra district in the states of Himachal Pradesh. This beautiful small hill station is situated at the foot of Dhauladhar ranges at an altitude of 9,350 ft. This short two days trek can easily be done in a weekend. Most of us barely get enough time to travel, explore new places and go on an adventurous trip. Triund trek gives us an opportunity to explore the beauty and calmness of Himalayans, this trek might be short but it will; surely give you little taste of adventure as the trail is a little steep at some points. Triund is a gorgeous grassy alpine meadow situated at the top of the hill from where one can witness the breathtaking view of majestic Dhauladhar ranges and panoramic view of Kangra valley. Triund trek is a very short trek as it takes only four hours to complete, but quite a few people manage to complete it within two hours. Well it depends on experience and strength of an individual. The trail towards Triund is steep climbing and walking among oak trees and rhododendron. The mountains do look splendid in the daylight in Triund, but the nights are even more alluring. Night camping at the top of Triund under the starry sky will be the best experience you will ever have.
Quick facts about Triund Trek
- Maximum Altitude : 9760 ft
- Trek Distance : 8-9 Km
- Average Temperature : 8 to 30 Degrees Celsius
- Starting/Ending point : Mcleod Ganj
- State : Himachal Pradesh
- Difficulty level : Easy
- Last ATM : Mcleod Ganj
- Trek Duration : 6-7 hours
Triund is a small and beautiful hill station; you can trek at Triund in almost every season. During summer and during the beginning of winter the weather remains pleasant. In monsoon from July to August, the trail and road conditions seem pretty challenging but you can still trek there. The scenery of the lush green Kangra valley will compensate for the effort. However, in monsoon, camping can be tricky and you may find difficult to cover the journey. From December to January or February the trek becomes inaccessible because of heavy snowfall, so going on a trek during these months makes no sense at all.
Best time to visit Triund
The best time to visit Triund is from March to May and from September to December. During summer the weather remains pleasant with clear blue sky with an average temperature of 25-30 degrees Celsius during the day but at night the temperature drops as it is situated on high altitude so the average temperature at night is 8-10 degrees Celsius. In high altitude areas, the weather in winter is unpredictable so it is advisable to check weather conditions prior to the start of the trek.
How to reach Mcleod Ganj
There are various roads and railway routes connected to Dharamshala and Mcleod ganj from where the trek begins.
- By air
- By rail
- By bus
Gaggal airport is the nearest airport, it is about 18km away from Mcleod Ganj. There are flights to Gaggal airport to all major cities. From the airport, you can take a bus or shared cabs to reach Mcleod Ganj.
The nearest railway station is Pathankot which is 85kms away from Dharamshala, from the railway station you can easily get a bus or cab to reach Dharamshala. It takes 3-4 hours to reach.
There are plenty of buses available from Delhi to Mcleod Ganj. You can either take private Volvo or use government bus service. You can easily get a bus from Kashmiri gate ISBT/Paharganj to Mcleod Ganj, it will take 10-11 hours to reach Mcleod Ganj.
- Triund Trek
Day 1: Trek from McLeod Ganj to Tirund hill
- Reach McLeod Ganj
- Start trekking from McLeod Ganj
- Trek duration 6-7 hours
- 8 to 9 km of trekking
- Camping at Triund top
- Altitude gain 2800 meters
Reach Mcleod Ganj early morning or night before the trek; check in to some hotel or homestay Rest for a while and have a proper and delicious breakfast before you embark on your journey. Make sure to carry a lighter backpack, with trek essentials, carry extra warmers as in mountain temperature drops drastically during the night. Carry a few protein bars and water bottles. You need not worry about food as there will be many small tea stalls on the trail and you will also come across two cafes
The trek begins from Mcleod Ganj and the first checkpoint is a Gallu Devi temple the trail here is plain walk and a bit tiring but after crossing the Gallu Devi temple you will come across deodar forest and at a certain point you will get the view of Dhauladhars. After trekking for 4-5 hours you will arrive at a magic view café, as the name suggests you will have an astonishing view of Dhauladhar ranges and Kangra valley from the café, the trail to the café is simple with elevation at some specific points. But after crossing the café the ascent gets steep with tiring curves, and the last1-2kms of the trek is steepest, it will test your stamina and will consume your energy. It will be all worth it when you will reach at the top of the hill, with a sense of accomplishment along with an enticing view of grassy meadow and refreshing view of snow-covered Dhauladhar ranges. Before the night falls enjoy your time at Triund top. Camping and overnight stay at Triund top are closed due to restrictions from authorities. Triund is quite a popular area, it attracts lots of tourists. The increased amount of tourists had disturbed the ecological balance of the place, so to maintain the ecological balance of the area the government had to take this decision. However, you will be camping 2km below Tirund top, as overnight stay and camping are allowed there. Enjoy the thrilling night under the starry sky with freshly cooked dinner.
Day 2: Return to McLeod Ganj
- Trek back to McLeod Ganj
- 8-9kms of trekking
- Explore McLeod Ganj and Kangra valley
On your second day, try to wake up early so you can witness the awe-inspiring sunrise from the mountains. Sunrise and sunset are always magnificent in mountains. So don’t miss it at any cost, after that take a walk around the hill to enjoy the spectacular sceneries of majestic mountains and the tranquility of the place. Pack your bags and get ready to trek back to Mcleod Ganj.
After returning to Mcleod Ganj if you have time, do explore the Tibetan culture of Mcleod ganj, there are many artistic monasteries that you can visit like Norbulingka monastery it is a Buddhist monastery with a beautiful garden and tranquil place where you will see Buddhist monks meditating and involved in a craft activity. Another famous place that you can explore near McLeod Ganj is the Dalai lama complex it is a peaceful premise with the museum, café, and library. After exploring the place you can head back to your buses with memories.