I am a true hippie at heart. Mountains, Valleys and the temptation to spend the night under a clear sky with umpteen stars is too difficult for me to resist.
Triund trek in Himachal Pradesh was my first trek. The curvy narrow road opening to a rocky trail, laden with twists and turns, enveloped with high low deodars and rhododendrons is still vivid in my memories.
When I decided to embark on this beautiful trek with my friend, the first question that came to mind was, Is Triund trek difficult? In terms of the terrain, the Triund trek is easy. On the scale of difficulty (1–10), Triund trek is 4. It is highly recommended for beginners and is a perfect family trek. It is suitable for children above 7 years of age. If you are not physically very active, you might find this trek a little daunting but it’s doable with multiple rests.
There is much more to Triund than what i have just mentioned above so read on to learn all you need to know before you go for the trek.
With the weather changing its mood after every kilometer we witnessed everything from the chills of the breeze, occasional rain showers & brighlty shining sun.
What is the height of triund Trek?
Triund is at the foot of the Dhauladhar ranges and is at a height of 2,828 meters (9278 feet) above sea level. This makes it a High Altitude Trek. Most part of the trek is a gradual incline, except for the last 2 kms from the Snowline Café from where the climb becomes steeper all the way till Triund
Altitude is defined on the following scale:
- High altitude: 8,000 – 12,000 feet (2,438 – 3,658 meters);
- Very high altitude: 12,000 – 18,000 feet (3,658 – 5,487 meters); and
- Extremely high altitude: 18,000+ feet (5,500+ meters).
Most people can go up to 8,000 feet (2,438 meters) with minimal effects. If you have been at that altitude before and had no problems, you can probably return to that altitude without problems if (and only if) you are properly acclimatized (Source).
How long is Triund Trek?
The trek is around 7 kms from Dharamkot and takes on an average 3 to 6 hours to reach the camping site. For someone who is new to trekking and long uphill walks it will take around 4 to 5 hours including rest time.
There are 2 popular ways to reach Triund Hill Top.
- Mcleodganj / Dharamkot – Bhagsunag -Shiva cafe -Triund
Usually, the starting point for the trek is Mcleodganj from where it is around 9 km or Dharamkot which is 2 kms ahead of Mcleodganj and makes it 7 kms from there.
It was my first trek and I took 5 hours to cover the distance of 9 kms to reach the top at Triund from Mcleodganj. I took multiple small breaks to catch breath and soak in the scenery.
We started our trek from Mcleodganj and met our guide at Dharamkot. From there the trek takes the route towards Gallu Devi Temple which is another starting point for some people for the trek.
Also some people prefer to start the trek from Dharamshala for whom the starting point will be Bhagsu Nag.
Can Triund trek be done in one day?
Yes of course the trek can be completed in one day. You can start early morning, reach by noon soak in the serenity and beauty of the place and start getting back before sunset.
However, through my personal experience I would suggest spending a night there witnessing the warmth of the place under a blanket of gazillion stars, pitch in your tents, enjoy the bonfire with the background of Dhauladhars, then descend the next morning. You can thank me later for this recommendation.
Is triund Trek safe?
Absolutely, this trek is safe and very common amongst solo and women trekkers as well. The beauty of this trek is that it is safe for even children to do it. Keep water bottles and snacks stocked up and you are good to go.
There are cafes every 1 km or so, for water and snacks.
If this is your first trek with your children here are 10 tips for trekking with children to help you plan well.
What is the best time to do the Triund Trek?
As far as the time of the day is concerned I would recommend start Triund Trek early morning in order to avoid the rush, reach by afternoon and relish the beauty of the place.
However, you can start late morning as well like I did around 10 am so that you reach in time before the sun starts to bid goodbye, enjoy the night there and step down the next day.
Now, as far as the best season to do Triund Trek is concerned, it is doable for the most part of the year. The months of May-June and late September- November are the best periods as they offer very pleasant weather to enjoy the place.
In winters the place witnesses’ heavy snowfall which makes it difficult for first-time trekkers to trek. I would personally not recommend going during the rainy season.
Is Triund trek safe in Monsoon Season?
It is safe to do the Triund Trek during Monsoons, however, the last 2 km stretch is rocky and gets slippery during monsoon. If it starts to rain while you are trekking, it is advisable to rest in one of the Dhabas on the way. Avoid rainy and winter season if you are a first-time trekker.
I visited Triund in the month of August which makes it a rainy season in Dharamshala.
I witnessed mid to low rains making it colder and beautiful all the way and no problem as such.
Remember to wear anti-skid shoes and carry rain gear during monsoons.
What should I pack for triund Trek?
Before planning for the trek, I would suggest you to take note of the weather conditions/ temperature at Triund which will affect your backpack. These might include:
- Jacket/ Warm Clothing
- Rain Coat
- Boots/ Hiking Shoes – the Quechua Waterproof Mountain Hiking Shoes (available on Amazon) has good cushioning, a protective stone-guard to protect the toe area, a waterproof membrane, and a cross-contact sole providing an excellent compromise for dry and slippery terrain.
- Loose fitted clothes
Keep your basics handy which would include:
- Medical Supplies
- Small towel
- Army knife – The Victorinox Cyber Red Tool Lite Swiss Army Knife is available on Amazon.
- Energy bars
- Some snacks
- Id proof
- Novels, if you are fond of reading
If this is your first trek perhaps you will find the following posts helpful:-
How to reach Triund Trek Basecamp? (McLeodganj / Dharamshala)
- Basecamp: Dharamshala
- Nearest Airport– Gaggal Airport (13 km)
- Nearest Railway Station– Pathankot Railway Station (85 km)
- Basecamp: McLeodganj
- Nearest Airport– Gaggal Airport (18 kms)
- Nearest Railway Station– Pathankot Railway Station (89 kms)
I commuted from Delhi by train and reached Pathankot Railway Station. From there I took a cab that dropped me at my accommodation in upper Mcleodganj. It took me around 2 hours 30 minutes to 3 hours to reach.
Dharamkot is a quaint little, hippy-dippy hill station with only one road that ends where the village starts. Here are some awesome things to do in Dharamkot.
HOW TO REACH the Dharamshala / Mcleodganj?
- Air India and SpiceJet fly to Gaggal Airport (also known as Kangra Airport) which happens to be the nearest airport to Dharamkot. From Gaggal Airport it is about 20 kilometers (12.4 miles) to McLeod Ganj and takes about 45 minutes by taxi.
- The nearest railway stations to Dharamkot are Pathankot and Chakki Bank. Chakki Bank is a smaller station near Pathankot. Once you reach Pathankot, you can either take a taxi (cab) or a bus.
- Taxi (convenient and quickest but expensive): The taxi takes around 2.5 hours depending on the traffic but the fares are high.
- Bus ( economical but usually crowded): the bus stops at every village and takes around 4 to 5 hours.
- Regular Deluxe bus services are available from Delhi, Chandigarh, and Pathankot to Dharamshala. Himachal Road Transport Corporation‘s Himsuta A/C (Volvo) Seater (2+2) for Rs.1272/- on www.redbus.in is a popular option.
- You can take Yellow Line Metro to Delhi ISBT Kashmiri Gate to avoid Delhi traffic. The buses leave around 8 pm and reach McLeod Ganj the next morning around 7:30 am.
Can we reach Triund by car?
No there is no facility or route that permits you to reach Triund by car. The trek is meant to be done on foot with or without a guide, which is your personal choice.
Triund Trek Itinerary
- Reach Mcleodganj at least a day before when you plan to start your trek
- Start your trek fresh the next morning from Mcleodganj or Dharamkot (as per your arrangements of trekking guide, if any )
- Get going on the beautiful trek/walk surrounded by rhododendrons, oaks, and deodars.
- Reach Triund site for night stay. (Tents via guide or Govt. guesthouse)
- Enjoy the enchanting panoramic views of the snow-capped Dhauladhars and Dharamshala from the top.
- In the morning have your breakfast at the campsite. You can relish on the piping hot Maggi or have a meal under the arrangements that the guide might have made for you.
- Take short walks around, take some pictures and make memories
- Next if you plan to go further to visit Snowline which is 5 km ahead then leave early or else after breakfast you can make a move back to Mcleodganj.
How to prepare for Triund trek?
There are certain pre-requisites that need to be fulfilled to prepare for the trek:
- Take note of weather/ temperature conditions in Triund and pack your clothing accordingly as answered above.
- Seek your accommodation- Tents or Government Guesthouse at Triund
- Keep the basic necessities, food, and add-ons handy in case you might need them.
- You need to be reasonably fit for the trek.
- I would advise you to go for long walks (5 to 7 km) at least 3 to 4 times in a week for 3 to 4 weeks prior to this trek.
Do you need a guide for the trek?
There is no compulsion to hire a guide for the Triund trek. There are many solo and first time travelers who trek without the guide. The entire trek is well marked with directions. And above that there will always be someone or the other whom you will find trekking so you can accompany them.
This being our first trek, we weren’t very sure of ourselves and so to gear our spirits up and have that security in mind we did hire a guide who accompanied us and did all the arrangements for food and stay for the entire journey.
There are several guest houses at Dharamkot that offer room for getting ready before the trek. If you take a planned trek from them they offer you a guide, meals, tent and sleeping bags for camping night.
In case you don’t want to be accompanied by the guide make sure to carry your own tents, meals, sleeping bags for the night.
I opted for Triphippie who charge around Rs. 1300 pp. Other options that I know of are Travel D’globe, Billing Adventures, The Great Next, Thrillophilia. You can always search for options.
Where can one hire tents for staying overnight atop Triund?
You can easily get tents at the top from camp owners ranging between Rs. 300-500. We realised this after we reached there.
In case you are opting for a guide beforehand, the same will offer you all the arrangements for the night as well.
Tips for the Triund Trek
- Keep your bag pack light else you will end up with a grueling trek. The Quechua 50 Ltrs Grey Rucksack (available on amazon) has a locking facility and thus can be used as check-in luggage. Also, if you decide to carry just a day pack for the trek, you can leave this rucksack back at the hotel counter. It is better to check the price of the rucksack at the Decathlon store as they usually run offers on Quechua products.
- If you are traveling alone and plan to stay at night make sure to either carry or make arrangements for the tents and sleeping bags.
- Coordinate in advance with the office of the conservator forest in Dharamsala to book a room at the forest guest house up in Triund.
- In case you travel solo and are not sure about the routes you might need some help on the way.
- Do not attempt to venture into hidden trails or move out of the trek trail to explore. Stick to the common route.
- Having trekking poles is not necessary but I find it very helpful to anchor across a series of slippery rocks. You can check out these strong yet Light material trekking Pole with Anti-Shock spring mechanism by Coleman on Amazon.
- Please do carry an extra poly bag to collect the garbage and avoid dirtying the place. It is extremely disappointing to see the place going in bad condition
- Food at the shops on the way is very pricey, make sure to keep enough stuff to manage your trek time but do not overload.
- Don’t compete with your fellow trekkers, maintain a steady pace. Wait and relax if you feel breathless at any time.
- Keep yourself hydrated (water and energy glucose will keep your body pace maintained). Feel comfortable in what you wear and carry. Don’t overdo stuff and load yourself
- Enjoy your surroundings, click loads of memories and be safe!
So if this is your first trek, remember, a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step and the only impossible journey is the one you never begin.
In spite of the climb, the Triund trek will help you unwind and feel accomplished! Don’t forget to share your pictures on Instagram and tag us 🙂
This is a Guest Post by Yukti Malik. This Marketing professional from Delhi has a fetish for all things Chocolatey. She is a budding baker, an old school romantic, a passionate nature lover and also someone who holds love for dancing. You can find her awesome pictures at weaving.words.