Triund hike is a must-do for practically all visitors to Dharamshala and Mcleodgunj. It is one among the most prominent tourist destinations in Himachal Pradesh.
“How come you’ve gone to Dharamshala so many times but have never done the Triund trek?” My acquaintance was somewhat aback when he discovered that after visiting Dharamshala a dozen times, I had never visited Triund Top. “I think it’s too mainstream,” I defended myself.
But this time, in December 2020, while spending a week in Dharamkot (also known as India’s Mini Israel), I resolved to do it. I decided to do it in as short -time as possible to make it more thrilling and avoid feeling like I was following the throng.
“How long does the Triund hike take?” I inquired with the management of the hostel where I was staying. He said, “Most people do it in 4 to 5 hours.” “How long will it take you if you have to complete it in the shortest amount of time?” I inquired.
“One and a half hours and thirty minutes”!
That was the end of it! The challenge has been accepted!!
The next thing I know, Sanjeev (the same property manager and now a good buddy) and I were attempting to complete the Triund hike in under 1 hour and 30 minutes.
It is one of the most popular treks in Himachal Pradesh, and it is also one of the easiest Himalayan hikes. It is also incredibly attractive, with stunning views of the neighbouring Kangra valley (which connects Kangra and Dharamshala) on one side and the snow-covered Dhauladhar range on the other.
Trekkers will come across a lot of cliffs along the journey that are fantastic for taking photos on Instagram.
The Triund trip is great for people who want to get a taste of Himalayan hiking without the difficulty. There’s no need to hire a guide or find a trekking companion; just go it alone. The trail is also well-marked.
It is possible to travel from Delhi or Chandigarh and back in one weekend.
The trail to Triund is short (approximately 9 kilometres from Dharamkot and 11 kilometres from McleodGunj), but steep. Trekkers will come across rhododendron and oak trees throughout the trail, as well as a few maggie points where they can buy refreshments.
Because the walk is relatively straightforward and popular, a great number of people attempt it, particularly on weekends, making it difficult to appreciate the peace and quiet. As a result, the best time to go on a Triund trek is on weekdays and during the off-season. On a typical day, hundreds of hikers can be found making their journey to or from the Triund Top.
The town of McLeodganj also offers a unique opportunity to learn about Tibetan migrants’ culture in India.
How long does it take to complete the journey?
It takes roughly 4 hours for most tourists to reach Triund Top (from the town of Dharamkot, add another 30 minutes for Mcleodgunj to Dharamkot).
I, on the other hand, completed it in 1 hour 30 minutes from Dharamkot, without stopping. Let me also point out that I did not run during the trek, but rather walked at a slightly faster pace than most tourists.
Triund walk can be completed in less than 50 minutes with the help of local guides. During my trek, I met someone who claimed to have completed it in 45 minutes. The individual was also a local guide.
So, assuming you’re not a seasoned hiker and plan on stopping for a few photos, it’ll take 4 or 5 hours. As a result, it is recommended that you start from Dharamkot no later than 9 a.m. The sooner you begin and get at the top, the more time you will have to enjoy yourself along the journey while still arriving on time.
Technically, the return trip takes nearly half the time it took to get to the top.
From Where Does The Triund Trek Begin?
Dharamkot is a town in the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh. Dharamkot is 2 kilometres from McleodGunj and 4 kilometres from Dharamshala. The path is easily visible from Dharamkot.
Trekkers begin their journey in Zostel, Dharamkot (easy to find on Google Maps), and end up at Gallu Devi Temple (about 800m from Zostel). Triund Trek Checkpoint is located just adjacent to Gallu Devi Temple.
At the checkpoint, the forest officer ensures that trekkers are not carrying any plastic, drugs, or alcohol.
Please note that check-in at the checkpoint closes at 11:30 a.m. There are a couple additional ways to circumvent the checkpoint, but they aren’t recommended.
Triund Trek: How to Get There
The trek begins in Dharamkot, as previously noted.
Regular buses (both conventional and luxury Volvos) run to Dharamshala-Mcleodgunj from all major cities such as Delhi, Chandigarh, and Amritsar. It is simple to obtain shared and private cabs for Dharamkot from Dharamshala/Mcleodgunj.
It is a two-and-a-half-hour trip from Pathankot, Punjab, for those who are self-driving. Throughout the year, the road is in good condition.
For those travelling in the winter and concerned about driving in the snow, I can assure them that there will be no snow till Dharamshala. Patches of snow and a slit can be found on the road between Dharamshala and Dharamkot (6km).
In addition, throughout the winter, the entire Triund walk receives roughly 1-2 feet of snow (particularly between January and February). Trekking in the winter is quite different from hiking in the summer.
Hotels (of all price ranges) may be found in Dharamshala, Mcleodgunj, and Dharamkot.
Is Triund Trek open during the months of July and August?
Yes. It is available all year, but trekking during the rainy months of July and August is not recommended. Not only does the journey become slightly unsafe, but it is also no fun.
In terms of the Triund trek shutting and opening, it’s important to note that it’s open all year; it’s simply a matter of convenience and preference (of the weather).
You can trek 365 days a year as long as you clear the checkpoint at Gallu Devi Temple before 11:30 a.m.
When Is The Best Time For Triund Trek?
Between March and June, as well as September and November, is the greatest time to do it. Because of the snow, many trekkers prefer to go during the winter months.
What Makes It One of Himachal’s Most Popular Treks
I believe that because one does not have to travel for days (as is the case with many treks in the Kullu-Manali region), tourists may experience the feeling of being on top of the world in just 4-5 hours.
Tourists may get a panoramic view of Kangara valley from the top, with Dharamshala, Mcleodgunj, and Dharamkot vividly visible on one side. On a clear day, you can see as far as Dharamshala’s international cricket stadium (and much further).
Moon peak, Indrahar Pass, Rifle Horn, and Arthur’s Seat can also be seen from the opposite way.
What to Expect During Your Ascension
There’s a lot of natural beauty and cliff stones for Insta-worthy images. The trip also travels through a pine forest, which is a staple of the Himachali environment. Trekkers can also see rhododendrons in full bloom during the spring and summer seasons.
In a nutshell, the Triund journey begins in a Buddhist town, continues through a lush green forest, and ends at the end of the tree line – with a magnificent opening of the ridge.
Another incentive to go to Triund is to see the sunset. Many hikers plan to camp at the ridge overnight because of the sunset. Those who want to return, however, will be able to watch the sunset at a couple points along the journey (even if they miss it at the top and return a little early).
Dharamkot is also worth visiting after sunset on the way back.
Information That Is Actually Useful
Dharamkot is the starting point for the Triund trek.
It is also possible to begin from either Mcleodgunj or Bhagsu village, albeit the total trip will be slightly longer.
Furthermore, the trail from Dharamkot is not only shorter but also more scenic.
Here’s what the numbers show:
- Gallu to Dharamkot 800 metre checkpoint
- Gallu 2.70 kilometres to the Magic View Cafe checkpoint
- To Triund, go to the Magic View Cafe. Total distance: 5.60 km, with a top of 2.10 km.
- To get to the top, it takes about 4-5 hours. Returning to Dharamkot takes about 2-3 hours.
As previously stated, begin as early as possible so that you may spend the majority of the day on top. The initial portion of the climb is in direct sunlight. Even if there are a few places where you can get water, it is still a good idea to have a water bottle with you.
If you don’t want to spend 150 Rupees on a Maggie and 80 Rupees on a half-litre Pepsi, bring some snacks with you. Almost everything is sold at double the MRP because those selling it must transport it on ponies or with the help of human porters (and hence pay the extra price)
Please be aware that your backpacks may be searched for the quantity of plastic you are carrying at Gallu Checkpoint, and that they will be checked again when you return. Carry them back safely and journey responsibly. If detected with drugs or alcohol, hikers are frequently penalised.
There are no fees to pay at the checkpoint, however you will be asked for your ID card and your information will be recorded in a book.
Please keep in mind that, regardless of the weather, it can be rather cold on the top, with powerful gusts making it difficult for most tourists to spend much time out in the open.
During the summer, expect daytime temperatures to range between 16 and 25 degrees, with a peak point of roughly 10 degrees. It can get down to 5 to 8 degrees at night.
Temperatures will begin to decline between September and December. The daytime temperatures will be pleasant, while the nighttime temperatures will be as low as 1 or 2 degrees. The temperature feels a few degrees colder due to the heavy wind.
Unlike in the past, camping alone is not permitted at Triund (though many trekkers still carry a tent, do it and risk being caught).
Previously, when camping was permitted on the summit, it was required to bring a wind-resistant tent as well as a sleeping bag that could keep you warm at 0 degrees. It was also suggested that you use a light foam mat.
Because the Triund hike has no washrooms or toilets, bring some basic toiletries with you.
Here’s a more detailed list of items to bring…
Trekking shoes: Even though it is a short hike, it necessitates walking on a Himalayan trail. It is, nevertheless, imperative that you wear appropriate trekking shoes. I’m currently working on a comprehensive tutorial on how to select the best hiking shoes.
A Small Backpack (20-30 litres): A backpack with strong straps and a frame to support it. A rain cover for your bag is a must. Carry essentials such as a few energy bars, a water bottle, sunglasses, and other personal items.
High-Altitude Medication: Carry an Acetazolamide if you feel dizzy or breathless at high altitude or in windy locations, despite the fact that Triund Top is just about 2800m above sea level.
A Windcheater :Please bring something to wear on top that will not make you dizzy because it is chilly and windy. On top of that, the oxygen level can be a little low.
Woollens (in winter): In winter, the temperature in Dharamkot can drop below 10 degrees throughout the day. It might be around 0 degrees on Triund Top. So bring plenty of woollens.
All essential accessories:Sunglasses, a suncap, hand gloves, a Balaclava, a headlamp (if you want to see the sunset), and a trekking poles (for first-timer trekkers)