Triund Trek (Mcleodganj) – A Complete Guide for Trekking and Camping

Triund hill
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Triund is at the foot of the Dhauladhar range and is at a height of 285km/9350ft. Triund is a large land of green grass and pastures. One can see the mighty Dhauladhar ranges just above the eyes.

Upon reaching Triund, the magnificent view of the Dhauladhar Ranges will leave one and all spellbound. It fell so close that you would want to reach out and touch it.

The trek offers panoramic views of Bhagsu Village, Mcleodganj, Dharamshala Valley and distant views of the Shivalik hills and plains of Kangra Valley.

Level of Difficulty of Triund Trek

triund trek

The difficulty of the trek is Moderate. The trail is rocky and cuts in steps at some places.

Thek is fairly easy for the first 5km but the last 1km may require a bit of toil. The last 1km is popularly known as the 22curves as it has 22 tiring curves before you finally reach Triund.

Distance of Triund Trek

Distance from Mcleodganj – Trek Distance from Mcleodganj is 9km and it will take 5-6hours depending on your trekking speed to reach Triund. First, you have to reach Dharamkot then Gallu Devi temple.

Distance from Dharamkot – If you have booked your Hotel there, then you can start your trek from Dharamkot which is 8km. From Dharamkot to Gallu Devi temple there is an unambiguous byway that goes through a beautiful forest of oak and Devdas trees.

Distance from Gallu Devi Temple – It is the main starting point of Triund trek. Cabs are also available from Mcleodganj which will cost 400rs till Gallu Devi Temple. There are various shops available from which you can buy some refreshments.

How to Reach Triund?

By Bus – Direct Buses are available from Delhi to Mcleodganj and it is the best way to reach. The distance from Delhi to Mcleodganj is 480km. You have to board at Majnu ka Tila or ISBT Kashmiri Gate. You can also book your tickets online.

By Train – If you are planning to come by Train then Pathankot is the nearest Railway Station which is 88km from Mcleodganj. You can hire a cab till Mcleodganj will take 2-3hours max or Buses are also available from Pathankot till Mcleodganj which will take 4-5hours so you can plan accordingly.

By Air – Gaggal Airport is the nearest airport to Mcleodganj. However, very limited flights of few airlines serve Mcleodganj. Therefore, Indira Gandhi International Airport, Delhi, serves as the nearest and major airport to Mcleodganj. One can board a flight till Delhi and then travel to Mcleodganj by bus or car.

Another Trek to reach Triund?

There is another trek which goes by Bhagsunag waterfall but the trek is quite difficult and challenging, so trek from Dharamkot is preferred.

Triund Day Hike – Is it possible to be Done in One Day?

triund hill view

A day hike to Triund and back to Mcleodganj is very much possible and could be done if you do not want to camp there for the night.

Do remember that it would be a long day and depending on your walking speed and stamina. It would take 9-12hours for you to get back to Mcleodganj, so plan your day accordingly. From the checkpoint, they won’t allow you to hike after 2 pm and if you have planned for a return on the same day then you must check-in before 11 am.

Best Time to visit Triund?

triund hill covered in snow

Triund is inaccessible in January and February due to heavy snowfall.

The best time for the trekking is from March till May in the first part of the year and from September till December in the second half of the year.

It is rainy in June and July but still trekking is possible.

Food availability on the trail

shop on the way to triund trek

Along the way there are many small chai shops and Maggie points, so you can have refreshments while hiking.

Things to carry on Triund Trek

You don’t need any advance trekking gear for Triund trek.

If you are not planning to spend your night at the summit then the list is really thin. Just a fleece jacket, gloves and maybe a windcheater will do the job.

But if you’ve decided to spend a night, do carry extra clothing to fight the cold. trekking shoes are usually recommended for the treks. And keep some sunscreen and a sun cap.

For water, you can carry a reusable water bottle that can be filled with some bottled water and can be purchased from any shop on the way. Carry first aid kit like band-aid, pain relief ointment or pain killers in case of an emergency.

Thing are a little different if you want to camp at Triund. If you booked through a professional agency then most of the nitty gritties will be taken care by them including camping, tents and food. Then you can enjoy the terrain of Triund without anything but your stamina to worry about!

Camping options at Triund Hill

camping on triund hill

At the top, many camps are available there on two sharing or 4 sharing bases and it cost 500rs per person.

There is also a forest department rest house which you need to book in advance.

There is also one more guest house available at the Triund top which they are charging 600 per night.

Also note, there is no washroom, toilet facility available at the top, so you have to make your own arrangements. All food items gonna cost you high at the top because of the transport charges and the materials are transported by the porters. A water bottle will cost 50, 80 for Maggie, 90 for bread omelet, 70 for toilet paper.

Trekking options Beyond Triund

laka glacier
Laka Glacier
indrahar pass
Indrahar pass

If you want to experience the unmatchable beauty of Triund furthermore then there is Laka glacier and Indrahar pass trek is waiting for you. You can breathe in the beauty of these places by camping.

The shepherd’s mellow at Laka glacier and the spellbinding beauty of Indrahar pass will make you fall in love with this mountain range.

Once you cross Triund, the difficulty level of the terrain starts to increase. So venture out if you can take on some tough terrain.

Triund campsite is a base camp and acclimatization point for trekkers climbing the Indrahar pass in the mt. Dhauladhar.

For trekkers the view of the evening sky from Triund is a good enough reason to pitch a tent here for the night.

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