“We are now in the mountains and they are in us, kindling enthusiasm, making every nerve quiver, filling every pore and cell of us.” – John Muir
Without a doubt, a first time trip to Mcleod Ganj (Dharamsala) would not be complete without a trek to Triund. It has the perfect view of the dhauladhar mountains on one side and kangra valley on the other. Triund is one of the most popular trekking destinations in India.
This journey will offer you a lot more than you can imagine or expect. You’ll be walking through a beautiful mixed forest of oak, deodar and rhododendron. This stretch through the woods is known as 22 Curves, because of the 22 switchbacks one has to walk through to reach Triund.
The main trek start from the Gallu temple near Dharamkot which is around 3 kilometers from the Main Square, McLeod Ganj. You can hire a taxi from the Main Square to Dharamkot/Gallu temple.
From Gallu temple it’s around 6 kilometers trek to Triund, which takes about 3-4 hours (one way). Most people go in the morning and return by evening.
Plan to leave McLeod Ganj by 7 AM and start trekking from Galu Temple by 8 AM.
Trekking to Triund from Galu Temple
The first half of the trek is gradually inclined walk, which is pretty easy. The rest of the trek is from moderate to somewhat challenging at the end.
Facts about the trek
- Distance: 20 kilometers (Round trip)
- Highest Elevation: 9,350 feet
- Time: 5-8 hours (round trip trek only)
- Difficulty level: Easy to Moderate
There are few small cafes on the way, where you can buy tea, water, snacks and more. Almost everything will be twice as more expensive than McLeod Ganj.
Camping at Triund
Spending a night at Triund is definitely worth it. You must camp for a night there to see the stunning sun set and sun rise. You can rent a tent for a night which costs around $10. The cafe will provide you a blanket and sleeping bag as well.
There are mainly two small cafes where you can buy almost everything you’ll need.
How to Have the Best Experience
- Best time of year to trek to Triund: From March to May (Summer) and October to December (Winter) is considered the best time for trekking. Trekking is possible from June to September as well, but it’ll be very difficult as it’s rainy season. Due to heavy snowfall Triund is inaccessible in January and February.
- How fit do you need to be to do this hike? Anyone of average fitness can complete this trek. Take your own time and rest for few seconds after every 20 minutes. And rest for at least few minutes at every tea shops.
- What to Bring: Hiking shoes, Hiking poles, lots of water, a few snacks, and your camera. Even if you’re doing this in summer, do not forget to bring a light jacket as the evening can be very chilly.