Triund trekking trail that lies in the lap of Himalaya’s Dhauladhar range is one of the best weekend trips from Delhi at a distance of 410 km. It is easily accessible from Dharamshala or the little Tibet of Mcleodganj. You can get to experience the ways of the hill locals and the Tibetian culture of the Mcleodganj. Considered to be one of the easier trek routes that takes you close to the Himalayas, Triund has much more to offer. The short trek distance makes up for the steep climb and descent that it features. The soothing aura of the forest walk with beautiful flowering plants and the majestic view of the Dhauladhar range is the reason you see many backpackers on its route.
Trek Altitude: 9278 ft
Difficulty Level: Easy to Moderate
Best Season: March-June & September-December
Highlights of the Triund Trek:
· The captivating landscape of the Dhauladhar range
· Witnessing some of the noticeable peaks like Arthur’s seat, Moon Peak, and Rifle Horn.
· Trek through the blooming rhododendrons and pine trees
· Look forward to the clearings with the ridges at the end
· The fascinating view of the Kangra Valley
· The stunning view of the sunrise and sunset from Triund
· Camping at the top and waking up to the Dhauladhar range
There are two routes that an individual can take: first is from Dharamkot and second from McLeodganj. However, the route from Dharamkot features some of the exceptional patches of pine forest and hence is popular. To give you an overview of the trail here is the detailed itinerary:
Day 01: Dharamkot to Triund
To avoid the harsh sun, set out early and after 30 minutes you will reach Gallu Devi Temple. You will come across a checkpost and have to present your id to trek further. As you walk past the checking point, your trail goes forward into the woods and from there you can see some small hamlets. Once you reach Laka ridge is where the steep section starts. You will come across boulders and rocky terrain. After crossing this section, the most awaited Dhauladhar range comes into the picture. You will also notice many songbirds chirping happily in the natural surroundings. Once you come across the Magic view café the trail becomes steeper and steeper.
You will enter and exit the forest section a couple of times where you will witness some of the best rhododendrons and oak trees. From the ridge you can see the plunging Kangra Valley as you reach Triund. The beauty of the mountains and valleys unfold before your eyes. Especially during winters when the landscape is covered in a blanket of snow. You can either choose to camp or stay in the Triund Rest House.
Day 02: Triund to Dharamkot:
The show is not over after reaching the top at Triund trek. Rise and shine with the golden rays of the sun making the entire place look ethereal. The Kangra valley basked in the sunlight looks incredible. After having breakfast, trace back your steps and start descending for Dharamkot. Descending takes much less time than ascending. You can even make a detour to Lahesh cave on your way back if time permits.
Best Season to Visit Triund:
Triund trek can be done all around the year except the monsoon season to avoid the weather hazards. Sometimes the check-post doesn’t allow entry for the safety measures during the rainy months of July and August. On the odd days of the peak winter season months of January and February, the trek route shuts down because of the heavy snowfall. So, it is better to check the weather updates beforehand. The best environment for summer and spring is the peak season for the Triund trek. March to June are best for a pleasant trekking experience with beautiful sights of the forest and its blooming flowers. The months of September to December are best for the crisp and clear landscape views of the Dhauladhar range and the Kangra Valley. Towards the month of December, you can have a jolly experience of the fresh snowfall.
What to Carry:
Essential Gears: Backpack, rain-cover, Hiking pole, Head torch(optional), Hiking shoes and medical first-aid.
Wearables: Fleece Shirt, Poncho, Jacket, Thermal inners, Trek pants, Scarf, socks, gloves and woollen caps.
Personal use: Sunscreen, Sunglasses, sanitizer, lip balm, moisturiser, Towel, Toothbrush and Toothpaste.
Documents: Adhar card, Driver Licence, passport size photos.
Eatables: Snacks, dry fruits and water bottlesv