TRIUND TREK – A trek of 22 hair pin turns
Triund trek; you can simply picture it as a crown jewel of Dharamshala. Triund is literally in the lap of Dhauladhar ranges. You can enjoy the great Dhauladhar ranges on one side and the Kangra valley on the other. It is a very famous trek in India as well as for tourist all over the world. People who love camping and planning to do one kindly do the Triund trek.
Triund trek is easily scale-able for all age group. The 6 km trek starts with a steady inclination for 5 Kms and the last 1km is steep and is also known as 22 Curves as the last 1 km has 22 tiring curves before you win over Triund and enjoy the view which makes you feel puny. The trek cuts through a beautiful forest of oak, rhododendron and deodar. There is may Tea Stalls along the way but the famous one is Magic View tea stall which claims to be oldest of all started in 1984. View from Magic View tea stall is very beautiful.
How to reach Triund :
You can take any public transport to reach Mcleod Ganj. The starting point of the Triund trek is Galu. Either you can start trekking from Mcleod Ganj Main Square or you can take a cab from Main Square to Galu. The trek is open and accessible throughout the year except for January and February when there is heavy snowfall and advised to prepare properly before you decide to scale it in months when its snowing heavily. It is one of the most visited by travel seekers who are planning for weekend getaways from Delhi.
Personal Experience Of Triund Trek :
Visited with a team of 5 : 3 Girls and 2 Guys. Traveled to Mcloed Ganj by car from Delhi. Started from Delhi in evening and reached Mcloed Ganj by early morning and booked a hotel so that we all 5 get a good sleep before starting trek next day. In Mcloed Ganj we visited Mall road and Dalai Lama temple.
Next day trekking started in morning at 10 am and reached Triund by 4 pm. We already booked the camp at the TANK (close to the starting point of the trek). Since all other 4 were new to trekking they were getting exhausted very soon and kept taking rest which was good that they didn’t try to continue and ended up over exhausting themselves. we kept hiking up with slow pace with stopping by at every tea stall and viewpoints to click photos. First 5 km of the trek was easy with a few rocky climbs. The last 1 km where we all 5 mingled up with fellow trekker to talk and joked around to get freshen up and restore our energy to get going.
As soon we reached the top it was all worth trekking. All 5 of us had a smile on our face as the Dhauladhar Ranges looked so beautiful with ice caps. We enjoyed the night with Songs on guitar and Horror stories.
The night was very cold and cold breeze would penetrate through tiny holes of the zipper in the tent house and would shiver us badly. Next morning we trekked down and it rained heavily followed by a hail storm.
If you are planning to trek to Triund please keep below points in mind :
- Check the weather and better keep some warm clothes with you even when it is showing the temperature would be high as the weather changes rapidly.
- If it’s your first trek and you don’t want to invest in Trekking shoe kindly avoid taking any plastic sole shoe (basketball shoe especially)
- Include Poncho in your bag pack
- Hydrate enough for a day and 2 before the trek
- Keep pain relief medicines and sprays
Triud Trek Itinerary :
- Main Square – Mcloed Ganj to water tank -dharmkot (park your car)
- Starting trek from Water Tank and reach Magic Viewpoint
- Magic Viewpoint to Triund camping site. If you want to extend your trek you can trek froward from Triund to Indrahar Pass.
Triund Weather :
The trek is heavenly in colder season but are closed if there is heavy snow fall any time in month of November to march. In spring the trek have different kind of flower welcoming you. While in summer the trek is really very hot. Sleep early at night to take proper sleep as the tent becomes hot beyond limit with first sunshine of morning. Do the trek between Feb to March or July to Nov.