Triund is the easiest Himalayan trek. With breathtaking views of the Kangra valley and the snow covered Dhauladhar ranges, it is also very picturesque.
Triund is the ideal destination for those seeking a hassle-free taste of trekking in the Himalayas. The trek can easily be done over a weekend.
The trail to Triund is short but steep. The steep climb is well-compensated by refreshing walks amongst rhododendron and oak trees. There are also various songbirds in the forests along the trail which make it a birdwatcher’s delight.
The town of McLeodganj (also known as little Lhasa) provides for a grand opportunity to experience the vibrant Tibetan culture. The trekking scene here is well-organised and one can embark on multiple treks of longer duration here, namely Indrahar Pass, Minkiani Pass, Kareri Lake and all the way to Kuari Pass and Mani-Mahesh.
An Alternative Indiahikes trek you can try:
If you are not too sure of doing a trek on your own, we have alternatives you can try.
But if you’re a first time trekker, the process of organizing a trek by yourself might get a bit overwhelming. If you want to trek with your family or friend then you might not want the hassle of doing it. In such cases, we have a couple of great treks for you.
At the same time, the trail to Triund has become popular and bit too crowded. Therefore if you’re looking for a peaceful walk in the woods, Triund unfortunately is not that.
If you have a couple of days more in hand, Beas Kund is great option. The starting point of the trek is Solang, just an hour’s drive from Manali. That makes it very easy to accessible. If you’re a beginner, it is the perfect trek with great views of biggest mountains of Manali. Moreover, you get to stand right at the base of the Pir Panjal Range.
If you don’t have as much time though, the Pundrik Lake trek is just perfect for the weekend.
Surrounded by giant pine and fir trees, Pundrik lake is a hidden treasure in Himachal Pradesh. The thick forests through which the trail winds are a bird watcher’s paradise
The dense forests on this trek are filled with pine, fir, spruce and a variety of other trees. Pundrik lake, covered by tall grasses runs for 400 metres and is surrounded by forests on three sides.
Author: Alok Tiwari with inputs from Vaibhav Chauhan, Bibek Bhattcharya and Hiramani Kashyap.
Banner image by Govind KS.
Dharamkot is the starting point for this itinerary. You can also start the trek from McLeodganj itself, or from two other villages close by- Bhagsu and Gallu. The trail from Dharamkot however is arguably the nicer one as it climbs through a thick crown of pine forests.
Day 1: Dharamkot – Triund
- Altitude: 6,180 ft – 9,760 ft
- Distance: 7 km
- Duration: 3-4 hours
- GPS Coordinates of Triund: 32° 15′ 42.084” N, 76° 21′ 15.732” E
Start the trek as early as possible. The first half of the trek up faces the sun and the sun in the mountains can be very harsh later in the day.
Get to the water tank near the government primary school at Dharamkot. Next to the water tank there is a trail that climbs up through a forest. Walk up along this trail for about half an hour to get to the Galu temple clearing. There’s a small tea shop here, just below the shrine.
From here, one trail goes south-west into the forest to the village of Naddi. Another forest trail goes north-west to the stream that descends from Laka. The main trail to Triund continues straight past the small shrine. The trail is a gently rising one, through dense oak forests and traverses the steep side of the Laka ridge.
As you move ahead the trail is a deep gully that traverses a steep section and emerges on a rocky spur. The main Dhauladhar range comes into view here with the pyramidal peak of Mun appearing larger than life. This entire stretch is perfect for birdwatchers, as these forests are home to various kinds of songbirds.
At around the halfway point you reach Magic view café. From here the trail gets steeper. The trail continues through a series of steep switchbacks and climbs to the Triund ridge through dense thickets of rhododendron and oak trees.
The last couple of switchbacks bring you out of the rhododendrons and out onto the Triund ridge. It’s an open grassy ridge that stretches a good kilometre to the south before plunging into the Kangra valley. There are plenty of places to camp here, you could even get some provisions at the tea shops here.
Water is scarce here and is available some 1 km before Triund. It is highly advisable to carry your own supply of drinking water up here. During the trekking season there are many dhabas at Triund where you can get a cooked meal and refreshments.
You can stay overnight at the Forest Rest House at Triund, by doing an advance booking at Dharamshala. The accommodation here is reasonable, costing around Rs.500 for a room.
You can also rent tents at Triund (around Rs.600 for a two man tent, with sleeping bags). Keep in mind that on busy weekends, such as around public holidays, the tented accommodation at Triund may get booked out.
Day 2: Triund – Dharamkot
- Altitude: 9,760 ft – 6,180 ft
- Distance: 7 km
- Duration: 2-3 hours
- GPS Coordinates of Dharamkot: 32° 14′ 55.176” N, 76° 19′ 31.836” E
Wake up early to catch the incredible views of the sun rising from behind the peaks to your east. It is a beautiful sight as the sun lights up the Kangra valley.
Descend by retracing your steps along the path you came up. Coming down should take a lot less time than it took to climb up. It’s a short day so enjoy the walk and stop by at the cafes enroute.
If you are short on time you can also head back to Dharamkot on day 1 itself, making the round trip to Triund in a single day. You’ll miss out on the lovely views of the evening and morning sky from Triund, but it is possible to return before it gets dark provided you start early.
Conversely, if you have the time you can ascend further from Triund to Lahesh cave via Laka. Lahesh cave serves as the base camp for the climb to Indrahar Pass (14,250 ft). There is a tea house at Laka, but you will have to carry your own supplies if venturing further. It is possible to go up to Lahesh cave and descend back to Dharamkot the same day.
The base camp for the trek is Dharamkot, a little village near McLeodganj. Dharamkot is just 2 km from McLeodganj and is a short 20 minute walk from the bus stand. You can also hire taxis or autos from McLeodganj.
You can reach McLeodganj by taking an overnight bus from New Delhi. Himachal Roadways, Himachal Tourism, as well as many private operators have regular bus services from Kashmiri Gate ISBT (Delhi) from 5 pm onwards. It costs around Rs. 1000 for a volvo bus.
Another option is to fly in to the Kangra airport, which is at a distance of about 20 km from McLeodganj. This is a good option if you are short on time.
How to get fit for the Triund Trek
Triund is an easy trek, that is easy relative to other Himalayan treks. The trail is steep and can be quite tiring but it is not laborious as it is well maintained. Even for a trek as easy as Triund it helps to get fit before doing the trek, it makes the experience a lot more enjoyable.
This trek requires a good amount of cardiovascular endurance. You can begin by jogging everyday. Start jogging at a slow pace and then keep increasing your pace day by day. In order to be prepared for high altitude trek, you should have a combination of distance and speed targets.
Here’s a fitness routine that works:
In case you’re just starting with a regular fitness routine, phase out your distance targets in the following manner –
–>Target completing 5 km in 45 minutes when you begin.
–> Gradually increase your pace by running 4 times a week and bring it down to 5 km in 40 mins.
–>If you are 45 years or above, try to cover 5km in less than 45 minutes.
If you are somebody you prefers cycling over running, then try to cover 18 km in 60 minutes.
Here is a guide to help you get fit for the trek.
What to take on the Triund trek
- Trekking shoes: You will need trekking shoes with good grip. This is a very short trek however and you can manage with sports shoes as well. You need not buy trekking shoes just for this one trek.
- Daypack(15-25 litres): This is a short trek and you do not need to carry much, a small 15-25 litre daypack will suffice. You will only need a bigger 30-40 litre backpack if you are carrying your own camping gear.
- Two warm layers: It can get pretty cold at the top during the evening so carry two warm layers.
- Two trek pants: One pair of pants should suffice for this trek. But you can carry one spare pair in case the first one gets wet. Wear one pair and carry one pair.
- Two collared t-shirts: Carry light, full sleeved t-shirts that prevent sun burns on the neck and arms. Again, wear one and carry one spare.
- Thermals (Optional): Those who are more susceptible to cold can carry thermals to wear at night.
- Suncap: The sun is harsh in the mountains, and you will especially need them if you are trekking in late morning or afternoon.
- Balaclava: For chilly evenings. You may use woollen scarves instead as well.
- Socks: Apart from sports socks, you can take a pair of woollen socks for the night.
- Headlamp/LED torch
- Trekking pole(optional)
- Toiletries: Sunscreen, moisturiser, light towel, lip balm, toilet paper, toothbrush, toothpaste
- Two water bottles: 1 litre each, you will especially need to carry water to the Triund top
- Plastic covers: While packing, use plastic bags to compartmentalise things and carry few extra plastic bags for wet clothes.
- Medical kit: Carry band aid, moov, betadine or some other antiseptic cream, ORS,as well as basic medicines such as crocin, disprin, digene etc.