Triund Trek

Posted: May 26, 2015 by obsesessivetraveler in himachal pradesh, India
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1st May 2015

Triund is perhaps the most popular non-religious trek in Himalayas. I have wanted to do the trek since forever but had been searching for company, but finally embarking on the trek with a friend, I realized it could have easily been accomplished alone given the number of people doing it especially over the weekend.

McLeodganj: This was perhaps my 4th trip to Mcleodganj over the past 2 years, the culturally rich quaint little Tibetian town has a unique appeal to me. Last time around I had spent 10 days here for a wood-carving workshop. An easy overnight volvo buse ride from Delhi ISBT gets you here in 11 hours.

Stretch 1: Mcleodganj to Galu Temple (1750 m to 2100m); 3 km
One can take a car till Dharamkot and upto Galu Temple itself but we decided to trek the whole way so started at McLeod itself. This 3 km stretch is really steep- perhaps a gradient of 40deg most of the way but the path is lined with dense Deodar plantation and is thus worth the effort as the plantation is beautiful.

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Stretch 2: Galu Temple to Triund: (2100 m to 2825m); 6 km

This stretch of 6 km is not too steep and here onwards you meet a lot of people as most people take a car or auto to this place. This stretch is lined with Rhododendrons. The red flowers are beautiful but offer no protection from the sun, thus despite the gradient being much lower here, I was soon exhausted by the sun. There are 2 cafes on the way offering basic packed foods and maggi at double the cost you get elsewhere. This is the only place at Himalayas, as per my experience thus far, where they had really jacked up the rates, ascribing the reason to getting things there. Somehow I believe I have been to places that are harder to reach but still selling things at same rate or just slightly higher rates, not double, that reflected on how commercial the place was.


The entire trek one doesn’t get even a glimpse of the great Dhauladhar range but your reward on reaching the Triund Hill is the magnificent view of the range, in particular- Mun (4610 m), Rifle Horn, Arthur’s seat & Slab (4570 m). There is no vegetation atop the Triund Hill- only grass and rocks, made me wonder as to the vegetation had been cleared for camping or it never existed. There is a forest guesthouse but during season one needs connections to get a booking there as they don’t take booking on phone or email. For the lesser mortal like us with no connections, the only staying option is to rent a tent and sleeping bag from one of the 4 cafes there and camp.

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But there was a hailstorm and the temperature dropped and the rented sleeping bags were grossly insufficient to keep us warm. Thus I passed the night, tossing and turning in the sleeping bag, in futile attempts to keep myself warm.

Stretch 3: Triund to Snowline/ Laka (2825m to 3350 m); 3 km:
In the morning after breakfast at the café, we hiked to the snowline/ Laka. There is no vegetation on this trail, just boulder covered grasslands.

If Triund Hill felt like being at the lap of Dhauladhar Range, Laka Ridge feels like being a part of the range itself and from there one can go further upto Lahesg Caves or further to Indrahaal Pass and cross it over to Chamba on the other side. We were not equipped to trek over snow and the shepherds had not paved their way to the pass as yet, so we headed back from Laka.

The trek back, although just downward gradient, appeared harder due to the scorching sun and no enticement of reaching somewhere. Most people are after while hiking down but I literally had to drag me feet, perhaps dreading the return journey to civilization!! Why do all good things have to come to en end!!

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Comments
  1. arv! says:

    lovely pictures! in fact these are the best triund pictures I have ever seen in any blog!

    Liked by 1 person

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