Nestled in the lap of the Dhauladhar Range, Triund is a serene and mesmerising trekking destination. One of the easiest and beautiful treks in Himachal Pradesh, Triund is located about ten kilometres away from McLeodganj—a prime tourist attraction of the state. The trek is moderately challenging; however, the panoramic views of the mountains around keep encouraging you to move ahead. Perched at an altitude of 2,828m above the sea level, Triund usually requires four to five hours of trekking.
Here’s a brief guide explaining the requisites if you’re a planning a trek to Triund. Don’t worry if you’re a beginner; the guide will help you make the best preparations.
How fit should you be for trekking?
It’s a myth that you need to be a fitness freak to go for trekking. Anyone who is fit enough to brisk walk a mile can enjoy the trekking experience. Most important is to have the will and enthusiasm. Besides, the Triund Trek is one of the easy treks in the region. Although you should be sure of the best season to trek, as an extra precaution is required during monsoons.
Triund trek route
The trek starts from Galu. There are many options to reach Galu. You can either hire a taxi from McLeodganj or begin trekking from McLeodganj itself. Start from the main square and head to a steep street, which goes to Dharamkot.
The path uphill is easy to move ahead. The Gaddi shepherds, who reside in the area, have set up rock steps, which makes the path look like a long staircase. From here, it takes about three hours of trekking to reach Triund Hill.
The entire trek route is dotted with several cafes and tea shops. You’ll also enjoy the view of the rhododendron and oak trees along your way.
- Trekking shoes.
- Woollen jackets, gloves and windcheaters to keep you warm.
- Water—only if you do not prefer having it from natural springs.
- A hat and sunscreen to protect yourself from the harsh sun.
- Some snacks for a quick energy boost.
Trekking beyond Triund
For those of you who want more adventure and are fit enough to trek beyond Triund, you can trek to Chamba that includes crossing the Indrahar Pass and exploring the Lahesh Caves.
- Triund to Indrahar Pass
Indrahar Pass connects Kangra and Chamba Valley in the Dhauladhar Range of the Himalayas. It is at the height of 4232 metres above the sea level, which makes it approximately 1400 metres above Triund.
The most interesting stretch of the trek lies at the base of the Indrahar Pass—Lahesh Cave. The cave is a good spot to set up a camp. The experience of spending a night under a starry sky cannot be described in words.
From Lahesh Cave, it’s a straightforward ascent to the crest of the pass. Extra care needs to be taken on the rock steps, as it’s around 300 feet fall from the ledge.
As you reach the pass, you will spot a small shrine with tridents. A chilly wind will welcome you uphill. The landscape from this point is simply breathtaking. Beyond the rocky boulders of the Dhauladhar Range, you can enjoy a magnificent 360-degree view. To the north lies the grand Pir Panjal Range, also the peak of Manimahesh Kailash, and down the south, you can see the vast plains of the Kangra Valley.
- Indrahar Pass to Chamba
The trail down from Indrahar Pass is clearly defined and leads you to the Chamba Valley. On the way down, you will cross many streams and fields beautified with alpine flowers. This is one of the most picturesque trails of the Triund Trek with views of the lofty Dhauladhar Range, beautiful meadows, deep gorges and pretty streams.
All along the descent, you will cross small villages where you can rest and rejuvenate for the trek ahead. On reaching the village of Hilling, you can walk the metalled road to Dunali, which takes about an hour and a half. You can also take local buses which regularly ply on this route.
From Donali, which lies on the Chamba-Bharmour road, you can take a bus to Khajjiar. Here you can relax and unwind in the lap of deodar forests. You can also visit Dalhousie, which is a quaint hill-station, and roughly a two-hour drive from Chamba.
The trek to Triund and Indrahar Pass is a must-do for all who are beginning to explore the adventurous side of them. Trekking in Himachal is an incredible experience, especially, for a beginner.
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