Are you ready for an escape into the majestic Himalayas? Look no further than the Triund trek in Himachal Pradesh!
Located just a few kilometers from Dharamshala, Triund is the heart and crown of McLeod Ganj, and for good reason.
The trek is short and sweet, and can be done from either McLeodganj or Dharamkot. The first half of the trek is a gentle incline, but don’t get too comfortable – the last 2 kilometers to Triund involve a vertical climb all the way to the top!
But trust us, the view is worth it. Once you reach the summit, you’ll be rewarded with a breathtaking panoramic view of the Kangra Valley and the majestic Dhauladhar ranges.
And the best part? Camping under the starry sky at the top of Triund is an experience you’ll never forget. Well, at least until further notice. Unfortunately, camping is currently prohibited due to unforeseen circumstances, but a day trek to Triund and Ilaka is still possible. Just make sure to carry your own water and food since the shops on the way and at Triund and Illaka have been shut down.
But before you embark on this adventure, make sure to pack the essentials. Warm clothes, trekking gear, and a medical aid kit are a must. Don’t forget good quality hiking boots or sports shoes and rain gear, just in case. And if you plan on taking pictures, bring spare batteries and film since there will be no electricity supply.
The trek starts from Galu Temple in Dharamkot and passes through the Rhododendron and Oak forests, which make for a refreshing and rejuvenating experience. If you’re feeling up to the challenge, there’s another trek route that goes via Bhagsu Fall and Shiva Cafe, but it’s considered more challenging.
And don’t worry about age – the Triund trek is suitable for all, whether you’re a seasoned veteran or a novice trekker. Just make sure to prepare your body physically and mentally for the high altitude. And when you’re done, stop by one of the many cafes or tea stalls for a quick refreshment.
Overnight stays are available at the Forest Department rest house and the Triund Guest house, but book in advance from Dharamshala to secure a double or triple share cottage for around INR 700.
So what are you waiting for? Grab your gear, and get ready for an adventure in the Himalayas like no other! Just watch out for those 22 curves – they’re famous for a reason.