Triund hill is the crown jewel of dharamshala , situated in the laps of dhauladhar mountains, it has the perfect view of the dhauladhar mountains on one side and kangra valley on the other. Triund is a very popular trekking spot . Triund hill trek attracts a lot of tourist every year from India and all over the world .
Triund trek can be described as a tranquil trek which can be easily accomplished by almost all age groups . Triund has an unambiguous byway which goes through a beautiful mixed forest of oak, deodar and rhododendron . Trek is fairly easy for the first 9 kilometers but the last one kilometer may require a bit of toil , the last one kilometer is popularly know as the “22 curves” as it has 22 tiring curves before you finally reach Triund. Along the way there are many small chai shops where one can refresh during the hike. The traipse is worth it as the panorama when you reach triund is awe-inspiring and exhilarating .Triund is come-at-able for most part of the year except for when the byway to triund is cut off by heavy snowfall in the months of January and February . Trip to triund can be planed diversely.
Trek of 10 km from Mcleodganj takes the adventure seekers to a very famous tourist attraction of this area, Triund. It is a peak in the Dhauladhar range of the mighty Himalayas. The place is ideal for camping as it has an unpolluted atmosphere and is one of the few eco-friendly sites located in India. Triund offers amazing views of the Moon peak-Indera Pass. Green forests and splendid hilly areas offer the visitors some breathtaking views.
From this top point you can enjoy 360° panoramic views of Triund Hill, Kangra Valley and wider view of Dhauladhar Mountains.
Rather than terming Trekking to Triund, it is more like Hiking as the trail is properly marked with 100% visibility and no chance of getting lost (unless one tries to get lost intentionally).
In Trekking you have to trace the trails and trek and sometimes do bush-whacking to make new trail, while in Hiking your just need to follow the laid out trek and trails.
How to Trek to Triund Hill
1: Reach Dharamkot either on foot from Main Square of McLeodganj to a steep and rigid upward walk to your left hand side and take a walk of about 45 minutes via office of Regional Mountaineering Centre, Dharamsala. Turn left side from the three way intersection in front of the Regional Mountaineering Centre and then you will reach Dharamkot and stand in front of the Water Tank and the Govt Primary school of Dharamkot. You will also find a cafeteria here. Or you can hire an Auto Rickshaw or taxi/cab for INR 50/- and INR 100/- respectively to get a drop up to Dharamkot Primary School.
2. Just from the left side of the Water Storage Tank and the main gate of the Govt Primary School, Dharamkot a jungle trail starts which will consume one hour of walk and will lead you to Gallu Devi Temple. Or you can continue with hired taxi/cab/auto-rickshaw through a rough road up to Gallu Devi Temple. (It’ll be costlier due to very poor road condition). Or If you are in Bhagsu Nag then you can follow a steep trek on the left of German Bakery which goes through shops and a temple and then Bhagsu Nag village and will finally end on the back side of Gallu Devi Temple. (This is a shortcut for Gallu Devi Temple, but a hard and stiff trek and will consume most of your energy, so try to avoid it)
3.After reaching Gallu Devi Temple, here you will come across another cafeteria/shop named Rest A While, and a new one Sun&Moon Café behind Gallu Devi Temple on top. From Gallu Devi Temple you can see Kareri and Bahl Village on North-West direction and BhagsuNag in East. Here you will also find three Guest Houses, providing rooms for stay for INR 500/- per night.
4. Follow a single trek going Northeast and in upward direction starting behind Gallu Devi Temple will lead you directly to Triund Hill. The track from Sh. Galu Devi temple gets a bit of tough, with steep curves and moderate trails.
5. It takes you about four hours (leisurely trek) and three hours (fast trek) to reach Triund Hill but for some it may take 6 hours to reach the top. On your way to Triund you will come across two refreshment shops first one named Magic View Cafė at a height of 2,500 meter (8,202.1 ft) run and owned by Shri Joginder Sharma since 1984 and other adjoining Magic View Cafė is Best View Cafė run by Shri Hemraj since 1998. Continue your trek after a rest and you will reach Triund Hill with in 1 or 2 hours depending upon your stamina. Parveen Tea Stall is the last tea stall you will find at the base of Triund Hill.
Guide to hire
Abu was the Guide we Hired. He Charged us 1600/- Rupees for one Person. He arranged the Tea, Tent, sleeping bags, Lunch, Dinner and Breakfast for us. He even Lit the Campfire for people there. We found him very modest and patiently helped us to climb the hill. Next day, he even took us back to Mcleodganj.