Triund is often considered as the crown jewel of Mcleodganj and is truly so in so many ways. This 7 kilometers long trail is the reason for the majority of the people visiting Mcleodganj. I am not saying that this is the only place worth visiting in Mcleodganj but is definitely the top one in the list. This easy to moderately challenging walk will take you across 7 kilometers of lush green forests offering mesmerizing vistas. At the end of the trail, you will be standing at the top of a mountain with breathtaking views of the Dhauladhar Mountains on one side and Kangra valley on the other. If you planned an overnight stay then you will be camping under a clear sky with countless stars over your head. Thousands of tourists complete this trek each year and go home to tell tales of their adventure for a long time.
In this article, I will talk about how you can plan Triund Trek while visiting Mcleodganj. Please note that this article assumes that you have already reached Mcleodganj and will provide details on Triund Trek only; like how long the trek is, where it starts from, what are some of the things you must carry and how you should plan it all. If you also want to know how you can get to Mcleodganj and where to stay, please read the previous part of this article, How to Plan a Trip to Mcleodganj. To know about what the other tourist attractions in Mcleodganj, please read Tourist Places in Mcleodganj and Things to Do. Once you have arrived at Mcleodganj and are comfortably settled in, below is how you can head towards the Triund Trek and have an experience of a lifetime.
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For a brief introduction, Triund is a trekking destination located about 18 kilometers from Dharamshala and about 11 kilometers from Mcleodganj. Of this entire distance, only 7 kilometers is the actual trek, rest all can be covered by a motorable road. The trek starts at Galu Devi Temple near Dharamkot and takes about 3 hours to complete. The first 4 kilometers of the walk is a gradual incline and it is only the final 2 kilometers after Snowline cafe that involves a steep climb all the way till Triund. The total gain in altitude is about 800 meters from Mcleodganj to Triund top.
So what is Triund really? Triund is a large land of green grass which is the endpoint of this 7 kilometers long walk. The place in the image above is what is known as Triund, a point from where you start trekking back to Mcleodganj. It is also the base camp and acclimatization point for the trek to Indrahar Pass trek. The spot sits at top of the mountain and provides a 360 degrees view of the valley around. There are a few campsites, dhabas, tea stalls and even an HPPWD rest house built here. So you can either walk back on the same day (if time allows) or you could stay at Triund for the night and trek back the next morning.
The ridge elevation at Triund is between 2,810 and 2,875 meters. You start from Mcleodganj at a height of 2,082 meters and reach Triund top, thus gaining about 700 – 800 meters in height at the end of the trek.
Best time for Triund Trek
Triund remains open for the most part of the year except for the months of January and February when the trail gets blocked by heavy snowfall. The months of April, May, and June in the first half of the year; and the months of September, and October in the second half are considered to be the best time to trek to Triund. Weather in these months is very pleasant and favorable for trekking and camping.
July and August are the months of monsoon and trekking 7 kilometers with the rain beating down on you is definitely not the best idea. Though it is not advised to go trekking at this time, the scenery, however,