Triund Trek : Complete guide on how to reach Triund top

Triund Trek is considered as one of the easiest treks in India. At an elevation of 9350 ft (2850 m), It is the most popular tourist attraction in Kangra district of Himachal Pradesh, India.

This is the ideal trek for a beginner as well as intermediate and experts because one has to pass through Triund to reach Indrahar pass. Triund offers Dhauladhar range view once you conquer the distance. Below is the complete guide on how to reach the Triund top.

Dhauladhar range

Dhauladhar range

Triund Trek

  • Total distance
  • Difficulty level
  • Itinerary
  • Best time for the Triund trek
  • Things to know before the Triund trek
  • Things to do in Triund
  • Places nearby

Total distance

  • Total walking distance is 18 km.
  • 9 km while going up and the rest you can figure out.

Difficulty level

It is an easy trek and one of the best choice if you are looking for your first solo trek or solo trip. But if this is your first trekking experience then consider this hike as a moderate one . Especially if you are not used to walking.

Starting stretch of 5 km will definitely be comfortable for anyone in any age group. You can easily cover this leg in a short span of time. And you will find many tea stalls and other refreshment stalls.

The last Stretch of this hike is tough in comparison to the first stretch. But I guess that is the case with all other treks. You will find 22 steep curves leading to Triund hill. Beginners might get exhausted but don’t worry, you are almost there.

Notes- This last stretch will be much more exhausting in winters due to the snow-covered path.

Itinerary: How To Reach Triund Top

Triund is a two-day trek or even can be completed within one day only.

Day 1

  • Reach Dharamshala bus stand and then you can either take a bus or book a cab to Mcleod Ganj which is roughly 9-10 km. I would suggest a bus rather than taking a cab as it will be much cheaper and you get to ride on those small blue hill station buses which you might have seen in movies or somewhere else.
  • After reaching Mcleod Ganj bus stand, you can have breakfast and fill up your water bottles and start trekking. try to start early in the morning as this will provide you a lot of time to enjoy the view once you reach hilltop.
  • Although you can take a cab till Gallu Devi temple situated at 4 km from McLeod Ganj. Cab drivers are going to charge 100 rs/km till that point. Walking is the only option at this point. You will find many cafes throughout this route. Ideally, it should not take more than 3-4 hours to reach your destination.
  • In the last section of this trek, you will find 22 curved trails going upwards. That’s it, you have arrived at your destination.

Day 2

  • After camping, taking pictures, sightseeing and inhaling as much fresh air as you can, start heading back to McLeod Ganj through the same route.
  • Avoid running. Walk on your pace.
  •  Have Momos at Tibet Kitchen after reaching Mcleodanj and explore Bhagsunag waterfall and the local market.

Best time for the Triund

  • It is one of those treks which is open all around the year.
  • Try to avoid this trek during monsoon season as rain and fog will affect the Dhauladhar range visibility.
  • Late December and January is a perfect time. You can find snow and might even experience snowfall if you are lucky.
  • Or even summer time is great if you are looking for an escape from burning city heat and pollution.

Things to know before the Triund

  • Buy water bottles before starting the trek. Cafes after Gallu Devi temple will charge 50-60 rs per bottle.
  • Try avoiding sports shoes or sneakers especially during winter trek. Instead, wear trekking shoes or Army boots.
  • If you are not booking a trek and camping package, make sure to confirm from local authorities beforehand whether camping is permitted or not. (When I did Triund on Christmas 2017, camping wasn’t allowed. We had to return back on the same day, technically night)
Triund trek a complete guide

Sunset at triund

Things to do in Triund

  • Trekking
  • A walk in nature through Oak and Deodar Trees
  • Camping
  • Bonfire
  • Stay in Lodge ( Make sure to pre-book your rooms )
  • Sightseeing
  • Dhauladhar range view
  • Kangra valley view

Places nearby

  • Bhagsunag waterfall
  • HPCA Stadium Dharamshala
  • Dalai Lama temple
  • Kangra Valley
  • Indrahar pass
  • Lahesh caves
  • Dharamshala
  • Mcleodganj

Also, check out Top 10 Trekking Tips if you are going for your first trek.

My Final Thoughts

I don’t think there is any need to look for Triund trekking packages as this can be done on your own. You can book a tent if you are looking for a night stay at the top. Otherwise, it is a simple 1-day trek.

Have any questions? Do let me know in the comments section. Good luck


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