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  • Triund Hill is located in the Kangra district of Himachal Pradesh, at an altitude of 9278 feet. It is at a distance of 10 km from McLeodganj and is perched conveniently at the foot of the Dhauladhar ranges. It is considered as the crown jewel of McLeodganj; it is a large, gorgeous land of lush grass, and a perfect location for bird watchers, star gazers and photographers.

    The route to Triund top

    The trek to Triund begins in McLeodganj and usually follows a 2-day itinerary. It can also be done in a single day, but the 2-day itineraries takes place where the trekkers spend the night in tents on the Triund top. There are two ways to reach the top, first that starts from Galu Devi and is about 6 km in length, and second that starts from McLeodganj.

    The trail is mostly easy with the final kilometre being a little challenging, riddled with curves and slopes. The trek begins in the lush forests of oak and deodar and ends in the verdant meadows of Triund. This trail is perfect for beginners who want to take their first steps into the world of Himalayan treks.

    And from the Triund top, you are treated to the breathtaking views of the surrounding region, with the splendid view of the Kangra Valley on one side and the imposing Dhauladhar ranges on the other, with its peaks swathed in mist.

    Camping at Triund top

    The Triund top also serves as the base camp and an acclimatization point for trekkers attempting the Indrahar Pass of the Dhauladhar range. The top is chosen because it offers pleasant weather and a great vantage point for views, and it is a great place for camping regardless if you're trekking to Indrahar or not. There are some great campsites in Triund along with some lodges too. Camping at Triund is a beautiful experience as you sleep in the light of a million stars and wake up to the sun peeking out of the Himalayan ranges.

    Weather

    The Triund trek is accessible during the months from March to May and from September to December. The weather during these months is pleasant and serene, except during November and March, when the temperatures are sub-zero at night. And due to heavy snowfall during the months of January and February, the route to Triund remains inaccessible. The monsoon season is also a great time to trek to Triund since the landscape turns into a lush paradise, with wildflowers of all colours cropping up at the meadows of the top, along with the views of the Kangra Valley and Dhauladhar ranges. However, trekking during monsoon is not recommended as the trail can be slippery and challenging; but if you're an experienced trekker, then you should definitely go for it.

    Triund trek packages

    Triund trek packages range from INR 1,800 to 6,900, depending on the number of days and the amenities and facilities requested.

    Reaching McLeodganj

    The Triund trek begins from McLeodganj, a suburb of Dharamsala, a popular tourist destination. Located at a distance of 13 km, the Gaggal Airport is the nearest one to Dharamsala and is connected by daily flights from Delhi. You can then take a bus/taxi to McLeodganj. And if you are flying from other parts of India and can't find a flight to Gaggal Airport, then you can take a flight to Chandigargh and take a taxi/bus to McLeodganj. You can even reach McLeodganj by rail with the closest station being Pathankot, 85 km away. Numerous trains on the way to Jammu and Kashmir make a halt at Pathankot. McLeodganj is also well connected to other parts of North India by various state and private-run buses ply to the town on a daily basis.

    Preparation for Triund trek

    The Triund trek distance is just 18 km and the trail goes through an easy trail which requires basic fitness. A beginner with basic fitness can easily do the trek. However, the final patch of the trek is a bit challenging, so it is recommended that you consult your doctor if you suffer from spinal or knee injuries. Apart from this, if you already follow a workout routine like cycling, yoga, running, etc.

    Packing list

    For the Triund trek, all the camping and technical equipment will be provided by the tour operator, so you only have to carry all the personal gear and essentials. You should start with a comfortable backpack which can hold all your belongings and then start packing comfortable clothes including full-sleeve t-shirt and trek pants, down and fleece jackets (for winter), gloves and socks (depending on the season), and good quality trekking shoes with ample grip. It is also recommended that you carry a raincoat/poncho. And avoid wearing restrictive clothes like denim jeans that can cause rashes and chafing. Apart from this, you should also pack personal med kit, toiletries, tissue paper, etc.

    The tour operator will also provide their own packing list once you book the trek, you need to follow that list properly.

    Other activities at McLeodganj

    McLeodganj is a suburb of Dharamsala and is a popular place for adventure enthusiasts and nature lovers. As for trekkers, this place serves as a starting point for many treks like the Kareri Lake Trek and the Indrahar Pass trek.

    The Kareri lake trek is a moderately easy 4-day trek which takes you to an altitude of 10,500 feet to the gorgeous lake that is fed by the melting snow of Dhauladhar ranges. The lake has a calm and serene vibe. The rocky trail consists of some steep stretches, hence it is only suitable for fit beginners. Visit the page on Kareti Lake for more information.

    The Indrahar pass trek is another 4-day trek which takes you to an altitude of 14,125 feet to the high-altitude mountain pass in the Dhauladhar ranges through dense forests. This trek is perfect for those looking for their next thrilling trek.

    Another adventure activity that is famous near McLeodganj where you can go during your visit is paragliding at Bir Billing. Here, you get to fly high up and enjoy the bird's eye view of the Dhauladhar ranges. Bir Billing is one of the best paragliding destinations in India and should not missed out on.

    Other than that, you can visit the famous Dal Lake which is surrounded lush deodar forests, shop around in the colourful markets, or visit the Kora Circuit. McLeodganj is a gorgeous place that not only exposes you to the beautiful landscape of the Kangra Valley and Dhauladhar ranges, but also the rich Himachali culture and traditions.

    Want to know more about other adventures in Himachal Pradesh? Here are The Top Adventures in Himachal Pradesh.

    Triund Trek Summary

     
    • State: Himachal Pradesh
    • Nearest city: Dharamsala
    • Total days: 2-3 days
    • Grade: Easy to moderate
    • Max altitude: 9278 feet
    • Total trekking distance: 18 km
    • Season: Summer and easy winter
    • Avg temperature: 5 to 27 degree Celsius
  • Triund Trek from McLeod Ganj

    Sketch itinerary:

    Day 1: Arrive at McLeodganj and trek to Triund

    • Altitude: 9278 feet
    • Triund trek distance: 9 km
    • Trekking time: 6 hours
    • Enjoy panoramic views of the surrounding Himalayan mountains
    • Spend the night in tents at Triund campsite

    Day 2: Return to McLeodganj

    • Trekking distance: 9 km
    • Trekking time: 5 hours
    • Retrace the same route back to McLeodganj
    • End of the trip
    Detailed itinerary:

    Day 1: Arrive at McLeodganj and trek to Triund

    Arrive at McLeodganj in the morning, after which you'll begin your trek to Triund. The distance between McLeodganj and Triund is 10 km and en route you'll see the lush greenery and panoramic view. You’ll reach the top by late afternoon and can spend the rest of the admiring the mountains and relaxing at camp. You'll spend the night in tents at Triund campsite.

    Day 2: Return to McLeodganj

    Today, you'll wake up to a beautiful sunrise and begin your descend trek back to McLeodganj via the same route. You reach there by late afternoon. The trip ends here.

    Inclusions:

    This trip includes one night’s stay in dome tents on triple/quad-sharing basis, as well as sleeping bags and mattresses, and access to a toilet tent. You’ll be served lunch and dinner on Day 1, and breakfast on Day 2. You’ll be accompanied by an experienced trekking guide and camping crew, who always have a first aid kit with them. This cost also includes permit charges, entry fees and camping charges at all locations, as well as all applicable taxes.

    Exclusions:

    This package does not include transfers from your home city to McLeodGanj , or any personal expenses such as tips to staff, alcohol or beverages etc. It doesn’t cover any costs arising out of unforeseen circumstances such as bad weather, road blocks etc., or adventure travel or medical insurance. Any item not mentioned in inclusions is not covered in the cost.

  • Best time to go/Weather

    The Triund trek is a year-round trek, except during heavy snow or rains. The best months to visit are September and October when the temperatures are moderately cold. However, if you wish to see some snow, then go for the trek between November and March. During these months, the temperatures often drop down to sub-zero degrees.

  • Triund Trek - Route Map / Altitude Map

    • Check the trekking route map for the Triund trek in Himachal Pradesh.

    • Check maximum and minimum altitudes for every day of the Triund trek in Himachal Pradesh.

  • Triund Trek - Frequently Asked Questions

    I’ve never trekked before. Can I do the Triund trek?

    The Triund trek is suitable for beginners who exercise regularly or are relatively fit. It has some steep stretches that will prove challenging, so you shouldn’t have any knee or spine injuries. If you’re a first-time trekker, you might want to choose the shorter, 6 km route that starts from Galu Devi temple.

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  • Getting There

    McLeodganj is a suburb of Dharamsala, a popular tourist destination and a start point of various treks. The nearest airport to Dharamsala is the Gaggal Airport, 13 km away, which is connected to Delhi by daily flights. However, if you're flying in from other parts of India, it is recommended that you take a flight to Chandigarh and hire a taxi to Dharamsala.

    Another way to reach the start point is by rail, with the closest station being Pathankot, 85 km away. Numerous trains on the way to Jammu and Kashmir make a halt at Pathankot. From there, you can hire a cab to McLeodganj.

    It is also well connected to Delhi and other parts of North India by a network of state and privately run buses.

    What To Wear

    For the McLeodganj to Triund trek, you need to wear comfortable clothes, preferably quick-dry, like full-sleeve t-shirt/shirts, synthetic trekking pants, and trekking shoes with good grip. If you are going for the Triund winter trek, you also need to carry thermal inners, down jacket, fleece jacket, and woollen/synthetic gloves and socks.

    Regardless of the weather, you should also carry a raincoat/poncho. Avoid wearing restrictive clothing like denim jeans and open footwear like sandals.

    What To Carry

    For the Triund trek, all the camping and technical equipment will be provided by the operator. You only need to carry personal equipments like a comfortable and strong backpack, trekking shoes, along with a personal first aid and toiletries. Apart from this, the operator will also provide you with a packing list which you need to follow properly to ensure a comfortable trek.

    Preparation/Fitness

    On the Triund trek, distance covered by you is just 18 km and the trek itself is an easy endeavour, requiring basic fitness. Hence, a fit beginner can go on this trek. However, there are some stretches that are challenging, so it is recommended that you consult your doctor if you suffer from knee or spinal injuries. Apart from this, if you already work-out regularly, then you can complete the trek.