Planning Trek to Triund
Among the myriads of trekking routes that the mountain ranges in the state of Himachal Pradesh offers, Trek to Triund is certainly worth trying.
Trek to Triund offers some really gorgeous and breath-taking views. Trek to Triund is situated at an altitude of 2978 mtrs, and is a moderately difficult trek, although it can be done by the majority of people of different age groups.
How to get Dharamshala?
The nearest prominent town is Dharamshala.
By car: It is well connected to New Delhi via road. New Delhi is roughly at a distance of 491 kms from Dharamshala and it would take approximately 9 hours by road.
By train: The nearest railway station at Pathankot is 85 kms.
By air: The nearest Airport(Gaggal) is only 18 kms away. There are bus services offered by the Government Roadways as well as the private vendors.
Where to stay?
Dharamshala is one of the most famous hill stations of India. Its globally renowned for being the abode to the venerated monk ‘Dalai Lama.’
It sees a multitude of Indian and foreign visitors all year long. There you can easily find all kinds of hotels that should fit your budget and necessities.
On reaching Dharamshala, you can check in to your hotel. You can spend a night or two there to plan your Trek to Triund better. The most famous and densely populated place is Mcleodganj.
You can go visit the famous Buddhist monastery by the name ‘Namgyal Monastery‘ and spend some time there in its serenity.
Mcleodganj is a perfect place to buy souvenirs from. It is home to a large number of Tibetans and monks and even hipsters. If you plan to stay another day in Dharamshala. You can go visit the World famous International cricket stadium. You can visit the ancient temples.
And if time permits you should definitely go visit the paragliding site called Bir-Billing. It is a meadow situated at a height of 2400 meters and annualy hosts the World Paragliding Championship.
During Trek to Triund
After having spent a good enough time in the town of Dharamshala, you should be all set to do the exciting Trek to Triund. The highlight of it all.
You can take a cab from your hotel and reach the small scarcely populated village called Dharamkot. It is the place from where Trek to Triund begins.
Here you will find a small shop which has to offer the basic stuff. Ranging from water bottles, torches, cigarettes, energy bars and hand woven woolens. Just in case you aren’t carrying sufficient protection, you should be able to find the things you need from here.
Things to carry on your Trek to Triund
Depending on the season and time of the year, you need to be adequately equipped. The optimum time to do the Trek to Triund is May to October.
On your way up to Trek to Triund you will find two small shops serving tea, coffee and noodles. These are The Magic Cafe and The Shiva Cafe as they call them, where you can buy bottles of water. You should expect a steep hike in the prices due to the scarcities of the shop.
One should carry their own rucksacks, energy bars, proper woolens (gloves,socks and caps). First aid, tissues, sanitizers, mosquito repellent creams and minimal amount of food.
Trek to Triund is a 7/8 kilometres long trek. Depending on your pace, it might take you somewhere between 4-6 hours. On reaching the Triund, you will feel a sense of pride. I think that the pride moment will only last short, as you’ll immediately get captivated by the amazing views that will surround you.
The place is actually a meadow on the top of a mountain. It is nestled among the much less pleasant and way more grand towering peaks of the Dhauladhar covered in white and mottled in black,brown and green. You could endlessly go on and gaze at the scenic view and it surely makes you contemplate.
You can easily get tents to spend the night in. There are is a Government guest house there, although it may not be available for tourists all the time. The availability might differ from season to season. There are three small shacks or makeshift shelters offering food.
Here you can get a variety of dishes ranging from the local Indian cuisine to pancakes and Chinese. Although these food providing shelters are functional, most of the times an inclement in the weather might not assure you food all the times as their supply might be cut off.
Many passionate mountaineers plan to go a level higher, and go all the way up to the Indrahar Pass and a few handful of them even cross it to reach the Chamba Valley on the other side. That is a very high level trek and involves expertise in mountaineering. If you wish to stay for more than one night up there, you should definitely go up to Lahesh Caves. It is further 5 kms ahead of Triund and is a place where monks go and meditate.
You can also spend a night there inside the caves. You would want to take along a porter with you if you lack experience with walking in snow. The porter would carry stuff for the camping and would also prepare a meal or two for you.
Trek to Triund is a once in a lifetime experience. And it would certainly leave you longing for more. And it would not be long until you return to this place. Or any other place among the mountains involving adventure and demanding physical strength and a strong will. After these tips, you are ready to Trek to Triund. If you have done this trek, let us know in the comments. We are all ears to learn about your experience!
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I have a place in my bucketlist for trekking, I have been always dreaming about Ladakh. Hopefully next year we can make it!
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Joy is young Electronics Engineer student, and an adventurer who loves to travel extensively and meet new people. He shares his views, experiences and thoughts through this blog, Wanderingcerebrations.