John Muir once said, “In wilderness lies the hope of the world”. I realised the true meaning of these lines on my trip to Triund. Situated on the topmost side of Dharamshala, Triund is a nature lover’s paradise. Sensational views of the Dhauladhar mountains and Kangra Valley from here are sure to make you gape in awe.
Government and private buses ply to Mcleodganj on a daily basis. You can book flight tickets to Delhi and then book a cab for the rest of the journey. It took us approximately 10 hours to reach to Mcleodganj from Gurgaon.
Start Point — Dharamkot
Finish point – Galu Maheshwari Temple
Total Trek Distance – 9 km
Difficulty level – Easy to Moderate
Elevation – 2,810 metres
Best time for trekking to Triund
The best time to trek to Triund is in the months of May, June, October and November. Don’t trek during the rainy season as the terrains become extremely slippery.
Trekking to Triund
We reached Dharamkot at around 10 am from where we had to start our trekking. It was a rainy day, so we donned our raincoats and clicked some mandatory selfies. We started our trek to Triund at 4 pm, which was a little late for this stretch.
It took us 45 minutes to reach Gallu Mata Temple, which was our first stop. Within half an hour of the trek, we realised that the trek is not going to be easy for people like us who haven’t trekked before. The path was well defined yet rocky and steep. The mixed forest of oak and rhododendron trees formed a beautiful backdrop. The continuous rain had made the path very slippery and it was becoming difficult to walk.
The view of the Kangra Valley on one side and the Dhauladhar mountain range on the other side was mesmerising. There were a number of tea stalls in the middle of the trek, which became our resting points. Sipping hot tea on a foggy day with a view of the mountains was a sheer delight. Soon, it was 7 pm and we were not even half way. It was dark and raining.
Our guide warned us that the end part of the trek is the toughest and will test your stamina. It is referred to as 22-curves because of the dangerous 22 bends you have to pass through.
After 5 hours of trek, several breaks, and a lot of cribbing, we reached Triund. The sense of achievement can’t be described in words. Away from my cabinet life, here I was in a place which seemed to be a much better world. After having our dinner, we went to our camps to spend a wonderful night underneath the star-studded sky.
Important Tips for the Trekkers
Keep your backpack light
Start your trek in the first half of the day
Carry a torch
A small medical kit is a must
If you face breathing issues, consult a doctor before embarking on the trek
Keep calm and go trekking!
Born and brought up in a serene hill station of Almora, Kanika Agarwal has a passion for travel. She is an avid traveller and likes to express simply by words of her experience. She strongly believes that ” Life is either an adventure or nothing at all”.