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  • 1 Day
  • Easy
  • 9350ft./2850 m
  • 12 Participants
  • Spring, Summer and Autumn
  • Himachal Pradesh

Triund Trek Overview

Triund Trek, near McLeodganj, is one of the most popular trekking trails in Himachal Pradesh. The trek is an easy beginner-friendly weekend trek with breathtaking summit views. Its easy accessibility from Delhi, Chandigarh and Gurgaon makes Triund a popular weekend trekking destination. 

A perfect weekend getaway, Triund Trek offers breathtaking views of the Dhauladhar Ranges. You will traverse pine and coniferous forests and witness rhododendrons bloom in full throttle during spring, painting the trail with vibrant shades. After navigating the steep trail for a few hours, you will hit the summit and encounter a fair share of breathtaking landscapes. Dhauladhar Ranges, enveloped in a white sheet of snow captivates your soul, freezing you for a moment. 

Triund Trek is also known for magical sunsets and sunrises. While many prefer to do a roundtrip of the trek over a day, some prefer to camp for a night. The sunset you witness is magical as the sky bursts into hues of golden and spreads over the mountains. This surreal experience is further enhanced when you wake up to an enchanting sunrise peeking behind the snowcapped peaks. 

Triund trek is attempted by people visiting Dharamshala or McLeodganj. It is an easy trek. You can complete the trek in a day or camp for a night at the top and soak in mesmerising summit views for a night.  

Triund Trek Itinerary

Day 1 : Dharamkot to Triund

Distance – 5.5 km  

Time Taken – 5 hrs

Triund Trek starts from Dharamkot village, located 2 km from McLeodganj. The distance is if you opt to hike up to Dharamkot. The other option is to travel by taxi to Dharamkot. It takes roughly 20 minutes to cover a distance of around 6.2 km. Triund Trek is also accessible from Bhagsu Village near McLeodganj. 

Start early from the base and hike on a trail covered with pine and oak trees. As you start your trek, Dhauladhar plays hide and seek with you throughout the trail. The trek follows an easy path and soon turns into undulated terrain, and you will navigate a fair share of steep ascents. 

There are a few dhabas and makeshift cafes on your way to the top. You can buy food and packaged water here. If you plan to camp here for a night bring your tent and other equipment like a sleeping bag, a liner, and a foam mat that can be used as a base layer. The other option is to rent a tent at the top. Your chance at tented accommodation depends on its availability. Weekends witness a huge crowd on the trek. 

Day 2 : Triund to Dharamkot

Distance – 5.5 km  

Time Taken – 3 to 4 hrs

Follow the same route to descend to the base camp in Dharamkot. This is if you decide to camp for a night at the top. Triund Trek can be completed in a day. If you want to finish the trek in a day, start early from Dharamkot. Attempt to cover the maximum distance before the sun becomes harsh. Descend to the base by evening, preferably before sunset. 

How to reach the base camp of the Triund trek?

✈️Nearest Airport – Gaggal Airport, Dharamshala 

🚉 Nearest Railway Station – Pathankot Railway Station 

The base camp of Triund Trek is Dharmkot, around 2 km on foot from Macleodganj. Dharamkot is a sleepy village, frequented by people who prefer a quaint getaway amidst nature. To reach the base camp in Dharamkot, you must plan your travel to Macleodganj. 

Here are a few travel options to consider to reach the starting point of Triund Trek. 

Travel Option A – Fly to Gaggal Airport in Dharamshala 

Gaggal Airport in Dharamshala is the nearest Airport to Macleodganj. The distance between an airport and Macleodganj is roughly 22 km. Once you reach the airport, you can directly reach Dharamkot in a taxi or spend a few days exploring Macleodganj. You can fly to Gaggal from various cities on a connecting flight. A direct 1.45-hour flight from Delhi to Gaggal costs around 5k or more.

Travel Option B – By Train to Pathankot followed by Road 

The railway connectivity to Himachal Pradesh is limited. The nearest major railway station is Pathankot, roughly 90 km from Macleodganj. If you plan to travel by train, book a train to Pathankot and travel by road from here. You will easily find taxis, buses and shared cabs plying towards Macleodganj. It takes 3 to 4 hours to reach Macleodganj from Pathankot. 

Travel Option C  – By Road 

Macleodganj is around 495 km from Delhi. It takes roughly 11 to 12 hours to reach Macleodganj from Delhi by road. You can either drive or travel by bus to the base camp. The bus will drop you at Macleodganj. You can hire a taxi from here to Dharamkot. 

 

Triund Trek FAQ

What is the distance of Triund Trek?

The total distance of Triund Trek is 5.5 km. 

Is Triund suitable for beginners?

Yes, Triund is a perfect trek of the easy category for beginners.  

How difficult is Triund Trek?

The trek can be categorised as an easy one, considering the duration and the altitude. 

What will be the temperature in Triund trek?

Triund Trek temperature ranges between 16°C to 24°C during the day in summer. Night remains colder than the day and you will experience temperatures between 7°C to 5°C. Autumn season experiences lower temperatures. Expect 12°Cto 18°C during the night. Night temperature drops to a minimum of 1°C. 

What is the best time to visit Triund Trek?

The best time to visit Triund Trek is from March to June and September to November. Avoid the peak monsoon season between July to August. If you prefer cold weather you can attempt this trek in winter months.

Will there be snow on the trek?

Yes. If you visit Triund Trek during winter, you will find snow on the trek. 

 

Where is Triund Trek located?

Triund Trek is located near Macleodganj in Himachal Pradesh. The trek starts from Dharamkot.

What is the starting point of Triund Trek?

Dharamkot is the starting point of the Triund Trek. 

What is the duration of Triund trek?

If you opt to camp for a night, it takes 2 days to complete the Triund Trek. Many trekkers complete the trek in a day. 

 

What is the altitude of Triund Trek?

Triund Trek altitude is 9350ft. 

Can we do Triund Trek on our own?

You can do this trek on your own. However, do your research before heading to this trek. The trail is easy and well marked but updating yourself with weather forecasts and essentials required will help you to trek comfortably. 

Do we need prior experience for the trek?

If you maintain a regular fitness routine, you can comfortably complete the Triund Trek. It is an easy beginner-friendly trek suitable for first-timers.

FAQ

How should I prepare to avoid AMS?

The most important thing to do on a trek to avoid AMS is to drink water, more than your daily intake. Water is an excellent way to avoid AMS. Along with this, you should also have all the nutritious meals we provide on the trek. If you still are sceptical about getting AMS, we would advise you to carry Diamox tablets with you. However, according to the situation your Outdoor leader will advise whether or not you should take it.

I have a medical condition. Can I join the trek?

We encourage everyone to trek, even if or not they have a medical condition. We have an in-house doctor at OWLS with whom you can discuss your medical condition and accordingly, we can help you better prepare you for the trek.

What document do I need to carry?

Please keep the following documents ready before filling out this form

  1. ID proof
  2. Health form (for all participants of Kashmir and Himachal Pradesh treks) and (for all participants <15 and > 60 years of age)
  3. RTPCR for children <15 years/Vaccination certificate for adults (for Nepal treks)

Should I bring snacks to eat on the trek?

Although we provide filling breakfast, lunch, and dinner along with morning tea and evening snacks, you can carry some light snacks for munching on the trail. You can carry protein bars, dry fruits, and homemade snacks like Shakkarpara to help you give that extra energy on the trek. 

Who will be leading my trek?

All our Outdoor Leaders are trained and experienced leaders. They have completed basic Mountaineering Course, and are equipped with basic first-aid knowledge. Our leaders are certified Wilderness First Responder course

Do I need to get my medical kit for the trek?

Pack a comprehensive first aid kit to handle any unforeseen situation or emergency.

What kind of arrangement is available for accommodation on Triund trek?

You can carry your tent. The other option is to book a tent at the top through the local agents/companies. If you reach the top in the afternoon, there will be sufficient options available for you to choose from. However, book your stay in advance to avoid last-minute hassle. 

Is there any arrangement for offloading on the trek?

Yes. Communicate your requirement to the trek leaders beforehand, as it will be difficult to arrange to offload at the last minute. The offloading charges will be Rs 350 per bag, and your bag should not weigh more than 9 kg. 

Note: At OWLs, we suggest our participants carry their backpacks and avoid offloading. However, in case of pressing circumstances, you can opt for offloading.

Is there any option to keep our luggage at the base camp?

Yes, you can leave the extra luggage at the base camp. However, do not leave valuables like laptops, jewellery, or any other expensive items in the base camp. 

What will be the toilet facilities on the trek?

There are no toilet or washroom facilities on the trek. You can carry a shovel to dig a dry pit if you are camping for a night. 

What will be the food arrangement on the trek?

You will find small cafes and eating joints along the way. At the top, some cafes serve full-fledged meals. Most of these cafes serve Maggi and eggs. You can also look for a cafe that serves Parathas or Dal Chawal. 

Try to reach the top in the afternoon to avail options for a comfortable stay and a healthy nutritious meal. 

What will be the status of the mobile network on the trek?

Triund Trek offers limited mobile network coverage. You will have access to a scanty network on some parts of the trail, however, expect no network at the top. 

Are there any ATMs at the base camp?

Macleodganj is the nearest place with an ATM.

What do I need to pack for Triund Trek?

Here is a list of trekking gear you need to pack for your trek

The Must-Haves

  • Trekking Backpack( 40ltrs)

  • Trekking shoes

Trekking Clothes

  • Down Jacket -01

  • Raincoat/Poncho -01

  • Thermals -01 (If trekking in Winter)

  • Fleece -01 (If trekking in Autumn/winter)

  • Dry Fit Tshirts -02

  • Trekking pants/trousers -02

  • Woollen socks -02

  • Dry Fit socks – 02

  • Woollen cap -01

  • Sun hat -01

  • Spare undergarments – As per the requirement

Trek accessories 

  • Trekking poles

  • Headtorch

  • Sun protection (sunscreen, sunglasses)

  • Water bottles (1 litre each)

  • Lunch box, spoon, mug

  • First aid kit or personal medication

  • Small biodegradable bags to take the waste/ used clothes 

  • Toilet paper/tissues

  • Toiletries – Lip balm, Mouisteriser, Lightweight towel, toothbrush, toothpasteRead more about what to pack for a Himalayan Trek here.