Triund

Triund Trek, Mcleodganj – A trekker’s delight!

Triund is the Jewel of Mcleodganj. Trust me, if you don’t complete this 3 hours trek to Triund, your McLeodganj visit is incomplete.
 
 
We planned the trek to Triund after we had explored Mcleodganj in 3-4 days. We were sure that the trek would be exhausting. So, we did not make any plans after the Triund trek.
 
 
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Before starting the trek, we had to find a tent and sleeping bag on rent. There are close to 30 travel agents in McleodGanj who can rent you a tent and sleeping bag for Triund. Make sure you get the best deal. I asked all these travel agents and got the cheapest option. Drop a comment here and I will let you know which Travel agency will give you the best deal.
 

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Tent & Sleeping Bag for Triund (Triund Trek)
 
 
We started the trek at around 12 pm, after having breakfast. We planned to reach the camping site before 4 pm. We didn’t want to miss the setting sun transforming the mountains from snow-clad to gold plated. So, we started the trek to triund, excited by the view that would delight us!
 

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First Stretch of the Trek to Triund (Triund Trek)

 
The initial stretch of the trek was easy. We strolled at peace considering the complete trek to be such. Little did we know what was in store for us. This road was accessible by vehicles. A jeep offered us lift. But, we refused as we were determined to trek till the top. As the wind was spinning music through the stalwart trees, we kept hiking. It was peaceful and very close to nature. As we progressed on our way to triund, we witnessed some amazing views.
 

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On our way to Triund (Triund Trek)
 
 
The next stretch of the trek was tougher. The path became steeper and the altitude higher. We were trekking with full vigour. As we were getting exhausted, we saw a herd of sheep. A shepherd dog guided these sheep along with the shepherd. This was the cutest dog ever! I have always been a dog lover. So, I requested the shepherd and took charge of the flock along with the shepherd dog. The funniest part was that this dog was scared by the sheep! How would it help the shepherd to control the flock?
 
 

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 The Shepherd & his dog (Triund Trek)

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The Flock of sheep enroute Triund (Triund Trek)

 

This flock helped us to complete the moderate stretch. We were exhausted and decided to relax at a tea shop. This was not an ordinary tea shop. It was magical! The view from here was spectacular. As we sat sipping tea, overlooking the mountain, the best feeling sank in. The feeling of rejuvenation! The feeling of tranquility! It was phenomenal. We were so excited about reaching the camping site after this view!

 

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 Amazing tea with a view, Triund (Triund Trek)

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The Magical view from Tea shop (Triund Trek)

 

We were exuberant to reach the trek. But, our body was against it! Once we spent some time at the tea shop, it was difficult for us to trek forward. The most difficult stretch of reaching Triund was starting now! We were now taking frequent breaks. Eventually, the trekking time was less that resting. As we struggled to reach the peak, we saw some european folks happily hopping on rocks and galloping towards the Triund camping site. But, our pace had slowed down a lot.

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On the way to Triund, my exhausted friend, Akshat (Triund Trek)

 

We mustered all the energy possible. Finally, we reached the camping site. The 5-6 hours of strenuous trek was totally worth it! The view of the majestic, snow clad mountains was pristine! We found some fellow travelers. They were either setting up tent or spending jolly time. It was around 6.30 pm when we reached. We missed the gold-plated view of the mountains. But, what we were seeing, was still amazing. There was a small shop which had some stock of food. We enquired if he can cook for us. To our pleasant surprise, he narrated the available food items. We chose Alu Paratha with mixed vegetables and tea. As he prepared our dinner, we started setting up the camp. Meanwhile, the bonfire was also prepared. We sat around the bonfire with some foreigners and talked about their experiences from India. These travelers were from Israel, Italy, France, Russia and many other countries! I couldn’t help but appreciate their urge to travel the world!

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The first view from Triund Camping site (Triund Trek)triund trek

Setting up camp, Triund (Triund Trek)Triund trek

Campfire at Triund (Triund Trek)

 

The dinner was ready and a russian solo traveler joined us to relish some lip-smacking indian food. We talked about her travel experiences. While chatting, she noticed that I was shivering from cold. She offered me her jacket as she was not feeling anything! We were shocked! It was 2 degree for crying out loud! But, she was from Siberia. That’s no match. After having dinner, we again spent some time with foreigners. Finally, it was time to sleep. We slept like a log!

 

The next morning was pristine! We requested the shop owner to provide us breakfast and he readily agreed. It was the simplest breakfast. But, we enjoyed every bit of it.  We soaked in the morning view for some time.

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The Shop at Triund (Triund Trek)

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Breakfast at Triund (Triund Trek)

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The last pic at Triund (Trek to Triund)

 

After breakfast, we packed up our tent and started our descend. The next task was to get a foot massage and sleep for 2 days, straight!

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27 Comments
  • Vibhor Rawat

    June 18, 2015 at 12:16 am Reply

    What travel agency can provide the cheapest tents for triund?

    • Umang Trivedi

      June 18, 2015 at 12:20 am Reply

      Sonu Kumar: 9736018883. He will give you a good deal 🙂

  • deep

    July 29, 2015 at 9:42 pm Reply

    Hey Umang,
    Just wanted to know how to manage nature calls there ? (any loo available at camping site ?)

    • Umang Trivedi

      August 1, 2015 at 2:10 pm Reply

      Hey!The camping site would be having toilet tents. But, you can’t expect it to be all hygienic and stuff.

  • subi

    September 16, 2015 at 5:28 pm Reply

    Hey.. please give me some info regarding the rental tents.
    Cheers!

    • Umang Trivedi

      September 19, 2015 at 7:34 pm Reply

      Hi Subi,

      There are around 30 tour operators in Mcleodganj who can help you rent a tent. Please let me know if you are looking for some specific help

  • mohit

    September 19, 2015 at 9:21 am Reply

    Hi umang. We are a bunch of ten enthusiasts who plan to visit McLeod and trekking to triund is the main feature. Just wanted to know how can we manage our luggage.. Is there a locker Facility we can leave our stuff with and trek with only the required things and come back fetch them on. Our way back. Kindly revert would really appreciate if u can drop the response to mohit.s@gloobdecor.com

    • Umang Trivedi

      September 19, 2015 at 7:29 pm Reply

      Hi Mohit,

      You can drop the luggage at your tour operator’s office. There are no locket facility on the top. In Mcloedganj, you might be able to find some locker. But, I am not sure how safe that is.

  • Rahul

    September 26, 2015 at 2:26 pm Reply

    Hey Umang, as we don’t want to carry tents from McLeodganj is it possible to get tents at Triund, if possible can you share the contact details.

    • Umang Trivedi

      September 26, 2015 at 2:32 pm Reply

      Hi!

      Yes, some shops at the campsite have tents. I don’t have their number though. Also, they have very few tents. So there’s a possibility that you reach at the campsite and don’t find any tents with them.

  • chirag doshi

    September 30, 2015 at 10:50 pm Reply

    hey Umang, thanks for sharing this. seems interesting and fun.

    can you please share the number of few more agents. we are 11 guys travelling this weekend to triund. also if you happen to have some contact of cheap hotels in mcleodganj would be highly helpful.

  • Saksham Bajaj

    October 11, 2015 at 6:13 pm Reply

    Is there a need to have a guide with you?
    If yes do you know someone who might come up at a budget cost

    • Umang Trivedi

      October 11, 2015 at 6:25 pm Reply

      Hi Saksham,

      For Triund, you don’t need a guide. If you want to trek further ( snowline or indrahar pass) you might need one.

      • Saksham Bajaj

        October 11, 2015 at 7:02 pm Reply

        Is the trek dangerous in any way?

        • Umang Trivedi

          October 15, 2015 at 1:56 pm Reply

          Hi Saksham,

          No, the trek is not dangerous at all!

  • Pyromancy Abhishek

    October 20, 2015 at 2:39 pm Reply

    Thanks for the info you provided, surely sounds helpful..
    Anyways how much did it cost you for renting tents and stuff for triund??
    What according to you, is important to carry with us along the trek?? Else then water like life saving stuff.. . waiting ur response asap

    • Umang Trivedi

      October 20, 2015 at 3:54 pm Reply

      Hi Abhishek,

      We rented the tents & sleeping bags for Rs 2,000/-

      Apart from water and other basic necessary stuff, I would recommend you to carry a head lamp. It might come handy if you are camping at night.

  • Rachneet

    October 22, 2015 at 9:41 pm Reply

    Hello Umang,
    Nice article. I almost felt like I was there.
    Can you please tell me for how many tents & sleeping bags did you pay Rs.2000? Or was it on the indiviual basis?
    I am planning to visit Triund in early Norvember. How might be the weather like?

    I will be waiting for your response.

    • Umang Trivedi

      October 22, 2015 at 10:47 pm Reply

      Hi Rachneet,

      Rs 2,000 is for one person. In November, the weather would be really cold.

  • Lalit kumar

    November 22, 2015 at 11:02 pm Reply

    Hi Umang,
    Nice description for entire trek in dec 2015 first week only.
    Thanks for posting it.
    Me and my 3 friends are going for trekking to Triund, but we are looking to stay there for 3-4 days so that we can go to lahesk lake as well. I want to know the availability of food and how much should we expect this budget if i pay 2000rs for tent nd sleeping, this is per day or for multiple days.

    Have a great day

    • Umang Trivedi

      November 25, 2015 at 6:46 pm Reply

      Hi Lalit,

      The rent of tent is per day.

      If you want to trek further, you will have to arrange for a porter who would carry your food and other stuff.

      For 4 days, the budget can go to Rs 8,000 for tent & some more for the porter & guide. But, I think Rs 14,000 should be enough. Please note, this is for 2 people.

  • Saksham Bajaj

    November 25, 2015 at 7:50 pm Reply

    Hi guys,

    I went for the trek in October end and arranged for the trek from Lakshmi Travels for 1500 per person for tents sleeping bags and food after bargaining.

    • Umang Trivedi

      November 25, 2015 at 7:58 pm Reply

      That’s great Saksham! But, I went in May which is a peak season! Can you post the contact details of the travel agency if possible for the benefit of everyone?

  • Aman Thakur

    January 30, 2016 at 11:30 pm Reply

    Hello 🙂
    Thanks for sharing the article. I’m from Himachal itself but never visited Mcleodgand. Me and my friends are planning to travel this year. I wanted to know is the trek or any path of it is dangerous in any way? as some of us are afraid that we might slip and die lol.
    Thank you 🙂

  • tanuja

    March 4, 2016 at 12:58 pm Reply

    hi, we 3 friends are planning for triund trek. how to contact a tent rental operator. from mcleodganj or after reaching the triund.

  • Varun Pal Singh

    March 26, 2016 at 3:38 pm Reply

    Hi, this would be my first trek ever and i am doing it solo. i have heard a lot about triund trek, i just dont know what to expect , what all to pack. i am a little uncomfortable with the lack of knowledge and information. I an going through all possible blogs i could find on the internet thats how i landed here.

    would be grateful if you could help me with this.

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