Weekend getaways to the mountains are always refreshing, especially if you stay in a noisy and polluted city! Triund trek is one of the easiest and most stunning treks in Himachal Pradesh. The trek starts from McLeodganj near Dharamshala, which is said to be the place where Dalai Lama stayed in exile when he came from Tibet to India. The place showcases the vibrant and distinct Tibetan culture, and you will be fascinated to see the splendid monasteries, prayer flags and wheels, and the lamas. The landscape offers you alluring views of Dhauladhar Ranges, namely Mun, Rifle Horn, Arthur’s seat and Slab. Triund is accessible in all the seasons, in fact it looks like a wonderland when covered in a blanket of snow. In summers it is all about verdant meadows. You can choose to return from the trail that passes along the upper reaches of the Bhagsu waterfalls. Hiking down beside the gushing waters will make your trip more memorable.
You can start the trek from McLeodganj or Dharamkot. The 7 KMS trail from Dharamkot takes you through Galu Devi Temple. You will witness some of the most beautiful vistas of the valley, and the sight of the Dharamsala Cricket stadium from a bird’s eye view will take your breath away! After a few steep ascents through the forest, you will reach the lush meadows of Triund Top. The sight of the snow covered mountains so close will make your fatigue go away! We will go further to Laka Got to get more panoramic views of the Kangra Valley. Night camping at Triund top will be one of the best camping experiences you will ever have. Sleep underneath the blanket of a starry sky and admire the inky blue sky which is a rare sight in the cities!
Day 01 : Trek to Triund
McLeodganj is one of the most serene places to spend the weekend. It is one of those fantastic weekend getaway destinations, which is close to Delhi and Chandigarh. It takes around 10 hours from Delhi by road to reach McLeodganj. You can take a bus from Delhi which will drop you at McLeodganj Bus Stand and arrive at International Youth Club located next to TIPA(Tibetan Institute of Performing Arts) which is the starting point of our trek. We will start the Triund Trek from here. There will be a 7-9 KM walk through the forest, some steep ascents that will offer amazing views of the valley below. Upon reaching Triund, the magnificent view of the Dhauladhar Ranges will leave one and all spellbound. It’ll feel so close that you would want to reach out and touch it. We will continue trekking to Laka Got Glacier and then return to Triund for camping and bonfire.
Day 02 : Departure from Mcleodganj
Wake up to a mesmerising sunrise with clouds touching your face. After breakfast, we will start descending towards McLeodganj. Reach by afternoon and you can catch an evening bus back to Delhi.