Triund hill is located at a height of 2,842 meters MSL in Dhauladhar ranges of Lower Himalayas. The trekking route was earlier used by Gaddi shepherds for grazing cattle.The camping spot on the hill has 4-5 shops. Since the trek is an easy one and can be reached easily from Delhi, Punjab and Haryana, Triund is crowded during weekends and public holidays. Better avoid trekking in these days. It is a one-day trek, the difficulty level is easy to medium. Families can do this trek without much strain. If you are planning the return on the same day itself, it is better to start early. Several adventure tour companies are organizing Triund trek, but the trek can be done at a much low cost compared to what they demand.
Triund trek starts from Galu Devi temple.Cabs can be hired up to Galu Devi. Average trekking time is 4 hrs, can be completed in less time also depending upon the health conditions. Many prefer walking from Dharamkot or Mcleodganj upto Galu Devi temple.There is another trekking trail to Triund starting from Bhagsu Nag waterfall. As per the the information from the local people, this route is a bit tough without a guide since there are chances to get lost.
Best time for Triund trek;
Triund trek can be done throughout the year, but the shops on the top will be closed during winter. Best time for the trek is July to October. It is always better to check the weather before planning the trek to Triund. The mountains will be snowy from November end to April. The trek is possible during this time also, with a guide.
Accommodation and food;
A Forest department guest house is available at the top with 6 rooms, only through booking from the forest department office located behind Park restaurant opposite to Dharamsala police station. Stay at tents are also possible. Tents are available on the hill top at a rate of 300-400 INR, the price can vary based on demand. Tents can be pre-booked or can be taken for rent from McLeodganj.
Food is available at the shops on the trail and on the top. Everything will be a bit costly. It is better to carry some food so you can save some money. But the taste of hot food served from the top is special. The options of food are limited.
Trekking beyond Triund is possible. To the north, 2-hour walk leads to Snowline at a height of 3300 meters MSL. A cafe is there, tents are also available but limited in number. Furthur trekking lead to Ilaqa and then to Indrahar pass.
Triund trekking is a beautiful experience. Since more people are coming here, the amount of garbage thrown out into open is also huge. Many organisations are taking initiatives to collect these garbage. Garbage collecting points are there throughout the trail and even at the top of the hill. It is our responsibility to keep the place clean.