Complete Guide for Triund Trek, Himachal Pradesh

Complete Guide for Triund Trek, Himachal Pradesh

Triund is one of the most popular as well as preferred treks for beginners. Proximity to Delhi, Ease to do & Very short time requirement are the few reasons which make it a weekend trek. We have explained complete guide for Triund, McLeod Ganj trek in this blog.

In the Kangra district of Himachal Pradesh, Triund is a small hill station for which the trekking base is in Dharamkot. Trails are well defined & in excellent condition but are steep, which means this trek is not a simple walk.

Brief Introduction of the Trek

Head Information
Maximum Altitude 2,850 m (9,350 ft)
Difficulty Level Easy
Trek Distance Dharamkot – Triund : 5.5 Km
Trek Duration Dharamkot – Triund : 3-4 Hours
Distance from Delhi (To the base point – Dharamkot) 485 Km
Best time to visit Summers (Mar-Jun), Winters (Sep-Dec), Snow Trek (Jan-Mar)
Most crowded time Mar-Jun
Trek close time
Snowfall time (High Probability) End of Dec – End of Jan
Must to do things Trekking, Camping, Photography, Sunset at Triund top, Flora & Fauna

How to Reach?

Mode Route Way forward
By Air Nearest Airport : Kangra Airport Airport to Dharamshala needs to be covered by Road
By Rail Nearest Railway Station : Pathankot railway station Pathankot to Dharamshala needs to be covered by Road
By Road Delhi to Dharamshala :
Option 1) Public & Private buses available at ISBT Kashmiri Gate
Option 2) Self-owned vehicle or Rented Cabs
Trek starts from Dharamkot

Important Note :

  1. Trek base point (Dharamkot) is around 5 Km from Dharamshala and 2 Km from McLeod Ganj. One can cover it either by walking from Mcleod Ganj or hire a taxi. To save some time and energy, you can also take a cab to the Gullu Devi temple.

Where to Stay?

Head Places to Stay Types of accommodation available Price Range
En route Dharamshala, Una Hotels, Homestay 1000-3000 per person
Base Point McLeod Ganj Homestay, Tents, Hotels 1000-3000 per person
Trek top Triund Top Forest department rest house/Triund guest house
*Camping is not allowed at the Triund top.
800-1200 per person

Detailed Itinerary

(Delhi – Dharamshala – Dharamkot – Triund – Dharamkot – Dharamshala – Delhi)

1st Day: Reach Dharamshala


The distance from Delhi to Dharamshala is around 480 km and it will take 9-10 hours to reach Dharamshala. If reached early, explore the market of Dharamshala. For stay, you can choose between Dharamshala and McLeod Ganj. You will have plenty of other options to explore in McLeod Ganj like Bhagsu waterfall, Tsug La Khang (Dalai Lama’s Temple), Namgyal Monastery, etc. You can also explore the local market and try some local food (Momos is my favourite).

2nd Day: Dharamshala – Triund

After having breakfast, take a cab to Dharamkot (or till Gullu Devi temple to save some time) from Dharamshala/ McLeod Ganj. At the starting point of the trek (Gullu Devi Temaple), they will log your details in a book after verifying your identity card. Apart from this, plastic bottles that you are carrying will be noted and same will be verified at the time of your return.
Start your trek early in the morning to reach the top before noon. Remember, “slow and steady” is the key strategy for steep treks and taking frequent breaks is not advisable.

The midpoint of the trek is known as the “Magic viewpoint”. You will find many cafes at this point where you can have snacks & fill up your water bottle (Mostly you will get packed food, Maggie, Parantha and Tea). As water is scarce, carry enough water supply with you.

Optional : Triund trek further extends to Laka and then Lahesh cave. We recommend it only for experienced trekkers. As the trail is stony and not defined very well, one should take a trekking guide along with you. It is a challenging trek with a total trek length of around 25 km.

In season time, you will find people playing music & games at the top. Enjoy the breathtaking view of the Dhauladhar range on one side and Panoramic view of Kangra valley on the other side. After having some snacks, start descending from the top. It will take 2-3 hours to reach Dharamkot.

Alternatively, you can also plan to stay at the top by booking the accommodation in advance. As camping is not allowed, the only option available is Forest department rest house and Triund guest house. We can book these accommodations in advance at Dharamshala.

3rd Day: Dharamshala – Delhi


Plan your journey back to Delhi on the next day of the trek. The same route to be followed for the return journey as well.

Important Things to Consider

Things to carry for Trek

  • Proper trekking shoes along with 2 pairs of socks
  • Trekking paints & few full sleeve t-shirts
  • Full sleeve jacket, raincoat & thermal clothes
  • Woollen cap/scarf, Gloves & Windproof jackets (In winters)
  • Sunglasses, Cap, Water bottle & LED Torch
  • Basic medicines like Crocin, Combiflam, Disprin, Band Aid, ORS, Cotton, Betadine, etc.

Facts related to trail blockage

  • Snow covers trek trail from the end of Dec to Feb and Dhabas will not be available at this time of the year. One should plan trek considering these points.
  • Trekking in these months should be preferred with some trek operators.

I hope this blog helped you in planning the Triund – McLeod Ganj trek. Send your opinion and feedback in the comment section.

Check more such trekking guides:

1. Complete Guide for Shrikhand Mahadev Trek, Kullu, Himachal Pradesh

2. Complete Guide for Churdhar Trek, Nohradhar

3. Hike: Tungnath, Chandrashilla Summit

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