Triund Trek Guide

Triund Trek – A Complete Guide to Trekking & Camping


Triund Trek is a perfect getaway to the heights in McLeodganj. Situated between the Dhauladhar Mountains and Kangra valley, Triund Trek is one of the most sought-after treks in Himachal Pradesh. Triund Trek is not a tough nut to crack but it nevertheless gifts you the stunning views and thrills any other high altitude treks can give. The trail goes through the forest of deodar, rhododendron and oak, the fresh air here will soothe your mind and muscles while you negotiate the tough curves. Triund trek is for all and most popular activity in Mcleod ganj and you will definitely not regret it. In this guide you will find all the information you would need to plan for a delightful Triund trekking & camping experience.


1) Triund Trek Information

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2) Planning Your Triund Trek

Triund Trek - A Complete Guide

Before embarking on your Triund adventure, it’s essential to plan your trip meticulously. Here are some key factors to consider:

A) Permits and Permissions

While no special permits are required for the trek, it’s essential to register at the Forest Department check post in McLeod Ganj before starting your trek. This helps authorities keep track of trekkers and ensure their safety.

B) Best Time for Triund Trek

One of the reasons for the popularity of Triund Trek is that it is doable for the most part of the year. Although it does rain heavily for few days during monsoons which make it hard in the monsoon season. Other than during few days of peak winter you are welcome to tread on Triund any time. Triund becomes literally inaccessible during few days of the winter due to snowfall and gets closed for few weeks of January & February.

The best time to visit Triund is from March to June and September to November when the weather is pleasant, and the skies are clear. Avoid trekking during the monsoon season (July to August) due to heavy rainfall and the risk of landslides.


C) Difficulty Level of Triund Trek

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While Triund Trek is suitable for beginners, it does involve some steep ascents and rocky terrain, especially towards the final stretch. However, with proper preparation and pacing, most trekkers find the journey rewarding and manageable.

Triund trek is regarded as an easy trek and is considered as a right choice for a beginner. The whole trek is nearly 9 km and out of that 4 km is a steep but easy climb. However, the last 2 km can be a bit tough for some. The trail is famous for its 22 curves. Your fitness won’t be challenged but your will to finish will be.

There are some canteens and tea stalls on your way up. If you need to take a pit stop or sip some tea to catch your breath then you can have it in those shops.

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D) Accommodation Options

Upon reaching Triund, trekkers can choose to stay in one of the many guesthouses and campsites available. These basic accommodations offer a cozy place to rest and rejuvenate amidst the tranquil surroundings of the Himalayas.


E) Things to Carry on Triund Trek

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You don’t need to carry any advance trekking gear for the Triund trek. If you are not planning to spend your night at the summit then the list is really thin. Just a fleece jacket, gloves and maybe a windcheater will do the job.

High ankle shoes are usually recommended for the treks though for this trek, shows with good grip would work just fine. Keeping some sunscreen and a sun cap is also good. For water, you can carry a reusable water bottle which can be filled with some bottled water that you can buy on the way. And if you can survive with snacks then there is a small shop at Triund. If not, then you should definitely carry some packed lunch.

Things are a little different if you want to camp at Triund. If you book through a professional agency then most of the nitty gritties will be taken care by them including camping tents and food. Then you can enjoy the terrain of Triund without anything but your stamina to worry about!

1. Backpack

A sturdy and spacious backpack is essential to carry all your gear and supplies for the trek. Opt for a backpack with comfortable shoulder straps and sufficient compartments to organize your belongings efficiently.

2. Trekking Shoes

Invest in a pair of high-quality trekking shoes with good ankle support and durable soles to navigate the rocky terrain of the Triund Trek safely. Ensure that your shoes are broken in and comfortable before embarking on the trek to prevent blisters and discomfort.

3. Warm Clothing

The weather in the Himalayas can be unpredictable, with temperatures dropping significantly, especially at higher altitudes. Pack warm clothing layers, including thermal innerwear, fleece jackets, down jackets, and waterproof outer shells to stay insulated and protected from the cold.

4. Sleeping Bag

Carry a lightweight and compact sleeping bag to ensure a comfortable night’s rest during your camping experience at Triund Hill. Choose a sleeping bag suitable for cold weather conditions with adequate insulation to keep you warm throughout the night.

5. Tent

A sturdy and weatherproof tent is essential for camping at Triund Hill. Opt for a lightweight and easy-to-assemble tent that provides adequate shelter from the elements while offering ventilation and protection from insects.

6. Food and Water

Pack lightweight and high-energy snacks such as nuts, dried fruits, energy bars, and chocolates to fuel your trekking adventure. Carry an ample supply of water or a portable water filtration system to stay hydrated during the trek, as potable water sources may be limited along the trail.

7. First Aid Kit

Prepare a comprehensive first aid kit containing essential medical supplies such as bandages, antiseptic wipes, pain relievers, blister patches, and any personal medications you may require. Familiarize yourself with basic first aid procedures to address minor injuries and ailments during the trek.

8. Headlamp or Flashlight

A reliable headlamp or flashlight is essential for navigating the trails after dark and for illuminating your campsite during the night. Pack extra batteries or a portable power bank to ensure continuous illumination throughout your trek.

9. Personal Essentials

Don’t forget to pack personal essentials such as sunscreen, lip balm, insect repellent, hand sanitizer, toiletries, and a multi-purpose knife or tool. Carry a lightweight and compact camera to capture the stunning vistas and unforgettable moments of your Triund Trek adventure.


3) How to reach Triund Basecamp

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To trek to Triund hill, you first have to reach McLeodganj. There are frequent Volvo buses to McLeodganj from Delhi/Chandigarh and tickets can be booked online. The bus usually takes 11 to 12 hours to reach McLeodganj from Delhi. McLeodganj is about 8 km from Dharamshala and you can also take a shared cab or bus (every half hour) to reach there. Pathankot railway station is the closest railway station and you can reach McLeodganj by bus or shared cab from there. The nearest airport is at Gaggal, about 17 km from McLeodganj.

The reporting location for the trek is in Dharmkot, Mcleodganj, just about a kilometer from bus stand. You can either walk from bus stand or take a taxi to reach base camp. You will receive the address of the base camp in booking voucher. Few treks start from Gallu Devi Temple also but these are usually not the best options.

Getting to the Base Camp

The trek to Triund starts from McLeod Ganj, a bustling town known for its Tibetan culture and spiritual vibe. From McLeod Ganj, trekkers can choose from two main routes to reach the base camp at Triund:

  • The Classic Route: This route starts near the Bhagsu Nag Temple in McLeod Ganj and takes approximately 4-5 hours to reach Triund. The trail passes through dense forests, cascading waterfalls, and steep rocky terrain, offering stunning views along the way.
  • The Kareri Village Route: Alternatively, trekkers can opt for the longer but less crowded route from Kareri Village, which takes around 8-9 hours to reach Triund. This route is known for its picturesque landscapes and remote villages.


4) How to prepare for Triund trek?

Triund trek is quite an easy trek except last 1 kilometer which is slightly steep. Some people reach the top in less than 3 hours as well. You just need to be psychically fit to complete this trek. People of all ages from children over 5 years if age to senior citizens do Triund trek. But if weather conditions are bad then it can increase the difficulties. Extra care during the hike needs to be taken during rainy and winter season. Make sure you carry rain coats and proper woolen clothing as per the season.


5) Tips for a Successful Trek

While Triund Trek is relatively safe, it’s essential to take precautions to ensure a hassle-free and enjoyable experience. To make the most of your Triund Trek experience, here are a few tips to keep in mind:

  • Begin your trek early in the morning to avoid the crowds and to enjoy cooler temperatures.
  • Carry sufficient water, snacks, and warm clothing to stay hydrated and comfortable during the trek.
  • Wear sturdy hiking shoes with grip soles to navigate the rocky terrain safely.
  • Take frequent breaks to rest, admire the scenery, and acclimatize to the altitude.
  • Dispose of garbage responsibly and respect the environment to preserve the natural beauty of the Himalayas.
  • Watch Your Step: Be cautious while navigating rocky terrain and steep ascents to avoid injuries.
  • Emergency Contact Information: Carry a list of emergency contacts and inform someone about your trekking itinerary before embarking on the journey.

While trekking in the mountains is exhilarating, it’s essential to prioritize safety at all times. Stay hydrated, stick to designated trails, and be mindful of weather conditions to avoid any unforeseen mishaps.


6) Triund Trek Itinerary

  • Day 1: Mcleodganj Base Camp to Triund 

Report by 10:00 am at the Mcleodganj basecamp, the trek starts off to Triund, via Dhramkot & Naddi. Overnight stay in tents at Triund Top campsite.

  • Day 2: Triund Top to Base Camp

After breakfast, check out from Tirund camp and start the trek back to Mcleodganj. By afternoon the trek ends at Mcleodganj Base Camp.

7) Things to Do at Triund

Apart from trekking and camping, Triund offers a plethora of activities to keep you engaged. Explore nearby attractions like Bhagsu Waterfall, indulge in yoga sessions amidst nature, or simply soak in the tranquil ambiance of this Himalayan paradise.

8) Wildlife Encounters

Keep your eyes peeled for sightings of exotic wildlife such as Himalayan Monals, mountain goats, and even elusive snow leopards along the trekking route. Respect their habitat and admire these magnificent creatures from a safe distance.

9) Weather Conditions

The weather in the mountains can be unpredictable, with temperatures ranging from chilly nights to warm days. Be prepared for sudden changes in weather and always carry appropriate clothing to stay comfortable throughout your trek.


10) Exploring Triund Top

The highlight of the Triund Trek is reaching the summit of Triund, where trekkers are rewarded with breathtaking views of the surrounding Himalayan peaks and valleys.

Panoramic Views

From the summit, trekkers can feast their eyes on a panoramic vista of snow-capped peaks, including the mighty Dhauladhar Range and the Kangra Valley below. The view is especially mesmerizing during sunrise and sunset when the mountains are bathed in golden light.

Attractions at the Summit

At the summit, trekkers can explore the scenic surroundings, soak in the tranquility of the mountains, and capture stunning photographs to cherish for a lifetime. The summit also offers opportunities for birdwatching and wildlife spotting, with sightings of Himalayan birds and animals being common.


11) Triund Trek FAQs

Triund Top Day Hike from Mcleodganj

1. Is the Triund Trek suitable for beginners?

Yes, the Triund Trek is suitable for beginners with moderate fitness levels. The well-marked trail and gradual ascent make it accessible to trekkers of all experience levels.

2. How long does it take to complete the Triund Trek?

The average time to complete the Triund Trek is around 4-6 hours, depending on your pace and fitness level.

3. Are there any restroom facilities along the trekking route?

There are basic restroom facilities available at certain points along the trekking route, but it’s advisable to carry your own toilet paper and hand sanitizer.

4. Can I trek to Triund during the monsoon season?

Trekking to Triund during the monsoon season (July to September) is not recommended due to heavy rainfall, slippery trails, and the risk of landslides.

5. Is it necessary to hire a guide for the Triund Trek?

While hiring a guide is not mandatory, it can be beneficial, especially for first-time trekkers. A guide can provide valuable insights into the terrain, wildlife, and local culture, enhancing your overall trekking experience.

6. Triund Day Hike – Can Triund trek be done in one day?

A day hike to Triund is very much possible and could be done if you do not want to camp there for the night and spend a night under the stars in safety of a tent. Do remember that it would be a long day and depending on your walking speed and stamina it would take 9 to 12 hours for you to get back to Mcleodganj, so plan your day accordingly. A day hike started early in the morning is a good way to cover Galu temple and Bhagsu waterfalls as well on this trip.

7. Is Triund trek safe in Monsoon Season?

Except few weeks of January and February, Triund trek remains open for most part of the year. Any trek in Himalayas increases in difficulty level during Monsoons. Triund can be easily done in Monsoon season provided you are prepared for the conditions. You must make sure you are carrying a raincoat and proper trekking shoes. Temperatures also plummet sometimes at night so carrying a jacket or other warm clothing is also recommended.

8. Is Triund trek open in December & January?

Triund remains open till 31st December usually and up to 1st week of January sometimes. It depends on how much snow has fallen in the beginning of the winter season and around those dates. Once Triund trek closes in January it open late February or early March. Again opening dates would depend upon level of snow that has fallen in winter season.



12) Beyond Triund – Other Mcleodganj & Dharamshala Treks

Treks around Mcleodganj - beyond Triund

Mcleodganj & Dharamshala have become a hot trekking destinations. Easy accessibility from NCR and Punjab and availability for wide options of treks for all people has made both these locations a prime attraction for adventure enthusiasts. Thanks to large crowds and permanent camp setup structures, cost of treks and other adventure activities is very nominal. This is another reason people travel to this reason often.

If you want to experience the un-matchable beauty of Triund furthermore then there is Laka glacier and Indrahar pass trek is waiting for you. You can breathe in the beauty of these places by camping. The shepherd’s meadow at Laka glacier and the spellbinding beauty of Indrahar pass will make you fall in love with this mountain range. Once you cross Triund, the difficulty level of the terrain starts to increase. So venture out if you can take on some tough terrain.

The Triund trail extends to offer 3 more trek options:

  1. Laka glacier trekking and camping
  2. Indrahar pass trek from Mcleodganj & back
  3. Indrahar pass trek to Chamba


I) Laka Glacier Trekking & Camping

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If you find Triund trek to be too easy for you or you want an extra mile for more adventure then you should opt for Laka Glacier Trek. It is a further day hike from Triund and takes you to Laka Got next to the glacier. The snow at Laka glacier will melt away before August so if you want to get chilled in the white snow then visit Laka glacier during the month of April and May. Right before reaching the glacier you will go through the shepherds’ meadow, a place where the local shepherds gather with their sheep, surrounded by snow clad mountains and misty valleys. During summers Laka glacier trek is the best option to go beyond Triund snowline.


Triund Laka Triund Trek

Laka Glacier Trek Itinerary

  • Day 1: Mcleodganj to Triund Trek
  • Day 2: Triund to Laka Glacier to Triund
  • Day 3: Triund to Mcleodganj

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II) Indrahar Pass Trek

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Indrahar pass is located at almost 1400 metres above Triund. The Kangra and Chamba valley in the Dhauladhar range of Himalayas are connected by the Indrahar pass. The view this place offers is pure ecstasy. The mysterious valleys hiding under thick mountain mists will give you chills. During the Indrahar Pass Trek, you will come across the famous Lahesh caves. It’s a place where you can stay for a night or a halt during your trek. However, this trek is a perfect opportunity for trekkers with some previous experience. The steep and rigorous climb to Dhauladhar mountains will test the better of trekkers.

Indrahar Pass trek from Mcleodganj and back

Indrahar Pass Trek Itinerary

  • Day 1: Base camp to the Triund top
  • Day 2: Triund to Laka Got
  • Day 3: Laka Got – Indrahar Pass – Laka Got
  • Day 4: Laka Got – Mcleodganj

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III) Indrahar Pass Trek To Chamba

This particular trek starts from Mcleodganj and ends at Chamba. Out of the 5 days, on day-1 to trek is when you’ll be crossing Indrahar pass to go to the other side of the mountain in Chatru Parao village. Next day will be in Kuarsi, a quaint little gaddi (shepherd) village, tucked away in the mountains in the Chamba region.

During the second day of the trek, you get the opportunity to camp in the famous Lahesh cave. Then, the next days camp will be at the Chatru Parao village. This village offers some irreplaceable panoramic views of the Pir Panjal ranges. This trek gives you the opportunity to explore more beyond Triund. It will be a great offbeat experience for any trekking enthusiast.

Indrahar pass trek to Chamba

Indrahar Pass Trek To Chamba Itinerary

  • Day 1: Mcleodganj – Triund
  • Day 2: Triund – Lahesh Cave
  • Day 3: Lahesh Cave – Indrahar Pass – Chatru Parao
  • Day 3: Chatru Parao – Kuarsi
  • Day 5: Kuarsi – Machetar – Chamba



Triund Trek is more than just a trek; it’s an adventure of a lifetime that offers trekkers a chance to connect with nature, explore the majestic Himalayas, and create memories that will last a lifetime. Whether you’re a seasoned trekker or a first-time adventurer, Triund Trek promises an unforgettable experience that will leave you spellbound by the beauty of the mountains.

Last Updated on April 1, 2024 by Rohan

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