Amidst The Lap Of Nature: The Triund Trek Near McLeod Ganj Is For Those Who Seek Adventure
What Makes It Awesome
The hill station of McLeod Ganj is home to many majestic monasteries, delicious smelling kitchen cafes, trekking companies and wall to wall stores selling awesome Tibetan souvenirs. The spot showcases the vibrant and distinct Tibetan culture, and you will be fascinated to see the splendid monasteries, prayer flags and wheels and the lamas. Whereas, Triund is a lovely alpine meadow located just about 10km away from the bustling city centre of McLeod Ganj, perched right at the top of a ridge amidst the jaw-dropping views of the peaks of Dhauladhar Mountain and Kangra Valley gracing the two ends.
What's My Pro Tip?
Just a half an hour hike ahead of McLeod Ganj will take you to Dharamkot, a more rural and laid-back village which is a more peaceful accommodation alternative for budget travellers, especially popular among Israelis. The first 5km of the Triund trek is simple and never fail to offer excellent panoramic views of the Dhauladhars along every bend of its trail. Thereon, the route gets steep and requires a sturdy walk. This stretch is popularly known as 22 curves because of the 22 sharp curves en route. The Triund trek will take at best four hours to complete.The trail itself isn't too gruelling, even for the unseasoned trekker. Once you reach the grassy meadows, the clouds descend to give you company and the view are absolutely spectacular! Those who forget to bring their cameras along will regret it for a long, long time.
This sleepy hamlet of Dharamkot is a complete contrast to the Tibetan world that one experiences in McLeod Ganj. Trekking is one of the most popular activity this village offers and the place is a haven and a must-visit for backpackers and travellers. Getting to the Triund valley is an achievement in itself. But the more adventurous can try hiking further to the Kareri Lake, where you'll come across rock-cut caves to explore, Indrahar Pass, Minkiani Pass and all the way to Kuarsi Pass and Mani-Mahesh.