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Review of Triund Hill

Triund Hill
Ranked #1 of 23 things to do in McLeod Ganj
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Grade: Moderate Mcleodganj to Triund 2800 mtrs, 9 kms gradual trek. The trek offer panoramic views Bhagsu village, Mcleodganj, Dharamsala valley and distant views of Shivalik hills and plains of Kangra valley. The trek is moderate nature. Triund is a large land of green grass and pasture like. One can see the mighty Dhauladhar ranges just above the eyes. This is the base camp and climatization point for trekkers climbing the Inderahara point in the Mt. Dhauladhar.
Reviewed August 20, 2014

Not a very easy trek. However enjoyable and worth. try to carry less stuff. If you want to see the sunrise please stay at the hill top at night and book for a tent beforehand. Avoid going during monsoons.

4  Thank nidhi551985
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Reviewed August 18, 2014 via mobile

Visited the place in peak monsoons. Misty, wet, slippery.. Was an absolute delight. We encountered very few people in the entire journey to and fro since it is not the ideal weather. Understandably nothing was visible from top because of overhanging clouds. While coming down, the clouds gave way to the most amazing view of the mcleod valley. The trip can be easily done by beginners as the trail is rocky with good footholds. Take a ric from mcleod town to gallu devi temple (300 rs one way) and then further on foot. Takes about 3 hrs to the top and same time back with small halts in the middle at Magic View Cafe. Start the foot trek at 8.30-9am and be back down before Sundown.

3  Thank anshuman_goswamy
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Reviewed August 5, 2014

Listed below are tips for a general visitor (over night trip) to Triund. Further information if required can be sought through messaging.

BACKPACK CONTENTS (each item adds to the weight, so carry only essentials. This list is only a suggestion based on our experience. This does not include tent, camping gear and cooking items & rations as most people prefer to hire the same or use porters/ponies to carry them). If camping in winters, additional thermals/clothing may need to be added to this list:-

1. 1 set of under garments.
2. 2 pairs of socks.
3. 1 change of shirt/t-shirt.
4. Gloves.
5. Warm jacket (warm clothing not required to be worn during the climb).
6. Light combination lock (if staying in guest room).
7. Woollen cap (depending on how cold you feel).
8. 1 litre water (bottle once empty can be used next morning for nature’s call).
9. Spare spectacles for those who wear (in case you lose/break the ones you are wearing, traversing the mountains will be dangerous).
10. Sun glasses (snow blindness can be very painful).
11. Match box & candle (use mobile phone torch in emergencies only).
12. Sunscreen.
13. Tooth brush, paste sachet & small disposable soap.
14. Battery pack (optional).
15. Camera.
16. Mobile phone in aircraft mode to save batteries.
17. Walking stick (helpful & saves you from hiring crude bamboo ones).
18. 2 bars of Chocolates (emergency ration/energy booster).
19. Rs 2000/person is sufficient (includes tent hiring if required & meals etc).
20. Toilet paper for those who like to dry the "dish" after washing it (avoid carrying the entire roll. Carry just enough for two uses/per person).
21. Swiss knife/pocket knife.
22. Tripod for low light/self shots (optional).
23. Pair of laces (useful for tying stuff if buttons/straps/zippers fail).
24. Umbrella/rain coat.
25. Water proof bag for protecting electronics, money etc.
26. Band aid.
27. Water purifying tablets (optional).
28. Chewing gum/hard candies (few).
29. Lip balm.
30. Tiniest bottle of hand sanitizer (optional).


1. No electricity. Some shacks provide solar charging at a price.
2. Poor or no mobile connectivity.
3. No running water/natural water source nearby. Use water sparingly.
4. There is no community cleaning service, so please adopt self discipline and do not litter.
5. Loud music, noise, shouting or creating a racket is not appreciated.
6. There are three shacks on the Triund camping ridge, two en-route & one at the snowline. They provide all essential items, water, meals, tents & equipment on hire, bon fires at night & guidance. Food & items are generally twice the normal price for justifiable reasons, so please do not bargain.
7. Few local dogs live next to the shacks and survive on leftover food. These dogs are friendly and accompany Trekkers to the snowline. Their presence also provides safety to the camp so be nice to these dogs.
8. Being at a higher altitude, a UV filter for your camera lens is recommended for better results.
9. No known incidents of attacks by wildlife at the camp location has been heard of. However at night it is avoidable to go out alone to secluded areas. Bears and leopards have been spotted in these mountains. Snakes need to be watched out for.


1. Self carried tents. Camping in Triund is free.
2. Hired tents (includes mattress & sleeping bags for 2 persons). Can be hired at McLeod Ganj/Bhagsu/Dharamkot/shacks at Triund camp.
3. Forest guest rooms (four). Attached bathroom (not toilet), bedding & fireplace (winters). To be booked in advance at Dharamshala. Carry the booking receipt with you to hand over to the guest room caretaker on reaching Triund.
4. Further down the Triund ridge are private rooms available but at three times the cost of the forest rooms. These have attached toilets. Being far away from the main camp, food shacks & activity is a big disadvantage, especially at night when the camp fires happen.
5. Caves. Some natural and some manmade caves exist. Staying in them is not recommended unless it's an emergency requirement.


1. Maggi noodles (with or without vegetables).
2. So-called pasta.
3. Rice, roti & dal (lentils).
4. Eggs & bread.
5. At night usually they offer meal platters consisting of rice, roti, dal, vegetable & pickle.
6. Packaged food, snacks, munchies & drinks (including beer, red bull etc).


1. Taking unknown routes unless you are an experienced trekker. People have died & gone missing here. On known routes, hiring of guides is unnecessary.
2. Throwing stones or disturbing embedded rocks to avoid landslides/injuring Trekkers & campers.
3. Shortcut from Bhagsu. It is tough & hard on the knees downhill. Avoid.
4. Posing on glaciers for photos. Glaciers along the route look inviting & firm but can collapse under your weight & cause fatality.
5. Lighting fires outside the camp area. Forest fire risks are real.

Suggestions, comments, additions & appreciation to this review are welcome and will be appreciated.

41  Thank Pathfinder1A
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Reviewed July 26, 2014

Me and my friend started the track at 9 AM from Dharamkot. We reached the Triund hill by 12.30 PM. After having lunch at Triund, we started for Snow line cafe at 2.30 PM.
The track from the Triund to the Snowline is little bit tougher and you have to find and follow the painted arrow marks on the stones through out the way (Its adventurous :))
We reached Snow line cafe at 4 PM..
Snow line cafe is just a small dhaba/ chai shop which is the last food point on this route.
After having Chai at the Snow line cafe we started for the Glacier near the Lahesh cave. We reached at the Glacier around 6 PM.
The view at and around the Glacier is out of the world and its a lifetime view. You are just at the foothill of the snow capped majestic mountains and you feel you are fortunate to be at this place. You can feel the nature so closely at this divine place.
We filled two bottles of water from the Glacier and it was so cold that we couldn't drink it immediately and we had to wait for some time to become it normal.
We started back from the glacier at 6.30 PM and reached the snow line cafe around 7.45 PM to stay overnight.
Mr. Sonu Sharma, who is the caretaker of the snow line cafe is a very nice person. He erected a beautiful tent for us with good sleeping bags and blankets to stay overnight.
Snow line is a much better place for the night stay than Triund as you are more closer to the nature.
I would like to advise to travelers and tracking enthusiasts that don't restrict yourself to the Triund hill only. Take your backpacks and go up to the Snow line and the Glacier.. And If you have more time and enthusiasm, you can make it up to Indrahar pass also.. :)

46  Thank 101Miles
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Reviewed July 7, 2014

Being first time trekkers it was tough for 4 of us but somehow we managed to reach uphill in 4 hours.. all ur fatigue goes off once u reach triund once u see the views u fall in love with them. First half way till magic view shop is easy but after that way is steeper.Way is hard, not plain only rocky. Do book a forest guest house room from dharamshala forest dept ofice opp GPO I.e just rs.500.. better than tents atleast u r saved from cold.. no attached bathroom, its few steps down. No water no electricity so do charge ur cameras n mbls downhill.. things must to carry are woolens, sport shoes,led torch, energy drinks or glucose, plastic raincoat(ul get in mcloedganj) fr rs.100, no need to carry food items as all r available thr at double price so travel with less luggage.. do stay one night as doing up down same day wil be very tiring. Staying in tents is also cool unless u r fond of it.. its small just to get packed sleep. Views on the way are also amazing, so weneva u plan next dharamshala trip do visit triund. Not for elder ppl and kids.. just anthuthiastic nature lovers as trek is not so easy . Cheers!!!

8  Thank Sahil9
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