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One of the “must do” things in Mcleod Ganj is trekking to Triund. You can either start directly from Mcleod Ganj, or cut off a little time by taking a taxi to Gallu Temple to cut off about 3 Km. Of course we chose the long way! In general, Gallu Temple to the top and back is about a 5 to 6 hour hike. We hiked at a pretty rapid pace and managed to get to and from Mcleod Ganj in about 5 hours. Both Rosey and I are athletes, so keeping our heart rates up for the duration of the hike was actually our idea of a good time. You can continue your hike beyond Triund, but unless you are very familiar with the area, you need to hire a guide.
I would recommend starting the trek early. We left at 7 and hardly passed any travelers for our whole trek up. There were hardly any people at the top when we got there and the sky was very clear with the whole mountain range in view. On our way down, there were many more people and we could see that a cloud cover was forming that was going to obscure their view.
The trail is unmarked, but it’s very easy to follow. It is a moderate to easy hike, with lots of big steps but nothing treacherous. In fact, we saw a Tibetan family making the trek and they were accompanied by their mother who was 74 years old! There are also Indian women who do it every day with sticks on their backs!
At Triund, there is an open green space with stunning views of the Dhauladhar range of the Himalayas. It will definitely be one of the highlights of my trip to Dharamsala!
Click on the panoramic below to see a larger view!
Despite it being mid-April, there was still a bit of snow – ok, more like ice – within easy walking of Triund. What you see below is a very staged “snowball fight”.