Triund: Why It Should Be Your First, If It Isn’t Already!!

My Solo Trek to Annapurna Base Camp: If I Can Do It, So Can You! (Part 1)
April 25, 2017

"Keep close to Nature's heart... and break clear away, once in awhile, and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods. Wash your spirit clean."
John Muir


Hiking in India means different things to different people. To me, it meant sweaty, exhausting tirade up a mountain that I didn't really care about. Mountains to me have always been one of the scariest aspects of nature. But that was then, this is now.

I have come a long way from one of those millions of travelers who love mountains but only from a certain distance, sitting and admiring its magnetic charm from a hotel window. This was two years ago and Triund was the stimulus I needed to get rid of that fear.

"The top of one mountain is always the bottom of another."
Marianne Williamson

Triund, one of the most beaten trail of Dharamshala was nothing exciting or remotely adventurous when I thought of “let’s go trekking this weekend.” Yep, a weekend trail full of crowd, millions of people on the top, that is Triund for you.

I am not trying to sell this trail short, but let truth be told, it is what it is and perhaps more. So perpetually single that I am, thanks to my pseudo-nomadic ways, 14-feb 2015 was a date I chose to go to McLeodganj in Dharamshala. A nice little mountain town, accessible to Delhi and Chandigarh within hours of drive. Naturally, the town was brimming with tourists celebrating St Valentines Day in the mountains, which also happened to be a weekend. That night in McLeodganj was a boisterous one, lot of drinking and singing with unknown people.

Next morning was to be my trekking day, something I didn’t quite want to think about. Joined by two more guys from Delhi, also unknown, open for trekking hiking, met us in McLeodganj at midnight and plan for Triund was set. In the morning, we asked around a bit, because the weather report said that it will rain and perhaps snow at the top, they advised us against it. Not prepared for that kind of challenge, we decided to go for it! Yes, we didn’t think about winging it but go anyway.

For a trail like Triund which is so common, a little adventure is never out of order. But for us, this was also a blessing in disguise and you will know why.

Getting There!

Absolute hiking novice that we are, we just left for the trail, no preparation, no food, no water. Reaching at the trail head at Gallu Devi temple, we began our hike up in the sun. The weather was not so good, my fear of going up the mountain gripped me as I started panting after every 10-20 steps.

3-4 hours later, we were closer to the top because I could see speckles of snow beginning to dot the landscape. The trail was becoming easier and the views sharper. Reaching at the top was no feat but it was breathtakingly beautiful and we had the whole mountain to ourselves, speaking of blessing in disguise.

In essence, apart from my experience of braving the -6° cold, lack of food and dehydration, there was nothing that could call this trail audacious and this is exactly why it should be your first.

I set off a chain of events that day that brought me to a point where 2-years later, I am thinking of that weekend fondly and thanking my stars that I did what I did. I am an avid mountain lover today, with quite a few treks under my belt and all set for joining a mountaineering course this year! All of this began after that one hike in Triund.

If you are even remotely close to what I was two years ago, then you will perhaps relate to my feeling of dread that comes with effort associated with hiking/trekking. Those sore muscles, the perspiration, the uphill struggle, and hours and hours of going up. But after the struggle ends, the charm begins. The spotless clean scenery, the mountains that look much closer than that hotel room window, clean and crisp air and of course the high of making to the top. The last one is almost addictive!

Why You Should Do It Too?

Let me tell you in 5 simple points why Triund is an absolute perfect first-time-hike.

1. The trail is almost easy and you get the taste of going up a mountain without breaking your back, figuratively speaking.

2. You meet so many people on the trail who become sort of your friends. You are all headed in the same direction, you will all meet at the top. You will all have an experience of your own to share. Thus, a bonding in the making!

3. You don't need experience to hike this trail, this could very well be your first solo hike! It is clear, well marked and full of people to point you in the right direction

4. If you are in for some camping game, this is the safest and easiest way to induct yourself to some outdoor travel. Remember a camp under the blanket of 5-billion-stars is any day better than a 5-star hotel, and it is free!!

5. Hiking is a must because you earn the views. What you can see from up there, is your own reward. After reaching the top, you know you deserve to fill your lungs with clean air and absolutely warrant a camera full of memories.

Outdoor travel is severely undermined in India but Triund has all the makings of how and why it should change. You can experience first-hand why every once in a while you need to give your hotel room a miss and spend some raw time in the nature.

So did you give yourself that push? If yes, tell me in the comments section! I would love to know your outdoor experience.

Kanika Gupta
Kanika Gupta
I find beauty in all things natural, mountains are my soul and adventure is my passion. I hate being stagnant and my mind feeds on problems. I travel because I believe that change is the only constant in this universe. So embrace it, love it and celebrate it!


  1. Ashfina says:

    Congratulations on embarking your blog journey…wishing you all the very best… may you climb all the mountains. Lots of love and success along the way!

    • Kanika says:

      thank you Ashfina! You were my constant source of inspiration.. You keep them well fed too :* #theWickedSoul 😀

  2. Mani Gahatraj says:

    Beautifully written account of your first, not so organised, trek but with reward greater than any one can ever imagine. You are absolutely right that whatever be the state of your body and material preparations, if your mind is ready to climb, you can climb mount Everest. Thats what you did in this trek and well done. Very inspiring for people who wish to do it but have not been able to do it for numerous reasons.

  3. Imroz Is says:

    Kanika a very well written account of Triund; the flow is lucid peppered with humour. My love for mountains also started with the Triund hike. I think a lot of us have our own Triund story to tell. 🙂

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