When we woke up in the bus we were already looking at misty mountain mornings, beautiful sunshine and an exciting day ahead. We got off at Mcleodganj around 08:30, freshened up at a ‘sulabh’ and had a nice breakfast of tasty Parathas. After this sumptuous breakfast we started towards Triund. Ash, although I was expecting she would get tired soon, managed to hike really fast as well. It was a pretty hot day, I poured plenty of sunscreen on my face, ash joked about it. We started from the Galu Temple checkpost at 09:31 sharp and reached the Triund ridge at 12:33. I was carrying almost 15 kg of weight which included a tent, 2 sleeping bags, 2 mats and some warm clothes. I was satisfied with our pace. We stopped and took short rest only twice. The trail was crowded.
Those going up or coming down passed comments about the load I was carrying. Ash later told me that some of them amazed at how I was carrying so much load whereas some (guys for sure) confidently mentioned that it’s generally not so heavy ????
Once at the top, we quickly searched for a nice spot and pitched our tent. It was a beautiful and peaceful day. Little did we know that all that peace is going to go away just in 3 hours.
At the checkpost we were asked by the local cops to deposit any speakers or alcohol if we were carrying. I had to keep my Bose speaker at a local shop for 50 bucks deposit. I obeyed quickly as the policemen requested earnestly.
After setting up the tent we had our lunch at one of the Dhabas at the top. While coming back towards the tent from this dhaba we noticed that around 15 more tents are being pitched near our spot. 2 hours later a group of 30-35 young boys and girls came and started settling in these tents and that’s when I realised our time there is going to get noisy now. They opened their alcohol bottles, started creating noise from their guitars started abusing each other, started shouting and in this way completely ruined this perfect weekend gate-away for us forever.
I am not going back to Triund!