Triund can be reached from either of the two routes, one starting from Dharamkot via Gallu Devi Temple or from Bhagsu Nag via Shiva Café. Having trekked on both the routes, it is recommended to reach the top via Dharamkot route and descend via Shiva Café route.
Gallu Devi temple which acts as the starting point of the trek is at a distance of 2.5 KM from the Main Square and can be approached on foot and even in Autos/Taxis, though they charge a premium which can be easily avoided by walking all the way to Gallu Devi temple.
Don’t forget to stock up on water (from McLeodganj market or your hotel) if you plan to stay for the night at the top, as there is a water scarcity owing to lack of natural water source.
A 1 L water sealed water bottle costs a whooping Rs 50 at the top and even in the shops mid-way.
If you choose to walk all the way from McLeodganj to Gallu Devi temple, do have some frooti or appy from the shop. Drink it slowly and savor the taste as it will surely be the best frooti/appy drinking experience, trust me on that.
The trekking route is on an Easy to Moderate level as there are some steep steps at places. If you plan to carry your own Tent/Sleeping Bags, you better do some leg exercises like squats and lunges for a week before attempting the trek.We carried our own tents, sleeping bags, yoga mats and food which resulted in a heavy backpack (around 12-15kg) and frequent muscle spasms in the calf muscles because of the steep steps, a lesson learnt the tough way.
The whole route is properly marked and attracts a lot of crowd on a daily basis. Magic View Café acts as a milestone as it is exactly located midway and you can estimate how much time they are going to take to cover the other half. The 6 KM trek from Gallu Devi temple all the way to the top usually takes anywhere between 4-5 hours depending on your fitness and the load you are carrying.The last one KM is popularly known as “22 curves” as one has to traverse these 22 tiring curves to reach the top.
The view with which you are greeted after reaching the Triund ridge is completely surreal and mind soothing making the 4-5 hour ordeal totally worth it. To enjoy the beauty of nature and to witness the magical Sunrise and Sunset, it is highly recommended to camp at the ridge for the night.