Triund Trek – The most sought out trek in Himachal Pradesh is not that easy as many blogs and enthusiastic trekkers claim it to be. During my research for Mcleod, I continuously read only one thing, that triund trek is very easy and doable even to a novice. But let me tell you guys, ITS NOT EASY! We booked our trek with a personal guide with Biling Adventures. The guide fee was ₨ 1500 and Taxi to galu devi would cost ₨ 800 for both way. Our guide started the trek at 9 am as compared to 7 am from Gallu. Luckily on the start of the trek we hired a walking stick. You need to carry Identity proof and register yourself at Galu before starting the trek to triund.
So there we were very enthusiastic on doing the Triund Trek! Little did we know what was waiting ahead? The distance from Galu to Triund is around 7 kms one way. There are many cafes like half point café and moonpeak café on your way to Triund. Need not carry food with you as you can easily purchase from these shops. It’s priced slightly more than MRP but that is the transport cost for carrying it to such great height and a difficult terrain. Do carry glucose and Electrol as you are bound to get dehydrated. There no toilets till you reach Triund. Even on the top there are no toilets but one can use the designated areas to answer natures call.
Soon after we started the trek we realized the path to triund is very rocky with big sharp stones and it’s not easy to hike on it. There are sharp turns throughout the trek and many places it’s very difficult to climb. Especially the last 2 Kms is dreading. What added to our misery was the presence of Snow in the last 2 Kms.
We fell N number of times and we were not at all prepared to walk on snow in regular walking shoes. There were stretches where our guide had to hold our hand, make us pass a particular area one by one as it was extremely slippery and dangerous. I was feeling exasperated and was dying to turn back. But our guide insisted we complete the trek.
Last 1 Km (with 22 curves) I almost broke into tears and was feeling nauseated! It was only because of our guide Anil’s constant motivation that we were able to complete the trek. Honestly, upon reaching the peak, we were so tired after climbing for 4.5 hours that the snowcapped mountains didn’t attract us. We were feeling sore and dying to rest for at least 3-4 hours. Little did we know that we had to start trekking back to galu within one hour. There are many shacks which provide food and shelter on the peak. The guy at the peak told us that we need to start getting down and reach Galu before the sun sets as once the sun sets wild animals roam free. It’s not safe! Either stay back for the night or start in an hour.
We clicked few photos, barely absorbed the place and began getting down. Descend was easier though not a cake walk. It took us 3.5 hours to get down with 2-3 short breaks. With sore body and absolutely exhausted spirit we finally reached our hotel around 6.30 in the evening. We were barely able to walk and felt sick.
So honestly we didn’t enjoy the trek. So if you want to do the trek then start really early or stay back for the night. Do carry good sturdy shoes not regular sport shoes. If you are a first time trekker like us don’t hike without a guide. It’s better to have some help than to do it yourself. The only sight that pleased me was the beautiful Rhododendron flowers blooming all over.