On the way back, we picked some essentials for the next day. Cookies, chocolates, gatorade, some dry fruits, basic OTC meds, etc.
The Big Day - Triund climb.
After the ban was imposed on staying for the night at Triund (that's what I heard from locals), I didn't approach anyone to arrange for a camp stay. The only option was to climb and come back the same day. This called for an early start. We woke up sharp at 5 AM, got ready, and set off. Now one option is to do a trek in itself till Gallu Devi Temple, which is the base for Triund, and then start the inevitable climb. Other option is to save the energy for final 6 Kms, and take taxi till Gallu Devi. It seemed wiser to chose the later, considering it was PK's first ever trek, and I too was still in "recovery mode".
We walked till Bagsunag parking, had tea and inquired for a taxi. No cabby was ready to drive till Gallu Devi. Apparently, previous day's heavy downpour further damaged the already damaged off road track to Gallu Devi. The option now was to go till Dharamkot, and look for further options from there. After reaching Dharamkot, we finally convinced a cabby to take us till Gallu Devi, condition was to get down and walk in case we got stuck. Well, we would have done that anyway. Taxi charges - Rs. 200 from bhagsunag to Dharamkot, and then Rs. 500 from Dharamkot to Gallu Devi.
We reached Gallu Devi Temple at 6:30 AM. A small dhaba was open at the base, and we took a doze of carbs - bread omelette.