How to Trek to Triund Hill
1: Reach Dharamkot either on foot from Main Square of McLeodganj to a steep and rigid upward walk to your left hand side and take a walk of about 45 minutes via office of Regional Mountaineering Centre, Dharamsala. Turn left side from the three way intersection in front of the Regional Mountaineering Centre and then you will reach Dharamkot and stand in front of the Water Tank and the Govt Primary school of Dharamkot. You will also find a cafeteria here. Or you can hire an Auto Rickshaw or taxi/cab for INR 50/- and INR 100/- respectively to get a drop up to Dharamkot Primary School.
2. Just from the left side of the Water Storage Tank and the main gate of the Govt Primary School, Dharamkot a jungle trail starts which will consume one hour of walk and will lead you to Gallu Devi Temple. Or you can continue with hired taxi/cab/auto-rickshaw through a rough road up to Gallu Devi Temple. (It'll be costlier due to very poor road condition). Or If you are in Bhagsu Nag then you can follow a steep trek on the left of German Bakery which goes through shops and a temple and then Bhagsu Nag village and will finally end on the back side of Gallu Devi Temple. (This is a shortcut for Gallu Devi Temple, but a hard and stiff trek and will consume most of your energy, so try to avoid it)
3. After reaching Gallu Devi Temple, here you will come across another cafeteria/shop named Rest A While, and a new one Sun&Moon Café behind Gallu Devi Temple on top. From Gallu Devi Temple you can see Kareri and Bahl Village on North-West direction and BhagsuNag in East. Here you will also find three Guest Houses, providing rooms for stay for INR 500/- per night.
4. Follow a single trek going Northeast and in upward direction starting behind Gallu Devi Temple will lead you directly to Triund Hill. The track from Sh. Galu Devi temple gets a bit of tough, with steep curves and moderate trails.
5. It takes you about four hours (leisurely trek) and three hours (fast trek) to reach Triund Hill but for some it may take 6 hours to reach the top. On your way to Triund you will come across two refreshment shops first one named Magic View Cafė at a height of 2,500 meter (8,202.1 ft) run and owned by Shri Joginder Sharma since 1984 and other adjoining Magic View Cafė is Best View Cafė run by Shri Hemraj since 1998. Continue your trek after a rest and you will reach Triund Hill with in 1 or 2 hours depending upon your stamina. Parveen Tea Stall is the last tea stall you will find at the base of Triund Hill.
Guide to hire
Abu was the Guide we Hired. He Charged us 1600/- Rupees for one Person. He arranged the Tea, Tent, sleeping bags, Lunch, Dinner and Breakfast for us. He even Lit the Campfire for people there. We found him very modest and patiently helped us to climb the hill. Next day, he even took us back to Mcleodganj.
This post was originally published on My Heart On The Road.