A Weekend Visit to Triund Trek and Mcleodganj


Mcleodganj, on the outskirts of Dharamshala, is known as India’s “Little Lhasa (Tibet).” It is a small and beautiful hill station at a height of 2082 metres that combines Tibetan and Indian culture (6831 feet). The location is nestled among the Dhauladhars’ mighty hills and is a great weekend getaway for residents of Chandigarh, New Delhi, Gurgaon, Ambala, and other nearby cities.

You will spend one day in McleodGanj exploring the area, visiting a monastery, the Bhagsu waterfall, and going cafe hopping on this three-day trip from New Delhi. Knowing the location and the people. The cultural melting pot that has so easily blended into the town’s routine. After breakfast the next day, we began our journey to Triund, a very good hike that begins in Mcleodganj and winds up to the top. Triund’s highlights include camping under the stars, views of the valley, and sunrise illuminating the snow-capped peaks. 

What is there to see in McLeodganj / Triund?

McLeodgunj is a Himachal Pradesh hill station at 6,831 feet in elevation. It has stunning mountain ranges and waterfalls. It’s a magical place when it’s empty, but it draws a lot of tourists on weekends, especially from Chandigarh. So, plan your trip so that it doesn’t coincide with any holidays, or you might get stuck in traffic in McLeodganj.

Triund is reached after a difficult trek of 9-kilometres from McLeodganj (it’s the place to be). Triund is a beautiful plateau with a breathtaking view. On Triund, there are two little stores and one government guest home. You can also go on a glacial trek to Indrahar Pass. The hike is easy to moderate.

Triund trek is a short and easy Himalayan trek that is ideal for beginners on a weekend trip. Mcleodganj is the starting point from where the adventure will begin. Mcleodganj is an excellent location for immersing oneself in the vibrant Tibetan culture. The trek takes you to monasteries, prayer flags, and provides an introduction to Buddhism. At an elevation of 2880 metres, Triund provides breathtaking views of the Dhauladhar Valley on one side and the Kangra Valley on the other.

Dharamshala’s crown jewel, Triund, is a vast expanse of green pastures. The trail passes the Bhagsu waterfall, numerous small gushing streams, and dense forests of pine, oak, and deodar.

What is the most convenient way to get to McLeodganj/Triund?

There are numerous Volvo buses available from Delhi that travel in about 10 hours to Dharamshala and then to Mcleodgunj. Buses depart McLeodganj in the late afternoon/early evening and arrive in Delhi early in the morning.

Depending on your speed, the Triund trek takes about 4 hours (one way – it’s hilly terrain).

Where should you stay in McLeodganj/Triund?

If you want to do a day trek and return to base, it is recommended to stay in Bhagsunath near McLeodganj because it will be less crowded. Their prices range from 400 to 4000 rupees. If you’re going on a weekend during peak season, try to reserve a room in advance.

What are the best attractions in McLeodganj/Triund?

The trip’s entire USP is Triund, so if you only go for this trek, you’ve seen everything, but there are still a few places you can visit.

The path from the forest to Dal Lake is very scenic. It is best to ask for directions before venturing into the forest. The lake is small, but tranquil.

Bhagsunath Falls is a kilometre walk from McLeodganj; it might be raining when we arrive, so staying there and eating maggi in a small shop will be incredible.

Dharamkot has a large number of restaurants, and unlike McLeodganj, it is populated by a large number of foreigners and restaurants owned by foreigners.

Glacier: Although we did not have the opportunity to visit the glacier above Triund (a trek), it is very beautiful and should be visited.

Trek to Mcleodganj and Triund Itinerary:

 Day 1- Arrival in McLeodGanj and Sightseeing in the Area

Arrival at  Mcleodganj is early in the morning.

Transfer from Dharamshala to McLeodganj

After checking into your hotel, go exploring McleodGanj’s local sights on your own.

Visit Namgyal Monastery, the Bhagsu waterfall, and the Bhagsunath temple.

Spend your evening exploring McleodGanj’s local market, relaxing in local cafes, and sampling various Tibetan cuisines.

Return to the hotel for dinner and the night in the evening.

Day 2- Journey to Triund

Camping | Triund Hike

After breakfast, depart for Triund Trek early in the morning.

Stop by Magic View Cafe on your way through Triund for a half-hour break.

Arrive in Triund by noon to enjoy the stunning views of the Dhauladhar Ranges.

In the evening, return to McLeodGanj and check into the campsite.

Dinner and a restful night’s sleep

*Head back next morning 

Things future travellers should know: 

  • Be sure to plan ahead of time. It is too steep, and one must be physically fit to finish the trek quickly and spend more time at the top.
  • Pack lightly because the weather in December and January is mild.
  • To avoid nausea and unnecessary discomfort, eat less on the bus.

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