Triund (Mcleodganj/Dharamshala) Trek

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I should have posted it long back....when I actually made the trip... anyways...better late then never...

Well I decided to go on a trek to some place as an extended weekend was coming. There was no other place I knew where i could go and come back within 3 days, than Dharamshala. I decided to go alone, even if nobody else comes, but Vikas Dhawan (henceforth referred to as DhawansaaB) decided to come along. Due to certain reasons, we decided to go separately and do the trek alone, and meet up on top of the mountains.

We prepared for the trip as if we were going to Mt. Everest (though one day I'll definitely go there, atleast to the base camp). We purchased sleeping bags, juices, chocolates, biscuits, Gatorade, and a lot of other stuff which made my bag heavier than usual, and as a result I had to leave some stuff behind.
My backpack was full.

I started at 6:30 PM on Friday from Delhi. To my luck, a pretty girl was sitting with me in the bus, and because of that I had a good time throughout the journey, and it didn't feel long. The girl was very talkative and fond of food, and she described some of the paranthas and other delicacies in such a way that increased my hunger and I ate a lot for dinner (I had decided to skip dinner coz I was going to start trekking in the morning itself, and there was no toilet).

I reached Macleodganj at 7:00 AM. It was chilling there. I was in a T-shirt only and had to take out my jacket. I had a cup of tea and started climbing immediately.

I was one of the first few travelers that morning. The weather was amazing, and it had snowed heavily just a day back.
I met some of the DCE guys on the way, but as I was carrying a bag, they sped ahead of me very soon. Anyways, I continued at my own pace.

The trek was good foo the first few kilometers. The total length was around 10 kms, 6-7 kms of it was easy and 3-4 km was tough. And when you have a backpack with you, the difficulty level triples. There were few tea shops on the way which provided refreshments, but my stomach was still heavy with the last night dinner, thanks to the girl in the bus. Anyway, I maintained a decent speed and actually I was little bit proud of my fitness that I was able to do it inspite of the backpack etc.

The trek started becoming difficult after 3 hrs climb. I could see where I was going but it was very steep and I was very tired. Some of my fellow trekkers cheered me up and motivated me.
The trek was narrow, and it became more dangerous when it become fully snow covered. One slip and you go down the valley.

Finally after 4 and half hours of trekking, I reached to the top. oh my God ! What a view !! It was the best mountain view I had ever seen. Mountains are almost same, but the viewpoint was so amazing! And everything around me was covered in snow. Perfect !

I met a German there and we became friends. The chaiwala with his finnish wife was nice, and his wife was too cool. DhawansaaB also joined me in the evening. I, DhawansaaB and Karen talked a lot in the evening.

We decided to sleep overnight in the tents. It was really a bold decision as it was f***ing cold, snow was everywhere, and nobody else was sleeping in the open like us.
my backpack
Just for the sake of experience, and because we had our sleeping bags with us, we decided to give it a shot. I proved to be disastrous in the night, when at around 2 AM both of us woke up because of cold. Clearly, the sleeping bags were not enough for the cold, and we couldn't do anything. Somehow we stayed awake till 4 AM when sleep overpowered our mind and body.

The morning was pleasant, and we decided to step down and visit Mcleodganj also. It took almost the same time to descend, which was really surprising for me. Me reached Mcleod at around 3:00 Pm, and roamed here and there. We decided to hit atleast 10 coffee shops in the evening. In the night, there was really a scarcity of rooms, and we were really lucky to get one otherwise we were going to sleep on the roadside, ofcourse with our sleeping bags.

Next morning we left for Amritsar as our train was from there, and we reaced there just in time to go to the Golden Temple also. We were dead tired but actually didn't feel much (thou my legs pained for rest of the week).

Overall it was really a nice and amazing experience. It really demands the best of you, and you have to be physically and mentally fit to undertake such an adventure. Triund is just the beginning. This year I am going on some more trekking as and when I get the time.

Next target : Ladakh.

sachn176 says:
for assistance in mcleodganj contact sachin @ 9857690700....i run budget rooms guest house and also you can rent bikes in mcleodganj
Posted on: Jul 25, 2013
Manjinder says:
What is the time of your visit Sir to triund?

If one has to stay overnight at triund, is it necessary to book room or tent from Mcleodganj?
Posted on: Jul 21, 2010
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