Though Manali and Shimla are considered to be the best hill stations in Himachal Pradesh but then it is like for everyone. Everyone can just drive up to in and around Manali and Simla for summer holidays, but then if you seek solitude, serenity and some fine moments away from regular crowded site seeing and holiday and regular shopping then, the best option is the one to five days trek to Triund, Snowline and Lahesh Caves and Indrahar Pass from McLeodganj in Dharamshala.
Dare to follow a moderate trek up to Triund of 9km at an approximate height of 10,000 feet from sea level and stand face to face with semi-immortal, mighty yet humble Dhauladhar mountain range of Himalayas. Spend one night in Forest Department Rest House in Triund and on next day start another trek to Snowline and Lahesh Caves. Put up tents in cave and eat whatever is available and experience nomadic life for one night. Get up early in the morning and start your trek to Indrahar Pass of Mighty Dhauladhar after reaching the Pass stay up for a while and have view of amazing horizon and Triund from the heights of Dhauladhar. Start your retreat for Snowline café and then back to Triund Guest House by evening. Spend another night in Triund Hill and in the morning climb down to McLeodganj.
The summer is here and the heat is going to hit its highest point down in the plains and the cities……and 90% of the people will be going to the hill stations and many other cooler regions for summer holidays, plus of course will be coming to Dharamsala and trek to Triund and other mountains passes or peaks around and in Dev Bhumi Himachal….so we wish all of you great time and request all not to throw the garbage on the trails of the mountains and over the mountain peaks instead dispose off them at the designated points…enjoy the beauty of Nature and give credit to Nature by keeping Nature CLEAN 🙂
Triund 2012 February this time there was very heavy snow fall in Triund and treks to
were covered under thick snow for about at least two month and even the Forest Department Rest House was also closed. Even in January 30th we could trek only up Magic View Café and beyond the cafe the treks were still covered under 3 foot thick snow and even trek up to Magic View Café was dangerously slippery. Mr Joginder the owner of Magic View Café had removed some of snow up to café and made it accessible.
In the heights of Dhauladhars neighboring Triund is the temple of Birni Devi in Palampur.
Temple of Birni Devi is located above Gallu Langha village of Palampur and is accessible from following route Palampur–>Lohna–>upper Bundla–>Gallu Langha.
To Gallu Langha cabs and buses ply from Nehru Chowk and Palampur ISBT, respectively charging 15 INR. Once you are in Gallu, you’ll see a trail opposite to civil dispensary and a shop which leads through pine trees to the temple of Birni Devi. The trail to Birni Devi is of moderate to easy category, but the rigid nature of trail may prove difficult for some. From Gallu if you have good stamina then it’ll take at least 3 hours to reach Birni Devi temple else it will take 5 hours.
From the temple of Birni Devi one can have the broad sight of Palampur town reaching the Kangra valley in distant horizon and with the help of binoculars one can have the view of Baijnath town.
Dhauladhar mountain series is the closest to feel from here. There are no shops or up in Birni Devi Temple, so you should carry food with you and do not litter.
While we were climbing down from Magic View Café, we noticed some movement in grass by the side of the rocks and on close observation noticed a pair of cute birds camouflaged in the color of grass (faint red brown) and the rocks (pale grey).
We hushed and took a few shots and later searched in Google the list of Avifauna of Himachal and found our birds in list titled as, “Alpine Accentor”.
There are 8 species found in India out of 13 species found Worldwide. They are apparently similar to sparrows and small, fairly drab species come from the family of Prunellidae. It is a native bird of bare mountain areas with little vegetation. Alpine Accentor somewhat resemble a House Sparrow with a streaked brown back. Adult Alpine Accentor have grey head with red-brown spotting on the under parts or belly.
Mostly found in Palearctic Ecozones, which consist of the earthly eco-regions of Europe, in Asia the foothills of northern Himalayas, northern Africa, and the northern and central parts of the Arabian Peninsula. The Palearctic or Palaearctic is one of the eight ecozones separating the surface of the Earth. Actually, the Palearctic is the prime ecozones.
On our next trek to Triund, we will add more on Avifauna of this region.
What will be the weather in last of December for camping overnight?
— As of now there is fresh light snow fall in Dhauladhars, so you can expect a cold weather in Triund Hill.
2. Do I need a guide for the mentioned Itinerary?
No if you start early in the morning say around 8AM then you’ll reach Triund by 12 noon and may come across some fellow trekkers plus there are two shops ahead Dharamkot one in Gallu Devi and second one is Magic View Café and here you’ll find people who will be always happy to help. Most people go to Triund on their own without guide….and if you asked anyone in Dharamkot for route they’ll tell you. But then it’s your choice to hire guide.
But up to Triund and Snowline café you don’t need any. Just be careful and try and walk in the inner sides of the trails for own safety and never forget to inform your family and friends about your trekking plans.
3. What kind of gear/equipment I should carry (especially for illaqa)?
All you need is good warm jacket, gloves if you like, cap, woolen socks, and good shoe with grip and sun protection cream for face. As of Ilaka that is the Glacier point most of trekkers avoid it during Dec end to March (except professional trekkers)….because of heavy snow fall in Dhauladhars. It would be good if you restrict your trail up to Triund or still if you like to go further and if there is mild snow in Triund then you can try up to SnowLine café…at a distance of about 3km from Triund (there is no guarantee of café being open in December end due to cold weather). But if you like to stay in Triund for a night or more you better check this link providing info advance booking of Guest House of Forest Department in Triund http://www.triundhill.com/triund-guest-house
You don’t need to carry any sleeping bag if you can get a room in guest house…..in Triund there are two tea shop and they have some tents and charge about 300/- INR for each tent with 3 sleeping Bags and mattresses. But Guest House is good option in December….something better than tents.
4. What is the tourist traffic in that time?
Traffic is LOW due to cold weather but there are some who dare to enjoy cold weathers.
Whenever you plan trekking or hill walking with your friends as a group or alone; please remember not to throw water or juice canes, packs or bottles, beer/alcohol bottles, biscuits, chocolate n bubblegum wrapper, empty packs of chips and cigarette buds and pack on the trail. Because if you throw such things on trek or trail, you SPOIL THE BEAUTY OF NATURE and it also disturbs the balance of Nature.
Throw them in garbage box instead or if you don’t see any garbage box, bring them to base camp for proper disposal and if you don’t like carrying it, instead of throwing them under hills or in bush, just partially press them with some rock leaving it easily visible to some nature lover, social worker of cleaning groups say mountain cleaners.
STILL IF YOU ENJOY THE BEAUTY OF NATURE, JUST GIVE CREDIT TO NATURE AND CONTRIBUTE IN MAINTAINS THAT BEAUTY!
Triund jewel of Dharamsala is one day trek at the upper reaches of Mcleod Ganj