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 neighborhood of Triund is another temple of Gari Wali Mata. Our solitary trekking to Gari Wali Mata Mandir in the heights of lower Dhauladhar 9,500 feet and in front of Mighty Dhauladhar of Palampur, Kandi which is accessible from Dovri village near Kandi village a head of Saurabh Van Vihar, Bandla and Lohna.
The area of Gari Mata is just an isolated place in winters with empty and open huts built by the shepherds and only during April to October the shepherds live here with their livestock.
Yet the spell bounding views and silence of the temple area is unforgettable.
From the heights of Gari Mata you can have the sight of Char Pathar (Mysterious Rock Formations) on the North, Birni Devi on the North-East and Devi Himani Chamunda, Triund and Devi Kunal Pathri on the North-West.
After climbing further 800 meter you can stand face to face with the top hill of the Mighty Dhauladhar in Palampur 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.
Kangra Fort: – Kangra was the ancient capital of the Katoch kingdom and Trigratra, Kagnra fort was the symbol of power. As per historical records the Kangra Fort is said to have been built by Susharma Chand Katoch, an ally of the Kauravas in the legendary war of Mahabarata. For complete detail go to Neighborhood page of Triundhill.com
Devi Himani Chamunda: – Situated at an approximate altitude of 10,500 feet above sea level, centuries old Temple of Devi Himani Chamunda (Chamunda Devi) is another interesting point of trekking near Triund hill. Temple of Devi Himanu Chamunda is accessible from Badsar village near village Jiya and Gopalpur Zoo.
For complete detail go to Neighborhood page of Triundhill.com
Kareri Village is another interesting place neighboring Triund Hill. Kareri village is approximately in following co-ordinates 32° 16′ 50.93″ N 76° 16′ 50.77″ E and is just 3km from Ghera village.
From Kareri village, the Kareri Lake (Locals of Kareri call it Dal Lake) is at a distance of 13km and approximately in following co-ordinates 32° 19′ 18.52″ N 76° 16′ 37.06″ E and about 2,934 meters above sea level. Kareri Lake is a high altitude lake with low depth and its primary source of water is snow melting from Mankiani Peak, with Nyund stream as its main outflow in Dhauladhar region.
You can reach Kareri village from Dharamsala via Ghera village. For complete detail go to Neighborhood page of Triundhill.com
Another moderate trek neighboring Triund Hill is the Temple of Shri Guna Devi ( Shri Gunna Devi ) located in following co-ordinates 32° 16′ 21.89″ N 76° 18′ 54.56″ Eand about 2,400 meter above sea level and approximately at a distance of 15km from Dharamsala. Shri Guna Devi mandir is completely surrounded by forests. People from neighboring villages and even from Kangra, Dharamsala annually come here for pilgrimage.
For complete detail check Neighborhood page of Triundhill.com