Triund and BhagsuNag

Triund Hill and BhagsuNag

Decmeber 8th, 2012 month and the streets of BhagsuNag look deserted, even most of the cafes are closed and dismantled. Cafes and hotels are closed due to off season and lookout for a new owner for the next year but come to Triund Hill the jewel of Dharamsala it is always seeing new visitors. This was a comparative view of Triund and BhagsuNag.

While most of tourists head to warmer places like Goa, some daring tourists as well as lone trekkers brave the freezing cold and hike to Triund Hill, snowline cafe and Illaqa and some extra daring and experienced trekkers hike up to the Lahesh Cave and further to Indrahar Pass of Dhauladhar Mountain.

Lahesh Cave

During our December 2012 visit of Triund Hill, we saw a lone German Girl daring a night stay in the colder Lahesh Cave (in night temperature goes below -3 degree)

Lahesh Cave View

and then in the early morning of December 9th, 2012 around 06:30 am she started her lone hike up to Indrahar Pass and back to McLeodganj……and on the same day we also witnessed a European guy trekking to Indrahar Pass on single day all the way from Dharamkot and back to Dharamkot and further to our amazement he was on regular clothing and in place of hiking shoes he was wearing only sleepers!!

Amazing courage of the German Girl with the spirit of mountaineering just inspire a lot.

On the other side, we found the Lahesh Cave spoiled with empty bottles of alcohol and juice cartons….so much filth over there…it seemed that the most of people trekking to Indrahar Pass and Lahesh Cave have no respect to the beauty of Nature….come down the Illaka is also spoiled.

Coming back, even the trails of Triund Hill were not spared…….tourists claim to be good to Nature but in real they are not.

The evening sky of Triund Hill is always beautiful….

Triund Sunset

we also had a chance to meet the French couple

French couple

and two lone girls from Belgium(Sofia) and Finland (the girl Haide from Finland is asthmatic still she dared to hike up to Triund Hill, Snowline cafe and Temple of Kunal Pathri Devi at 10,100 feet).

There was another lone trekker named Patrick, some American and Korean tourists. As usual these daring lone trekkers and tourist have the courage to trek alone and make new friends and learn and share their experiences……and make the lovely environment of Triund Hill more joyful.

lovely environment of Triund Hill

And if you need to feel the power of Dhauladhar Mountain, you just need to sit down and concentrate on the peaks, admire their robust body; humble nature and you will have a strong feeling of connectivity….between human soul and the soul of mountain…amazing it is….and it is correctly said “Triund Hill is Heaven for Nature Lovers”.

Yes if you are lucky you can see the Alpine Accentor, Himalayan Pine Marten, Black Bear and Leopard.

Lastly the news, there is work in progress of three new rooms of Forest Department Rest House.

Water is still scarce and electricity is a big no, so keep your camera and mobile battery fully charged before initiating your journey to the Jewel of Dharamsala, Triund Hill.

Once you are in Triund Hill you can also understand the value of precious water so how come we do not keep Nature clean.

View of BhagsuNag

Gallu Devi Temple, Dharamkot and upper BhagsuNag area view.

Gallu Devi Temple, Dharamkot and upper BhagsuNag

Some fellow tourists retreating to McLeodganj

tourists retreating

 

Triund 2012 February

 

Triund 2012 February this time there was very heavy snow fall in Triund and treks to

Triund Hill

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.

 

Trekking to Triund Hill in December

Trekking to Triund Hill in December

  1. 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.

Beauty of Nature

BEAUTY OF NATURE

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

Triund Guest House

In Triund there is a Guest House of Forest Department Dharamsala with about four cosy rooms and which is looked after by Mr. Baisakhi Ram and one room for a night costs as low as 500 INR** (**rates may change as per rule of Forest Department).
If you plan to stay up in Triund for one or two days you can reserve room in forest rest house triund, from Divisional Forest Officer at following phone number 01892-224887 and email enquiry at dfodha-hp@nic.in but prefer to call or directly visit

Forest Complex, which is located behind BSNL Telephone Exchange store and opposite to General Post Office (GPO) Dharamsala near Police Station Dharamshala.

 

 

 

Triund Hill and Sheapherds

During monsoon season Sheapherds’ from villages of Dharamsala and Kangra come to Triund with their livestock  and after spending some time in Triund head further to Illaqa and go over Indrahar Pass and Jot of Dhauladhar in search of green pastures for their farm animals. One of the interesting thing is that in monsoon they push more than 200 livestock up in Dhauladhar mountain and sorroundings of Triund but only one or two sheapherds’ manage them as most of  the sheapherd’s leave behind their livestock in the care of the other sheapherds’ and god and return to homes. The remaining all stay up there from May to October.

The Sheapherds start climbing down the Dhauladhar and Triund by the middle of October month to avoid harsh winters.These Shepherds have been on Triund trails for ages and they will continue.

Heaven on Earth for Nature Lovers and Hikers

Triund a paradise in its own is one day trek on one of the oldest migratory route seasonally used by Gaddi shepherds of Chamba and Kangra districts. Heaven on Earth for Nature Lovers and Hikers

Triund Hill is located at a height of about 2,842 meters above sea level and with a distance of about 9 km from McLeodganj ( located at height of 2,082 meters above sea level ) and 17km from Dharamsala ( located at a height of about 1,457 meters ).

During your trek if you are lucky enough can see the snow birds and black bear. Once you reach top of Triund hill you will find yourself standing in front of the mighty and humble looking snow-clad Dhauladhar (the mountain peak of Dhauladhar is at an altitude of about 4,800 meters from sea level).
Once you reach Illaqa your soul can experience the majestic and positive energy that Dhauladhar Mountain disperse off all around. The shepherds and trekkers cross over Indrahar-Pass (located at height of about 4,342 m above sea level) to reach Chamba .

On Trek from Mcleodganj to Triund you first reach Dharamkot and then Shri Galu Devi temple (located at a height of about 2300 meter)  here you will find a small refreshment shop named Rest A While from here the trek gets a bit of hard.