As per the state government’s command, night camp out and staying will no longer be permissible at Triund. Set in the Dhauladhar range of the Himalayas, Triund is one of the most famous treks in the region. A relatively easy hike, it has been reeling under adverse effects of tourism, seeing an onrush of travellers and related commercialization. Apparently, there were more than 2000 people camping on the last New Year’s Eve. A steady drove of tourists’ flock to it, particularly in summers, thus leading to the said ban.
The new instructions are against any overnight camping and staying on the hilltop to let the area stay naturally balanced. Apparently, more than 20 eateries and shops mushroomed on the trek over the past years, in totalling to several stay options, thus making it more of a picnic spot. An effort to bar people from staying at Triund during the night was also made in 2018, which failed with several travellers pitching their campsites anyway. It was conveyed that one of the caves en-route was also transformed into a food stall.
Now, the backpackers to Triund can choose for a day trek and returning on the same day is made compulsory. The ban has also led to the shutting of all the shops, eateries on the way, leaving just one of those open. Those interested in the trek need to carry eatables and any such essential item from the base itself. So yes, if a hike to Triund is on your mind, brace yourself to come back the same day!