Mukta Top

Temperature

Winter: (-2°C to -5°C)
Summer: (8°C to 13°C)

Duration

6 Days | 5 Nights

Level

Easy to Moderate

Mukta Top – A vigin trek in Garhwal Himalayas

Mukta Top is an untouched trek in Garhwal Himalayas in Uttarkashi district at an altitude of 3,608 m. The unique features of this trek make it a surpassing winter trek. This trek is not known by the people yet but when the trekking enthusiasts will come to know about this captivating place they would surely choose “Mukta Top” as their next trekking destination.

Dissimilar Forests and abundance of Wildlife

Forests here are totally different from the forests found in the Uttarakhand region, the variety of trees you’ll find here are Maple, Pine, Oak, Bamboos and Rhododendrons. The Bamboo forests are rarely seen on other treks, so it is very surprising to find them here on this trek.

For two days you will trek through the forests, the dense greenery will be your best companion and walking under the shade of trees will be a great delight. This place is wealthy in Flora and Fauna and gives a chance to spot different varieties of birds, this is a great place for birding as many rare species can be easily seen here and it is home to a number of animals.

Invigorating Meadows

The meadows and forest clearings have always been perfect for camping, it is bliss to camp amidst the forest or in the middle of a meadow and “Mukta Top” is included in one of the places which have got the best clearings like Kedarkantha. Snow covers the meadows in the winter season, which makes the sight eye-pleasing and bracing. This is one of the reasons that it makes a great winter trek and can be done by beginners because of the low altitude.

Sublime view of Mountain Peaks From Mukta Top

The meadows above forest offer view of some high peaks of Uttarakhand and the best thing about this winter trek is panoramic views of all these mountains are visible from the summit (3,608 m). If the weather is clear the peaks visible from the top are – Gangotri peak, Bandarpoonch (I) (II), Top of Nag Tibba, Mt. Jaonli, Mt. Kala Nag and Draupadi Ka Danda. Mukta Top is a “hidden gem” in the Himalayas and very few people are aware of this place.

So choose this new trek to get the wonderful experience of virgin trails of “Mukta Top”.

About Mukta Top

Hidden Gem in Himalayas

Dissimilar forests

Abundance of Wildlife and foliage

Views of Gangotri peak, Bandarpoonch (I) (II), Top of Nag Tibba, Mt. Jaonli, Mt. Kala Nag and Draupadi Ka Danda.

Low altitude Trek (3,608 m)

Highlights of this Trek

Mukta Top is a new trek, not many people have stepped here, it is a virgin trek, and you will not see any trekker here while your trek so this is the advantage to choose this one. The fascinating trail through the forests and the rich variety of birds is a major attraction that you must explore.

Altitude you are going to cover

Gangori (4,550 feet)

Kuflon (4,600 feet)

Chaithathar (9,600 feet)

Mukta Tal (10,800 feet)

Mukta Top (11,838 feet)

These points should not be avoided

1. Proper conditioning and training of body required

2. Proper gear and clothing for sub-zero temperatures

3. Sturdy hiking shoes are important

4. High altitude requires proper acclimatization

5. Intermittent or no signals

6. Carry travel light

7. Weather is unpredicted so the itinerary is flexible

Mukta Top Short Itinerary

Day 1: Dehradun to Gangori (150 km) (6/7 hours) (4,550 feet)

Day 2: Gangori to Kuflon by taxi (7 km) (20 minutes) (4,600 feet); Kuflon to Shiladuni (4 km) (4 hours)

Day 3: Shiladuni to Chaithathar (5 km) (5/6 hours) (9,600 feet)

Day 4: Chaithathar to Mukta Tal (4 km) (4 hours) (10,800 feet)

Day 5: Mukta Tal to Mukta Top then to Kuari (9 km) (6/7 hours)

Altitude – Mukta Top (11,838 feet) – Kuari (7,781 feet)

Day 6: Kuari to Kaflon (6 km) (4 hours) (4,600 feet); Drive to Dehradun (155 km) (6/7 hours).

Mukta Top Trek Details Trek, Itinerary

Day 1: Dehradun to Gangori (150 km) (6/7 hours) (4,550 feet)

Gangori is in Uttarkashi which is 150 km away from Dehradun and you will reach there in 6 to 7 hours. We start from Dehradun early in the morning so that we can reach the base camp on time.

The drive to Gangori is delightful and along the bank of River Ganga, we go through the forest which covers a large area. Reach your base camp which is beside the Asi Ganga River.

Day 2: Gangori to Kuflon by taxi (7 km) (20 minutes) (4,600 feet); Kuflon to Shiladuni (4 km) (4 hours)

Reach Kuflon in 20 minutes and trek starts from there, the trail is well marked through a market, further steep climb starts, the trail snakes through a pine forest. Ascend for 2.5 km more now the dense forest begins with a variety of trees which are -Oaks, Maples, and Rhododendrons. The forest has started and now you can spot different species of birds here.

Further is a stream and after crossing the stream trek for 20 more minutes and you will surprisingly enter a forest clearing which is not very wide, on one side there is shepherd’s hut and on the other side some snow-covered mountains are visible. Shiladuni is a forest clearing and a beautiful campsite, there are multiple streams near it. Enjoy food there and relaxing stay in tents.

Day 3: Shiladuni to Chaithathar (5 km) (5/6 hours) (9,600 feet)

Some steps ahead forest starts, there is foliage in abundance. Start trekking towards Chaithathar, today’s trek is a little difficult and the climbs are steep. Trek through the forest of Oaks and maples for an hour, they are present in a large quantity. Then cross a stream with the help of stones or wooden logs placed there. Reach mid-point of your trek that is Kuari from here the campsite is 3 km away.

From here the trek gets a little tough, ascend through a rocky path for one hour and you will reach a place from where the fetching valley view and the campsite for Day 1 and Day 2 are visible. Now, go through bamboo forests that are not usually found in other treks of Uttarakhand. Reach your campsite Chaithathar, it is amidst the forest a small beautiful clearing, there are a flowing stream and a shepherd’s hut. The birds from here can be spotted and you can enjoy birding here. Have dinner and enjoy the night in your camps.

Day 4: Chaithathar to Mukta Tal (4 km) (4 hours) (10,800 feet)

The trail to Mukta Tal is through the forest and it’s a gradual ascent. The trail is well defined which will lead you to a small clearing which is covered by snow in the winter season, you can reach there in two hours.

From there you can have phenomenal views of Bandarpoonch, Nag Tibba, and Kala Nag. Now, trek for a few minutes on an ascending trail from where a hill is visible which has oaks and birch.

Trek through bracing meadows and you can reach your campsite in an hour. Mukta Tal is a small pond and close sight of Bandarpooch can be seen from here. Place your camps and enjoy the ravishing views offered by this place.

Day 5: Muta Tal to Mukta Top then to Kuari (9 km) (6/7 hours). Altitude – Mukta Top (11,838 feet) – Kuari (7,781 feet)

Today is the climb to Mukta Top, pass the meadows above the Tal and this trail takes you to the top. This trail is an ascending one and offers extraordinary views of Bandarpoonch and Kala Nag whole ranges are visible, the view of them makes the sight idyllic. You can reach the summit in 6/7 hours there is a Tal which is named “Siyari Tal” and the summit views are phenomenal.

The peaks visible from there are the Gangotri group of peaks, Nag Tibba, Kala Nag, Bndarpoonch, and Jaonli, spend time there having a glance at every peak and retrace your steps to Kuari which was the mid-point of your trek on Day 3. This is your campsite and the water source is the stream, there are multiple streams around this place.

Day 6: Kuari to Kuflon (6 km) (4 hours) (4,600 feet); Drive to Dehradun (155 km) (6/7 hours)

Follow the same route to go Kuflon, the trail is through a forest, while descending spot Himalayan birds and wildlife photographers can click some of the best shots here, Shiladuni is a great place where the maximum number of birds are found.

When you are about to reach Kuflon you can see the Asi Ganga River powerhouse on the way. After reaching Kuflon, drive back to Dehradun and you can reach there around 6:00 to 6:30 pm.

What to carry on a Trek?

The most common question of all Trekkers is what we carry on a trek or what to carry on a trek so if you plan to go for trekking, so here is about what you should carry on a trek ..!

First of all trekkers must bring the documents mentioned below

1. Government ID proof, carry original and a photocopy of any of these (Driving License, Adhar Card, Pan Card, Voter Id, etc.)

2. Medical certificate by a doctor

3. Risk certificates

Foremost Requirements

1. Strongly built Trekking Shoes

2. Backpack (50 to 60 liters)

Clothes to Carry On A Trek

Carry clothes according to the season. In winters there is chilly cold and in summers the temperature remains cold. (Day and Night temperature varies)

Jacket

Take at least 2 jackets with you, it should be warm enough to protect you against the chilly cold.

Trekking Pants

You should have 2 3 trek pants on a week-long trek and take more for longer treks.

Thermals

At night the temperature lowers and to keep yourself warm and sleep comfortably wear thermals.

Warm clothes

Keep enough woolen layers and fleece according to the season.

T-Shirts

To avoid sunburns always carry full-sleeved t-shirts which dry easily and covers neck and arms properly.

Poncho/Raincoat

They are useful during rain and snowfall.

Necessary Items

1. Water Bottle

2. Gloves (Waterproof and woolen), Cap

3. Socks (Regular and woolen

4. Sunglasses

5. Hiking Pole

6. Torch

7. Toiletry Items

Toilet paper, Sunscreen, Toothpaste, Toothbrush, Moisturizer, Lip balm, Face Wash, Sanitizer, etc.

(Avoid using wet wipes and sanitary napkins during your trek because they are not biodegradable and cause harm to the environment. If you use them in the mountains make sure you bring them back with you.)

Medical Kit is Mandatory

(Use medicines only after prescribed by the doctor) (In case of any problem arises during the trek follow the instructions given by your trek leader because they are certified in First Aid Mountaineering courses.)

Carry These Medicines in Your Medical Kit

01. Avomine for treating motion sickness

02. Diamox for treating altitude sickness

03. Avil to treat allergies

04. Saradon to cure headache

05. Combiflam to relieve pain

06. Crocin for treating fever and headache

07. Digene to cure acidity

08. Norflox TZ and Lomofen to prevent Diarrhoea

09. Betadine (Antiseptic cream)

10. ORS

11. Moov/Volini spray for treating sprains

12. Band-aid

13. Elastic bandage

14. Gauze

WE CARE FOR YOURSAFETY AND IT IS OUR PRIORITY

Har Ki Dun Protection and Mountaineering Association is Making Your Trek Safe. We have a team of more than 80+ guides to serve in the mountains and they are professionally trained from Nehru Institute of Mountaineering (NIM) Uttarkashi, Hanifle Centre; Mussoorie and Indian Mountaineering Foundation (IMF) Delhi. We also have Kitchen staff to serve in the mountains and supporting staff goes along to manage the activities.

Oxygen Cylinder for trekkers safety

The trek leaders are certified in courses of Mountaineering. On every high altitude trek, we carry oxygen cylinders and First Aid kits. We take proper care of everything and make sure you feel safe and comfortable with us.

Getting to high altitude can be a problem for some people, the risks are enormous but we minimize them by providing the best quality equipment which is changed on a regular basis.

We do every possible thing to make your treks safe because if you trust and choose us then it becomes our responsibility to make your safety our topmost priority. The risk factor can never be abolished but it can be reduced and if you have a heart of mountaineer then this “risk factor” is the real pleasure and we can help you overcome every risk successfully without fear by taking proper care of your safety.

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Include & Exclude In This Trek

Transport from Dehradun to Dehradun

Forest Permit and entrance fee

Accommodation in Hotel

Accommodation in tents on twin share basis during trekking.

All meals, Breakfast, Day Pack, Lunch, Pack Lunch, Tea,Coffee, Snacks, Soup, Dinner

All camping gear including

Separate Tent, High quality

Liner, Pillow, Separate Toilet tents, Dining Tent, Chair, Dining table

your uploading

Guide, Porters, cook, Helper

Mules, Kitchen team

Good Experience local Trek Leader guide

Walkie Talkie, for contact each other’s

Gaiters

Micro crampons

Hiking Pole

Personal Toiletry Items

Personal Medical Kit

Medical Certificate

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