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Mukta Top

AVERAGE TEMPERATURE

Winter temperature:-2°C to -5°C
Summer temperature:8°C to 13°C

DURATION

06 days

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 makes 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 to the forests found in 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 has 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

 

The meadows above forest offers 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 Himalayas and very few people are aware of this place.

 

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

TREK INFORMATION

Duration: 06 days

 

Best Season:  December, January, February, March and April

 

Level: Easy to Moderate

 

Highest Points, Altitude: 3,608 m

 

Weather: Nights are cold and day temperature is pleasant during the season

 

Winter temperatures: -2°C to -5°C

 

Summer temperature: 8°C to 13°C

 

Starting Point: Dehradun Railway station

 

 

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 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 is visible. Now, go through bamboo forests which are not usually found in other treks of Uttarakhand. Reach your campsite Chaithathar, it is amidst the forest a small beautiful clearing, there is 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 night in your camps.

 

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

 

The trail to Mukta Tal is through 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 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 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 summit in 6/7 hours there is a Tal which is named “Siyari Tal” and the summit views are phenomenal.

 

The peaks visible form there are Gangotri group of peaks, Nag Tibba, Kala Nag, Bndarpoonch and Jaonli, spend time there having glance of 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 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.

There would be many questions in your mind. Don’t worry you can get your answers here.

 

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)

 

What is the best time to go for this Trek?

 

  • It is a great winter trek and best months to visit it during snowfall and it starts in middle of December and remains till middle of April. So best month are-

 December, January, February, March and April

 

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 rich variety of birds is a major attraction which you must explore.  

 

Is this trek for beginners?

 

  • Yes, beginners can choose this trek as it is on lower altitude (3,608 m)
  • No prior experience of trekking is needed to do this trek.  

 

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

 

  • Proper conditioning & training of body required
  • Proper gear & clothing for sub-zero temperatures
  • Shoes are the single most important equipment
  • High altitude requires proper acclimatization
  • Phones don’t work
  • Travel light
  • Weather is unpredictable so the itinerary is flexible.

The most common question asked is “What things to 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

  • Strongly built Trekking Shoes
  • Backpack (50 to 60 liters)

 

To reduce your expenses HPMA offer trekking items on rent at nominal prices. Make a special renting request before the trek to get trek gear on rent.

 

Things you can get on Rent

  • Trekking shoes
  • Backpacks
  • Hiking Pole
  • Poncho

 

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 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 dries easily and covers neck and arms properly.

 

-Poncho/Raincoat

 

They are useful during rain and snowfall.

 

Necessary Items

  • Water Bottle
  • Gloves (Waterproof and woolen)
  • Cap
  • Socks (Regular and woolen
  • Sunglasses
  • Hiking Pole
  • Torch
  • 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 mountains make sure you bring them back with you.)

 

Medical Kit is Mandatory

 

(Use medicines only after prescribed by the doctor) (In case if 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

 

  • Avomine for treating motion sickness
  • Diamox for treating altitude sickness
  • Avil to treat allergies
  • Saradon to cure headache
  • Combiflam to relieve pain
  • Crocin for treating fever and headache
  • Digene to cure acidity
  • Norflox TZ and Lomofen to prevent Diarrhoea
  • Betadine (Antiseptic cream)
  • ORS
  • Moov/Volini spray for treating sprains
  • Band aid
  • Elastic bandage
  • Gauze

Har Ki Dun Protection and Mountaineering Association is Making Your Trek Safe

 

WE CARE FOR YOUR SAFETY AND IT IS OUR PRIORITY

 

  • 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.
  • 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 to some people, the risks are enormous but we minimize them by providing best quality equipment which are changed on 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 top most 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.

 

 

PACKAGE INCLUDED AND NOT

  • Transport from Dehradun to DehradunYES
  • Forest Permit and entrance fee YES
  • Accommodation in HotelYES
  • Accommodation in tents on twin share basis during trekking YES
  • All meals, Breakfast, Day Pack, Lunch, Pack Lunch, Tea, Coffee, Sneaks, Soup, Dinner YES
  • All camping gear including YES
  • Separate Tent, High qualityYES
  • Liner, Pillow, Separate Toilet tents, Dining Tent, ChairYES
  • Dining tableYES
  • your uploadingYES
  • Guide, Porters, cook, HelperYES
  • Mules, Kitchen teamYES
  • Good Experience local Trek Leader guideYES
  • Walkie Talkie, for contact each other’s YES
  • Gaiters YES
  • Micro crampons YES
  • Hiking PoleYES
  • Personal Toiletry ItemsNO
  • Personal Medical KitNO
  • Medical Certificate NO

Rs. 11,500 Per Person

(Includes all costs of the trek from Dehradun to Dehradun)(5% GST Extra)

Note: – The cost is for minimum 5 people in a group and if the group size increases the price will decrease.

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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- Shiladuni to Chaithathar (5 km) (5/6 hours) (9,600 feet)

 

Day 5- RMuta 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 Kuflon (6 km) (4 hours) (4,600 feet); Drive to Dehradun (155 km) (6/7 hours)

 

A KIND REQUEST TO ALL THE TREKKERS

 

This board by Forest Department is the appeal for trekkers to only go with local tour operators.

“Most of the people seek adventure and choose this great adventure sport Trekking, but the common mistake committed by the people is wrong choice of a company which further lead to accidents. Now, as you can see the board by Forest Department, they had made an appeal to go with the local tour operators on any trek of your choice because adventure is risky and to reduce these risks no other company can help you like the locals”.

Cancellation Policy

 

It is wise to make your booking at least two months in advance. In the event of cancellation of trek/adventure activity services due to any avoidable / unavoidable reasons we must be notified of the same in writing. Cancellation charges will be effective from the date we receive advice in writing, and cancellation charges would be as follows.

 

Up to 30 Days: 90% cost is refundable

Between 21–30 Days: 50% cost is refundable

Less than 20 – No Refund

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