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Mukta Top – A virgin 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.
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
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Guide, Porters, cook, Helper
Mules, Kitchen team
Good Experience local Trek Leader guide
Walkie Talkie, for contact each other’s
Personal Toiletry Items
Personal Medical Kit