Mukta top (3608m) is one of the lesser known offbeat trekking destinations in Uttarakhand that are comparable with other popular winter snow trek routes like Kedarkantha, Dayara Bugiyal, Chandrashila, Brahmatal. It is located to the west of Dayara Bugiyal between Yamunotri & Gangotri regions as a part of the Barahat range of the Garhwal Himalayas in Uttarkashi district. Although it can be visited year round but during the winter months of December, January and February the fecund grassy pasture uplands gets covered with layers of snow turning the whole valley into a mesmerizing and picturesque location. During winter the day time temperatures are around -5/6°C while night time temperatures can plummet to -12°C. So you need to be prepared with adequate clothing and gears. During summer the day time temperatures are around 8/13°C while night time temperatures are around 2/12°C. The total trekking distance is around 24km that takes you through deep forest canopies of Deodar, Rhododendrons, Maples, Oak and Pines trees.
A unique feature in this trail is the presence bamboo forests. The trek is popular for presence of a wide variety of birds like Himalayan Monal (the state bird of Uttarakhand), Russet Sparrows, Blue Whistling Thrushes, Himalayan Bulbuls, and Lemon Rumped Warblers are the ones whose constant chirping will accompany you all along the forest trail. Among the fauna the Mountain Goats, Spotted Barking Deer, Black Bears, Barasingha (Swamp Deer) and Leopards can be spotted at various places. The highest point in the trail, Mukta Top offers an enchanting 360° view of the horizon littered with gigantic snow clad peaks that include - Mt Jaonli (6632 m), Gangotri III Peak (6577 m), Mt Srikanta (6,133 m), Bhagirathi massif (6,856 m), Mt Kalanag/ Black Peak (6387 m), Bandarpunch 1 (6316 m), Bandarpunch 2/ White Peak (6102 m), Draupadi Ka Danda 1 (5716 m), Draupadi Ka Danda 2 (5670 m), and Nag Tibba top (3022 m).

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  • Day 1: Dehradun – Kuflon via Uttarkashi and Gangori

    The Mukta Top trek starts from the Kuflon village. To reach the Kuflon village, take a car from Dehradun and follow the beautiful NH-34 road all along Bhagirathi River towards Gangotri Dham. On reaching Uttarkashi, follow the road that goes towards Gangori.
    Going a few kilometers beyond Gangori you can find the Kuflon village that is situated besides the Asi Ganga River, a tributary of Bhagirathi on Sangamchatti Road. The total distance is around 155-160 km and the time it takes to reach Kuflon is around 5-7 hrs.

  • Day 2: Kuflon (4,600 ft/ 1402m)) to Shiladuni (6782 ft/ 2067m)

    Today you will need to cross a market and progress following the trail. You will need to cross a stream and soon the trail leads to a thick dense forest rich with pine, rhododendron, oak and maple trees. After walking for almost 4 hours and around 4 kms you will find a forest clearing at Shiladuni. Here the idyllic campsite is located near a Shepherd’s hut in an open, clear area which is ideal for star-gazing. The chirping of birds is quite soothing. You can camp here for the night.

  • Day 3: Shiladuni (6782 ft/ 2067m) to Chaithathar (9600 ft/ 2926m)

    The next day start early and follow the steep trail that leads you through a unique dense Bamboo forest. You will need to cross few streams and after walking for around 4-5 hours for about 5 kms you will reach another small clearing Chaithathar that provides stunning views of high Himalayan peaks. This is the campsite where you need to stay and rest for the night.

  • Day 4: Chaithathar (9,600 ft/2,962m) to Mukta Tal (10,800ft/ 3,291m)

    Today the trail leaves the dense forest and follows through rocky terrain that gradually gives way to high altitude flat land. The next campsite is Mukta Tal where you will find a alpine lake. During the winter months these places are covered with thick snow that gives it a mesmerizing view. You will be rewarded with the views of Bandarpoonch, Kalanag and Nag Tibba peaks.

  • Day 5: Mukta Tal to Mukta Top (11,838ft/ 3608m) to Kuari (7,781 ft/ 2371m).)

    Finally today crossing Siyari Tal, walking for about 6 hours and a distance of about 9 kms you will reach the pinnacle point for this trek which is Mukta top. The grandeur of mighty Himalayan peaks await you in the distant horizon. A 360° view provide you with sneak peak views of Gangotri massif, Bandarpoonch, Kalanag, Nag Tibba, and Jaonli. After enjoying the views from Mukta top to return, follow the downward trail that takes you to Kuari.

  • Day 6: Kuari to Kuflon (4,600 ft) & drive to Dehradun

    Finally the trek ends as you come down from Kuari to Kuflon which takes about 4 hours and crossing a distance of around 6kms. From Kuari you can take a car to come back to Dehradun or go to the destination of your choice.

Transport support from and to Dehradun: starting from pickup on day 1 to drop on day 6.

Guide and cook fees.

Rent for camping equipment.

Forest entry charges.

Porter and mule support to carry camping equipment. Please note that personal luggage can be carried by mules and/or porters on chargeable basis.

All veg meals starting from day 1 dinner to day 6 breakfast.

Tented accommodation throughout the trek.

Transport to reach Shimla from hometown.

Personal expenses like tips, personal medicines, phone calls etc.

Any transport support during the trek apart from what is included above.

Accommodation in Dehradun.

Personal luggage with mass not exceeding 12 kg per bag per person can be carried by porters/mules @ Rs 400 per day per bag. This amounts to a total of Rs 2,400/- per bag for all trekking days.

  • Trekking Boots: Waterproof, high ankle with good grip.
  • One Raincoat/Poncho
  • Windproof Jacket
  • Wind & waterproof pant
  • 2-3 t-shirts/shirts � preferably quick dry
  • 2 trousers (avoid shorts, fitting denims, capris)
  • Warm Fleece, Alternative: a woolen sweater
  • Extra pair of socks
  • Trekking Pole
  • Waterproof Rucksack or Rucksack with rain-cover
  • Water Bottle
  • Slippers/Sandals/Floaters: Non-slippery
  • Hat or sun protection cap
  • Woolen cap/scarf
  • Head Torch (hand torch would be an alternative)
  • Sunglasses (it should be UV protected.) or use Photo chromatic glasses.
  • Identitiy cards
  • Personal Toiletries (toothbrush,toothpaste etc)
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Wet and dry tissues
  • Toilet paper rolls
  • Towel
  • Personal medical kit
  • Sunscreen cream/moisturizer/lip balm
  • Thermal inner wears
  • One pair of woolen socks
  • Waterproof thick gloves
  • Hot water bag if needed
  • Diamox - to prevent AMS
  • Crocin - fever
  • Avomine - (motion sickness)
  • Avil 25mg - (allergies)
  • Combiflam - (Pain killer)
  • Disprin - (headache)
  • Digene - (acidity)
  • Norflox TZ & Lomofen - (diarrhea)
  • ORS
  • Omez/ Rantadine - (antacids)
  • Crepe bandage - 3 to 5 meters
  • Gauze - 1 small roll
  • Band aids - different sizes
  • Cotton - 1 small roll
  • Betadine or any antiseptic cream
  • Moov/Volini spray (aches, & sprains)
  • Knee caps
  • Hot water bag in winter if needed

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