Mukta Top

A New Winter Trek In The League Of Kedarkantha, Dayara Bugyal and Chandrashila
Trek Fee : 8,950 + 5% GST
Difficulty
Difficulty
Moderate
Duration
Duration
6 Days
Altitude
Maximum Altitude
11,838 ft
Pickup point
Pickup point
Dehradun/Mussoorie
Required Fitness
Base Camp
Kaflon
Age
Minimum Age
8
Best time to visit
Best time to visit
Jan-June

A New Winter Trek In The League Of Kedarkantha, Dayara Bugyal and Chandrashila

Every once in a while, we come across a spectacular trek that has enchanting forests, meadows, superb mountain views and a very satisfying summit climb. Sometimes, they have the bonus of being completely isolated too. Mukta Top is one of them.

Mukta Top is a gem of a trek that we explored in November 2018. It has seen hardly any footfall despite starting at Uttarkashi, a hub of trekking activities.

We believe this trek is at par with the popular Kedarkantha, Kuari Pass and Chandrashila winter treks. We have our reasons for this.

It’s rare to come across a trek that’s at par with popular winter treks like Kedarkantha and Chandrashila. Picture by Leo Saldanha

What to watch out for

Variety in the forests like Chandrashila

Unlike any other trek, Mukta Top starts at a relatively low altitude. This gives you a chance to witness a completely different variety of forests in the Himalayas, that no other Uttarakhandi trek gives you. For instance, you see plenty of bamboo forests, you seldom see such forests on other treks.

And as you go further up, you see rhododendrons, maples, ancient oak trees and pines. The forests are dense and as mysterious as forest-lovers wish them to be.

Added to that, Mukta Top is a rare trek with two entire days of forest trails. Most treks have 3-4 hours of forests, leaving you craving for more of those shaded, canopied trails you left behind. Deoriatal-Chandrashila is a rare trail that has as many forests. So Mukta Top matches up to the forest trails of Deoriatal.

The forests on the Mukta Top trail give you brilliant variety, much like the Deoriatal-Chandrashila trek. Picture by Assad Dadan

Clearings and meadows like Kedarkantha

If there’s one reason we love the Kedarkantha trek, it is because of the fairytale clearings in the forests and the openness of the meadows on the trek. The Mukta top has very similar clearings (you camp in one of them).

In winter, the meadows above the forests are covered in snow. It’s a grand experience for any trekker. More so because there are big mountains popping out in the distance, very clearly visible from these clearings. You see Mt Bandarpoonch almost throughout the trek.

A snowy clearing in the forests of Mukta Top. Picture by Anshul Gangwal

Splendid Mountain Views like Dayara Bugyal

After the forest trails end, when you’re still reeling in delight, the trail suddenly opens up to meadows, revealing few of Uttarakhand’s high mountain peaks. And from the summit, you get a 360 degree view of all of these mountains!

On a clear day, you spot the Mt Jaonli (6632 m), the Gangotri Peak (6577 m), Mt Kalanag (6387 m), Bandarpoonch 1 (6316 m) and 2 (6102 m), Draupadi Ka Danda 1 (5716 m) and Draupadi Ka Danda 2 (5670 m). You also spot the trekkable Nag Tibba top (3022 m).

Mt. Bandarpoonch seen from the Mukta Top trail. Picture by Leo Saldanha.

Terrific wildlife  

Thanks to the abundance of foliage, you’re likely to spot many species of birds in these forests. On our exploration alone we spotted 20 different birds — including Uttarakhand’s state bird, the majestic Himalayan Monal. We also spotted russet sparrows, blue whistling thrushes, Himalayan bulbuls, lemon rumped warblers and more. So if you’re a bird watcher, then this trek is for you.

Thanks to the wild undergrowth, these forests are also home to several animals. Our explorers spotted barking deer twice. There are also black bears and barasingha (swamp deer) in the forests.

The lovely foliage makes this trail home to several birds and animals. Picture by Anshul Gangwal

And a BIG bonus, Mukta Top is a completely isolated trail!

At times when popular winter treks like Kedarkantha and Brahmatal see thousands of trekkers in a single day in winter, Mukta Top is a breath of fresh air. Mukta Top is a trail we discovered only last year. It has hardly been trekked on and you will be one of the only trekkers on this trail.

If you enjoy secluded, peaceful trails, then do the Mukta Top Trek. You will love it.

The Mukta Top trail gives you isolation like no other winter trek. HEre’s a trekker taking in the view of Mukta Tal at the higher reaches of the trek. Picture by Anshul Gangwal

Banner image by Assad Dadan

Short Itinerary

Day 1: Reach Kuflon (4,600 ft) from Dehradun. Pick-up time is provided at Dehradun Railway Station at 6:00 AM. Travel Time: 7-8 hours, 150 km. Stay will be in tents.

Note: Transport will be arranged at Dehradun for trekkers to and from Kaflon. Cab fare is Rs. 5,500/- for a 6-seater one way which is to be split equally amongst all trekkers and paid directly to the driver.

Day 2: Kuflon (4,600 ft) to Shiladuni (6782 ft) . Time taken: 4 hours, 4 km. Steep ascent followed by gradual ascent through forest.

Day 3: Shiladuni to Chaithathar (9600 ft) Time taken: 5-6 hours, 5km. Steep ascent on a forest trail as you gain around 3000 ft.

Day 4: Chaithathar to Mukta Tal (10,800ft) Time taken: 4 hours, 4 km. Gradual ascent throughout the trail

Day 5: Mukta Tal to Mukta Top (11,838ft) to Kuari (7,781 ft). Time taken: 6-7 hours, 9 km. Steep ascent for the first 3 hours followed by gradual descent.

Day 6: Kuari to Kaflon (4,600 ft) Time taken: 4 hours 6 km. Gradual descent. Drive back to Dehradun. Time taken: 6-7 hours 155 km. Reach Dehradun by 6 PM.

You can leave behind luggage (no valuables) that you do not require for the trek at Kaflon. This is free of cost.

It is mandatory for trekkers to carry a copy of their photo id for entry at forest check posts on the trek.

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Reach Kuflon from Dehradun.

  • Altitude: 4,600 ft.
  • Time taken: 7-8 hours

Kuflon, the base camp for Muktha top trek, is around 7 hours from Dehradun. Taxis and Tempo travellers are arranged in Dehradun for all trekkers. All vehicles leave by 6 AM.

The drive takes you through lovely forest stretches and along the banks of the Bhagirathi river which later becomes the Ganga. The largest town on the route is Uttarkashi. The base camp is near Asi Ganga river, a tributary of Bhagirathi river.

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View of the Asi Ganga river from the trail. Picture by Leo Saldanha

Day 2: Kuflon to Shiladuni

  • Altitude: 4600 ft to 6782 ft.
  • Time taken: 4 hours, 4 km
  • Trek gradient: Moderate. Steep ascent followed by gradual ascent through forest.
  • Water source: A stream 500 meters before the campsite. Carry 2 litres at least.

We start the trek from Kuflon (4600 ft) which is a gradual hike through the village on a marked trail. After a point the trail gets steep for about 1.5 km. It is a zigzag ascent with pine trees around. After that, it’s a gradual ascent for another 2.5 km.

The deep, dark forest trails on the Mukta Top Trail. Picture by Leo Saldanha.

This is the point where the forest begins, with rhododendrons, green oak, brown oak and a few maple trees. We also get to see different variety of birds, especially the white throated laughing thrush. They are in abundance and can be spotted easily. 500 meters before the campsite is where we get our first water source.

After crossing the stream and 20 minutes of hike, the view opens up through the forest for the very first time. You camp at a small clearing, here. To your right you will spot a few shepherds hut. On the opposite side, you see mountains which would be covered in snow (during peak winters). We also have a couple of streams near the campsite.

A grand clearing in the middle of the forest. This is close to the Shildauni campsite. Picture by Leo Saldanha.

Day 3: Shiladuni to Chaithathar

  • Altitude: 6782 ft to 9600 ft
  • Time taken: 5-6 hours, 5km
  • Trek gradient: Difficult. Steep ascent on a forest trail. We gain around 3000 ft.
  • Water sources: Available

You start the trek towards Chaithathar with packed lunch as today’s trail is steep and slightly difficult. Trek through a forest patch for an hour, where Green Oak trees are dominant. This is where the maple trees start competing with the oak trees in vegetation. Soon after that you cross a small stream using wooden logs and stones placed on it.

After refilling your bottles here, start hiking for 45 minutes and reach Kuari (also our campsite while descending). Kuari (7,781 ft) to Chaithathar is 3 km and takes 3 hours. A steep ascent through a rocky patch for an hour will take you to a view point from where you see the whole valley.  You will also spot your previous campsites from here. From here the ascent is gradual as you hike through oak and bamboo forests.

Trail through the bamboo forests. Picture by Leo Saldanha.

In due time you reach Chaithathar which is a beautiful campsite right in the middle of the forest. As soon as you get there, you notice a shepherd’s hut right next to a flowing stream. These huts are seasonally occupied only in the summers. This campsite is also well known for the Himalayan Monal, which is the national bird of Nepal. Rest and camp here for the night.

Shepherds hut near the Chaithathar campsite. This is another natural clearing in the forest, perfect to camp in. Picture by Leo Saldanha

Day 4: Chaithathar to Mukta Tal

  • Altitude: 9600 ft to 10,800ft
  • Time taken: 4 hours, 4 km
  • Trek gradient: Moderate. Gradual ascent
  • Water source: Not available. Carry enough water

The forest trail from Chaithathar to Mukta Tal is a gradually ascending one. Follow the well-made out trail and in a couple of hours you will reach a small clearing covered in snow (during peak winters). Towards your right you’re welcomed by the first glimpse of Mt. Bandarpoonch, Kalanag and on the left side by Nag Tibba.

Snow-laden trails with Mt Bandarpoonch in the background. Picture by Anshul Gangwal

Continue walking 15 minutes on an upward trail to see a small hill with patches of birch and brown oak trees.You pass through the base of the hill and walk on undulating meadows for an hour to reach Mukta Tal. The tal is small and the only water source available. Locals suggest that the water is drinkable but it’s advisable to carry your own water.

A close-up view of Mt. Bandarpoonch from the Mukta Top trail. Picture by Leo Saldanha.

Day 5: Mukta Tal to Mukta Top to Kuari.

  • Altitude: 10,800ft to 11,838ft and then descend to 7,781 ft
  • Time taken: 6-7 hours, 9 km
  • Trek gradient: Moderate. Steep ascent followed by gradual descent.
  • Water source: Available at Mukta Tal and Chaithathra.

The trail for Mukta top climbs up from Mukta Tal and crosses the upper meadows. You follow the well paved ascending trail which moves up all the way to Mukta top. While hiking up the meadows you get to see the whole range of Mt. Bandarpunch and Kalanag, on your left.

The small pond of Mukta tal. You can also see Mt. Bandarpoonch in the background. Picture by Leo Saldanha

At the summit there is yet another lake locally called the Siyari Tal. From the top, you get a 360 degree view of peaks like DKD I/II, Gangotri III, Jaonli, Bandarpoonch I/II, Kalanag and Nag Tibba. You descend through the same route to Kuari campsite. Kuari has a couple of streams nearby for your water needs.

Siyari Tal. Picture by Leo Saldanha

Day 6: Kuari to Kuflon. Drive back to Dehradun

  • Altitude: 7,781 ft to 4,600 ft
  • Time taken: Trekking: 4 hours 6 km; Driving: 6 hours 155 km
  • Trek gradient: Easy. Gradual descent.
  • Water source: Available near the crossover bridge and Shiladuni campsite.

It would take about 4 hours to reach Kuflon on the same well-defined route through forests. Bird watchers can have a fun time spotting plenty of Himalayan birds near Shiladuni. This campsite is also known to have mammals like Black Bear, Leopards, Barking Deer and Swamp Deer (Barasingha). Near Kuflon, you see the Asi Ganga river which was a host to the Asi Ganga powerhouse that got shut due to massive floods in 2012.

Once you reach Kaflon, you take the road transport to Dehradun. You will reach Dehradun around 6 pm in the evening.

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How to get to the basecamp – Kuflon

Delhi → Dehradun→ Kuflon

The Mukta Top trek starts from Kuflon, 155 km from Dehradun. Kuflon is a small village. 

Indiahikes organizes transport from Dehradun to Kuflon. The pick up is from Dehradun Railway station on Day 1. The cost of the cab is Rs.5,500 per Bolero. This is not included in your trek fee. It is to be shared amongst trekkers and paid directly to the driver.

You will reach Kuflon at around 6.oo pm.

To reach Dehradun
The best way to reach Dehradun is to take an overnight train from Delhi

  • 12205 Nandadevi Express – 23.50 – 6.00

If you cannot find a train, then take a bus. To stay on the safe side, book buses online in advance. Book such that you have some buffer time to make it to Dehradun on time for the pick-up; buses usually get delayed.

Getting back

Kuflon → Dehradun → Delhi

The Mukta Top trek starts and ends at Kaflon. It is again a 7 hour journey back to Dehradun. Indiahikes organises this transport for a fare of Rs.5,500 per cab. This is to be shared by trekkers and paid to the driver directly. You will reach Dehradun by 6.00 pm. 

If you are travelling further from Dehradun, keep a couple of hours as buffer time in case of delay. Book your further travel from Dehradun post 8.00 pm. If you are travelling to Delhi, you can choose to go back by Mussoorie Express (21.20 – Dehradun) or Nanda Devi Express ( 23.30 – Dehradun).

Network Connectivity
Vodafone, Airtel and BSNL network available only till Kaflon. After that, network available in patches if you are lucky.

 

Cardiovascular endurance

This trek requires a good amount of cardiovascular endurance. You can begin by jogging everyday. Start jogging at a slow pace and then keep increasing your pace day by day. In order to be prepared for high altitude trek, you should have a combination of distance and speed targets.

Here’s a fitness routine that works:

In case you’re just starting with a regular fitness routine, phase out your distance targets in the following manner –

–>Target completing 5 km in 45 minutes when you begin.

–> Gradually increase your pace by running 4 times a week and bring it down to 5 km in 40 mins.

–>If you are 45 years or above, try to cover 5km in less than 45 minutes.

If you are somebody you prefers cycling over running, then try to cover 18 km in 60 minutes.

How to send us a proof of your fitness routine?

Record your run on an app like Nike Run. Start recording your run when you start running. At the end of your run, hit the stop button.

Take a screenshot of the summary of your run. We will need a detailed split of each kilometre of your run. This is usually integrated in all running apps.

Note: Make sure your GPS is on when you record your run. If the GPS is off, we will not accept the screenshot.

Upload two screenshots 10 days prior to the start of the trek

For < 45 years age : One screenshot of 5 km in 45 minutes and the second 5 km in 40 minutes.

For > 45 years age : Two screenshots of 5 km in 45 minutes.

If you love cycling, cover a distance of 18 km in one hour and upload the same.

Fitness proof to be uploaded with GPS on and along with your picture.

Here’s a guide to help you get fit for the trek.

Working out indoors
If you can’t go out and jog because of time and space constraints, here’s a video you can use to work out indoors.

Bare necessities

  1. Trekking shoes: The trek distance is long and you will have to walk for long distances which need you to have comfortable trekking shoes. You can watch this video to learn to choose the right trekking shoes
  2. Backpack (40-60 litres): A backpack with sturdy straps and a supporting frame. Rain cover for backpack is essential.

Clothes

On a trek, carry fewer clothes than you would normally need. Do not pack for ‘what if situations’. That will only add to the weight of your backpack and not be used on the trek. Once your clothes get warmed up, you will not feel like changing. Just maintain personal hygiene.

  1. Three Warm Layers: You will be trekking and camping at high altitudes. So make sure you have the apt clothes for the climatic conditions. It will be cold at the higher altitudes so make sure you have at least three layers of warm clothes to protect yourself. 
  2. Two trek pants: One pair of pants should suffice for this trek. But you can carry one spare pair in case the first one gets wet. Wear one pair and carry one pair. Denims/jeans and shorts are not suitable for trekking.
  3. Two collared t-shirts: Carry light, full sleeved t-shirts that prevent sun burns on the neck and arms. Again, wear one and carry one. Let one of these be a dri-fit t-shirt. It will dry quickly in case you are trekking on a rainy day. A common mistake that trekkers make is not changing their tshirts often enough. Regardless of how cold it is, the body tends to sweat a lot. Trekkers who don’t change to fresh clothes after reaching the campsite fall ill due to wet clothes and are often unable to complete their trek. 
  4. Thermals (Optional): Those who are more susceptible to cold can carry thermals to wear at night.

Accessories

  1. Sunglasses
  2. Suncap: The sun is more harsh at high altitudes so wear a suncap to protect your face and neck.
  3. Synthetic hand gloves: One pair of fleece or woolen hand gloves. One pair of water proof/resistant, wind proof gloves.
  4. Balaclava: You may use woollen scarves instead as well.
  5. Socks (2 pairs): Apart from two sports socks, you can take a pair of woollen socks for the night.
  6. Headlamp/LED torch: Mandatory
  7. Trekking pole: Watch this video to understand why you need a trekking pole
  8. Ponchos: At high altitudes, snowfall and rain are quite common and hence it’s mandatory to carry a poncho so that you don’t get wet.

Indiahikes offers rentals on this trek. You can now rent trekking shoes, trekking pole, padded jacket and poncho instead of buying them. You can collect these directly at the base camp and return them there after the trek. Get the details here.

Others

  1. Daypack (20 litres): If you are offloading your backpack, you will need a smaller backpack to carry water, medical kit and some light snacks.
  2. Toiletries: Sunscreen, moisturizer, light towel, lip balm, toilet paper, toothbrush, toothpaste, hand sanitiser. Do not carry wet wipes since these are not biodegradable. We do not like biodegradable wet wipes because they take a long time to decompose in the mountains. Use toilet paper instead.
  3. Sanitary waste: Make sure you bring your used sanitary napkins back to the city with you. Carry a zip lock bag to put used napkins. Bring this ziplock bag back with you to the city and do not dispose sanitary napkins in the mountains.
  4. Cutlery:Carry a spoon, coffee mug and a lunch box. We insist on trekkers getting their own cutlery for hygiene reasons. We do not allow biodegradable or disposable cutlery on our treks.
  5. Two water bottles: 1 litre each
  6. Plastic covers: While packing, use plastic bags to compartmentalise things and carry few extra plastic bags for wet clothes.

Mandatory Personal Medical Kit

  1. Diamox – 1 Strip
  2. Crocin- 10 tablets
  3. Avomine (optional, in case of motion sickness)- 1 Strip
  4. Combiflam- Half Strip
  5. Muscle relaxant – Half Strip
  6. Digene- Half Strip
  7. Avil- 1 strip
  8. ORS- 6 packs
  9. Knee Cap (If you are prone to knee injury)

Mandatory Documents

Please carry the below documents. Document two and three need to be downloaded (PDF), filled in, signed and handed over to the trek leader at the base camp.
  • Original and photocopy of government photo identity card- (driving license, voters ID, etc.)
  • Disclaimer- Download PDF
  • Medical certificate – Download PDF

Here’s a guide to help you pack for the trek – 

Here’s a quick info-graphic to give you an overview of everything you need in your backpack.

What Indiahikes does to ensure your safety

Our philosophy is simple. We ingrain safety aspects in the people we work with, in the processes that we follow, and in the equipment we carry. All our trek leaders are trained repeatedly on safety issues and protocols. Most issues are resolved with their intervention.

Right from the time you decide to register for the trek till the last day of the trek, these safety procedures will be running in the background. We have listed a few of them below:

1. Fitness criteria before registration

Over years of organising high altitude treks, we have found that safety issues thrive amongst those who are unfit and unprepared for the trek. Anyone who wants to register for the Mukta Top trek has to meet the fitness requirements, with the ideal BMI. The BMI and fitness regime will require proof. A high altitude trek is not to be taken casually.

2. Monitoring health on a trek

Any abnormal reading will be paid particular attention to and action will be taken immediately.  

On the Mukta Top trek, your Trek Leader will be monitoring two aspects thrice a day.

  •      Oxygen Level
  •      Pulse Rate

Your Blood Pressure levels will be checked once a day.

This will help us ensure that your body is acclimatising as required.

Every trekker will be given a Health Card at the beginning of the trek. The Health Card is issued to monitor the trekker’s daily health, wherein they will be entering details about their health everyday. It also contains details of what symptoms one should look out for and what action should be taken during emergencies. These Health Cards will be collected back at the end of the trek.

3. High Altitude Medical Kit

Your trek leader will be carrying a full-fledged high altitude medical kit. This will include basic medicines and specific medicines catering to altitude sickness – Diamox, Dexamethasone (tablets and injections) and Nifedipine. Your Trek Leader will also be carrying a portable oxygen cylinder throughout the trek. In addition to that, there are oxygen cylinders installed at all high altitude campsites for any emergency situations.

4. High Altitude Trek Equipment

To ensure safe trekking on snowy terrain, Indiahikes will provide you with micro-spikes to attach to your shoes. This will give you good traction on hard snow. To avoid snow from entering your shoes, Indiahikes will provide you with gaiters that you can put on over your shoes. You will have qualified technical guides with you, who will lead the way on difficult terrain.

All our sleeping bags and tents are custom-made for high altitude. If it is cold outside, it will be around 10 degrees warmer inside the tent. The sleeping bags can withstand temperatures up to -10 degree Celsius.

With all these processes and equipment in place, you can be rest assured that you will have a safe trek with Indiahikes.

Nevertheless, you will need to be cautious and report the slightest of symptoms to your trek leader as soon as you feel them.

5. Being hydrated and well nourished on the trek

You need to drink a minimum of 4 litres of water every day during the trek to ensure that you’re well hydrated. De-hydration on a trek can make you lose energy very quickly and intensify the effects of AMS. Your trek leader will brief you about the amount of water that you need to carry with you at the start of each day as well as water sources on the trail.

We provide trekkers with nutritious meals to ensure that they are energized to complete the trail each day. Apart from this, snacks or packed lunch is provided wherever the trail before a meal break is likely to be long. Make sure that you do not skip any meal as this can lead to serious health emergencies on high altitudes.

Trek Cancellation Policy

In case, you wish to cancel your trek, please login to your account and cancel. Cancellation requests will not be taken over phone or email.

The cancellation charges are as under:

Cancellations prior to 30 days from the start of the trek — full refund.
Cancellation between 30 days and 20 days to the start of the trek — 50% refund.
Cancellation less than 20 days to the start of the trek — no refund.

Please note: In case of refund, there will be a deduction of 4% (cancellation charges) from the total fee you have paid. Also, if you have opted for a trek insurance, the amount will not be refunded.

In the unlikely case of a trek being called off by us at the last moment due to a natural calamity/unforeseen circumstances (like rains, earthquake, landslides, strike, bandh etc), Indiahikes will issue a trek voucher for the full amount. The voucher can be redeemed for the same trek or another trek in the next one year.

 

Your trek includes –

  1. Accommodation – Stay is included from Day 1 to Day 6 (Kaflon to SankriKaflon). You will be staying at a lodge in Kafloni and  camping on remaining days of the trek (3 per tent).
  2. Meals – All meals from dinner at Sankri on Day 1 to breakfast at Kaflon on Day 6 are included. We provide simple, nutritious vegetarian food on all days of the trek.
  3. Camping charges – All trekking permits and forest camping charges are included.
  4. Trekking equipment – You will stay in high quality tents and sleeping bags in all the camps. Our high altitude sleeping bags can withstand temperatures as low as -10 ºC. We provide ice axes, ropes, micro spikes, gaiters etc. as required.
  5. Safety equipment – First aid, medical kit, oxygen cylinders, stretchers etc. will be available at all campsites to deal with emergencies.

Your trek does not include –

  1. Transport to and from the base camp – We will arrange shared taxis for trekkers to pick you up from Dehradun and drop you back from Sankri. This will cost approx. Rs. 5,500 per 5-6 seater vehicle one way. You will have to share this cost with the other trekkers
  2. Food during transit to and from the base camp – The trek fee does not include meals purchased during the journey to Sankri and back.
  3. Backpack offloading charges – If you wish to offload your backpack, there will be an additional charge of Rs. 1,500 + 5% GST. The backpack cannot weigh more than 9 kgs. Suitcases/strolleys/duffel bags will not be allowed. Please note that charges will vary for last minute offloading in case you decide to offload your bag after reaching Sankri (Rs.350 per day inclusive of taxes).
  4. Stay at Dehradun on the last day 
  5. Personal expenses of any kind
  6. Anything apart from inclusions

 

Cancellation Policy

Cancellation Policy

In case, you wish to cancel your trek, please log in to your account and cancel.
Cancellation requests will not be taken over phone or email.

The cancellation charges are as under.
Cancellations prior to 30 days from the start of the trek — full refund.
Cancellation between 30 days and 20 days to the start of the trek — 50% refund.
Cancellation less than 20 days to the start of the trek — no refund.

Please note: In case of refund, there will be a deduction of 4% (cancellation charges) from the total fee you have paid. Also, if you have opted for a trek insurance, the amount will not be refunded.

If a trek is called off at the last moment due to a natural calamity/unforeseen circumstances (like rains, earthquake, landslides, strike, bandh, etc), Indiahikes will issue a trek voucher for the full amount. The voucher can be redeemed for the same trek or another trek in the next one year.

Fitness

A high altitude trek in the Himalayas requires considerable fitness. Your body needs to train itself to process more work with lower levels of oxygen. Therefore, on treks, cardiovascular training is critically important. The trek has gradual climbs and steep descents on the summit day. As a measure of your fitness, we require you to be able to run at least 5 km in 40 minutes by the time your trek starts. If you are 45 years or above, try to cover 5 km in 45 minutes. This is a minimum, mandatory requirement.

If you prefer cycling over running, then try to cover 18 km in 60 minutes.

Unable to do so can make your trek difficult.

In addition, preparation of trek needs to include strength and flexibility training. Registering for the trek is an understanding that you will undertake the mandated fitness training and upload the fitness screenshots on your dashboard. Trekkers who have not adequately prepared may be asked to discontinue the trek at any point.

Indiahikes has the right to reject trekkers who do not meet our eligibility requirement at the base camp.

Backpack Offloading

Backpack Offloading

Indiahikes expects all trekkers to carry their own backpacks. All common gear will be carried by the support team. If for some reason a trekker is unable to carry his or her backpack, he/she can offload the same by paying an additional charge.

Backpack offloading charges – Rs 250 per day plus GST of 5%. Charges for last minute offloading during the trek will be Rs. 375 per day inclusive of tax. You can opt for offloading directly your dashboard after your payment is done for the trek.

Partial offloading is not allowed. The backpack cannot weigh more than 9 kg. No suitcases/trolleys/duffel bags will be allowed.

Online offloading in advance is possible up to three days prior to the trek start date.

Transport

Transport

Indiahikes will organise transport to and fro Dehradun railway station and base camp Kuflon, on the first day of the trek. This will be in 5-6 seater vehicles. The cost of each vehicle transport one way, is Rs 5500. It will be shared among all the trekkers. The same thing applies to the return journey.

Participants are expected to share the cost of the cab. The amount is to be paid directly to our transporter.

Indiahikes only arranges the vehicle pick up and is not responsible for any issues during transport.

Repeat Trekker Policy

At Indiahikes, we believe that the mountains hold all the aces. The weather could play spoilsport, the altitude could mess with a trekker, the unpredictability of nature itself could turn against him. Whatever the reason might be, it is never nice to turn away from a trek midway.

In the event that a trekker has to come down without completing your trek, they can always head back to the mountain and do the same trek again. If this happens, trekkers don’t have to pay the trek fee. They have to just make the optional payment for the insurance amount.

On another note, it could also happen that you love a trek so much that you want to go back time and again. Trekkers don’t have to pay the trek fee for repeating a trek.

Note – The Repeat Trekker Policy holds good only for Indian Treks.
It is not valid for treks we run in Nepal.

Discount Policy

Discount Policy

Discount for a group of 10 and above

If there is a group size of 10 trekkers and above, then we will waive off the trek fee charges for one person.

Note - There is no discount available if the group size is 9 or less than that.

You can register the entire group and send us an email. If the group is registering individually, then the primary participant needs to send an email to the Trek Coordinator with the list of trekkers from the same group.

If you want to make the payment individually, then individual registrations have to be done.

This will be the case for a group of 10 trekkers. So if you have a group of 20 trekkers, then we will waive off the charges for 2 trekkers.

This is a new trek that you have recently started running! Why should I opt for this trek unlike some other older popular ones? OR What are the highlights of the trek?

Mukta top is a scenic birder’s paradise. With a wide variety of beautiful forest sections, lovely meadows, smashing views and the experience of a tal or lake, it is certainly one of the most unique treks in Uttarakhand.

What will the pick up point be? How is travel arranged?

What will the pick up point be? How is travel arranged?

Indiahikes will organise transport to and fro Dehradun railway station and base camp Kuflon, on the first day of the trek. This will be in 5-6 seater vehicles.

The cost of each vehicle transport one way, is Rs 5500. It will be shared among co trekkers in the same vehicle. The same thing applies to the return journey.

Can 8 year old or kids go on this trek?

No this is a moderate trek hence we do not recommend this trek to kids.Even though they are active in their daily life, because of the steep ascent of the trek they may not be able to complete it.

You can consider going for Dayara Bugyala and Kedrkantha Trek.

How do I prepare for the trek, it is my first trek. What is the difficulty level?

Mukta top is considered a moderate trek. This is because the distance covered on most days is long, an average of around 10 km. Also the trek starts at an altitude of 4600 feet and climbs up rapidly to 12,000 feet in a matter of 4 days. This makes the ascents on the trek strenuous. It is a good trek for fit first timers.

You will need at least 4 weeks of solid preparation for this trek. You can begin preparation by going for brisk walks and then do brisk jogs to improve your cardio. Your target should be to cover 5 km in 35 minutes comfortably by the start the trek.

Is there an option to not carry my backpack and do the trek?

Is there an option to not carry my backpack and do the trek?

Yes this is called offloading your backpack. It means a porter or a mule will carry it for you. You will receive it at the end of the day at each campsite. It is at an extra charge of Rs 1050 and is for the entire duration of the trek. You need to book and pay for this beforehand online.

Can I bring luggage I do not require on the trek and leave them somewhere before the trek begins?

Can I bring luggage I do not require on the trek and leave them somewhere before the trek begins?

Yes we have an option of leaving behind extra luggage you do not need on the trek, at our base camp, Kuflon. Ensure you leave no valuables (laptops, cash, electronics) in this luggage.

There is no extra charge to leaving this luggage at the base camp, and you do not have to pre book it anywhere.

Here is what trekkers have to say about their experience at Mukta Top

Roisin Farrell

Batch of
June 2019

The trek was beautiful and well organized. 

For me, the trek was a little easier than I expected as we had a lot of rest time. It was the staff and group that really made the experience amazing. We really bonded well and had a great time together and the trek leaders and guides were always looking out for each one of us. Couldn't have asked for a better team.  Overall it was a fantastic experience and I can't wait to do another trek 

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Narasimhan Agaram

Batch of
May 2019

Importance of fitness cannot be overemphasized. Situations can change quickly that demand higher fitness levels. At the same time, participants esp those over 40 often have their own challenges that need to be discussed and placed in the perspective of whether they might come in the way.

Green Trails is a great initiative and hope other trek companies follow suit.

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Aasiya Husain

Batch of
May 2019

Mukta Top was my first Himalayan trek, and I think this one’s going to stay with me forever. 
The trail was beautiful and full of variety. More than the actual top, I enjoyed the process of getting there. Getting to Damini point was exhilarating. Looking at Bandarpoonch, Kala Nag, and the Gangotri. Everything everything everything. Something that I won’t be able to forget. Ever. 
From the co-trekkers to the local staff, I am grateful for every being present there. The trek wouldn’t have been half as great without the company. Also, a big thank you to the entire IndiaHikes family and Nayana, our coordinator. She followed through with us before the beginning of the trek and after too! 

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phani kumar

Batch of
May 2019

frankly speaking there s nothing to change it was perfect.  everything was properly set right from our base camp to our summit it was perfect. The places where we camped, our food ( special mention - Mr.Harpaal ), trek leader and other staff were amazing and very generous.  I'll definitely write more about the trek soon including every nuance.

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36 thoughts on “Mukta Top

    1. Yes, it’s a good trek for first timers. But like for any other easy-moderate trek, you must train for at least a month before the trek. There are good climbs on the trek. As for snow, you’ll see snow if you time your trek right. Go any time after mid-December and you’ll surely see snow. 🙂

  1. Which has better scenic views ? And which is better for first Himalayan trek in end of December ? Mukta top or Dayara Bugyal ?

    1. Hi Akil that’s a tough one! They are neighbouring trails, almost right next to each other, so both of them have very similar views. You see Mt Bandarpoonch, Mt Srikanth, Mt Jaonli, the Bhagirathi massif, Draupadi Ka Danda on both the treks. Mukta Top is slightly more rewarding because it has a good climb to the summit. So the feeling of achievement is a lot higher.

  2. I’m a beginner. I’m not trained and don’t have any knowledge about that. Will it be difficult for me?

    1. Mukta Top is a good trek for beginners, but you will definitely have to train and mentally prepare yourself. This is the case for anyone on any trek. 🙂

  3. Hi,

    I plan to trek mukta top in mid-jan. Will I need snow pants? Also, what features should my shoes have? What other gears will I need?

    1. Hi Vaishali, you don’t really get snow pants. You can get yourself a pair of dry-fit trek pants. That will do the job. For shoes, make sure it has good grip and ankle support. It should ideally be water resistant as well (at least for a few minutes). You’ll find a list of everything you need on the trek here – https://www.indiahikes.com/mukta-top/#what-to-take

      1. Thank you Swati 🙂
        Where in deheradun is the pick up point?
        Also, I see a lot of dates available in Jan. I’m planning to register for either 12th or 19th Jan. What if I’m the only one registering? Will the trek still start? Or can you tell me if I should go for 12th or 19th depending on minimum registration required to begin the batch?

        Sorry these are too many too specific questions.

        1. Hi Vaishali, in Dehradun, we have changed the pick up point to the Dehradun Bus Stop. (This is the case for three months from November 2019 onwards since the Dehradun railway station is closed). Also, I checked registrations for the dates you have mentioned. Jan 12th already has 3 others confirmed. You can go ahead and choose this date. 🙂

          1. Thank you for a quick response Swati! You’re awesome. How many registered for the 19th Jan batch?

  4. Hi Swathi, in terms of difficulty level on IH site, both Brahmatal & Mukta Top are Moderate… But which should one prefer as a beginner (planning in mid-Feb) ?

    1. Hi Piyush, Brahmatal would be a notch easier simply because it starts from a higher altitude. Mukta Top starts at around 4,600 ft whereas Brahmatal starts at 7,600 ft. And they both climb to similar highest altitudes. As you can imagine, there’s a bigger climb to Mukta Top. But it isn’t too steep. If you’re fit enough, and work on your fitness for at least two months before the trek, you should be able to do both treks comfortably.

  5. Hello Swathi,

    I’m a solo trekker and perhaps on a low/moderate level fitness and I brisk walk 8 km a day, in my scenario if I want to go for the Muktha top trek towards end of November, do you think I can finish this and how about Altitude sickness

    1. Hi Arun, brisk walking 8 km every day is a lot! You should be able to complete the Mukta Top trek comfortably. I would suggest timing yourself during these brisk walks and try doing them faster. If you can’t do it faster, you can reduce the distance and increase the time. That will help in terms of building stamina.

  6. HI
    which is the best time in jan for mukta top.
    & coming to trek gears ,should i buy all the gears & clothing???As i would not be trekking frequently.

    1. Hi Iyyappan. If you’re going in January, you can time your trek any time in the month. It’s a good winter trek with lots of snow in January. As for your gear, we have most of the important things you need available for rent — backpacks, shoes, jackets, trekking poles. And they’re always in great condition. After you register for the trek, you can book your rental gear here – https://store.indiahikes.com/product-category/rentals/

  7. Hi,
    I was focused on Deoriatal trek until I noticed Mukta Top. Both look fabulous for a late November or December. So Mukta would be less crowded, hopefully a chance for some early snow?

  8. I am interested in this trek for the month of Jan end or Feb beginning. I have done few Himalayan treks (12000ft +) , including Chadar last year. I can jog 5 kms about 40 mins now. How should I prepare for next 2 months? If the details of the trek can be sent to my email id please .

    1. Hi Ashis, it’s good to see that you have done treks before this one. That will surely help you on this trek. In terms of preparing yourself, you can start by trying to bring down the time taken to run 5k. If you can bring it down to around 35 minutes and make that consistent, it will greatly help you with your stamina for this trek. As for the cold, the temperatures will drop to -5 or -10 degrees on this trail in Jan and Feb. If you’ve done Chadar, you’ll surely know how to tackle that. 🙂

  9. Hi,
    I am planning to trek Mukta top with batch of 21 Dec. I wanted to make sure there is enough snow as my priority is to trek on snow. Please tell us if there will be snow on the way. If not which other trek may have snow for sure during 21 Dec.

    1. Hi Yatish, all our winter treks are in Uttarakhand, climbing to similar altitudes. Usually, if one trek has snow, the others also have snow. And we usually see snow on all treks by mid-December. So Mukta Top will definitely have snow in the last week of December. The only possibility of seeing more snow is trekking in January and February. 🙂

  10. Hi Swati, I am interested to join the mukta top trail during Jan end,but would like to know exact itenary if possible for the showcased start dates where can I see the same.
    Regards
    Leena

  11. Hi Swati,
    Me & my wife had booked with you for the Tarsar-Marsar Trek, this September, which sadly didnt come thru owing to the current developments in kashmir. Looking fwd to hitting the trail soon with indiahikes.

    Regarding Mukta Top, where can I find
    the daywise itinerary?

  12. Hello Mam,
    I am Interested in Mukta Top trek for the 7th December 2019 Batch. as Two of my friends are already enrolled for the same date. Please let me know, how can I?

  13. Hi, i was planning to join the Mukta top trek on 12th jan. However, by the time i could book, it seems to be full. Can you let me know how many people are before me in the waitlist. Need to know my chances. Also, given that i am supposed to make the payment, what will happen there are no cancellations and mine doesnt get confirmed?
    Thanks.

    1. Hi Viraj, you don’t have to make a payment to be on the waitlist. You just have to add your details and if there are no slots left, you automatically go to the waitlist.

      As for the Jan 12th batch, I wouldn’t recommend signing up for the waitlist. There are already 3 others on it, and they will get the first preference when there are cancellations. We rarely get more than 3-4 cancellations on a trek. So it’s best if you can choose another date for Mukta Top or perhaps another trek on the same date.

      Dayara Bugyal is available on January 12th and is a fantastic trek (Mukta Top’s neighbouring trek actually). It’s got great views and good snow cover in Jan. So you could easily go for that.

    1. Hi Sankalp, Har Ki Dun would be your best bet to see snow in November. It already snowed there last week (first week of November). You can see the pictures here – https://bit.ly/334kcoZ
      So I’d say go for this trek, it’s gorgeous at this time of the year. 🙂

  14. Hey, I’m planning to go on a Trek on 9 feb to be more precise, i was confused between kedarkantha and mukta top Trek. Which is better? Im looking for lots of snow and if I’m lucky i would like to experience snow fall, looking forward to your reply.

    1. Hi Ornella, both treks will have lots of now in February. And yes, there will be snowfall too, but mostly at night. But you might encounter snowfall during the day on your treks too.

      I would suggest the Mukta Top Trek as it is a grand package of many of our winter treks 🙂 You will find a beautiful forest section, high altitude meadows, and great mountain views.

      Also, Kedarkantha is the more popular, and consequently the more crowded of the two. Mukta Top is a completely secluded trail, which adds to the experience.

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