Khuliya Top Trek
Khuliya Top Trek starts off at Munsiyari. The initial section of Oak forest gives way to numerous Rhododendron trees that bloom beautifully in March and April. The next section is devoid of any view of the peaks or valleys. This changes after a while, however, when the Panchachuli ranges and Rajrambha Peak float into view. You can pitch tents at Bhujani campsite for the night.
Start early the next day to get a spectacular view of the sunrise from Khuliya Top. After walking for about a kilometer, you enter the meadows of Khuliya over a connecting ridge, running all the way to its pinnacle. After an hour of walking towards the top of Khuliya, the camping grounds of Khuliya appear. From here, the view of Nanda Devi, Sunderdhunga and Milam Valley pop into view for the first time. Descend to Balati Bend, taking the same trail. From Balati Bend, take a shared Jeep or a bus for a drop till Munsiyari town.
Author: Vaibhav Chauhan
Alternative Indiahikes treks you could go on.
Khuliya Top makes for a great trek. However, if you’re a first timer and do not want to get into hassle of organizing a trek by yourself. Or if you’re going with friends and a family and want the trek arrangements to be taken care of then we have have couple of treks for you
First of them is Nag Tibba.
It is a must-do weekend trek if you’re from Delhi, Gurgaon, Noida or Chandigarh. With lovely oak forests, meadows and stunning views of snow-capped mountains from the top, this trek gives you everything that a long Himalayan trek would. Have a look at some pictures from the trek here
Another great alternative trek you can do which is as easily accessible is the Deoban trek. In just two days, Deoban weekend trek offers you a view that is exclusive. On a clear day, you can spot close to 55 mountains from the highest point of this trek — including Nanda Devi, the tallest mountain entirely in India. This is a rare feast for the eyes. It is difficult to find these views on a seven day trek, much less a two day one!
Khuliya Top Trek
- Khuliya Top is a trek that not many people have heard of. The uncanny view of the sunrise over the Panchachuli range from the Khuliya Top is a fantastic gift for any trekker. Very rarely do you get such grand close ups of the Himalayas on such short treks.
- The meadows of Khuliya are located at the top of the mountain ridge, where the small town of Munsiyari resides. Munsiyari is a popular hub for trekkers headed to Milam Valley and Nanda Devi sanctuary.
- This is a beginners’ trek with an impressive altitude gain of over 3,200 feet.
How to do the Khuliya Top Trek
Day 1: Balati Bend Gate to Bhujani Campsite
- Altitude: 8,225 feet to 9,842 feet
- Time taken: 4-5 hours, 6 km
The Khuliya Top Trek is a Reach the Forest Department entry gate to Balati Farm, located at Balati Bend on the road from Munsiyari to Thal. This is the start point of the trek. From the gate, trek until you reach a bend, from where you can clearly see the potato farmlands of Balati below. The trail from here winds up through a dense forested ridge. The initial section of Oak forest gives way to numerous Rhododendron trees that bloom beautifully in March and April. The next section is devoid of any view of the peaks or valleys. This changes after a while, however, when the Panchachuli ranges and Rajrambha Peak float into view.
Re-enter the forested ridge and follow the trail until you leave the tree line behind. Up ahead is the Tourist Lodge of KMVN-Bhujani. You can stay here for the night, but prior booking is required. Take the trail that ascends gradually above the complex to Bhujani campsite. You can pitch tents there for the night.
Day 2: Bhujani Campsite to Khuliya Top and back to Munsiyari
- Altitude: 9,842 feet to 11,483 feet
- Time taken: 7-8 hours, 12 km
Start early to get a spectacular view of the sunrise from Khuliya Top. Take the trail going up to the meadows of Khuliya. After walking for about a kilometer, you enter the meadows of Khuliya over a connecting ridge, running all the way to its pinnacle (about 5 km). You can clearly see the town of Munsiyari from the trail. After an hour of walking towards the top of Khuliya, the camping grounds of Khuliya appear. A small rivulet runs nearby. From here, the view of Nanda Devi, Sunderdhunga and Milam Valley pop into view for the first time. Reaching Khuliya Top from here takes about an hour. As you reach the top of Khuliya, the 360 degree view of the mountains is unbeatable. The effect of the sunrays on the glass blades in the meadow has magical effects.
The connecting ridge ascending ahead from Khuliya top goes all the way to Rantham Top, located at a higher elevation. One can camp at Khuliya camping grounds and explore more of the area over a spare day. Descend to Balati Bend, taking the same trail. From Balati Bend, take a shared Jeep or a bus for a drop till Munsiyari town.
The secret to ascending any trail lies in building your cardiovascular endurance. You can begin by jogging everyday. Ideally, you should be able to jog 4 km in 20 minutes before the start of the trek. It takes time to be able to cover this distance in the given time. Start slow and increase your pace everyday. Swimming, cycling and stair climbing without too many breaks in between can help too. Strength This is another area you should work on. You will need to build strength in your muscles and in your core body. You can do some squats to strengthen your leg muscles. Do around 3 sets of squats, with 8 squats in each set. Apart from this, you can add planks and crunches to your work out.
Another aspect that will help you trek comfortably is flexibility. For this, you can do some stretching exercises – stretch your hamstrings, quadriceps, hip flexors, lower back muscles and shoulders regularly. Carrying a backpack, however light, can become a strain after a while. These exercises will help you to be in good shape before 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.
No, stuffing it all in isn’t the right way to do it Packing a backpack correctly saves precious time that you might waste trying to find your things later. It is wise to spend some time on learning what really goes into packing a backpack.
What should I pack? On a trek, you only get what you take. Something as simple as a forgotten matchbox can cripple your cooking plans throughout the trek. So, it’s essential to prepare early and prepare well. To begin with, make a checklist. While shopping, remember this thumb rule – keep it light. “Every item needs to be light. This ensures that your backpack, on the whole, stays light,” says Sandhya UC, co-founder of Indiahikes. Balancing out heavy items with light ones isn’t going to have the same effect as having all light items. “Always opt for good quality, light items,” says Sandhya.
How much should my bag weigh?
“Your backpack for a weekend trek should weigh between 8 and 10 kg,” explains Arjun Majumdar, co-founder of Indiahikes, “To break it down, your tent should weigh around 2.5 kg, your sleeping bag, around 1.5 kg, and the ration, stove and clothes should constitute the other 5 kg.” The best way to plan is by concentrating on the basic necessities – food, shelter and clothes. Gather only those things that you’ll need to survive. Do not pack for ‘if’ situations. “That’s one of the common mistakes that people make – packing for ‘if situations’. It only adds to the baggage that you can do without on a trek,” says Sandhya.
One good way to go about it is to prepare a list of absolute essentials. Start with the most essential and end with the least essential. That way, when you feel you are overshooting the limit, you can start eliminating from the bottom. Another tip is to be smart while packing clothes. Invest in light. wash and wear fabrics. “Replace a sweater with two t-shirts,” adds Sandhya. Layering is the mantra when it comes to trekking. Refer to Sandhya’s clothes list to pack smart.
How to pack The thumb rule for this one is to eliminate air spaces. Make sure that everything is packed tightly, especially clothes and jackets, as they tend to take up maximum air space. Put in all the large items first. Then squeeze in the smaller ones in the gaps. This ensures minimum air space. A good way to pack clothes is by using the Ranger Roll method.
Where to pack Bottom Sleeping bag: Make this your base layer. Sleeping bags tend to be voluminous, but do not weigh much. They’re perfect for the bottom of the bag. Tent: Just like the sleeping bag, even tents are voluminous and light. Keep the tent poles separately and place the fabric at the bottom of the backpack. Middle Heavy jacket: Roll up the jacket in a tight ball and place it in the middle of the backpack, close to your back. The middle region of the backpack should always have the heaviest items. You can store other things like ration or mini stoves in the middle. Other clothes: Roll other clothes and place them in the remaining space, to fill air gaps.
Top Water: Water, although heavy, needs to be easily accessible. So put it in the top most region of your backpack. Medicine box: This is another component that you wouldn’t want to be scavenging for when in need. Poncho: It could rain at any time in the mountains. So, ponchos should be accessible easily. Also, having a waterproof poncho at the top of the backpack provides additional waterproofing to items in the bag.