Khaliya Top is a trek near Munsyari, Uttarakhand, at a height of 11500 ft.
Reaching Khaliya Top : You need to reach Munsyari as that’s the base for this trek. Munsiyari is a very long drive from Delhi and a break journey at Vijaypur, Chaukori or Almora is advisable. If you are traveling by public transport, you may take a bus from Anand Vihar ISBT to Almora and then another bus to Munsiyari. One can also take a bus from Pithoragarh, which is 135 km from Munsiyari. Read more at euttaranchal.
The trek gives you awesome views of the Panchachuli Hills and the Nanda Devi hills. It is an easy to moderate trek and gives a good introduction to the Himalayas. This trek is also ideal for bird lovers as the region is home to different species of birds.
The trek took us to the maximum height of 13000 ft while the last and highest camp was at the height of 11500 ft. The weather remained pleasant and rained all night at the second camp, while last camp we got lucky to see hailstones. This year ( May 2016) probably because of weather changes there was no snow in the entire trek. We passed through Khaliya Top on the last day and it was completely covered in Fog. We wanted so desperately, to get a clear weather so we can have the view of the mountain ranges, but in vain.
Campsite 1 : Martoli Thatch at 8500 ft
Campsite 2 : Rhoodkhan at 9000 ft
Campsite 3 : Tanti at 11500 ft
If you google about Khaliya Top trek you get to read about it as a one day trek and most of the people calling it a steep climb.
I was trekking with the Youth Hostels Association of India. We tried a new route and camped three nights at different locations on the mountains. For us the last day’s trek from Tanti to the base camp was tiring through the jungle as it had stairs made of stone. You will find a KMVN resort on the way which became our lunch stop. After this point it was only a descend through those stone stairs.
We had two amazing guides Harish and Pramod who were with us till we reached our base camps. Harish also took us to his house where we were offered snacks and tea.
To sum up the entire trek was awesome and I had an amazing time up on the mountains.
I will call this trek a perfect way to set your meeting with the Himalayas.The golden sunset, the beautiful landscapes, the snow clad mountain peaks, birds, flowers gets you close to the nature and provides a perfect disconnect from the daily life.
Do connect with me if you need to know anything about this trek. Have you done any treks in Uttarakhand? Would love to know any interesting stories. Please share your experience.