Khuliya Top Trek

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This is most beautiful town of Kumaon region. This small Himalayan town is located at the foothill of Panchachuli peaks or five peaks. This is the last main town well connected by road from other parts of Uttarakhand. Munsiyari is also popular as base came for many short and long treks to famous glaciers and snow hills.

Sightseeing at Munsiyari

In this town you can relax or go for trekking to nearby base camps and hills. Usually tourist reach here in evening from different destinations. So first night rest is must here and minimum one full day is required to visit places around Munsiyari. If you are mountain lover then plan for more days here.

Tribal Heritage Museum

Located at the center of the Munsiary town this Museum has excellent collection of rich cultural heritage of Johari people. The collections display the ancient art, culture, trade, life style and many antiques. There is a section displaying ancient documents, literatures , stamps issued by govt of India honoring local persons. All the items displayed here are nicely explained to the tourist here.

Nanda Devi temple

Located at a distance of 3 KM from Munsiary town is connected by road or you can go for a morning walk to get the best view of Panchchachuli peaks. In a clear sky the view is spectacular. From here all the five peaks are clearly separated ( view ) from each other. Nanda Devi temple is located at the center surrounded by green meadow and tall trees. This is an excellent location for nature lovers. There are viewpoints available in different direction to enjoy the spectacular view of snow capped peaks and surrounding valleys. As the sun rises behind the hills so it is better to visit this place when sun light falls from a height (not very early morning ).

Adventure and trekking programs from Munsiyari

There are good resorts available at Munsiyari and almost all of them offer adventure tours and treks to nearby glaciers and hill base camps. There are local shops offering adventure gears on hire and can arrange all the tour programs for trekkers and mountaineers.

Khalia top trek

Even if you are not come prepared for trekking then also you can go for this trek. Starts at 7 AM from your hotel and you can return at lunch time. Ask for a guide at your hotel. Guide charges will be Rs 500. The trek starts from Balati Bend which is at a distance of 8 KM from Munsiyari town. This bend is also on the approach road to Munsiyari from Tejam, Thal, Udyari , Chaukori side. You can get drop at Balait bend and call your vehicle before reaching this point on return. Carry some food for breakfast and water bottles. Anything else you can carry based on your requirements. Use good trekking shoe with good grip as chance of skidding is more in synthetic sole shoe. Never use high hill shoes on this trek.

This trek requires climbing for two hours minimum and you can return in one and half hours to Munsiyari. Throughout the trail jungle path is prepared with stone setting steps so it is easy to walk and climb. It will take nearly 2 hours to reach KMVN guest house after 4 KM of climbing. From here another 1 KM is Khalia top and from here green meadow starts. At the top you can experience snow. If you are tired enough then you can return from KMVN guest house.

KMVN guest house at Khalia top is not operational now. It is only constructed and yet to be furnished. The only way to reach this point is by trekking so may not be possible for easily reach the guest house. On return it will take nearly one and half hours to reach the Balati bend. The best part of this trek is the view of snow capped mountain peaks. The view is much better compared to Munsiyari. However like any other Himalayan view the best time get a clear sky is September to March months. Other months also these peaks are visible.

Thamri Kund trek

This is a gentle trek without much climbing starting from Hanuman temple at a distance of 9 KM from Munsiary town and 1 KM from Balanti Bend ( starting of Khalia top trek ). This trek will take two hours to go and return also another two hours in same rout. You can return to hotel at lunch time. This is easier than Khalia top trek. But usually tourist prefer more to Khalia top because of natural beauty and availability of snow during summer seasons. There are three most popular routs from Munsiyari

Hotel and resorts in Munsiyari

KMVN has a resort in Munsiyari town and it can be booked from their nationwide network of marketing offices. Similar hotel and resorts are available at Munsiyari. All will have open balcony or view window towards snow capped mountain ranges. There are good number of budget hotels is available near bus stand or main market area.


Day 1: Drive from Kathgodam to Munsiyari.

Distance: 265 km

Altitude: 7380 ft

Arrive at Kathgodam Railway station and start the scenic drive to Munsiyari. Munsiyari is a small town located at an altitude of 2250 Metres (7380 Feet) above from sea level in Pithoragarh district. Khaliya Top is one of the best treks in Uttarakhand Himalayas and recommended for beginners.

Drive to Munsiyari from Kathgodam is the scenic one. One can see various trees of Chir, Deodar, Pine, Oak and rhododendrons or Buransh. Trekking in Uttarakhand Himalayas gives you the unique experience, takes you through Almora, Bageshwar Kausani, Choukhori and Thal.

The road winds itself all the way up to the Kalamuni top, at a height of 9027 ft before descending into the glorious Munsyari valley surrounded by snow-capped peaks.



Day 2 : Trek from Munsyari to Bhujani.

Distance: 4 km

Altitude: 10,000 ft

The trek from Munsyari to Bhujani is 4 kms and takes about 5 hours. Walk through the rhododendron and oak forests and climb up to 10,000 ft. Khaliya Top Trek is a easy trek for beginners. The winters provide you with an opportunity for skiing with snow laden alpine slopes. The valley offers you a perfect spot for paragliding and adventure sports.

Trekkers also find out hidden treasures of nature in the form of Monal, Ghurar, yellow fronted marten and Baral (mountain goat). The trek to Bhujani is a steep and gradual climb to the campsite. Bhujani, the Campsite of Khaliya Top Trek is at (10,000 feet).

The Bhirti falls en-route is an added attraction. The Bhujani campsite is amidst the oak forests with the stunning view of Panchachuli peak. You can experience the thrill of Valley crossing half up the trek. Overnight camp at Bhujani.



Day 3 : Trek from Bhujani to Khalia Top.

Distance: 6 km

Altitude: 11,500 ft

The trek to Khalia Top is 6 kms long and takes 5 hours. As you leave Bhujani the open sky with vast meadows beckon you. Sunset view from Khaliya top is very clear, one can’t miss capturing this mesmerizing views. The mountain peaks radiance with dashing colors of white, orange and pink.

Khalia top is a vast meadow in the Kumaon Himalayas and it offers a panoramic 360-degree view of the mountain ranges. The overwhelming beauty, the sky- touching mountains, the snow-covered peaks, the colourful valleys and the snowline that covers beautiful mountains. Overnight camp at Khalia top.



Day 4 : Khaliya top to Balanti.

Distance: 6 km

Altitude: 9600 ft

The descend from Khaliya top to Balanti is gradual. Once you leave the skyline, the oak forest surrounds you and the greater Himalayan ranges loom ahead in front. Overnight camp at Balanti.



Day 5 : Drive from Balanti to Kathgodam.

From Balanti the road head is 2 kms walk, takes about 2 hours to reach and drive back to Kathgodam. Reach Kathgodam in the evening, take return transport for your onward journey.

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What is Included In This Trek?

Accommodation in Camp/ on share basis

All meals: breakfast, packed lunch, tea, and dinner

High quality tents

Medical Kit


What is Not Included In This Trip?

Personal Insurance

Medical Certificate

Personal toiletry Items and Personal Medicine kit

Mandatory Documents

Please carry the documents given below

Original and photocopy of government photo identity card- (Aadhar Card, Driving License, Voters ID, etc,
Passport and Visa important to foreigners

Water Bottle 2

Cap or Balaclava




Torch head light

Personal Toiletry Items – (toothpaste, toothbrush, toilet paper, sanitizer etc.)