Mukhba Village (2590) is home to the idol of Gangotri Temple during winter season. The village is an ideal place for homestay as it not only offers unrealistic beauty at the comfort of roadhead but also serves with hospitality that is rarely seen. The people of the village are very humble and welcoming with a lot of stories to tell.
Mukhba Village and Harsil Valley were the first place in India where apple plantation started, later it was spread to Himachal Pradesh & Kashmir. The wooded houses of the village are like a vintage dream, it compliments with different weather while staying true to the perfection. Every house in the village opens up to the grand vista of Himalayas. Shrikanth, Hindyani (Himalayan Matterhorn), Jaonli (6632mts) and several other peaks whose glacier contributes to the Bhagirathi River will be right in front of your eyes.
Batch 1 : September 20 2016
Uttarkashi is one of the major towns of Uttarakhand thus buses and shared cabs are easily available from Dehradun. You can board shared cabs to Uttarkashi from Rispana Pul in Dehradun or you can travel by Vishwanath Sewa Bus from Parade Ground (Pushback seats are highlight of this bus).
This 5-6hrs drive passes through Mussoorie Bypass Road offering scenic views. The massive Tehri Dam Lake also comes into view as you proceed towards Chilyanisaur. After a short break at Uttarkashi continue another 3 hour drive to reach Mukhba Village via Harsil. If you start from Dehradun at around 6am then you will probably reach Uttarkashi by 12 Noon. Take another shared cab to Mukhba from Uttarkashi.
Step out of your cosy homestay and start the climb through the Mukhba Village (2590mts). The trail goes through narrow lanes beside wooden houses and enters the apple orchards. As you meander through the trail, aerial view of Harsil Valley, Bhagirathi River and Mukhba Village keeps on getting better and better. The upper reaches of Mt. Shrikanth, Mt. Hindyani and other subsidiary peaks reveal itself like a blessing from the Himalayas.
After trekking for 2kms you will reach a small pass named Thuyin (3280mts). The trail goes on the right after the pass and enters the dense forest of pine trees which limits the sun from entering for a while. The scenic beauty takes a different turn here as you could see raw untouched rugged mountains rich in a wide variety of flora and fauna. Continue for 5kms and you’ll reach an open campsite Naagani (3470mts)with awe-inspiring view of Danda Pokhri (4230mts), our target for next day.
Start off early in morning and hike up through a mystical ridge for 1km to reach Manjhi Saur (3670mts). The trail in the front goes to Kyarkoti, Kala Pani and other untouched places in the valley, but we’ll follow the right side and climb up the Danda Pokhri mountain.
The peak is known for the magical view of Sumeru Peak. In Gangotri National Park it is Sumeru Peak which receives the first ray of light during sunrise. the name Sumeru literally suggests “golden crown.” The whole purpose of this trek is to see it happen. After getting the rare 360 degree view from the summit we’ll trek down to Naagani Campsite.
Trek down to Mukhba Village after breakfast and visit the sacred idol of Gangotri Temple. Mukhba Village is winter seat of Gangotri Temple.
Drive back to Dehradun.