Munsiyari, Uttarakhand

Munsiyari is situated in Pithoragarh, the easternmost hill district of Uttarakhand, bordering Tibet, which is known as the ‘Little Kahsmir’. The region is a paradise for the nature lovers and adventurous souls. One can have the breathtaking view of the Himalayan peak, Panchachuli from here. Munsiyari is the base for the trekkers to Milam, Ralam Glaciers and Nanda Devi peak. It is one of the fast developing centres for skiing and other winter sports. Munsiyari, when translated, refers to a ‘place with snow’. Situated on the banks of Goriganga River, it is a fast growing tourist destination. Munsiyari also falls on the ancient ‘salt route’ from Tibet and is at the entrance of the Johar valley which extends along the path of the Goriganga river to its source at Milam Glacier.

Fast Facts

Height: 2298 m

Climate: The summer is mild and light cottons and light woolens are suggested. In winter, the sunny days are pleasant – though the nights are cold and fairly heavy clothes are required. Through the rest of the year, light woolens/cottons are suggested.

Getting There & Away: How to reach Munsiyari

Road: Connected by good network of roads with all the important centres in the region. Pithoragarh is at a distance of 135 kms and Almora at 200 kms are the two nearest cities from where Munsiyari can be visited.

Rail: The nearest rail station is at Tanakpur at a distance of 286 kms.

Air: Pithorgarh has an airstrip, Naini Saini. But it is not a regular airport.

Tourist Attractions in Munsiyari

Trekking: Munsiyari is ideally located for the experience of high altitude trekking to various glaciers and it is the base camp for Nanda Devi peak trek. There are long treks in the surrounding countryside, following the treks are past birch, walnut, juniper and rhododendron trees. There are a number of bugyals, the rolling lush green high altitude meadows.

Skiing: The newly developing skiing locations are Khaliya Top and Betuli Dhar.

Madkot: Known for its hot water springs with curative effects.

Birthi Falls: Another attraction, 33 kms away from Munsiyari.

Dharchula: On the banks of river Kali, an important route to Kailash Mansarovar.

Narayan Ashram: Established in 1936 by Narayan Swami at the height of 2734 m, it is a renowned spiritual and socio-economic centre in the region.

Milam Glacier: The base camp for Milam Glacier is Munsiyari. From Munsiyari, the trek to Milam is most;y downhill along the Goriganga river. Enroute, Bugdiyar to Rilkot is a thickly forested area from where the land opens into the Goriganga valley. After crossing the river and below Burfu village, one gets an uninterrupted view of Nanda Devi and Hardeol peaks right up to Milam Glacier. The Milam Glacier summit at 3553 m is the nodal point for different high grade routes and peaks. The main peaks are Hardeol (7151 m), Burphudhara (6148 m) and Kalabulanddhura (6215 m).

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