Treks From Munsiyari Trek
MUNSYARI is located in PITHORAGARH, the easternmost hill district of UTTARAKHAND, enclosing Tibet, which is known as the 'Little Kashmir'. The region is a paradise for the nature fanatics and adventurers. One has an awe- inspiring view of the Himalayan peak, PANCHCHULI from here. MUNSYARI is the base camp for trekking towards Milam and RALAM Glaciers and Nanda Devi summit.
MUNSYARI is a fairly big & developed Himalayan town at an altitude of 2,298 m and a rapid developing hub for skiing and other winter sports. Occupied by the SHAUKA tribes from time immemorial it exists on the commercial route to Tibet.
Situated in the PITHORAGARH district of UTTARAKHAND, MUNSIYARI is probably best known for the arduous albeit thrill seeking treks that lead to the inner region of the KUMAON Himalayas. It is the base camp for most of the glacier treks present in the region. Some of the popular treks in UTTARAKHAND have commenced from the quaint and hushed town of MUNSIYARI.
Some of the famous treks from MUNSIYARI are listed below –
1.MILAM GLACIER TREK –
The majestic Milam glacier is situated in the PITHORAGARH district of UTTARAKHAND and is one of the largest glaciers in KUMAON region. Located in one of the remotest regions, this 16-km trek has its base camp in MUNSIYARI. The trail to the beautiful glacier lies alongside cascading GORI Ganga River and takes one through lush green forests, undulating valleys and refreshing rivers streams. The majestic peaks of HARDEOL (7,150 m), MANGRAON (6,568 m) and DEO DAMLA (6,637 m) can be viewed from close quarters.
2.RALAM GLACIER TREK –
Located an elevation of 2,290 meters, RALAM Glacier is located in MUNSIYARI tehsil of UTTARAKHAND, some 15kms away from the MUNSIYARI town. It is located near RALAM DHURA in KUMAON region and is divided in two parts – Upper RALAM and Lower RALAM. Apart from that, three other glaciers meet in RALAM glacier namely KALABALAND, SUTELA and YANGCHAR glaciers. The best time to visit RALAM glacier is in April-June and September-November.
3.NANDA DEVI BASE CAMP TREK – 8 DAYS
Since the prohibition of entry to the Nanda Devi Inner sanctuary region, Nanda Devi East base camp is the closest admirers can get to the revered twin peaks of UTTARAKHAND – Nanda Devi (7,816m) and SUNANDA Devi (7,434 m). The hushed town of MUNSIYARI is the base camp of the trek. While the trek is considered difficult, the rewards at the end outweigh everything else. The mere sight of snow-clad Nanda Devi and TRISHUL from close quarters is once-in-a-lifetime experience.
4.NAMIK GLACIER TREK –
NAMIK glacier is located in the KUMAON Himalayas at a height of 3,600 meters and is enveloped by the enormous peaks such as Nanda Devi (7,848 m), NANDAKOT (6,861 m), and TRISHUL (7,120 m). Aptly named ‘NAMIK’ due to the present of saltwater springs, the glacier’ is 40kms away from its base camp which is located at MUNSIYARI. It is one of the lesser explored region in the KUMAON Himalayas in UTTARAKHAND.
5.KHALIYA ROUND TREK –
KHALIYA Top trek is a popular trek in MUNSIYARI that is preferred for its short duration and ease of access. This 6-km trek commences from BALTI Farm near MUNSIYARI in PITHORAGARH district of UTTARAKHAND. The vantage of KHALIYA Top offers uninterrupted view of snow-clad Himalayan Mountains such as PANCHACHULI, RAJRAMBHA, HARDEOL and NANDA KOT to name a few.
Apart from the popular treks mentioned above, there are other lesser known treks in the PITHORAGARH district that commences from MUNSIYARI such as KULKA KUND trek and NAGNIDHURA trek.
MUNSIYARI with its spectacular landscape is a perfect holiday destination. The quaint pleasing mountains of MUNSIYARI have amazing trekking routes. Activities in MUNSIYARI include trekking in the valley of GORI, which is a trekking paradise. One can also pick for a number of fabulous treks from MUNSIYARI to MILAM, NAMIK and RALAN glaciers and through the narrow JOHAR valley that traces an historic trading route to Tibet. Inner Line trekking permits are required and if you are joining a professional trek group, they will arrange the permits for you. Adventure enthusiasts will also find lots of opportunities for river rafting and skiing in winters within MUNSIYARI and in its neighbouring areas.
By Air: PITHORAGARH has an airstrip, NAINI SAINI. But it's not a regular airport.
By Rail: Nearest railhead is TANAKPUR (286 km).
By Road: MUNSIYARI is connected by metalled roads with all the important centres in the region. PITHORAGARH (135 km), LOHAGHAT (197 km), CHAMPAWAT (211 km), TANAKPUR (286 km), ALMORA (200 km).