Munsyari is situated in Pithoragarh, the easternmost hill district of Uttarakhand, bordering Tibet, which is known as the ‘ little Kashmir’. 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. Munsyari is the base for the trekkers to Milam, Ralam Glaciers and Nanda Devi peak. A fast developing centre for skiing and other winter sports. A fairly big & developed Himalayan township at an altitude of 2,298 mtrs. with a population of nearly 1,00,000. Inhabited by the Shanka nomadic tribes from from time immemorial, it lies in the trade route to Tibet.
Munsyari, is at the base of the great Himalayan mountain range,and is a starting point of varioustreks into the interior of the Himalayas. Its name, when translated, refers to a ‘place with snow.’ Situated on the banks of goriganga river, it is a fast growing tourist destination, Glacier enthusiasts, high altitude trekkers and nature lovers commonly use it as their hub or base camp. Munsyari 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 Goriganda river to its source Milam Glacier.
Munsyari is at a distance of 135 km’s from Pithoragarh and 200 km’s from Almora. It’s the gateway to the johar region of inner Himalayas.
How To Reach :
Air- Pithoragarh has an airstrip, Naini-Sani, but it’s not a regular airport.
Rail- Nearst railhead is Tanakpur (286 km’s) & Kathgodam (290 km’s).
Road- Connected by good network of roads, with all the important centre in the region.
Pithoragarh- 135 km’s, Lohaghat– 197, km’s, Champawat– 211 km’s, Tanakpur-286 km’s, Almora-200 Km’s, Kathgodam-290 km’s.
Where to stay : (STD Code- 05961)
- K.M.V.N. Rest house : ph. 222239
- P.W.D. Inspection bunglow
- Zara Resort : Ph. 222524
- Pandey Lodge : Ph. 222286
- Tented Accomodation at Sirmouli (1Km)
- Martoliya Lodge : Ph. 222287
- Hansling Lodge : Ph. 222321
What To See:
Munsyari is ideally located for the experience of high altitude trekking to various glaciers and it’s the base camp of Nanda devi. 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.
the newly devloping skiing locations are Khaliya Top and Betuli dhar.
Madkot- Known for it’s hot water springs with curative effect.
Birthi falls: Another attraction, 33 km’s. away from Munsyari.
Dharchula- On the banks of river kali, an important route to Kailash Mansarover.
Narayan aashram- Established in 1936 by Narayan Swami, at the hieght of 2,734 mtrs. It is a renowed spiritual and socio-economic centre in the region.
Milam Glacier– The base camp for Milam Glacier is Munsyari (2,298 mtrs) in Pithoragarh District. From Munsyari the trek fo Milam is mostly downhill along the Gori Ganga river. Enroute, Bugdiyar to Rilkot is a thickly forested area from where the land opens into the Goriganda valley. After crossing Goriganga river and below Burfu village, one gets an uniterrupted view of Nanda devi and Hardeol peaks right up to Milam glacier. The Milam Glacier summit at 3553 mts. is the nodal point for different high grade routs and peaks. The main peak are Hardeol (7151 mtrs.), Burphudhura (6148 mtrs.) and Kalabulanddhura (6215 mtrs.).
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