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About Munsiyari

Munsyari is the name of a town and a tehsil in the Pithoragarh District in the hill-state of Uttarakhand, India. It lies at the base of the great Himalayan mountain range, at an altitude of about 2,200 m and is the starting point of various treks into the interior of the range.

Munsiyari refers to a 'place with snow'. It is situated on the banks of Goriganga river, it is a fast growing tourist destination, and mountaineers, glacier enthusiasts, high altitude trekkers and nature lovers generally 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 Goriganga River to its source at the Milam Glacier. It is inhabited mainly by the Shauka tribe. The town is surrounded by snow capped peaks, with a key attraction being the trekking route to Khalia Top.

Best time to Visit Munsiyari and for trekking at Munsiyari is from March to June & September to October, One should avoid Monsoon period to visit Munsiyari, light woolens are required in summers and heavy woolens are required in winters.

Location of Munsiyari

Munsiyari is located at an elevation of 3853 Metres above Sea Level, in Uttarakhand State, India, Munsiyari is located about 650 Kms from National capital Delhi and 125 Kms from Pithoragarh, Drive to Munsiyari from Pithoragarh is full of beautiful scenes and falls and one can enjoy change of floara and fauna by gaining heights, One can see chir trees to Deodar , to Surai, to Spur to Paper to rhododendrons, There is a midway village named Nachani , One can enjoy cool breeze on higher mountains with amazing view of Panchachului, one can have food , stay places at Nachani, Namic glacier which originates Ramganga is situated at Nachani only, While going for onwards journey one can see many water falls, sulphur springs, and beautiful Vrithi fall (water falls from 410 mtrs),.

Munsiyari is a new discovery as a tourist place in Uttarakhand , till recently Munsiyari was a restricted area in Himalayan inner line wedged in between borders of India , China & Nepal, restrictions have eased now, It has placed Munsiyari on tourist map.

Visiting Munsiyari is totally a different experiance, In springs lower reaches forest are blazing with rhododendrons forests, Mountain birds like whistling thrush, wag tail, hawk, cuckoo, serpent eagle, falcon are found here, Wild animals like Musk deer, Mountain bear, Leopard and Panther are found in Munsiyari Jungles.

One can see Panchuli Peaks which look like as five chimneys, River Goriganga flows by Munsiyari and drains at about 18 kms long Milam Glacier and combines with Balati Glaciers and Panchuli snowfields, Valley of Gori has several trekking routes and it is known as trekkers paradise, Some treks are very famous like trekk to Milam, Namik Trekk, Ralan Glacier trekk etc. Permits are required for Innerline treks.

Jeep Safaries are way to reach Madkote which is about 22 kms far away, Baneanani and Jauljibi (66 kms), onway you can see amazing views of mountain scenery and waterfalls, Birthi Falls (31 kms), Balati Farm is a popular trek where one can find beautiful views of snowy Himalayas and Maheshwari kund is a serene lake which is surrounded by marshes teeming with life. River rafting can be done at Gori Ganga , In winters Alpine slopes of Khaliatop and Betuldhar provide skking options.

Trekking Routes

Milam Glacier
Munsyari is the point from where the trek to Milam glacier commences :
• Munsyari (2200 m) to Lilam 12 Km (P.W.D. Rest House)
• Lilam (1810 m) to Bagudiyar 13 Km -----
• Bagudiyar (2450 m) to Rilkote 12 Km -----
• Rilkote (3350 m) to Burfu 9 Km -----
• Burfu (3450 m) to Milam 8 Km (P.W.D. Rest House)
• Milam (3500 m) to Milam Glacier 5 Km
• Total route 59 Km

Ralam Glacier
• Munsyari to Lilam Patan Gaon 15 Km
• Patan Gaon to Sophiya Udiyar 15 Km
• Sophiya Udiyar to Ralam 15 Km
• Total Route 45 Km

Tourist Attractions around Munsiyari

Patal Bhuvaneshwar
Patal Bhuvaneshwar/Bhubneshwar is a holy pilgrim cave which is situated in the Pithoragarh district of Uttarakhand. The holy cave is dedicated to Lord Shiva along with the thirty three Crore Devi – Devtas (demigods) of the Hindu religion. It is said that worshiping at the mysterious cave which is equivalent to worshiping at the Char – Dhams. The cave is about 95 km from Munsiyari. The cave is 160 m long and 90 feet deep from the point of entrance. This cave has a narrow tunnel-like opening which leads to a number of caves. Limestone rock formations have created various amazing stalactite and stalagmite figures of various hues and forms.

Pithoragarh city is the headquarter of the Pithoragarh district. The city is about 127 km from Munsiyari via Munsiyari – Thal road and Thal – Muvani road. The town is set in a valley which is generally known as “Soar” (root meaning is Cool) and lies in the centre of four hills Dhwaj, Kumdar, Thal Kedar and Chandak and extends in the southern side to Jhulaghat separated by the Kali river adjacent to the barren peaks of Nepal Hills.

Kausani is known as ‘Switzerland of India’, the name given to Kausani by Mahatma Gandhi, is suffice to explain the perfect beauty of the hill station. Nature has blessed kausani with beautiful landscape, the stimulating and enthralling views of the Himalayan peaks; and a hygienic climate.

Bageshwar town is the administrative headquarter of the Bageshwar district in Uttarakhand. The sacred place is located at the convergence of the Rivers Gomti and Saryu. The town is famous for some Hindu temples present here. Most of the temples were built in around 10th century. Bagnath temple (a shrine dedicated to lord Shiva) is visited by thousands of devotees every year. The distance between Munsiyari and Bageshwar is about 98 km via Munsiyari – Thal Road.

Birthi Falls
It is a scenic cascading waterfall with luxuriant colors. Birthi falls is falling down from 126 mts of height . it is an ideal spot for tea and lunch breaks. It is located about 35 kms before Munsiyari.

Maheshwari Kund
It is also known as Mehsar Kund by the locales. According to myths and legends a Yaksha used to live in this small lake. The yaksha fell in love with the Sparancha’s daughter .Angry sarpanch and other peoples of the village dried the lake to punish him . Yaksha cursed the village after this incident and apologized this ritual practice is even continued today . Maheshwari kund is just a few kilometers walk from Munsiyari. This spot is now a pond which offers panoramic views of nature. Panchachuli peak can be seen from here.

Darkot is a small scenic village which is situated about 6 kms from Munsiyari on madkot road. The old artistic houses of Darkot represent the rich culture and creativity of the people of kumaon.

Betulidhar is a large garden full of Rhododendrons.It is a perfect place for skiing slope in winters. The sunrise and sunsets of Betulidhar showcases beautiful shades of nature.

Thamari Kund
It is a ravishing natural lake which is surrounded by alpine trees and paper trees. Musk Deer can be easily spotted at this place.

Nanda Devi Temple
An easy 3 km stimulating trek from Munsiyari will take you to Nanda Devi Temple. This holy shrine holds immense importance amongst the local people of Munsiyari.

Jauljibi is located at the confluence of the two important rivers of Kumaon region, Kali River and Goriganga River. It is located about 66 kms from Munsiyari at a scenic location. A fair is held at Jauljibi in the month of November which attracts people from different places. The people of Nepal also visit this place during this fair as the river holds immense importance for them.

How To Reach Munsiyari

By Rail
There are two nearest railway stations to Munsiyari which are Tanakpur and Kathgodam. The distance between Tanakpur and Munsiyari is about 218 kms and Kathgodam is located at a distance of 217 kms from Munsiyari. To reach Almora, Pithoragarh, Bageshwar and Munsyari taxis are availed at the both rail heads. Tanakpur and Kathgodam are linked with other big cities all over India.

By Road
Munsiyari is also connected by road with cities in Uttarakhand and with Northern Indian cities too. Tourists also have another option of road ways. Buses are reachable from ISBT Anand Vihar to Champavat, Tanakpur, Almora, Haldwani and so fort places from where pilgrims can hire cabs and reach Munsiyari comfortably. From Kumaon district as well taxis and buses runs to Munsiyari.

By Air
The nearest airport to the Munsiyari town is Pantnagar airport. The Pantnagar airport is located in the beautiful hilly destination of Nainital. Pantnagar airport is situated at a distance of 249 kms from Munsiyari in the state of Uttarakhand. From Pantnagar airport taxis are easily hirable to many cities of Uttarakhand state like Pithoragarh, Almora, bageshwar as well as Munsiyari too. On a daily basis flights are run to Pantnagar. Pantnagar is a domestic airway which operates around the country but the other side it is Delhi International airport. There is Naini Saini airport also in Pithoragarh but not better than Pantnagar.



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