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Munsiyari Kumaon, Uttarakhand
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Munsiyari, is a small town in the foothills of the great Himalayan range in the Pithoragarh District, Uttarakhand. It is situated on the banks of the Goriganga River, at an elevation of about 2,200 mts (7,200 ft), now a fast growing tourist destination.

 

It is inhabited mainly by the Shauka tribe. The town lies on the ancient salt route from Tibet into the Johar Valley, stretches along the path of the Goriganga River to its source, the Milam Glacier.

 

Munsiyari, a 'place with snow', as its name refers, is the starting point of various treks into the interior of the Himalayan range. The mountaineers, high altitude trekkers, glacier enthusiasts and nature lovers generally use it as their base camp. The key attraction of this small town encircled by the snow capped peaks is the trekking route to Khalia Top.

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Munsiyari is famous for its picturesque beauty and trekking excursions. It is the base of Milam, Ralam and Namik Glacier, thus extremely popular with high altitude trekkers and adventure enthusiasts.

 

Its rich bio-diversity attracts birders and nature lovers. Rhododendrons, Pine and Deodar trees grow here in abundance. Birds like wagtail, raven, falcon, monal, Himalayan griffon and serpent eagle can be spotted in Munsiyari region. Leopard, Himalayan bear, fox and musk deer have made the forests of Munsiyari their home. The marvelous view of the Panchachuli peaks from here is captivating.

 

The area with its tiny population also produced its share of heroes. Around 1865-66 a son of Milam, Pundit Nain Singh, employee of the Survey of India, clandestinely crossed into  Tibet, on foot and mapped the hitherto unknown territories between Ladakh and Lhasa and the Kailash-Mansarovar region. For his effort he became the first Indian to win the coveted gold medal from the royal Geographical Society of London.

 

Majestic Peak of Panchchuli is a tourists delight. The imposing peaks are visible from all vantage points in Pithoragarh district, but Munsiyari offers the very best, a distinct view of the prominent cluster of the five peaks. The mesmerising and beautiful land- the traditional abode of Shauka tribe, combined with the hospitality of the KMVN has done this place good, making it one of the most inviting tourist destination in the recent years.

 

Birthi Falls is a scenic spot, the verdant hills and the waterfall cascading from 126 mts high makes it an ideal stopover 35 kms short of Munsiyari. Just stretch your legs and enjoy the view over a steaming cup of tea and a plate of hot food before you continue with your onward journey.

 

Betulidhar is a beautiful, large garden of Rhododendrons. It is an ideal skiing slope in winters. The views of sunrise and sunset from here are amazing.

 

Thamari Kund is picturesque natural lake with crystal clear water surrounded by alpine and paper trees and a natural habitat for Musk deer.

 

Darkot is a small picturesque hamlet, 6 km from Munsiyari on the Madkot road. The old houses at Darkot reflect the aesthetics and rich culture of the settlers. If you are discerning shopper then do buy pashima shawls and sheep wool blankets from here.

 Getting there

Location

 

In the Johar valley of north-east Pithoragarh District in Kumaon.

 

 

Distance

 

220 km north-east of Almora.

 Fast Facts
Name Munsiyari Best Time To Visit October to June
Location Kumaon   Uttarakhand   North   India  
Open From 0000-00-00  To 0000-00-00 Type Hill Station
Temperature Summar   15-20C      Winter   -10-0C      Rainy   10-15C
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