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 has a breathtaking view of the Himalayan peak, Panchchuli from here. Munsyari is the base for the trekkers to Milam and Ralam Glaciers and Nanda Devi peak.
A fast developing centre for skiing and other winter sports, Munsyari is a fairly big & developed Himalayan township at an altitude of 2,298 m. Inhabited by the Shauka tribes from time immemorial, it lies on the trade route to Tibet.
Munsyari, is at the base of the great Himalayan mountain range, and is a starting point of various treks 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 base camp. Munsyari also falls on the ancient ‘salt route’ from Tibet and is the entrance of the Johar valley which extends along the path of the Goriganga River to its source at Milam Glacier.
Munsyari is at a distance of 135 kms from Pithoragarh and 200 km from Almora. It’s the gateway to the Johar region of inner Himalayas.
Famous for/as: Trekking
Pune to Munsiyari 1810 km
Ranchi to Munsiyari 1254 km
Best Season / Best time to visit
The hill station has a pleasant climate for many months of the year. However it is advisable to avoid visiting during the monsoon season as the conditions can be wet and activities such as trekking will not be possible. Summers are comfortable for the most part. Winters are cold and woolens are required while travelling during this season. The best time to visit the place is from March – June and September and October.
The summer season is during the months from March to June. The maximum temperature that you can expect during the summer is around 27°C. The lowest temperature that is experienced during the winter season is around 7°C. Light winter clothing is essential during this period.
The monsoon season is from July to September and during this time most activities are suspended due to the heavy rains. Rainfall is highest in the month of August. During the month of October and November the conditions are pleasant and temperate.
The winter season can be cold in the town and the temperatures can be expected to plummet to around -3°C. The barometer rises up to a maximum of 15°C during the winter months.
Attractions & Places to Visit and Explore in Munsyuari
Munsyari is ideally located for the experience of high altitude trekking to various glaciers and it’s the base camp for 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 developed skiing locations are Khaliya Top and Betuli Dhar.
Known for its hot water springs with curative effects.
Another attraction, 33 km away from Munsyari.
On the banks of river Kali, an important town on the route to Kailash Mansarovar.
Established in 1936 by Narayan Swami, at the height of 2,734 m, it is a renowned spiritual and socio-economic centre in the region.
Milam glacier: From Munsyari the trek to Milam is mostly along the Gori Ganga River. En route, Bugdiyar to Rilkot is a thickly forested area from where the land opens into the Gori Ganga valley. After crossing the Gori Ganga 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), Burphudhura (6148 m) and Kalabulanddhura (6215 m).
How to Reach Here
By air: Pithoragarh has an airstrip, Naini Saini. But it’s not a regular airport.
By road: Connected by good network of roads, with all the important centres in the region.
Pithoragarh : 135 km
Lohaghat : 197 km
Champawat : 211 km
Tanakpur : 286 km
Almora : 200 km
By rail: Nearest railhead is Tanakpur (286 km).
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