Munsiyari is a popular hill station in the Pithoragarh District in the hill-state of Uttarakhand, India. It lies at an elevation of about 2,200 m (7,200 ft) at the base of the mighty Kumaon Himalayan mountain range. It serves as the starting point of various treks into the interior of the Himalayan range. The town is surrounded by snow covered peaks. the key attraction here is the trekking route to Khalia Top.
Travellers, Mountaineers, glacier enthusiasts, high altitude trekkers and nature lovers commonly use it as their base camp. Munsiyari is situated on the banks of Goriganga river. It is a fast growing hillstation and a popular tourist destination. Munsiyari falls on the ancient salt route from Tibet, it at the entrance of the Johar Valley, along the flow of the Goriganga River from its source the Milam Glacier. It is inhabited mainly by the Shauka people.
Trekking In Munsiyari:
Munsiyari is very close to the borders of India, China and Nepal. An beautiful trek leads via the Madkot (12 km) village to the glaciers of the Panchuali range to the alpine meadows of Chiplakot Bugyal (30 km) up to the Milam Glacier and Johar Valley. Many small lakes are present in the trek.
There is an another 11 kms long trek which extends to the famous Kalika Pass (2700 meters). A small Shakti temple is situated here in between the dark pine trees.
Things to do in Munsiyari:
Munsiyari has a number of things to offer to the visitors that include birdwatching, trekking and sight seeing. You can buy some incredible hand-woven rugs or Himalayan tree saplings. Enjoy the local dish Kuka. Trek to the places like Khaliatop and Betulidhar for some skiing. You can enjoy stream rafting at Goriganga.
Places to see in Munsiyari:
Birthi falls is an amazing waterfall which is situated at 35 km from Munsiyari and is one of the most popular and breathtaking picnic spots in the whole Kumaon valley.
It is a little pleasant villa arranged 6kms from Munsiyari on Madkot street. The old imaginative places of Darkot speak to the rich society and inventiveness of the general population of Kumaon.
It is an old and beautiful lake near Munsiyari.
Madkot is a town, beat known for its common springs of heated water, which can treat skin problems. This little town is away from the crowded city life and is considered as a standout amongst the most amazing spots in Munsiyari.
It is a one of the most ravishing fresh water lakes in the Kumaon Valley. A beautiful trek surrounded by thick trees of paper leads to this lake. The trek takes around 8 hours to reach to the lake from Munsiyari.
How to Reach Munsiyari:
Pantnagar is the nearest airport to Munsiyari at a distance of 249 kms. You can take buses and taxis from there. Naini Saini Airport in Pithoragarh is the other option but the flight are not regular.
State-owned buses and private buses run regularly from Delhi, Dehradun, Almora, Pithoragarh and Haldwani.
Kathgodam (275 km) and Tanakpur (286 km) are the two options to reach Munsiyari via train. Then you have to get on the bus or you can book a taxi.
Since the journey to Munsiyari is very long, it is good to break your journey into several stops.