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MUNSYARI

Munsyari 125 kms from Pithoragarh. A 80 miles journey from Pithoragarh(40 miles river side and 40 miles of sight scenes and falls) is full of adventure. Gaining heights with changing flora and fauna, from chir to deodar, deodar to surai and spur to paper tree and rhododendrons. At Nachani(a midway village) greets you with delicious food, resting sites, cold and hot drinks providing tents for stay and enjoying water spoils, angling, river rafting or simply have a cool- cool dip in the Namic glacier originated Ramganga from Nachani, the way onwards shows a number of water falls. Sulphur springs and the majestic Virthi fall. Which falls from the height of 125 mtr.s.. Now the Road aligns the higher mountains, the air becomes cooler reaching the top. The top road passes l.he dense Surai forest with Rhododendrons. At Kalamuni, Naga god of Kalamuni greets you with breath-taking great Panchachului view from hand shaking proximity stunning you in silence.

A vista of perfectly pointed peaks, most of them looming over 20,000 feet, greets you as you drive up to Munsiyari, a new "discovery" in the Kumaon Hills of Uttaranchal. The drive is breathtaking, with splendid mountains and valleys waiting to be unmasked at every bend. Till recently, Munsiyari was a restricted area in the Himalayan Inner Line, wedged in between the borders of India, China and Nepal. Restrictions have now eased, placing Munsiyari on the trekking map of the Kumaon Hills. The forests in the lower reaches are ablaze with rhododendrons in spring. 
Mountain birds like the whistling thrush, wagtail and hawk cuckoo, falcon and serpent eagle live here. The odd leopard, panther, mountain bear and the musk deer has also made its home in the Munsiyari jungles.From Munsiyari you can see a treasure trove of gorgeous peaks, especially the Panchuli quintuplets that look like five chimneys. The legendary Pandava kings are said to have cooked their last meal at Panchuli before ascending to heaven. The entire Kumaon area is steeped in epic history and the sacred mountains of the region symbolize ancient heroes and Gods in their various avatars.

The River Mahakali and its tributaries Goriganga, Ramganga and Dhauliganga plot a course through the Kumaon mountains to merge with the Ganga in the plains. The thin ribbon of Goriganga flows by Munsiyari, draining the 18 km long Milam glacier and merging with the Balati glaciers and the Panchuli snowfields. The valley of the Gori is a trekking paradise and there are a number of fabulous treks from Munsiyari to Milam, Namik and Ralan glaciers and through the narrow Johar valley that traces an ancient trading route to Tibet. Inner Line trekking permits are required and if you are joining a professional trek group, they will arrange the permits for you.

Jeep safaris take you to Madkote (22km), Baneanani and Jauljibi (66 km), past some spectacular mountain scenery and waterfalls like the Birthi Falls (31 km). The Balati Farm is a popular trek from where you can get a magnificent view of the snowy Himalayas, and Maheshwari Kund is a serene lake surrounded by marshes that are teeming with life. The Goriganga is wonderful for river rafting. In winter, the alpine slopes of Khaliatop and Betulidhar in the higher reaches offer some splendid skiing opportunities.

Getting to Munsiyari
Munsiyari is 612 km from Delhi and 261 km from Kathgodam, the nearest railhead and major transport junction for the Kumaon Hills. Buses and taxis are available from Kathgodam. There is a small hill airstrip at Naini Saini in Pithoragarh, 128 km from Munsiyari. If you are driving in from Delhi, Nainital, 330 km is a convenient place to break journey. It is a further 288 km to Munsiyari from Nainital. The roads are decent; Almora and Bageshwar are the two main halts where you can refuel your gas tanks.

Best time to visit Munsiyari
The months of March to June and September to October are splendid for visiting Munsiyari and for trekking. The monsoon months from July to August are best avoided. The summers are mild- light woollens and rain protection is needed. Snow protection and heavy woollens are called for in winter.

Accommodation in Munsiyari
*KMVN Tourist Rest House
*PWD Inspection Bungalow
*Zara Resort
*Panday Lodge

     
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