Munsiyari

  • District: Pithoragarh
  • Famous for/as: Hill Station, Trek
  • Languages: Hindi, Kumaoni, English
  • Best Season: Mar-Jun, Sep-Oct
  • Weather: Summer: 35 to 40°C, Winter 8 to 24°C

Munsiyari is situated in Pithoragarh, the easternmost hill district of Uttarakhand, bordering Tibet, which is known as the “Little Kashmira”. The region is a paradise for the nature lovers and adventurous souls. One has a breathtaking view of the Himalayan peak, Panchchuli from here. Munsiyari 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, Munsiyari 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.

Munsiyari 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. Munsiyari 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. Munsiyari is at a distance of 135 km from Pithoragarh and 200 km from Almora. It’s the gateway to the Johar region of inner Himalayas.

Sightseeing

Birthi Falls

The Birthi Water Falls is located about 14 km from Tejam near Munsiyari in Pithoragarh district of Uttarakhand. This cascading fall surges from 400 ft above sea level and can also be reached from Kalamuni Pass. The Birthi Falls is about 35 km from Munsiyari and can be approached easily by a short trek.

Panchachuli Peaks

The Panchchuli peaks are a group of five snow-capped Himalayan peaks lying at the end of the eastern Kumaon region, near Munsiyari, in Pithoragarh district of Uttarakhand state. The peaks have altitudes ranging from 6,334 m (20,781 ft) to 6,904 m (22,651 ft).

Madkot Village

Madkot is a picturesque hamlet, which is blessed with scenic splendor, as the place is rich in vegetation. The tiny village is located about 22 km from Munsiyari in Pithoragarh district of Uttarakhand.

Getting there

By Air: PPithoragarh has an airstrip, Naini Saini. But it’s not a regular airport.

By Train: Nearest railhead is Tanakpur 286 km.

By Road: Connected by good network of roads, with all the important centres in the region.

Distance

  • Pithoragarh: 135 km
  • Lohaghat: 197 km
  • Champawat: 211 km
  • Tanakpur: 286 km
  • Almora: 200 km