Located in

Pithoragarh, Kumaon

Recommended stay

     2 days

Best time to visit

Mar, Apr, May, Jun, Sep, Oct,

Railway Station

Tanakpur, 273 kms

Nearest Airport

Pantnagar, 336 kms

Famous for

Hill station and trekking destinations

Munsiari | Uttarakhand

Munsiyari is a comely hamlet situated in the Pithoragarh district of Uttarakhand state, nestled in the snow capped peaks of the Himalayas Munsiyari offers splendid vistas of natural beauteousness. This scenic hill station is perched at an altitude of 2298 mts above sea level. Munsiyari literally translated means place with snow, and is also referred as Little Kashmir.

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Nestled amidst the snow-clad ranges of Pithoragarh, Munsiyari is a quaint hamlet that remains snowbound for most of the year. Offering pristine landscape bordered by towering Himalayan peaks, Munsiyari is like nature’s amphitheatre, where every morning and evening, you can enjoy spell-binding views of the sun rising from and setting behind the jagged peaks. From here, you can get stunning panoramic views of the sun-kissed Panchachuli peaks. Munsiyari is also the base for trekking expeditions to Ralam and Milam Glaciers and the Nanda Devi Peak. Munsiyari is surrounded by rolling greenery, the closest being the Munsiyari bugyal.

Why Visit Munsiyari Hill Station?

It offers stunning views of snow-capped higher Himalayan ranges. Panchachuli is a group of five peaks and is the star attraction at Munsiyari as they look like chimneys and are amongst the gorgeous treasure trove among the magnificent peaks of Nandadevi, Nandakot, Rajarambha, and mountains of Nepal Himalayas. The Virgin environs of the valley offers breathe taking views of the surrounding mountain ranges.

Munsyari is famous for its picturesque beauty and trekking excursions and is popular with high altitude trekkers and adventure enthusiasts as this place are the base of Milam, Ralam and Namik Glaciers. 

It was a previously restricted area as it is wedged in between the borders of India, Tibet and Nepal but Munsiyari is now emerging as a popular trekking destination and the government of Uttarakhand is also promoting this little paradise of Kumaon.

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Treks from Munsyari

Namik Glacier Trek: The Namik glacier is situated on Kumaon Himalayas near the villages of Gogina and Namik in Pithoragarh district. It is at an attitude of 3,600mtrs. Route of Namik Glacier Trek lies on an ancient Indo-Tibet trade route. This stunning glacier is surrounded by the biggest peaks like Nanda Devi (7,848 m), Nanda Kot (6,861 m), and Trishul (7,120 m). There are a number of waterfalls originating from here. Namik Glacier is the source of Ram Ganga River. This place is 40Kms away from Munsiyari.


The Panchchuli peaks

The Panchchuli peaks are a group of five snow-capped Himalayan peaks lying at the end of the eastern Kumaon region in the Pithoragarh district. The peaks have altitudes ranging from 6,334 m to 6,904 m. They form the watershed between the Gori and the Darmaganga valleys. Panchchuli is also located on the Gori Ganga-Lassar Yankti divide. The group lies 138 km from Pithoragarh.

Activities in Munsiyari

    1. TrekkingMunsiyari is base camp of various long and short treks into the inner regions of Kumaon Himalayas. Trek to Milam Glacier, Namik Glacier and Ralam Glacier commences at Munsiyari. Mountaineers, avid trekkers and nature lovers flock at Munsiyari during the trekking season. 
    2. Village Tourism: Known for its pristine natural beauty, Munsiyari is a mesmerizing destination which is surrounded by snow-covered Himalayan peaks. One can explore the beautiful village and learn about their customs and culture.
    3. Bird Watching: The dense forests of pine, deodar and rhodenderon that surrounds Munsiyari is home to many resident as well as migratory aviary species like wagtail, raven, Himalayan griffon, falcon and serpent eagle to name a few.       
    4. Shopping in Munsiyari: You can buy some fantastic hand-woven carpets or Himalayan tree saplings from the markets of Munsiyari.

History of Munsiyari

The toy town of Munsiyari falls on the ancient salt route from Tibet. Munsiyari is adorned at the entrance of the Johar Valley, extending along the path of Goriganga River to Milam Glacier, which is also its source. Earlier the region was inhabited by Shaukas or Bhotiyas, a semi-nomadic group who used to trade with Tibet. However, the business stopped in 1962, when the border with Tibet was sealed. As the region was not susceptible for agriculture, the natives were forced to migrate to other places.

Mythology about Munsiyari

As per the Hindu mythology, the Pandavas of the epic Mahabharata commenced their final journey to heaven from Munsiyari. It is said that the five enormous peaks of Panchachuli, represents the five ‘chulhas‘ or stove where Draupadi cooked the last meal for her five husbands.

Flora and Fauna in Munsiyari

Munsiyari is rich in diverse flora and fauna. It is home to a large number of Rhododendrons, Pine and Deodar trees, Birds like Wagtail, Raven, Falcon, Monal, Himalayan griffon, and serpent eagle can be besotted in Munsiyari region. Leopard, Himalayan bear, Fox, and Musk deer have made their home in the altitude jungles of Munsiyari. The view of the Panchachuli peaks from Munsiyari is enchanting.


Best time to visit Munsiyari

March to April: The entire forest area turns red with rhododendron flowers, with the snow-capped Himalayas distinctly visible makes it an awesome site well worth visiting.

The Best months to visit Munsiyari are: March, April, May, October, November

What is Munsiyari famous for?

Munsiyari is famous among tourist as Hill station and trekking destinations.

Munsiyari is recommended destination for Family and Kids, Foreigners, Groups, Solo.

Munsiyari is popular destination for following activities/ interests – Adventure, Base Camps (Trek), Emerging Destinations, Hill Station, Trekking.