Munsiyari can literally be translated as ‘Place with snow’. This town is situated on the banks of the river Goriganga, which originates from the Milam glacier. Munsiyari is the base camp for mountaineers, glacier enthusiasts, high altitude trekkers and explorers of nature. It borders Tibet on one side, as it lies on the ancient salt route from Tibet to India.
The following are some of the little places in Munsiyari worth visiting:
This hamlet is renowned for its hot water springs, which can heal maladies such as rheumatism, aching pains, skin eruptions etc. Madkot is located 3 kilometers from Munsiyari.
This beautiful cascade is distanced at 33 kilometers from Munsiyari, dropping down from a height of 410 meters. One can relax next to the falls, with a picnic basket or buy food from the joints, near the falls.
This place is located on the banks of the river Kali. It is an important route to the Kailash Mansarovar yatra.
Though the Panchchuli peaks are visible from many parts of Munsiyari, one can get an eye full view from the Johar Valley, of the 5 magnificent peaks.
It is a 10 kilometer trek to the Khaliya Top from Munsiyari town. Several peaks of the Himalayan range such as Panchchuli, Hardeol, Rajrambha, Nanda Devi and Nanda Kot are explicitly visible from this high point. The slopes of the Khaliya Alpine meadows, serve for skiing sport, during the months of winter.
It is also known as Maisar kund by the locals. This is a pond surrounded by marsh land, where one can spot the wildlife found in Munsiyari. The legend of a Yaksha is associated with it.
Munsiyari is the entrance to the Johar Valley. The inhabitants of Munsiyari pre-dominantly comprise of the Shauka Tribe members. There are several trekking routes beginning from Munsiyari, leading up to Khalia Top, Milam Glacier, Ralam Glacier, Nanda Devi peak, the Namik trek and the Balali Farm. The Panchchuli peaks and Hansling peak view can be clearly enjoyed from any part of the town. During the winter season, one can witness the roads covered in snow at Munsiyari. Munsiyari is a haven for nature and adventure lovers.
Munsiyari is developing as a skiing destination, as centers for skiing and other winter sports are coming up at Khalia Top and Betuldhar. The nearest railway station is at Tanakpur, 286 kilometers from Munsiyari. One can take a nature walk around the town, go for trekking on the several routes or go for river rafting in the waters of the Goriganga River, in the town of Munsiyari. This town has only now gained prominence as a tourist spot, as earlier it was a restricted area in between the Indian borders.