Scenic Vistas, Glaciers And More! 5 Things To Do In Munsiyari, Uttarakhand’s Little Kashmir

by Tejashee Kashyap
Scenic Vistas, Glaciers And More! 5 Things To Do In Munsiyari, Uttarakhand’s Little Kashmir

Nestled in the remote corners of the Kumaon region of Uttarakhand, Munsiyari is a quaint little town that emerged as a hidden gem in the Himalayas. The place has drawn adventure seekers, nature enthusiasts, and wanderers in search of tranquillity. With its breathtaking landscapes, this ‘Little Kashmir’ should be on your radar.

Why Visit Munsiyari?

Munsiyari is perched in the Pithoragarh district of Uttarakhand, bordering Tibet to the north. Its name, which means “place with snow,” is indicative of the pristine snow-clad peaks that surround it. Additionally, this picturesque destination is situated at the base of the great Himalayan range. Majestic snow-capped peaks like Nanda Devi, Trishul, and Panchachuli dominate the skyline.

The region is also endowed with lush green forests, alpine meadows, and pristine rivers. Daranti and Gori Ganga rivers flow through Munsiyari, offering opportunities for fishing and providing a soothing backdrop for leisurely walks. Moreover, birdwatchers will find this place a paradise. So, a variety of Himalayan avian species grace the area with their presence.

Munsiyari experiences a cold climate for most of the year due to its high altitude. So, the best time to visit is during the summer months, from April to June, when the weather is pleasant, and the snow has melted, allowing for trekking and exploration. Winter, from October to March, brings heavy snowfall.

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A Trekking Haven & More To Do

The region around Munsiyari is rich in biodiversity and hence, there are lots of things to do:

  • The Namik Glacier trek is a captivating adventure. Trekking in the Namik Glacier region requires obtaining permits from the local authorities in Munsiyari. It offers a range of captivating experiences.
  • The Panchachuli Peaks stand as a magnificent testament to the Himalayan grandeur. Located near the picturesque town of Munsiyari, these five towering peaks are celebrated for their sheer beauty.
  • The region around Munsiyari is rich in biodiversity. The forests are teeming with oak, rhododendrons, and pine trees.
  • Birdwatchers can spot numerous species of pheasants, eagles, and vultures.
  • Visitors have the opportunity to immerse themselves in the local culture, witness traditional dance forms, and savour authentic Kumaoni cuisine.

Munsiyari is an absolute must-visit, an escape to a world of untouched natural splendour. So, when are you heading to Munsiyari?

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