Important Guidelines During Coronavirus
  • All tourists coming to Uttarakhand have to register themselves on the Smart City Web Portal ( http://smartcitydehradun.uk.gov.in/ ) prior to their travel.
  • Always carry a Hand sanitizer, Face mask, Hand gloves and practice social distancing. Avoid touching your face, nose, eyes and mouth as much as possible.
  • People aged above 60 years, pregnant women and children younger than 12 years old have been advised to stay home.
  • Participants will have to adhere to strict health protocols, including temperature checks, wearing a mask at all times and maintaining social distance.

Hospitality Precautions

  • All our Hotels/Homestays follow the highest standards of hygiene and cleanliness.
  • All supplies and materials used for cooking are sanitised before being admitted into restaurant premises.
  • All materials provided by us for trekking use are sanitised thoroughly.
  • Our vehicles are disinfected after each use and before a trip begins.
  • Hotel and Vehicle accommodations are dependent on groups and individuals. Individual trekkers may request for separate rooms*. (*Prices may vary.)
Overview

Milam Glacier is the largest in the Kumaon region, it is located near a beautiful village, Munsyari, part of the Pithoragarh district of Uttarakhand. It ranges in elevation from about 5,500 metres (18,000 ft) to about 3,870 metres (12,700 ft) at its snout. It is naturally landscaped with higher Himalayan mountains, snow-capped peaks, passes, valleys, alpine meadows, forests, waterfalls, rivers, glaciers, and springs. The flora and fauna of the area have rich ecological diversity. 

The view from the basecamp of Munsyari when you wake up is "Heavenly Beauty"! The Pancha-Chulli (five peaks) are there in all its glory just about hovering around your heads with all its beauty. Cameras cannot capture what the eyes see. We cannot really describe the beauty of the place, with the peaks changing color as the day passes from Sunrise to Sunset.

The trekking for the Milam glacier commences from Munsiyari. The route passes through Lilam, Bogudiyar, Rilkot, Martoli, Burfu and Bilju. At the snout of the Milam glacier rises the Gori Ganga river. The initial part of the trek leads you through the high Himalayan ridges to open up into the wide expanse of the gentler trans Himalayan region.

How to reach Kathgodam

  • Frequent buses are available from Delhi’s Anand Vihar Bus stand to Haldwani, which is a road journey of 8 hrs.
  • One can hire a rickshaw to travel from Haldwani – Kathgodam a distance of 45 km which takes around 15 min to reach the Kathgodam Railway Station.
  • Advanced reservation is required. One can even do online booking at Anand Vihar if you prefer travelling by Volvo.

 

10 Nights 11 Days Available on request
Trek Details

Gradient:  Difficult.

Max Altitude: 3800 mt.

Base Camp: Munsyari.

Best Season: May-June – Sep-Oct

Day time temperature 17-20°C Night time 3-4°C

Meeting Point: Kathgodam Railway Station

End Point: Kathgodam Railway Station

 

Itinerary

Day 1: Kathgodam to Munsyari (1850 mt) 

Pick from Kathgodam railway station early morning 6.30am, you’re expected to reach at Kathgodam on previous night), and we will start journey towards Munsyari which is our first basecamp. Total road distance is 280km approx. and it will take 9/10 hrs. The beautiful and scenic routes we will be taking through Bheemtal, Almora, Bageshwar Kapkot. These are the only places where you can find ATM during your journey. We will stop the vehicle for Breakfast and Lunch on the way. At Munsyari accommodation will be in the homestay. Once we reach at place, we will be having briefing and introduction round. After dinner rest time at homestay.

Note: Depending upon the trek members we will arrange a pickup and drop from Kathgodam to Munsyari and back. This will be shared equally by the team members on actual basis.

Meals: Evening Tea, Dinner

 

 Day 2: Munsyari - Lilam: (1850mt./5 hrs)

We will watch a magnificent sunrise on the Panch Chuli (5 peaks), overlooking Munsyari. After 40 minutes’ drive by jeep near Jimighat then 20 minutes easy walking, mostly downhill, takes us to the Jimighat suspension bridge starting point of the paved trail, which leads up the Gauri Ganga Valley. A short walk then takes us to the village of Lilam. Overnight camp.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Evening Tea, Dinner

 

 Day 3: Lilam- Mainsing pass - Bogdiar: (2450mt./16 km./7-8 hrs.)

Lilam is situated at the start of the long gorge through which we begin our trek. Today after having breakfast we trek uphill walk upto Mainsing pass 2800mt. then downhill through dense, semi-tropical rain forest and thick bamboo which grows on the steep slopes. After lunch we continue descending till Rargari bridge and continue ascending along the gorge for another couple of hours to the camp site at Bogdiar.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Evening Tea, Dinner

 

 Day 4: Bogdiar-Rilkote (3200 mts. 16 kms. 6 hrs.)

We have a good steady climb for most of the morning. After the first hour we reach the beautiful opening of the gorge and a small trail-side shrine to a local deity, which stands under an enormous cliff wall. Leaving the jungle below us, we climb out of the narrow gorge and pass a number of lovely waterfalls to reach our campsite just beyond the check-post at Rilkote. Camp is up against the cliff walls with a small spring nearby.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Evening Tea, Dinner

 

Day 5: Rilkot – Milam village (3500 mts./17 kms./ 6 to 7 hrs.) 

Today the valley opens wider and can see Mountains and lovely meadows. It is long walk but easy walk, first half hour climb we uphill and then gradual walk. From Burfu we cross Gauri ganga rive over a bridge and follow right bank of river. From Bilju village we can see a glimpse  of Nanda Devi peak and Pachachulli peaks , ganaghar, and Talla and Malla Mapa village. Before we reach Milam village we need to cross a tunnel river Gonkha and ITBP check post. Over night we stay in tents in Milam village.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Evening Tea, Dinner

 

Day 6: Milam – Milam Glacier- Milam (3800 mts./12 kms./ 6 to 7 hrs.)  

Today morning we visiting to Milam Glacier the origin of Gauri Ganga river. A wide view of magnificent Trisuli and Hardeol peaks. After that return back to Milam village which was the biggest migrating village situated at 3500mt on plane this village was trading transit camp before 1962. Even today you can see many ruins and evidence Tibetan influenced. Evening free time for your own.  

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Evening Tea, Dinner

 

Day 7: Milam – Martoli (3350mt. / 12 km./ 5 hrs.)

Martoli village is one of the beautiful village in Johar Valley from where one can enjoy the scenic beauty of  Mount. Nanda Devi East / Nanda Devi /Nanda kot/ Trisuli etc. today after breakfast will camp at Martoli village which is situated on hill platform also there is a nice meadow and a famous Goddess Nanda Devi temple. Overnight in tents.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Evening Tea, Dinner

 

Day 8: Martoli – Bogdiyar – (2450 mt./ 18 km./7 hrs.)

All the way nice downhill walk following the Gauri ganga river.  After 2-3 hrs. walk we cross Rilkot village and continue to Bogdiyar after having hot or pack lunch enroute. Over night in tents.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Evening Tea, Dinner

 

Day 9: Bogdiyar –Mainsing Pass - Lilam (1850mt./16 km./7-8 hrs.)

Today is longest and hard day of the trekking today after early breakfast two hours easy walk after that 3 hrs ascending through tropical forest and dense bamboo bushes. We take a break for lunch and continue next 2-3 hrs downhill to Lilam for overnight stay.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Evening Tea, Dinner

 

Day 10: Lilam – Munsyari (2290 mt./ 5 km. / 4 hrs.) 

Today it will be short day walk but last hours walk will be uphill walk. After that we drive by jeep to Munsyari check in the hotel take hot shower enjoy your time. Evening you can visit local market in Munsyari.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Evening Tea, Dinner

 

Day 11: Munsyari to Kathgodam. Distance 280km, 9/10 hours drive

You can start early in the morning after having tea so that you can reach Kathgodam 6pm. We advise you to keep one extra day in your plan so that you can avoid missing flights or trains. We will arrange the vehicle (on request) to reach Kathgodam and vehicle charges payable in cash to the driver directly.

Inclusions/Exclusions

What is included in the tour

  • Activity: Trekking, Camping, sightseeing etc
  • Tented Accommodation 
  • All meals while on trek (Veg)
  • Permits (Foreign national need to pay extra on spot)
  • Basic First aid medical kits
  • Qualified and experienced Trek Leader (2), support staff, Helpers
  • Camping Tents, Kitchen tents, Dining Tent and Sleeping bags and Carry mats.
  • Local route guide

 

What is NOT included in the tour

  • Meals during transit
  • Mineral Water or soft drinks
  • Transportation of any kind (but can be shared between trekkers)
  • Mules or porter to carry personal luggage
  • Cost Escalation due to natural reason.
  • Unscheduled stay due to landslide.
  • Insurance

 

Things to carry

Ruck Sack: Compulsory to carry strong and steady rucksack, Between 55 to 60 Litre

Ruck sack cover: Protect your things from quick rain or snowfall

Day Pack: Optional, carry only if you are planning to offload your bigger bag. If you are offloading your bigger backpack, then you have to carry your personal valuable things, water bottles, pack lunch, raincoat/poncho etc.

Trekking Shoes: Good quality, rubber soul shoes with ankle support is advisable. Please make sure that shoes are well used before trek.
Note: Sports shoes are not recommended but you can carry as additional back up shoes.

T-shirts: As per your need, carry at least one quick dry type, avoid too bright/dark colours T-shirts. Cotton T-shirts avoid especially while walking. Full sleeves T-shirts are recommended.

Track Pants: As per your need, one synthetic quick dry type track pant is highly recommended.

Warm Jacket: Highly recommended one thick fleece jacket/ Down feather jacket is must to carry. You can use this when you cool down at camp.

Windproof Jacket/ Windcheater: We advise you to carry one as it resists wind chill/snowfall and quick burst of light rain.

Thermal Wear: You can use this once you reach the campsite. Thermal will keep your body warm especially during harsh winter temperatures.

Towel: One medium sized light weight towel quick dry type

Raincoat/ Poncho: Raincoats/ ponchos are water-resistant to protect the body from rain.

Woollen Cap / Balaclava: Mandatory to carry woollen cap or balaclava to protect from cold.

Sun cap / Hat: To protect you from direct sunlight

Undergarments: As per your need.

Socks: Hiking socks have the ability to wick moisture and keep feet dry. Full length socks are advisable.

Hand Gloves: Compulsory to carry, few gloves are constructed of water resistant or waterproof material that keep your fingers dry.

Walking stick / Trekking pole: Trekking pole provide useful literal stability on rough terrain and give balance while descending  while also reducing pressure on knee.

Water Bottle/ Hydration pack: Compulsory to carry, please do not carry packaged drinking water bottles.

Sunglasses: Compulsory to carry. It is protecting from snow blindness. Person who use spectacle need to carry custom make powered sunglasses.

Head Torch / Torch: It is mandatory to carry with extra batteries. Head torch is advisable to keep your hands free while walking.

Sunscreen Lotion: Optional, advisable to carry sunscreen lotion (SPF 50+ and more)

Chapstick/ Cold cream: Optional, as per your need

Toilet Kit: Must carry, Personal toilet kit (toilet paper)

Sandals / Slippers: Optional, to walk around camp

Small Lunch Box & Tea mug: Compulsory, sometimes we give pack lunch so you can carry pack lunch items in it (one small leak proof lunch box is the best one), also carry one tea mug/glass

Dry Fruits / Energy Bars: We provide healthy adequate food on trip. Some do feel very less energetic compared to others, so you carry energy bars, dry fruits etc.

Repairs Kit: Must, one small repair kit which includes safety pins, needle, thread and string

Personal Medical Kit: Must carry small basic first aid. If you are taking any specific medicine from your doctor please inform us in advance. There will be a basic first kit will be available throughout the trek. Our Instructor has done a first aid course.

Camera: Optional, to capture your lifetime memories.

Number of Days
10 to 15
Difficulty Level
Advanced
Activities
Trekking, Camping