Things to do

Known as a trekker?s paradise, Munsiyari offers a list of things to do that includes bird-watching, wildlife viewing. Marvel at some of the spectacular views of gorgeous peaks or just sit back and relax. Buy some fantastic hand-woven carpets or Himalayan tree saplings. Savour the local dish Kuka or head to places like Khaliatop and Betulidhar for some fabulous skiing opportunities or Goriganga for river rafting. Munsiyari with its awe-inspiring landscape is a perfect holiday destination for one and all.

SIGHTSEEING IN MUNSYARI

Munsiyari sightseeing tour is a pleasure to nature lover. You can go for forests trails and enjoy gazing lovely mountain birds. The Munsiyari forest is home to leopard, panther, mountain bear and the musk deer.

From Munsiyari you can also see a treasure trove of gorgeous peaks, especially the Panchuli quintuplets that look like five chimneys. The legendary Pandava kings are said to have cooked their last meal at Panchuli before ascending to heaven. The entire Kumaon area is steeped in epic history and the sacred mountains of the region symbolize ancient heroes and Gods in their various avatars.

The River Mahakali and its tributaries Goriganga, Ramganga and Dhauliganga plot a course through the Kumaon Mountains to merge with the Ganga in the plains. The thin ribbon of Goriganga flows by Munsiyari, draining the 18 km long Milam glacier and merging with the Balati glaciers and the Panchuli snowfields.

SHOPPING IN MUNSYARI

You can do a limited shopping in Munsiyari. Buy tribal handmade knick-knacks or woolens made by locals. You can also take home some wonderful hand woven carpets from Munsiyari Main Market.

For the environmentally inclined, take back the Himalayan tree saplings from near by nurseries for your home or garden.

ACTIVITIES IN MUNSYARI

The picturesque mountains of Munsiyari have many great trekking routes. Activities in Munsiyari include trekking in the valley of Gori, which is a trekking paradise. You can also opt for a number of fabulous treks from Munsiyari to Milam, Namik and Ralan glaciers and through the narrow Johar valley that traces an ancient trading route to Tibet. Inner Line trekking permits are required and if you are joining a professional trek group, they will arrange the permits for you.

Adventure enthusiasts will also find lots of opportunities for white water rafting and skiing in winters within Munsiyari and in its surrounding areas.

FOOD IN MUNSYARI

You will find few restaurants in Munsiyari that serve basic local food. Dont forget to try Kukla, a local dish made with flour or Bhuta Aalu – potatoes fried with dhungar (a local herb).