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Reema Bhalla Mar 07 2014

What is the trek route from Munsiyari to Milam?

Kanika Nevatia Mar 07 2014
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The trek from Munsiyari to Milam is one that is beautiful and full of adventures, it should take you 5-6 days and you will have to follow the following route -

DAY 1 - Munsiyari to Lilam
Distance 12 Km
Time taken - about 6 Hours
Level - Easy

At 2,290m, Munsiyari is perched high above the gushing Goriganga River and commands spectacular views of the Panchachuli peaks. From Munsiyari, the trekking path heads straight down to the Goriganga River via the village of Darkot, and meets with a well-defined path heading north along the river to Lilam Village, the first night halt.

Day 2 - Lilam TO Bogudiyar
Distance 17 Km
Time taken - about 8 Hours
Level - Tough

From Lilam, two paths go to Bogudiyar. One runs along the true right of the Goriganga River and skirts the Lilam ridge, while the other, climbs atop the Lilam ridge to Minsingh Top before rejoining the former path at Ralgarhi. The route along the river is a better option as you will avoid the mean climb to Minsingh. From Lilam, continue along the true right of the river. Instead, follow the path along the river and after 3 km, you will enter a spectacular gorge where the Gori Ganga forms a series of rapids. Over gradual ascents along the Milam River, the trail goes through a forest of bamboo, conifer and chestnut and opens out at Bogudiyar (2,350m), where there is an ITBP check-post and a 2-room PWD hut.

Photo of Gori Ganga Valley (by L.Shyamal)

Day 3 - Bogudiyar to Rilkot

Distance 13 Km
Time taken - about 7 Hours
Level Easy

An hour into the trail, you will come upon a temple under a rocky overhang. Following the true right bank, midway the trail splits. The lower and narrower path is cut out of sheer rock. Ahead falls Mapang, where you can stop for lunch. It’s also possible to camp here. Beyond Mapang, the mountains begin to wear a deserted look as the vegetation changes to high-altitude birch and shrub. En route to the final leg to Rilkot, the path forks. Only a small dhaba and an ITBP post remain here. Hence you must set up camp. An intriguing insight into Uttarakhand this walk is worth your while.

Day 4 - RiIlkot to Milam Village
Distance 17 Km
Time taken - about 8 Hours
Level Moderate

Beyond Rilkot the path swerves north- west and you can see Ikluguari Peak, which lies at the head of the Milam Glacier. The path along the true right bank of the Milam River carries on for another 4 km, where the trail forks again. You must stick to the lower path. A short way ahead, cross the bridge over the river onto the true left of the valley. The path winds along the slope before again swerving north-west along the river. The abandoned village of Bilju en route affords a unique view of Nanda Devi. Milam Village is only an hour from here. The excellent PWD hut lies a little before the village. Some of the abandoned houses also offer good shelter; besides there are camping grounds.

Photo of Milam (by nandadevieast)

Day 5 - Milam Village to Ragash Kund

Distance 9 Km
Time taken - about 4 Hours
Level Moderate

Four kilometres from the Milam Village to the north-west lies the snout of the Milam Glacier. The path to the snout follows the river on its true left. The snout itself is a huge mass of sheer ice from which the river takes shape in the form of a tiny stream. Dead above the snout along the true left, a steep path ascends to a viewing point from where you can view the vast spread of the Milam Glacier. Moraine litters the route, which is sandwiched between glacier and rubble on the true left. After 4 km, a short clamber up the slope to the true left leads to the vast meadow at Ragash Kund.

Here, you end your trek and set camp, while you soak in the splendour that that fresh air has to offer. You can also check out other famous places in Uttarakhand if you want an extended trip.

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