you for the amazing trek. It was, for sure, one of
my life's greatest adventures. We were lucky to see
the Snow Bear and to go through many villages. The
beautiful mountains, the people and the organization
were all good, but most of all I would like to say
that without Dipen (Guide) this trek would not be
nearly as good as it was with him! His experience,
calmness and knowledge are great. Dipen is by far
the best guide I have traveled with." Andreas Gleason,
MILAM GLACIER TREK
of Johar, as the Milam valley is locally known, were traders
whose caravans crossed from India into Tibet by the high passes
of Unta Dhura and Kungribhingri La. Once the trading season
was over the entire population of Milam and the surrounding
areas migrated to Munsyari or lower during winter. Trade stopped
with the Indo-China conflict of 1962 and these once prosperous
villages are now deserted. However the trail still exists,
linking the villages and beckoning trekkers. Munsyari is the
starting point of Nanda Devi Trekking and Wayfarer offers
you a combined itinerary that includes a visit to the Nanda
Devi base camp area followed up by a trip to Milam glacier.
Initially five days of walking takes you to Pachu (3950 mts,
60 kms) the base camp area for Nanda Devi East. The location
is exquisite and we usually spend a full day over here. We
then return from Pachu to camp at Burfu, across th Gori Ganga
river. From Burfu we ascend to Milam where we spend a day
and then return to Munsyari. We are sure that Trekking In
Nanda Devi will be the most cherish moment of your life.
Day 01: Arrive in Delhi :
Check into your choice of hotel, preferably in Central Delhi.
Day 02: Delhi - Almora
After breakfast drive to Almora. Upon arrival transfer to
Hotel. Evening free.
Overnight at Hotel
Day 03: Almora - Munsyari
After breakfast drive to Munsyari(115 kms, 4 hrs) along a
road that winds itself up to a height of 2748 mts before descending
into the glorious Munsyari valley. Check in at Hotel.
After breakfast drive for 6kms to Dumar and then the
trek begins. Our destination is past Lilam village to Rargari
(10 kms) where we camp for the night.
Today is a strenous walk along a gorge past the Gori Ganga
river. The route is fairly up and down but generally eases
off before reaching the camp site at Mapang(3100 mts, 9 kms).
are in high mountain country now and the tree line disappears
giving access to vast stretches of Alpine pastures. The day's
walk is past Lhaspa and Rilkot to a magnificent and deserted
hamlet called Martoli(3385 mts, 12 kms)
From Martoli you will continue to Ganghar (3260 mts, 12 kms).
Throughout the day one gets intermittent views of magnificent
Himalayan peaks and just after reaching campsite you will
glimpse Nanda Devi East.
It is the big day when you walk form Ganghar to Pachu(3950
mts, 6 kms) and the camp site is an exquisite location. An
Alpine meadow laden with rhododendron bushes blooming pink
and white, stretches of glacial ice and the massive Nanda
Devi looming infront ... it is just another 5 kms away.
Day 09: How can you walk away from
It is a day to rest and simply enjoy yourself in this magnificent
location. Options include the hike up to the snow ridges of
Nanda Devi East and a visit to the base of Nanda Lampak(5782
mts.). There have been several sightings of bluesheep in the
It is time to return and we descend from Pachu to Burfu(3350
mts, 13 kms). The scenary is exciting as the valley opens
up. The north faces of the Nanda Devi peaks, several peaks
on the Nanda Devi Sancturay wall and Hardeol group are visible.
Our camp site is close to the Gori Ganga River amidst a lushgreen
Day 11: Burfu to Milam (3452 mts, 8 kms).
The day's walk from Burfu offers some spectacular scenery.
The north face of Nanda Devi Peaks, several peaks on the Nanda
Devi Sanctuary wall and Hardeol group are visible particularly
from Bilju village which is about 4 km ahead. The trail leads
to Milam (place of meeting) which is a large village, that
is quite deserted. We camp on the outskirts of the village.
Day 12: Visit Milam Glacier -
Today we spend most of our time in exploring the Milam glacier.
A two hour walk takes us to the tip of Milam glacier - it
is the largest glacier in the Kumaon Himalaya.
Day 13: Milam to Rilkot (3250 mts,
The return trip commences in a downhill gradient. We camp
at Rilkot for the night.
Day 14: Rilkot to Bugdyar (2700 mts,
This is a steady walk and mostly downhill past the villages
of Lhaspa, Mapang and the narrow gorge at Nahar Devi.
Day 15: Bugdyar to Lilam (1810 mts,
We walk downhill all throughout and reach camp site by late
Day 16: Lilam to Munsyari (2290 mts,
We retrace our steps along the Gori river past Jimi ghat to
Dumar(8kms) from where we board a jeep that takes us to Wayfarer
Mountain Resort at Munsyari. We arrive here by noon.
Day 17: Munsyari to Ranikhet (240 kms).
It is time to bid farewell to Munsyari and its mountains.
Today we board a vehicle that drives us to Ranikhet through
Vijaypur, Bageshwar and Kausani. We checkin for the night
at Wayfarer Solitaire. [more..]
Day 18: Ranikhet to Nanital
Drive to Nainital. A famous hill station in India. Evening
free to visit local market. Overnight at Hotel.
19: Nainital - Delhi
Morning free. Afternoon drive to Delhi. Upon arrival in
Delhi, transfer to hotel.
Overnight at Hotel.
20: Departure Delhi
Transfer to International airport to catch the flight to