Nestling on the tip of India’s northern state of Uttarakhand, with Tibet bordering in the north and Nepal in the east, is a Himalayan hamlet that offers a breathtaking view of some of the world’s most magnificent summits. Lush greenery , thickly wooded forests that are home to a spectrum of rare flora and fauna, and a northern skyline silhouetted by the majestic Panch Chulli mountain which towers 22600 feet in front against the back drop of the greater Himalayas…are some of the attractions that make Munsiyari a very special place in the Indian Himalaya.
For the local tribal inhabitants of this frontier settlement Munsiyari represents the “place of snow “. Surrounded by high snow caped mountains and several glacial springs, the small town of Munsiyari is also the gateway to the famous Milam, Ralam and Pachu glaciers. It is also the only access to one of India’s highest mountains – Nanda Devi East (24829 feet).
The journey itself to this “last frontier” is packed with excitement: along the route are some of the best waterfalls of the region. The valley is dotted by quaint hamlets with a cultural life style steeped in tradition and simplicity. Almost every village surrounding Munsiyari town is rich with traditional handicrafts – hand woven carpets, pashmina shawls, sheep wool blankets, wooden artifacts, and so on. Traditional folk dances like the Jhora, Cholia, and Chhapelli are great to watch. For people in search of high adventure, Munsiyari is the starting point for some of the best legendary high altitude treks that are listed in the Lonely Planet!