The people 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 . Munsyari is the starting point of Milam Glacier Trek.Milam Glacier is about 28 km long, biggest glacier of the Kumaon, Uttarakhand. It originates from the slope of Kohli and Trishul peaks and situated on the south facing slope of the main Himalayan range. Milam Village which is located near the glacier is one of the highest villages in the Himalayan range.The other destination of the trek which is Nanda Devi East Base Camp is the closest an admirer of the Himalayas can get to witnessing the beauty of the sister peaks - Nanda Devi and Nanda Devi East - standing in the centre of a ring of peaks – majestic and aloof.
Munsiyari to Lilam
Steep descent to Jimighat next to the Gori Ganga River. Then a steady three hour walk upwards along the true right of the valley to Lilam .
DAY 2: Lilam to Bugdiyar
15 km trek, 6 hours.Trail climbs up a ridge through a gorge passing through mixed forests of conifer and bamboo and crossing waterfalls and snow bridges to reach Bugdiyar.
DAY 3 : Bugdiyar to Rilkot
13 km, 5 to 6 hours.Trail is alongside Gori Ganga river through narrow gorges and then a steady climb up to Rilkot.
DAY 4 : Rilkot to Ganagar.
12 Km, 5-6 hours. We follow the trail that ascend to the sparsely inhabited village of Martoli, where we watch our first glimpse of Nanda devi east. Overnight in tents.
DAY 5 : Ganagar to Base Nanda Devi east.
4 hours .the narrow trails climb steadily through small stretches of rhododendron, juniper and birch forest offering the view of main nanda devi.As we pass by the peak of Nanda Bhanger (5900) the valley opens up to reveal beautiful, lush alpine meadows. A beautiful campsite lies within a few distance of the foot of Nanda Devi
DAY 6 : Base camp.
A full day rest and exploration aound the stunning campsite.
DAY 7 : Base camp to Milam
After Breakfast at 9 we start trek to Pachhu and clross Gori river.Overnigh in Tents in Mlam
DAY 8 : Milam- Milam Glacier- milam
After breakfast we start trek to Milam glacier. The trail leads us to several morains and glacier, surrounded by peaks like Trishuli and Hardeol. Afterwards we trek back to Milam
DAY 9,10,11, : Milam- Munsyari
Trek back to reach Munsyari. Stay in Rilkot on 9th day, in Bugdyar on 10th day and in Munsyari on 11th day.
DAY 12 : Munsyari- Kathgodam
Morning after breakfast drive (275 kms) from Munsyar to Kathgodam via town of Almora.
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