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Munsiyari - Little Kashmir of Uttarakhand

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Munsiyari (Kumaoni: Munsiyär) is the name of the sub-division headquarters, a conglomeration of revenue villages and it also refers to the entire region as Munsiyari Tehsil and Sub Division in the Pithoragarh District in the hill-state of Uttarakhand, India.
It is a hill station and lies at the base of the great Himalayan mountain range, at an elevation of about 2,200 m (7,200 ft) and is a starting point of various treks into the interior of the range.
In local parlance, the name 'Munsiyari' refers to a 'place with snow' Situated on the banks of Goriganga river, it is a fast-growing tourist destination, and mountaineers, glacier enthusiasts, high altitude trekkers and nature lovers commonly use it as their hub or base camp. Munsiyari also falls on the ancient salt route from Tibet and is at the entrance of the Johar Valley, which extends along the path of the Gori Ganga river to its source at the Milam Glacier. It is inhabited mainly by people of a few different caste groups including the Shauka tribe, dalits or Scheduled Castes and people categorized in other general castes comprising Kshatriya's, Pandits with a few Sikhs, Christians and Buddhists.
Munsivari bazaar is a conglomeration of revenue villages and is not categorized as a town. The bazaar area comprises the villages of Malla Ghorpatta and Bunga, while Naya Basti, Sarmoli, Nana Sem, Jainti, Papdi villages form the periphery of the area popularly called Munsiyari. The main bazaar area faces east towards the Himalayan Panchachuli ranges.
The upper part of Munsiyari is called Malla Johar, which comprises 14 trans-humant alpine villages, that are seasonally occupied during the months of May to early November.

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Traveller/MUV/Sedan or Similar

• Meet and greet with our representative at Delhi.
• Pick up point will be at Mayur Vihar Extension Metro Station and the timing will be around 8 pm.
• Board the traveller assigned for you and start your overnight journey towards Kathgodam (base point for our munsiyari trip).

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Hotel

Dinner

• We will reach Kathgodam early in the morning by 5 to 6 am.
• Rest here for a while for some tea and refreshments and will resume our journey towards Munsiyari.
•Enroute enjoy the mesmerising views of Bhimtal lake, Kaichi Dham temple, Birthi Fall, etc.
• Reach Munsiyari by evening and check in to your hotel, rest for a while and explore the local market nearby.
• Dinner will be served and overnight stay in the hotel.

Kathgodam
Bhimtal lake
Kaichi Dham Temple
Birthi Fall

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Hotel

Breakfast, Dinner

• Wake up early in the morning as today is your munsiyari exploration day.
• Breakfast will be served at around 8 am.
• Today you will have 2 options to explore,
1) Go for a trek to Khaliya top (9 kms one side) and witness the enchanting view of the great Panchachuli Peak
2) Explore Thamri Kund and Mesar Kund, you can hire a local taxi for this.
• Return to your rooms by the evening,
• Dinner will be served and overnight stay in the hotel.

Khaliya Top
Panchachuli Peak
Thamri Kund
Mesar Kund

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Traveller/MUV/Sedan or Similar

Stay Not Applicable

Breakfast

• Today marks the last day for your munsiyari trip.

• In the morning post breakfast, board the vehicle again and start your journey back home.

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Inclusions

• Transport support from Delhi to Delhi.

• Meals (Breakfast, Dinner) starting from day 1 to the last day.
• Swiss Camp accommodation throughout the trek on a quad/ double sharing basis
• Professional guide, and support staff
• Rent for camping equipment.
• Comfortable hotel Stay.
• Kitchen tents, common tents, toilet tents.
• Forest/ waterfalls entry charges for Indian nationals.

• Departure every Friday.

Exclusions

• Personal expenses like tips, personal medicines, phone calls etc.
• Any transport support during the trek apart from what is included above
• Any cost or services not mentioned in the Inclusions
• Accommodation in any other destination (not mentioned above)
• Cost arising due to unforeseen incidents like bad weather, medical evacuation,road blocks etc
• Porter/mule charges to carry personal luggage can be arranged at an additional cost of INR 300 per day (1 soft bag per person <12 kg)

THINGS TO CARRY

• Clothing - including thermal pants and shirt, a pair of woollen gloves, woollen and sun caps, 3 pairs of woollen socks,a woollen scarf,thick jacket etc.
• At least 1 litres of botteld water,and instant food like cookies and cakes.
• Necessary toiletries like hand sanitizers, towels, napkins, etc.
• Extra plastic bags.
• Sunglasses and lip balms.
• Waterproof rucksack and rain cover for rucksack.
• Medical kit, including any prescribed medicines.
• Torch with fresh battery.
• Relevant trekking and camping gear like trekking shoes, trekking backpack, trekking poles, etc.
• Power Bank
• Raincoat
• Extra Pair of Slipper/Shoes
• Medication( if any prescribed by doctor)


PICKUP LOCATIONS

Mayur Vihar Extension Metro Station, Delhi




Policy and Terms

AMENDMENTS/CANCELLATION

  • We understand that plans change sometimes. If you need to cancel/reduce/amend a guaranteed reservation, please do so latest by 12 noon, 30 days prior to arrival, to avoid cancellation charges. 100% non-refundable should there be any cancellation within 30 days of arrival.
  • Third party Bookings made on non-cancellable/non-amendable packages/rates cannot be canceled/amended. On doing so, the full amount will be treated as the cancellation fee.
  • If the guest doesn't show up the complete booking will be non-refundable or if they choose to check-out early, one night’s room rate, including taxes, will be charged.
  • No cancellations will be taken over the call or WhatsApp message. Please reply to the email of email confirmation that you have received at the time of booking regarding the cancellation.
  • There would be no refund provided in case some problems occur due to government orders, harsh weather conditions, protests, landslides, or any other unforeseen circumstances. On the occasion of any such happenings, we have a backup plan ready most of the time and we'll be moving onto that. There are times when we would have to cancel some activities mentioned in the itinerary but it's only due to the reason that we would be bound by a circumstance that is not in our control.
  • If a trip is called off at the last moment due to a natural calamity/unforeseen circumstances (like rain, snowfall, earthquake, landslides, strike, bandh, etc.) then the participants would be provided with a travel voucher for the same amount that can be used within 365 days of the issuance date for any package worth the same amount. (Subject to availability)
  • If a trek/trip has to be aborted midway due to a natural calamity/unforeseen circumstances (like rain, snowfall, earthquake, landslides, strike, bandh, etc.). In that case, no refund would be provided.
  • Tree stays/Third party Hotel/Operator will not bear any expense due to any natural calamity/unforeseen circumstances (like rain, snowfall, earthquake, landslides, strike, bandh, etc.).
  • Mandatory Document: WAIVER OF LIABILITY, RELEASE OF LIABILITY, AND ASSUMPTION OF RISK AGREEMENT/Undertaking to be signed and submitted by the parents/guardian of guests below 18yrs of age.
  • Guests are responsible for their own belongings.

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Terms and Conditions

IDENTITY PROOF

In keeping with Government regulations, we request all guests (on single/double/triple occupancy) to carry a photo identity to present on check-in. Foreign nationals are required to present their valid passport and visa. Indian nationals can present any government issued photo identity address proof card e.g. driving license, passport, Aadhar card or voter’s ID card. PAN Card will not be accepted as the above. Also do keep handy proof of corporate affiliations, if you have made a corporate booking.

NO SMOKING

The Government of India has introduced a ‘no smoking’ rule for hotels, restaurants and all public places. This means smoking is prohibited in all parts of the campsite except in designated areas.


PAYMENT POLICY

50% payment at the time of Confirmation. Balance payment 24 hours prior to Departure.
Please note that the room/s and the rate will be confirmed subject to availability, at the time of receipt of the advance deposit details.


CHECK-IN/CHECK-OUT POLICY

  • Our check-in time is 2 pm and our check-out time is 10 am.
  • Check-in Early/Late, or sleep in and check-out late, we will be happy to oblige however is subject to availability. Both may entail a nominal additional charge.
  •  If the behaviour of any guest is likely to cause distress or harm to them or others, our member of staff or other team members, our on ground Guide/Staff reserve the right to terminate their tour at any time and they will have to make their own arrangements; we will not be liable for any expenses incurred as a result. We will not entertain any claims arising in case such actions are taken by our staff.
  •  The guests are responsible for their belongings. For any loss/damage Travelmite/third party will not be held responsible.
  • Travelmite shall not be responsible for any delays or alterations in the program or indirectly incurred expenses in cases such as natural hazards, accidents, breakdown of machinery, weather conditions, landslides, political closure, or any untoward incidents.
  • We do not provide any insurance policy to cover the expenditure on sickness or accidents or losses incurred due to theft or other reasons.
  • Numerous factors such as weather and road conditions the physical ability of participants etc. may bring alteration in the itinerary. We reserve the right to make necessary changes in the schedule in the interest of safety, comfort and general well-being!

Frequest Questions

What is the best time to visit Munsiyari?

The best time to visit Munsivari is from April to July. In addition, the greenery is at its full bloom during September to November and one can easily view the panoramic sight of the Himalayas in the month of November. Although the weather remains cool throughout the year, nights can be a little chilly. The climate remains pleasant during these months.

 

 

Is it safe to travel to Munsiyari?

Unlike other maior hill stations, Munsiyari is a hill station entirely established by the Kumaoni people of Uttarakhand that reside in Munsiyari and its vicinity. Local people of Munsiyari are very humble and even make sure that all the tourists are safe and sound. The crime rate in Munsiyari is almost negligible although common sense is always important to keep oneself out of troubles.

 

 

Is there ATM facility available in Munsiyari?

Yes, Munsiyari being a popular hill station in the Kumaon region of Uttarakhand offers plenty of services.

 

 

When can one expect snowfall in Munsiyari?

Snowfall in Munsivari usually commences in the last week of December up until the month of January.

 

 

What are other destinations in and around Munsiyari?

Apart from the plethora of ancient temple in Munsiyari itself, one can opt for other destinations, which are approximate to Munsiyari. Pithoragarh is another picturesque hill station just 127 kms from Berinag. Chaukori and Berinag are also located nearby to Munsiyari.

 

 

How to reach Munsiyari from Delhi?

Munsiyari is at a distance of 635kms via NH-125 and NH-24 from Delhi. There are various modes of transportations that are available to reach Munsiyari:
• By Road: Munsiyari is well connected with major northern cities via motorable roads. There are various bus services available from Delhi to Munsivari. One can opt for semi-deluxe or deluxe as per their needs. In addition to that, Munsivari is connected with Delhi by Uttaranchal State Road Transport Corporation buses on a regular basis from Anand Vihar ISBT. If you have don't get the straight bus for Munsiyari you can take buses for cities like Haldwani, Kathgodam, Pithoragarh, and Bageshwar from Delhi. Taxis and buses are easily available for Munsiyari from these locations.
•By Rail: The nearest railhead is Kathgodam Railway Station, which is 301 kms from Munsiyari.
There are numerous trains connecting Kathgodam with other major cities like Delhi, Lucknow and Kolkata etc. The frequency of trains to Kathgodam is quite high as it is the gateway to the Kumaon region of Uttarakhand.
• By Air: Although Naini Saini is the nearest airport to Munsiyari but currently there are no flights operates from there. Therefore, the nearest operational airport is the Pantnagar Airport that lies approximately 335 kilometres from Munsiyari and offers daily connectivity with New Delhi.

 


Which is the nearest airport to Munsiyari?


The nearest airport is the Pantnagar Airport, which lies approximately 335 kilometres from Munsiyari, and offers daily connectivity with New Delhi.

 

 

Which is the nearest railway station to Munsiyari?

Kathgodam is the nearest railway station, which is at a distance of 301 kms from Munsivari. There are several car rental and tour companies, which operate from Kathgodam that provide taxis to Munsiyari.

 

 

Is Khaliya Top a difficult trek?

The actual climb to the Khaliya Top summit begins from Balati Bend, from where the peak is around 9 km. While termed as an easy to moderate trek, there are some steep climbs on this route as well.

 

 

What is the altitude of Thamri Kund?

Thamri Kund or Thamri Tal is located near the Himalayan city named Munsiyari and is surrounded by alpine trees. Unlike the layers of clouds, this lake is located at about 7500 feet above sea level.

 

 

What is the room sharing basis?

Our rooms are on double, triple, and quad sharing basis. (Offers are subject to availability.)

 

 

Can you customize a trip?

YES, If you want us to design a customized itinerary for you and your family/friends, reach out to us at [email protected] or Call us at 8010000205.

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