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Milam Glacier Trek

Day 01: Arrival Kathgodam- Kausani (130 Km)
Upon arrival at Kathgodam railway station met to our representative and transfer to Kausani via Bhimtal, Bhawali & Almora. On arrival check in hotel or resort, rest of the time visit free to relax. Overnight at hotel or resort. (One can take overnight train from Delhi to Kathgodam)

Day 02: Kausani-Baijinath-Bageswar-Munsiyari (165 Km)
Breakfast at hotel, later proceeds to Munsiyari (2300m) via Baijinath and Bageswar, en route visit the Shiva and Parvati Temples. On arrival check in hotel or resort. Rest of the time visit Munsiyari local market.

Day 03: Munsiyari – Lilam (15 Km Trek)
Early in the morning commence trek around 9AM after breakfast in Munsiyari . A pleasant descent from the SDM office was followed by a bit of not so nice ascent. Reached Lilam village in the afternoon. Pitch the tents in an open place near flowing water and  you can take a bath. Overnight at Lilam. (5-6 hrs trek)

Day 04: Lilam – Bog Udiyar (12 Km Trek)
Breakfast at tent, commence trek around 9 a.m , rather late, you can started walking (the reason is that some time rainy, usually afternoon). Following a rather swinging route (up and down and up and ... ) reached Bog Udiyar. The original route to Bodgudiar just followed the Goriganga river, this was washed away in monsoon of 1996. A new route was built which climbed the Lilam ridge. This is a long and tiring climb but would have given good views of the Panchchuli range. But, for at least two years a new route which goes somewhere in the middle of the two routes has been made. So, one has more or less no choice but to take this. It appears that this route is not much less of a climb compared to the upper route as you go up and down a lot. On this route you do get to see some nameless snow capped peaks mainly leading towards the Ralam village and the river which joins the Goriganga on the way. Just before reaching Rirgari there is a bifurcation with one route going up and another going down. The down route goes very close to the river and infect at some stage it almost becomes a bridge which is parallel and clinging to the rock face. Pitch tents outside the PWD guest house in Bog Udiyar. Somtime this place can be full of leeches. (6-7 hrs Trek)

Day 05: Bog Udiyar – Nahar Devi- Rilkot (12 Km Trek)
After breakfast commence trek to Rilkot via Nahar Devi Temple. Just after Bog Udiyar cross a stream coming from the Namic glacier from where there is an interesting trek to Song which is at the base of the Pindari glacier trek, which supposedly goes only up to an altitude of 4700mtrs. But the difficult parts of the glacier is on the other side where it drains into the river Ramganga (This is the beautiful river is seen on the way from Thal to Munsiyari). Our route steadily climbs along the river which is very noisy at this stage. After about one hour reach the upper Bog Udiyar meadow crossing the Goriganga to reach the true left side of the river. This is a beautiful place for camping, which is guarded by huge cliffs on both side. One side there is a 1000 mtr rock wall which looks very impressive. At other end of this meadow there is a bridge which you have to cross to get back to the true right side of the river. Some people were cutting the rock face to make new route which would have avoided the double crossing of the river. From now on the route starts to go up and down and flat at times. After about an hour walk get to a place where one has to walk on the thick ice for about a minute. For some time one gets to eat some wild strawberries near the trail. There are about three of four such ice patches and we have to cross only two of them. There is one snow bridge which covers all the Goriganga river. At this stage there is another bifurcation, obviously one going up and one going down. The route which goes up, ascends a cold 250m before descending down. The route goes down to the river and you have to walk on the river for about 50m with water up to the waist height. Apparently there is a third route in the middle which involves a bit of rock climbing. After that ugly climb and descent you immediately cross another small snow bridge. Somewhere around there, is supposed to be a bifurcation for heading for the Lhapsa pass crossing which you would reach the east Shalang glacier which will be described later. The route then goes along the river (although the river is flat the route still keeps going up and down) to reach Rilkot. This place is supposed to be the first rain shadow area on the trail, though it rained maximum here. The Rilkot is covered by nameless snow capped peaks on all the sides. Camped near the river in Rilkot. Overnight tent. (6-7 hrs Trek)

Day 06: Rilkot – Martoli - Milam Village (15 Km Trek)
After breakfast at tent and start walking towards Martoli village. There is an initial steep climb followed by more or less flat walk of about 14 Km. At some distance from the beginning of the flat walk there is a bifurcation -one route goes up and other route (the main trail) going down. The route going up heads to Martoli village and the main trail is the route to Burfu. At the end of the steep climb there is a empty village of upper Rialkot which is essentially a bunch of broken down stone houses. This village is on the edge of the upper plateau of Martoli. At this stage one gets a view of the village called Sumdu which is on the other side of Goriganga. From here we can clearly see the path from Sumdu village going up towards the Bridganga pass (4700 mtrs). Apparently it takes one full day, if you are acclimatized, to reach from Sumdu village to Ralam village via this pass. One also observes that to reach the village Sumdu (although it was just across the river) from where we were, it would take a full day as we would have to walk all the way to Burfu and all the way back since there is no bridge to cross the river before that. Martili is the nice village. This village used to be the major center of the Indo-Tibetan trade route before 1962. There used to be 500 families in this village, but now you can hardly find five inhabited houses. At Martoli one is supposed to get the first views of Nanda Devi ranges and the peaks behind the Milam glacier. You can see view of the Martoli peak (4550 mtrs) which is a small and beautiful hill towering above the village. Among the houses in the Martoli villages, most of them do not have the top as many villagers who left the village permanently have sold the wood to ITBP people who have used it for burning. It is a sad affair because most of the places where the full house exists the doors and windows carvings were very beautiful. From one end of the village the trail descend sharply towards the meeting of the Goriganga and the Lwan Gad river which flows from the Nanda devi east and Nanda Khat. It is about 250m on a easy screed slope which zig-zag till it reaches Lwagad river. Looking up, we see that the terrain below the Martoli village is heavily eroded by the wind and hence some strange shapes appear instead of plain rock faces. One crosses this river (on a bridge of course) and walks for about half an hour to reach Milam Village. After crossing the bridge there is a trail to Milam village. (5-6 hrs Trek)

Day 07: Milam Village – Milam Glacier – Milam Village (15 Km Trek)
After an early breakfast being the trek to Milam Glacier. After half an hour of walking we got the first views of the peak Trishuli (7065 mtrs). Then we came to the village called Befni which is again is an almost empty village. After a few minutes one gets a fantastic view of Nandadevi and Nandadevi east towards the west just above the villages Pacchu and Ghangar on the other side of the Goriganga river. On the east there is a long snow ridge which is parallel to our trail. Just before reaching the Milam ITBP post one crosses a bridge across river Goenka Gad which flows from peaks near the Unta dhura pass (5300 mtrs) (it is not quite a pass). This high pass is one day from Dung (4200 mtrs) which is the last ITBP post (and a day’s walk from Milam), so here is where they check all the smuggling etc. From Unta dhura there are two trails, one heading for Jainta dhura (5300 mtrs)and Kangri- Bingri (5600mtrs) pass at the Indo-Tibetan border, and another one to Topidunga (4500 mtrs), Khinger pass (5200 mtrs), Lapthal and Malari near Joshimath. Back to Milam Village for overnight stay. (7-8 hrs Trek)

Day 08: Milam Village-Martoli-Rilkot (15 Km Trek)
After breakfast trek back to Rilkot, on arrival pitch the tent for overnight stay. This is the descending trek. (5-6 hrs Trek)

Day 09: Rilkot-Nahar Devi – Bog Udiyar (12 Km Trek)
Commence descend trek to Bog Udiyar, on the way explore the magnificent beauty of this part of Kumon Himalaya. Overnight at tent, (5-6 hrs Trek)

Day 10: Bog Udiyar – Lilam (12 Km Trek)
Breakfast at tent, commence trek to Lilam, this is the best and easy part of this trek, on arrival pitch the tent for overnight stay. (6-7 hrs trek)

Day 11: Lilam –Munsiyari (15 Km Trek)
Early breakfast at descent trek to Musiyari, on arrival check in hotel or guest house. Rest of the time free for individual activities.

Day 12: Munsiyari-Almora:
After breakfast drive to Almora, via Thal, Berinaga and Champwat, this is the long day drive, but the nature beauty is unforgettable, on arrival check in hotel, rest of the time free for individual activities and visit local Lala Bazaar. Overnight at hotel.

Day 13: Almora-Nainital
Breakfast at hotel later proceed to Nainital, on arrival check in hotel rest of the time visit Naini Lake and The Mall Road Nainital. Overnight at hotel.  

Day 14: Nainital-Kathgodam-Delhi (Overnight Train)
Full day local sightseeing visit several lake and temples, later transfer to Kathgodam, board overnight train to Delhi.

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