A major source of the River Goriganga, the Milam Glacier, though originating from the eastern slope of Tirsuli and southern slope of Kohli, is a potpourri of several other glaciers emerging from the peaks of Hardeol at 7,151 meters, Mangraon at 6,568 meters, Deo Damla at 6,637 meters, Sakram at 6,254 meters, Nanda Gond at 6,315 meters and Nanda Pal at 6,306 meters.
A truly magnificent trekking destination in the Kumaun Himalayan region, the vicinity over the shifting glaze that snouts at an altitude of 3,872 meters lays bare the silver lining horizon under the serene and spotless blue sky. The Milam Glacier Trek that passes through several solitary hamlets, lush green alpine meadows dotted with wild flowering plants, evergreen whispering and raging forest and varied landscape simply grab the imagination of every explorer. One of the moderate to challenging treks in the Kumaun Himalayan region that takes almost a fortnight to trek, it is in the list of every mountain lovers. The trailing track to Milam Glacier commences from the month of May and the odyssey winds up in the mid of October.
The Milam Glacier trek from Munsiyari to Munsiyari is approximately 14 – 15 days of trail and trekkers need to get acclimatized to different altitudes. The actual trek to Milam Glacier starts from Bog Udyar, which is a drive-able distance from Munsiyari. The trail heads to Railkot that is perched at an altitude of 3,130 meters and it takes approximately 8 – 9 hours. From Railkot the route snakes through Panchu along the River Goriganga to Milam village, which is at an elevation of 3,420 meters. From Milam village the trail uphill leads to the camp site at Nitwal Thaur along the glacial track and thereafter winds upwards to Suraj Kund, wherefrom you can get a glimpse of Trishul massif, located within a stone’s throw distance. The trail downhill back to Railkot travels through Burphu, which is a quaint and solitary village. Thereafter the journey wheels to Almora via Munsiyari.
|Region||Kumaon Himalayas (Uttaranchal)|
|Base||Munsiyari near Milam Glacier|
|Altitude||2290 m above Sea Level|
|One Way Trek||58 Kms.|