Milam Glacier Trek

Milam Glacier Trek

Milam Glacier Trek is a beautiful journey in Himalayas. It is a thrilling and adventurous trek of total 114 Km. This journey goes through many amazing water streams, lush green grassland, forest of pine and deodar trees, waterfalls, etc. It used be a ancient trade route between Tibetan and Indians. The Milam Glacier trek starts from base camp at Munsiyari in Pithoragarh district of Uttarakhand. The trek passes through places like Lilam, Bogudiyar, Rilkot, Martoli, Burfu, Bilju,etc. It has many great camping locations like Nitwal dhar, suraj kund, Nahardevi, etc. It is one of the best holiday destinations in Uttarakhand.

Milam Glacier

Milam Glacier Trek, Munsiyari
Milam Glacier Trek, Munsiyari

Milam Glacier is a Himalayan valley of 37 sq Km, the source of Gori Ganga river. It is located at an elevation of 3,870 m (12,700 ft) to 5,500 m (18,000 ft) above sea level. Milam glacier faces high hills of Himalayan mountains like Mangraon at 6,568 m (21,548.5 ft), Deo Damla at 6,637 m (21,775 ft), Sakram at 6,254 m (20,518 ft), Nanda Gond at 6,315 m (20,718.5 ft), Nanda Pal at 6,306 m (20,689 ft), etc.

Route Map of Milam Glacier Trek

Kathgodam to Munsiyari distance is 340 Km via Almora.

kathgodam is entrance to the hilly roads of Himalayan mountains into kumaon region of Uttarakhand. Kathgodam is the nearest railway station. Night stay in hotel and resort of Munsiyari at an altitude of  2,290 m (7,513 ft) above sea level.

Trekking Distance: 14 Km

Milam glacier trek starts from Seolikote base camp in Munsiyari at an altitude of 2,290 m. Munsiyari to Lilam is a 14 Km trek starts along the bank of Gori Ganga river for 3 Kms then into the forests and fields with steep slope. Overnight stay in camps and tents at Lilam at an elevation of 1,850 m (6,070 ft) above sea level.

Trekking Distance: 12 Km

Journey is thrilling trek with steep slopes climbing up and down, but later becomes flat to Bagudiyar. This trek passes through Bhabali Dhar situated on foot of Raj Ramba and Pancha Chuli Peak. Bagudiyar is starting point of Poting Glacier (lies on Indo-Tibet border) with ITBP check post. Camping location in Tents or Huts is on other side of iron bridge at elevation of 2,500 m (8,202 ft) above sea level.

Trekking Distance 12 Km

Start trekking form bagudiyar in morning. To reach Rilkot village there is difficult climbing till Nahardevi and Mapa which takes around 2 Hours. Later there is a open valley along the bank of Gori river till Rilkot village at an altitude of 3,000 m (9,842 ft). It is a huge camping site with lot of water sources for travelers.

Trekking Distance: 16 Km

Today trek is not really difficult as most part of the distance is along border road build by Army till Milam village. Mid point of trek is around Martoli and Burfu. Overnight stay in tent camping or local huts in Milam village at an altitude of 3,300 m (10,827 ft) above sea level.

Trekking Distance: 6 Km

This is the trek you came on this trip for in 37 square Km Milam Glacier. The 3 Km trek goes through tugged terrains to an altitude of 3,438 m (11,279.5 ft) above sea level. It is at the foot of mountain in Himalayan hill, Trisuli at 7,065 m (23,179 ft). Again back and night stay at Milam village.

Trekking Distance: 16 Km

The 16 Km trek back to Rilkot village with enjoying beautiful landscape of Himalayas. You can stay back in camps and huts for overnight. 

Trekking Distance: 12 Km

This trekking route is little bit easy that can be covered at faster speed. You can enjoy beauty of nature like grasslands, water streams, waterfalls, wildlife, etc. 

Trekking Distance: 12 Km

This is a gradual down slope of 650 m in just 12 km. overnight stay in Lilam campsite.

Trekking Distance: 14 Km

The final level of adventurous trek will end on this day. You will reach Munsiyari and stay in Hotel or Rest house with proper amenities after long trip.

How to Reach Milam Glacier Trek

Distance to Munsiyari + 57 Km Trek

  • Kathgodam Railway Station: 279 Km
  • Khatima Railway Station: 298 Km
  • Pantnagar Airport: 313 Km
  • Pithoragarh: 127 Km
  • New Delhi: 548 Km
  • Dehradun: 450 Km