Known for its picturesque beauty and trekking excursions, Munsiyari has truly emerged as a haven for adventure lovers and high altitude trekkers. Often referred to as 'Little Kashmir', Munsiyari shares its border with Tibet. Surrounded by the sun-kissed Panchachuli peaks, a group of five snow-capped Himalayan peaks, Munsiyari leaves you mesmerised with its natural beauty.

Situated on the banks of Goriganga river, Munsiyari means a place with snow. Lying at a height of 2,298 m, it is slowly becoming a popular skiing centre as well. The best way to explore the town is on foot as most of the scenic spots are located pretty close to the centre. Start with the Nanda Devi Temple that can be reached by covering an easy 3 km trek through the hidden alleys of the town.

The Nanda Devi hilltop is a wide open meadow that offers a 180-degree view of the Himalayan range. Once you reach the hilltop, visit the white temple dedicated to Goddess Nanda Devi. The hilltop is also popular for its breathtakingly beautiful orange sunsets.

Munisyari also acts as a base camp for trekkers who want to explore the Milam and Ralam Glaciers and the Nanda Devi peak. One of the easier treks includes the lesser-explored Khalia Top trek, which is another great option for tourists to witness natural beauty at its best.

The trek begins from Balati Band, which is located around 9 km from Munisyari. The initial climb passes through narrow paths lined with rhododendron trees often covered with snow. The clear blue skies and chilly winds keep you excited as you carry on with the physically demanding trek. Once you reach Khalia Top point, you will be left mesmerised by the uncanny views of snow-clad Himalayan peaks including Panchachuli, Nanda Devi, Hardeol, Rajrambha and the Milam valley.

An extended trek leads you to the Zero point which rests at an altitude of 4,000 m and offers a 360-degree view of the Himalayas. Very rarely does one get to witness the grand Himalayas so closely from similar heights. The Khali Top trek is one of the most soul-pleasing experiences you can take in Munsiyari.

Munsiyari also houses a small cultural museum that showcases rare exhibits depicting the culture, history, tradition and lifestyle of the local tribal communities. Audio guides are the best way to explore the museum and know about various collections kept here. Munsiyari lies about 259 km from Nainital.

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