Milam Glacier Trek

18 NIGHTS | 19 DAYS

Region, State : KUMAON, UTTARAKHAND

Difficulty Level   : Moderate

Name of the program : Milam Glacier Trek along the base of the Mount Nanda Devi, in the footsteps of Eric Shipton and Dr. Longstaff

Detailed Program: Milam Glacier Trek is a gateway to explore the mystiques of Uttarakhand. One of the largest glacier of Kumaon covering an area of 37square kilometers it is perched at an elevation of 3,438mts above sea level. The trail to Milam Glacier goes through forests, waterfalls, villages, chunks of ice, wooden bridges. Milam Glacier is the source of Gori Ganga River which acts as an important tributary of Kali River. The trek is long and adventurous and thus graded at moderate level. 

The trail offers captivating view of quaint villages, picturesque streams, waterfalls and snow laden Himalayas. Route to Milam glacier has several vantage points offering panoramic vistas of mountains, friendly people, varied flora and fauna and green landscapes.

Itinerary at a Glance:

Day Activities
Day 1 Arrive Delhi
Day 2 Delhi – Kathgodam – Almora
Day 3 Almora – Munsiyari
Day 4 Munsiyari – Lilam
Day 5 Lilam – Bogudiyar
Day 6 Bogudiyar – Rilkot
Day 7 Rilkot – Martoli
Day 8 Martoli – Ganghar
Day 9 Ganghar – Pachu
Day 10 Pachu
Day 11 Pachu – Burfu
Day 12 Burfu – Milam Village - Milam Glacier
Day 13 Milam  – Rilkot
Day 14 Rilkot – Bogudiyar
Day 15 Bogudiyar – Lilam
Day 16 Lilam – Munsiyari
Day 17 Munsiyari – Kausani
Day 18 Kausani – Kathgodam – Delhi
Day 19 Delhi – Departure

DETAILED ITINERARY

Day 1: Arrive Delhi
You will be met on arrival and transferred to the hotel.

Overnight at the Hotel

Day 2: Delhi – Kathgodam – Almora
Driving – 81 kms, 3hrs
Start early in the morning to board the train to Kathgodam (Shatabdi 6:15/ Arrive Kathgodam 11:50)
Drive to Almora.

Overnight at the hotel 

Day 3: Almora – Munsiyari
Driving 200 kms, 6 hrs
Munsiyari is a popular hill station of the Kumaon region situated at an elevation of 2,290mts and it acts as the base camp for Milam Glacier trek.

Overnight in tents

Day 4: Munsiyari – Lilam
Trekking – 14kms, 6hrs
Level: Moderate
After breakfast drive to Seolikote from where the trek to Milam glacier commences. The route gradually descends for around 3kms with trail alongside the gushing Gori Ganga River. The trek goes through the mixture of forests and fields along the way. The last kilometers before Lilam demand a steep climb. Lilam is situated at an altitude of 1,850mts above sea level.

Overnight in tents

Day 5: Lilam – Bogudiyar
Trekking – 12kms, 5hrs
Level: Easy
The trail from Lilam to Bogudiyar has some ups and downs with increasing altitude. Watch shepherds grazing their animals on the beautiful green meadows. After a steep uphill climb you will reach Bugdiyar. Bugdiyar is a beautiful place set at an elevation of 2,500mts above sea level.

Overnight in tents

Day 6: Bogudiyar – Rilkot
Trekking – 12kms, 5-6hrs
Level: Moderate
Today’s trek goes through mule bridges, granite rock faces, frozen ice streams and a final steep ascent to the village of Rilkot. Rilkot is situated at an altitude of 3,130mts above sea level. En route one can divert to the Laspa village and further to northern glacier of Nandakot. Rilkot is a beautiful place for camping, guarded by huge cliffs on both side.

Overnight in tents

Day 7: Rilkot – Martoli
Trekking – 7kms, 5 hrs
Level: Moderate
After early breakfast start trek to Martoli. Martoli is a scenic place situated at an elevation of 3,430mts above sea level. The route to Martoli from Rilkot is a steep climb of about 7kms. Martoli was part of the ancient silk route of Tibet in ancient times.

Overnight in tents

Day 8: Martoli – Ganghar
Trekking – 12kms, 7 hrs
Level: Moderate
From Martoli you will continue to Ganghar (3260 mts). Throughout the day one gets intermittent views of the magnificent Himalayan peaks and on reaching the campsite you will get the glimpse of Nanda Devi East.

Overnight in tents

Day 9: Ganghar – Pachu
Trekking – 6 kms, 4 hrs
Level: Difficult
It is a big day when you walk from Ganghar to Pachu (3950 mts) and the camp site is an exquisite location. An Alpine meadow stretches of glacial ice and the massive Nanda Devi looming in front.

Overnight in tents

Day 10: Pachu
It is a day to rest and simply enjoy this magnificent location. Options include the hike up the snow redges of Nanda Devi East and the visit to the base of Nanda Lampak (5782 mts).

Overnight in tents

Day 11: Pachu – Burfu
Trekking – 13 kms, 7 hrs
Level: Moderate
It is time to return and we descend from Pachu to Burfu (3350 mts). The scenery is exciting as the valley opens up. The north faces of the Nanda Devi peaks, several peaks on the Nanda Devi Sanctuary wall and Hardeol group are visible. Our camp site is close to the Gori Ganga River amidst a lush green meadow.

Overnight in tents

Day 12: Burfu - Milam Village- Milam Glacier
Trekking – 8kms, 5hrs
Level: Moderate
Wake up early to see the enchanting views of snow laden Himalayan peaks. After breakfast head towards the gigantic Milam Glacier. The 3km trekking route for the day goes through rugged terrains. Milam Glacier is situated at an elevation of 3,438mts above sea level covering an area of 37sq.kms. This 10km long glacier is the source of Goriganga River. Gaze at the Himalayas in the evening.

Overnight in tents

Day 13: Milam Glacier – Rilkot
Trekking – 16kms, 7hrs
Level: Moderate
Trekking back from Milam to Rilkot is quite enervating as it goes through ups and downs. But the scenic views will surely make you think about the existence of the place called heaven.

Overnight in tents

Day 14: Rilkot – Bogudiyar
Trekking – 12kms, 5hrs
Level: Moderate
As you trek down the route will become easy but also tiresome. Walk slowly and steadily from Rilkot to Bugdiyar enjoying the enchanting view of grasslands, streams and waterfalls. Walking too fast may lead to pain in your thighs and foot joints.

Overnight in tents

Day 15: Bogudiyar – Lilam
Trekking – 12kms, 4-5hrs
Level: Easy
Enjoy the gradually descending trek from Bugdiyar to Lilam from 2,500mts to 1,850mts above sea level.

Overnight in tents

Day 16: Lilam – Munsiyari
Trekking – 14kms, 5hrs
Level: Easy
Start your final steps of this unforgettable and adventurous trek. Trek back towards Munsiyari.

Overnight in tents

Day 17: Munsiyari – Kausani
Driving – Driving 165 kms, 4 hrs

Overnight at the hotel.

Day 18: Kausani – Kathgodam – Delhi
Drive to Kathgodam (140 kms/3 hrs) to board the Shatbdi train (15:45/21:15).
Arrive Delhi and transfer to the hotel

Overnight at the hotel.

Day 19: Delhi – Departure