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Milam Glacier

Milam Glacier is a major glacier of the Kumaon Himalaya. It is located in the tehsil of Munsiyari, part of the Pithoragarh district of Uttarakhand, India, about 15 kilometers (9 mi) northeast of Nanda Devi. It ranges in elevation from about 5,500 meters (18,000 ft) to about 3,870 meters (12,700 ft) at its snout. It covers around 37 km2 (14 sq mi) and is 16 km (10 mi) long.

Milam Glacier is situated on the south facing slope of the main Himalayan range. It originates from the eastern slope of Trishuli and the southern slope of its eastern subsidiary Kohli. The subsidiary glaciers coming off the peaks of Hardeol, Mangraon (6,568 m), Deo Damla (6,637 m), and Sakram (6,254 m) on the eastern rim of the Nanda Devi Sanctuary flow into it from the west, while on the east it is fed by glaciers from Nanda Gond (6,315 m) and Nanda Pal (6,306 m).The glacier is the source of the Goriganga River. The village of Milam lies near the snout of the glacier; Munsiyari, further down the Goriganga valley, is the base for the trek to the glacier.

The trek begins from a place called Munsiyari located in Pithoragarh district. From here you have to trek 25 km to reach a place called Bagudyar via Lilam. From Bagudyar to Rialkot and from Rialkot to Martoli is another 17 km of trekking though breathtaking Himalayan environs. From Martoli, a further trek of 17 km will take you to Milam village via Burfu. From here, the glacier is a 5 Km trek.

The biggest glacier of the Kumaon, Uttarakhand. It originates from the slope of Kohli and Trishul peaks and situated on the south facing slope of the main Himalayan range. Milam Village which is located near the glacier is one of the highest villages in the Himalayan range. Munsiyari is the base for the trek route leading to Milam glacier. The best time for trekking is June to October.

Route Distance
Munsiyari to Lilam: 12 km
Lilam to Bagudyar: 13 km
Bagudyar to Railkot: 12 km
Railkot to Martoli: 5 km
Martoli to Burfu: 9 km
Burfu to Milam village: 8 km
Milam to Milam glacier: 5 km

How to Reach By road, the base camp of Munsiyari is well connected with major destinations like Delhi (612 Km), Nainital (288 Km) and Kathgodam (261 Km). Nearest railhead is Kathgodam and nearest airport is Naini Saini at Pithoragarh (128 Km).

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