So after a good night sleep in my village we continued with our journey towards Munsiari taking the route of Berinaag, Chaukori, Thal, Phuli, Birthi . As we continued our driving we were expecting some snow covered mountains everywhere as we had heard about the beautiful village and we saw that approaching as well but as we went on nearer we came in for a rude shock as the snow we were expecting was nothing but just remains of white patches on the mountains and I must admit how crestfallen we felt when we assumed that it was that peroid of time when there would be no snow in that particular city as we had no awareness for the same. Neverthless we continued with our journey upwards thinking we might find some solace in that region particularily for what I had planned this getaway and hoping for the best.
As we went on we just saw something as one of our friend suggested that it has to be snow and not those white patches but we kept our excitement at bay so that not to get disappointed again and to our pleasant surprise it was exacatly the thing we had in mind. Oh holy that is real white pure thick snow and our excitement level went on to the extreme . We halted there for a time being and started dancing and playing around in that area for about thirty minutes and I must admit though at this point of time it appears frivolous but our joy could be just understood by the fact that when one expects something and is deprived of that and the next moment he comes to know he has has the same thing with him the sensation that is felt at that moment is the one we experienced there and it was like we had achieved everything.
Neverthless we continued with our journey towards our destination and within thirty minutes from where we had halted for feeling the snow we reached the particular town. Here I would like to brief you about a bit of this lovely place.
Munsiari (Devanagari: मुनस्यारी ) is the name of the sub-division headquarters, a conglomeration of revenue villages and it also refers to the entire region as Munsiari Tehsil and Sub Division in the Pithoragarh District in the hill-state of Uttarakhand, India.
It lies at the base of the great Himalayan mountain range, at an elevation of about 2,200 m (7,200 ft) and is a starting point of various treks into the interior of the range. Its name refers to a 'place with snow'. Situated on the banks of Goriganga river, it is a fast-growing tourist destination, and mountaineers, glacier enthusiasts, high altitude trekkers and nature lovers commonly use it as their hub or base camp. Munsiari also falls on the ancient salt route from Tibet and is at the entrance of the Johar Valley, which extends along the path of the Gori ganga river to its source at the Milam Glacier. It is inhabited mainly by people of a few different caste groups including the Shauka tribe, dalits or Scheduled Castes and people categorized in other general castes comprising Kshatriya's, Pandits with a few Muslim, Sikhs, Christians and Buddhists.
Munsiari bazaar is a conglomeration of revenue villages and is not categorized as a town. The bazaar area comprises the villages of Malla Ghorpatta and Bunga, while Naya Basti, Sarmoli, Nana Sem, Jainti, Papdi villages form the periphery of the area popularly called Munsiari. The main bazaar area faces east towards the himalayan Panchachuli ranges.
The upper part of Munsiari is called Malla Johar, which comprises of 14 trans-humant alpine villages, that are seasonally occupied during the months of May to early November.
After reaching this town we checked into the hotel and booked a single room for four for two nights and three days and it costed us somewhere around six thousand as we were a bit tired that particular day we thought of resting as we heard from the restaurant owner that after six there is nothing you can do there and mostly every sightseeing happens in the early morning and during the day.
I planned out the roadmap for the next two days and how we would go about it. Khaliya top was zeroed down for the very next day and after eating the delicious pahari chicken cooked by the hotel staff we took to bed to get up early in the morning to start our trek to Khaliya.
As the alarm rang at six and our eyes opened to the scenic beauty of the place with mountains covered with thick snow that particular moment was just mesmerizing and over the top for especially me who was lost in the hustle bustle of the city so as to forget his own identity to say the least I was overwhelmed with ecstasy .
All of us after doing our daily chores set out to the predestined trek. Khaliya is 12200 feet above from its base which is roughly around four kms. On our way up it was all dense thickly covered snow along with pine and deodar trees. After treeking for sometime we got discouraged to climb Khaliya Top as we were not use to walking on snow and also had not trekked for a while on these steep snow covered mountains but somehow we got determined that we would make it.
Believe me it was tough. After we started the climb which was tough we came across many tourists who had given up and were climbing down saying it was too tough. We persisted amid the forests, big trees, natural beauty and followed the formula of setting our own pace. I admit we too thought of giving up but something in us made us persist. It was really tough for all of us but we engaged in snow fights, climbing trees shooting videos whenever we thought it was difficult to climb further but when we reached the top it was real bliss. A really beautiful meadow and the feeling of being virtually on top of the world. A trek we will remember for entire lifetime as difficult but the beautiful in its self. The climb down was easier but tricky. A must visit for those who are tough but love nature's beauty.