Experience the hidden and earthen life of Kumaoni mountain communities

Munsyari Uttarakhand India

Overview

Bird songs and crunching sound of pine needles as you step your feet on them while on mountain hikes. Munsiyari which means a place of snow is a small town in the kumaon hills. It is known as a birding paradise and as a base camp for major treks into the glaciers. 

This experience is about living the simple life of mountain villages. The villages are clean, welcoming and full of contentment. 

Experience the warmth of Kumaoni community, live in rustic homestays owned by the community themselves. Cook uniquely flavoured Kumaoni food, sing and dance to the tunes of authentic local music.

14,500.00

Description

Munsiyari, base camp for major treks into the Himalayas: A small town in Pithoragarh district of Kumaon Himalayas, it lies at the base of great Himalayas. It is about 600km from Delhi and around 300km from Kathgodam train station. Refreshing environment and birding paradise:  Munsiyari is set very closely in the Panchchuli range and the each homestay has a unique view towards the peak or the valleys. Witness the golden glow sunset at Panchchuli peaks and walk into the beautiful forests. Panchchuli are a group of 5 snow-capped Himalayan peaks where Pandava’s cooked their last meal before proceeding to the heavenly abode. Home-cooked Kumaoni cuisine: The food suits the extreme climatic conditions of the region and low levels of nutrition. Black soybeans (bhatt) with a very high protein content forms the major part of dals and soups. Special spices from these high-altitudes add a strong and memorable flavour to the food. Simple and nutritious All meals are organic and home-cooked.Homestays:Stay in independent homestays. They are spacious, comfortable and have awesome views of the Himalayas and the valleys. As part of responsible travel, major part of the money that you pay goes directly to the local community that helps them in living a sustainable lifestyle.

Itinerary

The itinerary is only indicative, this can be customized as per your demands. 

Day 1: After an overnight train, arrive in Kathgodam and drive to Munsyari. 

Day 2: 

(Craft expedition) - After breakfast, visit the local weavers who make beautiful products of wool and bamboo. 

(The Food Trail) - Visit the local farms and experience organic farming of seasonal fruits and vegetables, cook over firewood and possibly participate in harvesting. 

(Women’s collective) - Visit the women’s collective to see how women sustain local economy via self-reliance model. See how they make flower juice, carpets and other products.

Day 3: 

After breakfast, leave for farm walk and half day hike into the beautiful Himalayan forests. See how the beautiful Himalayan forests, rivers, animals and farms are required for humans. This region is paradise for colorful Himalayan birds.

Day 4: 

After breakfast, leave for natural history walk in mountain villages followed by experience of local architecture and sustainable living. Participate in community get-together in evening with local Kumaoni food, music and dance.

Day 5: After breakfast, depart for Kathgodam to catch the evening train for Delhi.

Inclusions

  • Natural Pure Water :)
  • Village Activities
  • Hygienic Western/Indian bathrooms with warm water
  • Clean and fresh white linens and duvets
  • Packed lunch on days of outdoor tours
  • Home cooked Vegetarian meals twice a day. Vegetables are organic and grown on local farms
  • Travel cost from Kathgodam to Munsyari and back in either Bolero or Force Traveller
  • Cooking experience
  • All village walks and fee of local experts

Exclusions

  • Packaged water
  • Travel cost from base location to Kathgodam

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