Milam Glacier Trek - 

A 11-day trek from Munsiyari to Milam Glacier. 

In this Page: Trek Days 1 to 4 are described:

Day-1:  Munsiary > Selapani > Lilam

Day-2: Lilam > Budgiar

Day-3: Bugdiar > Railkot

Day-4: Railkot > Martoli 


Day-1  ... 15/05/07 ... Trek from Selapani to Lilam ... 8Kms

 Looking back at the first 100ft of the stony trail leading down from Selapani into Gori Ganga Valley.

 Looking back at the trail .... blasted out from a huge rocky mountain face and Gori Ganga roaring below.

 We reached Jimmyghat teashop at 2:30pm - had a bowl of Chana-soup,  tea and half-hour rest.

 The suspension bridge we had to cross, as we leave Jimmyghat

Day-2 ... 16/05/07 ... Trek from  Lilam to Bodgiar ... 15 Kms

 A huge rock slab; trail goes under it!

 Balwant & Debu .... at Rargari

 

 Balwant & Debu .. a sit-down rest pause ....  on the trail

 Finally reaching Bugudiar at 3:30pm after a stiff trek of 7 Hrs!

Day-3 ... 17/05/07 ... Trek from   Bugudiar to Railkot ... 10 Kms

 The PWD Resthouse at Bugudiar where I stayed last night

 The Nahardevi Teahouse appears on the trail after 1.5hr trek

 

The temple on the trail 1km past Nahardevi Teahouse.

 Just ahead, is a steep ascent  stretch ..... looks more scary as it is not visible ... and is in the cleavage seen in the rocky face at center of the picture. Actually, it turned out less difficult, than I had imagined. 

 

 We finally reached Railkot (3200M) teashop at 3:30Pm .. after trekking 7 hrs ..  today was the longest and toughest trek of the entire trip.

 At Sunset time the sheep were gathering in the meadow above my PWD Cabin to sit down for the night

 

 The PWD Cabin I stayed in at Rilkot ... basic, but quite ok compared to the home-stays further up the valley at Martoli, Burfu etc.

Day-4 ... 18/05/07 ... Trek from Rilkot to Martoli ... 6 Kms

This yellow flower was a pretty common sight on the trail.

 We reached Martoli at 10 am after just 3.5 hrs trek. The village on pleasant green meadow, with many stone-houses .... but most were deserted and often dilapated.

 Debu, Balwant and Narendra Martolia ...in front of his house ..in which we stayed the night.

Narendra displays old utensils, tools, toys and shoes, used by his ancestors  before 1962 when Martoli was a thriving hub village, on the indo-tibetan trade route, before the war. 

 Thats the full view of Martoli GH with its front green lawn. 




***** Day 1 *****

We started the trek at 12:24 PM  on 15th May 2007, from Selapani.  The trail is along the "true-right" of Gori Ganga (until we cross over to "true-left" after Martoli, on 5th day).  In fact, the entire trek is alongside Gori Ganga ... which can be seen and/or heard throughout this trek right upto Milam Glacier!

Within half-hour of trek start, we came across this waterfall...... roaring down a huge rock face on the trek trail.

This is Lilam ...we reached here at 4pm after a 3-hour trek; the last hour a stiff ascent. The PWD rest house where I stayed, is further down below the hut you seen on left of picture.

***** Day 2 *****

 See that small wooden bridge, way down across two rocks? ... its for crossing Gori Ganga; used by HEP project workers, to work on both sides. 

   

After about 4hrs trek, from Lilam, we reached this teahouse at Rargari (pronounced "railgadi" by locals) at Gori Ganga river-bed level. We had breakfast of roti-sabzi here.

***** Day 3 ***** 

The first of the 6 snow bridges, we had to cross on the trail, appeared just past the Naharadevi temple.... wasn't tough, as snow was packed hard.

 

That's me and Balwant on another stretch of snow, past Nahardevi

 A huge waterfall ..... flows into .... and then under the snowbridge

 

View of Gori Ganga Valley from Rilkot, looking further up toward Milam

***** Day 4 ***** 

 Looking back at Rilkot, 1 hour after leaving it ... as white specs way back on that green  meadow (near the center of the picture).

View from Martoli ...looking south down the valley

 

Martoli Peak ...... which looms over the Martoli village 

Narendra Martoli (the owner of the GH where we stayed, in Pic at left) seemed to be very knowledgeable about Martoli Village and its importance in the Tibetan trade days. He has a collection of old tools  and artifacts that he is willing to show to an interested tourist. He also suggested that I meet a gentlemen named Mallika Varti, near Shamali Bend, in Munsiary, who has a huge collection of information on local birds, snakes etc. Unfortunately, I could'nt meet  Mr Varti.  

 View of my corner of the room .. with my sleeping bag and stuff .. at  Martoli where we stayed in Narender's Home-Stay hotel.

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