A 7-day Trek to Milam Glacier from Chillamdhar-
Munsiary 
in Uttarakhand. 
[via the new High-level route, created after 2013 floods] 

Nearing Babaldhar Teahouse ... our treks 1st n/h about 150M downhill from the Sain-Singh-Top Pass


Day-1 [20-Oct 2016] 
Munsiary to Chillamdhar by Maxx & Trek to Babaldhar via Pungdeo

Next morning (20th Oct) around 7:30AM, porter Gopal came with a 'booked' Maxx-jeep (Rs 600/-) to take us to Chillamdhar; the new starting point of the higher-level Milam Trek (after the 2013 cloud-burst floods had destroyed the lower route starting from Selapani on Madkot road). 

We reached the road head at Chillamdhar around 8-15AM and immediately started the trek by first going down 150M to cross a stream on a small log-bridge and then climb up 150M on other side to reach the Trail. 

Pretty soon a Landslide ... coming up ahead 

The high-route trail first goes to Pungdeo (150M approx  above Lilam village) and then on to a long walk with lots of ups and downs and then a narrow steep climbs over the Nain Singh Pass and then down some 150M to 2-3 Teahouses Shacks at Babaldhar.

Pungdeo Teahouse - where we had lunch on the trail

We reached Pungdeo teahouse at around 11AM and had a our lunch there. We left at 11:45AM and it was long and strenuous trek from then on ... climbing all the way to Main Singh Pass (3:45PM). And then a short downhill trek to reach the 1st Teahouse at 4:45PM. 

It was pretty basic thatch-roof shack of a "hotel" in a clearing in the forest (pic at top) ... anyway, we decided to stay there.  End of day-1 trek! Today was the toughest walk of all days in this trek; we did 1100M of uphill climb  and 400M downhill.  
 
We had dinner, just the basic Dal-Roti-Rice-Sabji  combo,  early at 7PM and hit the sleeping bags on rough beds made of thin bamboo sticks tied together with a sleeping mat on top. 

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At Chillamdhar ... for Trek Start at 8:15AM

The Trek trail seen on other side of a side valley 

 Around 11AM could see Lilam village down below

Looking back 
(1-12PM) 
the valley & trail (R) we came

Gopal Ram (our Guide-porter) ... drinking water before the steep climb to Sain Singh Top via switchbacks

At 3-45PM we reach Sain Singh Pass .. Babaldhar is still 1 hr away ... but thankfully downhill now