Milam Glacier

16 kms
4242 mts

The spectacular Milam Glacier is cradled in the Kumaon Himalayas of Uttarakhand state. It is situated in Munsiyari tehsil of Pithoragarh district, about 15 km northeast of Nanda Devi. The Milam glacier is perched at an impressive elevation of about 5,500 metres (18,000 feet) to 3,870 metres (12,700 feet) above sea level, at its snout. The glacier sprawls over 37 km2 (14 sq mi) and is 16 km (10 mi) long. Milam glacier is a vital source of the Goriganga River. It originates from the eastern slope of Trishuli and the southern slope of its eastern subsidiary Kohli. These subsidiary glaciers emerge from the peaks of Hardeol, Mangraon (6,568 m), Deo Damla (6,637 m) and Sakram (6,254 m) on the eastern rim of Nanda Devi Sanctuary, which flow into it from the west. While on the east, it is fed by Nanda Gond (6,315 m) and Nanda Pal (6,306 m).

How to Reach:

Milam glacier is one of the favourite destinations of the hikers. One can approach this glacier easily as Joshimath and Munsiyari are well connected by motorable roads. The nearest railhead is at Nainital about 297 km from Joshimath and 273 km from Munsiyari. The nearest airport is Jolly Grant Airport at Dehradun about 267 km from Joshimath or Pantnagar Airport about 304 km from Munsiyari. The hikers will have to start their trek from Munsiyari for Milam glacier. The tiny hamlet of Milam lies near the snout of the glacier.

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