Area : Kumaon Himalaya
Duration : 24 days (6 days travel/18 days trekking)
Best Season : Mid May - Sept
Altitude : 3987 mts/13080 ft
Total Trekking : 196 K.M
According to the legends, there are only eight mountains in India, which has an impression of OM symbol. Out of these eight, only one has been discovered, which is known as Om Parvat or Adi Kailash. This magical mountain, Adi Kailash, is standing tall at an elevation of 6191 m in the Dharchula district. It is quite known for its strong religious and adventure connect, also, it is believed that the mountain has a miraculous nature. One thing, which makes this mountain look apart from other Himalayan ranges is its OM shape, which is formed by the by deposition of snow on the black mountain. Also, the mountains bear a resemblance to the pious, Mount Kailash. Perhaps, this is the reason it is called Adi Kailash. To reach the base of the Om Parvat, trekkers need to walk the entire distance on foot, which will take approximately 21 days to complete.
The pious Om Parvat is pristine or relatively undisturbed by human activity; however, many attempts by mountaineers were made to reach its summit. The trek is usually undertaken during the monsoon season, June to October, from the picturesque Dharchula. Also, this is the time when one can see a dot (bindi) on the semi-circle on the symbol, OM. The trail further leads to Tawaghat, which is approximately 12 km from Dharchula. After taking a short break at Tawaghat, trekkers will climb 7 km mountain, followed by a 2 km leveled walk to reach Pangu. Difficulty level keeps on increasing from Pangu as trekkers will have to trek uphill to reach Galgad. From Galgad, trekkers will continue to walk uphill till Budhi (2,740m) via Malpa for approximately 18 km. From Budhi, the trekking trail to Navidang will be little difficult as, during the journey, oxygen level will be less and trekkers may face some serious health problems. From Navidang, one can catch glimpses of the beautiful Om Parvat. After Navidang, the trek commences for Jollingkong and then reaches the final destination of the trek, base of Adi Kailash or Om Parvat. A sparkling lake called Lake Parvati, dominates the base camp area of Om Parvat.
During the journey, trekkers will cross many cross streams and rivers, several high mountain passes, cultivated lands dotted with a wide range of flora and fauna and beautiful remote villages. Also, they will come across the mighty splendour of the snow peaks of Annapurna, the gushing Kali River, thick Forest, Narayan Ashram full of wild flowers and rare variation of fruits and some waterfalls. For more information, read the itinerary given below.
The weather best suits for Adi Kailash trek during June - September as the temperature is pleasing and monsoon yet remains to start blocking the route with landslides.
Weather in Adi Kailash Trek
Summer: Summer months June is the best time to trek to Adi Kailash. The sun warms up the cool region of Adi Kailash and trekkers find it easy to cope with the environment.
Monsoon: During monsoon season, the route gets slippery and trekkers find it very difficult to make through the route.Spring: September is the charming spring favors trekkers to make way to Adi Kailash. Pleasing sun and calm weather.
Because of a very close resemblance with Mount Kailash, Adi Kailash is also called the 'Chotta Kailash' or 'Little Kailash'. Adi Kailash stands at a great height of 6,191 metres and is located in India, close to the Indo-Tibetan border. The region around the peak is peaceful, soothing and incredibly beautiful. At the bottom of the mighty peak quietly exists a lake, known as Gaurikund, which beautifully mirrors the Adi Kailash, Parvati Sarovar (also known as Manasarovar) is another lake near the peak. It is much smaller than its namesake (Manasarovar Lake, Tibet). Near the shoreline stands a shrine of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati. After the Chinese occupation of Tibet, Chotta Kailash has been looked up as the closest and most respected substitute of Mt. Kailash.
Through the Adi-Kailash Trek, one will witness the amazing snow-clad peaks of Annapurna, dense forest, several waterfalls, surging Kali River, lovely diversity of wild flowers and fruits at Narayan Ashram, and much more. Mount Adi Kailash and Parvati Sarovar are ancient holy places for Hindus in the Kumaon Himalayas.
By Air: Nearest airport is Pantnagar Airport, around 205 km from Bageshwar.
By Rail: Kathgodam railway station, 171 km from Bageshwar, is the nearest railway station.
By Road: Bamsera is 25.8Km from Bageshwar and accessed through Almora-Bageshwar-Munsiyari road. From Bamsera, tourists reach Saung or Song village, which is the starting point for the trek.
Take an AC Train for Kathgodam from Old Delhi railway station at 2245 hrs and reach Kathgodam early next morning at 0600 hrs. Overnight journey.
On your arrival at Kathgodam, you will be transferred to the hotel. The day is so you can either go for sightseeing or relax completely. You will stay at the hotel for the night.
In the morning, after enjoying a hearty breakfast, you will begin the travel to Darchula by road, an idyllic village located on the banks of the mighty Kali river. At Dharchula, stay in the hotel for the night.
The road journey ends at 19 kilometers. Trekking will commence from Tawaghat. We will be crossing the Dhauliganga river from the quaint bridge made up of wood at Tawaghat. From there starts almost vertical and winding climb up to an altitude of 1920 m at Thani – Dhar. A small tea shop where you also get good drinking water and piping hot tea is available here. A panoramic sight of Khela can be enjoyed here. A steady climb takes us to the first halt which is a Bhotiya village, Pangu where we would halt for an overnight stay.
About 2 kilometers from Pangu begins the descent called Juyntigad. Here, an almost vertical ascent begins to the Sosa village, located at an altitude of 2440 meters. The gradual climb continues until Tithaldhuraor Tihalakot is reached. We reach a good camping ground, Dharma Dvara, where there is a bell dedicated to the memory of the goddess. From here, we go to Sirkha, which is a quaint Bhotiya village with a Pacchayat Ghar and a few shops. We will halt for the night at Sirkha.
About 2 kms from Sirkha, the road inclines down to Samre or Samuri (2316 meters), where there are some shops. From Samuri there is an almost vertical stony climb through lush forests to where Sumariya - Dhar or Rungling, located at an altitude of 3048 meters begins. There is a pile of stones at the top with flags. From there begins the vertical descent through a lush forest down to Simkhola-gad, a stream. The trek Simkhola up to the villages of Bidakoti, Galla and Jipti is gentle. The Kali river, reappears here flowing down into a deep gorge which goes missing from Tawaghat. We stay at Jipti for the night rest.
The challenging part of the trek starts from Jipti all the way to Garbyang. This is a very steep and almost vertical adescent up to the River Kali's bank, which is quite adventurous. Chhatta is a challenging trek going near the sides of the Kali river. Further up is a lovely Najang waterfall, almost at a height of 100 feet. The climb begins again at the Bola pass. The upwards climbing towards Malpa may be tiring. Here the Kali river takes on a serpentine form through the treacherous gorge.
The steep ascent begins from Malpa and passes through two waterfalls that fall like shower – baths. This is a slippery path. There is a place called Lamare on the way, where one can get a cup of piping hot tea for refreshments. After another climb, the village Budhi can be seen from the hilltop. Overnight halt is at Budhi.
The almost vertical climb to Chhiya lekh is 3 kilometer long. The verdant meadows, lush greenery, and the colourful flowers with an ancient temple in the center is a sight to behold. An enormous rock with an enticing bell on top beckons out to passersby to ring it. A stunning Mount Annapurna and surrounding peaks view can be seen. The 4 kilometer trek to Garbyang (situated at an altitude of 3225 meters) follows. The village houses are a competition to the leaning tower of Pisa. This is a village built on a glacier many centuries ago. The trek moves along the banks of the Kali river. There are soaring yet spiralling trees that are a marvel to behold. A stream flowing in from Tibet, Tinker, converges with the Kali here. On the river's opposite side, Gunji is situated where River Kutti and Kali comes together. Overnight at Gunji.
The trek takes one adjacent to the Kuti River from Gunji with peaks clad with snow and the Bhojpatra forests for company. The impressive view of the peaks of Apiand Nampha is right behind. Diagonally to the river is the Rongkong village. From there one reaches Nabi,. This village has a temple and spring hidden in the majestic mountains. In many places, the snow completely covers River Kuti. 11 kilometers ahead is the Nampha PWD hut where the view is stunning. The final village on the trek is Kutti. You can see remnants of the saltmines as well as the Pandava fort. The houses of the local Bhotia people are decorated with unique engravings on both the windows and the doors. Overnight stay is at Kutti
To reach the Mount Adi Kailash foothills, situated at an altitude of 6,191metres, this is the last leg of the trek. The river Kutti may be under snow. On all sides, there are snow capped mountain ranges. On one side is the majestic Mount Adi Kailash and just opposite is the mukut of Goddess Parvati. The river Gauri Kund is located at the Mount Adi Kailash foothills, whose pristine waters reflect the sacred mountain. Four kilometers from here is the lovely Parvati Lake or Sarovar, on the banks of which is a temple of Goddess Parvati and Lord Shiva, often visited by birds that looks like swans. At Zolingkong, we will halt for the night.
It takes 4 kms to reach Jollingkong. Enjoy and savor the majestic moments of the trek's last leg before reaching the stunningly impressive Adi Kailash. At Zolingkong, we will halt for the night.
The similar route is followed to reach Kausani. Overnight stay is at the hotel.
After breakfast transfer to Kathgodam train station and from here take a night train to Delhi. Overnight train journey.
Arrive at Delhi by morning.
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You should book Adi Kailash Trek four months in advance as we need to do lots of paper work for this trek.
A pony/porter will carry your bag while trekking; you just need to wear a knapsack.
Once you book your trek with us we will give you a list of things to carry and the total weight should not cross 12 Kgs.
Our pick up and drop point for Adi Kailash Trek is Old Delhi train station. We will send you the train ticket and you can board train from there to Kathgodam. At Kathgodam our guide will pick you from train station and then from there your tour will start.
We always have a trek leader who leads the trek from the front.
Our group size is minimum 4 people and maximum 12 people with mix of men and women.
The Adi Kailash Trek is a tough trek with a maximum altitude of 13080ft (3987m) minimum age required is 15 years.
In the month of June to September the temperature during the trek can go as low as 10 Degree Celsius during the night.
We plan our treks in such a way that after 6 hours of trekking we reach next camp around lunch time and normally trek a distance of 10 to 12 Kms.
If we have to extend the trek because of the reasons which beyond our control then an additional charge may apply which are of a hotel stay and food.
Diamox is indeed very helpful, but it's advisable to consult the doctor first.
Safety is of prime importance for us that is why the tours are managed by us personally and not by a third party. Thus, we assure that the trek is absolutely safe even for solo female trekkers, who can join us for fixed departure treks.
Different shoes are suitable for various types of treks, depending on the weather, trail condition as well as duration of the trek. For warm and dry terrains, you can choose low-ankle hiking shoes. Trek boots are best for the rugged and cold condition. Trekking on the glaciers and extensive snow, on the other hand, will require trek boots with crampon-ready features. Any footwear brand that provides ankle support and comes with crampon-ready features are the best for trekking. Quechua Forlclaz 500 is good shoes with value for money.
While trekking, we serve vegetarian food rich in protein, carbohydrates and highly nutritious. Sometimes, we surprise our trekkers with tasty treats like pakora, local food, etc.
Yes, it's completely safe for drinking and even for cooking, but, to be on the safer side we always carry filters and chlorine tablets
Vehicles like Mahindra Bolero, Tata Sumo, Scorpio, Max, and Tempo Traveller are suitable for a ride on damaged Himalayan roads.
Yes, our departure times remain fixed. We are always excited to go for the trek, even if it's with one trekker.
Trekking on high Himalayan altitudes is always a rewarding experience. However, it is important that you should keep your safety in mind. Emergencies, like illness, AMS, storms, missteps, landslides and even avalanches, are rare but can happen anytime during the trekking, so be prepared for any random goof-ups. To deal with any emergencies your guides, who are an expert mountaineers will be there for your rescue. Your tour guide will always carry a first aid kit to deal with any medical emergencies. In the case of some rescue operation, extra charges will be borne by the trekkers.
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