Have you ever heard about the legendary eight mountains of India which have the impression of the symbol ‘om’ on them? Well according to our great legends only one out of the eight has been discovered and it’s none other than Om Parvat or Adi Kailash Trek. This mountain is located in the Dharchula district and stands tall at an elevation of 6191 m. You can very well understand the religious significance it plays. Also the trek the Adi Kailash resembles the famous Kailash mountain( hence name justified).

This mountain stands distinct to other Himalaya ranges because of its Om shape formed due to the deposition of snow on the black mountain. Now the journey to the Chota Kailash of India is a 12-day trek filled with adventure and close to Lord Shiva. The Adi Kailash Trek forms an important part in the Kailash trilogy too which consists of Kailash Mansarovar, Adi Kailash, and Kinnaur Kailash.

Our Hindu mythology also suggests this place as the abode of Lord Shiva, Goddess Parvati, Lord Ganapati, and Kartik Swami. You can very well understand why this place is so famous and talked about. Also, the trek promises you scenic beauties, enchanting mountains, striking views, and the most unique opportunity to witness the Om Parvat.

So if you take a break from your everyday chaotic schedule, don’t forget to check this amazing trek filled with wonders and lying closer to divinity.

AREAKumaon Himalaya
DURATION12 days & 11 nights  
BEST SEASON April – December
ALTITUDE3987 mts/ 13080ft

Adi Kailash Trek Highlight

  • Witness the breathtaking view of Darma Valley
  • Opportunity to visit Sacred Lake of Parvati Tal
  • Navigate through gorges, alpine meadows, and ridges
  • Get to meet and greet villages of isolated Uttrakhand

Where is Adi Kailash Trek?

Adi Kailash or Chota Kailash is located on the Indo Tibetian border of India. It stands at an elevation of 6191 meters. It is a part of the Kumaon range of the Himalayas. At the lap of Adi Kailash lies two beautiful rivers, one ‘the Gauri Kund’ and the other one is Parvati Sarovar.

Gauri Kund presents you with a beautiful reflection of Adi Kailash. ​Also,​ one pious lord shiva and Parvati shrine are located in the shorelines. This trek will present you with the view of snow-clad peaks of Annapurna, dense forest, raging waterfalls, gushing Kali River, a wide variety of wildflowers, and exotic fruits at Narayan Ashram, and a lot more. This place holds the divine beliefs of Hindus and is a must-visit.

Best Time to Visit Adi Kailash Trek

The best weather to visit the Adi Kailash trek is during June – September as the atmosphere is pleasant and the temperature remains suitable.

Summer: this is the best time to trek to Adi Kailash as the environment is so pleasant and the weather remains suitable to have a good experience.
Monsoon:​ monsoon makes the route slippery hence not suitable for trekking.
Spring: ​A beautiful and calm weather to accompany the trekkers and give them a good experience

Winter ​again is not suitable because of the temperature drop.

How to Reach Adi Kailash Trek

By Air:

Pantnagar Airport is the nearest airport situated 205 km from Bageshwar.

By Rail:

The nearest railway station is Kathgodam railway station which is 171 km from Bageshwar.

By Road:

Bamsera is 25.8Km away from Bageshwar and can be reached from Almora-Bageshwar-Munsiyari road. Tourists travel from there to reach Saung or Song village and this is the starting point of the trek.

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Adi Kailash Trek Itinerary

Day 01 : Delhi – Kathgodam (By train/Volvo) – Pithoragarh(by Tempo/175 kms/6000 ft)

You will begin your journey from Delhi by Volvo bus on the road route or train on the rail route at about 10:00 PM, which will take you to Kathgodam from 5 to 6 AM. Once you arrive there, take a cab to your respective hotel at Pithoragarh. You can stop at Bhimtal for some amazing and famous breakfast, or directly take brunch at dhaniya village.

Day 02: Pithoragarh – Dharchula(Tempo/Jeep 100 kms/3500 ft)

The following day you will start your trip taking approx 4-5 hours to Dharchula which is at a distance of 100 km away from Pithoragarh. You can catch some breakfast on the way and then check in to your hotels at Dharchula.

Day 03: Dharchula – Lakhanpur – Lamari(50 Kms by Jeep & 9 km trek 6800 ft)

Take your breakfast early as you will start early on your journey to Lakhanpur/Pangla. From Lakhanpur it is a 9 km trek to Lamari/Malpa with lunch along the way. Once you reach Lamari, set up your tents and have your dinner. Night stay at Lamari.

Day 04 : Lamari – Budhi – Nabi(9 kms trek & 18 kms Gypsy 9500 ft)

Today morning take a filling breakfast as you will be trekking 5kms to Budhi. If you are fortunate you will get a gypsy for your remaining trek or else you will continue 4 kilometers more to Chialekh and then 14km more to Nabi.

Day 05: Nabi to Nampa to Kutti (14 Kms by Gypsy & trek 6 km 12500 ft)

Take your breakfast at Nabi and then start for Nampa which is a 14 km journey. Once you are completely rested you can begin for your trek to Kutti which is 5 to 6 km approximately. Once you arrive there, take your lunch and stay overnight at the village or set up your tents.

Day 06: Kitti to Jyolingkong(14 km by trek/Horse 14500 ft)

take your breakfast and prepare yourself for your journey to Jyolingkong which is a 14 km trek. You can stop bySumchuma for some snacks. Once you reach Jyolingking, set up your tents and take your food. Stay there for the night.
Asko if you are traveling with some elderly people, put them on horseback. The place and the scenario are strikingly beautiful.

Day 07: Jyolingkong to Kutti(14 km by trek or horse 12500 ft)

Post your breakfast, you will be visiting the temple along the banks of Parvati Sarovar. If you wish you can perform parikrama of the lake. Once you take in the pious beauty of there you will start for Gaurikund which is a 4 km trek. You will return to Kutti for your food and stay there for the night.

Day 08: Kutti to Nampa to Nabi(6 km and 14 km by Gypsy, 9500 ft)

Today you can take your time to visit Nabi and take in your lunch there as well. In the meantime do stroll to the nearby villages to discover beautiful quiet habitat and amicable locals.

Day 09: Nabi to Om Parvat By gypsy 22 km, 9500 feet and back to Nabi

Get ready to visit Nabidang for sightseeing the most awaited Om Parvat and Kalapani Temple. You can take a gypsy as well. Get drenched in the serene atmosphere and give yourself a soul awakening. Once you return from there take your lunch. You will stay at Nabi for the night.

Day 10: Nabi to Chialekh/Budi By Gypsy & 9 km trek to Lamari 6800 ft

Today after breakfast you will start off to Budhi and from there to Lamari/Malpa. You will be able to eat up there and stay for the night.

Day 11: Lamari to Lakhanpur to Dharchula(Trek 9 km & Jeep 50 km 3500 ft)

After waking up to the beauty of Lamari take your breakfast and get ready for your trek to Lakhanpur, from there you will travel further to Dharchula in a jeep. Dine-in and stay for the night at Dharchula.

Day 12: Dharchula to Kathgodam to Delhi (350 km drive and train 290 km)

So today is the last day of your amazing adventures. Once you wake up, take your breakfast and be prepared to leave for Daniya followed by Bhimtal. From there you will be traveling back to Kathgodam and board your train at night for Delhi. You will be arriving in Delhi the next morning by 06:00 am.

With this, the journey comes to an end. But don’t be too upset and cherish the memories you made all the way. Wish you a happy and safe journey.

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Frequently Asked Question (FAQ)

How many Kailash are there in India?

As per the known sources, there are five pious Kailash Peaks.

What is inside Mount Kailash?

Inside the main Mount Kailash there flows two beautiful lakes, Mansarovar and Rakshas Tal.

Why is Mount Kailash unclimbable?

It is usually unclimbed because of the religious significance it holds.

What are the best shoes for trekking?

You can opt for Quechua Forl Claz 500 as it is quite a value for money and a good option for trekking to the Himalayas

How old is Mount Kailash?

It is estimated to be 30 million years old according to our historical resources.