Adi Kailash - The Chota Kailash Yatra
Situated at a fairly impressive altitude of 5,945 metres, Adi Kailash also referred to as Chota Kailash or Little Kailash is in one or the other way a replica of Mount Kailash in Tibet. It is situated in the Indian Territory within a proximity to the Indo-Tibetan border. In the quietude of the tranquil Kumaon Himalayas, Adi Kailash is a popular pilgrimage of the Hindu devotees.
One can catch a glimpse of the emerald Parvati lake and the Gauri Kund adorned on the very foot of Chota Kailash. For experiencing spirituality in the lap of the Himalayas, the pilgrims can pay obeisance at the temple dedicated to Lord Shiva and Parvati, adorned on the shoreline of the Adi Kailash. During the Chinese invasion of Tibet, the Chota Kailash was revered next to Mount Kailash by the locals.
Mythology of Adi Kailash
The distinguished Adi Kailash is one of the most revered mountains of India, known for its spiritual munificence and hiking bliss. According to the Hindu mythology, Adi Kailash is the abode of Lord Shiva, his consort Parvati and their offspring Ganpati and Kartikey. Therefore, the spectacular Adi Kailash mountain range is considered as the most sacred mountain ranges in the world and is worshiped by many Hindus for its religious importance.
Best time to visit Adi KailashMay June September
Adi Kailash is famous for
Pilgrimage and Trek
Tanakpur Railway Station, 218 kms
Pantnagar Airport, 315kms
The Adi Kailash Yatra Circuit starts by a gradual climb to Darma Valley and then ascends to Kuthi Yankti Valley via the Sin La pass to join Mount Kailash-Lake Mansarovar, the Tibetan pilgrimage route down to the mighty Sharda River.
Trek Route: Kausani - Dharchula - Pangu - Sirkha - Galgad - Malpa - Budhi - Gunji - Navidang - Gunji - Kutti - Jollingkong - Adi Kailash
Day 1: Delhi to Tanakpur Railway station
Day 2: Tanak pur to Dharchula 239 km by road
Arrival at Darchula by evening. On arriving check in at a hotel, have dinner and enjoy an overnight stay at the hotel.
Day 03: Dharchula - Pangu (2250 mts/7380 ft) 19 km by road / 9 km trek
The morning after breakfast drive to Tawaghat, from here we will start our day 1 trek to Pangu, a Bhotia village. The trek passes through the alluring valley. Upon reaching have scrumptious dinner and an overnight stay at the camp.
Day 04: Pangu - Sirkha (2440 mts/78004 ft) 8 km trek
In the morning we will trek down to Juyntigad. After a steep ascent reach Sasa Village. The gradual climb is up to Tihalakot. Here is also a small Bhotiya village. By evening reach Sirkha ground. This is an ideal camping site. Have dinner and overnight stay at the camp.
Day 05: Sirkha - Galgad (2315 mts/7594 ft) 14 km trek
In the morning trek for 2 km down Samuri. From here a steep stony climb through the thick forests of Sumariya - Dhar (3048 mts/9998 ft). On the top there are so many stone boulders with flags. From here you will enter in a thick forest to the stream Simkhola gad. After few minute you will enter at Galla village and Jipti. Again you can see Kali River which is missing from Tawaghat. Reach Galad by evening, have dinner and overnight stay at Galagad in tents.
Day 06: Galgad - Malpa (10 km trek)
In the morning after breakfast trek to Malpa. Today the trek is difficult up to Garbyang. There is a steep down up to the Kali River. After few hrs, the trek we will find a beautiful Najang waterfall. It's almost 100 feet high. After a zigzag trek we will reach Malpa, finish the day with a nutritious dinner and have an overnight stay in the cosy tents.
Day 07: Malpa - Budhi (2740 mts/8988 ft) 8 km trek/ 4-5 hrs
In the morning after breakfast set out for another challenging trek. You will find lush green valley, murmuring waterfalls falling like shower. In last couple of hrs we will trek a steep ascent till Budhi Village. Have dinner and overnight stay in tents.
Day 08: Budhi - Gungi (3220 mts/10562) 17 km trek/5-6 hrs
In the morning after breakfast start your trek with a steep climb to Chhiyalekh. Today we will also trek through lush green valley filled with plentiful wild flowers. Today you can see also a glimpse of Mt. Annapurna and other Himalayan peaks. The trek is full of thrill with its beauty. Arrive at Gungi by evening, have dinner and overnight stay in the tents.
Day 9: Gunji - Kutti (3600 mts/11808 ft) 18 km trek/5-6 hrs
In the morning trek up to Kutti follow to Kutti River. Here you will find high altitude forest of Bhojpatra (Betula Utilis). Admire a magnificent view of the Api and Nampha peaks. Kutti is the last village on this trek which is inhabited by the Bhotia tribes. Kutti is named after Kunti (Mother of the Pandavas) in the epic Mahabharata. Dinner and overnight stay in tents at Kutti a check post of ITBP (Indo-Tibet Border Police). Dinner and overnight in tent/Fiber Huts in Jollingkong.
Day 10: Kutti - Jollingkong (4572 mts/14996 ft) 14 km trek/4-5 hrs)
In the morning start your trek to reach Jollingkong. It's the last stretch of the trek to reach the base of Holy Mt Adi Kailash (6191 mts/20307 ft). Arrive at Jollingkong by evening. Here is a check post of ITBP (Indo-Tibet Border Police). Have dinner and overnight in tent/fibre huts in Jollingkong.
Day 11: Jollingkong - Adi Kailash / Jollingkong (4 km trek)
In the morning trek to Mt. Adi Kailash. One can see Parvati Lake also. After spending a couple of hrs trace back your feet to Jollingkong. Have dinner and overnight stay in tents/fibre huts in Jollingkong.
Day 12: Jollingkong - Kutti (14 km trek)
In the morning track back to Kutti. Have dinner and overnight stay in tents.
Day 13: Kutti - Gunji (19 km trek)
Trek back to Gunji. Dinner and overnight stay in tents
Day 14: Gunji - Budhi (17 km trek)
After breakfast trek to Budhi. Have dinner and overnight stay in tents.
Day 15: Budhi - Malpa (8 km trek)
Trek to Malpa. Enjoy your dinner and overnight stay in tents.
Day 16: Malpa - Galgad (10 km trek)
In the morning trek to Galgad. Dinner and overnight stay in tents
Day 17: Galgad -Sirkha (14 km trek)
Trek to Sirkha. Have dinner and overnight stay in tents.
Day 18: Sirkha - Dharchula (17 km trek / 19 km by road)
In the morning trek to Tawaghat followed by a drive to Darchula. Enjoy dinner and an overnight stay in hotel.
How To Reach
The majestic Adi Kailash mountain is located in the vicinity of Om Parvat, in the Himalayan range lying in Dharchula district of western Nepal and in Pithoragarh district of Uttarakhand.
How to reach Dharchula: Base camp for this trek is Tawaghat but Dharchula is the nearest known place/location where you can get accommodation and basic facilities easily.
By Air: Pantnagar Civil Aerodrome is the nearest airport about 301 km away from Dharchula.
By Rail: Tanakpur is the nearest railway station located about 239 km from Pithoragarh.
By Road: From ISBT New Delhi direct buses to several Kumaon regions are available like Champawat, Almora and Tanakpur from where you can hire local taxis to Dharchula or if you want to spend less then public transport is the best option for you.
- Transportation from Delhi to Tanakpur Railway station
- Accommodation on twin sharing basis in tourist guest houses at Dharchula - Pangu .
- Tour guide.
- All forest entries.
- Sightseeing and local information.
- All meals during the trip.
- Morning & evening tea, cookies .
- Accommodation. (Guest house, Home stay, Camping)
- All Meals while on trek & transits (Veg.) (Egg)
- Trek equipments.
- First aid medical kit.
- Qualified & experienced trek Leader, Guide and Support staff.
- All transportation during the trek program.
- Any Air/Train/Bus fare
- Any meals other than 3 meals a day and tea & snacks en route.
- 3.09 % service tax.
- Personal expenses like laundry, telephone and fax calls, alcoholic beverages, medical expenses, gratuities etc.
- Any Insurance
- Any other services not mentioned in the inclusions.
- Cost arising of any unforeseen circumstances.
- Any kind of personal expenses.
- Mules or porter to carry personal luggage.
- Anything not specifically mentioned under the head "Price Includes".
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