Looming at an elevation of 6,191 meters in the Kumaon Himalayan horizon, the Adi Kailash Peak is one of the scared peaks in the Indian Himalayan region as the pattern of snow deposition on it takes the shape of “OM”.
Further, the appearance of the massif resembles Mount Kailash, which lies at an elevation of 6,638 meters, in Tibet. Adi Kailash, also known as Om Parvat, has several other names like Little Kailash, Jonglingpong Peak, Baba Kailash and Chhota Kailash. The summit of Om Parvat still remains virgin due to its sacred nature BUT the first attempt to climb the peak was done by an Indo – British team in the late 19th century and later followed by another group in 2004. Located on its base, Lake Parvati at an altitude of approximately 4,500 meters is often considered as a holy lake by several Hindu pilgrims. The trek to Adi Kailash Base Camp traverses through a rich valley, which is embellished with several tribal villages, cultivating lands and wide range of flora and fauna at different altitude, and cuts through several small streams. If you are lucky enough then you might also get a glimpse of the Annapurna Peak, which lies at an elevation of 8,091 meters in Nepal. The Adi Kailash trek that stretches from an elevation of 2,200 meters to 4,752 meters is one of the challenging treks in the Kumaon Himalayan region that woos the soul of several trekkers.
The trek to Adi Kailash commences from Dharchulla, which is approximately 200 kilometers from Kausani. The route thereafter leads to Sirkha, which is approximately a 8 kilometers trail from Pangu. The strenuous track starts from Sirkha as the route turns upward to Galgad at 2,378 meters, which is approximately 14 kilometers away. From Galgad the trail uphill leads to Budhi at 2,740 meters via Malpa and its approximately 18 kilometers. The trail to Navidang via Gunji is as picturesque as it is difficult and one should be well acclimatized before embarking on the trail. From Navidang one can capture the majestic view of Om Parvat. The journey thereafter commences for Jollingkong via Gunji and Kutti and thereafter one can head to the base of Adi Kailash or Om Parvat to the vicinity of Parvati Lake. The trek downhill to Dharchulla follows the same track. From Dharchulla the tour leads off at Champawat.
The Adi Kailash trek is approximately of 20 -21 days of trail depending on fitness level. Being one of the alpine treks in the Indian Himalayan belt, it is recommended that one should at least have prior trekking experience. The best time to hit the track to the base of Adi Kailash is during the summer and autumn season.
|Maximum Altitude||(4770 mts/15646 ft)|
|Duration||21 Nights & 22 Days|
|Trek Route||Kausani – Dharchula – Pangu – Sirkha – Galgad – Malpa – Budhi – Gunji – Navidang – Gunji – Kutti – Jollingkong – Adi Kailash|