Chota Kailash (Adi-Kailash) – The Om Parvat

Chota Kailash (Adi-Kailash) lies amidst the majestic Himalayan Range lies a sacred pilgrimage site known as Chota Kailash, also referred to as Adi-Kailash or Om Parvat. This ancient abode of Lord Shiva, reminiscent of Mount Kailash in Tibet, beckons travelers seeking spiritual enlightenment and natural splendor.

 Chota Kailash (Adi-Kailash) lies in the remote Kumaun region near the Indo-Tibetan border in Pithoragarh district. The journey to Chota Kailash begins with a trek through the breathtaking Himalayan ranges. Starting from Dharchula, approximately 120 kilometers away. The adventurers take this spiritual jounrey by ascending to an altitude of 4700 meters (15510 feet).

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Gunji Village Uttarakhand
Gunji Village Uttarakhand

Trek to Chota Kailash

The trekking route up to Gunji remains the same, spanning 14 kilometers. Passing through picturesque landscapes, trekkers traverse to the left of Kuti and then veer to the right, eventually arriving at Jollingkong (4572 meters). The journey is often adorned with a blanket of snow, adding to the allure of the rugged terrain.

Parvati Tal or Parvati Kund

Chota Kailash, also known as Jonglingkong (6191 meters), captivates visitors with its awe-inspiring beauty. Overlooking the serene Parvati Tal, a small yet enchanting lake, the peak casts a mesmerizing reflection, creating a scene of unparalleled tranquility. Nearby, a temple stands amidst the pristine surroundings, occasionally visited by graceful swan-like birds.

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Kuti Village Adi Kailash
Kuti Villa ge Adi Kailash

Kuti Village & River

Kuti, they encounter Lampia Dhura and Mangsa Dhura, two mountain passes leading towards Tibet. Guidance from the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) and Sahastra Seema Bal (SSB) personnel is crucial, as they assess whether it’s safe to cross the Sinla pass to reach Bedang. Depending on snow conditions, early morning crossings are recommended to ensure a smooth journey.


Despite the challenges posed by snow-covered terrain, the panoramic vistas of  Adi Kailash never cease to amaze. Once you embark you never miss towering peak  in view. The trekkers gets always an unforgettable experience, enveloped in the mystical ambiance of the Himalayas.


Namaste! I am Om. I am a licensed Tourist Guide ( Approved by Ministry of Tourism, Government of India), I’m originally from Varanasi. Now, I am living in Rishikesh. I set up this blog to share my tips and experiences for traveling to inspire and help you to travel more. Hari Om

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