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Trekking to Adi Kailash and Om Parvat:

The Mt. Adi Kailash, popularly known as Chhota Kailash is situated in the district of Dharchula under the state of Uttaranchal, India. Mt. Adi Kailash and Om Parvat both are adjacent to the Tibet border.

 Demographic Data:

Mt. Adi Kailash (Chhota Kailash):

Longitude: 80°42'03.01"E, Latiude: 30°12'27.35"N

District:Pithoragargh, Nearest City and Sub-division: Dharchula,

State: Uttaranchal, Nation: India.

We took part in the trekking/hiking expedition in the year June'2010.

Reaching Dharchula by bus from Tanakpur, on 04-06-10 we met with
Ratan (Our Guide) who made lodging arrangement for us in the hotel Shivam.

Next Day (04-06-10): Here in Dharchula we have to collect our necessary permission as all the way, there are several camps of ITBP (Indo Tibetian Border Police). Permission is given by SDM ( Sub Divisional Magistrate). It is recommended by us to keep one day extra here to obtain permission and pony and porters for trekking. However we started our journey to Gala in the afternoon after obtaining necessary permission.  Please keep your EPIC (Electoral Photo Identity Card) if you are an Indian national. We reached Pangla in the evening. We could not go further, because of transportation problem. As there was a road accident before some short of Pangla, vehicles were not available to reach Gala. So we stayed at Pangla for the day. We accomodate us in the bunglow of KMVN. Now we are out of mobile communication.

Day 2 (05-06-2010): We started late due to some problem with our guide and porters. After load distribution and packing we started at 9.00 am  (IST). Up to Gala we traveled in a four wheeler (Mahindra Scorpio). The trekking (hiking) now starts from Gala. Here accommodation is good. The  pilgrims of "Manas Kailash Yatra" stayes here in the bungalows of KMVN in Gala instead of Pangla. It takes half an hour to reach Gala from  Pangla. Ruck sacks are now in our back and we started for our most wanted. We had taken some tea in Gala.Mangti is the first ITBP camp we found. Here phone facility is available for all trekkers (hikers) and villagers also. In spite of satellite communication  rate (Rs. 2.00 per minute) of inland phone call is reasonable. In the way we take some tea after Jipti and feel some refresh. Now the famous 4444  nos of staircase starts. Very very steep down. The staircase ends at Lakhan pool (Laxman Pool) where a small food shop is available during the  time of yatra. Chowmin,Maggi,Rice, hand made bread are availble. Price not so much Lunch Rs.30.00 per plate. Taking some food we started  towards Malpa at 3.00 pm. When we reached Malpa it was then 6.00 pm and suddenly rain starts. We found P.W.D. bunglow for the day of staying.

Mt._Om_ParvatDay 3 (06-06-2010):  After some break fast and tea we started from Malpa at 9:00 am. Though Joy Shing supplied us bed tea at 6:00 am, we failed to start earlier. On the way we take tea further at Chankan on 11:45 am and reached Lamori at 1:00 am. A post of SSB is here. We take  our lunch here (Rs. 30.00 per plate). Started from Lamori at 1.45 p.m and reached Buddi at 4.30 p.m. Our today's destination. Bunglow of KMVN  is pretty nice.They supply blankets. Slightly expensive. But not too much as compared to comfort.Buddi is a land of general klima. Climate here is  very nice.Mountains of Nepal is being seen from here. We saw some tents of "Kira" collectors in the verge of mountains of Nepal side. You can see a snow peak also here in the Nepal side called "Namjung". A local people called that.

Day 4 (07-06-2010): Allthoug we wanted to start early. We started at 7.30 am. We have to cross "Chhiya lekh" top today at the begining of day's trekking. Distance is about 3.5 k.m. But the way is very very steep. Takes approximatly two and half hours to reach "Chhiya Lekh" top. The top is a valley of flower. In the monsoon season it dresses up with variety of flowers. A small tea stall is here. We take some tea and breakfast. At 11.30  a.m. we restarted from Chhiyalekh. Again you will find a SSB check post here in Chiyalekh. Register your details here in the check post and  goforward. Now the way is simple,soiled and slightly down. Before you reach "Garbiyang" a land slide zone falls in the way. Crossing it you will  reach "Garbiyang". We reached Garbiyang at 2.00 p.m. Joy and Ranajit da reached earlier and ordered some food for us. As we reached  Garbiyang heavy rain starts. So we stopped our journey and decides to stay here. Not so many trekkers stay at Garbiyang now. This is the place land slide. One upon a time the full village was gone down in a severe land slide. You can see the ruined houses. Now a days Kira collectors only stay here. Only a community latrine facility is here to use for you. Rain water was sinking from roof due to heavy rain. Fodding and lodging is very cheap here.

we started at 9.00 am (IST). Up to Gala we travelled in a four wheeler (Mahindra Scorpio). The trekking (hiking) now starts from Gala. Here accomodation is good. The pilgrims of "Manas Kailash Yatra" stayes here in the bunglows of KMVN in Gala instead of Pangla. It takes half an hour to reach Gala from Pangla. Ruck sacks is now in our back and we started for our most wanted.We had taken some tea in Gala. Mangti is the first ITBP camp we found. Here phone facility is availble for all trekkers (hikers) and villagers also. Inspite of satelite communication rate (Rs. 2.00 per minute) of inland phone call is reasonable. In the way we take some tea after Jipti and feel some refresh. Now the famous 4444 nos of staircase starts. Very very steep down. The staircase ends at Lakhan pool (Laxman Pool) where a small food shop is available during the time of yatra. Chowmin,Maggi,Rice, hand made bread are availble. Price not so much Lunch Rs.30.00 per plate. Taking some food we started towards Malpa at 3.00 pm. When we reached Malpa it was then 6.00 pm and suddenly rain starts. We found P.W.D. bunglow for the night stay.

Day 5 (08-06-2010): Next moring it was also raining heavily. Although we take the decision to go up to Gunji. Taking Roti (hand made bread) and in the breakfast we started for our today's destination at 9.30 a.m. Some ahead again a SSB check post is here. Afterwards you will find only ITBP check post. Distance between Garbiyang and Gunji is 10 k.m. approx. Al along the way is simple and moderate. We reached Gunji at 2.00 

p.m. after taking some tea at Suti. A semi permanent tea stall is here at Suti. Only the shop owner and his family live here at Suti. No other house you will find in Suti. Gunji is a well known village for its geographical importance. It is the junction of way to Adi Kailash and way to Om Parvat and Manas Kailash.  Here a branch of State Bank of India is situated. Helipad and a site office of Border Roads Organization, ITBP camp and lots of Govt. exercise is done from Gunji. Natural beauty starts here. Gunji is surrounded by lots of white peaks. We stayed at the Panchayat Bhawan. Bhim Singh, the care taker has a fooding hotel. He arranged dinner for us. His  luscious recipe is memorable to us. Satellite phone is attached to the Panchayat Bhawan. We did phone call to our houses. Do not foget to walk 1 k.m and register yourself at I.T.B.P.camp.

Day 6 (09-06-2010):In the morning taking some break fast from Bhim Shing's shop we started for Kutti at 8.00 a.m. B.R.O. was working in that route. As information we have received from them, a motorable road would be ready to use upto Joilinkong within next 10 yrs. We have to go keeping the river Kutti along our left side all the way. An alternative route also is there, crossing the river Kutti at Nabhi. Nabhi is 2 k.m. from Gunji. At Nampha we did take our Lunch at the only semi parmanent food shop. At the trekking season time the shop is set. It was then 4.00 p.m. when we reached Kutti, a village of dream. The beauty Kutti village can not be described in words. It is like a heaven I feel. We take the guestship of Kunwar Singh Kuttiyal. A typical Tibbetian culuture you will find here. All are called Kuttiyal here. In Gunji all Gunji men are called Gunjiyal. A typical way to keep and continue the local village culture. An I.T.B.P. camp is here in Kutti. Satellite phone call is available from the camp. Charges apply.

Day 7 (10-06-2010): Also today we are late. After necessary registration we left Kutti at 8.00 a.m. Distance between Kutti and Gunji is about 14  k.m. No food stall is on the way you will find. Keep dry food for the day. You will find beauty all along the way. So many strawberry plants you will  find.Lots of small glaciers are there you have to cross. There is a bridge in the Kutti River. Which is get damaged every year during winter. The bridge is reconstructed by the I.T.B.P. in between the last week of May and first week of June. If the bridge is not ready for use, the S.D.M.,  Dharchula does not give permission for Adi Kailash  (Joilingkong). Without the inner line permit you are not able to trek in those restricted area. However the way some where was steep and tough though we reached Joilinkong at 3.00 p.m. If you do not have permission to cross Sinlapassthe innerline permit will be kept here by the I.T.B.P. camp personnel. The I.T.B.P. camp is situated before the K.M.V.N. camp ground. Mt. Adi Kailash (Old residence of Lord Shiva, as per Hindu mythology) is clearly seen from the K.M.V.N. camp ground. Generally the S.D.M gives permission to cross Sinlaa after I.T.B.P. crosses it after winter season is over. It can be opted during July and August.

In Joilingkong you have to completely depend on K.MV.N. set up. If you do not have tent with you. Message of your journey conveys from Kutti I.T.B.P. camp to Joilingkong I.T.B.P. camp. And the arrangement of fooding and lodging also you will find ready. Obviously you have to pay for that. But the price is lesser I think, compared to their effort. As trekkers go there the fooding staffs come up from down. And when there is  no trekker in Joilingkong the staffs also comes down at Kutti. There is no village at Joilingkong. K.M.V.N.'s igloo shaped fibre hut is fine for the night stay. Snow fall is an ordinery occurance in Joilingkong during afternoon. We had taken a survey of next day's journey to Gouri Kund and Parvati Kund. As snow falling starts we came back to hut.

Day 8 (11-06-2010): Today we started early at 5.00 a.m. as we have to go back to Kutti after seeing (Darshan) Parvati Kund and Gouri Kund. The great place. The way to Parvati Kund (Parvati Lake) was totally covered by the snow that was fallen at night. Refection of Mt. Adi Kailash falls in the Parvati Kund. The lake is full of clear water. We have seen a Brahma Hansa (A kind of bird) in the kund. After some worship at the temple of Parvati (Wife of Lord Shiva) we got the way back and forwarded to the way of Sinla pass to see Gouri Kund from the up. We could also go by the down approching road. But our most enthusiastic and most elder team member Sri Ranajit Ghosh inspired us to go up. By following his suggestion we did found the Sinla Pass from close and saw the Gouri Kund. Came back to camp ground at 10.00 a,m. and started for Kutti at  11.00 a.m. Do not forget to collect your innerline permit from the Joilingkong I.T.B.P. camp.


Day 9 (12-06-2010): Back to Gunji.

Day 10 (13-06-2010):I and Avida started early at 5.00 a.m.for Om Parvat taking a knap sack, rain sheet and some dry food. We have to return to Gunji today. Total 34 k.m. we have to cover today. Other members were gone down to return as Anatnu da got an injury in his ligament. Up to Kalapani the way is motorable. Actually the Kalapani ITBP camp is on the left bank of Kali river. You have to cross the river here in Kalapani. A temple of Goddess Kali is situated here. A small shower came out from behind the temple and created a holy kund. The shower then connects it to the main Kali river. After necessary checking we took some food (Dal and Rice) and forwarded towards Nabhidhang. Again you have to cross a bridge upon the river of Kali. The way is now moderate. Nabhidhang is the place from where you can see the Om Parvat. Finnaly we reached Nabhidhang at 11.30 a.m. What a beauty! What a creature, God have made. Om (ॐ) which is the sign of endless space, absolute cosmos, absolute truth, and the word to reach to the creator within itself as per Hindu tradition, is now clearly visible to us. I could not imagine that if it is possible to size a mountain in shape of Aum (ॐ). Only only only God can do this.After enjoying some heavenly feelings, we started our return journey and reached Gunji at 5.30 p.m. Other members of our team may have had reached to Buddi as per journey schedule.

Day 11 (14-06-2010): Today I and Avi da take the decision to not to stay at Buddi and trek up to Malpa and make some fun with the other team members. As they will trek up to Malpa for the day. Starting our journey from Gunji at 7.00 a.m. we had reached Malpa at 4.30 p.m. We took our lunch at Buddi. Reaching Malpa we searched for our other members and found them in the same P.W.D bungalow. It was a really enjoyable situation as there was no chance to see them before Dharchula. Our little effort was made the situation enjoyable. Thanks to God Baba Adi Kailash (Chhota Kailash) and Aum!!!!!!!!!......

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