Chota Kailas, Om Parvat and Gauri Kund: Adi Kailash Yatra

Mount Adi Kailash, popularly known as Chhota Kailash and Baba Kailas, is considered to be one of the abodes of Lord Shiva in the Himalayas. Chota Kailash is also noted for the formation of the Sanskrit letter ‘ॐ’ (om or aum) from snow. The annual pilgrimage or yatra takes place from June to September.


Mount Adi Kailash and Om Parvat are in the region of 12,000 to 14,000 feet and are located in Pithoragarh District of Uttarakhand. Another major attraction is the Parvati Sarovar (Tal) or Parvati Lake or Gauri Kund at the foot of Adi Kailash.

Other attractions during the trek include the snow-clad peaks of Annapurna, Kali River, jungles with wildflowers and fruits, Narayan Ashram, and numerous waterfalls. The trek also passes through numerous places mentioned in Hindu scriptures like the Kutti Village, named after Kunti, the mother of Pandavas. The journey also provides opportunity to interact with people living in the Chaudans, Byans and Darma valleys and learn about their social and cultural life.

Adi Kailash Yatra Map:
The duration of the Adi Kailash Yatra conducted by Kumaon Mandal Vikas Nigam (KMVN) is 19 Nights and 19 Days.