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I went on the Om Parvat trek with my college friends in my final year and it turned out to be one of the most awesome experiences I have ever had till ...
I went for this trek with my gal pals and had an amazing time in the snow covered mountains. The trek is quite difficult maybe because we were trekking...
Trip Starting From: Kathgodam
Trip Location: Kathgodam
About the destination:
Snow treks are some of the most fascinating things to do in the Himalayas. And if you add to that some mystery and a certain aspect of mythology, the enthusiasm to complete the trek reaches new heights. That is what the trek to Om Parvat is about. Mythologically speaking, this place is considered to be one of the oldest abode of Lord Shiva. Related to the legend of Ravana, the peak is considered sacred by many, and the trek leads to an astounding view of the giant and the impression of 'OM' made on the facade by the snow.
Located in the snowy Himalayas of the Kumaon region in Uttarakhand, the trek to Om Parvat starts and ends in Kathgodam, passing through many small towns and villages to finally arrive at the magnificent view of the Om Parvat. Rising to an altitude of 14816 ft, this peak is also referred to by several other names such as Adi Kailash, Chota Kailash, Baba Kailash, and Jonglingkong. A virgin peak largely because of its religious significance, the most astounding trait of this peak is the miraculous impression of “OM” naturally formed with the deposition of snow against the black background of the mountain.
About the Om Parvat Trek:
- Start by arriving at Kathgodam and get a transfer to Darchula where you will spend a night at the hotel before driving the next day to Mangati
- From Mangti, you will be trekking to Malpa, then to Gala where you will stay for the night in camps.
- The trek then leads to Budhi, Gungi, and Kalapani with overnight stays at each. The next day you will trek to get a 'Darshan' or view of the sacred Om Parvat before returning back to Kalapani the same day.
- After staying a night here, you will trek to Chhiyalekh, onto Malpa, and then finally to Mangati with night stays at each destination.
- On the last day, you will have breakfast at Mangati and then drive to Kathgodam to bring the tour to an end.
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Duration of the Tour: 13D/12N
Altitude: 14,816 ft
Meal Types: Veg meals
Activities: Trekking, Camping
Total Trekking Distance: 86km
Difficulty Level: Moderate
Best time: April to June & September to October
Arrive at Kathgodam, where you will be received and driven to Darchula. You will stop midway for lunch.
You will be arriving at Darchula in the evening, which is a small town located on the right bank of the Kali River.
Get checked into a hotel for the night.
Dinner and overnight stay at the hotel.
This day after breakfast, you will start the drive towards Mangati which is 35 km away by road.
From here you will begin the trek to Malpa. It is a 6 km trek that ends with your arrival at Gala.
You will check into your tents here.
Dinner and overnight at camp.
After breakfast this morning, you will set out on a trek to Budhi.
Passing by many green valleys, cascading waterfalls and a steep climb for a couple of hours, you will reach Budhi Village.
Pitch your tents here and enjoy an amazing overnight stay after a scrumptious dinner.
After breakfast, the climb will continue this morning to reach Chhiyalekh.
After trekking through many green valleys filled with colorful wildflowers, and getting a glimpse of the majestic Mt Annapurna, you will arrive at Gunji by evening.
Dinner and overnight in camps at Gunji.
After breakfast today, you will be beginning on a day of a long trek to reach the place called Kutti.
Overnight at camps in Kutti.
From Kutti, you will be taking an uphill trek from here to reach the high point of this trek at Jolingkong.
Overnight at Jolingkong in tents.
This day will see the longest stretch of trekking, and probably some of the most challenging as well.
You will start the trek from Jolingkong and go up to see the Mt. Adi Kailash and the Parvati Sarovar.
From here, you will be trekking back to Jolingkong and then on to Kutti. The whole trek is about 21 kms in length and is going to be quite a challenge for you.
Overnight at Kutti.
Another day of long trekking, you will be starting from Kutti and trekking downhill to get to the Village Gunji.
Overnight in tents in Gunji.
After breakfast today, you will start on the trek to reach Nabhidang, where you will gain more than 1000m of altitude in a day.
This is where you will get the first 'Darshan' or view of the mighty Om Parvat. The mountain's face has such a formation on the rock that the snow on it makes the shape of the pious 'OM' on it.
Overnight at Nabhidhang in tents.
After waking up to a majestic view, you will start the trek back to reach Gunji via Kalapani.
It will mostly be a downhill trek so it will be easy to complete on this day.
Overnight at Gunji in tents.
On the last leg of this trek, you will start the trek today from Gunji and make your way towards Budhi in a downhill trek.
Overnight at Budhi.
The last day of trekking begins as you start the long trek from Budhi to reach the town of Mangati.
From here, you will take a bus to get to your hotel in Dharchula.
Overnight at Darchula.
On the last day of the trek, you will take a bus transfer that will take you to Kathgodam, where the trip will conclude.
You can then take your return journey, bringing the experience to an end.
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Rated : 5.0
I went on the Om Parvat trek with my college friends in my final year and it turned out to be one of the most awesome experiences I have ever had till date. Not forgetting the team at Thrillophilia who have made the whole bookings and other arrangements seem like a breeze. It was awesome guys! Thank You!!
Rated : 5.0
I went for this trek with my gal pals and had an amazing time in the snow covered mountains. The trek is quite difficult maybe because we were trekking for the first time. For a moment I though I can actually jump and touch Himalayas, they appear that close…I loved everything. I’m definitely going for this again sometime!
Rated : 5.0
You can pick up this trek if you are in the mood of mediocre level of difficulties during the trek. Plenty of good things on the way will keep you filled with excitement. Do not miss the sunrise views in any of the day. They will simply add more fun and excitement to your Om Parvat Trek. Also, make sure that you pack your backpack well and avoid carrying too much load. All the best folks!
Rated : 5.0
I went here with my college friends making it a kind of reunion trip and had a great time. The place is beautiful. With its religious significance its a divine and a peaceful place to be. The trek part is just ok but overall trip won my heart and the experience was brilliant!
Rated : 5.0
I’m still in the hangover of my trip…Beautiful place., it may get tough at times but then c'mon reveal the adventure side of yours. The trek is not so difficult but the views and the ambiance of the place is awesome. Must for everyone!!
Rated : 4.0
The Om Parvat trekking expedition was one of a kind experience for me as it was the first time I have ever done something like this. Kudos to the team of Thrillophilia for making this whole process a hassle-free experience and for providing the best customer support I could ask for. They have been extremely helpful with the bookings as well as coordinating the whole tour.
Rated : 4.0
Even atheists will start believing in god…once they reach this mystical place. It’s a lifetime picture running in my mind. The OM that is formed by the snow is beautiful. Otherwise the trip is just fine as all treks in Himachal are.
Rated : 5.0
Done this twice already...and planning for the third time soon. The place has a great views and is a brilliant place to spend some time peaceful to yourself. Nice trek, nice service, nice experience overall !
Rated : 5.0
Beautiful place, mildly difficult trek but then if you have good company and good music running in your ears, every trip is a great trip…Beautiful place it actually makes you think!!! It’s so calm and amazing. Har har Mahadev !!
Rated : 4.0
Snowfall, camping in tents and the chilling nights that’s what made my trekking to Om Parvat a thrilling experience. It’s actually tough to describe no matter how hard I try…truly - truly a magical experience. Boom Shankar !
The window of April to June, and September to October is the best time to attempt the Om Parvat Trek, as the snow begins to melt a little bit, making trails clearer, and a wide carpet of greenery graces the landscape. Monsoons are very risky due to high frequencies of landslides, while winters see heavy snowfall, with bouts of blizzards.
Since this trek falls into the category of moderate Himalayan treks, rigorous fitness levels is demanded. Begin by jogging 5 km every day to increase your stamina and cardiovascular endurance. Also include a regime of doing 3 sets of squats with 15 reps on a regular basis to improve knee strength. Yoga asanas and stretching will also help to avoid muscle cramps during the trek.
The number of trekkers in a group will vary according to the bookings received.
Yes, food will be provided on the trek- breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, and tea. Only vegetarian food will be served, which will be both delicious as well as nutritious.
The minimum age for Om Parv.at Trek is 12 years.
The total trekking distance will be 86 kilometers. On an average, you will trek for 4 to 5 hours per day.
Yes, carrying Diamox may be advisable on this trek, as it climbs to a dizzying altitude of about 14,816 ft., where oxygen levels are drastically low. Although, with proper acclimatization and regular water intake, there should be no problem.
If you feel any symptoms of AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness), inform your trek leader immediately. Never start a course of Diamox without first consulting your trek leader.
Buy good quality, preferably water resistant trekking shoes with high ankle support and decent grip. Please DO NOT carry sports shoes as they are not built to endure the Himalayan terrain, and have poor grip which can cause fatal slips.
Word of advice- please remember to break your new shoes in at least a month prior to the trek to avoid chafing and blisters.
Yes, the trek is absolutely safe for female solo travellers, as we prioritise the safety of our female trekkers above all. The accommodations are separate for male and women trekkers, and our trek leaders are helpful and supportive, should anything bother you.
Om Parvat trek is located in the Pithoragarh district of the Kumaon region in Uttarakhand. The Trek starts from Kathgodam and goes past small towns and villages till Om Parvat which is at an altitude of 14816ft.
Arrive at Kathgodam and then head to Darchula. Kathgodam is the nearest railhead and it is well connected to major cities in Uttarakhand as well as Delhi, Howrah, Lucknow and other cities. The nearest airport is Pantnagar Airport, buses and taxis are easily available to travel to Kathgodam. From Kathgodam travel on to Darchula then Mangati. After Mangati you will pass Malpa, Gala, Budhi, Gunji, Kalapani then finally Om Parvat.
The weather conditions on Om Parvat depends on the season you are trekking in. The ideal season considered to trek is during the months of September and October, which are the post-monsoon months. The weather remains comfortable and easy for Om Parvat Trekking. Summer months from May to June are pleasant, warm and ideal for the trek.
Om Parvat trek is at an elevation of 2200 m to 4729 m and the trekking distance is about 86 km both ways. The highest point of the trek is at 4729 m.
Om Parvat Trek is a moderate level trek and it is not a dangerous expedition. The whole time you will be with experts who will guide you and make sure you are safe.
The Om Parvat lies between the Himalayan district of Pithoragarh of Uttarakhand and Darchula district of western Nepal. Along the summit runs the international border of India and Nepal.
For your Om Parvat trekking make sure you have -
-Weather appropriate clothes which also include a raincoat as well as warm clothes, waterproof jackets and innerwear. It can rain anytime in the mountains and it is best to be prepared.
-Appropriate shoes - Wear shoes with a good grip as well as comfortable ones.
-Trekking pole or walking stick - this will help you maintain your gait and support you while climbing the slopes.
-Water bottles - carry a good quality water bottle and refill your drinking water at the rest stops as this is more environment-friendly.
-Personal medications - Pack a first aid kit with emergency medicines and antiseptics or bandaids for minor issues like headaches, body pain, small cuts and bruises, etc. Also, carry your prescribed medications with you.
-Carry flashlight - Carry a good flashlight as well as extra batteries with you on the trek to Om Parvat.
-Personal toiletries - Pack personal toiletries such as sanitizers, soaps, napkins, towels, toothbrush, vaseline, cream or lotion, sunglasses etc.
-Camera - Carry a camera to capture the scenic vistas as well as extra memory cards and batteries or power banks.
-Original ID proofs
Om Parvat trek cost range starts from INR 30,500 per person. A confirmation mail will be sent from our team within 24 hours after successful booking of the trip. Tips, insurance, laundry, internet services, porter charges and other personal expenses are not included in the cost. GST is applicable to the cost of the tour.
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