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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 Darchula, 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 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 : 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 : 5.0
By God, it was the best trek for me so far. As I cannnot claim to be a hardcore trekker, the Om Parvat Trek gave me enough of the challenges and the much needed adrenaline rush. All in all, it was a marvelous experience all together.
Rated : 5.0
It was good to complete this trek without such problems and difficulties. Uttarakhand has always been my favourite destination for trekking, and this one was amongst my planned treks. On the trek, keep calm, follow the instructions properly and finish it in the best possible ways.
Rated : 5.0
Heard a lot about the Om Parvat from my grandma. But after completing this trek, even I found it so much beautiful and fascinating. You can expect a bit of obstacles but most of the trek will be easy and pleasant like any other treks in Himachal or Himalayas.
Rated : 5.0
Wow, wow, wow…I’m just put of words its totally surprising that we have such beautiful treks right next to us and still we choose to go to some foreign land.
What is the best time for Om Parvat Trek?
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.
How should I prepare for Om Parvat Trek?
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.
How many trekkers will be there in one group?
The number of trekkers in a group will vary according to the bookings received.
Is food will be provided during the trek?
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.
What is the minimum age for Om Parvat Trek?
The minimum age for Om Parv.at Trek is 12 years.
How long will we trek during Om Parvat Trek?
The total trekking distance will be 86 kilometers. On an average, you will trek for 4 to 5 hours per day.
Is Diamox advisable?
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.
What type of shoes should I buy?
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.
Is Om Parvat Trek is safe for female solo trekker?
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.
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