Adi Kailash

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Adi Kailash
Adi Kailash is located in India
Adi Kailash
Adi Kailash
Location in India
Highest point
Elevation 5,945 m (19,505 ft) [1]
Coordinates 30°19′09″N 80°37′57″E / 30.319137°N 80.632568°E / 30.319137; 80.632568Coordinates: 30°19′09″N 80°37′57″E / 30.319137°N 80.632568°E / 30.319137; 80.632568
Location Pithoragarh District, Uttarakhand, India
Parent range Himalayas
First ascent 8 October 2004[2]
Easiest route Southwest ridge: glacier/snow/rock climb (PD+/AD-)

Adi Kailash (Hindi: आदि कैलाश पर्वत), also known as the Little Kailash (Hindi: लिटिल कैलाश), Chhota Kailash (Hindi: छोटा कैलाश), Jonglingkong Peak (Hindi: जोंगलिंगकोंग पर्वत) or Baba Kailash (Hindi: बाबा कैलाश), is a mountain closer to Om Parvat mountain, in the Himalayan mountain range, lying in the Darchula district of western Nepal and in Pithoragarh District, Uttarakhand, India. Both Adi Kailash and Om Parvat are considered sacred by Hindus.[3]

Om Parvat and Adi Kailash[edit]

The Adi Kailash and the Om Parvat and are not one and the same.[4]

The Adi Kailash or Chhota Kailash is located in a different direction, near Sin La pass and near Brahma Parvat, the base camp of Adi Kailash is 17 km from the Kutti village at sacred Jolingkong Lake with a Hindu Shiva temple.[4][5]

Om Parvat can be viewed en route to the Kailash Manasarovar Yatra from the last camp below Lipulekh Pass at Nabhidhang India-China border post protected by the Indo-Tibetan Border Police also has Public Works Department guest house on the Indian side.[6] Many trekkers to Adi Kailash often make a diversion to view Om Parvat. Om Parvat is located near Nabhi Dhang camp (Nepal) on Mount Kailash-Lake Manasarovar yatra route.[4]

First Ascent[edit]

From Sept 19th to Oct 14th 2002 came the first attempt, which was abandoned 200 m (660 ft) short of the summit very loose snow and rock conditions, was by an Indo-Aussie-British-Scottish team including Martin Moran, T. Rankin, M. Singh, S. Ward, A. Williams and R. Ausden. The climbers promised not to ascend the final 10 metres (30 ft) out of respect for the peak's holy status.[3][5]

On 8 October 2004, the first successful ascent of Adi Kailash was by the British-Scottish-American team composed of Tim Woodward, Jack Pearse, Andy Perkins (UK); Jason Hubert, Martin Welch, Diarmid Hearns, Amanda George (Scotland); and Paul Zuchowski (USA), who did not ascend the final few meter out of respect for the sacred nature of the summit.[2]

Adi Kailash Yatra Circuit[edit]

The Adi Kailash Yatra Circuit begins by going up the Darma Valley and then going to Kuthi Yankti valley via the Sin La pass to join the Mount Kailash-Lake Manasarovar Tibetan pilgrimage route down the Sharda River.[5]


  1. ^ Martin Moran (2014). "Cheepaydang, South Face and Southwest Ridge". American Alpine Journal. 
  2. ^ a b American Alpine Journal, 2003, pp. 365-366. Available at AAJ Online (PDF) Archived 24 March 2007 at the Wayback Machine.
  3. ^ a b American Alpine Journal, 2003, pp. 365-366. Available at AAJ Online (PDF) Archived 27 September 2007 at the Wayback Machine.
  4. ^ a b c Peakware - Om Parvat
  5. ^ a b c Little Kailash expedition 2012
  6. ^ AsiaNews - Borderline blues