Om Parvat

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Om Parvat
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Highest point
Elevation6,191 metres (20,312 ft)
Coordinates30°12′00″N 81°15′00″E / 30.2000°N 81.2500°E / 30.2000; 81.2500Coordinates: 30°12′00″N 81°15′00″E / 30.2000°N 81.2500°E / 30.2000; 81.2500
Om Parvat is located in Nepal
Om Parvat
Om Parvat
Location in Nepal
LocationPithoragarh District, Uttarakhand, India
Parent rangeHimalayas

Om Parvat, (Hindi: ओम पर्वत, Nepali: ओम पर्बत), close to Adi Kailash mountain, is a mountain in the India Himalayan mountain range, lying in the Pithoragarh District, Uttarakhand, India.

Sacred Status[edit]

It is considered sacred by Hindus and its snow deposition pattern resembles the sacred 'OM' (ॐ). Its appearance is distinctly similar to Mount Kailash in Tibet.[1] Near Om Parvat, Parvat Lake and "Jonglingkong Lake". Jonglingkong Lake is sacred, as Lake Manasarovar, to the Hindus. The Om Parvat is disputed between Nepal and India who have not agreed about the border line between the two countries. The Om Parvat is currently on the Indo-Nepalese border face "Om/ॐ" in India and the back of the mountain in Nepal.

Om Parvat and Adi Kailash[edit]

The Om Parvat and Adi Kailash (also known as Baba Kailash, Chotta Kailash or Shiva Kailash) are not one and the same.[2]

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 Nepali side.[3] 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.[2]

The Adi Kailash or Shiva 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][2] According to the legends, there are only eight mountains in India, which has an impression of OM symbol. Out of these eight, only one has been discovered, which is known as Om Parvat or Adi Kailash. This magical mountain, Adi Kailash, is standing tall at an elevation of 6191 m in the Dharchula district. It is quite known for its strong religious and adventure connect, also, it is believed that the mountain has a miraculous nature.

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.[4]