One morning I went for a walk with my friends. The area was full of trees and the path was covered with dry leaves. These leaves looked beautiful though dry!
“The poetry of the earth is never dead.”
After having our lunch, we packed our bags for Jolingkong. Finally, the day arrived to visit Mt. Adi-Kailash for which I waited so long.
It is a walk of 14 km to Jolingkong (4280Meters) from village Kuti.
Village Kuti was the last village to reach the Mt. Adi Kailash (6191 Meters).
Mt. Adi-Kailash popularly known as Chhota-Kailash, an ancient holy place and a very sacred peak is in Indian Territory, close to the Indian Tibetan border. It is an area of great natural beauty, peace and sovereignty.
Mt. Adi Kailash and Parvati Sarovar are the replica of Mount Kailash and Mansarover in Tibet.
We were in the high Himalayas and 14km felt more like 20km, but the scenery was unbeatable. We stopped for a break and had snacks that we brought from the village. I felt really nice on relaxing on the lap of nature after trekking for few km. The flowing ice water was very clean and chilling! 🙂 🙂
No sooner we finished our snacks that the rain started. We quickly packed the things and put on the sheets and raincoats. Though it rained only for 15 min yet a beautiful colorful rainbow appeared across the sky that is hardly seen in the busy big cities even after 24 hours rain!
Jolingkong is one of the highest campsites on grassy lands and a spectacular view. At Jolingkong, we were welcomed by the snow clapped peaks all around and strong cold winds. We reached at late evening. There was a seasonal ITBP (India-Tibet Border Police) check post and rest houses. It was the Himalayan summer in the month of July, so there were long pleasant days and colder nights. We stayed there overnight at Fiber Huts. Those fiber huts were very warm, it did not seem as if there was cold outside. The dinner was damn tasty and after dinner all elders sang devotional songs of Lord Shiva! 🙂 🙂
After a sound sleep, we got up early morning and left the place for experiencing the morning sight of Mt. Adi-Kailash.
As it rained at night also, the surroundings looked beautifully drenched. There were endless meadows full of flowers and snow covered peaks all around. I was very happy and believed myself too lucky to visit the God’s Abode!
We reached on the feet of Mt. Adi-Kailash soon but were not able to view it because of the morning fog. At 4600 Meters, Parvati Lake or Parvati Taal with its 1 km width is located nearby. It looked like a mirage in the high Himalayan landscape of snow peaks, glaciers and moraine. There were water streams which seemed narrow from far but were not so when we went closer. We crossed the water streams naked feet for completing the circumference of the Lake. And believe me our feet became like ice, insensitive and feeling less. Have a look!
There is also a temple near the Lake. We also saw an animal found on those heights but seen very rarely. It’s named as “PHEA”. I was lucky to see it.
After completing the round of the Lake, we went temple for prayer. The people have preserved their heritage assiduously. The offerings like God’s statue, metal diyas and sacred cloth were seen inside the temple. People also offered bells that were tied on the temple gate. The Parvati Taal was very quiet and calm.
We finished our prayers and waited for the fog to get vanished. And after few minutes our long cherished dream fulfilled as we looked up on the magnificently crafted snow clapped peak of Mt. Adi Kailash. The view was very astonishing and breath-taking. 😀 😀
So, the main aim of the trekking was achieved. Then, we descended slowly relaxing on the carpet of leaves back to the village Kuti.
Next day we left village Kuti. We retraced our path back to Dharchula and its more relaxed and easier on the way back, even with longer distances, trust me. It took only 2 days to return unlike 3 and a half days while going. We came back satisfied and mesmerized with a divine feeling despite tiring journey. 🙂
I hope the readers remember that during the Adi-Kailash Yatra, we came across the mighty splendor of the snow peaks of Himalayas, the gushing Kali river, thick Forest, rare variation of flora-fauna and number of waterfalls.
Hope you liked this trip and its related posts!
It’s a long challenging trek, yes; worth it, YES YES…!! 😀
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” Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.”
So true the above saying is. One who sees the nature so close, comes near to a life!
We left Nabi in the morning and the panoramic view of snow clapped peaks was really beautiful.
I have so much to write and just a post seems less to do so. Still, I’ll try.
From Nabi we walked along the bank of Kuti river viewing peaks and forests. There was no more climbing further but a plain path next to the river. That path follows the river closely as it heads through pleasant scenery towards a place called Nayal. Nayal is a stoppage/rest place between Nabi and Kuti where people have tea and food. But during our time, the shop was closed due to some important work of the shopkeeper. This journey to Nayal was amazingly great. Crossed the ways by talking, laughing and eating the last pack of chocolates. 😛 😉 As we were moving towards the higher altitude, the drinking water seemed like a LIMCA because of its color. I thought it was dirty water but my mother told that the water was coming from the melting glaciers that’s why its color was milky white! 🙂 🙂
We walked for many hours. In the afternoon we saw the entry gate to the village Kuti and breathed a sigh of relief. So happy I was. 😀 😀
But something different was stored in for us. No sooner we saw the gate than it started drizzling. I was feeling too tired to put on the raincoat but the surrounding was looking incredible. And lost in its beauty I forgot to take snaps while drizzling. 😦
But it stopped after a while. 🙂 🙂
After I entered, what I saw… OMG! Yes, a beautiful village is fine but OMG was for that there were 3kms more to reach the village. That meant earlier I got happy without knowing that I have few miles more to go. So, anyhow completed those few miles.
I had heard a lot about village Kuti and when I reached there I discovered that all of it was even more beautiful, even more amazing than I had imagined. Until I came here, I thought the words beginning with “un” referred to things negative… But on seeing this place I uttered few words like UN-believable, UN-imaginable, UN-spoilt, UN-stressed, UN-usual, UN-expected, UN-rivalled… 🙂
Kuti (3600 Meters) is the last village on this trek. It is said that the village is named after Kunti, the mother of Pandavas who stayed there for some time. The picture of the Pandava Fort is below.
Village Kuti is wow.. picturesque! It is a world out there in the high Himalaya, a world very different from ours, away from pollution and noise, covered by greenery and quietness, secluded by default, ways away from any road, a world that defies physical boundaries, where people live to live and not anything sophisticated, a world beyond all else. 🙂
Near the village, we saw a crowd gathered. After a while, I got to know that people were bidding adieu to a couple and so praying together and wishing for their safe journey. Great example of togetherness. Isn’t it?? The meeting ground was named after the memory of a person whose name was engraved on a large stone (Late Shri Khipaal) in 1980s. This meeting ground is also given a name as “CHYAKTI GROUND” by the ITBP ( Indo-Tibetan Border Police).
Meeting all the people there and bidding adieu to the couples, I reached my mother’s home. Then was the actual sigh of relief than the one I took looking at the entry gate. 😛 Not to mention, the exquisite wooden homes with beautiful engravings were at least 200 years old. Small rooms with small doors and windows looked cute.
Met my grandmother and all the relatives. I felt really glad meeting them after such a long time. Then had hot Marjya(butter tea). It is produced by continuously boiling the tea twigs till it achieves the brown color. It is then poured into a cylinder (tea churns) with fresh butter and salt which is then shaken and served. Tea churn can be seen in the picture of kitchen above. When a churn is not available, a bowl and rapid stirring is suffice. It is a very warming drink, providing lots of energy and is particularly suited to high altitudes. Besides, we had the local cuisine ideal for that altitude and environment.
I couldn’t have asked for a better location and a better time for rest and acclimatization. 🙂 🙂
Next morning, we went to the worship place to attend the important event. The worship place or the Dev Sthal was very clean and quiet. Group of people came to perform acts of religious honor or devotion. In the main worship area, people tied pieces of white cloth to the branches as their prayers. Food and sweets were kept as offerings to the God. Animal sacrifice is the ritual killing of an animal as part of a religion. Mainly goats and roosters are sacrificed.
After completing the prayers, we all returned back with prasad (food that has first been offered to the God). It was a great day and a good opportunity to see the religious rituals.
The next day was planned for Jolingkong (4280M) where the Mt. Adi-Kailash is and which is the main theme of these posts. It is 14km from Kuti. I was very much excited to visit Jolingkong. After having dinner had a good sound sleep mixed with excitement. 😉 😛
How about taking a short trip to that world?
Till then wait for the next post! 🙂
“I thank God for the leaping greenly spirits of trees, and for the blue dream of sky and for everything which is natural, which is infinite! ”
It’s a long trek with long distances to walk every day.
It was again a long day, 3rd in a row. We continued our journey in the morning after having breakfast at Garbyang. The soil there was very powdery. I can best describe it as light brown powder with no plants but few weeds. Plan was to reach village Gunji for lunch and that was about 10kms from Garbyang.
While trekking we talked and listened to the stories told by the elders about the villages and the valleys. The worst experience I had was the absence of toilet rooms during the journey. For nature’s call, one had to go behind the plants and the other would guard and check if anyone passes through.
We faced a road block due to construction of roads near Shetee. By taking God’s name and collecting confidence we crossed that slippery pebbly way. Then we did not see any climb further but only plain paths where we met an old man who talked to us and we sat outside a small sweets’ shop. My mother was continuously telling us not to stop by as we were about to reach village Gunji for our lunch. But we did not listen and ordered for Jalebis. And the shopkeeper cooked such delicious-crispy and mouthwatering Jalebis that my mother’s anger also turned sweet! 🙂 🙂 Yummmmy Jalebis… 😛 😛
We reached village Napalchu that had lots of Palti (Kutu ata) plantation around the houses.
Much to our surprise we saw a lorry passing by down the hill which was carrying water containers. That gave us a positive sign that vehicles can come to the villages too as animals were the only mode of transport in that valley.
There was Kuti River which we had to pass to reach village Gunji. The path was very dusty. Crossing the dusty path we reached Gunji. Finally, I met my aunt and my darling cousin at Gunji and had lunch at their home.
After chit-chatting for an hour, it was time for us to undertake our further journey. There was forest called Chanam Jaara to pass by i.e. no trekking. I felt so happy and relaxed. My mother warned us to come straight with no stoppage as we had to reach our next destination before evening. Till then as we got used to the long distances, we did not bother to walk continuously.
After crossing the forest of few miles, no sooner we saw the glimpses of two villages than it started drizzling. On right side was the village Nabi, our destination , our place for that night’s stay and on the left side was the village Rongkong which looked really beautiful.
We went to one of our relatives’ home at Nabi and relaxed for a while. As the sun was still not set, we decided to roam about in the village. I really enjoyed roaming around. It was quite a clean and green village. You can have a look of Nabi through the following pictures.
Spent a cosy night after a hot dinner.
I was really excited to look what’s in store for the next day.
Are you also excited for the further journey??
“Focus on the journey, not the destination. Joy is found not in finishing an activity but in doing it.”
Few time back due to a cultural ceremony, I got a chance to trek to Adi-Kailash. My mother told me that I went there when I was 3 years old. So, re-visiting Adi-Kailash after 18 years was full of excitement. Truly speaking, I enjoyed the journey more.
MT. ADI-KAILASH – popularly known as CHHOTA-KAILASH, is in Indian territory, close to the Indian-Tibetan border. Adi-Kailash is situated at an altitude of 15500 feet and is the replica of the MOUNT KAILASH.
Here, I would like to share one of the most exciting and adventurous trekking I experienced.
From LUCKNOW (Uttar Pradesh) we reached KATHGODAM (Uttarakhand) by train in the morning and took a jeep to DHARCHULA, as road is the only route to travel thereafter. Dharchula is situated on the banks of Kali River. On the other side of river, it is NEPAL.
The trekking begins and ends at TAWAGHAT which is the confluence of KALI and EAST DHAULI rivers and there is a trek of about 100 km. In this very exciting trekking region of Adi-Kailash Yatra, you will come across the mighty splendour of the Himalayan peaks, lush green valleys, the gushing KALI and KUTI rivers, thick forest, and rare variation of fruits and number of water falls. You also get a chance of understanding the social and cultural life of BHOTIA people living in the BYAS valley. Travel permit is required from the District Magistrate, PITHORAGARH.
After a night’s stay at Dharchula, we left for Tawaghat by jeep. But on the way to Tawaghat, we saw-
Hope, you liked it and find the further posts more interesting!!