Adi Kailash, sometimes referred to as Shiva Kailash, Chota Kailash, Baba Kailash, or Jonglingkong Peak, is a mountain in India’s Uttarakhand state’s Pithoragarh district that is part of the Himalayan mountain range. Hindus worship both Om Parvat and Adi Kailash as sacred sites.
The base camp of the Adi Kailash, also known as the Chota Kailash, is situated 17 kilometres from the Kutti village at the holy Jolingkong Lake with the Lord Shiva temple. It is situated close to the Sin La pass and next to Brahma Parvat.
The Adi Kailash Yatra Circuit starts by ascending the Darma Valley and then travelling to the Kuthi Yankti Valley (India) through the Sin La pass to join the Tibetan pilgrimage route that descends the Sharda River to Mount Kailash and Lake Manasarovar. Gunji is on the motorable route to Adi Kailash. The path along the western bank of the Sharda River, also known as the Mahakali River, at Gunji forks into two distinct motorable ways; one heads north to Kailash-Mansarovar and the other to the west to Adi Kailash, as one approaches Gunji from Dharcula and the rest of India.
Moreover, India opened a recently built road in this region that connects Gunji with Limpiyadhura Pass (also known as Lampiya Dhura Pass on the India-China border), cutting the walk to Adi Kailash down to two hours. A new road that runs for 80 kilometres from Dharchula via Gunji to Lipulekh Pass on the India-China border—part of the geostrategic India-China Border Roads project—was officially opened by India in May 2020. It leads to Kailas-Manasarovar.
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