Om Parvat Trek is one of the most challenging treks in India that rewards you with the blessings of an “OM” shaped mountain. Om Parvat holds utmost religious significance in India with the nearby Parvati Sarovar. Science says this holy expression is created with an arrangement of deposition of snow. Most of the trekkers who have been on this journey have known to classify this experience with positive and refreshing vibes. The 13-day and 12-night long trek is a long journey that takes you through various beautiful green valleys and hamlets. The trail passes through various places like Mangati, Gala, Budhi, Gunji, Kutti, Jolingkong, Nabhidang, etc. You get to explore the rawness of the Himalayas and travel 20+ km in a single day, making it one of the most challenging treks. The total trekking distance is a whopping 86 kilometers with the highest point being 4572 meters above ground level. This point is known as the Nabhidang point which showcases the beauty of Om Parvat or Adi Kailash Mountain, and Parvati Sarovar. The altitude gains of the trek are higher than 1000 meters on some days, making it difficult. Suitable for intermediate to expert-level trekkers, the trek sometimes offers you steep ascents and descents.
Kathgodam to Dharchula
Distance: 325 km
Time: 8 hrs
Arrive at Kathgodam and from there you will be driven in a taxi to reach Dharchula that is 325 km away.
Halt at an eatery before Dharchula for lunch.
Reach Dharchula in the evening after 8 hours, a small town located on the right bank of Kali River.
Explore the breathtaking beauty of Dharchula near the hotel.
Check into the hotel and stay overnight.
Winter hat or wide-brimmed hat, or insulating hat
Waterproof jacket and pants
Extra passport photos and photocopies of passport
Toothpaste and toothbrushes
Face or body wipes
Toilet paper and wipes
Medicine and first-aid kit:
Antiseptic ointment for cuts
Cough and/or cold medicine
Diamox or Acetazolamide (for acute mountain sickness)
Skin blister repair kit
Small personal first aid kit
Water filter (optional)
Water purification tablets
Headlight with additional batteries
Backpack or daypack
By Train: You can access the Kathgodam station through major Indian cities like Delhi, Howrah, Lucknow, etc.
Board the Ranikhet Express (5014) train from Delhi at 10:40 PM to reach Kathgodam at 05:30 AM the next day.
Board Uttar sampark Kranti (5035) trains from Delhi at 04:00 PM to reach Kathgodam at 10:40 PM.
Board the Doon Express (4120) train from Dehardun at 10:30 PM to reach Kathgodam at 7:10 AM.
By Air: The nearest airport to Kathgodam is Pantnagar Airport at a distance of 32kms. You can access the airport via Delhi as 4 round flights operate per day.
By Bus: Board a bus from ISBT Delhi Anand Vihar station to reach Kathgodam. There is no direct bus but the buses that go to Nainital stop at Haldwani bus station near Kathgodam. From there, you have to travel 4 km to reach Kathgodam Railway Station via local taxis.
Om Parvat Trek is a long trek of 13 days and 12 nights. The total trekking distance is 86 kilometers, requiring you to sometimes travel 20+ km per day.
Om Parvat Trek happens to be in the Pithoragarh district of the Kumaon region in Uttarakhand. Your trek officially starts from Kathgodam and moves past small hamlets for you to start trekking from Mangati.
Om Parvat Trek is a moderate-level trek as you need to ascend/descend 15-20 km per day. The long distances with steep climbs in between the trail make it even more difficult. But most of the trek is simple and long ascend/descend to make it a moderate-level trek.
The best time to try Om Parvat Trek is between the months of April and June & September and October, owing to the summer season. The snow begins to melt, allowing you to trek through the green valleys. The monsoons and the winter months are relatively riskier because of frequent landslides.
The trek is worth your time because you witness the beautiful and holy sight of the “Om Parvat”. The magical Himalayan mountain is shaped in such a way that it displays the pious godly symbol. Moreover, you can do the Parikrama of Parvati Sarovar, making the trek a positive experience on the whole.