According to mythology, the land encompassing the two regions of Kedar Khand and Manas Khand, extended from Haridwar to Mount Kailash and Mansarovar, and was known as Uttarakhand. But now Kailash and Mansarovar are in Chinese Tibet and the remaining part in India is called Uttarakhand.
Most interestingly, a mountain looking very much like Mount Kailash lies within Indian territory in district Pithoragarh. Slightly smaller in height, it is known as Chhota Kailash or the minor Kailash. Just as Mansarovar is the huge lake at the foot of Kailash, there is the ParvatiSarovar, a smaller lake located on an eye-catching meadow called Jolingkong, at the foot of Chhota Kailash. It is this striking similarity which lends this geographic formation the name of Chhota Kailash.
For many years the trek to Chhota Kailash started from Tawaghat, 15 km from Dharchula. Upto a place called Gunji the treks to both Kailash and Chhota Kailash are the same. At Gunji they bifurcate to different directions.
Now the road has gone further up to a place called Mangti. The trek to Chota Kailash can now begin from the road-head at Mangti, 17 km further up, or any point that may become the last motor head. From Mangti trekkers take a different route through Lakhanpur, and join up at Malpa with the old route coming from Tawaghat. Around 20km of trekking distance can be saved by starting the trek from Mangti.
The entire trek is full of natural extravaganza, with fascinating camping grounds.
I – The old route
|Place||Altitude (m)||Distance (km) point to point|
|Chota Kailash||–||10 trek|
II – The new route
|Place||Altitude (m)||Distance (km) progressive|