Om Parvat Darshan (God's signature)
OM Parvat is the magical and inspiring Himalayan mountain peak that rises to an altitude of 6191m lying near Nabhi Dhang, Darchula district on the border between India and Nepal . It is known by various names such as Adi Kailash, Little Kailash, Jonglingkong Peak, Baba Kailash, Chhota Kailash. This mountain is famous for the miracle of nature as it poses an impression of OM naturally which is formed with deposition of snow against black background of the mountain. OM is a holy Hindu mantra and is so clearly visible on this mountain. During the months of August – September the dot (bindi) on the semi circle of the mantra is also seen visible. According to the Hindu legends there are eight such OM symbols in the Himalayan Mountains and at present the world has been able to discover only one which we know as – OM Parvat.
Om Parvat is a mountain in the Himalayan mountain range, lying in the Pithoragarh district of Uttarakhand, India, near Sinla pass. It is considered sacred by Hindus and its snow deposition pattern resembles the sacred 'AUM' (ॐ). Its appearance is distinctly similar to Mount Kailash in Tibet. Near Om Parvat lie Parvati Lake and Jonglingkong Lake. Jonglingkong Lake is sacred, as Mansarovar, to the Hindus. Opposite to this peak is a mountain called Parwati Muhar.
This peak was attempted for the first time by an Indo-British team including Martin Moran, T. Rankin, M. Singh, S. Ward, A. Williams and R. Ausden. The climbers promised not to ascend the final 10 metres (30 ft) out of respect for the peak's holy status. However, they were stopped around 200 m (660 ft) short of the summit by very loose snow and rock conditions.
The first ascent of Adi Kailash came on October 8, 2004. The team comprised Tim Woodward, Jack Pearse, Andy Perkins (UK); Jason Hubert, Martin Welch, Diarmid Hearns, Amanda George (Scotland); and Paul Zuchowski (USA). They did not ascend the final few metres, again out of respect for the sacred nature of the summit.
Om Parvat can be viewed en route to the Kailash Manasarovar Yatra from the last camp below Lipu Lekh pass at Nabhidhang. Many trekkers to Adi Kailash often make a diversion to view Om Parvat. Om Parvat and Adi Kailash or Baba Kailash are not one and the same. Om Parvat is located near Nabhi Dhang, on the border between India and Nepal. The Chhota Kailash is located near Sinla pass, Near Brahma Parvat.