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The Himalayas, venerated as the abode of the Enlightened, has been a destination of great significance for spiritual seekers across the world. Masters has always felt a deep affinity for these sacred mountains. As an endeavour to share this mystical connection, with the grace and guidance of Mahanthi Ramaraju organizes Sacred Walks to Himalayas every year. Himalayan Sacred Walks presents an excellent opportunity to soak in the sacred energies of these enchanting and majestic mountains. The sojourn is for ten days comprising meditations and treks in some of the most idyllic yet powerful places in the region of the Indian Himalayas.

Sathsangs take place as the trip unfolds with some of the earth’s most incredible landscapes serving as the backdrop. Powerful meditations and processes allow one to experience higher states of consciousness and experience the impact it has on the delicate relationship of body, mind and soul; ultimately aimed at evoking the power of the mystical mountains and the Grace of the Inner Master (your soul).


Mahanthi Ramaraju offers this program not as a tour, but as a possibility for deep spiritual transformation. Imbibing the overwhelming power, energy and grace of the Himalayas opens one up to higher dimensions of life, more so when the guidance of a realized master illuminates every step.


Mahanthi Ramaraju takes utmost effort in making this unique sojourn, managed by our highly trained and dedicated teachers and volunteers, a truly memorable experience. Every individual is looked after with genuine care and attention.--- Mahanthi Ramaraju


Note : "Mahanthi Ramaraju" is not a tour company, yet we offer this sojourn with the intention of providing you with the opportunity to experience these sacred places in their true depth and dimension.

Adi Kailash - OM Parvat Trekking Expedition 2018

Being a part of the Kailash family, it gives us immense pleasure in announcing the opening of the Adi Kailash and OM Parvat Trekking expedition/Yatra 2018 with w.e.f June 14th, 2018. Mahanthi Ramaraju invites the registration application for the holy pilgrimage. The applications will be considered on the first cum first basis and accordingly the short listed yatries will be sent the confirmation letters. The detailed procedure for applying to the Yatra is given below.


Adi Kailash: (6191 mts.) (Popularly known as Chotta Kailash) is in many ways replica of the better known Mt. Kailash in Tibet, especially in appearance. Adi-Kailash, however is in Indian Territory close to the Indo-Tibetan border, it is an area of great natural beauty, peace and serenity. Men and women, tired by the incessant roar of urban life, will find here a healing quietude, conducive to looking inward and discoursing with one’s inner self. At the very foot of Mt. Kailash is Gauri kund, whose water reflects the mountain itself. Close by is Parvati Sarovar, also called “Mansarovar” but much smaller than the original, on the bark of the sarovar local people have erected a temple to Shiv and parvati. After the Chinese occupied Tibet from Gunji, Indian Sadhus or pilgrims offered their prayer here to Lord Shiva, and took their journey to Kutti followed by Jollingkong at an altitude of over 1550 feet to have a darshan of this mountain. When we enter this magical place, for the moment you feel that why the God choose this place for their abode.


OM Parvat: From Gunji the route branches off to Kalapani where the Kali river originates and then on to Nabidhang (3987m) (Lipupass is only 9 kms ahead). At Nabidhang we can see “Aum Parvat” a miracle of nature, snow lies in the mountain in the shape of a perpetual “Aum” the primordial sound. All other slopes may be bare but this inscription in snow is everlasting and as one observes it, one gets the feeling that the mountain itself is Lord Shiv incarnate- the destroyer, showing himself in a rare glimpse. One can see white (snow) Aum on black background. No hypothesis, no assumption and no imagination are required to visualize “Aum”. The symbol and guide to mediation connecting man, God and the Universe chanted at the beginning and finale of all proceedings, extolled in the Upnishads as the best and most effective symbol of God.


During Adi-Kailash, Om Parvat Trekking expedition, you will come across the mighty splendor of the snow peaks of Api, Nampha, Tinker and Ganesha parvat massive naming western Nepal’s Himalayan peak, the gushing Kali river, forest, can see the enchanting beauty of Chaudas, Byans and Darma Valley, tradition villages like Gala, Zipti, Budhi, Garbiyang, Napalchu, Gunji, Navi, Rongkong, Kutti, enroute when we go Buddhi to Gunji a place Chiyalekh. From here we can see the mind blowing Bugyal which is full of alpine wild flowers, Himalayan herbs, great Himalayan peaks, peace and serenity. Enroute to Adi-Kailash from Chhiyalekh, Gunji, Nabi, Kutti we see a breath taking view of the Himalayan peaks. You can catch the different and ever changing moods of their snow covered mountains, beautiful rivers, peaks, which seems to touch the sky green meadows and treacherous glaciers make this area a heaven for those seeking high adrenaline closes. All over the world, only the Uttarakhand section of the Himalayas have traditionally attracted humanity in search of spiritual awakening since the very beginning of human history on this earth. The local folk called “Shauka” “Rang” Garbyang, Napalchu, Gunji, Nabi, Rong-kong Kutti has much to say about their land. The village Kutti is named after Kunti, the mother of Pandavas. Kunti apparently stayed at this spot for some time. Likewise they claim that the great sage Vyash lived here for a long time and wrote many books. The bhotiyas have preserved their heritage assiduously and are always ready to show glimpses of it through dance and music.


Patal Bhuvneshwar: Enshrined in mystery and mythology, Patal Bhuvneshwar is the hidden pilgrimage centre, near Gangolihat the famous Shaktipeeth. Located 120 kms from Almora on the way to Sheraghat, this highly revered shrine is dedicated to Lord Shiva. The sub-terranean shrine of Lord Shiva is situated with sprawling interiors. Limestone rock formations have created various spectacular stalactite and stalagmite figures. The way to the cave temple is through a long, narrow tunnel. Inside the cave, the limestone formations have aken shape of many Gods and Goddesses of hindu pantheon. The forms of Ganesha, Shesh Nag, Garud, Shivling etc. are distinctly visible to the believers. It’s popularly believed that the holiest cave is the adobe of 33 crore Gods and Goddesses, amidst the absolute Himalayan isolation.


Jageshwar: Jageshwar is the cluster of ancient temples from 8th–12th century A.D. the complex consisting of 124 temples and hundreds of statues is not merely famous for its sevaymbhi lingum named “Naagesh” the main temples are dedicated to Maha Mrityunjaya, Mahishashwar Mardani, Kedarnath, Baleshwar, Surya, Navgraha, Mahakali, Navdurga etc. Jageshwar is amongst the 12 Jyotirlings in india and Adi Shankaracharya also medicated here.


Almora: Almora is located on a ridge at the southern edge of the Kumaon Hills of the Himalaya range. Almora was founded in 1568 by King Kalyan Chand, however there are accounts of human settlements in the hills and surrounding region in the Hindu epic Mahabharata (8th and 9th century BCE). Almora was the seat of chand kings that ruled over the Kumaon Kingdom. It is considered the cultural heart of the Kumaon region of Uttarakhand. Almora is famous for its temples as well some of them are Chitai (Golu devta), Nanda Devi, Katarmal, Jageshwar and Kasar Devi. The great saint Swami Vivekananda is said to have achieved enlightenment in the surroundings of Almora.


Kakrighat: During period of 1890 Swami Vivekananda meditated under a Peepal tree at this place during his travel to Himalayas. Swami Vivekananda stayed for a night at Kakrighat in August 1890. His companion was Swami Akhandanand. They stopped for the night under an old Peepal tree. Where the Kosi river met another mountain river named Suial. This place known as Kakrighat is about 37 km. from Nainital on Nainital-Almora Moter Road. On reaching Kakrighat Swami Vivekanand said to his companion “this place is charming, what a wonderful spot for meditation”. After bathing in the kosi river the swami sat under the tree, absorbed in deep meditation for a long time. Later returning to normal consciousness he said to Akhandanand “Oh Gangadhar ! I have just passed through one of the greatest moments of my life. Here under this peepal tree one of the greatest problems of my life has been solved. I have found the oneness of the macrocosm with the microcosm. In the microcosm of the body everything that is there (in the macrocosm) exists. I have seen the whole universe within an atom”. This realization of his seems to be reflected in the lectures. He later on gave in the west under the Title “Cosmos-The Macrocosm and the microcosm.”


Kanchi Dhaam: It is a placed at an altitude of (1400 MT) On the Nainital - Almora Road, 9 Km from Bhowali and 17 Kms from Nainital is a modern pilgrim centre. This place has achieved recognition owing to the ashram of the famous Shri Neem Karoli Baba Maharaj ji. Founded by the famous Maharaj Neem Karoli Baba in 1962. The concept of this place came into existence in 1942 when Maharaj Neem Karoli along with Shri Poornanand of the Kainchi Village proposed building an Ashram here dedicated to Sombari Maharaj and Sadhu Premi Baba who used to perform yagnas in this very place. Shri Neem Karoli Baba have followers all over the India as well as in the world in millions, Mark Jukerberg (Founder and CEO of Facebook) and Steve Jobs (Founder and former CEO of Apple) are one of them.


Joljibi: Jauljibi is located at the junction of the Kali and Gori Rivers. The rivers separate a town into halves of India and Nepal who host the prime fascination of this place which is its international annual trade fair in November, popularly known as Jauljibi Vyapar Mela. The basic provincial individuals of these sloping locales meet up to meet each other and in the meantime to bear on some business. As per Swami Permanand Maharaj, the name of the deity worshipped locally in this part of Nepal and India is Jwaleshwar Mahadev who is believed to be have taken the form of Fire. The raging agony of Jwaleshwar was calmed by Ved Vyas who had to take a bath at the confluence (sangam) place of Gori & Kali and leave his wooden stick behind. Goddess Jwaleshwar further asked Ved Vyas to mount a Jwaleshwar Mahadev-Ling to calm her down. It is since then that the place is known as Jwaleshwar Mahadev. In the 18th century, King of Askot renamed the land as Annapurna Mahadev. This place of Lord Shiva is en route Kailash Mansarovar and Adi Kailash Yatra

Note: This Yatra/trekking is approved by IMF & Granted for Special Casual Leave to Govt. Employees (O.M.No. 28016/2/84-Estt.(A)Dt.11/04/1985)

Terms and Conditions:

  1. Application received will be given priority on the first cum first basis.
  2. Yatra confirmation can be done by depositing Rs. 5000/- Non Refundable draft/On-line transfer in favor of Kumaon Mandal Vikas Nigam, which will be adjusted in the actual package amount. Balance amount should be deposited prior 1 week of the departure date.
  3. Allocated batches can be changed subject to the availability.
  4. An indemnity bond will also be required for which the format will be dispatched to the selected candidates.
  5. Medical fitness Certificate, Police Verification or valid Passport (Photo copy), Voter Identification Card or Aadhar Card or DL is required with the form.
  6. Yatrie age should not be less than 18 and should be below 70 years as of 01 June 2018.
  7. Yatries have to complete the yatra by trekking, if pony/porter is required by any yatrie for the yatra. The payment for the same will be paid by the yatrie as per rates provided by the district administration (Note: arrangement of pony is subject to availability).


As per district administration, Pithoragarh the foreigners/NRI’s are restricted to visit in this area. Foreigners / NRI’s, who are willing to join the yatra, will have to get the permission from the concerning department.


Facilities: Share accommodation, Transport, Food (Vegetarian), Guide, Insurance of Yatries for Yatra period only and Transportation of luggage up to 15 Kg only per Yatri.

Day wise Itineary :

1st Day: Reporting Kathgodam in the morning, proceed to Almora 80 Km. (Night Halt) (1600mts.)

2nd Day: Almora-Dharchula (Night Halt) (Via Patal Bhuvneshwar) (250 Kms) (910mts.)

3rd Day: Dharchula–Gala(Via Mangti) (Night Halt) (40 km by road, 8 kms by trek) (2440mts.)

4th Day: Gala- Budhi (Night Halt) (18 kms by trek) (2680mts.)

5th Day: Budhi- Gunji (Night Halt) (19 Kms by trek) (3220mts.)

6th Day: Gunji-Kutti (Night Halt) (20 Kms by trek) (3600mts.)

7th Day: Kutti- Jolingkong (Night Halt) (14 Kms by trek) (4572mts.)

8th Day: Jolingkong-Adi-Kailash/ Parvati Sarovar-Jolingkong- Kutti (N/H) (21Kms by trek) (3600mts.)

9th Day: Kutti-Gunji (Night Halt) (20 Kms by trek) (3220mts.)

10th Day: Gunji-Kalapani-Nabhidhang (Night Halt) (18 kms by trek) (4246mts.)

11th Day: Nabhidhang-Kalapani-Gunji ((Night Halt) (18 kms by trek) (3220mts.)

12th Day: Gunji-Budhi (Night Halt) (19 Kms by trek) (2680mts.)

13th Day: Budhi-Mangati-Dharchula (Night Halt) (20 kms by trek 40 kms by bus) (910mts.)

14th Day: Dharchula-Jageshwar via Pithoragarh (Night Halt) (185 Kms by bus) (1870 mts.)

15th Day: Jageshwar to Kathgodam via Nainital (140 kms by Bus) (After reaching Kathgodam tour concludes at the same time) 

Duration: 14 Nights 15 Days

Rates: Rs. 50,000/- per person (Including GST).

Yatra Period: June 14th, 2018

Facilities: Share Accommodation, Transport, Food (Veg.), Guide charges, Insurance of Yatries for Yatra period and Transportation of luggage up to 15 Kg only per Yatri.

Note: The itinerary is liable to changed without notice due to any circumstances beyond the control of the organizers for example: Natural disaster, road block, vehicle breakdown, political unrest etc. The participants are expected to accept it with grace. 


* This Yatra is approved by I M F, hence the yatries from the Central / State Govt. Departments are entitled for granting the special casual Leave to the employees. (O.M.No. 28016/2/84-Estt.(A)Dt.11/04/1985) 

Document Required for Bookings

  1. Duly filled Yatra Application form in two sets for Yatra 2018 with colored photo. 
  2. Medical Fitness Certificate, certified at least by any MBBS Doctor (one in original and one copy). 
  3. Duly filled Application form for entry in notified area with passport size colored photo. (in two sets). 
  4. Copy of identity proof, i.e. Valid Indian Passport, Aadhar Card, Voter ID Card, D.L. 
  5. Two additional Passport size colored Photograph. 
  6. Form should be filled in two sets. 

Clothing & other items

Adi-Kailash and Om Parvat are in the region of 14,000-15,500 feet altitudes, with cold winds blowing in the daytime and in the evening. This is a high altitude trek on mountainous terrain with occasionally bad weather. There will be rain fall as well as snow fall en-route the yatra. So you are advised to not to ignore these instructions or take them lightly, as the consequences could be serious. Clothing should be light, wind proof, water repellant and capable of providing enough warmth. 

We suggest each yatri to carry the following items

01. Wind-cheater jacket 1 no. 

02. Sweaters 2 full sleeves 1 half sleeve 

03. Jacket Good quality 1 no. 

04. Woolen and leather gloves 1 pair each 

05. Woolen/cotton inners 2 pairs 

06. Woolen socks 4 pairs 

07. Cotton socks 4 pairs 

08. Jeans Pants 3 nos. 

09. Trek suit 1 nos. 

10. Shirts/T-shirt full sleeves 6 nos. 

11. Sun glasses (good quality) 

12. Trekking shoes 1 pair (good quality) 

13. Peaked cap or broad brimmed straw 

14. Water bottle (large) 1 no. hat 1 no. (for protection against the sun) 

15. Small LED torch light (carry two sets of extra 

16. Raincoat (large size) 1 no. cells and one bulb) 1 no. 

17. Belt pouch for camera/money/ 

18. Large Plastic sheet for water medicines/documents 1 no. proofing your luggage 1 no. 

19. Toilet paper 

20. Rucksack with cover for luggage 1 nos. 

21. Sunscreen lotion (for sunburn) 

22. Small Rucksack for trekking 1 nos. 

23. Rubber slippers 1 no. 

24. Multipurpose knife 1 no. 

25. Balaclava (Monkey cap) 1 no. 

26. Medicines. 

Cancellation Rules

1. 90% Refund on cancellation before 15 days. 

2. 75% Refund on cancellation before 14-10 days. 

3. 50% Refund on cancellation before 09-05 days. 

4. No refund before 05 days of departure. 

Note:

1. GST amount will not be refunded. 

2. Advance amount of Rs. 5000.00 for booking confirmation will not be refunded. 

Appeal

  • While trekking, walk towards the hill, not to the drop-side. Don't withdraw towards drop-side to give way to any person or horse/pony.  
  • The yatra time is from early morning to noon. So yatries are advised to start early and reach next camp by noon. Wet clothes, due to rain or sweat, should be changed and make your arrangements for next day's yatra. 
  • The arrangements for horses and porters shall be done by payment in the very beginning at Mangati and at their prior information given to the yatra adhikari. It is not possible to get them in the middle of yatra. (Pony/horses are subject to availability) 
  • Trek according to the route. Don't experiment with shortcuts or intruded ways. 
  • During your trek, be cautious, yet confident. Take special care of difficult terrain and watch out for landslides, falling rocks/ boulders, cloudbursts, the Kali River flowing alongside. You should trek as a team, taking care of your other team-members and warning each other of potential hazards. 
  • Use only water of safe springs for drinking. Fill your lukewarm water bottles from camp. 
  • During the selection itself Yatris are advised to procure good quality trekking shoes/walking-stick, raincoats, Rucksacks to carry their personal belongings and one small rucksack, snow goggles, woolen mufflers, hats, jackets/wind-cheaters, socks etc. as per requirement, cameras and medicines (personal if any). Notebooks and pens can also prove handy. 
  • The weight of your luggage should be upto 15 kg only. Extra luggage will be charged as per govt. rates. 
  • If a yatri doesn't attend after reservation, money will be not refunded. 
  • Lodging facilities (share accommodation) on the way are in Rest House, tin-sheds (Camp Huts), snowhuts. Warm beddings are adequately provided. Onion and garlic-less food, rice, Dal, chapatis, vegetables, pickle, puri, paratha, pakori, vegetable soup, sweets, welcome drinks, tea, Bournvita, and local green vegetables are available.
  • In case of illness or any other reasons yatri can quiet the yatra but the amount will not be refunded. In emergencies, yatrie will be evacuated by air or by man power on payment and depending on availability.  
  • Yatries are advised to provide the ID’s/documents en-route the yatra to the concerning authorities. 
  • Photography is not prohibited during the yatra (except some restricted places i.e., army/security force camps), so yatries are advised to carry a sufficient stock of photo SD cards & Camera cells. 

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