Kinnaur Kailash, The Shiv Lingam Trek


Kinnaur Kailash (locally known as Kinner Kailash) is a mountain in the Kinnaur district of the Indian state Himachal Pradesh. The Kinnaur Kailash has a height of 4650 meters and is considered as sacred by both Hindu and Buddhist Kinnauris. This mountain is sometimes confused with the Mount Kailash in Tibet. The Kinnaur Kailash Range borders the district of Kinnaur in the south and is dominated by the Kinnaur Kailash (elevation- 6050m) and Jorkanden (elevation- 6473m) peaks.Jorkanden is the highest peak in the Kinner-Kailash range; one can admire it comfortably from a bungalow at Kalpa. Often mistaken with Kinner Kailash (which is a smaller holy pillar to north of it). Jorkanden has been climbed by the I.T.B.P IN 1974 and by the IndianPara Regiment in 1978. The pass accessible on the trek is the Charang La at an altitude of 5300m. It is one of the toughest treks in Himachal Prades

Kapil Mehta enjoying his Jhula Ride across River Saluj


The Kinnaur Kailash trek as done is up to the Shiv Lingam and is considered as a difficult one among the other pilgrim treks. The original trek is also known as “Kinnaur Kailash Parikrama”. The parikrama starts from Tang Ling village and finally culminates in Sangla on the other side of mountain. But one other trek which is relatively small and easy also takes place from the Tang Ling village and back and reaches to the top of Shiv Lingam. The easier of the treks is around 8 to 10 kilometers one way with one night to be spent in the caves before starting the final climb to the Shiv Lingam. While the other trek is 32 kilometers long and takes a minimum of two days complete. The elevation of the Shiv Lingam is 4640 meters from sea level.

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Mt. Raldang (5499m) and Maling Khata in One Frame

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