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Kudremukh Trek | Plan The Unplanned

Saturday 05:00 AM - Swad E Punjab (HSR) · HSR Layout · Bangalore

Rolling green hills, clouds kissing the mountains, forest trails, bamboo shrubs and a dozen waterfalls, the Kudremukh Peak trek has it all; No wonder it is called the Himalayas of the south. The scenery keeps changing on the trek and will surely amaze anyone.

Coming under the Chikmagalur District of Karnataka, Kudremukh trek is one of the most exciting treks in this region. It is the third highest peak after Mullayanagiri and Bababudangiri. Absorb the beauty of the Western Ghats as you walk up the trail. Very few people know the fact that the Western Ghats are considered as UNESCO World Heritage Site for the natural beauty and for being an icon of environmental balance. The lush greenery of the hills can never fail to mesmerize a soul.

You’ll cross several cascading waterfalls and narrow streams, thick forests with a variety of trees, and the whistling of birds will keep you entertained all throughout. And finally, when you’ll reach the peak, the picturesque view from the top and the chilled wind will absolutely blow you out of your mind and make you numb for a few minutes, before you regain your consciousness to feel the enchanting magic of the place. So if you are bored of the city lights in Bangalore, then forget everything and join us for this weekend trek to Kudremukh and find yourself amidst nature.

IMPORTANT NOTICE: The Forest Department at Kudremukh presently allows only the first 50 persons (on first come first serve basis) to trek to the Kudremukh Peak in a day. This notification has been passed with a view to preserve the forests and promote eco-tourism in the region. In case we fail to obtain the permits, we’ll arrange for an alternate trek.

DAY 1

  • Depart from Bangalore by 5:00 AM
  • Refresh yourselves at Elniru falls on the way
  • Check in at the homestay, have dinner and hit the bed early

 DAY 2

  • Wake up early morning at 4 am for an early breakfast
  • Jeep Ride to the Kudremukh Trek Base
  • Start the trek to Kudremukh by 6 AM
  • Have packed lunch on the trek
  • Reach the peak and Descend by 5 PM (Approx)
  • Have dinner at the homestay
  • Depart to Bangalore at 9 PM

DAY 3

  • Reach Bangalore by 5 AM (Approx)

STAY

  • Homestay
  • Sharing basis accommodation in dormitories
  • Separate rooms for men & women

MEALS

  • Breakfast on Day 2
  • Packed Lunch on Day 2
  • Dinner for Day 1 & Day 2
  • All meals included will be Veg

TRANSPORT

  • Non-A/C Tempo Traveller or Mini-bus with push back seats depending on group size
  • Bangalore to Bangalore

OTHER INCLUSIONS

  • Off-Road Jeep ride from Homestay to Basecamp & back
  • Campfire (Dependant on weather conditions)

OTHER EXCLUSIONS

  • Any kind of insurance
  • Personal Expense:( snacks, mineral water etc)
  • Anything not included above

GROUP SIZE

  • 12-25 Members
  • We have an equal male to female ratio for most of our treks
  • We require a minimum of 8 members to confirm the event
  • In case we fail to obtain the required minimum, full refund or the option to transfer to any other event will be provided. (Option of transfer shall be subject to payment/refund of balance amount if any)

Day 1 – Depart for Kudremukh and Visit Elniru Falls

Start from Bangalore. Meet all your new friends and have a short ‘let’s-get-to-know-each-other’ session. Remember, as a famous saying goes, the best people are the ones you meet on the road. Our trek leaders would give you a brief orientation about the trek and discuss the itinerary for the next two days.

Visit Elniru Falls

Elniru means Sweet coconut, it is said that water is as sweet or tastes similar to coconut water. The ride to Elniru is through muddy roads and one can drive till the motorable area. Then one has to descend down a little to reach the waterfall. On the way, there comes another beautiful waterfall, which looks like wallpaper. Don’t be overwhelmed by that waterfall itself as that isn’t our destination.

Day 2 – Trek to Kudremukh

After an early grab and quick freshening up, everyone now gears up for a bumpy jeep ride to the Kudremukh Trek Base. The ride is adventurous as one crosses coffee plantations, muddy roads with waterfalls and streams as well on the way.

The trek to Kudremukh starts of the Forest Department Office after collecting the permits. The Trek needs to start off as early as 6 AM with strict policies of return time and leave no litter.

Our trek leaders shall now brief you about the entire Kudremukh Trail and certain tips on ascending and descending. We then hit the trail with our Tempo being high and with Plan The Unplanned’s traditional cheer dance.

At the beginning itself, after a few minutes of walking there will be a stream crossing. In monsoons, the flow and depth of the streams would be quiheate vy.

After the stream crossing, there is a slight ascent on a muddy path surrounded by ferns, several shrubs and lush green grass. This continues for around 1 to 1.5 km and then there comes an elevated plain and a stand-alone tree which is called Ontimara. (Lonely Tree)

On the left on Ontimara, the trail becomes flat for some time, on the right one can see the Kudremukh valley and Somavati river flowing below. The trail soon converts into a forest trail- dark shola forests with water streams. There are a lot of leeches at this point, be aware, but it’s difficult to actually avoid them. After another stream crossing, there are open meadows. It is an amazing feeling to trek through dense forests, with open meadows in between. The transition of scenery keeps the thrill till the end.

Kudremukh peak becomes visible after some point. The clouds will come closer and nearer as if to kiss and hug you. Amidst the open meadows, after further walking, there is a board by Forest Department Office stating the direction and distance (7 km) to Kudremukh peak. 

After another dense patch of trees, is another stream of water, and the last water source before the peak. After stream crossing, there is a steep ascent. On the right, the view is mesmerizing, clouds passing over rolling lush green hills. Try taking few time lapse videos here. After further ascend you reach the second Ontimara.

Before reaching the Ontimara, be amazed by the Kudremukh range all around. From the Ontimara, the view on the right is enthralling- rolling vibrant green hills, full of energy passing all their energy on to you. After the Ontimara, the trail is a mix of narrow paths between dense forests, bamboo shrubs and steep ascents.

The whole of Kudremukh valley opens up after some point. The structure of the mountain and resemblance to horse can be understood and clearly seen from here. The left-most part of the mountain which resembles the face of a horse the front portion like the stomach and the top like the back of a horse. We will now climb the “horse’s back” part of the mountain and the climb is steep and zig-zag.

The zig-zag steep climb is difficult comparatively but the views encourage to keep going. In monsoon, it usually rains much, along with winds that one will feel as if the raindrops are slapping you. This part of the trail will surely give you the thrill of a monsoon trek.

After the end of the zig-zag point, pause for some time to look and appreciate how far you have come. The rolling hills, lush green and full of life, the open meadows, the grasslands everything on the trail is just perfect, why go to Scotland when you can experience this in India itself

At the end of zig zag point, there is a rock cluster with a blue arrow mark showing the direction to the peak. One the left there are some ruins which used to be a British Rest house. The last part of the trek is not a steep climb because of the shape of the mountain. It is a level walk past green fields.

At the peak, there is Forest Department Board as well showing the details of Kudremukh peak and other peaks of Kudremukh national park.

Wait sometime there to see the hills and clouds play peek-a-boo. After some time start the descent, capturing and soaking in as much as possible. Leech bites, heavy rains, gusty winds nothing can stop you conquer the peak if you really want to. Come back rejuvenated with a thousand memories, a lot of epic captures and a bunch of new friends.

Day 3 – Reach Bangalore

Reach back to Bangalore by early morning on the third day(Monday morning approx 5 a.m) after an adventurous and memorable trip with Plan The Unplanned.

Pick Up Point Timings
  • Following are the pick-up points & timings:
    • Swad E Punjab | 5:00 AM  – Teacher’s Colony, HSR Layout, Bengaluru, Karnataka
    • New Shanti Sagar Hotel |  5:30 AM – Old Airport Road, Domlur, Bengaluru, Karnataka
    • KTM Mekhri Circle | 6:00 AM – Mekhri Circle Junction, Raj Mahal Vilas Extension, Armane Nagar, Bengaluru, Karnataka
  • Please select your preferred pickup point from the drop-down list while booking
  • Any change in Pick up locations/ timings would be updated via mail 24 hours before the start of the trip
  • Drop-off points shall be same as the pick-up points
*Organizers/Venues are solely responsible for the service, availability and quality of the events including all or any cancellations/modifications/complaints.
Know about Location & Venue
Address :

# 468 2nd Main Rd, Teacher's Colony, Koramangala, Sector 6, HSR Layout 5th, Sect, Teacher's Colony, Santhosapuram, Sector 6, HSR Layout, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560034, India

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Terms & Conditions

  • If you cancel 7 days before the date of event: 
    • 95% refund will be provided. (Payment gateway charges will be deducted)
  • If you cancel 3-6 days before the date of event:
    • 50 % of the actual amount of the trek. (Payment gateway charges will be deducted)
  • If you cancel 48 hours before the date of event:
    • No refund would be provided.
    • Last minute cancellations due to work, health issues etc. would not be entertained and no refund or transfer shall be allowed for the same.
  • Additional charges would be deducted (based on from where you booked) if you cancel the trek at any given date (along with the scenario described above), as payment gateway/event listing charges.
  • For all the above choices, you can transfer your tickets to your friends. We would be more than happy to have them on board and you could save your hard earned money.

SHIFTING OF DATES POLICY

  • If you wish to shift your date of booking due to any unforeseen circumstances, the same should be intimated to us not less than 72 hours before the date of event.
  • Only one transfer per booking shall be permitted. Your booking shall stand cancelled if you fail to join the event on the transferred dates.
  • Once the option of date transfer is made, the booking amount shall be held as credits with us and in no case will a refund be made further on.

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dates Saturday, 01 Jun 05:00 AM - Monday, 03 Jun 05:00 AM

organiser Organised by: Plan The Unplanned

details Special Details: Pick up starts at 5:00 AM from Swad E Punjab Teacher's Colony HSR layout Bangalore.
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