Kudremukh is the equivalent of heaven in south india. Blessed with lush green meadows everywhere , the charisma of the place remains forever in sight. It enthrals everyone with its beauty and being the third highest peak in Karnataka it is challenging at the same time. An ideal place if you love nature and can’t resist being a tramp in the wild. It is the Himalaya of South.
|DAY 0||Pickup from Bangalore|
|DAY 1||Overnight journey till Balegal - 6kms Off-road jeep ride - Trek from Mullodi - Kudremukh Peak - Reach Base camp - Campfire (if permitted by situations)|
|DAY 2||Base camp - Somavati River - Coffee Farms - Bangalore|
This is going to be a midnight journey of 333kms from Bangalore to Kudremukh National Park. A brief summary about the trek and introduction among trekkers will be done. We advise trekkers to have light dinner before boarding. The overnight journey will be very exciting to make it to the perfect destination for trekking in Western Ghats.
The overnight journey takes you through the lush green towns of Karnataka. The route from Chikmagalur towards Kudremukh can be the most beautiful route that connects Kudremukh National Park. Kudremukh National Park is the second largest wildlife protected area. There is a sharp left turn from Forest Permission Hut towards the base camp from Balegal towards Mullodi. The road here is not suitable for driving unless it is a jeep which takes 45mins to reach our base camp. The jeep route is 6km long surrounded by a small village of coffee estates and a waterfall providing a thrilling off-roading experience.
The trail from the base camp passes through the tropical rain forests of Western Ghats with rise in the inclination too. There are 10 water streams that pass throughout the trail.
Early morning after the sunrise and breakfast we will spend some time at the Somavati water stream passing near our base camp which joins Bhadra River which further combines with Tungabhadra a major tributary of the river Krishna. It is an ideal time to visit the coffee farms in the village. Our idea is to take the mountain with us so we will explore the coffee farms and will hike the last off-road stretch quite popular for the jeep ride. On the way at some beautiful place we will have packed lunch and later self sponsored dinner of the whole group in Bangalore.
THINGS TO CARRY
|RUCKSACK||The broader the straps are the better you will feel. A frame oriented distributes the weight supporting the back||1|
|JACKET/SWEATER||The weather changes drastically, carrying a light jacket or a sweater is required at night and morning as it is cold.||1|
|CARGOS/ TRACK PANTS||A light synthetic track pant that can easily dry when wet in case of rainfall. Cargos are rugged and are good on jungle terrains which gives it a less chance to be torn down by thorns||2|
|T-SHIRT/SHIRT||T-shirt/Shirt Carry light cotton t-shirts preferably full sleeves to avoid sun burn. Avoid carry black as it is a heat absorber.||2-3|
|CAP/HAT||A cap or a hat that can cover the head and face against the direct sunlight during peak hours.||1|
|SHOES||A pair of shoe with good traction and water proof body is an ideal match. Ensure that the shoes are not old or new, get used to the shoe if it is new, as a rule you should be comfortable to walk in difficult terrain for 6 hours at least.||1 Pair|
|SOCKS||Sports or cotton socks that don’t make your feet sweat on long walks. Carrying few extra pair is always a good idea in case they get wet||3 Pairs|
|RAIN COAT/PONCHO||A compact raincoat or a poncho that can quickly dry when wet is very important considering the amount of rain-shower that happens especially in Monsoon.||1|
|WATER BOTTLE||A 2 litre good leak proof water bottle. Don’t miss the chance to drink spring water, if any.||1|
|TORCH||A small sized torch is mandatory. You would not like be in limits after the sunset.||1|
|PERSONAL MEDICATION KIT||Crocin, Combiflam, Dettol, ORS, Betadine Cream, Volini Spray, Digene, Cotton, Crape Bandage and Band Aid or any other medicine which you take frequently.||1 Set|
|REPAIR KIT||Even if you don’t know how to use thread and needle still carry them, sometimes they can be the last resort.||1 Each|
|TOWEL||It should be light and easily dry after use.||1|
|TOILETRIES||Soap, Toothpaste, Toothbrush, Toilet paper, Sunscreen, etc. for your convenience.||1 Each|
|SUN GLASSES||Sturdy, convenient to carry sun glasses for eye protection.||1|