Kumara Parvatha also know as Pushpagiri has two sides one can summit from, Kukke Subramanya and Somwarpet. Both the sides are unique in their own ways. The distance from the Kukke Subramanya temple side to the summit of Kumara Parvatha is approximately 14 kms and from the Somwarpet side is approximately 7 kms.
It is a conscious decision by team Get Beyond Limits to ascend from Somwarpet side and descend from Kukke Subramana side. The Somwarpet side of the mighty mountain is known for its dense jungles, flora and fauna and water streams during monsoons and gradual climbs. On the other hand, the Kukke Subramanya Temple side offers infinite meadows, beautiful views and sun set but steep climbs.
The main intent of this trek is to ensure that we get our own personal time on the mountains, disconnect from the city and feel the simple joys of life like the feeling of a cool breeze on top of a mountain or hearing the birds cherup or actually taking shade under a tree. By ascending from the Somwarpet side of the mountain and descending from the Kukke Subramanya side we avoid the intense and steep climbs of the Kukke Subramanya side, get spectacular views of the sun set while descending towards the west which is towards the Kukke Subramanya temple. With this approach we enjoy the unique offerings of both the sides of this magical mountain and instead of climbing and exhausting ourselves on the steep climbs of Kukke Subramanya side, we will descend on them.
|DAY 0||Pick up from Bangalore|
|DAY 1||Overnight journey till homestay – Freshen up – Local Karnataka breakfast – Reach forest check post – Rock Climbing Challenge – Summit Kumara Parvatha – Proceed towards the other side of the mountain – Shesha Parvatha – Kallu Mantapa – Bhattara Mane – Tea/Coffee/Snacks – Kukke Subrahmanya Temple – Take GBL Bus to reach Somwarpet homestay – Reach homestay – Tea/Coffe Snacks – Campfire – Dinner|
|DAY 2||Early morning hike to Malalli waterfalls – Secret Water Spot – Reach Bangalore|
We start with a 272 kms drive from Bangalore to Kumara Parvatha base. Once everyone boards the Get Beyond Limits bus, a brief summary about the Kumara Parvatha Circuit Challenge would be provided by our outdoor leaders along with the introduction amongst the trekkers and a welcome into the Get Beyond Limits family. We advise trekkers to have light dinner before boarding the bus. The overnight journey to Kumara Parvatha will be very exciting to make it a perfect Bangalore weekend trip for trekking in the Western Ghats.
Keep your eyes on the look out of the most amazing sunrise caught in the Pushpagiri range of mountains. The ghat section also known as the curvy road will announce our entry into the mountains. The initial stretch of Kumara Parvatha trek starts from Shanthamallikarjuna temple on the foothills of Pushpagiri wildlife sanctuary.
For a detailed write up about Pushpagiri Wildlife Santuary and
the flora & fona that we will encounter, please visit our regular Kumara Parvatha trek details. Our
regular departure to Kumara Parvatha is easier as we return back
to our homestay through the Somwarpet trekking route instead of
doing a circuit of the entire mountain.
Following are the highlights of the day during the challenge:
CLIMBING CHALLENGE (3.5 Kms From Starting Point)
After we officially take legal permits from the forest department, we will set foot into the dense Pushpagiri Wildlife Sanctuary. After being welcomed by gradual climbs, we will encounter the 3 Point Contact Climbing Challenge.
Proper guidance and technique will be shared by our Outdoor Leaders to all the participants so that we all can enjoy and completing this climb. Regardless, our Outdoor Leaders will be there to lend a hand to those who would need support.
KUMARA PARVATHA SUMMIT (7 kms From Starting Point)
Standing on top of the summit of Kumara Parvatha will mark around 1/3rd of our entire journey. Up till this point we will walk past and through the tall, majestic tress and thick forest cover of Somwarpet leading to a plateau summit of Kumara Parvatha. We would advise trekkers to take quick rest as another 14 kms of the beautiful Kukke Subramanya side of the majestic mountain would still need to be completed.
SHESHA PARVATHA (9 Kms from the Starting Point)
Shesha Parvatha is also known as 'The False Peak' as it is often mistaken as Kumara Parvatha Peak. Shesha Parvatha is very photogenic and offers beautiful views.
KALLU MANTAPA (13 Kms from the Starting Point)
Kallu Mantapa is an isolated beautiful mantapa which can be found on our trekking trail. It is usually a good place to rest. One can also find a water stream close to Kallu Mantapa but one should not rely completely on this stream for water.
One of the major reasons why team Get Beyond Limits has chosen to climb from the Somwarpet side is to not miss the magic of the sun set which gets created on the Kukke Subramanya side of the mountain. We will be facing west and descending as the sun would set into the infinity.
BHATRU MANE (16 Kms from the Starting Point)
Bhatru Mane is a major stop when attempting the trek from the Kukke Subramanya side. We can rest at Bhatru Mane, refill our water bottles and admire the art of staying in a forest area far from the facilities of the city which the family at Bhatru Mane has been doing for years.
KUKKE SUBRAMANYA TEMPLE (21 Kms from the Starting Point & 50 Kms to the Homestay - Via Get Beyond Limits Bus)
As the team will reach the beautiful temple of Kukke Subramanya, it would have absorbed the varied rich and pure experiences of both the sides of the mountain. We will relax at Kukke Subramanya Temple region and can even visit the temple if the time permits. Though we would have completed the mighty challenge of Kumara Parvatha but our journey would still not be over. After a short break, our Get Beyond Limits bus will be waiting for us to take us back to the comfort of our homestay at Somwarpet where there would be delicious local delicacies of food wating for us followed by a celebratory campfire.
Legend says that a campfire gets more exciting if the day has been exhausting. The Kumara Parvatha Circuit Trek Challenge will be no exception. After enjoying the delicious dinner, we sit around the campfire and share our respective lives if one wishes to, horror and laughter stories. We believe in gobbling up the warmth of the stories woven in the midst of the sparkling campfire.
Embracing the first ray of the mighty Sun, we choose to take a small hike towards Malalli Waterfalls which is around 2.5 kms from our homestay. After the first day’s adventurous hike, we shall be shedding off our tiredness around the waterfalls. Our sole purpose and idea of trekking is to connect with the mountains and bring the serenity of the mountains to the cities.
SECRET WATERFALLS SPOT
After an exhausting trek, getting wet under a waterfalls and getting rid of the fatigue if any sounds like the ideal combination for a perfect weekend getaway. We have a secret spot which we are sure everyone will take back to the city as memories besides the trek.
After making the best we can of our the 2nd day of the challenge, we will proceed towards Bangalore. The trek is only successful when the participants can feel a difference in their personal lives. The intent is to experience and believe in the concept of ‘Get Beyond Limits’ and conquer all the mental as well as the physical barriers of life. Always remember, ‘Kumara Parvtha Trek ka tempo high hai’ and so shall be yours.
STRICT PROJECT GREEN
Our idea is to connect with the nature leaving behind the regular hustle-bustle of the cities. We believe in taking the mountains with us to make our cities a better place to live. We faithfully follow and observe our ‘leave no trace policy’ and ‘Project Green’ policy and we always pledge to keep our cities and mountains clean and free from any form of garbage, litter or trash. This would have to be followed by all the participants.
THINGS TO CARRY
|RUCKSACK/DAY PACK||The broader the straps are the better you will feel. A frame oriented distributes the weight supporting the back. Suggested Capacity: 40L||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|
|SLIPPERS/FLIP FLOPS||Comfortable slippers or flip flops for the homestay and the return journey.||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|