Skandagiri is one of the most known weekend destination from Bangalore. It is around 70 kms from Bangalore and has the best sunrise to offer. This place has always been in controversy but with new trekking permits it has become easy and legal to do Skandagiri Trek.
Skandagiri is a fortress hill and is also known as Kalavara Durga. It is said that Tipu Sultan build it to fight against the British. Later when Tipu Sultan lost to British it was dismantled in 1791.
The base of Skandagiri Hill Trek starts from Kalwara Village of Chikkaballapur district. There is a temple on the foothills of Skandagiri known as Papagni Mutt. It is one of the oldest mutt’s of Karnataka. This is one of the places where trekkers from Bangalore can rest before starting the trek.
|10:15PM||Pickup from Bangalore|
|Reach Skandagiri Base - Trek Briefing/ Distribution of Snacks - Campfire - Reach Papagni Mutt - Start Skandagiri Hike - Reach Skandagiri Sunrise Point - Explore Skandagiri top - Descend - South Indian Heavy Breakfast - Leave For Bangalore|
The trails starts from the forest department hutt after crossing Papagni Mutt. There are sign boards where major deviations are on the trail. After the first left from the route we start a inclined hike between the boulders and minor bushes of Skandagiri.
There are certain rocky patches where going slow and steady will be the key. At times you can also negotiate by going on the side of the trail and later connecting to the main trail.
The trail continues to be straight till we cross the midway point and reach certain caves near the ruined fort gates. There are broken walls which were part of the fort also known as Kalavara Durga.
We further go on the narrow trail which takes us to an edge of the hill.
Taking a right turn from here will take you towards the summit of Skandagiri where you will find a beautiful Nandi. At the summit, relax yourself with a view which you have rightly deserved.
At times one can witness the clouds floating underneath you! There are certain fort structures too which can be used as a temporary shelter against cold. Never forget that with each day as the sunrise, hope soars.
This is your time to feel nature after climbing Skandagiri Hill. We want this trek a memory for you to push your limits. If you can climb for sunrise you can always rise like the sun and bring light into the darkness.
The trek is only successful when the outdoor enthusiasts feel a difference in their lives to Get Beyond Limits and conquer all the barriers in life. Always remember, Skandagiri ka tempo high hai, and so shall be yours.
THINGS TO CARRY
|DAY PACK||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||1|
|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.||1|
|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||1 Pair|
|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|