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Kudremukh New Year Trek

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Are you looking for a getaway from Bangalore with the urge of escaping the fast-paced life of the city? Prepare for the best New Year trek to Kudremukh; the lush green meadows, pristine streams, and picturesque landscape that’ll leave you in awe, the cold breeze that’ll freeze the moment for your mind to register the definition of beauty and satisfaction. 

And what better time to experience all this and more than on a New Year’s Eve! Join Plan The Unplanned as we head back to nature and celebrate the dawn of a new year the way it’s meant to be celebrated. If you’re excited to know what you’ll be doing on this trek, head to the itinerary.

IMPORTANT NOTICE: The Forest Department at Kudremukh has issued a notice where it has decided to allow the first 50 applicants for the trek each day in order to ensure biodiversity and preserve the forest. If in case we don’t get the permission for the batch, an alternative trek to Kurinjal Peak shall be arranged by PTU and there shall be no refunds on the bookings made for Kuduremukh Trek.


Trek Details

  • Trek LevelModerate - Difficult ( Difficulty Level is subjective )
  • Trail TypeForests, Meadows, River streams and Waterfall
  • Trek Distance22 km on Day 1, 3 km on Day 2


With Travel ( Bangalore to Bangalore )
₹ 4,499
( Plus 5% GST)
Without Travel ( Trek Base to Trek Base)
₹ 2,999
( Plus 5% GST)

Kudremukh - A Two Day Overview

Day 0

  • Depart from Bangalore by 9:00 PM

Day 1

  • Start the day early, Have breakfast
  • Drive down to the start point of Kudremukh Base Camp (45 minutes of Jeep Ride )
  • Start the Trek
  • Reach the top at approx 12:30 PM & have packed lunch
  • Rest for a while ( High tea and snacks )
  • New Year eve begins
  • Bonfire and Dinner
  • Welcome New Year 2021
  • Retire for the night

Day 2

  • Wake up at around 8:00 AM ( approx ), freshen up, breakfast
  • Visit Hanging Bridge
  • Visit Elniru Falls ( to and for 4 km )
  • Reach Bangalore by 10:30 PM (approx )

Price Inclusions

  • Accommodation in Homestay on multiple sharing basis ( separate for men & women )
  • 2 Breakfasts, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner, High Tea and Snacks
  • To and fro Transport from Bangalore ( Non A/c )
  • Karnataka Forest Department Entry Fees
  • Music, Bonfire & Activities
  • Jeep Ride to Base Camp ( to and fro )
  • Local Guide & Outdoor Leader from Plan The Unplanned
  • Experience that you gain

Price Exclusions

  • First Day Breakfast & Lunch any other meals not included above
  • Any kind of personal expenses
  • Any kind of insurance (health, medical, life accidental,etc )
  • Anything not included above

Pickup Points

  • The following are the pick-up points & timings:
    • New Udupi Grand Hotel | 9:00 PM– Teacher’s Colony, HSR Layout, Bengaluru, Karnataka
    • House of Licious | 9:45 PM- Old Airport Road, Domlur, Bengaluru, Karnataka
    • KTM Mekhri Circle| 10:15 pM – Mekhri Circle Junction, Raj Mahal Vilas Extension, Armane Nagar, Bengaluru, Karnataka
    • Yeshwanthpur Metro | 10:25 PM – Near Hallimane Restaurant, Yeshwanthpur, Bengaluru, Karnataka
  • Everybody is requested to finish of Dinner prior to boarding
  • 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 the same as the pick-up points


  • We would be having Tempo Traveler ( Group Size: 12 Pax )  or Mini Bus ( Above 12 pax ) with push back seats
  • This trip involves overnight journey on a push back Seater (Not sleeper or semi-sleeper).
  • We request you to book this trip only if you can handle slight discomfort (especially last row of the vehicle).

Group Size

  • Max number of People 30
  • 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)
  • Mode of Transort depends on Group Size. If Group Size is below 12 then Tempo traveller and if above 12 then it would be a Minibus

Things to Carry

  • Soft Copy of your Aadhar/Voter ID (Mandatorily required for permits)
  • Small backpack to carry your essentials during the trek
  • Power Bank
  • Warm Layer 
  • Water bottles – 2 (1 litre each)
  • Lunch Box & Spoon to carry your packed lunch
  • Raincoat/Bag covers in case of rains
  • A comfortable pair of shoes with good grip for trekking
  • Flip-flops for lazing around the campsite
  • Torch/Headlamp to be used at night
  • Portable chargers for your electronics
  • Extra pair of clothes to change into once wet
  • Polybags to pack your wet clothes
  • Extra cash for meals not included in the itinerary

Kudremukh New Year Trek - Two Day Itinerary

Day 0Depart for Kudremukh

An overnight bus journey commences from Bangalore to Chikmagalur. We shall have a brief orientation followed by a fun-filled ice-breaking session where you will get to know your fellow trekkers better.


Day 1Trek to Kudremukh and New Year Night

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 quite heavy.

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 the stream crossing, there is a steep ascent. On the right, the view is mesmerizing, clouds passing over rolling lush green hills. Try taking a 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.



I'm a solo traveller, Can I join?

The interesting thing about traveling alone is that you get to meet new people from  diverse backgrounds, and towards the end you are no longer strangers. Hence solo travelers are always welcome to join us on our trips. Read more about solo travelling here and get inspired! https://www.plantheunplanned.com/solo-yet-accompanied/ 

Is it safe for Women/Girls?

Safety and security is our priority at all times. Hence it is absolutely safe for women/girls to join us on our treks and travels. Our trek leaders accompany the team at all times, and our campsites are secured and safe for accomodation. We also have female trek leaders who accompany on most of our treks.


Do I have any other boarding points apart from the ones mentioned?

Yes, we do have options for picking a traveler on board with a few locations provided they are on the route to our destination. Following are the same:

  • Croma Store, Sony World Signal

  • Trinity Circle Metro Station

  • Yeshwanthpur Metro Station

  • Goraguntepalya Metro Station

  • Nayanadahalli Metro Station

I have booked the trek when will I get further updates regarding the trek?

Well, most of our treks are usually confirmed by Thursday and you would receive a BON VOYAGE mail that would contain details as regards Pickup Points ( Location and Timings ), Outdoor Leader ( Point of Contact ), Do’s and Don’ts. You’ll be added to Whatsapp Group for all the further updates.

How do I avail discounts? 

Details for availing  discounts are mentioned in the following link, https://www.plantheunplanned.com/membership/

What is cancellation policy?

Weekend Trips from Bangalore ( 30th Dec -3rd Jan New Year Events )

All the events from Bangalore under the following link shall be applicable for the below-mentioned policy

In the event that YOU cancel your trek, this is the cancellation policy we follow:

Intimation Period* Cancellation Fee**
10 days or more 15% of the total invoice value
Between 5-10 days 50% of the total invoice value
Between 0- 10 days 100 % of the total invoice value
  • *Intimation Period means the number of days before the tour is scheduled to start
  • **Cancellation Fee is the amount of money that will be deducted from the total billing amount before offering the refund.


  1. We shall not accept any reasons whatsoever for the cancellation, we request everyone to abide by the policy.
  2. There shall be no transfer of dates possible for any reason if you cannot make it to the event once the booking is confirmed.
  3. The tickets are transferrable to any person, in case you cannot attend the event. 

If Plan The Unplanned cancels the trek due to limited/no bookings for the trek, we shall offer a full refund and the same shall be credited to the original mode of payment within 7 days from the date of initiation of refund.

In the rare event that we cancel your trek, this is the cancellation policy we follow:

During/After the Trek: In case of extreme weather conditions, considering trekkers’ safety, a day can be cut or the trek can be called off altogether. There will be no refund in any case whatsoever.

Before the trek: In case we cancel a trek because of natural calamities (thunderstorms, floods, landslides, earthquakes) or unexpected political unrest, curfews, local riots, government orders, forest department orders, the announcement of a lockdown Plan The Unplanned shall issue a 50% refund of the overall amount and remaining 50% shall be given as a  VOUCHER to use it in the future.

For Instance:

Trek Amount is Rs 100, Rs 50 shall be refunded back to your account and trek voucher of Rs 50 shall be given to be used anytime in future.


  • Please carry a xerox copy of your Voter ID/Aadhar card as the same is mandatorily required to obtain permits from the forest department.
  • Non-Indian nationals will have to pay an additional amount of Rs. 1500 towards forest permits.
  • Consumption of alcohol, intoxicants and smoking would not be tolerated during the entire course of the journey and the trek. Kindly co-operate with us to make the experience more fun.
  • Do not expect any luxuries on the trip. The locations that we host are at remote places and we do our best to arrange the basic facilities. The goal is to be outdoors.
  • The Food that shall be provided will be Basic Veg Food. We do not serve Non-Veg Food.
  • Put Litter in its place, do not trash your travel.
  • Plan The Unplanned shall not be responsible for any of your belongings, valuables, jewellery etc.  Kindly do take care.
  • Please do not book with us, if you cannot accept the cancellation policy.
  • In case of Kudremukh Trek not allowed for any reasons whatsoever an alternate trek to Kurinjal Peak shall be arranged and the decision of Outdoor Leader shall stand final.We request everyone to co-operate and not come up with any complains. We do our best in arranging but do not go against the laws of forest department of Karnataka.
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