Kudremukha Trek

Kudremukha Trek
Kudremukha Trek
Kudremukha Trek
Kudremukha Trek

About The Trip

Rolling green hills, clouds kissing the mountains, forest trails, bamboo shrubs, and a dozen waterfalls, the Kudremukha 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, the trek to Kudremukha 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 a UNESCO World Heritage Site for their 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 with the city lights in Bangalore, then forget everything and join us for this weekend trek to Kudremukha and find yourself amidst nature.

Kudremukha Trek Highlights:

  1. Trek into the Western Ghats filled with cascading waterfalls and narrow streams, thick forests, and whistling birds to get a beautiful scenic view at the peak.
  2. Refresh yourself at the Somavati Falls after the trek ( If you finish the trek early )
  3. Visit beautiful Elniru Falls and relax by the Kalasa hanging bridge
  4. Experience the Local Cuisine at the beautiful Bella Homestay

Brief Itinerary


Day 0 – Friday

  • Depart from Bangalore starting at 7:30 PM ( approx )

Day 1 – Saturday

  • Freshen up and finish breakfast by 6:45 AM ( approx )
  • Jeep ride to trek base 
  • Start the trek by 7:30 AM Approx
  • Packed lunch
  • Reach the summit
  • Start Descend and reach back to base by 5:30 PM (tentative)
  • Return to homestay
  • High tea and snacks
  • Dinner

Day 2 – Sunday

  • Freshen up and breakfast
  • Visit Kodige Waterfalls
  • Self sponsored lunch
  • Return to Bangalore by 10 PM approx

 

Note:

  • In case of Government orders/ Rules by forest department any unforeseen circumstances  leading to the cancellation of the trek 2 days before/ on the day of departure- Plan The Unplanned shall arrange an alternate trek to Gangadikal Peak/Similar. There shall be no cancellations or refunds that will be initiated
  • The Jeep Ride at Kudremukh has the challenges of dirt and slushy roads during monsoons. Kindly cooperate in case the vehicles arrive late or if there is a delay at the start of the trek. 
  • On certain days, if there is a heavy crowd on the Kudremukh Trek Trail, expect a few delays in the trek start time or reaching the summit.

Inclusions & Exclusions

Inclusions

  • Accommodation in Homestay/Tents on a multiple - sharing basis ( separate for men & women )
  • 2 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, High Tea & 1 Dinner
  • To and fro transport from Bangalore ( Non A/c Push back seats Tempo Traveller/Minibus depending on group size)
  • Karnataka Forest Department Entry Fees
  • Jeep Ride to Trek Base Camp ( to and fro )
  • Local Guide & Outdoor Leader from Plan The Unplanned
  • Experience that you gain


 

Exclusions

  • Lunch any other meals not included above

  • Any kind of personal expenses

  • Jeep ride to Kodige Waterfalls

  • Any kind of insurance (health, medical, life accidental,etc )

  • Anything not included above

Pickup Points

Udupi Grand, Teacher's Colony, HSR Layout

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Arrival time: 7:30 p.m.

Departure time: 7:40 p.m.

Yamaha Showroom Domlur

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Arrival time: 8:10 p.m.

Departure time: 8:15 p.m.

Cubbon Park Signal

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Arrival time: 8:30 p.m.

Departure time: 8:35 p.m.

KTM Mekhri Circle

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Arrival time: 8:55 p.m.

Departure time: 9 p.m.

Yeshwanthpur Metro

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Arrival time: 9:15 p.m.

Departure time: 9:20 p.m.

Without Travel -Homestay

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Arrival time: 6 a.m.

Detail Itinerary


Meals Not Applicable | (No Dinner break)

Private Vehicle | (Non-AC ( Push Back Seats ))

Homestay | (Multiple sharing basis separate for men and women Doms / Rooms / Tents)


Details

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 and muddy roads with waterfalls and streams as well on the way.

The trek to Kudremukh starts at the Forest Department Office after collecting the permits. The Trek needs to start as early as 7:30 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 leftofn 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 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 to 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 furtherascendingd 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 onto 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 its resemblance to the horse can be understood and 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 you to keep going. In monsoon, it usually rains, 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 the zig-zag point, there is a rock cluster with a blue arrow mark showing the direction to the peak. On the left, some ruins 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 want to. Come back rejuvenated with a thousand memories, a lot of epic captures, and a bunch of new friends.



All Meals

Trek | (Non-AC ( Push Back Seats ))

Homestay


Details

Embark on a thrilling ride to Kudremukh from Bangalore! Meet awesome strangers, break the ice with outdoor leaders, and brace yourself for an unforgettable adventure!



Breakfast

Trek

Stay Not Applicable


Details

On Day 2 of our adventure, we are excited to visit the enchanting Kodige Falls. The promise of cascading water amidst lush greenery fills us with anticipation. As we venture closer to the majestic falls, the sound of rushing water invigorates our spirits. The awe-inspiring beauty of nature leaves us breathless and grateful for this experience. But it's not just the stunning landscape that makes this trip special; it's the newfound friendships that have blossomed along the way. With hearts full of joy and memories to cherish, we head back home, knowing that this trip will forever hold a special place in our hearts.


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

Policy and Terms

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

Intimation PeriodCancellation Fee
7 Days or more10% of the total invoice value
3-6 days before the trek date50% of the total invoice value
0-2 days before the trek date100% 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.
  • Refund/Cancellation request are accepted only by email at [email protected]
    and not via call or Whatsapp.

NOTE:

  1. There will be no consideration given to cancellations on the day of departure or the day before due to work/family emergencies, health issues, etc., and no refund or transfer to alternative dates will be permitted for the same.
  2. You would be required to pay an additional fee of RS 1500 if you wanted to postpone your trek and cancel on the day of departure. This is only available for 3 months after the departure date of the actual trip.
  3. If you cancel the trek at any time (in addition to the scenario stated above), additional fees will be collected (depending on where you made your booking) as payment gateway/event listing fees.

The following is our cancellation policy in the unlikely event that we have to postpone your trek:

During and After the Trek: In the event of severe weather, taking the trekkers' safety into consideration, a day may be shortened or the trek may be abandoned entirely. There will never be a refund of any kind.

Prior to the trek: Make a plan in the event that a trek is canceled due to a natural disaster (such as a rainstorm, flood, landslide, earthquake, or unanticipated political disturbance, curfews, local riots, government orders, or directives from the forest department). A VOUCHER for the full value of your ticket will be issued by The Unplanned.
The payment gateway fees will be deducted from any refunds that are granted.

If we have to cancel your trek because there aren't enough reservations for that particular batch or we don't have enough participants, PLAN THE UNPLANNED will refund you 96% of the trek money ( Payment Gateway charges shall be deducted )

FAQ's

Well, most of our treks are usually confirmed by Thursday and you would receive a EVENT HEADSUP mail that would contain details regarding Pickup Points ( Location and Timings ), Outdoor Leader ( Point of Contact )DO ’s, and Don’ts.

Yes, the Event Headsup email would contain a link for Whatsapp Group through which one can join and interact with fellow travelers and outdoor leaders.

Not at all. You could keep all the extra luggage back at the campsite/homestay and carry only the necessary stuff for the trek ( Raincoats, Torchlight, Waterbottle, lunchbox, and your valuable)

Yes, we do have options for picking a traveler on board with a few locations provided they are on the route to our destination. The following are the same: - Croma Store, Sony World Signal - Trinity Circle Metro Station - Yeshwanthpur Metro Station - Goraguntepalya Metro Station

Well, if you select this option, all the travel arrangements for your entire itinerary must be managed by yourself, and Plan the Unplanned crew will not be managing anything related to your travel. We recommend you come via car for a smooth travel experience to, from and within the destination.

Yes, it’s much safe and sound. We have been organizing these treks over the years now and we always have had an equal ratio or sometimes we have women in the majority. We also have female outdoor leaders who are on board and lead the other trekking enthusiast. We have made sure our homestay/tent accommodation is separate for men and women.

Yes, you can postpone your trek to a future date by paying a rescheduling fee of Rs 1500/person. You can write to us at [email protected] as regards and our team will get in touch with you on the same.

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

No. We would not advise you to do this trek on your first trek as the trek difficulty is between Moderate-Difficult and it demands one to be physically fit for this trek.

Yes, one must hire a guide to trek Kudremukh as the forest officials close the trek by 6:00 PM.

Throughout the journey, you will be outside of the network's service region. Only BSNL and JIO network receives a signal at this place.

Yes, it is possible to leave your luggage at the homestay and carry the necessary things on your trek.

The ideal time to go on the Kudremukh trek is undoubtedly during the monsoon season.

Yes, there are leeches on this trail and are mostly found near the rivers and streams.

On the Kudremukh trip, camping is not permitted. Many homestays, on the other hand, provide tent accommodation at the starting site.

Additional Information

  • 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.
  • Please finish your Dinner prior to boarding.
  • Depending on the group size, the group would travel in a tempo traveller/mini bus.
    If the group size is 12 or less, it will be a tempo traveller; if the group size is 13 or more, it will be a mini bus.
    Push back seats would be available in the Tempo Traveller/Mini Bus.
    If you are not at ease, please select Without Travel and travel to the destination by private car.
    We ask for your cooperation and understanding regarding the travel arrangements.
  • 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.
  • In the case of traffic delays or breakdowns, expect a little delay in reaching the destination.
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