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Kudremukh Trek

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

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.

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Trek Details

  • Trek LevelModerate - Difficult ( Difficulty Level is subjective )
  • Trail TypeForests, Meadows, River streams and Waterfall
  • Trek Distance4 km on Day 1, 22 km on Day 2

Kudremukh - A Two Day Overview

Day 1

  • Depart from Bangalore by 5:00 AM
  • Refresh yourselves at Elniru falls on the way
  • Check-in at the homestay, have dinner and hit the bed early

Day 2

  • Wake up early morning at around 5:30 AM for an early breakfast
  • Jeep Ride to the Kudremukh Trek Base
  • Start the trek to Kudremukh by 7: 30 AM
  • Have packed lunch on the trek
  • Reach the peak and Descend by 5 PM (Approx)
  • Have dinner at the homestay
  • Depart to Bangalore at 9 PM and reach by 5:00 Am ( approx )

Price Inclusions

  • Accommodation in Homestay on multiple sharing basis ( separate for men & women )
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 2 Dinner, High Tea and Snacks
  • To and fro Transport from Bangalore ( Non A/c )
  • Karnataka Forest Department Entry Fees
  • 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

  • Following are the pick-up points & timings:
  • 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 same as the pick-up points

Group Size

  • Max number of People 20
  • 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

  • Xerox Copy of you 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 Trek - Two Day Itinerary

Day 1Depart for Kudremukh and Visit Elniru Falls

Start from Bangalore. Meet all your new friends and have a short ‘let’s-get-to-know-each-other’ session. Remember, as a famous saying goes, the best people are the ones you meet on the road. Our trek leaders would give you a brief orientation about the trek and discuss the itinerary for the next two days.

Visit Elniru Falls

Elniru means Sweet coconut, it is said that water is as sweet or tastes similar to coconut water. The ride to Elniru is through muddy roads and one can drive till the motorable area. Then one has to descend down a little to reach the waterfall. On the way, there comes another beautiful waterfall, which looks like wallpaper. Don’t be overwhelmed by that waterfall itself as that isn’t our destination.

After further descend and a then little hike, one can hear the sound of falls in full flow and birds chirping. In some time, the Elniru falls become visible. It is a huge waterfall full of energy, feeling the water on your face is bliss. Taste the water, it actually tastes sweet 🙂

Kudremukh Trek

After a rejuvenating break at Elniru falls, move towards our Homestay- Bella Homestays. Bella Homestays is a beautiful cosy home away from home. It is a traditional style cottage with amazing views, surrounded by trees. The upper deck or aangan is a beautiful place for chai and the food tastes even better in such a setting.

You are given a warm welcome by the two friendly brothers Siddharth and Chandan who shall be at your hospitality and never let you down.


Day 1Trek to Kudremukh

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.

Kudremukh Trek

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)

Kudremukh Trek

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 Trek

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 stream crossing, there is a steep ascent. On the right, the view is mesmerizing, clouds passing over rolling lush green hills. Try taking few time lapse videos here. After further ascend you reach the second Ontimara.

Kudremukh Trek

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.

Kudremukh Trek

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.

Kudremukh Trek

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.

Kudremukh Trek

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.


Day 3Reach Bangalore

Reach back to Bangalore by early morning on the third day(Monday morning approx 5 a.m) after an adventurous and memorable trip with Plan The Unplanned.

FAQ

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?

The general cancellation policy for weekend treks from Bangalore is listed below

  • If you cancel before 7 days – 90% of amount will be refunded
  • If you cancel between 3 – 6 days – 50 % of amount will be refunded
  • If you cancel between 0-3 days – No Refund

For all the above points you can transfer your ticket to anyone so that you could save your hard earned money

“Transfer to a future date is only possible only if you cancel between 3-6 days before the trek date and not on the day of departure or a day before”

For other trips and travels with us, and detailed terms and conditions check the      following link : https://www.plantheunplanned.com/refund-cancellation-policy

For more queries please visit our Frequently Asked Questions ( FAQ's).

Notes

  • 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. 1,225 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.
  • In the case of traffic delays or breakdowns, expect a little delay in reaching the destination.
  • 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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Meghana N

Solo Traveller

It was an awesome experience to conquer kundremukh through PTU. Our travel guides Sonam and Abhishek were extremely helpful, caring and motivational .Because of them it was one of the most enjoyable trips I ever had!! People were fun leaving and very interactive. Our trek leader Abhishek Patil is a talented guitarist who played some awesome tunes while we were enjoying bonfire. Lots of fun games were played for out entertainment. Homestay was comfortable and food was delicious. Really had an amazing and adventurous experience. Looking forward for many such more trips with PTU.

February 25, 2020

Krithika C

Solo Traveller

I am still dreaming of the lush green hills, the views and the refreshing streams of kudremukh and the majestic elniru falls too. It was my first organised trek and i was apprehensive but ended up having a great time and making such lovely friendships too. The homestay was clean and food was good. Trek leads were friendly and helpful all the way. Thank you PTU for a memorable weekend 🙂
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November 19, 2019

Rohan D Souza

Solo Traveller

Excellent trek! Very well planned, brilliant guides and I was lucky enough to have a great group, which as a solo traveller is an additional bonus! The views on the trek were just mind-blowing.

April 17, 2018