The picturesque hill town of Chikmagalur is surrounded by the majestic Western Ghats. A fascinating array of trekking trails makes it one of the trekking hot spots near Bangalore. The town boasts of easy access to Mullayanagiri, the state’s tallest peak. Also within “walking/trekking/climbing” distance are numerous other popular destinations which include Kemmanagundi and Kudremukh.
Several day-long or overnight treks will take you through a picturesque landscape filled with lofty hills, countless streams, brooks and waterfalls, extensive coffee plantations and ornamental gardens deep amidst lush green forests. Whether alone, with family and friends or colleagues, you’re bound to have an exciting experience amidst the bucolic and pleasant ambiance around the peaks.
Resembling the face of a horse, Kudremukh is the 3rd highest peak in Karnataka and the most popular trekking destination. Nestled in the Western Ghats, the range is spread over an area of 600 sq km at an altitude of 1,894 m above sea level. The mountain range is also home to a national park that harbors a lot of rare and endangered wildlife species.
This trek has 13 different trails that lead to its peak; with routes that vary from easy to challenging. No matter which route you opt for, be assured of stunning and panoramic views of the abundant nature all around. In addition to the fascinating terrain, the peak also offers up panoramic views of Chikmagalur’s much-acclaimed coffee plantations, picturesque meadows and much more.
A typical trekking trip to the peak would be:-
Travel overnight from Bangalore to Chikmagalur – a distance of around 250 km and then onto the small village of Kudremukh located at a distance of 96 km.
Head to Balgal, the base point of your trek at the foot of Mullodi Hills by Jeep. Enjoy the stunning environs enroute.
Freshen up and have breakfast before embarking on the guided uphill trek to Kudremukh peak. Packed lunch can be taken with you.
Pay the fee and get permission from forest office in Balegal itself. Pay heed to your tour guide and instructor at all times.
The 4-5 hour trek will take you through jungle trails, past multiple streams, and over several shorter peaks.
The last climb is a steep inclination on the Zig-Zag trail that will take you to the peak.
You can have lunch and spend time atop the peak. Sadly overnight camping is not allowed.
Descend the same route back (approx. 3 hrs) to Balgal. You can either choose to return or better still relax and enjoy snacks and dinner by a campfire.
The lush and enchanting fauna around Kudremukh entices nature lovers and solo backpackers alike. It offers both novice and ardent trekkers a scenic destination for their tryst with adventure. So why wait, plan a trek this weekend itself! Winter (Oct-Feb) is the best season to be out here!
Note: In order to conserve the biodiversity of this eco-sensitive region, there are fixed timings for trekking. Littering and other disruptive activities are strictly not allowed during treks in the entire range.
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