Brief Description

The Kudremukh Trek is the perfect weekend getaway from Bengaluru. It is one of the most sought after treks in the Western Ghats. There are a lot of things that not many treks can offer- a wide variety of wildlife, an ample number of waterfalls, vast green grasslands, forest trails, and bamboo shrubs. Situated in the Chikmagalur district of Karnataka, it is often called the Himalayas of the South. Kudremukh in itself is the third highest peak (6,214 km) and the name literally translates to ‘horse face’ in Kannada as it refers to a particularly picturesque view of a side of the mountain that resembles a horse's face. Covered with lush hills and misty mountains, Kudremukh trek proves to be the perfect mix of adventure and leisure. It is thus suitable for both beginners as well as experienced trekkers. The Kudremukh trekking trail is of 18 km which can be traversed within a day and the best season to visit is the Monsoon or Winter. When it comes to treks in South India, the Kudremukh Trek is of a moderate level difficulty meaning it needs a good fitness level and endurance to successfully undertake this trek. Stay on the page for Kudremukh trek complete itinerary, photos, videos, and other details. Scroll to the end to read Kudremukh trek blogs.

Why Bikat?

  • Learning Experience: We do not just focus on completing the trek but also help you develop basic trekking skills like:
    • Packing a rucksack
    • Morning Yoga & Evening stretching
    • How to pitch and dismantle a camping tent and properly use a sleeping bag
    • Ascend and Descend on a mountain trail
    • How to ensure camp safety and hygiene
    • Identify trail signs and signals
  • Loyalty Programs: Join Bikat community and enjoy benefits of our vouchers and referral programs.
  • Personalized attention: We have small batch size (max. 15) and we maintain a healthy ratio of 8:1 (Participants: Leader) on all our batches to enable individual focus and monitoring.
  • Best Expedition Leaders: Our leaders are advanced mountaineering course qualified, specially trained in rescue procedures from NIM and certified first-aid responders. Even our local guides are certified first-aid responders.
  • Safety norms: We have mapped the region with an emergency evacuation plan and safety protocols maintaining a zero accident record so far. We carry an extensive first-aid kit including oxygen cylinders and high altitude medicines.
  • Safety equipment: Our trek leaders carry UIAA certified rescue equipment like static rope, ice axe, harness, carabiners, jumar, pulley, short and long slings.

Itinerary

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1 Day 1
Day 1: Drive from Bangalore to Mullodi - 332 Kms.
2 Day 2
Day 2: The trek begins from Mullodi Village and the approximate trekking distance is 10 Kms one way.
3 Day 3
Day 3: Drive to nearby falls and head back to Bangalore - 332 Kms.

Frequently Asked Questions

Eligibility: Is this trek good for me?

The Kudremukh Trek is ideal for those who wish to undertake their first trek and learn about campsite basics and camping in the wilderness. This is a perfect trek for the people who want to peek into the world of Western Ghats. This trek will prepare you for your first Himalayan trek as well.

Eligibility: Experience required

Since Kudremukh is a beginner’s trek, you need no special prior experience. Although one is required to have mental preparedness and stamina before he begins the trek. Running exercise is recommended.

Eligibility: Fitness benchmark

1. Jog/Run for 3 Kms in 30 mins and
2. Hold your breath for 20 seconds
If you are not meeting these benchmarks, please use the preparation schedule to improve your fitness till you achieve the above benchmarks.

Eligibility: Requisite Skills

1. How to choose a right rucksack: It is essential that you choose a right rucksack for the trek since you are going to carry it all the time while trekking. Make sure you don’t make these common mistakes while buying a rucksack.
2. How to pack a rucksack: Trekking in mountains become more fun when your rucksack is well-organized. It also makes it easier for you to carry without being much load on your shoulders. Follow the guidelines on how to pack a rucksack.

Packing List: What to pack



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About the Trek: Why should I go for this trek?

Kudremukh Trek

Kudremukh Trek is a popular weekend trek in the Western Ghats. It is located in the Chikmagalur district of Karnataka and is the third highest peak of the state. The entire trail is for 18 km and can be enjoyed by both beginners and experienced trekkers. The Kudremukh trek is famous for its lush green trail and the views that one can witness from the entire trail.

Best Season: What are the best months to visit this trek?

The best seasons to do the Kudremukh trek are the monsoon months of June-August and the winter months of November-February.

Connectivity: What is the cellular network connectivity for this trek?

BSNL Network will be available in Kudremukha town. As Kudremukh is dense in greenery, there won’t be any cellular network inside the forest. Otherwise, all networks are available in Bangalore.

Age limit: What is the minimum & maximum age limit?

The minimum age limit is 9 years. However, minors aged between 9 to 17 should be accompanied by their parents or guardians. If you are above the age of 60, kindly carry a medical certificate from your doctor that deem you fit for adventure activities like trekking.

Nearby attraction: What are the nearby attractions that I can explore?

Before you reach the base camp of Kudremukh, there will be plenty of time to explore the Chikmagalur district. It is surrounded by tall and short peaks, coffee, tea and, spices plantations which give the entire area a nice and rich aroma. There are a few coffee tasting tours, one can undertake and temples which have a splendid architecture such as the shrine of goddess Bhagavathi and the Sri Kalaseshwara temple of Lord Shiva are among the must visit places. Also, the beautiful quaint town of Kasala nearby is worth a visit.

Weather conditions: What will the temperatures be like during this trek?

During Monsoon season, although, the region experiences heavy rain, the climate is pleasant and good for witnessing the best of nature. During Winters season, the weather is very pleasant and the average temperature ranges between 14 and 33 degrees Celsius. The minimum temperature even reaches to 10 degrees Celsius. It is the best time to visit Kudremukh.

Transport: In case we opt for the transport with you, where will you pick us from and where will you drop?

Transportation will be taken care from Bangalore to Bangalore from common pick up points like- Rajajinagar, Yeshwantpur metro station, Jalahalli cross.

Mandatory documents: What are the mandatory documents required for the trek?

No special documents for Kudremukh trek but do carry at least one ID proof with you. (Aadhar Card, Passport, or Voting ID Card)

Accommodation type: What will be the accommodation type in this trek?

Accommodation during the trek will be in tents on a twin sharing basis.

Equipment and facilities: What kind of tents and sleeping bags will be provided to us?

We use four-season Gipfel tents and sleeping bags. If you carry your own sleeping bag, you will get a cashback reward, provided that you inform us as soon as you have booked your trek.

Equipment and facilities: Are there any washroom/toilet facilities on the trek?

Toilet tents will be provided to you on the trek.These are portable toilets tents where a deep pit will be dug. A shovel will be provided inside the tent to cover the waste after you have made your business. You can take a toilet roll inside. Make sure you dig used toilet paper along with the waste. Though water is recommended in place of toilet paper. Please refrain from using wet wipes as they are non-biodegradable. There will be no facility for bathing on the trek. Go through our blog section for tips on how to maintain personal hygiene on treks.

Equipment and facilities: If we trek in snow, what equipment will you provide?

There will be no snow on this trek.

Equipment and facilities: What kind of food will be provided for the trek?

Vegetarian food will be served throughout the trek. The only non-vegetarian item served on our treks are eggs. Our kitchen staff follows a proper menu for breakfast, lunch and dinner which has been designed in order to fulfil the nutritional requirements of the participants. There will be milk, poha, eggs, muesli/corn flakes, bread and butter served for breakfast. Rice or simple roti sabzi will be packed for lunch. In dinner, you will have dal, egg curry or any other vegetarian dish along with rice, roti, and a dessert item. Packed lunch will be provided to you on the days you are trekking. You are requested to carry your own tiffin box and a mug to consume food. The meals consumed on journey and arrival day are not included in our cost.

Equipment and facilities: What equipment can I rent from you?

You can rent trekking shoes, rucksacks and poncho for the trek from us.

Miscellaneous : Is there an option to offload my backpack?

No, there is no option to offload your backpack.

Miscellaneous : Who will lead us on the trek?

A team of participant will be led by a course certified trek leader and a local guide. All participants are requested to abide by what their leader says. There will also be a team of kitchen staff and porters on the trek. We maintain 1:8 ratio of trek leader and participants. All our trek leaders and staff have a certified training in first-aid and rescue operation.

Miscellaneous : Is the trekking pole necessary?

No, trekking pole is not necessary.

Miscellaneous : Are there any local stores/shops from where I can shop trekking necessities?

It is recommended that you come prepared with all the stuff. Please do not leave anything for last minute buying.

Miscellaneous : Is it safe for a solo woman traveller to trek in Fixed departures?

Yes, it is absolutely safe for solo woman to travel in fix departures. Women on the trek will be sharing tent with each other. In case you are the only woman on the trek, you will be given a separate tent.

Miscellaneous : Will you give certificates on completion of trek?

Yes, e-certificates will be given at the end of each trek provided that you completed it. It will bear your name, the trek, and the maximum altitude you achieved on the trek.

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Terms & Conditions

What's Included

  • Food as per menu on the trek (Starting Breakfast on Day 1)
  • Forest Permits/Camping Charges, if any (Upto the amount charged for Indian nationals)
  • Safety Equipment
  • Trek guide, cook, helpers.
  • Services of a Trek Leader
  • Transportation from Bangalore to Bangalore
  • Home stays

What's not Included

  • Meals during road journeys
  • Cost of any kind of travel insurance
  • Any expense of personal nature
  • Any expense not specified in the inclusion list
  • Portage of personal rucksacks

Cancellation Policy

Cash Refund
  • Cancellations up to 30 days prior to departure date - 5% deduction
  • Between 30 days to 15 days prior to departure - 50% deduction
  • Less than 15 days of departure - No Cash Refund
Voucher Refund
  • Cancellations up to 5 days prior to departure date - No deduction
  • Cencellations within 5 days prior to departure - No Refund
*Cash refund is applicable only in case of bookings made without using any promotional offer code or vouchers.
*Please note that this is only a brief of cancellation terms. For finer details please refer Detailed Cancellation Policy

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