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, this trek proves to be the perfect mix of adventure and leisure. It is thus suitable for both beginners as well as experienced trekkers. The entire trail is of 18 km which can be traversed within a day and the best season to visit is the Monsoon or Winter.
Anyone who is new to the trekking and wants to venture into the experience should begin with this trek. This is a perfect trek for the people who want to peek into the world of Western Ghats. The trek provides a first-hand experience of mountain trekking and camping in the wilderness.
Since it 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.
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.
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.
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The best seasons to do the Kudremukh trek are the monsoon months of June-August and the winter months of November-February.
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.
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.
Before you reach the base camp, 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.
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.
Transportation will be taken care from Bangalore to Bangalore from common pick up points like- Rajajinagar, Yeshwantpur metro station, Jalahalli cross.
No special documents for Kudremukh trek but do carry at least one ID proof with you. (Aadhar Card, Passport, or Voting ID Card)