The Kodachadri Peak, situated in the Western Ghats, is Natural Heritage Sight in Karnataka with a maximum altitude of 1343 meters. Kodachadri in local language means "A Hill of Jasmine Flowers". Famous for its dense forests, picture-perfect landscapes, and invigorating waterfalls, the Kodachadri trek gives you splendid views of the surrounding hills and lush green valley from the summit. The Kodachadri peak serves as a perfect backdrop to the famous Mookambika Temple and the Mookambika National Park. The peak hosts a diverse flora and fauna with some spectacular wildlife such as Malabar Langoor, Malabar Pied Hornbill and Indian Rock Python. The Kodachadri Trek is a perfect weekend trek from Bangalore that attracts trekkers and wildlife enthusiasts alike. When it comes to treks in South India, the Kodachadri Trek is of a moderate level difficulty meaning it needs a good fitness level and endurance to successfully undertake this trek.
Bangalore to Sampikatte - 400 Kms Drive
On Friday night get picked up from common boarding points - Malleshwaram (near KC General Hospital), Rajajinagar (Metro Station - Tata Motors Showroom), Yeshwanthpur (Govardhan Theater) and Jalahalli (Bureau of Indian Standards) in Bangalore for the overnight journey to Sampikatte.
Sampikatte to Kodachadri Peak and back - 25 km
You will reach Mookambika National Park around 06:00 AM on Saturday. Today is the start of our trek to Kodachadri Peak and back to Sampikatte village. Have breakfast by 09:00 AM and we start trekking to the top of Kodachadri Peak which is approximately 13 Kms from the base. En route, we have lunch and once you reach the top, relish in the serenity and experience the magnificent scenery which the Western Ghats has to offer. Return to your base camp by 6:00 PM. Enjoy an optional bonfire. Have dinner and retire for the night.
Sampikatte to Bangalore- 400 Kms Drive.
On Sunday, have breakfast by 08:00 AM and start from Mookambika National Park and head to visit the nearby fort and relax. Have a self-sponsored lunch on the way and return to Bangalore around 9:00 PM.
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.
The post-monsoon months are the best time to do the Kodachadri trek. September to February are the best months to do this trek.
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Pick-ups and drop-offs will be organized from Bangalore to Sampikatte Village.
Intermittent to lack of cellular network during the trek.
The famous Mookambika Temple and the Mookambika National Park are the crowd favorites near Kodachadri Peak.
The minimum age limit is 9 years. However, minors aged between 9 to 17 should be accompanied with 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.
You will be accommodated in homestays.
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.
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.
There will be no snow on this 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.
You can rent following items from us- Trekking Pole, Trekking Shoes, Fleece Jacket, Rucksack
Summers will be hot with temperatures ranging between 30 deg celsius during the day to 15 deg celsius at night. The post-monsoon season is the best time when the days will be pleasant and nighty will be cooler with 10 deg celsius.
There will be no snow on the trek.
No, there is no option to offload your backpack.
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.
No, trekking pole is not necessary.
It is recommended that you come prepared with all the stuff. Please do not leave anything for last minute buying.
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.
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.
Expect to reach Bangalore by evening.
You will be picked up from common pick-up points in Bangalore the location of which will be shared with you a week prior to your trek. The drop off points remains the same. The common pick-up points in Bangalore as are follows - Malleshwaram (near KC General Hospital), Rajajinagar (Metro Station - Tata Motors Showroom), Yeshwanthpur (Govardhan Theater) and Jalahalli (Bureau of Indian Standards).
Signed declaration form and address proof( Aadhar card, passport for foreign national) are the mandatory documents required.
Our community is an integral part of us and we take pride in our trekkers and climbers. When you complete at least three days on any trek or expedition with us, you become eligible for our membership and referral programs.
For us, a successful summit is not about reaching the highest point of a mountain but about making it safely back to base.
Cancellations up to 30 days prior to departure date
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No Cash Refund
Cancellations up to 5 days prior to departure date
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