Trek date – Oct 2017
Bangalore to Mullodi
Kudremukh is a small village in Chikmagalur district of Karnataka, located around 370 KM from Bangalore. We went for a trekking to Kudremukh peak last week. The peak belongs to Kudremuhk national park, span across Chikmagalur, Udupi and Dakshina Kannada districts. Its second largest tropical evergreen protected area (660 square KM) in western ghats. We had booked homestay near base camp, Mullodi. Kalasa is the nearest town to Mullodi. We can take our vehicle till Balegal only, which is 6 KM behind the base camp Mullodi. It’s off-road then, we crossed this thrilling route passes through local tea estates and waterfalls in pre-booked Mahindra 4WD Jeep. We reached Raje Gowda homestay near base camp by 8 PM Saturday. This is the nearest homestay to forest check post. This is an awesome greenish place and climate is so cold that there is no AC/Fan in rooms. Also, there is a water-fall just near the home.
Trekking to the peak
We started trekking by 9 AM next day after having breakfast. They served us with packed lunch and some sticks, use of those sticks we realized later. We went to forest check post and took permission for 5 people. It was advised by forest official to get back from the peak by 2’o clock itself else fogs and chilled rail will make the return difficult. We were accompanied by an experienced local guide arranged by homestay owner. The peak is 10 KM away from the base camp. The trekking route was very beautiful even from the beginning itself.
The route was rich in greeneries, water streams, and meadows. We crossed three water streams in first four KMs. The terrain is quite hard and hilly though scenic after four KMs. We climbed up enjoying the slight rain and cold mist. It was a bit difficult to confront last 4 steep peaks to reach the hilltop. Water streams, tall bamboo shrubs and scenic view of the valley made the trek an awesome experience. You can see a huge decaying neglected rock building if you right from the water stream half KM before the peak. Its Jamalabad fort built by Tippu Sultan in 1794 and named it after his mother Jamalbee, reference Archaeological survey of India website.
At the top
We reached the peak top by 2’o clock. Chilling climate, mist all around and scenic view of greenish meadows, it was an amazing experience. Kudremukh peak is 6214 feet above the sea level. Its third highest peak of Karnataka. View from here is amazing though intermittent due to moving fog. I cant explain that in words, looks like default wallpaper in Windows XP 🙂. We started descending by 02:30 after having lunch, some fruits and pure water from a nearby water stream. Climate went so misty by that time, we were not even able to see each other. We reached base camp by 6 PM and headed to Bangalore by 8 after having a hot tea at the homestay
instagram video by Kasi
How to reach there?
Kudremukh is located around 370 KM from Bangalore. We had booked homestay near base camp, Mullodi. Kalasa is the nearest town to Mullodi. We can take our vehicle till Balegal only, which is 6 KM behind the base camp Mullodi. You can get parking slot there, don’t worry 🙂 It’s off-road then, thrilling route passes through local tea estates and waterfalls. You can get Jeeps from here to base camp, better to book in advance.
Trek difficulty Level – Moderate
Trek distance in total – 18 KMs
Time to trek – 4-5hours (one side)
Camping site – Not allowed
Best time to trek – Oct to Feb
Permission Required – should be taken forest office (RS 275 per person)
How to book homestay near base camp
There are many travel agencies in Bangalore offering Kudremukh package including pickup and drop if you are not ready to take any risk. We went there by our own car. Booked one homestay in advance, Raje Gowda’s homestay. The jeep from Balegal and forest permission were arranged by him only. contact number – 9481179008. Please note you have to book home stay in advance, as its remote village and there is only two homesays and limited bed spaces.
Trek date – Oct 2017