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Rolling green hills, clouds kissing the mountains, forest trails, bamboo shrubs, and a dozen waterfalls, the Kudremukha Peak trek has it all; No wonder it is called the Himalayas of the south. The scenery keeps changing on the trek and will surely amaze anyone. Coming under the Chikmagalur District of Karnataka, the trek to Kudremukha is one of the most exciting treks in this region. It is the third-highest peak after Mullayanagiri and Bababudangiri. Absorb the beauty of the Western Ghats as you walk up the trail. Very few people know the fact that the Western Ghats are considered a UNESCO World Heritage Site for their natural beauty and for being an icon of environmental balance. The lush greenery of the hills can never fail to mesmerize a soul.

You’ll cross several cascading waterfalls and narrow streams, thick forests with a variety of trees, and the whistling of birds will keep you entertained all throughout. And finally, when you’ll reach the peak, the picturesque view from the top and the chilled wind will absolutely blow you out of your mind and make you numb for a few minutes, before you regain your consciousness to feel the enchanting magic of the place. So if you are bored with the city lights in Bangalore, then forget everything and join us for this weekend trek to Kudremukha and find yourself amidst nature.

Kudremukha Trek Highlights:

  1. Trek into the Western Ghats filled with cascading waterfalls and narrow streams, thick forests, and whistling birds to get a beautiful scenic view at the peak.
  2. Visit beautiful Kodige Falls 
  3. Experience the Local Cuisine at the beautiful Bella Homestay

Highlights

Day 0 – Friday

  • Depart from Bangalore starting at 7:30 PM ( approx )

Day 1 – Saturday

  • Freshen up and finish breakfast by 6:45 AM ( approx )
  • Jeep ride to trek base 
  • Start the trek by 7:30 AM Approx
  • Packed lunch
  • Reach the summit
  • Start Descend and reach back to base by 5:30 PM (tentative)
  • Return to homestay
  • High tea and snacks
  • Dinner

Day 2 – Sunday

  • Freshen up and breakfast
  • Visit Kodige Waterfalls
  • Self-sponsored lunch
  • Return to Bangalore by 10 PM approx

 

Note:

  • In case of Government orders/ Rules by the forest department any unforeseen circumstances leading to the cancellation of the trek 2 days before/ on the day of departure- Plan The Unplanned shall arrange an alternate trek to Gangadikal Peak/Similar. There shall be no cancellations or refunds that will be initiated
  • The Jeep Ride at Kudremukh has the challenges of dirt and slushy roads during monsoons. Kindly cooperate in case the vehicles arrive late or if there is a delay at the start of the trek. 
  • On certain days, if there is a heavy crowd on the Kudremukh Trek Trail, expect a few delays in the trek start time or reaching the summit.

 

Trek Day

Private Vehicle

Non-AC ( Push Back Seats )

Homestay

Multiple sharing basis separate for men and women Doms / Rooms / Tents

Meals Not Applicable

(No Dinner break)

After an early grab and quick freshening up, everyone now gears up for a bumpy jeep ride to the Kudremukh Trek Base. The ride is adventurous as one crosses coffee plantations and muddy roads with waterfalls and streams as well on the way.

The trek to Kudremukh starts at the Forest Department Office after collecting the permits. The Trek needs to start as early as 7:30 AM with strict policies of return time and leave no litter.

Our trek leaders shall now brief you about the entire Kudremukh Trail and certain tips on ascending and descending. We then hit the trail with our Tempo being high and with Plan The Unplanned’s traditional cheer dance.At the beginning itself, after a few minutes of walking there will be a stream crossing. In monsoons, the flow and depth of the streams would be quite heavy.

After the stream crossing, there is a slight ascent on a muddy path surrounded by ferns, several shrubs, and lush green grass. This continues for around 1 to 1.5 km and then there comes an elevated plain and a stand-alone tree which is called Ontimara. (Lonely Tree)

On the leftofn Ontimara, the trail becomes flat for some time, on the right one can see the Kudremukh valley and Somavati river flowing below. The trail soon converts into a forest trail- dark shola forests with water streams. There are a lot of leeches at this point, be aware, but it’s difficult to avoid them. After another stream crossing, there are open meadows. It is an amazing feeling to trek through dense forests, with open meadows in between. The transition of scenery keeps the thrill to the end.

Kudremukh peak becomes visible after some point. The clouds will come closer and nearer as if to kiss and hug you. Amidst the open meadows, after further walking, there is a board by Forest Department Office stating the direction and distance (7 km) to Kudremukh peak. 

After another dense patch of trees, is another stream of water, and the last water source before the peak. After the stream crossing, there is a steep ascent. On the right, the view is mesmerizing, clouds passing over rolling lush green hills. Try taking a few time lapse videos here. After furtherascendingd you reach the second Ontimara.

Before reaching the Ontimara, be amazed by the Kudremukh range all around. From the Ontimara, the view on the right is enthralling- rolling vibrant green hills, full of energy passing all their energy onto you. After the Ontimara, the trail is a mix of narrow paths between dense forests, bamboo shrubs, and steep ascents.

The whole of Kudremukh valley opens up after some point. The structure of the mountain and its resemblance to the horse can be understood and seen from here. The left-most part of the mountain which resembles the face of a horse the front portion like the stomach and the top like the back of a horse. We will now climb the “horse’s back” part of the mountain and the climb is steep and zig-zag.

The zig-zag steep climb is difficult comparatively but the views encourage you to keep going. In monsoon, it usually rains, along with winds that one will feel as if the raindrops are slapping you. This part of the trail will surely give you the thrill of a monsoon trek.

After the end of the zig-zag point, pause for some time to look and appreciate how far you have come. The rolling hills, lush green and full of life, the open meadows, the grasslands everything on the trail is just perfect, why go to Scotland when you can experience this in India itself?

At the end of the zig-zag point, there is a rock cluster with a blue arrow mark showing the direction to the peak. On the left, some ruins used to be a British Rest house. The last part of the trek is not a steep climb because of the shape of the mountain. It is a level walk past green fields. At the peak, there is Forest Department Board as well showing the details of Kudremukh peak and other peaks of Kudremukh national park.

Wait sometime there to see the hills and clouds play peek-a-boo. After some time start the descent, capturing and soaking in as much as possible. Leech bites, heavy rains, gusty winds nothing can stop you conquer the peak if you want to. Come back rejuvenated with a thousand memories, a lot of epic captures, and a bunch of new friends.

 

Trek

Non-AC ( Push Back Seats )

Homestay

All Meals

Embark on a thrilling ride to Kudremukh from Bangalore! Meet awesome strangers, break the ice with outdoor leaders, and brace yourself for an unforgettable adventure!

 

Kudremukh Trek Route
Kudremukh Homestay

Trek

Stay Not Applicable

Breakfast

On Day 2 of our adventure, we are excited to visit the enchanting Kodige Falls. The promise of cascading water amidst lush greenery fills us with anticipation. As we venture closer to the majestic falls, the sound of rushing water invigorates our spirits. The awe-inspiring beauty of nature leaves us breathless and grateful for this experience. But it's not just the stunning landscape that makes this trip special; it's the newfound friendships that have blossomed along the way. With hearts full of joy and memories to cherish, we head back home, knowing that this trip will forever hold a special place in our hearts.

 

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What’s life without adventure? Isn’t the real purpose of life to travel, to experience new places, and witness the sunrise from new mountaintops? This thought is what united Jatin and Tarun over a cup of chai, in spite of being from two unrelated backgrounds (CA and IT). They knew each other since the time Jatin was helping Tarun learn the ways of the wilderness through weekend treks and outings with another traveling group. Their love for traveling and trekking together motivated them to start something of their own. Thus was born “Plan The Unplanned”, where travel goals come true. Under the Companies Act, Plan The Unplanned is incorporated as Unplanned Journeys Private Limited They started their journey on unsteady ground, much like any other company, but they shared an infatuation for travel and adventure with their customers, which amplified their determination, and thus, Plan the Unplanned family keeps getting bigger every day! Just about any travel idea can come alive with Plan The Unplanned…treks, adventure activities like rock climbing, kayaking, rafting, backpacking trips across the country, cultural outings, photo walks; everything that fellow travelers need, to explore the great outdoors together. Well now that the wanderlust has kicked in and you can already see a vacation in your nearest future, here’s what we have to offer!

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Inclusions

  • Accommodation in Homestay/Tents on a multiple - sharing basis ( separate for men & women )
  • 2 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, High Tea & 1 Dinner
  • To and fro transport from Bangalore ( Non A/c Push back seats Tempo Traveller/Minibus depending on group size)
  • Karnataka Forest Department Entry Fees
  • Jeep Ride to Trek Base Camp ( to and fro )
  • Local Guide & Outdoor Leader from Plan The Unplanned
  • Experience that you gain


 

 

Exclusions

  • Lunch any other meals not included above

  • Any kind of personal expenses

  • Jeep ride to Kodige Waterfalls

  • Any kind of insurance (health, medical, life accidental,etc )

  • Anything not included above

 

THINGS TO CARRY

  • Soft Copy of your Aadhar/Voter ID (Mandatorily required for permits)
  • Small backpack to carry your essentials during the trek
  • Power Bank
  • Warm Layer 
  • Water bottles – 2 (1 litre each)
  • Lunch Box & Spoon to carry your packed lunch
  • Raincoat/Bag covers in case of rains
  • A comfortable pair of shoes with good grip for trekking
  • Flip-flops for lazing around the campsite
  • Torch/Headlamp to be used at night
  • Portable chargers for your electronics
  • Extra pair of clothes to change into once wet
  • Polybags to pack your wet clothes
  • Extra cash for meals not included in the itinerary


PICKUP LOCATIONS

Udupi Grand, Teacher's Colony, HSR Layout


Yamaha Showroom Domlur


Cubbon Park Signal


KTM Mekhri Circle


Govardhan Theatre near Yeshwanthpur Metro


Without Travel -Homestay




Policy and Terms

In the event that YOU cancel your trek, this is the cancellation policy we follow:

Intimation PeriodCancellation Fee
7 Days or more10% of the total invoice value
3-6 days before the trek date50% of the total invoice value
0-2 days before the trek date100% of the total invoice value
  • *Intimation Period means the number of days before the tour is scheduled to start
  • **Cancellation Fee is the amount of money that will be deducted from the total billing amount before offering the refund.
  • Refund/Cancellation request are accepted only by email at [email protected]
    and not via call or Whatsapp.

NOTE:

  1. There will be no consideration given to cancellations on the day of departure or the day before due to work/family emergencies, health issues, etc., and no refund or transfer to alternative dates will be permitted for the same.
  2. You would be required to pay an additional fee of RS 1500/persom if you want to postpone your trek to a future date or cancel on the day of departure. This is only available for 3 months after the departure date of the actual trip.
  3. If you cancel the trek at any time (in addition to the scenario stated above), additional fees will be collected (depending on where you made your booking) as payment gateway/event listing fees. 

The following is our cancellation policy in the unlikely event that we have to postpone your trek:

During and After the Trek: In the event of severe weather, taking the trekkers' safety into consideration, a day may be shortened or the trek may be abandoned entirely. There will never be a refund of any kind.

Prior to the trek: Make a plan in the event that a trek is canceled due to a natural disaster (such as a rainstorm, flood, landslide, earthquake, or unanticipated political disturbance, curfews, local riots, government orders, or directives from the forest department). A VOUCHER for the full value of your ticket will be issued by The Unplanned.
The payment gateway fees will be deducted from any refunds that are granted.

If we have to cancel your trek because there aren't enough reservations for that particular batch or we don't have enough participants, PLAN THE UNPLANNED will refund you 96% of the trek money ( Payment Gateway charges shall be deducted )

Terms and Conditions

The purchase of any travel services offered by PLAN THE UNPLANNED (hereinafter referred as ‘PTU’) constitutes a contractual arrangement between PTU (‘First Party’) and Client (hereinafter referred as ‘You’) (‘Second Party’). Booking of services with PTU represents your unconditional acceptance of the terms & conditions set out herein. These terms and conditions shall be binding on you and all the travel companions booked by you.

Trekking and other outdoor activities provided by the PTU depend on various factors and have inherent risks associated with life. PTU does its best to reduce all types of risks, discomfort, and hazard to the best of its ability (within financial constraints), yet there are chances of accidents, mishaps, and deficiency in service.

Please ensure that you read carefully and understand these terms prior to confirming your booking

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Pictures used on the website and collateral are meant for marketing purposes. These do not imply the inclusion of the pictorial content to be a part of your vacation or any guarantee that you will experience, encounter or view whatever is depicted through the pictures.

Fitness Responsibility

PTU offers trip(s) and trek(s) that require varying levels of fitness. The level of difficulty can be based on the extent of physical stress, the terrain, weather, and/or climate. The degree of difficulty for some trips can be physically demanding. To enable you to choose appropriately and prepare accordingly, carefully review the level of difficulty of each trip before booking the same.

PTU doesn’t have any medical expert(s) and it is your responsibility to obtain medical advice, latest health requirements including inoculations and vaccines before you join a trip. PTU takes no responsibility for your inability to cope with the level of difficulty on a trip. While there is no age limitation on any PTU trips, any disability, pregnancy, mental or physical, or any other medical condition that may affect your fitness to complete the trek must be revealed at the time of booking the trip to PTU. You also undertake that you and Your travel companions, for whom You have signed up, do not suffer from any condition or disability that could create a hazard to Your own wellbeing or to others on a trip.

Program Dates

You are solely responsible for verifying the correct dates mentioned on the travel documents.

Itinerary

PTU reserves the right to modify or cancel the trip or part of the trip under circumstances, including but not limiting to Acts of God, road blockage, political unrest, sickness, accidents, events beyond PTU’s control etc. Any extra cost arising from such circumstances shall be borne by you on the spot. Wherever possible, PTU shall intimate you of such changes in advance or while on the trip.


Luggage Responsibility

Baggage and personal effects are at your risk throughout the trip. You are solely responsible for your personal belongings while on the trip. PTU is not responsible for the loss of baggage, goods, air tickets, passport, cash, traveler’s cheques, or any other travel document or item owned by you while on tour, whatever the cause.

On-trip Behaviour

You are required to behave in a manner that is acceptable and conducive to group travel. PTU reserves the right to terminate your trip (if you are found to be causing distress/annoyance to co-travelers, endanger/damage property of any supplier or of other traveling companions), without assigning any reason whatsoever. No refund for unused services is possible in such cases.

You also agree to abide by the authority of the group leader designated by PTU. The decision of the tour leader is binding on all participants on matters that affect the safety or well-being of any person participating in the trip. Behavior that causes danger, distress, or annoyance to others, or interferes with the mobility of the group can result in the group leader terminating your participation from the trip, with no right to refund for missed or unused services.

Protect The Environment

The entire trip/ trek would be through natural trails and we would spend most of the time in eerie forests, serene valleys, soothing hillsides, or at golden beaches. You should know that it’s your duty to protect the environment and not create nuisances on the way by throwing your plastic materials and other wastes like packets of chips or wrappers of chocolates. PTU shall not consider any such behavior towards nature. We expect you to be responsible and aware adults.

No Smoking Or Alcohol Consumption

PTU doesn’t support smoking or any sort of alcohol consumption during the journey and as a team, we earnestly request you to not indulge in those practices while you are with us. Smoking is not only injurious to your health but also equally bad for nature. We should ensure that there’s sustainable natural conservation and our acts, in no way, hampers that. Also, alcohol consumption might ruin your experience as well as cause discomfort to your fellow mates. No action of smoking or drinking shall be tolerated by PTU during the trip/trek.

PTU makes every effort to ensure the comfort of our guests, but PTU requests you to understand that the amenities around the trekking region may not be the same as the ones you are accustomed to, at home. Weather is another factor that will have a direct impact on your journey. Hence, you are requested to have patience, enthusiasm and be prepared for compromising, before you choose to undertake this journey.

You accept that the very nature of active, adventure travel requires a degree of personal risk. You are likely to visit places where political, cultural, and geographical attributes might pose certain risks, dangers, and physical challenges. By booking a tour with PTU, you accept that you are aware of the personal risks, dangers, and challenges that might arise and that you are aware of the risks involved. You hereby assume all such risk and release PTU from all claims and causes of action arising from such damages or injuries or death resulting from these inherent risks. It is your responsibility to familiarize yourself with customs, weather conditions, physical challenges, and laws in effect as well as your local embassy contacts in each destination.

In the event you fall ill or suffer an accident during the trip, all hospital expenses, doctor fees, repatriation expenses, evacuation from road or mountain, any other charges incurred as a direct or indirect result of your illness/accident are your responsibility.

PTU reserves the right to take photographs of you during the trip and to use them for promotional purposes. By booking a trip with us, you automatically grant us a royalty-free, perpetual, worldwide, and irrevocable license for using your images in photographs and videos that may be used for promotional material, website, social media, collateral, and any other marketing and publicity materials.

  • In case of Government orders/ any unforeseen circumstance Elniru Falls happens to be closed, we shall make an alternate plan to Hanumangundi Falls/Soormane Falls. The decision of outdoor leader shall be final.
  • The Jeep Ride at Kudremukh has the challenges of dirt and slushy roads during monsoons. Kindly co-operate in case the vehicles are arriving late or if there is delay in start of the trek. 
  • On certain days, if there is a heavy crowd on the Kudremukh Trek Trail, expect a few delays in the trek start time or reaching the summit.

Frequest Questions

Q: I have booked the trek when will I get further updates regarding the trek?
A: Well, most of our treks are usually confirmed by Thursday and you would receive a EVENT HEADSUP mail that would contain details regarding Pickup Points ( Location and Timings ), Outdoor Leader ( Point of Contact )DO ’s, and Don’ts.

Q: Would I be added to a WhatsApp Group once the trek is confirmed?
A: Yes, the Event Headsup email would contain a link for Whatsapp Group through which one can join and interact with fellow travelers and outdoor leaders.

Q: How to reserve trek permits?
A: It is essential to sign up for the Kudremukha Trek at least one week in advance due to recent changes in regulations by the Karnataka Forest Department. Each participant must individually register for the trek through the official website: Kudremukha National Park. - https://kudremukhanationalpark.in/ To ensure a smooth registration process, please follow these steps: Navigate to the Kudremukha Trek section on the website. Accurately fill in your details as per your Aadhar card. Ensure you provide the correct email address, as your permit will be sent there. Upload your correct identification details. Download the permit once you have successfully signed up Please note that permits can only be booked for yourself. If multiple permits are booked from the same device, all related permits will be invalidated, and you will not be allowed to participate in the trek. This strict measure ensures fair access and compliance with the forest department's regulations.

Q: Do I have any other boarding points apart from the ones mentioned?
A: Yes, we do have options for picking a traveler on board with a few locations provided they are on the route to our destination. The following are the same: - Croma Store, Sony World Signal - Trinity Circle Metro Station - Yeshwanthpur Metro Station - Goraguntepalya Metro Station

Q: What is "Without Travel" option during my booking process?
A: Well, if you select this option, all the travel arrangements for your entire itinerary must be managed by yourself, and Plan the Unplanned crew will not be managing anything related to your travel. We recommend you come via car for a smooth travel experience to, from and within the destination.

Q: Is the trek safe for Women/Girls?
A: Yes, it’s much safe and sound. We have been organizing these treks over the years now and we always have had an equal ratio or sometimes we have women in the majority. We also have female outdoor leaders who are on board and lead the other trekking enthusiast. We have made sure our homestay/tent accommodation is separate for men and women.

Q: Would I be able to postpone to a future in case I do not attend the trek on the day of departure?
A: Yes, you can postpone your trek to a future date by paying a rescheduling fee of Rs 1500/person. You can write to us at [email protected] as regards and our team will get in touch with you on the same.

Q: How do I avail discounts?
A: Details for availing discounts are mentioned in the following link, https://www.plantheunplanned.com/membership/

Q: I've never gone on a hike before, so can I do this one?
A: No. We would not advise you to do this trek on your first trek as the trek difficulty is between Moderate-Difficult and it demands one to be physically fit for this trek.

Q: Is it necessary for me to hire a guide to trek Kudremukh?
A: Yes, one must hire a guide to trek Kudremukh as the forest officials close the trek by 6:00 PM.

Q: What about the Kudremukh trek's cellphone network and connectivity?
A: Throughout the journey, you will be outside of the network's service region. Only BSNL and JIO network receives a signal at this place.

Q: Can we leave the luggage at the homestay?
A: Yes, it is possible to leave your luggage at the homestay and carry the necessary things on your trek.

Q: When is the ideal time to visit Kudremukh?
A: The ideal time to go on the Kudremukh trek is undoubtedly during the monsoon season.

Q: Is the trail filled with leeches?
A: Yes, there are leeches on this trail and are mostly found near the rivers and streams.

Q: Is it possible to camp anywhere along the trail?
A: On the Kudremukh trip, camping is not permitted. Many homestays, on the other hand, provide tent accommodation at the starting site.

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