Kumara Parvatha Kukke Challenge
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- 2 Days 2 Nights
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- Difficulty - Hard
- For 18+ years
- Best Season - Winter (Nov, Dec, Jan) Monsoon (Aug, Sept, Oct)
Pushpagiri Wildlife Sanctuary has birthed some incredible trails. Rooted in it is a piece of heaven – Kumara Parvatha trek that towers at 1712 m and comprises numerous terrains: dense forest, thick foliage, lush expanse of meadows, rocks from the volcano, and canopy that gives you respite from the heat.
Kumara Parvatha is the second-highest mountain peak in the Kodagu district after Tadiandamol. Generally, trekkers cover this 28 km trek in two days. But this time, trekkers envisioning to oppugn One Day Kumara Paravatha Trek Challenge is more than welcome to join us.
On the trail, insanely steep sections challenge you, while other non-steeper ones give you moments of breath and introspection. You’ll be exposed to the majestic mountains, the valleys painted with amazing shades of green, little brooks, and some surprises that nature has to offer en route. Not just that, you will cross some spiritual and sightseeing locations like Kukke Subramanya Temple, Bhattara Mane, Kallu Mantapa, Shesha Parvatha, and KP peak.
Kumara Parvatha One Day Challenge calls adrenaline seekers and audacious trekkers to its homeland. As you dream of achieving this, KP peak craves for making it onerous. In this, your fortitude will help you find peace, beauty, and tranquillity in the unknown difficulties. If you are prepared, come with us as we embrace this uncertainty. As a badge of completion, team PTU will award you with a digital trek completion certificate that will be useful to you in your future endeavours. Read the itinerary and join us on the first available date.
How is this challenge different from KP two days trek?
Unlike KP two-day trek from Kukke, you will not stay in camp for a night. This cuts the sleeping bag, camp or heavy luggage requirement, meaning you will carry only essential items like water, raincoat, a pair of clothes, and lunch in a small backpack.
Why are we hopping on the journey on Saturday and not Friday?
There is a reason for this. For trekkers who consider themselves brave enough, we want them to complete this challenge and return with flying colours. Generally, we travel in vehicles with laid-back seats. For smaller treks, this is fine, but for KP One-Day Challenge, you need to get proper rest. By starting on Saturday, we get adequate rest. This gives a boost, essential sleep and nutrition for the upcoming day's challenge.
Who is this trek meant for?
This trek is a serious game. You are supposed to complete approximately 28 km in a day. KP One-Day Challenge is for the following trekkers:
- Experienced and fit trekkers. Fitness can be measured by the distance you can run per hour. Generally, you are considered fit if you can run 5 km in 30 minutes.
- Trekkers who have completed Moderate-Difficult level treks in the Western Ghats like Kodachadri, and Kudremukha.
- Trekking in the Himalayas is a plus.
Call us once before you book this trek, and we will advise you.
- Pickups in Bangalore start at 5:30 am
- Have breakfast(self-sponsored) and lunch(self-sponsored) on the way after all pickups are complete
- En route jeep ride to Patla Betta Top View Point
- Reach the homestay in Kukke in the evening
- Enjoy Dinner and sleep off.
- Wake up early at around 4:00 am
- Have breakfast and packed lunch
- Start the trek at 6 am (as per the situation)
- Start your ascend from Kukke temple to Bhattara Mane (8 km)
- Reach Forest Department (300 m)
- Trek to Shesha Parvatha (5 km)
- Trek to KP Peak, also called Pushpagiri Peak (1 km)
- Start trekking back to Bhattara Mane
- Reach Bhattara Mane and savor Packed lunch
- Reach the base by 6 pm.
- Starting back journey to Bangalore by 9 pm
- Reach Bangalore by 6 am on Monday.
Note: In worst-case scenarios like injuries or in case the trekker has to rest, we have a backup plan. You will stay in Bhattara Mane. Four leaders will be available to address all kinds of scenarios. In such a case, depending on the number of trekkers who stay at Bhattara Mane, the respective number of trek leaders will stay with you. The next day, i.e., on Sunday, the trekker has two options:
- Reach Bangalore on Monday like other trekkers.
- Complete the trek on Monday, finish it, and reach Bangalore on Tuesday.
Note that the trekker will have to incur any additional cost for an extra day.
Non-AC Push-Back Seats Vehicle
Room on sharing basis separate for men and women
(No Dinner break)
The pickups will start from Bangalore at 5:30 am from respective points. After the pickups are done, we will stop for a self-sponsored breakfast. The trek leader will brief you about the trek points, timeline, and other safety measures. We will also have a gripping introductory session to get to know each other better. Midway, you can play games, dance, or rest. The next stop is for lunch (self-sponsored).
En route to homestay in Kukke, we will go to Patla Betta Top View Point via a jeep ride. The homestay is 30 km from here in Kukke, so you can take your time to soak in the scenery. Once we reach homestay, the day will be spent leisurely talking about various treks and exchanging laughs. Dinner will be served in the homestay. Intend to retire early since the next day is full of challenges.
Stay Not Included
Double/Triple Sharing Basis
Beginning at an elevation of nearly sea level, you will hike up to 1712 m in one day while covering a distance of 28 km. The path up Kumara Parvatha is difficult from the beginning. The hike can be divided into three sections:
- Section 1: Trek Base to Bhattaramane
- Section 2: Bhattaramane to Shesha Parvatha
- Section 3: Shesha Parvatha to Kumara Parvatha
Section I: Trek Base to Bhattara Mane
Trek Distance: 8 km
Duration: 3-4 hours ( Timings are Tentative and are based on a fit trekking enthusiast )
Shortly after Kukke Subramanya Temple, the trail to Kumara Parvatha begins. A signboard pointing in the direction of the trail is located close to the temple. The trail is marked and accessible right away. You will enter deeper into the dense forest if you continue on this trail. The hike starts with a moderately steep climb but gradually gets steeper with some flat-level segments.
Since the trek is located in Pushpagiri Wildlife Sanctuary, there are wild animals in this jungle, but usually, they stay away from the trekking trail.
After ascending for three kilometres, a large rock known as Bheemana Bande or Bheema Rock serves as the first rest area. This is your chance to relax and refuel before the challenging, upward climb.
As you ascend from Bheema Rock, the forest section will end as you come to an open area. Bhattara Mane is only a little over a kilometre away from here. The path turns left and descends to Bhattara Mane. You will arrive at the Forest Office if you continue straight.
Section II: Trek from Bhattara Mane/the Forest Office to Shesha Parvatha
Trek Distance: 5 km
Duration: 2.5 hours
Section 2 has both going up and going down, but it is harder and needs to be started early. The trail becomes steep as you enter the grasslands after about ten minutes. The meadows open up to an expansive, seemingly endless view of greenery view, with the bushy jungle on your left. After that, you ascend to Shesha Parvatha. In just over 2 km, you arrive at Kallu Mantapa. This is where we will take a break and rest.
As you get closer to Shesha Parvatha, you will see a large green gorge and the vertical rock face of Shesha Parvatha to your right.
Section III: Shesha Parvatha to Kumara Parvatha Peak
Trek Distance: 1.5 km
Duration: 1 hour
When you reach Shesha Parvatha Peak, the most challenging portion of the trek is over.
The pathway descends into an open forest after Shesha Parvatha. Once you reach the second forest section of the trail, keep going. A difficult trek leads to massive rocks after the forest. After climbing the rock face, it takes about 20 minutes before Kumara Parvatha Peak embraces you with open arms. From here, the hidden side of the mountain on the other side emerges. This includes the vast Madikeri spread, the hills of Coorg, and the rest of the Western Ghats.
It's time for a well-earned summit party right now. Take in the scenery and peace; you won't find them anywhere else. Close your eyes and think back on how you got there. Take note of the silence and any signs of nearby birds twittering.
Returning to base
You'll return on the same path you came in on. We will have lunch at Bhattara Mane.
After eating, we will start our trek to the base. From this point on, it will be a descent, so you should take extra care not to run or lose your balance. We will target reaching the base by 6 p.m.
Congratulations on this fantastic grind that you just went through. There is no bigger feeling than completing the most difficult trek in Karnataka in a day. This one-day Kumara Parvatha challenge will take everything up a notch up. But once you finish, you are certified with grit.
Once we return to the base, we will freshen up and head out for dinner before departing to Bangalore. Later in the evening, we will take a break for dinner. With heavy hearts, as we bid each other goodbye, we promise to meet each other again.
Plan The Unplanned
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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!
Accommodation in Lodge in multiple sharing rooms separate for men and women
2 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
To and fro Transport from Bangalore ( Non A/c )
Karnataka Forest Department Entry Fees
Merchandise bag and Certificate of Completion
Outdoor Leaders from Plan The Unplanned
Experience that you gain
Any meals not included above
Any kind of personal expenses
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)
- Lunch Box
- Small backpack to carry your essentials during the trek to the Kumara Parvatha Summit
- Energy Bars ( Mandatory )
- Glucose Packet ( Mandatory – Each individual carries for themselves )
- Warm Layer
- Water bottles – 2 (1 litre each)
- Raincoat/Bag covers in case of rains
- A comfortable pair of shoes with a good grip for trekking
- Toiletries ( Dry tissues, toothpaste, brush, etc )
- 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
Policy and Terms
Refund/Cancellation Policy – Weekend Trips from Bangalore
In the event that YOU cancel your trek, this is the cancellation policy we follow:
7 days or more
10% of the total invoice value
Between 3-6 days
50% of the total invoice value
Between 0-2 days
100% 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.
Cancellations on the day of departure or a day prior due to work/family emergencies, health issues, etc. would not be entertained, and no refund or transfer to further dates shall be allowed for the same.
If you are wanting to cancel out on the day of departure and move the trek to a future date an additional charge of RS 1500 would have to be incurred to make the movement to a future date. This can be availed only within 3 months from the date of the actual trip departure.
Additional charges would be deducted (based on from where you booked) if you cancel the trek at any given date (along with the scenario described above), as payment gateway/event listing charges.
Transfer of Dates Policy
If you wish to shift your date of booking due to any unforeseen circumstances, the same should be intimated to us not less than 72 hours before the date of the event. (Not valid for group or corporate bookings)
Only one transfer per booking shall be permitted. Your booking shall stand canceled if you fail to join the event on the transferred dates.
Once the option of data transfer is made, the booking amount shall be held as credits with us, and in no case will a refund be made further on.
Transfer of Dates is not valid for Bhutan, Meghalaya, Himalayan Treks, Spiti or any other event worth is above 5000/- INR.
Transfer of dates on the day of departure shall be possible at an additional charge of 1500/- per person (applicable for few events).
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.
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.
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.
You are solely responsible for verifying the correct dates mentioned on the travel documents.
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.
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.
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.
- I have booked the trek when will I get further updates regarding the trek?
Well, most of our treks are usually confirmed by Thursday and you would receive a BON VOYAGE mail that would contain details as regards Pickup Points ( Location and Timings ), Outdoor Leader ( Point of Contact ), Do’s, and Don’ts.
- Would I be added to a WhatsApp Group once the trek is confirmed?
Yes, the Bon Voyage mail would contain a link for Whatsapp Group through which one can join and interact with fellow travelers and outdoor leaders.
- Do I have any other boarding points apart from the ones mentioned?
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
- Nayanadahalli Metro Station
- Do I have to carry luggage all the way during trekking?
Not at all. You could keep all the extra luggage back at the campsite/homestay and carry only the necessary stuff for the trek ( Raincoats, Torchlight, Waterbottle, lunchbox, and your valuable )
- What is "Without Travel" option during my booking process?
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.
For better clarification call us 9482070194, 8147086083
- Is the trek safe for Women/Girls?
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.
- Would I be able to postpone to a future in case I do not attend the trek on the day of departure?
We are extremely sorry, you cannot postpone to any future date in case you fail to attend the trek on the mentioned date for any reasons whatsoever ( family/health/work emergencies ). You can write to us at [email protected] as regards and our team will get in touch with you on the same