Kumara Parvatha Trek - Kukke Trek
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While a weekend getaway to Coorg might sound like something too cliched, you’ll be surprised to know that the region has some amazing trek trails, providing numerous opportunities to travel enthusiasts to explore the entire region surrounded by the Western Ghats. Plan The Unplanned has already taken you up there till Tadiyandamol, Kopatty, Nishani Motte and other places, but now it’s time to head towards another new destination, Kumara Parvatha.
Kumara Parvatha, also popularly known as Pushpagiri (5624 feet above sea level), is the second-highest mountain belonging to the Western Ghats mountain ranges situated in the Kodagu district of Karnataka, after Tadiandamol. If compared to the other treks in this region, Kumara Parvatha is a little tougher, but nonetheless, beautiful. The trekking trail runs through the Pushpagiri Wildlife Sanctuary, and you’ll be getting up close and personal with nature during this journey.
You’ll be exposed to the majestic mountains, the valleys painted with the most amazing shades of green, little brooks and some surprises that nature has to offer en-route.
Considered as one of the best treks in India, Kumara Parvatha should be there on your checklist if you are an adventure junkie – dare not to miss it out!
For New Year 2024: The mind-blowing adventure to ascend the peak of Kumara Parvatha, a mountain of such majestic beauty enveloped by an imposing atmosphere of serenity, is one such memory to gain while you enter into the New Year 2024. Notice that this New Year, seats are limited and will fill out on a First Come, First Serve basis. Also, be informed that this New Year is preceded by a weekend, so kindly check out the itinerary and book your seats at the earliest.
- Leave from Bangalore at 9:00 PM ( Approx )
- Reach Homestay freshen up
- Start Your ascend to Bhatru Mane ( by 7:30 AM approx )
- En-route Packed Lunch
- Reach Bhatru Mane around late noon
- Pitch Tents under the guidance of Outdoor Leaders
- Enjoy the Sunset
- Dinner at Bhatru Mane ( Basic Meal – Rice, Curry, Sambhar, Butter Milk )
- Wake up Early morning around 4:00 AM
- Start the trek
- Enroute stop by Kallu Mantapa and Shesha Parvatha
- Summit the top
- Start your descend by approx 8:00 AM
- En-route Lunch at Bhatru mane
- Unwrap your tents
- Reach Base by 4:00-5:00 PM (approx)
- Freshen up
- Self-Sponsored Dinner
- Leave to Bangalore and reach on Monday by 5:00 AM
Non-AC Push-Back Seats Vehicle
Stay Not Applicable
Meals Not Included
(No Dinner break)
Leave from Bangalore 9-00PM ( Final time will be updated in Whatsapp Group
Introduction of the participants in the bus
Double/Triple Sharing Basis
Beginning at an elevation of nearly sea level, you will hike up to 5,600 feet over the course of two days while covering a distance of 22 kilometers. The path up Kumara Parvatha is difficult from the start.
The hike can be divided into three sections based on distance and elevation gain.
Section 1: Trek Base to Bhattaramane ( covered on Day 1 )
Section 2: Bhattaramane to Shesha Parvatha ( covered on Day 2 )
Section 3: Shesha Parvatha to Kumara Parvatha ( covered on Day 2 )
Section 1: Trek Base to Bhattaramane
Trek Distance: 7 km
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 clearly marked and accessible right away. You will enter deeper into the dense forest if you continue on this trail. The hike starts out with a modest to moderately steep climb, but it gradually gets steeper with some flat-level segments. Wild animals abound in this jungle, but they usually stay away from the trekking trail. You can only hear the sounds of wild animals and see some types of birds and snakes if you have eyes and ears. After three kilometers of ascent, there is a large rock known as Bheemana Bande or Bheema Rock that serves as the first rest area. This is your chance to relax and refuel before the challenging, upward climb.
As you continue to ascend from Bheema Rock, the forest section will come to an end as you come to an open area. Bhattara Mane is only a little over a kilometer away. Viewpoint Bhatta's House is not far from both the Forest Office and myself. The path turns left and descends to Bhattara Mane. You will arrive at the Forest Office if you continue straight. Viewpoint 1 is there for you if the right is what you seek. Viewpoint Right in front of you will show you scenic views of Shesha Parvatha and the breathtaking Western Ghats. You can choose to camp at Bhattara Mane Camping Ground or take a short break at Bhatta's house. Since camping is not permitted beyond this point, you must obtain Forest House's permission if you intend to spend the night here.
Non-AC Push Back Seats Vehicle
Stay Not Applicable
Day 2: Section 2- Trek from Bhattara Mane / the Forest Office to Shesha Parvatha
Length: 3.5 Kilometres
Journey time: four hours
The climb today is quite difficult and requires an early start. The trail becomes steep as you enter the grasslands after about ten minutes. The grasslands open up to a vast, seemingly endless view of greenery, with the bushy jungle on your left. After that, you ascend to Shesha Parvatha. After this challenging hike, which offers breathtaking views and scenery, you arrive at Kallu Mantapa in just over two kilometres. This is where you will rest. If you're lucky, you can find a stream here to fill up your bottles. You are greeted by a sizable green gorge and Shesha Parvatha's vertical rock face to your right as soon as you begin approaching Shesha Parvatha.
Day 2: Section III: Two-kilometer trek from Shesha Parvatha to Kumara Parvatha Peak
Two hours long trek
When you reach Shesha Parvatha Peak, the most difficult 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. Without a doubt, this section is spectacular! 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. includes the vast Madikeri spread, the hills of Coorg, and the rest of the Western Ghats spread out everywhere on a crisp morning.
It's time for a well-earned summit party right now. Take in the scenery and peace; you won't find them anywhere else. Engage in some landscape photography to capture the Western Ghats from every angle. Close your eyes for a while and think back to how you got there. Take note of the silence and any signs of nearby birds twittering. Spend as much time as is necessary being thankful for this trek and the surrounding nature. Before you begin your descent back to base, relax your overworked muscles.
Returning to base
You'll take the same path back that you came on. However, be cautious of unstable areas and move steadily and gradually. If you slip, you run the risk of hurting yourself. Return in time for lunch at Bhatta's House. After eating, go to the forest office to pick up your belongings. After you have recovered, take the same trail you used yesterday to return 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. Ideally, you should allow the same amount of time for the descent as you did for the ascent. Therefore, proceed cautiously as you descend through the forest and arrive at the base before dusk because it gets very dark here.
Once you return to the base, you freshen up and head out for a stomach-filling dinner before your depart to Bangalore
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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 tents (with Sleeping Bags) on double/triple sharing basis, Separate for men & women
2 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
To and fro Transport from Bangalore ( Non A/c Pushback seat tempo traveller/ mini bus )
Karnataka Forest Department Entry Fees
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)
- Small backpack to carry your essentials during the trek to the Kumara Parvatha Summit
- Energy Bars ( Mandatory )
- Glucose Packet ( Mandatory – Each carry for themselves )
- Power Bank
- Warm Layer
- Water bottles – (2 litre each)
- Lunch Box & Spoon to carry your packed lunch
- Raincoat/Bag covers in case of rains
- A comfortable pair of shoes with a good grip for trekking
- Flip-flops for lazing around the campsite
- Toileteries ( Dry tissues, toothpaste, brush, etc )
- Torch/Headlamp to be used at night
- 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.
- Refund/Cancellation requests are accepted only by email at [email protected] and not via call or Whatsapp.
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 an Event Headsup 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 Event Headsup mail would contain a link to the 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
- Yeshwanthpur Metro Station
- Do I have to carry luggage all the way during trekking?
Yes, you will have to carry luggage till Bhatrumane ( 7 km ) from trek starting point. After Bhatrumane you will carry only essentials for the trek
- 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