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Makalidurga is a trek to one of the most enchanting places, as this hill has twinkling skies, a rich history, and a railway line running through the lush greenery of the hills. Makalidurga is located only 60 kilometres from Bangalore and 10 kilometres from the town of Doddaballapur. It’s because of this that a number of people, ranging from travel junkies to adventure lovers as well as those who adore nature, make their way to this stunning hill every weekend
Makalidurga hill stands above the rest of the world at a height of 4430 feet and has a fort located at the top of its peak. The foothill is surrounded by a lake that is similar to the shape of the continent of South America, while a train runs through the lower half of the hills. Everything is amidst lush green grasses and stunning views of nature. This day trek will never fail to rejuvenate your mind and nerves!
For New Year 2024: The mind-blowing Makalidurge Trek awaits your arrival for New Year 2024. Notice that this New Year, seats are limited and will be filled 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.
- Depart from Bangalore at around 5;00 AM
- Have breakfast along the way.
- Reach the trek base at around 8:30 AM (approx)
- Climb to the top ( 2 hrs )
- Explore Makalidurga fort
- Start descending and reach back the base by approximately 2 PM
- En route, stop for lunch
- Reach Bangalore by 6:00 PM (approx)
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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!
- To and fro transport from Bangalore ( Non A/c )
- Forest Department Permits
- Trek leader from Plan The Unplanned
- Experience that you gain
- Any meals not included abov
- Any kind of personal expense
- Any kind of insurance (health, medical, life accidental,etc )
- Anything not included above
THINGS TO CARRY
- Small backpack to carry your essentials during the trek
- Soft Copy of Adhar Id
- Water bottles – 2 (1 litre each)
- Raincoat/Bag covers in case of rains
- Warm Layer ( down/fleece jacket )
- Suncap & Sunscreen
HOW TO REACH
Policy and Terms
For Departures from Bangalore: In the event that YOU cancel your trek, this is the cancellation policy we follow
- If you cancel before 7 days – 90% of the amount will be refunded
- If you cancel between 3 – 6 days – 50 % of the amount will be refunded
- If you cancel between 0-3 days – No Refund
Note: For All The Above Refund Cases Transaction Fees/Internet Handling Charges will be deducted from the overall amount and the balance amount shall be refunded. You can transfer your ticket to anyone so that you could save your hard-earned money
“Transfer to a future date is only possible only if you cancel between 3-6 days before the trek date and not on the day of departure or a day before”
For other trips and travels with us, and detailed terms and conditions check the following link: https://www.plantheunplanned.com/refund-cancellation-policy
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 BON VOYAGE mail containing details regarding Pickup Points ( Location and Timings ), Outdoor Leader ( Point of Contact ), and Do’s and Don’ts. You’ll be added to Whatsapp Group for all further updates.
Q: Would I be added to a WhatsApp Group once the trek is confirmed?
A: Yes, the Bon Voyage mail would contain a link for Whatsapp Group through which one can join and interact with fellow travellers and outdoor leaders.
Q: I'm a solo traveller, Can I join?
A: The interesting thing about travelling alone is that you get to meet new people from diverse backgrounds, and towards the end, you are no longer strangers. Hence solo travellers are always welcome to join us on our trips. Read more about solo travelling here and get inspired! https://www.plantheunplanned.com/solo-yet-accompanied/
Q: Is it safe for Women/Girls?
A: Safety and security are our priorities at all times. Hence it is safe for women/girls to join us on our treks and travels. Our trek leaders always accompany the team, and our campsites are secured and safe for accommodation. We also have female trek leaders who attend most of our treks.
Q: Do I have to carry luggage during trekking?
A: 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)
Q: Do you have Washrooms during the trek?
A: Well, you are in the mountains and none of our trails has a washroom facility during the trek.
Q: Do I have any other boarding points apart from the ones mentioned?
A: Yes, we do have options for picking a traveller 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
Q: How do I avail discounts?
A: Details for availing discounts are mentioned in the following link, https://www.plantheunplanned.com/membership/
Q: What is the "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: Would I be able to postpone to the future in case I do not attend the trek/trip on the day of departure?
A: 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.
Q: I've never been on a hike, so can I do this one?
A: A day hike to Makali Durga may be completed in 5 to 6 hours. Since the treks are part of Eco Trips, which are overseen by the Department of Forestry, they require approval. With the exception of a few large rocks that must be climbed, the walk is somewhat strenuous yet manageable.
Q: Can we leave the luggage at the homestay/tents?
A: A one-day trek wouldn’t have the facility of a homestay and hence you’ll have to leave your luggage on the bus and carry the necessary to the trek.
Q: What about Makalidurga trek’s cellphone network and connectivity?
A: With the exception of a few spots where the network is weak, you will have access to mobile service for practically all major carriers, including Airtel, Vodafone, and Jio, throughout the walk.
Q: Is the trail filled with leeches?
A: No, it is not filled with leeches.
Q: What is the best time to trek Makalidurga?
A: Makalidurga is almost a year-round trek. Due to the trail's lack of tree protection, we advise you to wear a cap in the summer to protect yourself from the sun. Due to dehydration brought on by the intense heat, you will rapidly become exhausted if you don't wear a cap or hat.
Q: Is it possible to camp anywhere along the trail?
A: No, you cannot camp anywhere along the trail.
Q: Is it possible to trek Makalidurga during the monsoon season?
A: No, it is not possible to trek Makalidurga during the monsoon season. Avoid hiking in very heavy rain since the loose pebbles and mud make the route dangerously slick. This will make the walk less enjoyable for you.
Q: Is there food and water on the Makalidurga Trek?
A: There will be no food or drink available on the walk; you must carry your own. On this hike, bring two to three litres of water with you. To avoid hot and salty foods, bring some packed food such as whole fruits, dry snacks, energy bars, and cakes.
Q: How long does the climb up Makalidurga take?
A: Even for inexperienced hikers, the ascent and descent shouldn't take more than two hours. The whole distance would be 1.5 to 2 kilometres. As you cross the railroad tracks and reach the woodland, it begins. Arrows are used to clearly define the trail.