Nethravathi Peak Trek
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- 2 Days 1 Nights
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- Difficulty - Moderate
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- Best Season - Winter (Nov, Dec, Jan) Summer (May, June, July) Monsoon (Aug, Sept, Oct)
Let’s Hike to a Place Where Nethravathi River Takes Birth & Peaks Play Hide and Seek.
Ask ten experienced trekkers about their best hiking experience in the steamy Western Ghats, and they will nominate a trek in the Kudremukha National Park. Such is the elegance of this region. Hidden for many years in the shadow of other trails – like Bandaje Falls trek, Kurinjal Peak trek and Kudremukha trek – Nethravathi trek recently got into the limelight. And there has been no stopping ever since.
Combine sanctity, adventure, playfulness, scenery, purity, mythology and bliss – you will probably get 1% of what the Nethravathi trek is about. Here, mountains play hide and seek, voices of birds preclude you from moving, water streams gurgle anecdotes, the Nethravathi river boasts of its capabilities, and clouds rise only to fall back into the valley. These abstract truths are waiting to unfold, but ssh… you ought to remain subdued and observe – mountains will communicate with you!
On an approximately 12 km trail, you will come across two water streams, many waterfalls (depending on the season), dense forest sections, open grasslands, and armpits of the Western Ghats existing in dankness on lustrous grasslands' surface. The last stream you will encounter while ascending is the Nethravathi River.
According to locals, the river was first discovered by sages living in Dharmasthala, who came on this trek to collect the holy water. This river flows through the famous pilgrimage place Dharmasthala and is considered one of the sacred rivers in India. In another tale, it is believed that Lord Almighty, in His embodiment as Varaha protected the land immersed in floods by raising it. Relieved, the land in the state of bliss shed happy tears and the same is considered as Nethravathi’s birth. The renowned Bandaje Falls, on Bandaje and Ballalarayana Durga trek, is formed by a tributary of the Nethravathi River.
Once in a while, you should go to a place where land meets the sky, life sparkles, and your learnings are accentuated. In our dictionary, the Nethravathi trek fulfils all these criteria, giving you all the reasons to go on this joyous trek. On a two-day adventure, you will visit Hanging Bridge and witness the architectural marvel at Chennakeshava temple in the Belur. With all enthusiasm, we invite you on the Nethravathi trek. Check out the itinerary and join us on our next adventure.
- Trek 12 km to reach the Nethravathi Peak.
- Absorb the natural scenery where clouds rise from the valley like souls rising to heaven.
- Click awesome photos on Kalasa Hanging Bridge.
- Walk on the trail where the Nethravathi river takes birth and sweeps the land.
- Canopy walk in the Western Ghats.
- Come across two water streams, waterfalls, dense forest sections and open grasslands.
- Visit the famous Chennakeshava Temple in Belur in Hassan district.
- Have an adventurous jeep ride from the homestay to the trek base.
Day 0 – Friday
- Depart from Bangalore starting at 9:00 PM (approx)
Day 1 – Saturday
- Freshen up and finish breakfast by 6:45 AM (approx)
- Take a jeep ride to the trek base from homestay (30-40 minutes)
- Start the trek by around 7:30 AM (approx)
- Lunch at the peak
- Descend and reach back to the base by 5:30 PM (tentative)
- Dinner and retire for the night
Day 2 – Sunday
- Freshen up and breakfast
- Visit Kalasa Hanging Bridge
- Visit Belur Temple
- En-route stop for lunch (self-sponsored)
- Reach Bangalore by 10:00 PM (approx)
Non-AC ( Push Back Seats )
Stay Not Applicable
Multiple sharing basis separate for men and women Doms / Rooms / Tents
Meals Not Applicable
(No Dinner break)
We will start our journey to Samse from Bangalore. It is at a distance of 320 km from Bangalore and can take a maximum of 7 hours. All of us will board the bus late in the evening and spend our night on the journey. As you will meet strangers and have a few doubts about mingling, we will make a balanced entry to make your night young and exciting. Our experienced trek leaders will briefly summarise the trip and indulge you in games head-on. We encourage you to leave your comfort zone and make the best of this opportunity to interact with your fellow mates.
After finishing the introduction session, we will retire for the night and rest warmly.
Non-AC ( Push Back Seats )
We will reach Samse early at around 5:30 am. After refreshing and having breakfast, our trek leads will again brief you about various segments on the trail and indulge you in a warm-up session.
Later, we will head towards the trek base in a jeep. The trek base is 14 km from the homestay. Be aware that this jeep ride is not very comfortable – nevertheless fun – as you will be standing in a carrier while the vehicle manoeuvres rugged terrain and muddy roads while crossing tea, banana and areca plantations along with forests and ponds.
After 20 minutes, we will reach the forest department. Here we will wait for some time for formalities. The forest guards might check our belongings for plastic. Hence, it is advised to carry no plastic on the trail. Even if you are having it, be responsible and bring everything back.
Note: Camera and Drones will be charged extra (self-sponsored). PTU will handle other expenses like local guides' and permit fees.
Segment 1: Base to crossing the two-tiered waterfalls and dense forest section.
The Nethravathi Trek is located in Kudremukh National Park and stands at a humbled elevation of 1520 m. The trek will start with a steep elevation but soon flatten out after 1 km of ascent through a rocky section. Fortunately, You will soon come across the first waterfall after 1.5 km of ascent from the base. Crossing the initial dense forest section, we will quickly start seeing the grasslands opening up on the left. Keep walking; you will see an open area to relax.
Segment 2: Nethravathi River to Grasslands
Search for the right, which is slightly obscured. As you walk, you will start hearing the sound of a stream. This is the Nethravathi River. Although the stream's visibility depends on the season, you will listen to the sound of it.
The best part of the Netravathi trek is that you will never get bored. The terrains keep switching, the mountains keep playing hide and seek, and the waterfalls refresh your soul.
You have almost covered 4 km until now. Come out of the forest section, and land into the magical world of grasslands. From here, the steep section begins.
Segment 3: Crossing False Peaks and steep sections to reach the peak.
You will see the peak, but contrary to our fortune, this is just a false peak. The mountains from here will start playing with your mind. As you cross one jumbo peak, the other two will open up. But again, these are just false peaks. Keep climbing on the ridge.
Soon, this game will end, and you, as a player, will win. On your left, check out the valley of clouds. You will find the clouds here playing the climbing and falling game. In a second, they will rise; in another second, they will precipitate.
The entire panorama is a treat to your soul, with majestic peaks on all sides, covered with shiny grass and pits of trees highlighting the surface. It feels like heaven.
On a clear day, the Kudremukh Peak is visible from Nethravathi Peak and vice-versa. It is 15 km away from Nethravathi Peak.
Spend some time, have lunch, and then retrace on the same track. You will be able to descend in much less time. Just pray it doesn't rain. It takes approximately 1.5 hours to descend to the base. After you return, the jeep will be assigned to you for your journey back to the homestay. We will reach the homestay by 5 pm.
At the homestay, relax and take a good bath. We will serve you snacks, play games around the bonfire, and have conversations; after dinner, we will retire for the night.
Stay Not Applicable
The next day will begin with a healthy and tasty breakfast, after which we will start our journey to Kalasa Hanging Bridge. The bridge is on our way to Bengaluru; hence we will pack our stuff, keep that on the bus and not come back.
On the way, we will stop for lunch.
Afterwards, we will visit Chennakesava Temple in Belur, in Hassan District. The temple was constructed in the 12th century and took almost 103 years. Over the years, it has undergone destruction, reconstruction, damage and correction. But then, tourists also find surprises in its architecture, sculptures, reliefs, friezes, and iconography.
After a short while, we will start our journey back. On the way, you will still be reminiscing about the moments. You can sit and watch the passing scenery or play games.
Later in the evening, we will take a pit stop. At around 10 pm, we will reach our destination and part away.
We know it's difficult to cut the chatters just when we start to open up. But that's why we have other appealing treks lined up. We also organise backpacking tours, international trips and trekking in the Himalayas and other parts of India. We bid each other goodbyes with heavy hearts, only to meet again. Until next time, care to check other itineraries, stay connected and ring us soon.
Check out the complete guide for Netravati Trek here.
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 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/Mini Bus)
- Karnataka Forest Department Entry Fees
- Jeep Ride to Base Camp ( to and fro )
- Local Guide & Outdoor Leader from Plan The Unplanned
- Experience that you gain
- Any meals not included above
- Any personal expense
- Any kind of insurance, vehicle, tour, or health insurance
- Any expenses arising due to breakdown of the vehicle, natural disasters, government orders etc
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
Policy and Terms
In the event that YOU cancel your trek, this is the cancellation policy we follow:
|Intimation Period||Cancellation Fee|
|7 Days or more||10% of the total invoice value|
|3-6 days before the trek date||50% of the total invoice value|
|0-2 days before the trek date||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.
- 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.
- You would be required to pay an additional fee of RS 1500 if you wanted to postpone your trek and cancel on the day of departure. This is only available for 3 months after the departure date of the actual trip.
- 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
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.
- 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.
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 as regards 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 -Yeshwanthpur Metro Station -Goraguntepalya 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: 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.