Valikunja Peak Trek

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Nestled amidst the verdant expanse of Kudremukh National Park, Valikunja Peak, also known as Ajjikunja, beckons adventure seekers with its untamed beauty. This 18-kilometer trek, located 30km north of Kurinjal Peak and straddling the Kudremukh highway bordering Agumbe and South Canara, promises a captivating journey. The initial ascent delves into the heart of a dense forest, gradually revealing breathtaking grasslands. The final leg presents a thrilling challenge with a 70-degree climb. Legend whispers tales of King Vali's footprint gracing the summit. But the true reward lies in the panoramic vista - a kaleidoscope of Udupi district villages nestled against the backdrop of the lush Shola forest.



Day 0:

  • Departure: Depart from Bangalore by 7:30 PM. Enjoy dinner before boarding your designated vehicle.

Day 1:

  • Arrival: Arrive at the homestay, freshen up, and enjoy breakfast.
  • Trek Base: Embark on a 2-hour drive to the designated trek base.
  • Commencement: Following a mandatory check by the forest department, begin your trek.
  • Forest Immersion: Immerse yourself in the beauty of the dense forests. Keep your eyes peeled for potential wildlife sightings.
  • Lunch: Enjoy a pre-packed lunch on the trail.
  • Summit: Reach the peak of Valikunja and celebrate your accomplishment.
  • Descent: Descend the mountain and return to the homestay by approximately 7-8 PM.

Day 2:

  • Sringeri Temple Visit: Visit the historic Sringeri Temple (lunch not included).
  • Departure: Depart for Bangalore, arriving by approximately 10:30 PM.

Please note: This itinerary is subject to change based on weather conditions and unforeseen circumstances.

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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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  • Forest Department Permits: All necessary permits and fees required for the Valikunja Trek are included.
  • Transportation: Round-trip transportation from Bangalore to Bangalore in a non-air-conditioned vehicle is covered.
  • Accommodation: Comfortable tent or dormitory-style accommodation for the duration of the trek is provided.
  • Meals: A vegetarian meal plan is included, featuring two breakfasts, one lunch, one snack, and one dinner.
  • Jeep Support: Jeep transportation will be arranged to cover the initial and final 5 km of the trek, optimizing your time on the trail.
  • Basic First-Aid: A basic first-aid kit will be available on the trek for minor injuries.


  • Day 2 Lunch
  • Any personal expenses
  • Any kind of insurance, accidental, life etc
  • Any expenses arising due to breakdown, unforeseen contingencies etc


  • Soft Copy of your Aadhar/Voter ID (Mandatorily required for permits)
  • Small backpack to carry your essentials during the trek
  • Trekking shoes. ( Available for rent as well )
  • Trek Pole ( Available for rent )
  • Leech Socks ( Available for rent )
  • Warm Layer 
  • Water bottles – 2 (1 litre each)
  • Lunch Box & Spoon to carry your packed lunch
  • Raincoat/Bag covers in case of rain ( Available for rent )
  • Powerbank
  • 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

If 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 requests are accepted only by email at [email protected] and not via call or Whatsapp.


  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 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.
  3. Suppose you cancel the trek any time (in addition to the above scenario). In that case, 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, considering the trekkers' safety, a day may be shortened or the trek may be abandoned entirely. There will never be a refund of any kind.

Before the trek: Make a plan if a trek is cancelled 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.

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 )

Frequest Questions

Valikunja Peak Trek: Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

1. Location:

Valikunja Peak is situated on the border of Karkala and Chikmagalur districts near Kerekatte on the Samse-Karkala Road.

2. Reaching Kerekatte:

The most convenient way to reach Kerekatte Forest Office is via Samse, located approximately 50 km away on Kuduremukha Road.

3. Accommodation:

Since there are no accommodations in Kerekatte, Samse offers the most suitable lodging options for the trek.

4. Trek Start and End Point:

The trek begins and ends at the Kerekatte Forest Check Post.

5. Trek Type and Difficulty:

The Valikunja Trek is a moderate+ difficulty level trek that involves traversing an initial jeep track through the reserve forest, followed by sections of Shola forest and grasslands. Be prepared for extended sun exposure during the trek.

6. Leeches:

Leech encounters are more likely during the monsoon season. You are unlikely to encounter them during the dry season.

7. Distance:

The total trek distance is approximately 20 km (round trip). However, a pick-up service will be arranged to cover the initial and final 5 km to save time.

8. Forest Department Permission:

Obtaining permission from the forest department is mandatory for the Valikunja Trek. Additionally, informing the guards in advance is crucial. Please carry a printout of your Aadhar card (or similar ID) and be prepared to sign a disclaimer form before commencing the trek.

9. Trek Timings:

Ensure you complete all formalities and begin the trek by 8:00 AM from the checkpost. You must return before 5:00 PM.

10. Guide Availability:

Registered forest guides will accompany you on the trek. A minimum of one guide is mandatory for every 10 trekkers.

11. Network Connectivity:

Limited to no network connectivity is available on the trail. Operators such as BSNL, Airtel, Vodafone, and Jio will likely have no signal in the forest area.

12. Fees:

The combined entry and trek fee is Rs. 500/- per person. The guide fee is Rs. 1000/- for a group of 10 trekkers.

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