Kudremukh trek

Kudremukh

Kudremukh trek is a must visit place if you are in Bangalore and is a famous place for trekkers, known for it’s beautiful landscape. This is a circular type of trek and the trail is a mix of more than ten streams to cross and open meadows. If you are lucky, then you might get to see “Neelakurinji” purplish-blue flowers which blossoms gregariously only once in 12 years. We were really lucky to see (in Aug-Sept’14) this and the entire mountain range was covered with either green or purple-blue flowers. The trail is clean and is plastic free. Kudremukh or Kuduremukha means horse face. The peak is at an altitude of 1894 meters.

Getting here isn’t that hard. The nearest town is Kalasa/Kudremukh and there is direct bus from Mangalore, Bangalore and Udupi. From Kalasa Bus stand you may call base camp owner (home stay) – Raje Gowda (Ph: 9481179008) who can arrange pickup and drop to base camp/home stay and also the overnight stay if you want to stay for long and leave on the next day.

Kudremukh trek is an easy to moderate trek and is about 11.5 kms from Mullodi to the summit one way. As you are not allowed to camp or stay over night, you will have to return all the way back to Mullodi. So, a total of around 23 kms is to be covered in one day which is manageable.

Kudremukh trek is a one day trek. Here is how you may plan and enjoy your weekend. Leave Bangalore on Friday night by Karnataka Sarige (Rs. 313 – one way)/ Volvo bus from Kempegowda Bus Stand at 10:00-10:30pm. Reach Kalasa Bus stop by 5:00 am in the morning. Book for a jeep in advance, you may do this by contacting Raje Gowda. The jeep ride (Rs. 500 to 700 – one way for 5 of them) is for about an hour till base camp/Mullodi home stay. This is the last house after which the trail starts. There are 2 big rooms with attached bathroom. Freshen up at base camp and get ready to start trekking by 8:00 am after having breakfast.

There are more than ten streams that you need to cross. The Kudremukh trek trail is a gradual climb of 30 degree. It’s better to carry rain coat and be prepared for heavy rain and cold wind once you reach top. You can check the video below. No need to carry any extra water bottle as there are n number of streams even once you reach the peak. Have packed lunch once you reach peak, spend some time and then return the same way to the base camp by 5 or 6:00 pm.

Take hot water bath at base camp followed by hot bajji/snacks with tea and get ready for campfire. You can either stay back at night in the home stay and leave to Bangalore on the next day or leave on the same day. There are buses available till 9:00 pm – 10:00 pm from Kalasa Bus stand. You will reach Bangalore by 4:00 am in the morning. Raje Gowda will charge Rs 650 which includes breakfast, packed lunch, evening snacks, Dinner, over night stay, hot water and the next day breakfast. Don’t forget to get forest department permission by paying Rs. 275, else you might end up in trouble. You need to enter your details at home stay and pay the amount there. The above charge is as of this writing and may vary. Mobile signal strength might be a bit of a problem at base camp, but as you climb higher you can expect full signal strength.

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