Kumara Parvatha also known as Pushpagiri trek is said to be one of the most difficult treks in Karnataka Western Ghats. One of the major reasons that makes it difficult is the distance of 21 kms from Kukke Shree Subrahmanya Temple to the Kumara Parvatha peak and returning midway towards Girigadde. At Get Beyond Limits, we feel that doing 21 kms in a day with lots of exertion and not a lot of logistic support is not an effective way to summit the majestic Kumara Parvatha.
We choose to start the trek from Beedahalli APC, which is on the northern side of Coorg. This side of Kumara Parvatha is less known to the trekking fraternity of Bangalore. It poses an equal amount of challenge along with comforts when done with Team Get Beyond Limits. This is a Bangalore weekend trek for all those who have been wanting to be on top of Kumara Parvatha for a long time.
One of the major attractions about Kumara Parvatha is the dense forest cover trail that we pass.
The dense cover trail is around 7 kms from the start.
The last 1.5 km is less covered with forests and has some huge volcanic rock formations that we climb with all the grace and high spirits of life.
The best way to experience and enjoy trekking in Karnataka is by staying at a local homestay near the place of the particular trek while spending time with the local people and learning their culture. One of the major advantage of staying at such a homestay is that you get to eat their local food and in this case, it is a Karnataka-style dish.
|DAY 0||Pick up from Bangalore at 22:15 Hrs|
|DAY 1||Overnight journey till homestay – Freshen up – Local Karnataka breakfast – Start Kumara Parvatha Trek – Reach forest check post – Summit Kumara Parvatha – Start descend – Reach homestay – Campfire|
|DAY 2||Early morning hike to Malalli waterfalls – Reach Bangalore by 2100 Hrs.|
We start with a 272-km drive from Bangalore to Kumara Parvatha. Our trek route from Somvarpet is one of the lesser-known Bangalore weekend trek getaways. Once everyone boards the Get Beyond Limits bus, a brief summary about the Kumara Parvatha trek would be provided by our outdoor leaders along with the introduction amongst the trekkers and a welcome into the Get Beyond Limits family. We advise trekkers to have light dinner before boarding the bus. The overnight journey to Kumara Parvatha will be very exciting to make it a perfect Bangalore weekend trip for trekking in the Western Ghats.
Keep your eyes on the look out of the most amazing sunrise caught between the Pushpagiri range of mountains. The ghat section also known as the curvy road will announce our entry into the mountains. The initial stretch of Kumara Parvatha trek starts from Shanthamallikarjuna temple on the foothills of Pushpagiri wildlife sanctuary. There is an old temple at the base of the mountain and legends say that one should always pray to the mountain, seeking its permission for a safe return before the trek. This is also done on Mt. Everest and other snow capped mountains. Keeping the spirits of Kumara Parvatha trek high, we keep moving on the jeep route which goes towards the Beedahali APC.
Keep moving forward and a valley of dense forests welcomes you with open arms. The highest peak visible on a clear sky day is the Kumara Parvatha peak also known as Pushpagiri Peak. Further up is a forest watch post to make sure everything is under control in Pushpagiri wildlife sanctuary.
The forest check post also known as Beedahali APC is the place where water source is available throughout the season. Others are dependent on the monsoon. From Beedahali APC, Kumara Parvatha peak is only 7 kms away.
There is a beautiful hanging bridge very close to Beedahali APC over a stream of water.
It is advised to go one person at a time on the bridge as it is known to wobble with random movements on the bridge. The world of the trekker changes after the bridge crossing is over. The height of the trees start increasing and one can even feel they have touch the sky, everything turns green and sometimes there are huge trees which lie on Kumara Parvatha trekking trail.
There is a gradual increase in the altitude of the trail. Even on a sunny day because of the majestic forest cover, one might even experience the darkness of the woods. There are sign boards to make sure that one does not lose their way out in the wilderness of Kumara Parvatha Trek.
The forest department has been doing a great job in maintaining the Kumara Parvatha trekking trail by also keeping dustbins on the way. Also, with Get Beyond Limits, leave no trace policy is strictly followed. Throughout the trail we may not find direct sunlight but it is very important to keep sipping water in small quantities as we are still away from the Kumara Parvatha Peak. There are multiple streams on the way but the amount of water depends on monsoons. During non monsoon time, one may hardly find water in the streams.
This side of the Kumara Parvatha trail is a capital for flora and fauna enthusiasts and will definitely add value to their knowledge.
The gradual increase in altitude and similar type of terrains will remain for the next 5 kms from Beedahali APC. After that, we will find huge layers of rocky mountains at an inclination of more than 50 - 60 degrees at times. One can always challenge themselves by going like a pro given that the basics of climbing are clear to the individual. There is always an easier way to climb these rocky placements too, by going on the sides. The same formation is found three times on the route. One can bypass the Kumara Parvatha peak and can go to Kukke Shree Subrahmanya Temple via Girigadde forest check post from a point 1.5 kms before the Kumara Parvatha Peak.
The last forest cover will remain for around 500 meters before one reaches the peak.
The Kumara Parvatha summit is not like a sharp mountain. It is a plateau from where you can see the biodiversity of Western Ghats of Karnataka.
The mountain Gods are always there for us. There are two beautiful temples with flags on the summit.
Behind the temple we have a small trail which connects us with the vastness of Pushpagiri Wildlife Sanctuary. It is advised to stay at a safe distance from the sheer drop. Be humble, strong and calm like a mountain. One can see the marvellous Shesha Parvatha from this point.
Team Get Beyond Limits likes to call this point the ‘The Neck’.
This is our time to settle down on this highest point. After you scale the heights of any mountain, the feeling of accomplishment of scaling your inner mountains is imminent. The quiet and tranquil essence of the mountains pacify the soul and one understands the basics of life positively. You realise that to rise high, ‘limits’ are imaginary.
Outdoors are a way to understand the limitless potential that life has to offer us. It is your time to ‘live the thrill’ in the ‘Get Beyond Limits’ way. As Ed Viesturs says that ‘Getting to the top is optional. Getting down is mandatory’ we start descending for the day.
Once we reach the homestay, a well-planned dinner and a wonderful campfire waits to welcome the hungry outdoor enthusiasts. Our idea is to connect with the nature leaving behind the regular hustle-bustle of the cities. We believe in taking the mountains with us to make our cities a better place to live. We faithfully follow and observe our ‘leave no trace policy’ and ‘Project Green’ policy and we always pledge to keep our cities and mountains clean and free from any form of garbage, litter or trash. After enjoying the delicious dinner, we sit around the campfire and share our respective lives if one wishes to, horror and laughter stories. We believe in gobbling up the warmth of the stories woven in the midst of the sparkling campfire.
Embracing the first ray of the mighty Sun, we choose to take a small hike towards Malalli Waterfalls which is around 2.5 kms from our homestay. After the first day’s adventurous hike, we shall be shedding off our tiredness around the waterfalls. Our sole purpose and idea of trekking is to connect with the mountains and bring the serenity of the mountains to the cities. Soon after breakfast, we start our onward journey to Bangalore and we usually initiate the drop offs after reaching Bangalore by 2100 hrs.
The trek is only successful when the participants can feel a difference in their personal lives. The intent is to experience and believe in the concept of ‘Get Beyond Limits’ and conquer all the mental as well as the physical barriers of life. Always remember, ‘Kumara Parvtha Trek ka tempo high hai’ and so shall be yours.
THINGS TO CARRY
|RUCKSACK/DAY PACK||The broader the straps are the better you will feel. A frame oriented distributes the weight supporting the back. Suggested Capacity: 40L||1|
|JACKET/SWEATER||The weather changes drastically, carrying a light jacket or a sweater is required at night and morning as it is cold.||1|
|CARGOS/ TRACK PANTS||A light synthetic track pant that can easily dry when wet in case of rainfall. Cargos are rugged and are good on jungle terrains which gives it a less chance to be torn down by thorns||2|
|T-SHIRT/SHIRT||T-shirt/Shirt Carry light cotton t-shirts preferably full sleeves to avoid sun burn. Avoid carry black as it is a heat absorber.||2-3|
|CAP/HAT||A cap or a hat that can cover the head and face against the direct sunlight during peak hours.||1|
|SLIPPERS/FLIP FLOPS||Comfortable slippers or flip flops for the homestay and the return journey.||1|
|SHOES||A pair of shoe with good traction and water proof body is an ideal match. Ensure that the shoes are not old or new, get used to the shoe if it is new, as a rule you should be comfortable to walk in difficult terrain for 6 hours at least.||1 Pair|
|SOCKS||Sports or cotton socks that don’t make your feet sweat on long walks. Carrying few extra pair is always a good idea in case they get wet||3 Pairs|
|RAIN COAT/PONCHO||A compact raincoat or a poncho that can quickly dry when wet is very important considering the amount of rain-shower that happens especially in Monsoon.||1|
|WATER BOTTLE||A 2 litre good leak proof water bottle. Don’t miss the chance to drink spring water, if any.||1|
|TORCH||A small sized torch is mandatory. You would not like be in limits after the sunset.||1|
|PERSONAL MEDICATION KIT||Crocin, Combiflam, Dettol, ORS, Betadine Cream, Volini Spray, Digene, Cotton, Crape Bandage and Band Aid or any other medicine which you take frequently.||1 Set|
|REPAIR KIT||Even if you don’t know how to use thread and needle still carry them, sometimes they can be the last resort.||1 Each|
|TOWEL||It should be light and easily dry after use.||1|
|TOILETRIES||Soap, Toothpaste, Toothbrush, Toilet paper, Sunscreen, etc. for your convenience.||1 Each|
|SUN GLASSES||Sturdy, convenient to carry sun glasses for eye protection.||1|