Saturday, May 25, 2013

Full Moon Night Trek – Kumara Parvatha: 25 – 26th May, 2013

Kumara Parvatha [KP] was one of my most desirable lists of trekking place.  Twice registered with Bangalore Ascenders (BASC), however luck did not turned up.  At last I could complete my dream with the same BASC, this time event is organized by Raveendra.  Earlier I had been with him in Dabbe Falls & Kanoor Kote trek, even though confirmed over phone about the getting short listed for this event.  The trek name itself got attracted a lot ‘Full Moon Night Trek’, not making too delay registered and waited for final participants list.  Full-moon turned as Monson Trek, thanks to Raveendra to giving opportunity to be part of this event.

Kumara Parvatha (KP) is one of the third highest peak in the Karnataka.  Its is known as paradise of the trekkers and I suggest to all trekkers, please visit this place at least once.  You can find more details about this heaven on earth in different website and blogs in google.

Kumara Parvatha
There are two routes to trek KP, one is from Kukkesubramanyam to Kukkesubramanyam and Somavarapete to Kukkesubramanyam.  Our trek was the second route, which start ascends from Bidehalli (27km away from Somavarapete) and descends at Kukke Subramanyam.  The overall route distance is around 20 – 22km.

This time I was little late, as per schedule 10.30pm the common assembly point of BASC Shanthala Silk House.  Almost everyone assembled in time and was engaged to finish the indemnity bond formalities.  Everyone welcomed so warmly and said ‘guest is waiting for you’.  I was quite surprise and so happy to meet one of the BASC active organizer Pallavi Ranganath.  Never expected I could meet her within this short time and I was too eager to meet this dynamic personality.  I would like to mention few words about her, am great fan of her blog.  Using the so common conversation words of kannada, she present so effectively. 

Left the Bangalore at 10.50 pm by 13 seater Tempo Traveler (TT).  Introduction part took along the journey.  Raveendra explained the blue print of the trek.

Bangalore – Somavarapete – Mallahalli Falls – Bidahalli – KP Peak – Bhattaramane (Gaddemane) night halt – Kukke Sumbramanyam – Bangalore.

The team size was 12 and few were already my previous trek friends. Team members are Raveendra, Sreeharsha, Govind, Rajdeep, Shanti Prasad, Krutika, Saujanya, Dinesh, Somashekhar, Ashutosh, Naveenkumar and I.  Everyone shared their previous trek experiences and understood that again all friends are most seniors.  Reached around 1.15 am to Srirangapattana and had hot tea and said good night to everyone.

Reached Somavarapete so early at 4.15am.  
We have to kill time another 3 hours.  Searched the place where we can relax for some time.  At last we found a complex where at least 7-8 people can sleep.  Due to heavy cold no-one came out from TT except me, Govind and Shantiprasad. I too struggled to sleep hard but never and decided to roam around the Somavarapete.

Govind still in deep sleep
Finished our morning duties at Public toilet and had tasty breakfast at Surabhi Hotel, Somavarapete.  

Parcel lunch was not ready in the morning; local people suggested getting the parcel at one of the Hotel which is close to Mallahalli Falls.

Reached the Mallahalli falls at 8.45 am.  To reach the base of the falls need to step down around 1 – 1.5 km.  The beauty of the falls can be enjoyed in the Monsoon.  
Mallahalli Falls
Considering the summer and hot, still we dipped into the water and relaxed for some time.

While going to the falls, ordered the lunch at Hotel.  We have to forced to take the lunch at 11.00 am, since the hotel person did not have the packing material for parcel.  Had so tasty lunch containing Rice, Sambar, Rasam, Pappad, Pickle, Curd, Mangoes, Banana.  Really it’s so worth and tasty food.

Lunch Place

Now our real trek begin, reached the Bidahalli the base point of the trek at 12 noon.  The sun was hot and there were no sign of rain.  everyone get prepared for expedition.

Trek Starting Point

After 15-20 minutes’ walk on normal track get a Forest Check Post.  Everyone signed on their formalities documents and paid the fees.  

Forest Check post
The thick forest starts from this point.  We crossed the small stream and few our friends filled their empty bottles.  

The real adventurous path started after half an hour trek.  First time in my life encountered with leeches.  Oh My God!!!! its leaches world.  We never expected the volume.  The forest check post officials were told that ‘there are no leeches’. There was no chance to stop and proceed, there were plenty of leeches were attacking from all the sides.  I was scared and tiered lot.  The heavy lunch made me more tiered.  Leeches attack continued to everyone except Dinesh & Govind.


Am surprised to see Dinesh & Somashekhar were wearing the Sandals and were so comfortable.  After continuous 2 hours steep ascend reached a safe place where we checked our shoes.  

Few leeches were gone in side the shoes and trying to find their food of blood.  Luckily I could kick out before them making their food.  I would like special thanks to Govind who was motivating me and helping me a lot pushing hard.

Now we entered totally into a new world, we were in clouds.  What a amazing, the clouds are passing us and we felt so cool and beautiful environment.  Now the climate turned again so romantic and beautiful.  Rain started and we were completely in cloud.  

We have to pass two big rocks which are almost 45 -50 degree angle.  Luckily before rain started, we passed this stretch.  

Reached the KP peak around 3.30 pm.  Mountain was covered completely mist, it was completely invisible apart from 3 feet of distance.

Kumara Parvatha Peak
We had a good time on the peak with snacks.  Took many group photographs and relaxed some time.  

The wind was hitting more fast and situation getting worse.  Govind suggested before weather getting worse we need to reach the safe place.  It was highly impossible to get the full moon in today weather and very difficult to walk in the night.  Raveendra taken opinion of all the friends and unanimously decided to descend towards Bhattaramane.  The descend too difficult and need to be very careful.  From KP peak before reaching the Sheshaparvatha again we need to cross the thick forest.  Leeches were again ready to attack on us.  There was no option except running till the safe place.  After reaching the Sheshaparvatha everyone checked their shoes and bags about the leeches.  Relaxed some time and left towards Bhattaramane.

Now the drizzling becomes heavy rain.  Moonlight trek become monsoon trek.  Everyone enjoyed the nature and moved towards Kallumantapa.  Due to mist, rain we can see only clouds.  The rain was not taking break, it was on his job.  There was no place to relax at the Kallumantap and our journey was continued.  The task is to reach Bhattaramane before getting the weather worst.

Reached the Bhattaramane at 7 pm.  Before other friends reach the place, Shanthi Prasad organized the hot soup to all.  Batch wise everyone reached and had hot soup.  The dinner was ready, had delicious food and said good bye so early.  Whole night the rain was poured heavily.
I, Shanthi Prasad and Rajdeep got up early went to see the beauty of the nature.  Yesterday we could not able to see the more beauty of the KP.  The whole area was bed of clouds.  
KP Glory in my Samsung Grand

KP Glory in my Samsung Grand

KP Glory in my Samsung Grand

Took many photographs and reached back to Bhattaramane.  Upama, the morning breakfast was ready.  Finished it and got ready to leave Kukke Subramanyam.  The distance was only 6 km descend.

Left the Bhattaramane at 8.30 am, now we all were prepared to chase the leeches.  Understood from Bhattaru, this route contains less leeches compare to our yesterday route.  However today I got little courage to chase them.  The journey was completely descended.  After reaching the thick forest again leeches attached on us.  The strategy is same, need to run and run until we get the safe place.  Luckily I could escape from them and at last reached the Kukke Subramanyam at 11 am.  As usual Shanthi Prasad ahead from all of us and I, Sreeharsha, Ashutosh, Rajdeep followed him.

Everyone reached Kukkesubramanya at 11.30 am. 

Our trek exit point

Went to Kumaradhara for holy dip.  Few of us wanted to spend more time in river and other went to temple for darshan.  The temple was more crowded due to full moon day.  Finished darshan and lunch and left to Bangalore at 2.30 pm.

The return journey was also more interesting.  We all went deep sleep little.

After short refreshment of sleep, the team was more powerful than earlier.  We had good songs mela since beginning to till reach Nelamangala.  Govind and Somashekhar awesome the songs bhandaar.  They guys rocked the whole journey with different mood songs. By reaching Bangalore the time was 9.30pm everyone said good bye and hope to meet in next trek.

The whole team was so fit, strong and very friendly.

The whole trek was so humorous and laughed since beginning to last.  Hats up to Dinesh who has always sense of humor.

Winter is best season for trek

Thanks to each one of friend for wonderful team

PC: Ashutosh, Krutika, Shanthi Prasad