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Trek to Mullayanagiri and Bababuddangiri
A 280 kilometer drive from Bangalore, Mullayanagiri is a peak located in Chikmagalur, Karnataka. Being the highest peak in Karnataka, it offers larger than life views and the some very interesting trails (includes ridge hiking).
We start from Bangalore on Friday night and reach our campsite between 5 and 6 AM on saturday morning. At about 8 AM after freshening up, and a quick breakfast, we will proceed to the trailhead, a short drive away. A quick introduction and briefing and we enter the trailhead off the ghat-road known as Sarpadhari that leads to the Mullayanagiri peak. This stretch is fairly steep (almost 60 degrees) and first passes through brush and low trees until it turns right alongside a ravine on the right. The trail can be very slippery in the monsoons. We keep climbing uphill with very brief breaks in between. The trail snakes along the side of the mountain until we reach the black granite cliffs and pass through an opening between them. From here, the trail starts to relent as we pass through a small field of short flowering shrubs. Here on, we hit the last and final stretch to the Mullayanagiri peak. The incline gradually increases once again until we see the temple flag at the peak. About 15 minutes of steady plodding and we will have reached the Mullayanagiri peak. The place is extremely silent and still, almost meditative - a perfect spot for the temple to exist.
After a short rest, and a visit to the temple for those that are interested, we descend the peak and head toward the Bababudangiri peaks. The trail goes over rolling hills, with hill grassland and stretches of shola forests on either side, all of which make for some very breathtaking scenery (the incline is quite gentle apart from a couple of very steep, risky descents). Approximately 2 hours later we reach the forest check post at Gundi where we stop for a quick lunch. We then re-enter the trail to hit the more exhilarating part of the entire trek. This stretch involves hiking along the lofty and steep rocky ridges of Bababudangiri. With a cliff on one side and a steep hillside on the other, it literally feels like ‘walking along a knife’s edge'!
With the telephone tower visible in the distance as our pointer, we leave the ridges and proceed towards one final incline that continues between towards the next stretch of rolling hills, grassland. About 2 hours after crossing the ridges, we reach the telephone tower - the final peak in the bababudangiri range. A 20 minute hike downhill from here and we reach the staircase to a waterfall. After spending some time recovering and reveling in our accomplishment, we drive back to our campsite for a well deserved dinner and rest.
We will wake at 6AM the next morning to freshen up, followed by breakfast. We leave the campsite to take a dip at the Dabdabbe falls. After spending about an hour here, we will start on our way back to reach Bangalore by 9 PM.
Among the many treks we organize, this trek provides a very unique challenge, and is among our personal favorites.
Carry a raincoat. The weather here is volatile and can change drastically on short notice.
Torch is mandatory.
Pack light. Carry only what is necessary.
|Difficulty level||Moderate to Difficult|
|Approx Temperature||10-25 degrees C|
Depending on the availability:
a) If weather is good, we will prefer to camp out. Be noted its a place in middle of nowhere, NO restrooms are accessible (one has to be dependent on natural resources)
b) Dormitories: Ideally big room where people sleep in sleeping bags provided by us. There will be separate rooms for girls and guys.
|Washrooms||Only at base camp. Only toilets, difficult to get shower/hot water etc.|
|Food||Basic Vegetarian Food|
|Transport||Non A/c. Depending on number of participants it can be Tavera/Qualis, Tempo Traveler, Minibus, Bus, others.|
|Distance from Bangalore||275 KM|
|Total trekking distance||15 KM (total)|
|Attraction||Visit water falls next day|
Friday 15th November 2013
09:30PM Pick up from BMC, Jeevanbeema Nagar
09:45PM Pick up from New Shanti sagar hotel, Domlur
10:00PM Pick up from Lifestyle, Magrath Road (Near Garuda Mall)
Saturday 16th November 2013
06:30 AM Reach the place - Freshen up - Breakfast
09:30 AM Trek from Sarpadhari to Mullyangiri
02:00 PM Reach and Have packed lunch
Trek down to Bababuddhangiri
07:00 PM Reach base camp - Dinner - Night stay
Sunday 17th November 2013
06:00AM Pack up things and Leave to water falls
Reach water falls base and have fun
Start back to Bangalore
10:00PM Reach Bangalore
Note: Drop points will be the same as pick-up points
Suggested things to carry:
One back pack
Water bottles 2 liters
Change of clothes for two days
Sunscreen & sunglasses
Toiletries (Shampoo, towel, toothpaste, tissue paper, etc.)
Allergy medication (if any)
Energy food like chocolate, nutrition bars etc
Juice packs, Glucose-D etc.
Torches with new batteries.
Rain Coat / jacket (Just in case)
Participation Fees: Rs.2750.00
Above charges includes:
Non-AC Transport, Vegetarian Food (2 Breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner), Tented accommodation with Sleeping bags, Trek Guide charges, Instructor charges, Forest Dept. Permission etc.
Above charges does not include: Dinner on the way back to Bangalore