Doing a trek in reverse!

So, I’ve figured that I have a slight OCD about treks.

I visited Mysore and Coorg during a 3 day long weekend. There’s a nice stair hike called Chamundi hills in Mysore that gives great views of the entire city. It’s possible to go all the way up by a bus or else you could take stairs, which are about 1000 in number.

I decided to take stairs and asked the bus driver to drop me at the base. He forgot and took me to the top instead! So instead of missing out, what I did was I went down via stairs and then came back up 🙂

So yeah, that’s the story of me doing it in reverse. Which seems pretty pointless, but the isn’t life pointless most of the times?

 

Here’s a picture of Mysore palace, well lit up during the festival Dusshera:

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By the way, I’ve been to 13 countries and most of them alone, but this was my first solo trip within India!

Kumar Parvata in one day

Kumar Parvata or KP is one of the toughest treks in Karnataka. A lot of people have written about how to reach the trek with or without hiking groups and other details. A nice blog post on this can be found here:

http://blog.shuva.in/index.php?entry=entry130101-163824

What I am writing about today is my experience of doing the trek in a single day. It’s usually a 2 day trek.

The trek is 14 kms one way with a rest spot midway. The rest spot Bhattarmane is the place to camp and get food. So the two options you have are:

  1. Go up to the peak and come down to Bhattarmane (roughly 21kms) on day 1 and then come down from Bhattarmane on day 2.
  2. Go up till Bhattarmane on day 1 (7kms) and then do the remaining 21 kms on day 2.

I did the trek twice in two weeks. Once with a group of friends using option 2. The second time I decided to push my limits and see if I could do the trek in a single day. I was able to! Here’s a rough guideline as to how I did the trek in one day.

5 30 am bus drop to Kukke Subramanya
5 30 to 6 05 pre breakfast and freshen up.
6 05 To 8 05 Bhattarmane (mid point)
8 05 to 8 35 breakfast at Bhattarmane
8 35 To 10 35 Shesha Parvat peak
10 35 to 11 05 Kumar Parvat peak (Highest point)
11 05 to 11 15 rest
11 15 to 11 45 Shesha Parvat
Chill 1.5 hours at Shesha.
1 15 to 2 30 Bhattarmane
2 30 to 3 10 Lunch
3 10 to 5 10 pm Come down

It’s a little bit of a stretch but is certainly possible! Bonus is that you don’t need to carry a tent and sleeping bag since you aren’t camping at night.

Have fun!