I recently had the pleasure of trekking one of the most beautiful treks in Karnataka- Kudremukh. Kudremukh literally means horse's mouth, hence I am going to use a lot of horse references here. I was leading a team of around 20 engineers, who had never done a single trek in their lives, on one of the most difficult treks in the state. The trek in itself isn't that difficult. It's the rain that makes it so. But there is one plus side of the rains. It makes an already beautiful trek, exquisite. I met the team in their office, waiting for our ride to arrive. When it finally came and we departed, we were already 2 hours late. It was worrying because trekking in Kudremukh is allowed only from 6am- 5pm, so I had planned to start the trek as early as possible. Anyway, it was a 350 KM journey so after playing some games, we dozed off.
WE WERE LATE. We were extremely late. The tempo traveler we had hired dropped us near Balegal, which is about 6 KM away from our base camp. Although the distance isn't much, the road to base camp more than makes up for it. It took us 1 hour to reach Base camp, driving on a swamp which doesn't deserve to be called a road. We finally reached our Base camp at around 8.30 AM. The Base camp was a home stay, the owner of which cooked edible food. We freshened up, had breakfast, got our lunches packed and started the trek at 10AM and I knew then and there that it was going to be a difficult day. As if to make it certain, it was raining cats and dogs. We got our permissions from the forest reserve camp and we were finally off to mount the horse. The trek can be divided into three parts: