As can be seen from the picture, I have tied the tent (about 3-4 kgs) as well as the sleeping bag to my bag.
Mistake No.2: Be ready to Carrying Tents up hill with other luggage and downhill while you are dead tired
Carrying the too-heavy tent uphill over 7 kilometers till Battaramane is a torture. Because we were told to carry water, dresses, other trekking formalities including sleeping bag, even alternating the tent with a partner will cause bruises to your hands. Worse is the aspect of carrying back the tent downhill on the next day (when you will be aching at all places due to the 21 kilometers rough trek on the previous day). In fact, my knees began to give away while returning due to carrying the heavy tent (I had to literally drag the tent on the ground).
Once you reach Battaramane (House of Mr.Bhat - or the cook), you need to eat the only available food -sambar rice and hurry to the Forest Checkpost, failing which (being late) you will not be permitted to the KP.
Mistake No.3: Ensure to carry a small backpack with a torch, energy bars, water bottle which is not throwaway etc.
BMC did not warn us to carry a torch (though they had asked us to bring a torch, I had left it in the luggages at Forest Checkpost). As a result, while returning during pitch dark, our mobile phone was the only light we could use.
BMC did not warn us to carry food and water in a small bag. As a result, I had to carry my water bottle in my arms while trying to climb rocks with the help of all four limbs. I was the only guy who had brought a glucose packet. I did not mind sharing my glucose packet with the other 20 people (I love sharing food). BMC had warned that that there would be no food till 7 pm after 10 am lunch.
Water- water. The constant parching of our throats caused us to empty our water bottle too soon. Be ready to scrape water through streams running in trinkets. It is available only at Kallu Mantapa (Stone structure) or near KP. Just for a drink of water, I was ready to trek twice the distance actually required. Please carry bottles of 2 liters capacity in the small bag strapped to your back.
We reached Shesha Parvatha after a very very heavy trek up the slippery boulders.