The trek started once everyone was comfortable. We packed our lunches in our bags, and reached the check post. We are not allowed to carry any packaged food inside plastic wrappers, so take them out in a box if you intend to carry it. Also, other things not allowed are Bluetooth speakers and plastic carry bags. ( Much needed rules, everywhere ). The start of the trek is pretty simple, a plain terrain with no slopes. The path keeps winding across lush green Shola grasslands. Once we reached the 3-4 kms mark, the terrain started changing and the jungles became denser and greener with heavy foliage. Crossing streams and the marshy patches of forests, I not for once, used my headphones. Who needs one?? When you can hear the nature around you. It is kind of therapeutic, engrossing and mysterious at the same time. But all these sights and sounds keeps you engaged. I didn't feel like using any gadget that i so enthusiastically packed for the trip :P
Once we reached the 6 kms mark, the surroundings were different, we were deep inside the jungle, traversing the innumerable small ranges and the sights were amazing enough to lift our spirits further high. We kept moving, waiting sometimes for others in the group, drinking directly from the streams, talking, singing and just embracing all that nature around us. As soon as we reached the 8=9 kms mark, the Kudremukh peak was visible. From this point it is a steep ascent and the terrain gets rocky. At this point, many of our friends started feeling a little exhausted and drained, but surprisingly, everyone was pumped enough to reach the peak. I reached the peak, took a few deep breaths and just absorbed all of it. I have a habit of closing my eyes and soak that surrounding, take the most of it within. The most amazing meal at that time, not because of the taste but because of that need, that desire to have something. It was a fuel for the starving body ,the only source of energy for us, apart from the clear waters from the streams. After our lunch the food, we just spent some time there, some clicking photos, some sleeping, some meditating, and I recording all of it in my go pro and my eyes.