Kumara Parvatha Is A Tough Trek In Karnataka That Offers Plenty Of Natural Beauty

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4th Jul 2014
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Well, those of you who haven’t heard of Kumar Parvata, it is one of the highest peaks in Karnataka and hosts the route of the longest and the most difficult trek in the state. I shall not indulge further into KP details, since that is freely available on google. I shall use this space to divulge my experience with the trekking group Abhiyana. The group was introduced to me by a friend giving reference as cost-effective and super-fun. I had gone on treks earlier with several other trekking groups, and was keen to try a new one for a change! The journey started on Friday evening and as always happens, I was apprehensive about the crowd in the group since I travel alone and get introduced to new people on-board every time. Luckily for me, it was one of the most super-fun, helpful and enthusiast group of people I have had the pleasure of traveling with so far! The trek began at this very base. Everyone started on an extremely high note – being extremely innocent about the fact that we are going to carry bagpack plus sleeping bag plus sleeping mat plus tent for the next 7 kms. Well, as they say, slow-death is the worst death – I got to experience the trailer this time. Staircases made of tree branches and trunks, each step 1 feet apart, we climbed and climbed and when I stopped to ask Sagar – our lead if we had almost completed 2 kms, the look on his face and the evil grin made me cringe and die a little inside.. his exact words being – “If it makes you happy, 2 kms it is”, “Stairway to Heaven” seemed really real here. My back was pulling me back and every step I took made me realize how extremely stupid decision it was to think that I would be able to make it to the peak very easily. Well, my confidence came from conquering peaks like Mullyanagiri, Tadiyandamol, Chembra, Skandagiri and many more hikes which I was able to do without a break! God finally decided to test my patience and stamina here. All the prayers I knew and all the energy I had was slowly being sucked out of my soul when I couldn’t see the end to that stupid forest trail ever! Taking a look at my very desperate and sad face, Venkatesh and Kumar decided to off-load my luggage and would not let me stop at all. Kumar went on to offer electrol as well, I really felt like an ICU patient then. On we continued, to the grace of God landing at an extremely scenic location where Pavan’s idea of selfies materialized like anything! Posing for good clicks is something which would pump loads of energy in me – people tried to bribe me with pics later to make me move. Aren’t we all super-happy to see the fifty shades of green above and the lovely scenery behind. The idea of clicking also seemed destitute at this point. I just wanted to reach the stop and lie and die and whatever. Someone shorten this freaking damn journey for me! Never have I ever experienced a pain this kind, that I actually had to lie down and sleep for 15 mins on the way before we could reach the stop. For me, the most exciting part of the trek started after that when we pitched in our tents for the night. The place was at the edge of a cliff, surrounded by lush-green mountain ranges, clouds and mist. On top of that, the incredibly stupid and funny antakshari hosted by Krishna kept the night alive. The next morning served us with the most serene views we could ever hope to lay our eyes on. Well, 23 kms of hike, trek, and climb later, I couldn’t wait to get a shower and be done with the muck, soil, sweat and dirt. But hail the enthusiasm of my fellow riders, who would now go for play in the river. Well, lucky for me; not going to the river was a blessing in disguise to get the darshana at Subramanya temple in 10 minutes without standing in queue, which has another interesting story to itself.

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If your trek is anyway similar to Kumara Parvatha Trek, I advise you to carry windcheater, compass, snack bars our nuts and most importantly sunscreen. For shoes, you can try out Woodland, it offers the best trekking shoes I've encountered so far. They are sturdy and will help in sloshy, muddy paths. They provide an adequate grip which will prove beneficial in all terrains.
Sun 01 10 16, 01:46 · Reply · Report
I had a fantastic time during my trek to Kumara Parvatha. The weather was on our side, we had no rains disturbing us. We followed strategic path routes by dividing the area. I have done this trek twice already and I've actually become a pro at it. I'm taking few of my friends and cousins there to re-live the awesome memories. I hope they have a better time then you did.
Sat 01 09 16, 21:57 · Reply · Report
I have done many treks and believe me when I say Kumara Parvatha was one of the toughest. Its only a 13 kms climb, but those were the toughest 13 kms of your life. We took a map with us which highlighted the difficulty level of the trek in each stage. After we crossed the zone highlighted in our map as red (highest difficulty level), I thought the trek would get relatively easy. But it didn't.
Sat 01 09 16, 21:55 · Reply · Report
When they say the struggle is real, they mean it. Your article describes your painful journey so well. I like the part where you don't waste any time in describing Kumara Parvatha, but straight away jump to the strenuous trail. Have enjoyed reading your article so much, now looking forward to your other updates.
Sat 01 09 16, 17:19 · Reply · Report
After reading your horrific trek to Kumara Parvatha, I'm dreading going to any trek. I'm dead scared of heights so much so that at the top floors of malls, I walk far away from the railings. After much persuasions, my friends convinced me to go on a small trek in Dharamsala. But now, there is no way I'm climbing anything, anywhere.
Sat 01 09 16, 15:57 · Reply · Report
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