Beginner Guide to Kudremukh Trek

Beginner Guide to Kudremukh Trek

The high altitude areas of Southern India are one of the most beautiful and must-visit trails.

Many easy treks and adventurous activities attract lots of tourists every year. The Western Ghats in India are scenically unmissable. 

Covered with thick green sheets and surrounded with panoramic ranges, every site is in the home of mother nature.

Kudremukh trek, situated in the Chikmanglure district of Karnataka is one such trek.

This trek is a part of Kudremukh National park and is the third highest peak in Karnataka. 

For beginners, this is a perfect trek to go for when in South India.

Here we have some basic info about the trek that must be known.

Altitude: 6,207ft

Trekking distance: 18-20km

Best time to visit: Monsoon and winter

Duration: 1 day


First, the trail itself is very attractive comprising of natural landscapes like meadow and vegetation all around.

When hiking, the zigzag through dense tropical forest and passing through numerous waterfalls makes the start of the trek refreshing.

When traveling during monsoon or pre-monsoon time, one can experience freshly watered plants and trees. But be ready for wet shoes and light showers.

After exiting the forest, one can spot a wide canopy covering the spot known as Ontimara. From there it is a wide-open environment, one can easily point out the Kudremukh valley in right and the mountain ranges on left.

From there, the trekking for several hours begin. Till one reaches the end of the trek, many steeps, and slopes will be in the way of the trekking.

Trekking through the dark forest, bamboo slopes, waterfalls, green hills, and many other natural landscapes the trail is an enjoyable start.

Finally, when reached the top rolling green hills will welcome the treks with cool breezes.

The joy to reach the top is memorable and the view of the valley is unforgettable. 

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But do not rest there for the whole day. Just catch a breath and ready for the climax!

Just 1km away is the Kudremukh trek. It will hardly take 40mins, but it also from person to person.

To reach the top some climbing is required. After reaching the top, enjoy the view. From that peak, one can also spot other peaks located far away.

Spread a blanket and play with the clouds around during monsoon and pre-monsoon time.

Starting this trek in the early morning is advisable as coming down from the peak will commence at 2 pm only.

The forest department has some rules that must be followed by all the tourists. 

Trekkers must be mentally ready for the 9km long trekking from both sides.

Things to carry

  • First -aid kit
  • Water (minimum 2 liters) and food storage
  • Clothes according to weather
  • Trekking boots and bag
  • Some identity card
  • Some medicines for an external injury
  • Skin screen or lotions
  • Sunglasses 
  • Plastic bags
  • Tissues (Wet/Dry)
  • Trekking pole

Nearest transport facilities

Road transportation is very well connected to the base village of Kalasa. Either book a bus or opt for private transport.

As the trek commences early morning, it is preferred to take an overnight bus and reach in the morning for the trek.

Another option for transportation trains, with that the nearest railway station is Mangalorejust 120km away.

If traveling from far away, choose the flight and land at Mangalore airport only. Only 115km away.

Things to keep in mind

From the Kudremukh entrance gate, the forest department office is 5km so one can walk that far or book a jeep. Booking in a jeep in advance is advisable or if not then one can pay on spot.

The trek is not so difficult but when trekking during monsoon, one should very much be ready for the slippery trails.

If wish to camp in the Kudremukh National park, advance permission is required.

One can also stay in the homestays or ask for tents and permission from the forest department respectively.

Nearby the forest department office, there is a small village of Mullodi village that will help in providing food and water if not carrying.

All the trekkers must carry lightweight when climbing, and carry all the important stuff like the muscle pain relief spray, extra cloth, and trekking pole.


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