Kumara Parvatha Trek: Day II

Monday, November 14th, 2011 | by

Stepping on a rock on an inclined climb, I lost my balance and fell backwards. The jerk I caused scared the person sleeping next to me in the tent. I thanked my stars that it was just a dream, which also reminded me to pray to the sky for the day ahead of me. It was 5 a.m- time to hit the terrain again.

Three quarters of an hour later, we dropped our luggage at the Forest Office and headed towards the mountains. The initial 2km was on relatively flat grass lands compared to the remaining 5, which was, if anything, steep.

As soon as we started the ascent, I realized why Srikanth and Sandeep were here for the third time. It was not the ego of not scaling the peak that brought them back nor was it an attempt to prove their physical prowess. It was just the beauty of nature in its full glory that lured them back to the place again and again.

Focusing all my energy and attention on the climb, I had forgotten to admire the surroundings. The clear blue skies, the golden sun waiting to make an appearance, the heavenly white cloud beds, the carpet of greenery and the dark shades of the mountain ranges in the distance all painted their pictures on the canvas of nature. Kukke Subramanya may have a temple some 7kms “downtown”. But he surely resides somewhere right here – among his creation. I could feel His presence in everything around me.

With the sun still not out, we made full use of the pleasant weather by walking as much as we could without taking a break. About a couple of hours later we reached a tiny water stream gushing with cold freshwater. The forest officers (possibly) had cleared an area here for the campers to pitch their tent and spend the night. Another option to camp here is at the Kallu Mantapa, just a few meters away.

After drinking water and refilling our bottles, we continued our ascent. After another couple of hours of slow ascent mixed with photography sessions, we reached the peak of Sesha Parvatha. A quick calculation revealed that we did not have enough time to scale the summit of Kumara Parvatha, which stands at 1712mts. Though it was about 1.5 kms from the peak of Sesha Parvatha, we did not venture forward, since we wanted to avoid travelling in the dark from Bhattare Mane. Our ego suffered another thrash of being unable to reach the peak. But in the war between ego and KP, KP emerged the winner. We decided to take the fight another day. Nevertheless, we went a little further from Sesha Parvatha to bottle some water from“ the stream there.

Descent, when compared to ascents, are always comparatively easier and quicker, as the cosmic law goes. We reached Bhattare Mane by 3.00 in the afternoon, and I had one of my biggest meals, after a long time. Just as we were ready to leave by 4.00 pm, the skies opened up and let through a deluge of rain.

In a fix as to whether it was safe to leave in the slippery and dark forests, we consulted Bhatta. His advice was clear, “If it stops raining now, you can leave- as long as you have a torch and walk back slowly and carefully”. Since 3 out of 5 wanted to go back to Bangalore, the other two thankfully obliged and we were on our way back.

Never did anyone of us imagine that the return journey from Bhattare Mane to Kukke would be the greatest adventure in our lives. We had travelled half way through, before sun set and we brought out our torches. After all, it was a slow and painful walk back. Added to that was the fatigue, the slippery rocks, heavy backpack, leaches and pitch black forests – everything made it a truly memorable experience that none of us would ever forget.
By the time we touched the ground, I was so tired that I turned delusional. I promised myself I will never return to KP, but I knew I was lying to myself. I’m ready to go through all the pain and even more, to relive the moments we spent in the ranges up there. But most of all, I cherish the company I had, because of whom, the trek was  less arduous. They kept me in high spirits, shared my load while I struggled.
And so, will I make another attempt to scale KP. Heck yeah!
Must-Do: Travel light – just water bottles, food and camera.

Must-Don’t: Littering. Start late from Bhattare Mane to Kukke, unless you want in on an adventure.

My Rating: 9/10

Route1: Kukke -> Bhattare Mane -> Sesha Parvatha -> Kumara Parvatha.
Route2: Somwarpet -> Kumaraparvatha -> Sesha Parvata -> Bhattara Mane -> Kukke

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2 Responses to Kumara Parvatha Trek: Day II

  1. vishnu kumar

    Useful information for planning the trek…

  2. anton dsilva

    I reallly don’t understand. Even if you go dead slow, from bhattar’s manne or the forest office,  you should reach the peak in 4 / 4.5 hours. So if you start early morning from bhattar’s manne, you should be at the peak by lunch time! So what happened?

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