Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Night trekking @ Skandagiri Hills

Skandagiri Hill is situated in Chikballapur district of Karnataka, which is approximately 70 km from Bangalore. Skandagiri is also known as Kalavara Durga. The peak is at an altitude of about 1350 metres.

It was an amazing adventurous night trekking experience. We were a group of three friends and joined a group of five law students at the base. 

One of the ancient and oldest mutt of Karnataka - Papagni Mutt is located at the base.

Skandagiri trek is a moderately difficult trek, but if you are trekking in night you need to be extra cautious.

We started our journey towards the zenith at around 1:45 AM. It was a beautiful night with a bit strong breeze and a very light drizzle. Stretches were a bit slippery due to the rain. So, we were climbing slowly and cautiously, relaxing after every 15-20 minutes of climb. 

Finally we reached at the top and it took around 3 hours, for us, to reach to the top. 

We stayed there for quite some time ( around 3 hours) - enjoyed the Campfire, hot maggie and tea, which we bought from the local shop, run by the villagers, present there.

In morning, it was very cloudy and visibility was very less. So, we didn't get a chance to witness the beautiful sunrise. :(

Things to carry for this trek:
  1. One LED Torch (fully charged) per person – It’s a must and don't rely on your phone’s torch.
  2. Shoes with good grip.
  3. Water, energy drinks and light snacks.
  4. Warm clothes
  5. First aid kit and medicines, knife and stick
  6. Mats, Rain coat(good to have if it's rainy season).
  7. A strong backpack to carry all these things.
How to Reach Skandagiri Hills from Bangalore :
  • If going on your personal vehicle, then follow the Kempegowda International Airport, better known as Bellary Road (NH 7). After crossing BIA take the diversion to Chikballapur. Travel time would be around 1 and half hours.
  • Take KSRTC bus from Platform number 11 at Majestic KSRTC Bus Station. Ticket fare is Rs. 57 and It takes around 1 and half hours to reach Chikballapur Bus Stand. From there, either you can take auto to reach to the base of Skandagiri hills.

It would be nice if you carry a good camera and GPS enabled smartphone.

There is a shop at the top in one of the fort structures which has the ganesha temple inside it. They sell maggie, tea, camp fire, water bottles at almost 4 or 5 times the market price.

Some Pics (From my moto g) :

Beginning of the Trek
It's the Beginning
At the Top of Skandagiri Hills
At the Top of Skandagiri Hills
Fighting with the Winds
Fighting With the Winds
Three Idiots
Three Idiots
Abhishek Singh - Tashan
I am at the Horizon
I am at the Horizon 
Kishore in Tashan Returns @Skandagiri Hilss
Tashan Returns
Skandagiri Hills
Skandagiri Hills

I am The King of This City @Skandagiri Hills
I am The King of This City

@Skandagiri Hills

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