Showing posts from August, 2019

Why I decided to go on Hampta Pass Trek this Monsoon | Himalayan Trek

After completing most of the treks in and around Karnataka it was time to explore the Himalayas. Even though I wanted to do Leh Ladak trip, I always wanted to do Himalayan treks. There are no words to describe the beautiful glaciers, pristine rivers, untouched nature and challenging terrain. I had been following posts on Himalayan treks for a quite some time and my adrenaline rush was getting higher with every article I read.

Finally, the day arrived when I made up my mind to go for the Himalayan trek. I applied for the long leave and got it approved. Since Aug 15th was a national holiday I had to take only 4 days leave. A simple google search suggested me to opt for Hampta Pass Trek, regarded as suitable for fit beginners. Vertical rock walls, waterfalls, hanging glaciers, pinewoods, rhododendron forests, open meadows, tiny lakes and peaks rising above 6000 m are the main characteristics of this trek.

I inquired a couple of my friends who had done Himalayan treks. They suggested me to …

Kudremukh Monsoon Trek - A green carpet in the lap of the Western Ghats

Place: Kudremukha, Western Ghats of KarnatakaDistance: 331 km from Bangalore Type: Trekking Ideal for: Trekkers Trek Difficulty: Medium to Difficult Trek Lenght: 10 kilometers one side Trek Duration: 3.5 hours for ascending and 3 hours for descend

If there's any trek I really wanted to do in western ghat then it would be the Kudremukh Trek. Being one of the hottest biodiversity hotspots in western ghat, it is constantly being exploited by the human and the endangered species has to be protected.
To control the interaction between nature and human the Karnataka forest department has imposed strict rules on allowing trekkers to summit the peak. Only 50 persons per day are allowed to do the Kudremukh trek. The guide and forest permission is very much mandatory. My friend Renuka who is a resident of Chikmagalur did the groundwork and took all the permissions and booked the stay.
I did record the whole experience through my camera and posted it on my youtube channel. You can go through the vid…