Well its been quite some time since i posted on my blog. Have to say Im quite rusty !
Here it goes anyways,
Republic Day commemorates the date on which the Constitution of India came into force replacing the Government of India Act 1935 as the governing document of India on 26 January 1950. Me and 8 musketeers sought to give it a whole new meaning by planning out a trek to Kumara Parvata . The idea of the trek was a unanimous choice considering it was a popular trekking spot and our mid semester holidays was coming to a close.
The Team consisted of Sudhir Ravi, Nadig Vinay, Jayanth K, Prajwal P, Adarsh V, Sarvotham P, Santosh MJ and me (Students of RVCE Info Sci dept). It happens to my first trek while the other have been quite actively going to treks across Karnataka on more than one occasion. The excitement grew as 26th jan, 2012 approached!
Our fun started the time we left our home to get to the bus stop. With about 1 hour or so left for the bus departure time me and 3 other happen to be still stuck at South end Circle, Jayanagar and worst part our pick up point happened to be Navrang !! By some divine intervention we reach just in time at the bus stop by getting by the worst traffic Bangalore could throw at us. Slowly all of us tricked to the stop and were whiling our time until the bus arrived (which was supposed to be 9)! funny part it arrives at 1030 FTW!! It happened to the red rickety ksrtc bus (our luck!) it chucked on with its noisy engine may itself heard by all of us! I couldn’t manage much sleep as did a few of the others. We talked our life out disturbing a few fellow co-passengers (but like we cared!) and btw did i mention our results happened to be declared on this very day!! (yeah were crazy Lol)
As the bus moved closer to our destination our adrenaline was ready to hit the roof in anticipation of the epic trek that lied ahead! We reached Kukke Subramnya, a popular religious town popular for its temple that is dedicated to the lord of all serpents. A small yet well maintained temple. After the visit to the temple we marched on the trail that lead from the temple to the start of trek trail which was roughly around 1km.
The trek started of smoothly with all of us moving a a steady pace but then came the random steep sections in the pristine forest area. It proved a little tiresome but we moved on with a few pit stops along the scenic path! Considering Google only showed we vast stretches of grasslands i presumed after the initial upheaval it ought to flatten out! considering this was no ordinary trek, It opened up to a flat yet slightly steep part which we marched upon to reach “Bhattara Mane” after a 3hour initial stage one of our trek! We ate lunch and let our bodies relax for the journey that lay ahead of us. We marched onward at around 11:30! This was to be the start of about 8km trek to the peak. Vast Grasslands opening into gorges and mountains surrounding us from all the sides! It was tough on us considering most of us didn’t have to much physical preparation for the trek, In about 5 and half hours we made it to the top of the Hill we thought was the illusive KP! But to our dismay in front of us lie the mountain mocking at us in its pristine glory. We then had to make a choice of carrying forward or calling it quits for the day considering sunset was looming upon us and ahead lie a dense forest and by our estimation a 2hour trek! With some deliberation and skepticism we some how decided to carry on and ended up reaching the top in about 25 minutes (Howw HA!) the regained our strength to see the the Sunset into the horizon!
From this point on we faced the chilling yet futile fight against the chill of the night with very limited cover and were pretty much shivering throughout the night with only the beautiful constellation of stars to give us company! As time stood still i gazed into the night sky to realize a peace that i had never before felt (Its either that or i was to numb from the chill to think much lol!). A night to remember to remember for sure.
To my amazement we at around 530 odd in the morning to meet yet another marvelous site of the sun rising its majestic awe above the distant mountains and dense cloud cover! I have to say at 1712m i felt on top of the world! A 13Km trek had come to an end and we were going to get back to civilization with another 7km trek towards somwarpet! We walked through intense steep sections for abour 3 hours to reach a forest ranger check-post where we replenished our-self with water which we had run out mid way down our descent! A jeep ride back to the town where we had lunch and boarded a bus to get back to Bangalore (Best place in the world) and those a epic trek came to a close!