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  • 1 Day
  • Easy to Moderate
  • 6,207 ft./1092m
  • 12 Participants
  • June-February
  • Karnataka

Kudremukh Trek Overview

Kudremukh Trek is touted as the prettiest trek in Karnataka. Perched in the heart of the Western Ghats, the trek is located inside Kudremukh National Park, and the name literally translates to horse’s mouth. The peak resembles a horse’s face and has earned the name Kudremukh. 

Trekking to Kudremukh unravels the dreamy landscapes. A rolling grassland engulfed in lush green shade embellished with a misty ambience. A perfect weekend getaway, the trek offers an array of thrilling adventures. Home to diverse flora and fauna, the trek is a haven for nature admirers. The trail traverses dense shola forests with waterfalls sprouting along the trail, especially during monsoon season. 

The trek is an ideal escape from the hustle and bustle of city life. Embark on Kudremukh to witness the wonder of Western Ghat’s hidden treasure. The trek is perched at an altitude of 6207 feet and traverses a mystical forest, small river streams, rolling grasslands and a distinct structure of Kudremukh Peak. 

The trek covers roughly 7 km and is 330 km from Bangalore city. Plan this dreamy escape over the weekend with your friends and family to soak in the tranquil bliss of nature. 

Kudremukh Trek Itinerary

 

Day 1 : Board an overnight bus from Bangalore to Kalasa

Kudremukh Trek can be completed in a day. If you are travelling from Bangalore you can follow the itinerary below. 

You can book any KSRTC bus that goes to Horandu via Kalasa. It takes roughly 7 to 8 hours to reach Kalasa. 

Day 2 : Trek to the Kudremukh Peak and back 

Once you reach Kalasa, you can get on an intercity bus that will take you to the starting point of the trek. Start the trek from Mullodi village. It takes roughly 6 to 8 hours to cover the distance of 18 km. you can book your return journey on the same night. 

Get on a city bus at the entrance of Kudremukh to reach Kalasa. Book an overnight bus to Bangalore.

How to reach the starting point of Kudremukh trek?

✈️Nearest Airport – Mangalore Airport 

🚉 Nearest Railway Station – Mangalore Railway Station 

Mullodi is the starting point of the trek. The base is around 325 km from Bangalore. To reach the trek’s starting point, consider the following travel options. 

Travel Option A – Bus from Bangalore 

Board an overnight bus from Bangalore to Kalasa. Book your bus well in advance. It takes around 7 to 8 hours to cover a distance of 308 km. Board a bus that leaves at night to reach Kalasa in the morning. Once you reach Kalasa, wait for a city bus. 

The buses start at 6:30 in the morning. The distance from Kalasa to the base of Kudremukh trek is approximately 10Kms. The bus charges ₹20 only. When you get on the bus, ask the bus driver or conductor to drop you off at the Kudremukh starting point. 

Bangalore to Kalasa Bus

Travel Option B – By Train 

The other option is to travel by train to the nearest railway station, Mangalore Railway Station.  Mangalore railway station is around 100 km from the starting point of the trek. 

The nearest airport is Mangalore Airport, located 115  km from Kalasa. The frequency of buses from Mangalore is lower than Bangalore which is 280 km from the starting point of the trek. 

FAQ

Where is Kudremukh Trek located?

Kudremukh Trek is located in Chikmagalur district in Karnataka.  

Where is the base camp of the Kudremukh trek?

Mullodi Village is the base camp of the Kudremukh Trek.

What is the distance of Kudremukh Trek?

The total distance of the trek is 18 km. 

What is the duration of Kudremukh Trek?

You can complete Kudremukh Trek in one day. Begin your day early in the morning. It takes 4 to 5 hours to reach the peak, and roughly 2 to 3 hrs to descend. You need to be back at the base by 6 pm.  Trekking is restricted beyond 6 pm by the forest department. 

What is the altitude of Kudremukh Trek?

The trek takes you to a maximum altitude of 6207 ft. 

What is the best time to visit Kudremukh Trek?

The best time to visit Kudremukh Trek is from June to February. Monsoon arrives with sprouting waterfalls along the trail and the forests embrace soothing lush green shades. 

What kind of arrangement is available for accommodation on the trek?

You can carry your tent. The other option is to book a tent at the top through the local agents/companies. If you reach the top in the afternoon, there will be sufficient options available for you to choose from. However, book your stay in advance to avoid last-minute hassle. 

What will be the temperature in Kudremukh Trek?

Kudremukh Trek temperature ranges between 25°C to 32°C during the day.  

 

What is the difficulty level of Kudremukh Trek? 

The trek can be categorised as an easy one, considering the duration and the altitude. 

Is Kudremukh Trek suitable for beginners?

Yes, if you are a beginner with good physical fitness, you can consider the trek after consulting our Outdoor Leader. 

 

Are there any dhabas or water sources on the trek?

There are no food stalls on the trail. However, homestays at the base provide food. You have to order in advance. There are no water sources on the trek. You can carry water from the base. 

If you are carrying trail snacks, pack them in reusable boxes. Packaged food items like chips and biscuits are not allowed. 

What will be the status of the mobile network on the trek?

Kudremukh Trek offers limited mobile network coverage. You will have access to a scanty network on some parts of the trail, however, expect no network at the top.  

 

Are we allowed to camp in Kudremukh?

Camping is not allowed in Kudremukh. There are a few homestay options at the base and also offers a tent stay. 

 

Should I bring snacks to eat on the trek?

Pack some filling trail snacks as there are no options to purchase food along the trail. You can bring protein bars, dry fruits, and homemade snacks like Shakkarpara, cake etc. 

Do I need to get my medical kit for the trek?

You can carry a first aid kit. If you have your prescribed medications, bring them on the trek. 

Can we do the trek on our own?

You can do this trek on your own. But hiring a guide is mandatory. The Forest department has mandated a guide in a 1:10 ratio and assigns one for you.

The trail is easy and well marked but updating yourself with weather forecasts and essentials required will help you to trek comfortably. 

What do I need to pack for Kudremukh Trek?

Here is a list of essentials you need to pack for your trek

  1. Day pack -01
  2. Comfortable trekking shoes with good grip 
  3. Water – Min 2 ltrs
  4. Identity Card
  5. sunglasses
  6. Rain Gear/Poncho
  7. Sun Hat
  8. First Aid Kit 
  9. High-Calorie Trail Snacks 
  10. Sunscreen 
  11. Trekking Pole (Optional)
  12. Plastic cover to keep your phone in case of rain