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Explore the bounties of nature with trekking in Chikmagalur! Famed as the “The Coffee Plantations Land” this place is located at a distance of 178 km from Mysore and is a must-visit destination for the trekkers. From the higher altitude range to the lower ones, here you can witness each one of them. The famous trail for the experienced trekkers is the Mullayanagiri trek that is the highest peak of Karnataka and is an arduous one.

Chikmagalur trekking includes
Sakleshpur trek, Kumara Parvatha trek, Kudremukh trek, Agumbe Ghat that is locally called as the Narasimha Parvatha trek, and several others. While the lower trails are at an altitude of 1000 meters above the ground other range about 4000 meters. The best time to witness these trails is from September to March as the climatic conditions are quite favourable and are perfect for trekking. There is a range of trekking trails while some of them are the best beginners and others are the best options for the adventure seekers. If you are new to this sport then trace the Sakleshpur trail but if you are trained one then witness the higher elevations like Narasimha Parvatha trek as it is the best choice for you. 

Trekking places in Chikmagalur offer scenic views of nature and you have a blissful time here as the environs are packed with an exotic collection of flora and fauna. Make sure that you take your friends and family along with you and create everlasting memories on the paradisiacal hikes of Chikmagalur. So pull out your best trekking boots and get ready to trace the Chikmagalur treks!

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17 September 2018
I would say that this is once in a lifetime trekking experience. Conquering the 3 highest peak. Karthik n Anupam who were our ODL made our trek memorable n entertaining through out, very friendly n energetic guys. We never felt that this was a group trek with some strangers, it was a nice bonding experience n meet new people. It’s a must do for core trekkers.. tests your endurance n spirt. 22 kms to n fro.. if u think only climb would b difficult n u can come down easily your wrong.. the path is so narrow n tricks n will test you in each n evry corner. A sense of accomplishment after completing the trip successfully with lots of stories to tell around and eager to venture on the next one. Thanks a lot to Anupam n karthik who took such good care of us throughout the trip.. awesome hospitality. Would love trekking with you all again soon
15 August 2014
Kudremukh is an amazing peak and so far I had just heard about this place but finally I get to see it. Amazing place - loved the trekking experience. What an experience. I'm going again.
09 August 2019
I would say it is the most memorable trek for us. I went on this trek on 3rd August with my four friends and it's a monsoon season. Habib and Abhi were our instructors and right from the pickup point to drop point everything was well planned and executed properly, accommodation facility and food were good. This is the most beautiful trek you will see in India and especially in Monsoon season. The weather was so good and it was raining almost throughout the day. Abhi and Habib were there to assist us throughout the trek and made all necessary thing available for us. and they are expert mountaineers. The whole trek is divided into three parts Easy, Moderate and Difficult and with the help of instructors and guides we reached the peak well before. There are many waterfalls throughout the trek which we crossed them and which was amazing. A lot of memories were captured in our mind and in our phones which can never be forgotten. Overall it was worth spending money on this trip. Thank You Thrillophilia, Backpackers, Habib and Abhi (and other groups also) for making our trip amazing and memorable. We would love to do another trip with them in the future.
"Well what a trek it was, enchanting, thrilling and rejuvenating. I would suggest all trek lovers to go for Kudremukh trek as the view will simply keep you awestruck. The trek was well organised and the organizers (Habeeb, Shahid and Danny) did a great job to keep the entire group friendly and motivating. Although the trek distance is lil more (22km) up and down but plenty of water streams on way refreshes you on way. Overall it was great experience and I would recommend everyone to go for this once. "
"The kuderemukh trek with thirllophilla was one of the experience that I would remember for the life time...our vendor abhi had taken care of us very well. The trek was will be a bit tiresome for first timers but the landscape while going uphill and coming down hill are worth giving that extra push. The trail starts in the forest after the forest department check post. once checking was done we will enter into the forest were the bushes of almost 5 ft height welcomes us into the trail. from here you can see the kuderemukh peak from a very long distance. After few kms of walking u will will sea a sign board that 3 kms was completed take some rest there for 10 mins and proceed further. after the you will enter into the meadows were you can see beautiful landscapes on one side and peak on the other side. Just take some time here and let the nature sink into you. form here u will get surprises with the landscape veiw for every 200 to 300 mts of your walk. their will be around 3 ares of around 700 mts where the in inclination was a bit more and it will tiresome to go uphill especially with the sun on top of you. take rest then there but give that extra push to reach top. once we reached top we had our lunch there and returned back to the base camp."
04 March 2021
It's really wonderful, with stay and hosting. Totally liked it.
24 January 2021
Overall trip was really awesome.. This was my 1st trek, enjoyed the most.. It was well organized and spl thanks to our trek led n co led Randhir and Ambica, they were very helpful and took care of each and everyone in the group.. The Homestay and it's location was breathtaking.. Food was very nice.. Thanks to Suresh Anna at the Homestay.. And spl thanks to our team members, they were so caring and helpful to each other, never felt we were strangers.. Had great time and memorable adventurous trip.. Finally thanks to Thrillophilia..
18 January 2021
Good Experience. nice team. They were very friendly, and involved with us. Do go on this trip if you love adventure. It will be a lifetime memory.
05 January 2021
Life-changing experience!!
"Stay and food could have been much better... Good thing is we had a nice guide nitish "

People Also Ask About Trekking in Chikmagalur

  1. Which are some of the famous treks in Chikmagalur?

    1. Kemmangundi Trek: Trek to Kemmangundi Peak is one of the most popular Chikmagalur trekking trails. This is a 5-kilometer easy level trek that would take you approximately 5 hours to complete. The major attractions that would fall on your way to the peak are the Hebble Falls and the Horticulture Farms. This trek is famous for the mesmerizing beauty of the beautiful gardens and the valleys that surround the Kemmangundi Peak. The start point of this morning trek is almost 50 kilometers from the main Chikmagalur city.

    Kemmangundi, Chikmagalur
    Price: INR 1000/person
    Timings: 7:00 A.M. – 2:00 P.M.

    2. Kumara Parvatha Trek: Kumara Parvatha is considered to be one of the most beautiful Chikmagalur trekking places. Also, the Kumara Parvatha trek is one of the most beautiful, toughest as well as one of the longest treks in the whole of South India. There are two trekking trails that take you all the way to the peak of Kumara Parvatha. One trail starts from Somwarpet, which is almost 6 kilometers long. The other trail starts from Subrahmanya and is almost 16 kilometers long. The shorter trail has more waterfalls en route as well as a denser natural landscape.

    Pushpagiri Wildlife Sanctuary, Karnataka

    3. Mullayanagiri Trek:
    This beautiful Chikmagalur trekking trail takes you all the way to the summit of the tallest peak in Karnataka. Reaching the summit, where the popular Mullappa Swami Temple is also situated, requires rigorous trekking for almost 3 kilometers. The summit is believed to offer some of the most mesmerizing panoramic views of the valleys and mountains all around. You will also get to witness a number of enthralling waterfalls on your way to the peak. Moreover, your trek would also include travel to and from Bangalore, along with meals and stay in a tent or dormitory.

    Chandra Drona Hill Ranges, Chikmagalur District
    Price: INR 1849/person (2D/1N)
    Timings: 10:00 P.M. (Day 1) – 10:00 P.M. (Day 2)

    4. Kudremukh Trek:
    This trek allows you to admire the beautiful dense forests of Kudremukh National Park, spread over 600 sq. km., in the best way possible. This 22-kilometer-long to-and-fro trek takes you to an altitude of 1894m, from where you get to enjoy the uninterrupted views of the Kudremukh National Park and the adjoining peaks. Your tour shall include travel to and from Bangalore, meals, overnight stay, as well as a tour guide, to enhance your trekking experience.

    Mudigere Taluk Chikmagalur district, Karnataka
    Price: INR 2449/person (2D/1N)
    Timings: 9:00 P.M. (Day 1) – 10:00 P.M. (Day 2)

    5. Sakleshpur Railway Trek: Sakleshpur is considered to be one of the most beautiful Chikmagalur trekking places due to its natural beauty and mesmerizing waterfalls. This beautiful trek starts from Sakleshpur Railway Station and takes you all the way to Yedakumeri Railway Station, along the railway track itself. This amazing 20-kilometer-long stretch has a number of beautiful waterfalls, railway girder bridges, as well as tunnels that will make your trekking experience really beautiful. However, one needs to be really careful while taking on this marvelous yet risky trek.

    Sakleshpur Railway Station, Karnataka

    6. BabaBudangiri Trek: This amazing trek starts from Sarpadhari in Mullayanagiri, which is the highest peak of Karnataka, and takes you to the second highest peak of Karnataka, which is Baba Budangiri. This amazing Chikmagalur trekking trail connects the two highest peaks of Karnataka, allowing you the best natural views and adventure. This amazing trail is almost 9 kilometers in length and would take you almost 5 hours to cover the same. If you are also considering camping, you can do so near the marvelous Manikyadhara Waterfall, which is surrounded by a dense cover of the natural landscape.

    Chikkamagaluru District, Karnataka
    Timings: 8:00 A.M. – 5:00 P.M.

    7. Kurinjal Trek:
    Kurinjal Trek is also situated within the Kudremukh National Park. It is almost 90 kilometers from Chikmagalur. One way length of this amazing trek is almost 7 kilometers and would take you at least 4 hours to reach the summit. However, on our way down, the descent can be completed within 3 hours comfortably. This trek can easily be covered within one day.

    Kudremukh National Park, Chikmagalur

    8. Jenukal Gudda Trek:
    This beautiful place is one of the best places for Chikmagalur trekking and is surrounded by beautiful coffee plantations and lush green forest coverage. An early morning trek to the summit is highly recommended to admire the beautiful views of the sunrise from the peak. This is a moderate-level trek, is almost 7 kilometers long, and would take you around 3-4 hours to complete the same. This trek difficulty level is easy to moderate and can easily be taken up by any individual with decent fitness levels.

    Sakleshpur, Karnataka
    Price: INR 1000/person
    Timings: 6 A.M. - 6:00 P.M.
  2. Which are the best short treks in Chikmagalur?

    1. Narasimha Parvatha Trek: This amazing trek starts from Kigga Temple and takes you on a beautiful trekking journey of 8 kilometers, all the way to the peak of Narasimha Parvatha. This would take almost 5 hours to complete and is best for those who wish to admire the outstanding beauty of the Western Ghats at its best. Apart from allowing you to capture the best of flora and fauna, if you wish to take a dip into the crystal-clear waters of the Sita river along the trail, do not forget to pack an extra set of clothes.

    2. Mullayanagiri Trek:
    This is a small 3 kilometers long trek yet allows you to witness the most beautiful views of the mountain ranges of Karnataka. If you love spending some time along the serene waterfalls, you should definitely take up this short trek over the weekend to refresh yourself.

    3. Bavikonda Kalchukki Trek:
    One of the least traveled and untouched natural trails near Chikmagalur is Bavikonda Kalchukki. This trek starts from Mullodi Village at the foothills and takes you to the peak of the mountain at approximately 4645 feet. This trek is quite interesting and unique as you will be mostly walking along the outer face of the mountain, getting to admire the most amazing views of the surroundings.
  3. What is the best time to visit Chikmagalur for trekking?

    The best time to take up trekking in and near Chikmagalur is from the month of September to April. The temperatures during this time are quite soothing and perfect for outdoor activities. Moreover, this time also offers the least amount of rainfall in the area, allowing you to enjoy your treks in the best way possible.
  4. Is it worth doing Kodachadri Peak trek? How difficult it is?

    Yes, the Kodachadri Peak Trek is totally worth doing. It is adventurous and the peak which is the tenth highest peak in Karnataka offers a great weekend retreat.

    This trek could be challenging as you have to pass through the rugged terrains but you will be rewarded with a stunning view from the peak. The sunset is also a breathtaking vista which you can witness along with this trekking experience.

  5. Can we do Mullayanagiri Trek? Is it a difficult trek and what is the cost?

    The Mullayanagiri Trek is the highest peak in Karnataka. It is a totally majestic trail and you will love this adventurous excursion enjoying the beauty of Western Ghats. The view is totally breathtaking and the trek offers an interesting exploration of nature.

    The trek is comparatively easier and perfect for an adventurous excursion with friends and family. The cost for trekking starts from INR 3,289 per adult.

  6. Can we do AmethiKallu Trek? How difficult it is?

    In the Charmadi range of mountains, AmethiKallu is the most popular trekking spot in this part of India. It is one of the picturesque peaks and considered as a challenging experience.

    The overnight trek offers panoramic views and a beautiful destination to relax and enjoy with a bonfire under the night sky.

  7. What should I wear while trekking in Chikmagalur?

     If you decided to experience Chikmagalur Trekking then make sure that you have pulled out your best trekking boots as the trails are quite rugged ones. Wear comfortable and cotton clothes for your own ease that will make your experience even more worthwhile.

    Carry a jacket along with you as it may get cold in the higher altitudes. Avoid wearing heels and sandals, and rather wear comfortable shoes with good grip. And if you are trekking in winters, go in layers as it might get cold that will cause you a little discomfort.

  8. What things must I carry while going for trekking in Chikmagalur?

    The things which you should not miss putting in your backpacks while going for a trek in Chikmagalur are:

    -Mosquito repellants
    -A jacket or some warm clothing to beat the chilly winds
    -Camera (optional)
    -First aid kit and emergency medical supplies
    -Light snacks or nutrition bars
    -Instant food
    -Plenty of water

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