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Rajat Bagchi

4.0

It can be really good experience for the people who are interested in night trekking. But must say it's not an easy one for the people who are not in p...

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Yashwardhan Bhatter

5.0

A very well-organized and extremely well-planned trip was organized. I went alone and made friends during the trip, as we had a fun session of introduc...

Overview

Trip Location: Bangalore

About the Activity


Skandagiri, also historically known as Kalwarbetta or Kalavara Durga, is a mountain fortress located around 70 km from Bangalore. This tiring yet much rewarding trek takes you through a spectacular journey amidst the wilderness. Starting from Bangalore, reach the base point and hereby begins the sunrise trek. The serene and sublime atmosphere around Skandagiri will definitely boost up your adrenaline to a whole new level. This 10km trek can easily be completed within 4 to 5 hours of ascending and descending.

Tried and tested both by amateurs and professionals, this moderately difficult trek is a must for all thrill seekers. The climb gets a little trying as you reach the Papagni Temple, hereby offering treacherous terrains amongst the dense shrubs around. From this point, the steep climb may require tricky footwork till you reach the summit. The ruined remains of Tipu Sultan's fortress and an abandoned fort remains at the top of the hill. Skandagiri is famous for walking above the clouds, literally! As you reach the top, enjoy the bonfire in the starry night couched inside your sleeping bags. Wake up to experience the morning winds caressing you, as you open your eyes to get the most magnanimous sight of the sun rising above beds of clouds, a sight so rare and equally refreshing. The misty valley of Skandagiri is bound to leave an everlasting impression on your mind.

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Pick up and Drop from Bangalore

Start of Trail- 4:00 AM
End of Trail- 10:30 AM

Itinerary

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    11:30 PM Pick up starts from Bangalore

    04:00 AM Reach Base and start trekking 5kms one way

    06:00 AM Reach peak and relax

    06:15 AM Enjoy a beautiful sunrise from atop the peak

    07:30 AM Descend to the base

    10:30 AM Have Breakfast on the way

    12:00 PM Head back to Bangalore to give an end to this amazing journey

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  • Breakfast

Activity

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  • Trekking

Other Inclusions

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  • Forest Charges

Transport

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  • Transport to/from Bangalore

Things To Carry

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  • Torch per person with extra batteries.
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  • Sports shoes or trekking shoes in good condition
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  • Backpack
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  • 2-litre water bottle per person
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  • Energy bars, dry fruits, flavored milk, Electrolyte drinks

Advisory

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  • The time slots provided in the itinerary and for pickup points are approximations and tentative; they are bound to be a little different
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  • Please check with your tour operator for any forest permission requirements
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  • This tour can be availed by 12 years and above.
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  • Avoid uncomfortable clothing during the activities (like saris etc).
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  • Carrying jewelry or other valuables is not advisable.
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  • No smoking and consumption of alcohol before or during the activity.
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  • Plastics like chocolate wrappers, water bottles, beverages bottle, polythene covers, etc, should be disposed off in dustbins or carried back to the city

Tour Type

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  • This activity can be availed as a private or group tour

Cancellation Policy

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  • If cancellations are made 15 days before the start date of the trip, no cancellation fees will be applicable.
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  • If Cancellations are made within 1-15 days before the start date of the trip, 60% of Total tour cost will be charged as cancellation fee
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  • Same Day cancellations are non refundable.
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  • In case of unforeseen weather conditions or government restrictions, certain trips or activities may get cancelled. In such cases operator will try their best to provide an alternate feasible. However a cash refund will not be applicable for the same.
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  • Cancellations are strictly subjected to cancellation policies mentioned on the website & are irrespective of the date of booking.

Refund Policy

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  • The applicable refund amount will be processed within 15 business days
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  • All applicable refunds will be done in traveller's thrillophilia wallet as Thrillcash
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    Story by Rajat Bagchi

     Rated : 4.0

    It can be really good experience for the people who are interested in night trekking. But must say it's not an easy one for the people who are not in practice of any kind of physical activities or exercise. It's at least 4 km climb which people need to complete in 1.5 hours. Please keep enough water and snacks with you, people usually feel hungry while climbing down. The vendor who conducted the activity was punctual while picking up people from pickup points. They guided well while climbing up in dark. Also, they provided good breakfast at a nice place - Ground Zero. People who are interested in night trek, need not think twice before booking this trip.

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    Story by Yashwardhan Bhatter

     Rated : 5.0

    A very well-organized and extremely well-planned trip was organized. I went alone and made friends during the trip, as we had a fun session of introducing ourselves while on our way to Skandagiri Hills. Devanshi and Rahul were our trek leaders, and they were as friendly and accommodating as one gets. Unfortunately, we didn't get to see the much-hyped sunrise, as the weather was very cloudy. But our trek leaders made sure we wait and have fun at the hilltop as long as there's still a chance to watch the sunrise. Going back down the hill was another good experience, as we stopped at certain points and took pictures with the beautiful background. It was my first trek, and it went really well.

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    Story by Nidhin Jose

     Rated : 5.0

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    Amazing Trek, great location and great experience. Organized well by the vendors and appreciate the support provided by Thrillophilia

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    Story by Priyank Malkan

     Rated : 5.0

    It was an awesome experience but wasn't easy as expected. It'd be a challenge for the first timers for sure but the key is one has to keep going. We missed the sunrise due to clouds but the journey was beautiful. A campfire would have been an added advantage, but unfortunately its not permitted on Skandagiri. Breakfast was good while coming back to Bangalore. Get a good torch for the trek and a normal winter jacket which will be required on the peak. Would surely recommend for the trek lovers!

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    Story by Priya Gupta

     Rated : 5.0

    Overall it was amazing experience. Well organized. Amazing weather at the top. It take one and half hour to reach at the peak.

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    Story by Praveena p

     Rated : 5.0

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    Beautiful. The team was really helpful in terms of picking up, helping us out, and safely reaching back.

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    Story by APOORVA BISWAS

     Rated : 5.0

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    It was an amazing experience. If you want to experience something that you have never done before.

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    Story by Akhila Akhila

     Rated : 5.0

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    it was a nice and beautiful experience.Although couldn't see sunrise, getting to the top was the most awesome thing .The bus was a little late though from the boarding point,but it was ok ok.

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    Story by Poojitha gowda

     Rated : 5.0

    Great experience.. people who are trying night trek for first time.. u can go with this wonderful trek.

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    Story by G.V. Sandeep

     Rated : 5.0

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    It was a great experience. My first ever trek and thanks to Thrilllophillia it went smoothly. The place is good and trek is challenging for beginners.

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    Frequently Asked Questions

    1. How long is Skandagiri Trek?

      The Skandagiri trek includes the ascent and descent of about 10 km, which can be completed in 4 to 5 hours. The time taken also depends on how skilled you are at trekking. The trekkers gather and set up tents at the base early in the morning.
      The trek uphill starts at around 6 am at the foothills of Kalwara village. Marked trails cut through a labyrinth of thick shrubs. There are rocky patches in between that challenge the abilities of the trekkers. Skandagiri trek is known for the experience of walking amidst the clouds. As you reach the zenith, the euphoric bird’s eye view of the valley will leave you in a trance.

    2. Is Skandagiri night trek safe?

      Yes, the Skandagiri night trek is safe for travelers. The area comes under the Forest Department of India, so ample security measures have been taken. No trespassers are allowed in the trekking area, making it free from anti-social elements. The route to the top is articulately marked so that you will have no problem with directions. You can find local guides to lead you on the way or opt for a group tour with other adventure-seekers like you.
      Professional guides are available to lead and manage the groups which ensure your safety during the trek. With ample preparations and necessary precautions taken during the trek, the trek poses no threat to the travelers.

    3. Is trekking allowed in Skandagiri?

      Yes, trekking is allowed in Skandagiri. Sunrise trekking is quite famous in the Skandagiri hills for the misty sky and beautiful sunrise view at dawn. On top, there are ruins of an old fort that appeal to the travelers. An ancient Lord Shiva temple is also present on the peak where travelers can relax and seek blessings.
      Day-trekking in Skandagiri also gives the opportunity of rappelling on the rugged terrains. The trek is an ideal blend of thrill and relaxation.  It is advised to book a slot online to make your journey hassle-free.

    4. What is the best time to visit Skandagiri?

      To truly enjoy your trip, you should visit Skandagiri in winter. The month of November to January are the best for the journey. You will witness the lush greenery of the place blooming in the cold winters. The beautiful imagery of hazy clouds at dawn will multiply your trekking experience.
      After winter, the summer months are preferable for the trek. The vibrant beauty of the Skandagiri hills has an ethereal charm in the months of April-July. Monsoon is the least preferable season to travel. The treks become slippery, and insects pose a threat in the rainy season. However, the breathtaking vistas of Skandagiri cleansed by monsoon rain, still compensate for the trouble.

    5. Is Skandagiri trek banned?

      The trek is open for all the travelers. Although, trekking in Skandagiri was banned for several years due to irresponsible habits of people like littering, smoking, and drinking. Smoking posed a threat of forest fires. Now the area comes under the forest department, and there is a cap on the number of people trekking per day. You have to pay a minimal fee of Rs. 250 at the entry of the trek and the officials will let you in. You can also book your slots online beforehand.

    6. What is the total distance of Skandagiri Sunrise Trek?

      The total distance of the trek is about 10 km. From the base village of Kalwara, the trek commences from the Papagni temple. It takes you about 2 hours to traverse the trails and climb the rocky terrains to reach the top. After taking in the beautiful scenery, you will descend to the base. The descent is relatively easier and takes about 1.5 hours. The time varies according to the expertise of the trekkers and weather conditions.

    7. How can I go to Skandagiri from Bangalore?

      Skandagiri is easily accessible from Bangalore. Regular buses are available to reach the place. You can take a state bus from Bangalore and get down at the village of Chikballapur. Skandagiri is only 3 km away from Chikballapur. You can either take an auto-rickshaw that will take you to the base in 15 minutes or opt for walking to the Papagni Matt.
      The auto fare ranges from Rs. 80-100. Walking will take an hour to reach, but in return, you’ll get enriching views of the landscapes and rural lifestyle. Another option is taking a long drive to Skandagiri via Bangalore-Hyderabad highway(NH-7). The car drive will take about 3 hours to reach Papagni Mutt.

    8. How far are Skandagiri hills from Bangalore?

      Skandagiri hills are only 70 km away from the city of Bangalore. The route has well-paved roads making it easily accessible by car or state transport buses. It makes the place an ideal weekend getaway. The Skandagiri hills are relatively less crowded as compared to other trekking hotspots in nearby Nandi hills. The hills offer respite to the city-dwellers from the typical humdrum of their busy life.

    9. Is Skandagiri trek difficult?

      Skandagiri trek is of moderate difficulty level. The route has been tried and tested by amateur as well as professional trekkers. After crossing the valley, the difficulty level may slightly increase. The trekkers are advised to perform some warmup stretching exercises for a few days before the trek. Make sure that you’re in the right trekking gear, trekking shoes, and equipment.
      Trekking in groups makes the trek easier for newbies.Wearing jeans is not advised as you will have to climb rocky terrains. Carry the necessary items with you like a torch, food, water, first-aid, and warm clothes.

    10. What is the height of Skandagiri Trek?

      The majestic Skandagiri hills stand at an altitude of 1450 m above the sea level. As you ascend this significant height, you can see the whole valley behind you in a blanket of mist. The trails are not very steep; hence, it is easy for experienced trekkers to climb the peak. Skandagiri hills set a challenging and adventurous feat in front of the thrill-seekers.

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