In Search of Kartikeya :Kumara Parvatha, Karnatka

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Most of us were geared up in Quechua’s. Since it was the toughest trek no one wanted to take any chances. Full range of trek gears like trek shoes, cargoes, bagpacks, leech resistants, water bottles, you just name it and it was there with people out there. KP is quite confusing in terms of what to carry. You don’t want to be short of anything since it’s a long trek.

In Search of Kartikeya : Kumara Parvatha (Bangalore Mountaineering Club)

Most of us were geared up in Quechua’s. Since it was the toughest trek no one wanted to take any chances. Full range of trek gears like trek shoes, cargoes, bagpacks, leech resistants, water bottles, you just name it and it was there with people out there. KP is quite confusing in terms of what to carry. You don’t want to be short of anything since it’s a long trek.

We needed each other’s company to motivate ourselves. We pushed ourselves to the fullest. We always knew about the fact that it’s gonna be the toughest trek that we have undertaken so far. It was more of a mental game than physical endurance. It’s like every moment towards the end, we all felt the pain. But still we didn’t stop…  We summited, we celebrated but we didn’t litter !! Did we find Kartikeya ? Ye we did . We found him in the form of Mother Nature which gave us shelter

In Search of Kartikeya : Kumara Parvatha (Bangalore Mountaineering Club)

We needed each other’s company to motivate ourselves. We pushed ourselves to the fullest. We always knew about the fact that it’s gonna be the toughest trek that we have undertaken so far. It was more of a mental game than physical endurance. It’s like every moment towards the end, we all felt the pain. But still we didn’t stop… We summited, we celebrated but we didn’t litter !! Did we find Kartikeya ? Ye we did . We found him in the form of Mother Nature which gave us shelter

All the trekkers pass through Pushpagiri wildlife sanctuary in order to reach the peak. Towards the end of the trek, we had to literally crawl our way out of dense jungles in order to reach the Kumara Parvatha Peak. Most of the trekkers don’t walk past the Shesha Parvatha. Only a few make it to the top. 14 of us out of 36 were the lucky ones :)

In Search of Kartikeya : Kumara Parvatha (Bangalore Mountaineering Club)

All the trekkers pass through Pushpagiri wildlife sanctuary in order to reach the peak. Towards the end of the trek, we had to literally crawl our way out of dense jungles in order to reach the Kumara Parvatha Peak. Most of the trekkers don’t walk past the Shesha Parvatha. Only a few make it to the top. 14 of us out of 36 were the lucky ones :)

Now this was the most challenging part of the trek. You see an incline of 60 degree incline with a stream of water flowing down. You have already walked for 12 tiring kilometers. And you see a wall of surprise. The tv ad of Mountain Dew which you grew up watching as a kid comes flashing to your eyes. And then you see each other’s face and everyone is like “Let’s just do it!!!”

In Search of Kartikeya : Kumara Parvatha (Bangalore Mountaineering Club)

Now this was the most challenging part of the trek. You see an incline of 60 degree incline with a stream of water flowing down. You have already walked for 12 tiring kilometers. And you see a wall of surprise. The tv ad of Mountain Dew which you grew up watching as a kid comes flashing to your eyes. And then you see each other’s face and everyone is like “Let’s just do it!!!”

Now that’s Shesha Parvatha! According to Hindu mythology : Vasuki, the divine serpent whom Lord Shiva used to wear as an ornament around his neck, did Tapasya around this region to save himself from ‘Garuda’.  Hence came the name of the mountains ‪’Shesha Parvatha’  ‬which resembles Vasuki, the serpent. It’s about 2  kms from the‪ Kumar Parvatha‬ mountains.

In Search of Kartikeya : Kumara Parvatha (Bangalore Mountaineering Club)

Now that’s Shesha Parvatha! According to Hindu mythology : Vasuki, the divine serpent whom Lord Shiva used to wear as an ornament around his neck, did Tapasya around this region to save himself from ‘Garuda’. Hence came the name of the mountains ‪’Shesha Parvatha’ ‬which resembles Vasuki, the serpent. It’s about 2 kms from the‪ Kumar Parvatha‬ mountains.

When we trek. we get closer to nature. Nothing brings us as close as trek does. Trek is not just a good exercise for the leg muscles but it helps you to unleash the photographer in you!

In Search of Kartikeya : Kumara Parvatha (Bangalore Mountaineering Club)

When we trek. we get closer to nature. Nothing brings us as close as trek does. Trek is not just a good exercise for the leg muscles but it helps you to unleash the photographer in you!

PART 2 : Bhatar Mane to Kumara Parvatha After having lunch at Bhatar-Mane and the deliciously made “Butter Milk”, we walked with fresh vigor for the 2nd half of the journey.

In Search of Kartikeya : Kumara Parvatha (Bangalore Mountaineering Club)

PART 2 : Bhatar Mane to Kumara Parvatha After having lunch at Bhatar-Mane and the deliciously made “Butter Milk”, we walked with fresh vigor for the 2nd half of the journey.

Now let’s talk about Mr. Bhatar. This person is the real superman. He gets rice for everyone from all the way down.  Here’s an anecdote :  I : Sir, are you happy with what you have been doing? Mr Bhatar : Absolutely. That’s the reason I am doing it. I : How long you have been doing this for? Mr. Bhatar : It’s been close to 40 years now. I : *Still in shock, trying to recollect myself* What’s the motivation behind doing such a great and tough job Sir? Mr. Bhatar : It’s just Seva-bhav.

In Search of Kartikeya : Kumara Parvatha (Bangalore Mountaineering Club)

Now let’s talk about Mr. Bhatar. This person is the real superman. He gets rice for everyone from all the way down. Here’s an anecdote : I : Sir, are you happy with what you have been doing? Mr Bhatar : Absolutely. That’s the reason I am doing it. I : How long you have been doing this for? Mr. Bhatar : It’s been close to 40 years now. I : *Still in shock, trying to recollect myself* What’s the motivation behind doing such a great and tough job Sir? Mr. Bhatar : It’s just Seva-bhav.

We were quite surprised to see a fully functioning house in the middle of nowhere. Inside lives Mr. Bhatar.  There was even a TV will satellite connection. Indian Channel Colors was being telecasted on it.There are wash-rooms as well on the outside.

In Search of Kartikeya : Kumara Parvatha (Bangalore Mountaineering Club)

We were quite surprised to see a fully functioning house in the middle of nowhere. Inside lives Mr. Bhatar. There was even a TV will satellite connection. Indian Channel Colors was being telecasted on it.There are wash-rooms as well on the outside.

After walking close to 7 kms when we finally got the chance to see our legs. It was like this. Thanks to dear leeches for extracting all the impure blood of our bodies. It was real fun :p

In Search of Kartikeya : Kumara Parvatha (Bangalore Mountaineering Club)

After walking close to 7 kms when we finally got the chance to see our legs. It was like this. Thanks to dear leeches for extracting all the impure blood of our bodies. It was real fun :p


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“That feeling of realization that I was here” – only a trekker can connect

In Search of Kartikeya : Kumara Parvatha (Bangalore Mountaineering Club)

“That feeling of realization that I was here” – only a trekker can connect

We were a group of 40 ( 36 participants and 4 BMC cordinators ). The trek was organized by Bangalore Mountaineering Club.  As KP is only open for certain seasons, it is in demand among the trekkers. And this was the first time post monsoon that the gates for KP had opened. Unlike other trek destinations of Western Ghats like Kudremukh and Mullayangiri, KP is more demanding right from the word go!!

In Search of Kartikeya : Kumara Parvatha (Bangalore Mountaineering Club)

We were a group of 40 ( 36 participants and 4 BMC cordinators ). The trek was organized by Bangalore Mountaineering Club. As KP is only open for certain seasons, it is in demand among the trekkers. And this was the first time post monsoon that the gates for KP had opened. Unlike other trek destinations of Western Ghats like Kudremukh and Mullayangiri, KP is more demanding right from the word go!!

Most of us were geared up in Quechua’s. Since it was the toughest trek no one wanted to take any chances. Full range of trek gears like trek shoes, cargoes, bagpacks, leech resistants, water bottles, you just name it and it was there with people out there. KP is quite confusing in terms of what to carry. You don’t want to be short of anything since it’s a long trek.

In Search of Kartikeya : Kumara Parvatha (Bangalore Mountaineering Club)

Most of us were geared up in Quechua’s. Since it was the toughest trek no one wanted to take any chances. Full range of trek gears like trek shoes, cargoes, bagpacks, leech resistants, water bottles, you just name it and it was there with people out there. KP is quite confusing in terms of what to carry. You don’t want to be short of anything since it’s a long trek.

Before starting the trek fill your tummies  with deliciously made South Indian delicacies at restaurants located near the Kukke temple in the town of Somwarpet.

In Search of Kartikeya : Kumara Parvatha (Bangalore Mountaineering Club)

Before starting the trek fill your tummies with deliciously made South Indian delicacies at restaurants located near the Kukke temple in the town of Somwarpet.

For every trekker these milestones along the way are a good way to rejoice. And that feeling of placing your stone on top of it is just Ahhh… Amazing !!

In Search of Kartikeya : Kumara Parvatha (Bangalore Mountaineering Club)

For every trekker these milestones along the way are a good way to rejoice. And that feeling of placing your stone on top of it is just Ahhh… Amazing !!

The Kartikeya Connection : According to the legend, Kartikeya (Lord Shiva’s son ) or Subhramya or Murugan got married to Devasena ( Lord Indra’s daughter ) in the hills of Kumara Parvatha.

In Search of Kartikeya : Kumara Parvatha (Bangalore Mountaineering Club)

The Kartikeya Connection : According to the legend, Kartikeya (Lord Shiva’s son ) or Subhramya or Murugan got married to Devasena ( Lord Indra’s daughter ) in the hills of Kumara Parvatha.

“You see those mountains acting as perfect back-drop to the Kukke Subhramaniya temple? That’s the peak of Kumara Parvatha!!”

In Search of Kartikeya : Kumara Parvatha (Bangalore Mountaineering Club)

“You see those mountains acting as perfect back-drop to the Kukke Subhramaniya temple? That’s the peak of Kumara Parvatha!!”

Kumara Parwata or KP as its widely known by trekkers all around India has a lot to offer. Even before we started the trek, we were already soaked in divinity as trek starts near the entrance of the temple Kukke Subramaniya.  Situated at height of 1712 metres in Pushpagiri Wildlife Sanctuary, KP is much more than being just “The most challenging trek in South India”.

In Search of Kartikeya : Kumara Parvatha (Bangalore Mountaineering Club)

Kumara Parwata or KP as its widely known by trekkers all around India has a lot to offer. Even before we started the trek, we were already soaked in divinity as trek starts near the entrance of the temple Kukke Subramaniya. Situated at height of 1712 metres in Pushpagiri Wildlife Sanctuary, KP is much more than being just “The most challenging trek in South India”.

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