Agasthyamala

Trek Type : Weekend

Departure Dates 2017

Dec 28 (Open) 

 

 

 

Destination
Bangalore to  Bangalore


Trek Grade : Moderate

Duration : 5 Days

Cost : ₹ 10,500/- 

Group Size : 11 members

Annapurna Base Camp Trek

In the Abode of Devi

Overview

Annapurna base camp trek is famous for trekkers. The principal peaks of the western portion of the great Annapurna Himal, including Hiunchuli, Annapurna South, Fang, Annapurna, Ganagapurna, Annapurna 3 and Machhapuchhare, are arranged almost precisely in a circle about 10 miles in diameter with a deep glacier-covered amphitheater at the center. From this glacier basin, known as the Annapurna Sanctuary, the Modi Khola knifes its way south in a narrow gorge fully 12,000 ft. deep. Further south, the gorge opens up into a wide and fertile valley, the domain of the Gurungs. The middle and upper portions of Modi Khola offer some of the best short trekking routes in Nepal, and the valley is located so that these treks can be easily combined with treks into the Kali Gandaki region to the west.

In spite of the great heights of the surrounding peaks and ice walls, the valley floor between 12,000 and 14,000 ft. can provide comfortable camping spots in good weather.

 

Damodar Kund and Saribung Pass Trek

Damodar Kund and Saribung Pass Trek

Overview

   

Among the high altitude trekking trails in Upper Mustang region of Nepal , is pass which is apple of eye for the trekking community, the newly discovered trekking route in 2006. It is challenging and very popular trekking trail with beaten track and demanding pass. Saribung is situated in isolated part of Mustang region of Damodar Himal, close to the border of (Tibet). The trail is rugged, cutting high into cliff sides and passes villages that have changed little over the centuries. Saribung Trek can be done in anti-clockwise for which the trek start from Nar - Phu “a hidden valley” and then ascend to Saribung pass and enter in the Mustang " known as little Tibet in Nepal". After paying respects to lord Vishnu at Muktinath the trek start from Jomsom and follow Upper Mustang trail and descend to Nar-Phu valley and Besisahar to end.

Overcoming many passes with ice and creases in between the Damodar Kund region and Nar-Phu valley. Damodar kund is a high Altitude Lake situated in high up in a rain- shadow area of the Himalayas north of the famous Annapurna range of the upper Mustang region between Kagbeni and Muktinath. The elevation of the Damodar Kund is 5400 meters. River Kaligandaki has its source in Damodar Kund and throughout its flow to south right up to Indian border carries a manifestation of lying lord Vishnu with Damodar kund jeweled as His auspicious Head and with Muktinath as the mouth, Shaligram Chakra as chest Ru Ru Kshetra of Palpa district as the waist, Devaghatam as the Knee and lastly the auspicious feet of lord Vishnu goes to the credit of Gajendra Moksha devadham, Nawal Parasi. Such a beautiful elaboration of the lord, one may find starting from the auspicious lakes of Damodar Kund. The trek starts from one place to another with great sceneries, cultures, religion and geographical variations. And so trekkers can enjoy the fantastic and picturesque views of diversity in this region. Visit to Monastries at Lo mathang for religiously inclined and caves in Choser add to adventure. Saribung trekking and expedition will start from one region and end another trekking region by enjoying scenery, religions, geographic elevation and will cross the challenging pass near Saribung Peak situated at a altitude of 6346m. The trekkers and climbers really enjoy its fantastic and pleasing views of Himalaya and beyond. During the trekking, trekkers meet different villages, monasteries, culture and religion of Tibetan style every day in Upper Mustang and Nar Phu area.

Everest Base Camp via Gokyo - Ri

Emerald Gokyo lakes and Cho La Pass

Overview

          Everest base camp trek including high altitude emerald Gokyo lakes and Cho La Pass   is one of the most adventurous trekking route in entire Everest region. The trekking trail is popularly known as Everest Circuit trekking. It follows the route over high altitude pass called Cho - La Pass at 5330 meters into Everest Base Camp. This trek begins from Lukla a  hamlet situated 2860 M . After one day acclimatization in Namche bazaar it follows all the way to Gokyo Lake. Explore glacier lake  around the Gokyo valley.  From Gokyo lake  two hour climb to the Gokyo-Ri (5480m). Here one can enjoy the  stunning view of  summit views of mountain scenery including 8000 m peaks such as Everest peak ,Makalu peak and Cho Oyo peak .

The thrilling part of the  whole trek is to cross Cho  La Pass (5330m) over moraine and snow and finally reaching at Dzongla. After Dzongla the trail continuing rises steadily lateral moraine from the crest. On the left at the head of this valley a snow covered glacier can  see which is another pass to the right of the Kangchung peak. The final ascent  to the Cho La pass is the most prominent part in this trekking. The Cho La Pass also known as a Chhugyuma La in Sherpa communities. After crossing glacier lake can be seen major snow peak in Everest region including Mt. Everest. The trail continues downhill icy and rocky before to reach easier Yak pastureland in Dzonglha at 4830m.

Everest Gokyo Chola pass trek is another exiting opportunities is to reach foot of the world  highest mountain mount Everest. After  visiting  Everest Base camp via Gorakshep the  ultimate goal is  to  climb the summit of Kalapathar (5545m) from where you enjoy a glimpse and panoramic view of Mt. Everest and surroundings.

During Everest Base camp downhill circuit  trek you will  pass through Tyangboche, a place where a famous magnificent monastery is located. We take a rest there and savor the incredible scenery enchaining views of Mt. Everest, Mt. Amadablam 6812 M - Popularly known as Mothers Necklace, Mt. Thamserku, Mt. Kangega, Mt. Kwangde, Mt. Nuptse etc and back to Lukla airport 2860 M . On the next morning you take flight to Kathmandu. 

Dagala Trek

Thousand lakes trek & sightseeing

Overview

          Dagala is the name in general for the mountains lying between Thimphu and Dagana. These complex  and mosaic of mountains are indeed paradox that there is a saying in Bhutanese, ‘even by the time the Djop (nomad) dies of old age, he won’t have understood Dagala’. Dagala is also known for having so many lakes, hence the name Dagala Thousand Lakes Trek. It is a moderate trek with mostly short trekking days, but includes a few steep climbs. The route follows ancient path between Thimphu and Dagana. In ancient days, the Daga Penlop would be seen frequently travelling this route with a caravan of retinue as he paid his monthly or quarterly visits to his superior in Punakha or Thimphu. At every halt, legends surrounding lakes, mountains, stones and cliffs abound that you may wonder whether you have become Alice in Wonderland,  adorned with a multitude of pristine, crystal clear lakes. As you walk amidst the shimmering lakes you’ll be treated with stunning views of the entire Himalayan mountain range and some of the world’s highest peaks including Mt. Everest, Jomolhari, Masang Gang, Jichu Drake, Gangche Ta and many more. During the trek an entire day will be dedicated to visiting some of the more picturesque lakes, fishing and resting. The trail also takes you through several Bhutanese villages so you can get a good idea of traditional Bhutanese village life as you make your way back from the lakes.While this is a somewhat strenuous trek, it is well worth the effort because of the tranquility and beauty of natural landscape that you will enjoy during you visit.

 

Everest Base Camp

Everest Base Camp

For the glimpse of the Magnificient..!

Overview

          To know the Magnificience of a mountain you should maintain distance - is a saying related to mountains.It is a dream of every  adventure enthusiast and a mountain lover to have a Glimspe of worlds highest peak Eve- Rest - 8898 M .Everest base camp trek traditionally is a route normally following the Hillary footstep which starts with a few hours’ drive to Jiri, but time and development of infrastructures has benefited this trekking region and thus has provided opportunities for people with limited time to trek this EBC trekking trail with a flying to Lukla.

The trekking route in the sherpa region of Everest base camp trekking is a feast to eyes and a  endless view of mountain surroundings with curiosity over dramatic landscape. The trail, whether you take a shorter version with a flight into Lukla or the classical trek from Jiri, it all follows the same course of Dudh Kosi river as you gain altitude trekking through forests of rhododendron ( Buransh ) and magnolia into almost arctic conditions when you walk the Khumbu Glaciers into Everest base camp. This trek is even more challenging doing almost a circuit with a trek into Gokyo, crossing the Chola Pass or doing 3 passes or Gorakshep to Kalapathar and EBC or vice versa.

To be frank , to see the highest point on earth “Everest” from close quarters. The mystery of this trek is that one cannot get to see the Everest at close range as you get to see it from Kalapathar. However, the trek to base camp itself is sensational, an over whelming feeling that captures your heart mind and soul.A mountain journey with  each step ; each breath worthwhile and experience to cherish for a lifetime..!

 

Agasthyamala

An Adventure Pilgrimage

Overview

Western Ghats is known to be the most bewitchingly beautiful region in the province of South India. There are many mountain peaks that have been explored by thousands of tourists in the past years. Holiday makers seek to fulfill every deep urge of tourists and provide with an adventure tour that not only is comfortable and affordable but also is an experience of a lifetime. Western Ghats is a home to rich and deep green grasslands, gorgeous mountain peaks, rare species of flora and fauna along with a special collection of medicinal herbs. Tourists from every age group can unravel the mystic aura of the beautiful Western Ghats. One such location in the Western Ghats is Agastya Mala near Trivandrum in Kerala. 

Situated at an altitude of 6,129 feet above sea level, it is a famous destination for pilgrims and a paradise for adventure tourists. It is one of the highest peaks in Kerala and is extremely popular for medicinal plants and herbs. About 2,000 different varieties of Ayurvedic medicinal treatment ingredients are found in the area. Tea gardens commissioned by British during their rule in India are commonly found at the base stations of the mountain at Bonacaud, Brimore and Ponmudi. The Agasthyamala Biosphere Reserve is a home to the rarest collection of flora and fauna. The Reserve is mostly open for tourists in the month of January and February and prior permission from the forest department is required to visit this region. 

Agastyamala offers its visitors the best combination of beautiful dense forests, calming grasslands, spectacular scenic beauty and an opportunity of coming face to face with wild animals. Major attractions around the area are the soothing Neyyar Dam (located at a distance of 23 kilometres from Bonacaud), the beautiful Karamana River, Neyyar River, shimmering Meenmutty Waterfalls, huge estates of Bonacaud and Ponmudi. You can add few more days to your trip and visit these nearby areas to get the true feel of Agastya Mala region and the marvellous Western Ghats. 

The purple peak of Agastya Mala is also known as Agasthyarkoodam and is a pilgrimage centre for devotees of the Hindu sage Agastya. According to Hindu Puranas, there are seven sages (Saptarishi) and Sage Agastya is one among the Saptarishis. There is a statue of Sage Agastya at the peak of Agastya Mala and devotees are free to offer puja to the statue. It is believed that Tamil language originated as a boon from Sage Agastya. 

This amazing trekking experience will start once you reach the capital of Kerala, Trivandrum. You will be driven to Bonacaud, a small village located at an altitude of 570 metres. This is the starting point of your trek. Agastya Mala peak is about 23 kilometres from Bonacaud but the trekking trail is about 35 kilometres. There are stunningly beautiful hills in this region including the Pandipathu and a few others. The fort like formation close to Bonacaud is another delight for trekkers and travellers. You will be camping at Athirumala which is located at an altitude of 1041 metres above the sea level. Residing in this gorgeous base camp will be one of the most exciting bits of your trekking experience. You can catch a view of a portion of Agastya Mala from here. The vertical rock-face beautifully covered by dense forests in its base. The noticeable hill named Viluvarai stands at the left of Agastya Mala. The junction of Agastya Mala and Viluvarai hills is called Pongalappara. The hill at the right of Agastya Mala is called as Sanghu Muthirai. There are other groups of hills around Agastya Mala including the Ainthuthalai Pothigai. The misty sight of these breathe-taking green hills is enough motivation to continue on your trail further. 

The calming waterfalls, densely populated forests, mind-numbing grasslands, narrow pathways, adventurous activities, remarkable streams and rocky trails during this tour will entice your mind and relax your body. One visit to this place and you will forget the need for spas and salons. You will also pass through Pongalapara, situated at an altitude of 1,460 metres above sea level. Seetha Kulicha Kulam and Muttidippara are also famous stops along your way. The elevation of this trail is so steep that a trekker can feel his knees hitting his nose with every step he takes especially in the Muttidippara region. 

The summit of Agastya Mala is located at a majestic altitude of 1,868 metres. The glory of standing at this great heights while being surrounded by the most spectacular creation of nature is truly a once in a lifetime moment. The peaks that surround Agastya Mala welcome you with open arms. Anjila Pothi is a notable group of mountains standing close to Agastya Mala peak. These five breathe-taking mountains located at an altitude of 1,800 metres never miss to captivate the by-standers. 

There are many trekkers and holiday makers who have organised adventure games in the region. You can co-ordinate with our representative for details regarding some of the on-going thrilling adventure activities. There are plenty of rope activities which are not very tedious to the mind and body of adventure trekkers. Therefore, you can enjoy these activities without any sort of prior training.

The best time to visit Agastya Mala will range between the months of December to March. Depending on the permission and passes provided by the forest department, you can plan your trip. The weather conditions during October and November are usually pleasant and light rain showers are occasionally observed during the period. The winter season kick starts from November onwards but even though the overall temperature does not drop below 18 degree Celsius. 

Campsites of this region are well maintained by the government. There are a few small forts with rooms and restrooms which can be used for resting at night. Few campsites might not have markings on them but the camps near Vazapathiyar stream and Karamanayar extremely helpful during your trip. Trekkers require food which will give them instant energy during this trip. There might be times when trekkers might feel loss of energy especially during steep climbs. Our representatives usually carry emergency food for such instances. A trip among the deepest mysteries of nature that will awaken your every sense organ is exactly what you are signing on for with us.

 

The view of distant hills covered in mist and a glimpse of the river skirting through the deep valley is really a feast to the eyes. 

Kanchenjunga North Base Camp (Nepal)

North Face of Mighty Kangchenjunga (Nepal)

Overview

     Kanchenjunga [8598m], the 3rd highest mountain in the world and one of the world's most challenging peaks to climb, lies on the Nepal-Sikkim (India) border. This remote and less frequented trek is a spectacular and challenging walk across the length of Kanchenjunga North and South Base Camp and has been described by many as the best trekking route in Nepal. One can experience tropical jungles rhododendrons, chestnut and oak forests before one gets above the snowline . This is a great way to experience the Nepalese culture and life-style of different communities, ranging from Rais, Limbus to Tibetan Buddhists, away from the hordes of tourists who throng the more popular/commercial treks.

     The trek climbs gently along the valleys of rushing river to the north side of Kanchenjunga. Enroute to the destination of PangPema, one can see the grandeur of the Khabur (6332M), Phole (6645M) and Jannu (7710M). From Pang Pema one can witness the grandeur of the Kanchenjunga panorama, TapleShikhar (6510M), GimmigelaChuli (The Twins 7350M), PathibharaKhas (Pyramid Peak, 7168M), KiratChuli (Tent Peak, 7365M) and Chang Himal above the Kanchenjunga Glacier.


Makalu Base Camp (Nepal)

 For A Glimpse of the Magnificient

Overview

     Makalu (8463 M), the fifth highest mountain in the world, is considered one of the hardest 8000 M peaks to climb because of its steep exposed ridges. This is a challenging and rewarding trek through one of the least developed parts of Nepal. The trek starts from Khandbari, though one may sometimes find a jeep up to Num. Along the walk up to Num one can see terraced farming (a paradise of bright green) amidst the thickly wooded forest surroundings, in places where there are settlements. From Num the trail seems like a vertiginous drop to the Arun Kosi river and then begins a continuous ascent up to the village of Khongma. The whole region (upto Khongma ) is very dense forests.

     It is no exaggeration, in saying a thick canopy of green extends as far as the eye can see. There is an eerie silence in these woods, broken once in a while by the sound of a stream or a waterfall. When the rays of sunlight filter through the occasional gap in the trees breaking the monotony of darkness one knows that there is a world beyond. If one thought the ascent to Khongma was tiring be prepared for more - as one crosses 3 passes the Ghugura La (Tutu la : 4050 M), Shipton La (4216 M) - named after Eric Shipton., and Keke La (4150 M) to Dobato. From Dobato the trail descends steeply into the Barun Valley and continues westward along the mighty Barun River, towards the picturesque campsite of Yangle Kharka. The whole trail beyond Yangle to Makalu base camp gives one a feeling that he is in paradise, with beautiful peaks named, rather unimaginatively, as Peak 3, Peak 4, and Peak 5 and so on till one reaches the mighty Makalu. It is a time to soak in the views. After a day spent in exploring the Makalu Base camp we retrace our steps.


FEW FACTS

Region
Neyyar Wildlife Sanctuary, Peppara Wildlife santuary of Western Ghats  ; State of  Kerala.


Altitude
1,868 m (6,129 ft) Above Sea level


Trail Type
Evergreen Moist deciduous forest with steep descents and ascents.


Food & Accommodation
Forest Huts to stay at Athirumala.


Trekking Distance
40 km Bonacaud to Bonacaud


Attraction's
Herbs & Medicinal plants including Arogyapacha, a medicinal herb, Flora and Fauna.


Best Season 
Mid December to March.


Entry to Santuary 
Available from Forest Department ; Trivandrum.


Advisory

  1. Dont venture into park without Prior permission.
  2. Dont start your trek after 11 am.
  3. Pay heed to the trek leader in order to enjoy a safe and sound trekking experience.
  4. Do not consume alcohol or any other intoxicants during the trek.
  5. Don't ever visit Agasthyamala or Agasthyarkoodam during Monsoons or in bad weather.
  6. Heavy Winds blow once you reach Pongala para.  
  7. Avoid trekking during the nights.
  8. Carry basic medications and a first-aid kit during the trek.
  9. The trek takes place through eco-friendly zone; do not encourage littering the local sites or campsites.
  10. Do not pollute the environs.

Water Resources 
There are natural streams and waterfalls on the trail quench your thirst. No water available at the summit of Agasthyarkoodam.


Medical Aid
Carry your personal Basic First Aid kit.


HOW TO REACH

By Air : Trivandrum Airport ; Kerala


By Road : Reach Trivandrum and drive 70 kms to Vithura to reach Bonacaud Estate


By Rail : Trivandrum central railway station


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