Kabbaladurga trekking Guide from Bangalore

How to reach Kabbal Durga trek from bangalore?

Kabbal durga Distance from bangalore: 80 Kms
Kabbal durga trek Difficulty level: Medium
Kabbal durga Trek distance: 3 kms
Kabbal durga Trek time: 1-2 hours

Kabbal Durga GPS trail:

Kabbal durga night trek (5)The ruined Fort

We started from Bangalore around 09.30 pm and reached at foot-hill around 11.30. It was completely dark and silent. There were three yellow street lights over the hill along the way. After having everyone’s introduction we in a group of 10 moved ahead. The night was moonless with cool breeze and endless silence being interrupted by the distant sounds coming from fields.

We turned on our lights and started walking like a clump of fireflies moving silently under star studded dark night. The sound of each step was audible and we were moving aligned like some spooks. After crossing the rugged path till the foot hill, we commenced ascending up. Distant far yellow vapor lights along the route were visible, cuing us about the likely course we had to walk along.

Ice broke and chitchatting began. Rugged plain paths were almost over after half an hour stroll with torch lights. We could see small distant scintillating lights piercing the night, coming from distant villages under star-studded night while we walked aligned.

Kabbal durga night trek (9)Walking aligned

The route from the foothill was almost rocky with thorny shrubs and bushes to a lesser extent which was unlikely in a south Indian trek. The rocks were mostly solid granite and had steep gradient of about 40 degree and sometimes increased up to 60 degree on the way. The stroll which began amid cool breeze with slow pace had turned into a steamy up-rise. It was really baffling then to carry a backpack with torch-light in one hand while maintaining balance on a slippery path under dark night.

People were painting hellishly; legs were shaking readily; even at midnight we were sweating intemperately. We had to change our moving style a lot of times. Sometimes leaning forward; sometimes squatting lazily and pushing ourselves; sometimes holding a helping hand and pulling ourselves up but we were united in a herd. Smokers beware! One chain smoker shared his hiking experience somewhat like this:

“I feel high palpitation at core of my heart. Breathing is nearly impossible. Sweating is unbelievable at this time in night. I feel like my chest has bulged out and legs are going out of steps”.
It was not him, it were almost everyone, who were having more or less same go through

Kabbal durga night trek (8)Steep hikes

Initially, we were in a hurry to reach at the top fast so that we could enjoy more later after realizing the darkness and the steepness, we decided to slow down and give time to it. When another steeper rock was standing tall in front of us, we helplessly looked at each others’ face and eyes decided that we sit for some time and get re-energized. Time ran just like that. Everyone was tired and looking at each-other waiting for who was going to start first. Someone had to stand up. Thanks to the tourism department that they put iron support bar and had carved steps into rocks which helped us a lot while hike.

Each of the yellow lights was our temporary haven. We moved like an IP packet halting at each destination on our way and again commencing a novel journey. We kept walking trying to figure out each dismal structure lying around and trying to see some moving life in them. After tenacious toil, we were at the top and every light distant or dearer was visible to us. We moved all around the top and while the valleys around the hill were deep dark but small towns at distance were twinkling and smiling.

It was time to take some rest there and quench thirst under cool night. It was very windy out there. Some wrapped sleeping bag around them. We were sitting like sharpshooters under black night. We settled to bring dry branches, grasses and twigs.
We took torches and headed forward to find something for campfire. After tripping around and carrying loads of firewood to campfire site and we began camp-firing.Kabbal durga night trek (4)

It was really tough to light a match-stick in windy weather at the top. Somehow, we managed to spark the fire. The warmth of fire was cozy and quixotic. We sat around; sang rhymes and songs. It was almost 2.30 in foggy morning with least visibility. People started dispersing away. In the end, I and Swamy were left. He too fell asleep. I tried to keep fire burning because I was feeling insomniac.

Around 4 in the morning, Swamy accidently got up and we again ventured in the fog to find more fire wood. The fire was hollering again in the fog, fighting with cold and giving us warmth. When I slept beside fire, I don’t remember. Next morning, when I got up, people were busy taking the photographs around. We could not see sunrise due to hazy weather. We strolled around and kept wondering about the unusual things around.

Kabbal durga night trek (1)Stone mounted to hold prayers for years; unmounted only when wish is fulfilled

 After having group photos and venturing around the hill top, we decided to descend down before sun burned us up. It did not take more than one and half hour to come down to our vehicle. We got inside the vehicle and moved on to our direction where this journey began, to Bangalore. I fell asleep shortly and when I got up, I was at my room.

Kabbal durga night trek (6)On our way back

Kabbal durga night trek (7)Spooky Sam

What to carry?

  • Light backpack
  • Sufficient water
  • Raincoat
  • Sleeping Bag
  • Torch/Lights
  • Good walking shoe with nice grip
  • Extra cash
  • Energy bars and Glucose

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3 thoughts on “Kabbaladurga trekking Guide from Bangalore

  1. Niranth

    It was an awesome experience. A good start on my new year , thanks a lot for the vital information provided .

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