Embark on Savandurga night trek to make your time after sunset exciting and fun-filled. The cliff has an altitude of approximately 4022 feet, and it is one of the biggest single rocks or monoliths on earth. It is mostly barren, whereas the area surrounding it bears thick vegetation, and this provides a beautiful contrast to onlookers. Some burial urns from ancient times have been found at the top of the cliff, and they make the excursion attractive to historians, anthropologists and archaeologists, as well. Though the journey is not too tough, you may still ask for good luck by praying to Lord Virbhadra. He is the local deity of the area, and his temple is located at the base of the hill.
After completing your night trek to Savandurga, you can visit the temple, dedicated to Lord Narsimha, the half-man, half-beast aspect of Lord Vishnu, at the top. These two Hindu shrines are the reason as to why hordes of devotees come here on pilgrimage. During the walk, you will come across the 16th century fort, constructed by Kempegowda I that now lies mostly in ruins. The cliff has two peaks, one of which is known as black hill and the other as white hill. Though the excursion is quite easy, the night will make it slightly tough. Not being able to clearly see where you are going will keep the thrill level high.
To be able to attempt this Savandurga night trekking tour, you should have a sound health. Though you will not experience altitude sickness, it is still essential that you are not afraid of heights or suffer from breathing ailments. You will need loads of water and snacks to re-energise during or after the exhausting uphill walk. Your shoes must be flexible, and the soles should give you good grip over the smooth path and loose soil. However, the most important thing for you to bring along will be a good electric torch, which will become the primary source of light during the journey.
Board a coach from the decided spot in Bengaluru at the scheduled time, and then travel to the hiking base. Get some rest upon arriving at the site, and then attend an introduction about the ensuing programme.
Post getting aptly briefed by your Savandurga night trek leader, get some exercise and warm yourself up. Start walking on the path that leads from the base of the cliff after exercising. You will enter an area, consisting of thick vegetation, and after some distance, you will come across a gigantic rock on your left side.
Continue your night trek to Savandurga by climbing this boulder, using proper gear and rock-climbing skills. As you move ahead, you will encounter some steep and some slippery sections that you will be able to negotiate with ease. You may take shelter beneath some large rocks, further ahead on the way, should it start to rain.
After making your way further on this Savandurga night trekking tour, you will see a dam reservoir of the Arkavathy River. The path now becomes slightly steeper and you encounter the altitude gain till an electric pole is reached. You now walk on the walls of the 16th century fort to make your way further towards the top. Another huge rock will have to be ascended after a while, and from atop it, you may be able to see the main summits. Considerable climbing and descending will be done as you commence the final phase of your trip. You will first climb along a winding path, and then you will start to descent gradually.
You may feel as if you are walking through caves or tunnels, while treading on certain sections of the path as they are covered from both sides. The ultimate section of the expedition is through an open grassy patch of land, which finally leads you to the top. Start a bonfire and get rest inside sleeping bags once you reach the summit. Wake up to a beautiful sunrise, and then start your downhill journey to reach the base camp.
Duration: 1 Night
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