Skandagiri night trek is your chance to wander amidst nature with no one, but yourself and your hiking group. The eponymous hill is situated near the town of Chikkaballapur in the Karnataka state. Its elevation above sea level is around 4429 feet, which means that it will be even lesser from the starting point of the trip. The hill contains the ruins of a fort, which was used by Tipu Sultan as a base for launching offensives against the British. There is also a temple atop the hill, where you may pay homage after completing the journey.
The Skandagiri trek contains an ascent of roughly 8 km, and it can be negotiated in 4-5 hours, depending on how skilled you are in hiking. At the point, from where the walk begins, there is a mutt, which is a Hindu religious centre. It is supposed to be among the oldest such institutions in Karnataka, and it houses idols of Goddess Parvati and some local deities. You begin your tour from Bengaluru, and first you reach the trek base. After the meet and greet, you ascend the cliff and camp there at night, before coming back to the base the next morning.
You must have enough water to last the entire night trek to Skandagiri as the journey will be slightly tough and tiring. Bringing a strong electric torch is indispensable because you will need something to illuminate your path in the absence of natural light. The hillock is covered by dense grasses and bushes that can make the path slippery, and hence your shoes should do enough to give you grip on the surface.
Your knee joints should be strong as should be your arms, to negotiate the slightly demanding ascent and the treacherous terrain of the region. You can attempt the hike in any month, but you should seek to avoid the rainy season. If you are going on a Skandagiri night trekking tour in winters, then you may get to see the sun, rising out of a thick blanket of clouds.
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9:00 PM: Gather at the set pick-up point in Bengaluru, and then board the coach, which will take you to the Kalwara village.
11:30 PM: Reach the village of Kalwara, and take some rest to build up energy for the ensuing trip.
11:45 PM: Pay heed to whatever your guide or team leader says about the walk, and then warm up with a bit of exercise.
12:00 Midnight: Commence your Skandagiri night trek after you have loosened your muscles and warmed up. Travel to the Papagni temple, from where the hike begins. In the beginning, the vegetation around the trail is somewhat scanty, but as you ascend, it starts becoming denser. There are no trees along the trail, but dense scrubs and bushes that characterise the savannah vegetation of the region.
During this Skandagiri night trek, you will have to cross six concentric fortification walls to reach the summit. After you reach the top, enjoy your success, and then start a fire. Look below to see the twinkling lights of the villages, and take photographs if your camera comes with night vision. Later, get inside sleeping bags for overnight sleep.
Wake up before the sun rises to see a spectacular scene when dawn breaks. Click as many photos of the phenomenon as possible because this is among the most enchanting sights that you will ever see in your life. After looking at this wondrous happening, start the next phase of the night trek to Skandagiri, which involves coming downhill.
8:30 AM: Relish a nourishing breakfast once you reach the Kalwara village campsite. Post breakfast, check your belongings, pack and then start the final leg of this amazing Skandagiri night trekking tour, which will take you back to Bengaluru.
11:30 AM: Reach Bengaluru.
Duration: 1 Night
Activities: Trekking, Bonfire
3. Sleeping Bag
1. Personal Medicine
3. Anything not mentioned in the Package
4. 9.0% Government Service Tax