Kumar Parvata or KP is one of the toughest treks in Karnataka. A lot of people have written about how to reach the trek with or without hiking groups and other details. A nice blog post on this can be found here:
What I am writing about today is my experience of doing the trek in a single day. It’s usually a 2 day trek.
The trek is 14 kms one way with a rest spot midway. The rest spot Bhattarmane is the place to camp and get food. So the two options you have are:
- Go up to the peak and come down to Bhattarmane (roughly 21kms) on day 1 and then come down from Bhattarmane on day 2.
- Go up till Bhattarmane on day 1 (7kms) and then do the remaining 21 kms on day 2.
I did the trek twice in two weeks. Once with a group of friends using option 2. The second time I decided to push my limits and see if I could do the trek in a single day. I was able to! Here’s a rough guideline as to how I did the trek in one day.
5 30 am bus drop to Kukke Subramanya
5 30 to 6 05 pre breakfast and freshen up.
6 05 To 8 05 Bhattarmane (mid point)
8 05 to 8 35 breakfast at Bhattarmane
8 35 To 10 35 Shesha Parvat peak
10 35 to 11 05 Kumar Parvat peak (Highest point)
11 05 to 11 15 rest
11 15 to 11 45 Shesha Parvat
Chill 1.5 hours at Shesha.
1 15 to 2 30 Bhattarmane
2 30 to 3 10 Lunch
3 10 to 5 10 pm Come down
It’s a little bit of a stretch but is certainly possible! Bonus is that you don’t need to carry a tent and sleeping bag since you aren’t camping at night.