Narasimha Parvatha Rainforest Trekfrom
Narasimha Parvatha Rainforest Trek
– Raw, Wild and Magnificent. That’s how we can describe Narasimha Parvatha which is the tallest peak of Agumbe Rainforest. The trek is open just for 3 months in a year.
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- Vacation Style Holiday Type
- Activity Level Moderate
- Group Size Medium Group
Nestled in the heart of the Agumbe rainforest is the majestic peak of Narasimha Parvatha. The interesting thing about this mountain is the trek path that goes through a rainforest with contrasting shades like grasslands, thick sholas where sunlight doesn’t reach the ground, multiple streams. It’s a challenging trek that takes about 6 hours to climb.
The initial trek starts in a dense jungle with a gradual ascent. We will encounter plenty of streams with fresh water. A 2 and half hour hike will get us close to the top of Barkana waterfalls. The brute force of this waterfall formed by the huge plunge of Sita river into a deep valley amidst thick forest makes it an experience to cherish for trekkers. We can take a brief rest here, put chilled mountain water on our face to get reenergized.
It takes another 3 hours to reach the summit from Barkana waterfalls. We need to hike through the dense forest which is full of gigantic trees standing tall between the sun and ground. A steep ascent starts from here and the route from here till we reach the grasslands is a bit difficult.
The forest finally gives way to sprawling grasslands as we move closer to the peak. The lush green meadows are a welcome change to the thick forest due to the cool winds caressing our cheeks. The peak is around an hour and a half from the start of the grasslands. The views from the summit of Narasimha Parvatha are unmatchable because of its ideal location in the heart of rain forest surrounded by many mountain ranges.
Once we have our lunch, we will relax a bit and soak some sun. It just takes around 2 hours to descend 6 Km from the top in another route. It’s basically a circuit trek (we do not need to trek back on the same route). Bearing the initial part of the descent, most of the trek route towards the base is easy.
Narasimha Parvatha is a precious pearl of a mountain in the Western Ghats of Karnataka where there’s plenty of wildlife with a high chance of bumping into trekkers. As a result, this trek is highly protected by the Forest department and is open only for 2 to 3 months of a year (October to December) which makes it even more precious. A forest guide is mandatory too.
The striking Kudremukh range is also noticeable from the top of Narasimha Parvatha. Don’t miss this wonderful trek in the small little window this year. Dream big to summit an amazing mountain that is Narasimha Parvatha that is not on the radar of many hikers.
Highlights of Narasimha Parvata Trip:
- The most thrilling Narasimha Parvatha Trek in Rainforest
- Open circuit trek (starting, ending points are different)
- Amazing views of Barkana / Jogi Gundi Waterfalls
- Dip in the rainforest waterfalls
- Good veggie food
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- Day 0 Schedule
- Start from Bangalore, an overnight journey
- Day 1 Schedule
- Reach homestay, freshen up & have a nice breakfast.
- Take your pack of Lunch from our Organizer and head to the base of Narasimha Parvatha.
- Meet our Forest Dept Guide, start the trek at a dense rainforest, continue through thick sholas and with ups and downs in altitude.
- Pass by the side of Barkana waterfall, fill your bottles with fresh jungle stream water.
- Steep ascend for the next few Km until we reach grasslands close to the summit.
- Marvel at the panoramic view of western ghats from the top as you are at the highest peak of the Agumbe mountain range.
- Since Narasimhaparvatha is a highly protected zone of the rainforest, there is plenty of wild animal presence, including King Cobras, hence we will trek down before it gets too dark. The route is different, and much easier while descending.
- Head back to homestay with a proud feeling of conquering a difficult mountain, and the image of rainforest views from the top.
- Relaxing bonfire and long conversations through the night at our forest homestay.
- Well deserved dinner and rest in the rooms.
- Day 2 Schedule
- Start the day with a leisurely breakfast.
- Pack your bags, check out of homestay.
- Explore Jogi gundi waterfall viewpoint, have lunch at a local restaurant.
- Drive back towards Bangalore in the night, reach by night around 9 PM.
- Seasonal variations: ...
- Oct to December: Narasimha Parvatha is only opened in these 3 months by the Forest department. The weather is pleasant throughout the day for the trek followed by a cold night. There is plenty of water in the rainforest waterfall to take a refreshing dip.
- Jan to Sept: The trek is banned for different reasons like torrential rains, wild animals and forest fires.
- What's next after booking your trip: ...
- A Whatsapp group will be created for all the registered folks night before the trip
- You may say hi to other trekkers and get prepared for the trip
- We will set expectations about the trip, remind you of important Terms & Conditions
Pickup points, Timings:
Central Silk Board Bus Stop: 8:00 PM
- In front of Udupi Grand – Service Road going towards HSR Layout
Marathahalli: 8:25 PM
- In front of Mahindra Showroom
Tin Factory: 8:40 PM
- Tin Factory Bus Stop
Goraguntepalya: 9:35 to 9:50 PM (based on traffic)
- Metro Station Bus Stop
Things to carry for Narasimha Parvata Trip:
- Toiletries, moisturizer, light towel, lip balm, wet wipes, toothbrush, toothpaste,
- An empty lunch box to carry lunch.
- A lightweight large Backpack for the trip (no suitcase, no trolley)
- A small backpack for the trek (to carry Lunch packet, water bottle, snacks etc)
- Photo identity proof with address (Aadhar/Passport/Voter ID)
- Track pants, full sleeve T-shirt for the trek
- Cap/hat (to avoid getting tanned)
- Sunglasses (to keep your eyes fresh)
- Power bank, charger, camera, binoculars (if you wish to)
- Proper water bottle for your trip. You may fill at our homestay
- Disposable garbage covers (To separate used/unused, dry/wet clothes)
- Good grip trekking shoes or sandals
- Your personal medications, if any
- Pair of water wear to take a dip in the waterfalls
- Carrying a handwash/sanitizer/tissues will help during the trip
- Carry your jerkin/sweater – it can get cold at night
- Carry a lil bit of cash for Sunday Lunch, Dinner, and misc. Expenses
- Don’t carry expensive items. You are responsible for your own belongings.
- Travel by Tempo or mini-bus depending on final numbers (Non-AC)
- Homestay in rainforest village (separate dorms for each gender)
- Food: 2 Breakfasts, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner (all Veg)
- Narasimha Parvatha Trek
- Forest Dept trek charges
- Forest Guide charges
- Dip in rainforest waterfalls, Jogi gundi viewpoint
- Campfire (if it doesn’t rain at that time)
- Trek Leader(s) from MT
- Lunch on Day 2
- Any misc. expenses not mentioned in the inclusions above
- No Luxury. We assure awesome memories every trip, but not awesome facilities.
- We provide basic facilities in terms of food, travel and stay.
- The itinerary is fixed. No special requests to change itinerary/schedule are permitted. Do not give advice(s) to the Organizer.
- Absolutely no littering. We swear to protect our environment.
- No alcohol & smoking during travel, treks and other outdoor activities. There would be a separate window and space (usually at night) to have these at the campsite/homestay for interested people.
- Cooperate with the organizer(s) in following the schedule set for the day (especially getting up and getting ready in the morning). This will ensure travelers won’t miss out on the real fun part that is traveling.
- Every traveler is responsible for his/her for your own safety. Don’t indulge in any illegal or silly activity that causes harm to you or fellow travelers.
- Do not wander into the forest away from the designated trail for trekkers. There may be snakes, scorpions, and other dangerous animals.
- Unexpected situations: It may happen we do not cover all the places mentioned in the itinerary because of unpredictable reasons like bad weather, landslides, wild animal presence, abrupt blocking of sites by the police/forest department, delay in travel because of an issue with our group itself, traffic conditions, etc. In most cases, if the time permits, the organizer(s) will take travelers to an alternative place. But in some cases, we may have to skip a place altogether.
- The event will stand canceled if less than 8 travelers signed up for the trip/trek.
- Travelers are expected to respect each other and help each other. Avoid discussing sensitive matters like sex, politics and religion/caste/race.
- Using foul or abusive language, eve-teasing, arguing with fellow travelers/organizer(s) and/or involving in the physical assault will not be accepted and will stand a chance of being deserted by the group then and there.
- Every traveler is expected to sign a liability/waiver form given by the organizer(s) after boarding the vehicle. This liability form will discharge Muddie Trails of any unexpected incident like injury/death/theft etc. Read it here.
- 80% refund if a cancellation request is sent before 48 hours of the trip start time.
- No refund if a cancellation request is sent within 48 hours of the trip start time, whatever be the reason (health, family, work issues, accident, etc.)
- No refund during or after the trip, whatever be the reason.
- No refund on the partial payment done to block your seat for the trip.
It falls under moderate to the hard difficulty levels. Hiking up is around 12 Km and hiking down is 6 Km.