||[Sep. 12th, 2005|06:52 pm]
Tadiyendamol and Kudremukh were windy and cold only in the night; make that all day with numbing cold, stronger winds, 50m visibility and sprinkles of rain and you get the wonderful experience of Mullainagiri in this season.
Our(bchandan,ashvinm, Pankaj, Sandeep C and me) original plan of going up by the 'Sarpa Daari'(Snake Trail, not named after snakes but for the ziz-zag path it takes) was changed when our auto-driver from Chikmagalur took a wrong turn and dropped us off on another road to the peak. This route goes through Sitalayanagiri where there is an old temple covered with moss and grass. The people here offered us coffee and were explaining the politics behind Bababudangiri. They were saying the sun is hardly visible all day in this season; the path going to Bababudangiri is also covered with plants and they advised us not to take that path with the fog ever present. We continued from there after a quick look at the temple. I tried out a cow path while the others followed the wider one. The cow path followed the contours of the mountains for some time but suddenly dissappeared and this happened a couple of times later too; just had to go ahead, climb or go down to find it again; the only time it was a problem was when I had to climb through waist high plants. This ended at the steps that lead to the peak and the temple. We had a look around but the view of the surrounding place was blocked by the clouds/fog. We took the Sarpa Daari down(left-right-left-right); the rocks/steps here were slippery and we had to tread carefully. Back on the road, we caught a bus back to Chikmagalur and were there to have lunch at 3pm. We were back by 10pm after taking a bus to Hassan and another to Bangalore. Although this is the highest peak in Karnataka at 6k odd feet, the trek itself was short because the starting point is close to the base and it is difficult to continue on to Kemmanugundi in this season.