Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Kollimalai Trek - Day 1

Place : Kollimalai
People : Mega, Saravanan, Saravanan appa, Srini, Satish, Vijay, Babu, Rakesh, Natarajan, Karthick, Prem, Kamesh.
Date : 18,19 July 2009

If you havent seen yet, See my previous post on Kollimalai Trip at Kollimalai Trip

Sarpalan, my ex teammate and YHAI trekmate suddenly organised a trek to kollimalai and sent tickets to join, which we all promptly did.

Day 1:

The plan was to trek from Periyasaami Kovil at the base of Kollimalai and to reach the top of Kollimalai.

After eating our breakfast and packing the lunch, we started the climb at 10.30 A.M.

The place where we started to climb.

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The White patch in the middle is the path, we will climb.

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The path we took is what has been created by water flowing down the mountains.

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Saravanan had given 3 options for us to choose at the beginning.

* Take the road
* Take the easy trek
* Take the difficult trek.

All of us unanimously chose the difficult trek not knowing what we had in front of us.

This was supposed to be the place where the easy path and difficult path diverged or as everyone else put , the Junction of "Poo Paathai" and "Singa Paathai"

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At some places the gap was so big.

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Nearly halfway

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One of the toughest places to climb :

This place was one of the difficult places to climb and which was completed by many only with help from the top.

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The plains :

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The white patch is the path in which we came up

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Finally we were near to the top .

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The guides that accompanied us. They gave us good company and from the beginning they maintained that the time remaining to reach the top was "just 10 mins". They never changed their stance. :-)

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After a long trek we reached a water source at 5.00 PM and had our lunch. Meanwhile at the beginning of the climb Babu had a cramp and wasnt able to walk properly. Hence he,Saravanan and a guide Ravi, took a different route. We had no information of them for hours and we were left wondering when they would be able to reach the top. Finally they reached safely with good help from the guide.

14 comments:

Rakesh said...

Wonderful write up Mega. Felt scary to see the second photo showing the white path which we traveled.

Babu said...

Excellent narration for the photos Mega...

Senthil Babu said...

photos la copyrights potu vechirukadhu unakke konjam overa therila ?

Megarajan said...

Hi Rakesh & Babu,

Thanks...

Senthilbabu,

Correct... Enakke konjam overathaan theriyuthu ... freeya vidu ...

Ekanth said...

awesome travelogue da! It will inspire many to trek kollimalai..

vinayak said...

Brevo Friends, Really best write up and snaps also (must be by Srini) Take care don,t leave any participent alone while treking though he is familier with the route.

Megarajan said...

ekanth,

Thanks da..

Vinayak..

thanks for dropping by and commenting. We will follow your advice...

Mitr - Friend said...

Amzing trek.. Fantastic photos... Been there as a kid, so obviously took the safer route... Would love to trek in this route some day.

//The guides that accompanied us. They gave us good company and from the beginning they maintained that the time remaining to reach the top was "just 10 mins". They never changed their stance. :-) // - That's funny.

If u reached atop at 5 pm, when did u climb down..??? - My Travelogue

Mitr - Friend said...

And am following your blog now... Pls do visit my blog and post ur comments... And follow if u like.. :) - My Travelogue

Megarajan said...

Hello Friend,

My friend had booked rooms for the night stay in Kollimalai, hence we had no worries about coming down.

Thanks, Your blog looks interesting. Will keep track of it.

Thanks
Megarajan

Samit said...

Very good photographs Mega. The place is also very beautiful.

satheesh said...

mega i am from chennai.can u give ur mailid for contact.bcos next time if u go for trekking , i want to join.Eagerly waiting

trekking in india said...

The Himalayas, home of the snow, is the most impressive system of mountains on the earth, and for centuries the setting for epic feats of exploration.

Indudhara said...

Hi,
Very nice write-up. I had one clarification - I'm planning to visit Kollimalai in July, 2013. Would this be the right time? How easy or difficult would it be to trek without guides? Thanks in advance!

-Indudhara.

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