Tadiyandmol Trek - A Cut Above the Clouds!Sunday, January 17, 2010
Promise me a glimpse of awesomeness and I’d walk a thousand miles! Doesn’t sound real? Let me elucidate – I traveled 270 kms away from Bangalore, hiked to 1750 meters for a 5 minute Sunset and a 15 second Sunrise. No Kidding! Tadiyandmol held a promise of something I longed since the inception of the trek bug in my mind – A walk above the clouds! And this trek to the second highest peak of Karnataka was just about that and this post will tell you how it lived upto its expectation and more.
Some treks are done for the sheer challenge they present and some for the sheer beauty they present. This trek belongs to the second category. Beautiful as hell and easy as well! An ideal trek for beginners to start with.
This time, I was back on trail with CTC and I also invited Arti to come along and get a glimpse of my world. Saturday morning we started in two TTs to Kakkabe, Coorg which is the starting point for the trek. There were 23 of us along with the two familiar faces of Ravi and Vinod. I was up all Friday night writing my summit day story with the idea in my mind that I would sleep throughout the journey to Kakkabe – a good 6 hours from B’lore. But I could not have been more wrong or optimistic in thinking so. You’ll be surprised to know how much talent India is hiding and especially in that TT in which I was traveling. American Idol would stand no chance against it and Sa Re Ga Ma Pa would be of no comparison. The guys with most amazing voices were making sure no one would ever forget this eventful ride and I was no exception. I was pretending to be asleep alright but yes, I was listening and yes, you guys won! :)
Unfortunately, one missed turn cost us an extra two hours of the journey and we reached Kakkabe only at 4.00 PM! Now the main reason for me doing this trek was the sunset from the peak and all of this seemed for a lost cause now that evening was fast approaching. Pinning down my hopes on a beautiful sunrise, we started from Palace estate to the peak. Sitting in the bus for 10 straight hours, I felt like I just woke up from a deep slumber or so. The initial walk on the tarmac leading to the trail was steeper than the climb to the peak itself and I was very amused by this while a few were not so! Vinod assured the rest that this was the tough part and it was true.
Elated that I was, I captured some proof of the beauty that I witnessed and within 2 minutes. Vinod came running with his camera and he too got lucky! And as Rajesh’s head was rising over the horizon of the slope, the sun hid itself completely behind the clouds. He missed the phenomenon in just about 15 seconds! It was 5.59 PM and that was it. I was super ecstatic because I witnessed the sunset from 5.55 PM – 5.59 PM. Yup! I’m that crazy! Slowly the rest came only to find out to their chagrin that neither was this peak nor the campsite. And that they had to get down the mountain across the forest in the dark to reach the campsite long gone behind us.