Tuesday, February 12, 2013
An Illustrious and Exigent trek to Eagle Hill (Part-2)
In the middle of the morning after spending enough time on peak we headed to see northwest pinnacles, here we tempted to walk slowly so that we can catch every trace of the beauty spread over here.
A pair of Eagles wheeled and turned through the narrow valley, their quickening call the melody to the hum and they keep turning above the hills in very close distance. The trail veers right and notice the vegetation thickening all of a sudden we spotted a big golden shadow moving in the dry grassland. We waited for a while & here it was a full grown Sambar moved out of grassland. What an experience it was!!
Then we climbed high enough to get the Valley view. The initial ridge begins to narrow with drops down to the different hill ranges in both sides. It was the last section before the 14th hill. The ridge gets increasingly complicated, now mixed loose boulders and grass.
Once on the ridge it’s a gradual ascent again along it. The peak lies on another hill and is a short stiff climb along the ridge. It takes about 10 minutes along the ridge to reach next peak. After going up and down across multiple ridges we eventually made it to the final approach.
The sun was now distinctly up in the sky while we headed up the ridge west of the summit. As we continue on the trail we emerged on the other side of the valley.
Interestingly the trail ended up half circling around the summit and we eventually approached the peak from north and northeast. The views were outstanding, the visibility so far that we were able to see the Charmadi and Kudremukha mountains in the far northeast.
We saw the vast beautiful valley from the incredible height into the bright sky it was a contrasting feeling to feel good to have scaled the mountain and be sitting on the peak and at the same time experiencing the power of Nature, the winds were blowing so hard that it was difficult to even stand! The human soul becomes a butterfly while searching for a new incarnation!!
We relaxed for 30 minutes on summit. After that we climbed down the hill and started to climb Final Mountain soaring in incredible height, it was the most desolate parts of the planet, the whole mounting carve their way through dry grasslands to the deeply indented hill lines and when we reached to the peak we were greeted by the stunning views of the area including the valley we came up from it’s staggeringly beautiful.
On closing with the edge of the final hill the sounds and sights from the below valleys of tens of breeding birds were overwhelming. We knew then that we had found the most exceptional place of earth. We fell under its spell and so here we decided to stay for little. We were transformed as a part if this graceful, mysterious land.
The climb down from the immediate peak was much more difficult, with all of us slipping and falling down at least once and with some of us even pulling a muscle. We headed down the hill and encountered a vast low grassland area and we are all settled under one huge tree for while. After a break for lunch under the Eagle hill we made our way back down the way we came from.
Soon enough, the vegetation got thicker and more hostile to the hiker which led us to eventually lose the trail in few places. I was well hydrated I’d been drinking ahead of my thirst with such aggression I was probably making swishing noises but the heat started to get to me. I was certainly ready to refresh my water bottle but not particularly thirsty and my mind was on the woozy feeling.
At one point we took left deviation and we find a trail was well maintained and used so not much fighting against Mother Nature was necessary. Overall this journey was an unforgettable time. So relaxing, no stress, no phone calls, no pollution etc I'm way overdue for another trip in this section.
Location:UDUPI Charmadi, Karnataka 574228, India
I documents my visits to lesser known places in Soth India. It documents places nestled deep in the beauty of the Western Ghats and historical monuments.