Here’s my long due post about the trek to SavanDurga which I went for in late December last year. My primary reason for not writing about it is as usual, laziness but the other reason, which inspires the laziness in this case is: What can I tell you about a Trek to SavanDurga which the others posts about it can’t? And there exists too many of them. In fact, that’s what prompted the trip in the first place. When I couldn’t think of the answer, I dropped the idea. But today, while searching for a destination for a one day trip in/around Bangalore, Savandurga came up. While we were discussing what all we could do tomorrow, trekking being one option, I started remembering Savandurga and thought of finally writing this post too.
It was my first proper trekking experience and I haven’t been to any more such treks since then so I don’t have any other treks to compare it with. Wait, I just remembered I have been to Vaishno Devi few years back, and it was quite a long walk up (~13 kms )! But still, I don’t think it qualifies as a proper trek because: (a) My friend Pallavi would kill me if I compared a religious site with anything done with a purpose of leisure only and (b) Even I’m not comfortable calling it so because of how crowded and commercialized the place is, having clearly marked pathways and loads of shops along those paths. So, let’s treat Savandurga as my first trekking experience and let’s move on from that.
It took us about 5 hours to complete the whole trek from start to end but we did stop a lot on our way up so it may take you much less. Each of us carried a backpack with water bottles and some food, which we savored while taking those breaks. We bought most of it on the way (carrots, pineapples etc.) which tasted great and were really cheap too. There’s not a single place offering anything to eat nearby so it was a good thing we carried some food. You will get coconut water at the base of the trek which you can have before you start and after you return. And during the trek, you’ll find one or two local shopkeepers, selling over priced fake fruit juice which tastes like diluted sugar syrup. But if you run out of water and food, thank the guy for being there, trekking up with a basket full of those things and buy one eagerly.
Trekking is hard at first. It looks too steep too, which doesn’t exactly help! But once you see other people around climbing up so easily, some of whom much older than you are, you will get over it fast and get used to the terrain. Most of those older people are natives who have trekked this same place many times before. You’ll be saying this to your friends when you ask them to take another break and sit for a while. Or you can just say the view looks nice, let’s stop for a picture! That’s what I did. 😉
On our every break, we would drink some water, eat a little candy or something, and discuss whether to go on or turnaround. Someone would say it’s almost over, let’s do this, and we would all move forward. Eventually, we reached the top. And that was the best thing we did! Turning around would have not only meant we couldn’t even do a fairly easy ranked trek, it would have robbed us of ringing that temple bell on the top, of going through those little caves at the end, and of being able to sit at the top, enjoying the view and feeling slightly accomplished! Also, we realized that the final portions of the trek aren’t that bad, partly because you get used to the terrain and partly because it really isn’t that steep as it is in the middle.
Descending is much easier as opposed to what I was told before the trek started. Or maybe I was too hungry to slow down then. Also even though we went there in December, it was pretty hot and sunny and after hours of being out there, I was ready to go back. We stopped only once while descending, before a particularly scary looking stretch and reached the ground quite fast. We rested a bit, had that coconut water and then drove back. It was a good trip!