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  • Trip introduction

    On this trek to Makalidurga, you will summit a hill at 4,430 feet above sea level and explore an ancient fort in the ghostly hours of the night. On this moderately easy trek, you will negotiate a rugged hilly terrain that goes through dense grasslands and a green carpeted trail. At the top, you'll enjoy a campfire, and then drift off to sleep in sleeping bags under starry skies. The lake below shimmers in the moonlight and the early sunrays light up the scenic surroundings. It is an ideal weekend getaway for anyone looking for adventure close to home.

    NOTE: Sleeping bags will be handed out at the start of the trek, and each participant will have to carry their own.

    Destination

    Makalidurga is located around 60 km from Bangalore near Doddaballapur on the way to Gauribidanur, making it perfect for a quick, overnight getaway. The easy trail makes it a popular spot for trekking, rappelling and other adventure activities. The sunrise from Makalidurga hill is spectacular as you can see a panoramic view of the lake below bathed in golden light.

    Destination highlights

    Trek to an ancient fort in the ghostly hours of the night. | Soak in the scenic views of the shimmering lake under the moon and in the golden dawn. | Enjoy a warm bonfire and sleep in sleeping bags under open skies.

    Activity Details

    3500

    4430

    2730

    8 kms

    3 hours

    8 kms

    Trip details
  • Day 1 of the Makalidurga trek: Drive to Makalidurga base

    You will be picked up from the scheduled pick up points and driven to Makalidurga base. Makalidurga is 60 kms from Bangalore. It is a 3 hour journey to the base and you should reach by 00:00 hours.

    Transit in bus.

    You'll board the bus at about 21:00 hours, and should reach Makalidurga shortly after midnight. Try and catch some sleep on the bus. Enjoy a campfire and then retire for the night in sleeping bags under the open skies.

    Day 1 Milestone

    Bangalore

    Makalidurga base

    05:30 AM

    Food

    No meals will be provided today.

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    Day 2 of the Makalidurga trek: Trek and fort exploration
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  • Cancellation policy

    For cancellations made 0-24 hours before the departure date of the Makalidurga night trek: No refund.

    For cancellations made 24 hrs or more before the departure date of the Makalidurga night trek: 90% of trip cost, minus any transaction charges, will be refunded.

    For no show, due to any reasons, including personal reasons, miscommunication with booking website/operator: No refund.

    For changes in itinerary during the Makalidurga night trek due to unforeseen conditions: Alternate feasible activity will be provided, but no refund will be given.

    If the Makalidurga night trek is cancelled by the operator due to weather changes, wildlife movements or permission issues before the departure: 100% refund will be given.

    Rules on trip

    Smoking or consumption of alcohol or any drugs is strictly prohibited on the Makalidurga night trek.

    A strict no littering policy must be followed by all participants.

    Participants consuming alcohol, misbehaving or causing delays will be immediately banned from the rest of the Makalidurga night trek. Their return costs will be at their own expense and no refunds will be given in such a case.

    Sleeping bags will be handed out at the start of the trek, and each participant will have to carry their own.

    There are no washrooms on the trek, but you will be able to use the washroom in a restaurant on Day 2.

    Additional instructions, booking policies, terms and conditions

    The operator will not be responsible for any loss including damage to property, injury or death of a person during the Makalidurga night trek.

    No insurance is included in the trip cost.

    In case of damage or loss of any of the equipment or items of the operator, the responsible traveller has to bear the cost.

    There are designated pick up and drop points for the Makalidurga night trek. Please make your own arrangements for transport to the specified pick-up point accordingly.

    The transport for all trips is organized by third party transport agency and is not under the control of the operator. Participants are requested to co-operate in case of minor delay in pick-ups and drops, if any.

    NOTE: These are the pick up points for the Makalidurga night trek: RR Nagar, Gopalan Arcade Mysore Road (21:00 hrs); Banashankari bus stop (21:30 hrs); BTM, Udupi Garden bus stop opposite A2B (22:00 hrs); Silk Board bus stop opposite Pizza Hut (22:10 hrs); Marathahalli, near Kalamandir (22:30 hrs).
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  • Includes / Excludes

    Includes

    • Transport from Bangalore to Makalidurga base and back

    • Sleeping bags
    • Breakfast on day 2
    • Campfire
    • Guide for trek
    • All applicable taxes

    Excludes

    • Insurance

    • Personal expenses including telephone calls, meals on transit, tips, etc.
    • Additional costs incurred due to weather or other unforeseen situations
    • Anything not mentioned in inclusions

    What to Wear

    What to Wear

    • A pair of quick dry trousers/ track pants
    • Long-sleeved shirt or t-shirt
    • Warm fleece jacket/ sweater
    • Raincoat or poncho
    • Sunhat
    • Comfortable trekking/hiking shoes
    • Not to wear - Expensive jewellery
    • Wrist watch
    • Electronic items
    • Suitcases, trolleys or any other hard luggage

    What not to Wear

    • Loose clothing that will tangle around you while swimming
    • Restrictive clothing
    • Flip-flops

    Equipment / Gear

    We Provide

    • Transport by private vehicle from Bangalore to Makalidurga and back
    • Campfire
    • Sleeping bags

    You need to get

    • Backpack with rain cover
    • Raincoat or poncho
    • Sturdy water bottle
    • Energy bars
    • Torch/flashlight
    • Personal toiletries
    • Personal first-aid kit
    • Camera (if you like; with batteries fully charged)
    • Sunglasses
    • Keep a few poly bags handy for your belongings in case of heavy rain
    • Lightweight floaters/sandals
    • Extra pair of clothes
    • Relispray
    • Dettol solution
    • Insect repellent

    Medical Kit

    • Please carry specific personal or prescribed medication, personal first-aid kit.