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Trekking in India - 5 Day Munnar Adventure

Duration:
5 Days / 4 Nights
Destinations:
Silent Valley,Rhodo Valley, Meesapulimalai, Camp Footprint, Top Station
Price Guide:

Price guide for this 5 day Trekking in Munnar tour package is £465 based on two people. Prices vary based on number of people, length of tour, accommodation & season.

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Trekking in Munnar 5 Day Adventure

If you are looking to go trekking in India try the 5 day Munnar adventure. This trekking and camping activity holiday offers an excellent opportunity to explore the Western Ghats and experience its diverse habitation and breathtaking landscape. A moderate level of fitness is required for this tour as there are some steep climbs en-route. The distance covered each day is between 8 and 16 km.

This is a private tour for 2 or more people which is flexible and can be tailored from 2 to 5-day programmes. We are happy to develop special trekking and camping itineraries based on your requirement and group size.

All the trekking programme are conducted with the proper permissions from the related government departments and are designed to be as environmentally friendly as possible and support sustainable tourism. The aim is to conserve nature, traditions and culture on these eco-friendly programmes.

The best time to go trekking in Munnar is from December to February. The temperature may range from 2 °C to 13 °C. and it can be especially chilly during the night time so be prepared and keep your warm clothes handy.

Included within this private trekking tour is an English speaking guide, tent accommodation and sleeping bags at campsites with facilities plus a full board meal basis including snacks and water.

Please be aware the trek routes, timing, distances and campsites may change with or without prior notice according to the local circumstances and weather conditions.

 

Trekking in Munnar - 5 Days

If you're looking to go trekking in India try the 5 day Munnar adventure. This trekking and camping activity holiday offers an excellent opportunity to explore the Western Ghats and experience its diverse habitation and breathtaking landscape.

It is an ideal extension to a longer South India or Kerala tour and a great opportunity to get close to nature. A shorter 4 day trek is also available.

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Day 1 - Silent Valley to Rhodo Valley

The Munnar trekking adventure starts in Silent Valley walking through the tea gardens, where you will see the local people picking tea. This soon makes way for the mixed forest and a gradual ascent to a small ridge at about 2270 meters. We then continue through rolling grasslands past streams, before enjoying  views of Meesapulimalai, the second highest peak in South India. The days trek includes several inclines and slopes including reaching the peak of Meesapulimalai at 2637 meters. Apart from wonderful views of the surrounding hills, the trek is also an ideal route for spotting endemic birds like the Nilgiri pipit and Broad tail grass bird as well as mammals such as the endangered Nilgiri Thar, Gours and if you're lucky an elephant or two.

Accommodation: Overnight camp in tent, 
Trek distance     - 12-14 Kms
Starting height - 1800 metres
Height at camp - 2300 metres
Highest & lowest points - 2637 metres and 1800 metres
Total travel time     -   5-7 hours
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Day 2 - Rodho Valley to Camp Footprint

After breakfast we will start our trek passing through pine forests, rolling grasslands and the dense shoals of Camp Malai. Todays route then takes us via the valley of Nila Kurinji with stunning views of lakes and mountain ranges. After a couple of inclines and drops including a bit of a steep descend, we reach the tea plantations of the Yellapatty Estate. The trek continues through the tea fields followed by a short climb through the evergreen forest, before reaching the mountain cliff for the overnight camp. Camp Footprint on the eastern slopes of the Western Ghats offers panoramic views with the clouds floating under your feet.

Accommodation: Overnight tent at Camp Footprint
Trek distance       -   16 kms
Starting height    -  2300 metres
Height at camp    -  2100 metres
Highest & Lowest point  - 2400 metres and 1850 metres
Total travel time  -  6-8 hours
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Day 3 - Camp Footprint to Top Station

Camp Footprint's location on the eastern slopes of the Western Ghats gives you the opportunity to experience a breathtaking sunrise ... as long as the weather behaves! 

After breakfast, we will start our trek to the mountain ridges of the eastern slopes. The fantastic views you will enjoy today include tea plantations, the lowlands of Tamil Nadu stretching out before you, and Meesapulimalai, the second highest peak in South India. For nature lovers, there's the chance to spot some endemic birds and wildlife as you pass through a variety of landscapes including shola forests, grasslands, mountain forests and tea plantations. We also pass a couple of villages before arriving at Top Station for the overnight camp.

Approximate travel time and distance: 4-5 hours

Accommodation: Overnight camp in tent
Trek distance      -  8-10 Kms
Starting height    -  2100 metres
Height at camp    -  1900 metres
Highest & Lowest point  -  2200 metres and 1850 metres
Total travel time -   4-5 hours
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Day 4 - Top Station to Korangani Village

This morning, we leave Top Station for the steep trek down to Korangani. The interesting journey will take you via a well-marked horse track which was used by British officers during the time of Raj, through beautiful small tribal villages and a variety of coffee plantations, cotton plantations, grasslands and mixed forests. Korangani has few small tea shops, a temple dedicated to the local deity and is a bird and butterfly heaven with the area supporting 60 species of bird. Our camp is set in terraced cotton plantation, with a small house. Overnight camp and dinner is provided. (Temperature here will be warmer than other camps). There is a small village school close to the campsite, and there will be an opportunity to meet teachers and students if you wish.

Approximate travel time and distance: 4-5 hours

Accommodation: Overnight camp in tent
Trek distance      -     10 Kms
Starting height    -     2100 meters
Height at camp    -     600 meters
Highest &  Lowest point  -   2200 meters and 600 meters
Total Travel Time  -  4-5 hours
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Day 5 - Korangani Village

After breakfast, if time permits, we can visit the local village or school. Most people then travel to Madurai, Thekkady or Munnar to continue their South India Adventure.

Distances to these neighbouring towns are as follow:

Madurai     110 kilometres

Thekkady   90 kilometres

Munnar      73 kilometres

Accommodation

Accommodation is at a range of campsites in the Western Ghats area. 

As part of the tour we will provide Dome or A frame Alpine type tents for sleeping as well as a kitchen tent, dining tent, table, chairs and toilet tents for general use. We advise you to bring your own sleeping bags but these can be provided. On arrival at the sites your tents will be erected ready for use. The meal basis for the tour is full board including water and snacks whilst trekking.

The best time to do trekking in Munnar is from December to February. The temperature may range from 2 °C to 13 °C. and it can be especially chilly during the night time so be prepared and keep your warm clothes handy.

Destinations

This is a breathtaking tour through the spectacular Western Ghats. You will enjoy stunning views over the lowlands of Tamil Nadu, see Meesapulimalai the second highest peak in South India and discover mountain ranges doused with romantic mists. 

All the treks in and around Munnar will take you through valleys and the mountain terrain of the great Western Ghats allowing you to explore rolling grasslands, Shola and mountain forests, valleys of rhododendrons, wildflowers, gurgling mountain streams, tea plantations, tea estates and traditional tribal villages.

Top Station, A Beautiful Mountain Campsite in Kerala

Top station offers magnificent views stretching for miles of nearby Tamil Nadu beneath the misty blue skies, It is situated about 1,700 m above sea level and is credited as being one of the most beautiful spots in Munnar. The cool breeze and wild flowers make this a great place to wind away the hours. 

Top Station is at its most beautiful during the flowering season of Neelakurinji. It’s simply amazing to watch miles and miles of flowers blanketing the hills and valleys.

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Munnar

Standing at a heady 1,532m above sea level, the majestic town of Munnar is sure to captivate even the most sceptical visitor, just as it did the British colonial settlers generations ago when they visited each summer seeking reprieve from the heat of the Keralan valleys below. 

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Pricing and Inclusions

Please be aware the trek routes, timing, distances and campsites may change with or without prior notice according to the local circumstances and weather conditions.

The price guide for this 5-day Trekking in Munnar tour package is £465. Prices vary depending on the number of people, length of tour, accommodation & season. Reductions are normally available for groups of three or more. This is a private tour and can be tailor-made to meet your exact requirements.

The tour includes:

  • All meals including snacks and water whilst trekking
  • Porters
  • Campsite fees and rent of Dome or A-frame Alpine type tents for sleeping as well as access to a kitchen tent, dining tent, table, chairs and toilet tents for general use.
  • We advise taking your own sleeping bag but these can be provided
  • English speaking guides,
  • Back up jeep
  • All the correct permissions from related departments to allow you to legally enjoy this trek in an environmentally, sustainable way

The price does not include:

  • International flight tickets
  • Travel insurance & Visas
  • Expenses of personal nature like laundry, tips, beverages etc
  • Refreshments and meals other than mentioned in the above meal plan

Prices mentioned above are per person based on two people sharing a tent. The prices which were valid at the time of publication may be subject to change, based on your date of travel and local market fluctuations. You will be informed of any price differences prior to booking.

For a quote based on your dates of travel, any alternative accommodation or changes to this itinerary, please call us on 01792 315499 or email us at info@aitholidays.com

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